Trump’s Budget Underfunds Fight Against HIV and AIDS, Harms LGBTQ Americans

Trump Administration has allocated $291 million in campaign to end HIV transmissions by 2030

FY 2020 Trump Budget now is the 96th attack on LGBTQ Americans since taking office

NEW YORK – GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization – today slammed President Donald Trump and his administration for allocating $291 million in the government’s so-called fight to end HIV transmissions by 2030 in its new budget for Fiscal Year 2020. The Administration’s new budget would also cut $250 million from the Global Fund, slash $1.5 billion from PEPFAR, and limit future spending on Medicaid – three components in the ongoing fight against HIV and AIDS.

Compared to past administrations -- the Bush Administration created PEPFAR and the Obama Administration helped with HIV and AIDS through research and the Affordable Care Act -- the Trump Administration falls short.

“LGBTQ Americans were right to be skeptical about President Trump’s pledge to end HIV and AIDS and today’s budget revealed the truth: this administration is not serious about this fight,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO at GLAAD. “Actions always speak louder than words, and the Trump Administration once again proved to people living with HIV – which includes LGBTQ Americans – that they simply cannot trust this President to do anything more than pay lip service.”

Since taking office, the Trump Administration has unleashed more than 96 attacks against LGBTQ Americans in policy and rhetoric, which includes firing the White House Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project (TAP) has catalogued every anti-LGBTQ action by this administration, available at

BACKGROUND: Trump Administration’s Anti-LGBTQ Budget for Fiscal Year 2020

  • The Trump Administration proposes less than $300 million geared toward the fight against HIV and AIDS in the United States.  
  • The Trump Budget also calls for deep Global cuts. The Budget calls for a $250 million cut to the Global Fund, and a $1.5 billion cut to PEPFAR.
  • The Budget proposes cuts to Medicaid, which millions of lower income adults, including those living with HIV, rely on for coverage.
  • The Budget proposes a cut of $6 billion for health research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).