LGBT coalition protests “religious freedom” executive order

Bishop Gene Robinson
Bishop Gene Robinson at LGBT protest. Photo by Rick Rosendall

Chris Johnson reports at Washington Blade:

A coalition of leaders from civil rights groups protested Wednesday in Lafayette Park in anticipation of President Trump signing a “religious freedom” executive order that would enable anti-LGBT discrimination.

LGBT rights advocates, civil rights leaders and lawmakers called the executive order Trump’s latest attempt at targeting minority communities following his actions seeking to bar U.S. entry to immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and expel undocumented immigrants from the United States.

Speakers at the event included Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a former White House LGBT liaison under the Obama administration, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey and Winnie Stachelberg, executive vice president of external affairs at the Center for American Progress.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) at LGBT protest. Photo by Rick Rosendall
GLAA President Guillaume Bagal
GLAA President Guillaume Bagal at LGBT protest. Photo by Rick Rosendall

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