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Trump's Sec. of State Pick Pompeo has Anti-LGBTQ History

Wednesday Mar 14, 2018

After firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Donald Trump announced his pick to fill the position: Former Republican lawmaker and C.I.A. director Mike Pompeo, who has an anti-LGBTQ history.

Trump made his announcement via Twitter Tuesday.


Not long after the president made his announcement, GLAAD shared its profile on Pompeo, which covers his poor record when it comes to LGBTQ rights and equality.


Most recently, in September 2017, he canceled a planned speech by Judy and Dennis Shepard, the founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, at the C.I.A. about LGBTQ diversity and rights. In August 2017, Pompeo, who served as a U.S. representative from Kansas, consulted with Tony Perkins, the president of the anti-LGBTQ group the Family Research Council.

Before becoming the director of the C.I.A., Pompeo stood against the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which prevented LGBTQ people from openly serving in the military. He was quoted as saying, "when you enter the army you give up a few of your rights" and "we cannot use the military to promote social ideas that do not reflect the values of our nation," GLAAD reports.

He also did not support the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage in 2015, calling the decision "a shocking abuse of power" that "flies in the face of centuries of shared understanding of our Constitution."

During his campaign for reelection in 2013, Pompeo's website said he vowed to continue his fight abortion, marriage equality, and related matters "each and every day."

"As a Kansan, I hold a deep reverence for the sanctity of life, the solidarity of family, and the solemnity of marriage," Pompeo said. "I will continue the fight to uphold these fundamental ideals each and every day."

Read more about Pompeo's views on LGBTQ rights via GLAAD's report by clicking here.

Tillerson was one of the few members of the Trump administration who publicly discussed LGBTQ issues. In November 2017, the former Exxon Mobile CEO issued a statement acknowledging Transgender Day of Remembrance. He also recognized LGBTQ Pride Month with a statement in June 2017. Nevertheless, he drew criticism from LGBTQ groups for failing to address to speak out against global anti-LGBTQ attacks, most notably in Chechnya.

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