If the Family Research Council gets its way, the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency will be a parade of assaults against the LGBTQ community.
At an event last week at FRC’s Washington, D.C., offices, representatives from both the FRC and anti-abortion group March for Life groups laid out their priorities for the next administration, including eliminating LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections for federal contractors, repealing the Affordable Care Act, restricting aid to international organization that provide abortion services, and halting reimbursements to Planned Parenthood from Medicaid.
The Family Resource Council is an anti-LGBTQ organization that has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Right Wing Watch reports that FRC’s Mandi Ancalle emphasized the group’s hope that Trump would reverse President Barack Obama’s executive orders advancing LGBTQ equality, specifically those extending LGBTQ protections to federal contractors and those protecting transgender students.
She claimed that the employment protections violate employers’ religious liberties and that the student protections attempt to redefine sex and gender.
Ancalle called out the Department of Education and Department of Justice’s guidance on transgender students in public schools, accusing the Obama administration of “attempting to force schools to jeopardize, again, the privacy and safety of these young girls.” She went on to argue that what transgender students really need is (“conversion”) therapy.
“And that’s especially true when a lot of these students just need counseling,” she said, “they need somebody to affirm their actual sex and that their gender identity should be congruent with their sex.”
Ancalle further asserted that president-elect Trump could formalize his own definitions of sex and gender.
“The Trump administration,” she said, “can come in and say, ‘Actually, for all of my departments, for all of the agencies that are under my authority, sex means the biological characteristic of being male or female,’ and take it back to its roots, biology and anatomy, and reissue that type of executive order and actually direct his agencies and his departments to reissue regulations in accordance with that definition of sex.”
And the FRC has good reason to believe that the Trump administration will be sympathetic to its cause, as FRC senior fellow Ken Blackwell has been tapped to lead Trump’s domestic policy transition team. Blackwell has compared being gay to being an arsonist.
“The reality is, again…that I think we make choices all the time. And I think you make good choices and bad choices in terms of lifestyle,” he said. “Our expectation is that one’s genetic makeup might make one more inclined to be an arsonist or might make one more inclined to be a kleptomaniac. Do I think that they can be changed? Yes.”
The March for Life organizes an annual anti-abortion march on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Jeanne Mancini, the president of March for Life, said she believes Trump’s anti-abortion comments during the election likely contributed to his win, and hopes he follows through. Specifically, she pointed to promises Trump made in a letter to anti-abortion activists, including nominating anti-abortion Supreme Court justices, defunding Planned Parenthood, and making the Hyde Amendment permanent.