Let’s see how long this lasts.
Obama’s Protections for L.G.B.T. Workers Will Remain Under Trump – The New York Times:
“WASHINGTON — The White House said on Monday that President Trump would leave in place a 2014 Obama administration order that created new workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
In a statement issued in response to growing questions about whether Mr. Trump would reverse the Obama order, the White House said the president was proud to embrace gay rights.
‘President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. rights, just as he was throughout the election,’ the statement said. ‘The president is proud to have been the first ever G.O.P. nominee to mention the L.G.B.T.Q. community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.’”
Sources: Trump executive order allowing anti-LGBTQ discrimination is coming soon / LGBTQNation:
“An executive order from President Donald Trump opening up discrimination against the LGBTQ community on the basis of religious belief is expected sometime this week, possibly as soon as today.
Several sources spoke with LGBTQ Nation on the condition of anonymity who have told us that the order will allow for discrimination in a number of areas, including employment, social services, business, and adoption.”
Trump inauguration: Two Americas in 24 hours – BBC News:
“In the space of 24 hours, Washington was the scene of two Americas.”
WATCH: Here’s How Donald Trump Could Destroy Obama’s LGBT Progress – Some of It in Days – The New Civil Rights Movement:
“Donald Trump’s opinions on some LGBT issues have flip-flopped all over the place – but currently and for the foreseeable future he’s absolutely against civil rights for LGBT people. Worse, however, he has surrounded himself with a cabinet and advisors who are virulently opposed to equality, period.
Matt Baume explains how, under President Donald Trump, LGBT people could lose their rights, even those you thought were set in stone, within days.
Baume makes several excellent arguments, and as usual, sees further into the morass that is American politics and the battle for LGBT equality than most.”
State lawmakers file gender-specific locker room, bathroom legislation for second time – KMIZ:
“JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senate Bill 98 did not move very far during last year’s legislative session, but sponsor Senator Ed Emery is hoping this time around will be different.”
Carrie Fisher Dies at 60:
“Carrie Fisher, the actress best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia Organa, has died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.
Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement to PEOPLE on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd:
‘It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,’ reads the statement.”
George Michael Dead at 53 – Rolling Stone:
“Former Wham! singer and massively successful soul and pop solo vocalist dies ‘peacefully at home'”