Trump vows to keep LGBTQ worker protections – but concerns remain

The President has pledged to protect a 2014 executive order signed by former President Barack Obama.

President Donald Trump has pledged to protect LGBTQ people working for federal contractors from discrimination, re-affirming a 2014 executive order signed by former President Barack Obama.

In a statement reported by The Hill, Trump said he was "respectful and supportive" of the LGBTQ community during his campaign, and added he was "proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech." He then went on to pledge that the 2014 order will remain intact.

The order protects federal workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace and during the hiring process. CNN reports it built on previous executive orders under presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton that created additional protected classes.

Trump in the statement also noted he "is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community."

LGBTQ community still has concerns

The New York Times reports Trump's pledge on Monday doesn't mean other executive orders – such as one that expands religious liberties – won't be made. And there were reports on sites such as LGBTQ Nation Monday that the Trump administration was planning to sign some sort of anti-LGBTQ executive action.

So the pledge hasn't stopped concern among groups including the Human Rights Campaign, which on Monday said the president had set a "rather low bar" for protecting LGBTQ rights.

"Claiming ally status for not overturning the progress of your predecessor is a rather low bar. LGBTQ refugees, immigrants, Muslims and women are scared today, and with good reason," said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.

Griffin said the rumors about an anti-LGBTQ action did not relate to protecting discrimination among federal contractors, but instead referred to other possible actions that could be taken to roll back their rights.

The Washington Post reports a religious liberty order could be similar to the controversial measure enacted by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor of Indiana, which gay rights groups said could pave the way for businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people based on their religious beliefs.

But despite some of his cabinet, including Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, having previously been in favor of laws that roll back LGBTQ rights, Fox News reports Trump did make a point of indicating his support of these same communities during his campaign.

In April, during a controversy over transgender bathroom use, Trump said people should "use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate." He's also previously declared the issue of same-sex marriage equality to be "settled."

Next Up


2 killed in head-on crash involving car, dump truck

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. Friday, according to the State Patrol.


Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, October 31

Minnesota has surpassed 3,000 new cases on consecutive days.

high school football

Minnesota Football Showcase postponed due to COVID-19

The MFCA All-Star Game will be played in June 2021.

Screen Shot 2020-10-31 at 7.26.05 AM

Here's what President Trump said on his visit to Minnesota

The president targeted Gov. Tim Walz and Keith Ellison at his Minnesota rally.

Screen Shot 2020-10-30 at 6.09.58 PM

Here's what Joe Biden said in Minnesota Friday

Presenting himself as the candidate for a united country, he pledged improvements on affordable healthcare, pandemic relief

Mohamed Ibrahim

Missed PAT seals Gophers' fate against Maryland

Mohamed Ibrahim tied a school record with four touchdowns, but the Gophers lost in overtime.

dnr trout stocking helicopter

DNR uses a helicopter to more efficiently stock lakes with trout

In the past, the DNR used airplanes to stock remote lakes with fish, but the survival rate of the fish was only 85%.

steve simon zoom call

Secretary of State explains plans for segregated absentee ballots

Election officials are reminding voters that it's too late to mail in your absentee ballots.

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.


Trump administration to release revised travel ban executive order next week

The original executive order has been temporarily blocked by the courts.

Appeals court refuses to reinstate President Trump's travel ban

President Trump had asked the appeals court to lift the restraining order blocking his new immigration rules.

What you need to know about Trump's new immigration order

The executive order has implications for those planning on traveling to and from Minnesota.

What to know about President Trump's visit to Minnesota

The president will be in Rochester this afternoon.

Minnesota politics set to lose LGBTQ, Native American champions

Reps. Susan Allen and Karen Clark announced they won't seek re-election in 2018.

What Donald Trump said about Minnesota during his rally

The president spoke to a packed house at the Amsoil Arena in Duluth.

Trump Administration announces it will end immigration protections for 'Dreamers'

But it won't be immediately – here's what you should know about Tuesday's decision.