October 10, 2017 at 9:51 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Trump confirmed as keynote speaker for anti-LGBT conference
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Donald Trump is confirmed as a keynote speaker at an anti-LGBT conference. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

President Trump has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Values Voters Summit in D.C. hosted by the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, marking the first-time ever a sitting U.S. president has spoken at the annual event.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, announced late Tuesday in a statement Trump would speak on Friday at the conference, which is taking place over the weekend at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

“Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America’s mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation,” Perkins said. “Values voters are coming to our nation’s capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment.”

It’s not the first time Trump has spoken at the Values Voter Summit. According to the Family Research Council, Trump has delivered remarks at the event three times, including last year when he was the Republican presidential nominee.

Perkins praised Trump for his actions of the course of his administration, including “religious freedom” guidance from the Justice Department seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination.

“President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty and the follow up actions last week by HHS and DOJ, demonstrate that he is committed to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom,” Perkins said.

Other speakers at the event are a virtual who’s who of the conservative movement — many of whom are known to have anti-LGBT views. They include House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), RSC Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.), “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and former White House aide Sebastian Gorka.

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  • The fake POTUS just gets more revolting by the minute! This should leave no doubt that Trump promotes the anti-GLBT agenda and those sitting on the face about him need to face reality or get impaled by the spike in the fence they keep sitting on! This is the worst Fake POTUS in US history!

  • The bigots are coming! The bigots are coming!

  • Conservatives would advocate torture and execution of LGBT people if they could get away with it. That is how much hate is in their hearts. They secretly support what is going on in places like Chechnya.

    Muslims may throw gays off buildings, but evangelical Christians simply make them feel so miserable and hopeless that they do it themselves in our country.

    • Conservatives are one step away from becoming the Christian Taliban. It’s because of separation of church and state and law that keeps them from becoming the middle east here in America.

  • NEVER have I hated someone so much, NEVER has anyone been so disgusting.

  • Disgusting human trash Trump is.

  • “Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary

    brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.” –Trump


    • He says that then goes to meetings like the one in this article that is hosted by an anti-LGBT group. So that is against what he has said in that tweet. That is being 2 faced. Or it is the way some see it as do I.

    • *gasp* Are you telling me the president lied the American people? That can’t be true. He’s such an honest man who tells it like it is. You must be Fake News!

  • Trump is a piece of garbage and so is anyone who supports him.

  • He is the real problem of the US.
    “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

    “Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it first leads first to conformity and then to despotism.”


  • When Dotard Don told blacks, vote for me what do you have to lose?
    Now you know… first the gays, then the Catholics, then the Jews, Mexicans, then those pesky blacks, …

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    The quotation from Niemöller

  • FYI I Peter Boykin on #GaysForTrump WILL be having a Radio Row spot for #MagaFirstNews for MagaoneRadio.net so … guess what Gays will be there!

  • A veritable “who’s who” of idiocy and ignorance.

  • You people make me sick your bashing the President of the USA before he even speaks and you preach tolerance.

    • This is the same man that said he would protect the rights of LGBT during his campaign. Why would anyone need to hear what he has to say when he’s attending a function that is against LGBT? It’s obvious you like the lying pussy-grabber. I bashed this reality TV star long before he became #45. I don’t tolerate men that sexually assault women, lie constantly, throw toddler temper tantrums on twitter when someone doesn’t sing their praise, want to help the rich and hurt the poor, all while claiming to be a Christian. Jesus wasn’t very tolerant of hypocrisy.

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