Despite Donald Trump’s campaign pledges to respect the equality of LGBT people, it’s becoming increasingly clear that his words can't be trusted.
Our first indication of where this president’s idle promises were headed came in January, after his administration quietly removed all mention of LGBT rights from the White House website, not to mention deleting the Office of National AIDS Policy page. Then, when the administration and congressional leadership unveiled their so-called American Health Care Act — which would rob millions of older Americans of health insurance — HIV and other critical health needs of LGBT communities were never even mentioned. The thread running through these early actions was erasure — making LGBT people invisible in the eyes of the federal government.
The attacks on our community continue to escalate. Just last week, without any warning, SAGE learned that all mention of LGBT elders in the federal government’s leading survey about publicly funded elder services — the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants — had been quietly wiped out. The administration feebly claims previous surveys included the LGBT questions as part of a pilot test and that the data collected was incomplete. These excuses are nothing but a smokescreen to keep our LGBT elders from being recognized as part of the larger mosaic of older Americans and to deprive them of their fair share of federally funded elder services.
Kathy Greenlee, the assistant secretary for aging under President Barack Obama, effectively confirmed to the Associated Press that the administration is dissembling. “I view this to be a policy change, not the end of a pilot,” she told the AP.Read More ▶