February 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm EST | by Kevin Naff
First Fag Hag Ivanka’s role as gay defender
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Ivanka Trump (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

We can thank Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner for thwarting an anti-LGBT executive order that would have enabled widespread discrimination against the community, the New York Times reported last week.

According to the report, “Mr. Kushner, a lifelong Democrat, and Ms. Trump, an independent, travel in liberal social circles and have long supported L.G.B.T. rights. Neither had seen the order before details were leaked. They expressed their dissatisfaction to Mr. Trump’s other advisers, and then weighed in directly with the president, who opposes same-sex marriage but has spoken out against discrimination.”

So should we all rush out and buy some of Ivanka’s tacky jewelry on QVC in thanks? Should we feel grateful that the only thing standing between LGBT Americans and legalized discrimination sanctioned by the president himself is his privileged liberal daughter and her urbane husband?

And what happens when Steve Bannon pushes Kushner out the door, which seems increasingly likely as the days pass? Who will stick up for the poor gays then, Melania and Milo?

It’s still hard to believe that we’ve gone from fierce advocate President Obama to First Fag Hag Ivanka in a few short weeks. Obama spoke movingly about the LGBT progress seen under his watch in his final press conference when he called on the Blade’s Chris Johnson for one of his last questions as president. (The significance of that moment was widely underreported; it marked the first time a sitting president called on an LGBT media outlet in a press conference. It may seem like a small thing, but it was the result of untold hours of hard, thankless work by Johnson and others before him who toiled in obscurity in the briefing room waiting for a break.)

In his trademark modest delivery, Obama said: “The primary heroes in this stage of our — our growth as a Democracy and a society are all the individual activists and sons and daughters and couples who courageously said, this is who I am and I’m proud of it.

“And, that opened people’s minds and opened their hearts. And, eventually, laws caught up. But, I don’t think any of that would have happened without the activism, in some cases loud and noisy, but in some cases just quiet and very personal.”

We’ve gone from Obama’s poignancy to Ivanka’s whispered pleas for mercy, a fraught trajectory for sure. LGBT rights shouldn’t hinge on the private pleadings of the president’s daughter. Trump pledged to support the LGBTQ community and he should honor it by rejecting so-called “religious freedom” orders, not because Ivanka and Jared have some gay friends who might not invite them to brunch but because it’s the right thing to do.

There are reportedly hundreds of draft executive orders circulating among Trump’s incompetent advisers. This is no way to run a White House. It’s only a matter of time before Bannon and Mike Pence get their way and reward their bigoted base with an overt attack on LGBT equality.

Kevin Naff is editor of the Washington Blade. Reach him at knaff@washblade.com.

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

  • I agree completely. And yes, many of us swelled with pride when Obama took that question from Chris and answered it so well. But yes, I am sure Milo would make sure everything is fine, if the bleach job hadn’t gone to his brain.

  • If Kushner is a lifelong Democrat why then did he advise Trump to run with Mike Pence as VP? Pence has a known anti-LGBT record and is actions against GLBT in Indiana should have been a wake up call that he was the wrong choice.

    Pence only supported repeal under pressure from the business community. He has stated that he is a Christian before he is anything else! What more do you need to know?

    Already they got Trump to push for a repeal of the Johnson Amendment and I doubt that will be the end of it.

    As for self-loathing Miss Milo, get her an electric cattle prong and see if that will put her out of her misery!

  • Why are you attacking these two for supporting LGBT rights? Is that really a bad thing to you?

    The whole Trump ensemble has thousands of terrible real things to criticize – it’s crazy to rant against someone in that mess for speaking up for our rights and having enough influence to buffer Bannon.

  • An anti-LGBT Bannon doesn’t square with his mentoring and persistent promotion of Milo Y.Rarely does a day pass without Breitbart chronicling the adventures and misadventures of their bleached gadfly in our PC academic wonderlands. I am grateful that Ivanka stands ready to bend the President’s ear on behalf of LGBT rights, but I am also confident that she and Jared are not our sole friends in the Trump White House.

    However, you are right to praise Obama for calling on Chris Johnson and to cite Obama’s remarks which went further than just holding up an LGBT flag. If Trump really wants to normalize relations between LGBTs and the GOP and to better his miserable 16% of our votes in 2016, he needs to do much more to change negative perceptions. Perceptions are a reality in politics, and this is an area where perceptions often count more than issues. Trump needs openly gay appointments just as he needs openly black and latino appointments. His people need to cultivate allies and alliances within the LGBT community. He needs to make it clear that he will be working with openly LGBT Republicans, just as Obama and Clinton worked with openly LGBT Democrats.

  • I seem to recall liberals and gays gleefully voting for Obama in 2012 when he opposed gay marriage, and then did the same more enthusiastically when he changed his stance in 2012 because he was low in campaign funds. Remember in 2008, all those voters going out to vote for obama in CA because he was black, then voting to ban gay marriage?? I remember the comments section on huffington post after that. whoa. Looked like a KKK rally.

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