Gay former Trump official shocked by Republican Party’s latest anti-LGBTQ+ move

Richard Grenell at a press conference
Richard Grenell at a press conference Photo: Screenshot/CSPAN

Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany under Donald Trump and acting director of national intelligence for about two months, decided to call out the Republican Party for putting its 2028 national convention in Houston, Texas because the state’s party is particularly anti-LGBTQ+.

The problem, though, isn’t that Texas has enacted some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ+ – and particularly anti-transgender – legislation in the country in the past several years. What Grenell called out was how the Texas Republican Party bans the Log Cabin Republicans – an LGBTQ+ Republican organization – from setting up a booth at its state convention.

“The Texas Republican Party bans Logcabin, the gay conservative group with 80 chapters across the US,” Grenell tweeted. “Texas is the only state that bans us from their state convention.”

“The national GOP Convention shouldn’t be in Texas if this ban remains.”

It’s hard to understand how anyone could be surprised that the GOP isn’t very considerate of LGBTQ+ people. The party opposes same-sex marriage, saying that marriage is “between one man and one woman” in its current national platform. The party’s current leader – Donald Trump – mocks LGBTQ+ people at his speeches and spent years in the White House attacking LGBTQ+ rights. The Republican-controlled House has passed several anti-LGBTQ+ bills this year, bills that won’t become law because the Senate and the White House are controlled by Democrats.

The replies he received from his fellow conservatives were less than supportive, with many of them just being homophobic.

Others pointed out that it’s unlikely the GOP will be swayed by complaints of homophobia.

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