January 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
LGBT page zapped from Trump White House website

The LGBT page has been removed from the White House website.

The LGBT page has been removed from the White House website.

The newly revamped White House website on President Trump’s first day in office no longer has the page the Obama administration maintained on LGBT issues, invoking the ire of LGBT advocates.

Numerous social media posts on Friday pointed out after Trump’s inauguration the LGBT page, formerly found at whitehouse.gov/lgbt, is no longer there. The entire White House website has been scrubbed of any use of the LGBT acronym.

The new website appears to have transmitted over many of the policy positions found during the presidential election on the Trump campaign website, which, unlike that of Hillary Clinton, didn’t contain a page on LGBT rights. Although LGBT issues are omitted, the website does make commitments to law enforcement officials and veterans.

Similarly, the website for the Department of Labor has removed a report on Advancing LGBT Workplace Rights, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The Labor Department immediately didn’t respond to request to comment about removal of the report.

LGBT advocates pounced on the LGBT removal from the White House website, warning the omission must not foretell the rolling back of LGBT rights under a Trump administration.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement the removal contradicts the remarks Trump delivered moments earlier in his inauguration speech.

“Moments ago, President Trump pledged to serve all Americans, while simultaneously scrubbing every mention of LGBTQ people from the White House website. The Department of Labor’s crucial report on worker rights has also disappeared,” Griffin said. “If President Trump truly believes in uniting the country, now is the time to make clear whether he will be an ally to the LGBTQ community in our struggle for full equality. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect our community and our progress.”

Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, said the removal of the White House webpage on LGBT issues is an attempt by the new president to place LGBT people back in the closet.

“Donald Trump has already nominated a startlingly antigay cabinet, and erasing us from the White House website signals how he truly feels about LGBT people and everyone living with HIV,” Tiven said. “Donald Trump is already sending a clear signal that he has no intention of serving as the president of all Americans. He should know that Lambda Legal is watching the administration’s every move, and will fight him at every turn.”

A White House official said the Obama administration pledged to wipe clean its digital accounts and platforms before handing them over and the new website would soon have additional information.

“The Trump Administration will be populating the site with new content in the weeks and months that follow,” the official said. “The initial launch featured biographies, select new issue pages, and a live stream of the Inaugural events.”

The official didn’t immediately respond to a follow-up on whether the Trump administration’s position on LGBT issues would be included in further updates.

UPDATE: The report Advancing LGBT Workplace Rights was restored to the Labor Department website as of Saturday. The White House website still has no LGBT page or use of the acronym LGBT.

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

  • Why is anyone shocked? Trump gives you lip service on supporting you when in fact his people do NOT. So the GLBT is angry. Do you really think that Trump and Pence care?

    • Speak for yourself. You have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • I speak for many more in the lgbt community that feel like me than you do. You’re a minority within one! So spare us you alternative “facts”!

        And yes I do know what I’m talking about and you fail as always to prove otherwise!

        You’re a useless token of the GOP! Go ahead and put your head up the rear of the GOP where it typically is!

        • Like the other gay clones you refer to, you’re grossly ignorant of the long history of support for glbt rights by Mr. Trump, and your hysteria over this White House website shows how easily manipulated you are. Man up for a change and stop playing the poor gay victim.

          • President Obama david did more for lgbt than any other U.S. president including putting his 2nd term at risk by supporting marriage equality. Trump I n contrast supports religious freedom laws! There is no hysteria if it’s a fact! A real fact not a GOP alternative one! That’s true manipulation!

            Trump is a flip flopper and can’t be trusted!

            If I’m a gay clone then you are a defective reject! Victims bend over and take it. I’m No doormat or sheep!

            I can debate it longer and more in depth! No time now.

        • Well, the Cato Institute was the first Washington think tank to endorse gay marriage, and the Libertarian Party was by far the first political party to do so, so maybe that’s sort of different from the GOP.

          • Libratarians also back republicans who are ant-gay and won’t demand they change that to get their backing. They just see their small government agenda more important than whatever social issues they claim to endorse. Koch has said as much.

  • Well lgbtq had their day name shaming christians. Now its the churches time. We can call them heterophobes.

  • This is simply absurd. Of course those pages were taken down. The entire Obama website was taken down, cause HE’S NO LONGER PRESIDENT. To imply this means anything is dishonest; even BuzzFeed chastised people like Chad Griffin, pimp for the Democratic Party, who inferred from this that dark days lie ahead for the glbt community. Really, Chris, this is news?

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