Trump called out for not proclaiming June as 'Pride Month'
President Trump has been called out by LGBTQ groups and activists on social media for failing to recognize and officially proclaim June as being called out for not issuing an official proclamation to recognize Pride Month which has typically been observed in June.
Shin Inouye, who served in the Obama administration for 5 years as his LGBTQ communications liaison from 2009–2014, was the first to notice According to the liberal group ThinkProgress.
Trump approved a slew of honorary proclamations for the month of June, including National Homeownership Month, National Ocean Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month and Great Outdoors Month.
But while the Trump administration did not formally recognize the month, first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump tweeted about Pride Month in two separate posts.
"I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy," she wrote in one, earning her some criticism.
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The tradition of recognizing the LGBT community in the month of June had been maintained each year by former President Obama since 2011, with former President Clinton being the first to start the designation in the year 2000.
While Republican President George W. Bush, who was publicly opposed to gay marriage, did not follow suit, Trump more actively courted the LGBTQ community during the election.
"Ask yourself, who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community? Donald Trump with actions or Hillary Clinton with her words?" He asked a New Hampshire rally held soon after the Pulse nightclub attack.
He also earned the support of Peter Thiel, a prominent and openly gay tech leader who spoke at the Republican National Convention on Trump's behalf.
As a result of Trump's silence about Pride Month, some federal offices have reportedly refrained from issuing materials commemorating the event.
However, the Washington Blade, an LGBT-focused newspaper, has said that groups within some agencies like the Small Business Administration were still planning to hold activities in observance of the month.