June 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Bachmann tops list of Trump’s anti-LGBT advisory board
Michele Bachmann, gay news, Washington Blade

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) tops the list of Trump’s anti-LGBT advisory board. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann tops the list of members of the newly announced anti-LGBT evangelical advisory board unveiled Tuesday by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The 26 members of the board are a who’s who of individuals who’ve sought to undermine LGBT rights. Members were announced on the same day Trump was set to meet with evangelical leaders at Trump Tower in New York City. Bachmman is the first name on the list of members, which is in alphabetical order.

Bachmann, who formerly represented Minnesota’s 6th congressional district in the U.S. House, is a Tea Party favorite and known for holding anti-LGBT positions. She ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012, but dropped out after an abysmal showing in her home state of Iowa.

In the course of her career in Congress, Bachmann voted against hate crimes protections legislation, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Although she was elected to Congress too late to have voted on the Federal Marriage Amendment, Bachmann was a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and backed a Minnesota state constitutional amendment in 2012 that sought to ban same-sex marriage, but failed at the ballot.

Throughout her presidential campaign, Bachmann reiterated many times her belief marriage should be restricted to one man, one woman and was among the candidates who signed a pledge from the National Organization for Marriage, committing herself to oppose same-sex marriage as president. By signing the document, Bachmann promised to back a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage throughout the country and to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

Bachmann was also among the candidates who have pledged to restore “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” if elected to the White House.

As a presidential candidate, Bachmann expressed indifference to anti-gay bullying over the course of her campaign. Asked what she would do about bullying at rally in Costa Mesa, Calif., in September, Bachmann replied, “That’s not a federal issue.” The lawmaker has become associated with the issue of anti-gay bullying because of the rash of teen suicides in her former congressional district.

The most high-profile anti-LGBT aspect of her presidential campaign was the revelation that her clinic she co-owned with her husband Marcus Bachmann administers widely discredited “ex-gay” therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation. Throughout her campaign, Bachmann declined to answer questions about the clinic.

Joining Bachmann on Trump’s board are others with anti-LGBT views, including Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition and James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family. Also on the list is Harry Jackson, pastor of the Maryland-based Hope Christian Church who sought to block the legalization of same-sex marriage in D.C.

Another member is Robert Jeffries, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, who has a history of virulently anti-LGBT comments. Among them is making the dubious claim that “70 percent of the gay population” has HIV/AIDS and therefore gay people should be barred from the armed forces.

Trump announces the anti-LGBT advisory board less than a week after saying he’d be a better friend to the LGBT people as president than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. The Washington Blade has placed a request to comment in with the Trump campaign seeking for explanation on why affiliating with these anti-LGBT figures doesn’t undermine the pledge.

The candidate’s advisory board is similar to the anti-LGBT “marriage” board established by Marco Rubio and the “religious freedom” board created by Ted Cruz over the course of their failed presidential campaigns. Of the course of his campaign for the Republican nomination, Trump lacked a “marriage” and religious advisory board unlike his competitors.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • Is her husband going to be the first victim to be sacrificed?

  • Yes.
    Good news for the country.
    There is hope.


  • Well, at least now I know for SURE that Trump will be the better candidate for LGBT rights and the teen suicide problem.

  • we will never allow a backward piece of human shiit like Trump to be POTUS and we certainly will not allow this monstrous hag to have any position in a new admin

  • I Like Michele Bachmann, Trumps cool too :-)
    this article adding the “anti” is a might bit premature.
    for one thing it’s Muslim extremist wanting LBGT folks dead,
    Christians just want LBGT folks to receive Jesus & go to heaven.
    Trumps agenda is to prevent USA from becoming like a Middle East country.

    • Really? P.T. Barnum ain’t got nothing on you, huh, babe?

    • Hate is hate. Whether you run into a club abd kill us quickly or you don’t allow was the same rights as you have and kill us slowly it’s still not ok. No religion has a say in US government so defending yourself with religion when you make government policy decisions doesn’t count. Trump will allow you self righteous “christians” to turn America into the same as the middle east. One group oppressing another due to differening religious beliefs.

      • not self righteous at all, it hurts my feelings you hate me, just because I found out God exist & he loves me even though I’m a unrighteous sinner.
        there are godless religions too, BTW, why do you hate Jesus ?
        Jesus came not to condemn the world, for we are condemned already,
        But he came to save us, regardless of if you believe it or not, it’s a Noble nice guy agenda. the 1st amendment says no law can congress make to prohibit religion, the Establishment clause is to prevent any one denomination from becoming a dominate one over the others, including secular humanistic or other godless religions, Bathroom laws don’t discriminate for it doesn’t matter what your sexual preference is, boys use the boys room & girls the girls room, totally equal treatment. Don’t Hate

  • Trump makes it so easy to make the case why you would have to be brain-dead and self-hating to vote for him if you’re LGBT. I mean, give us yet another reason not to vote for you! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Michele Bachmann is the most beautiful and sexiest woman in politics today. I wish Mr. Trump had appointed her to work with me on a tropical island in the the South Pacific for the duration of the campaign. We could make beautiful music together walking barefoot in the sand!

  • Not only is Bachmann out of touch with reality, she is hostile to reality itself.

  • I though Michelle bachmann was in prison.

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