Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Said to Have Stopped LGBTQ Rights Roll Back but Many Are Unimpressed

This has done little to quash many in the LGBTQ community's fears about Donald Trump.

According to people familiar with the issue, via The New York Times, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner advised Trump to reject a draft executive order rescinding Obama-era protections for the LGBTQ community.

Nevertheless, as Andrew Soloman writes in The New Yorker, the United States feels like a scarier place for LGBTQ community than it did last October.

He says:

Although the executive order might not be signed for now, it's remains true that Donald Trump is against same-sex marriage, and the future is unclear on what's coming for the community next — especially for those who aren't Ivanka and Jared's rich, white, cisgendered gay friends.

It won't be good, if conservative leaders have anything to do with it.

"Our base would want to know who is responsible for what we believe is an issue of religious liberty — that would be of concern to us," said Bob Vander Plaats, the chief executive of The Family Leader, a socially conservative organization.

"We have been consistent," Mr. Vander Plaats added. "We've cheered President Trump a lot. But on this one, our base is wondering why Obama's executive order would be allowed to stand?"

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Laura Beck
Laura Beck

Laura Beck is a Los Angeles-based TV writer and frequent contributor to Cosmopolitan.com — her work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Jezebel, and the Village Voice.