Mike Pence

48th Vice President of the United States
50th Governor of Indiana

07.29.20 Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visit a private school in Raleigh, NC, lauding its reopening for in-person education despite the coronavirus pandemic. Thales Academy founder Bob Luddy is one of the biggest Republican donors in North Carolina. Luddy also founded Franklin Academy, a Wake Forest charter school that changed its school handbook after criticism of rules prohibiting LGBT discussion or affirmation. Students protested Pence’s visit with signs promoting LGBT rights and remote schooling and pointed out that a different Thales school had already had a teacher test positive for COVID-19 in the first week of school.

07.23.20—Former leader of now-defunct conversion therapy ministry, Exodus International, reveals former lobbying work he did with members of the Trump administration. Randy Thomas has since denounced conversion therapy and announced his engagement to Dan Scobey. “Given my experience… I believe Mike Pence is still supportive of ex-gay ministry and he supports the efforts to try to convert people from gay to straight.” Thomas also references working with Kellyanne Conway and other former Republican leaders, lobbying against marriage equality and hate crime legislation.

01.21.20—Vice President Mike Pence attended a church service whose pastor used false, derogatory statements to describe the LGBTQ community.

08.23.19—The Trump Administration submits an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against workplace protections for LGBTQ Americans.

08.16.19—The Trump Administration files a court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the nation’s highest court to block transgender Americans from having nationwide workplace protections. 

08.14.19—The Trump Administration revealed they plan to grant federal contractors the ability to use “religious exemptions” as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans at the workplace. 

08.14.19—The Trump Administration urged the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to reverse their Obama-era policy of providing workplace protections for LGBTQ Americans. The request comes weeks before oral arguments begin at the U.S. Supreme Court on October 8. 

07.25.19—A Trump Administration official informs U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) that the government is separating families with parents who have HIV and AIDS, citing it as a communicable disease. However, the Administration admits they are not separating families who have other communicable diseases, such as the flu—further stigmatizing the HIV and AIDS epidemic. 

07.08.19—The Trump Administration’s State Department creates a “Commission on Unalienable Rights” aimed at providing “an informed review of the role of human rights in American foreign policy.” However, seven of the appointees have disturbing anti-LGBTQ records, putting acceptance for the global LGBTQ community at risk.

06.12.19—Neither President Trump nor VP Pence recognized the third anniversary of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 LGBTQ people. 

06.07.19—The Trump Administration denies all U.S. Embassy buildings from flying the historic LGBTQ Pride Flag on embassy flagpoles in honor of June being National LGBTQ Pride Month. 

06.05.19—The Trump Administration announced they would cut federal funding for an HIV and AIDS research program conducted by the University of California that uses fetal tissue in its research. 

05.24.19—The Trump Administration announced a new policy stating transgender Americans would not be guaranteed health care protections under the Affordable Care Act, potentially harming 1.5 million trans Americans. 

05.24.19—The Trump Administration announced plans to begin implementing a new policy which would allow adoption agencies to deny LGBTQ couples the ability to adopt based on so-called “religious exemptions.”

05.22.19—The Trump Administration announced plans to rescind Obama-era policy which asked homeless shelters receiving federal dollars to grant transgender Americans the ability to use facilities according to their gender identity. 

05.13.19—President Trump declares his opposition to the Equality Act, a direct flip flop from his previous stance on the issue more than a decade ago. 

05.02.19—The Trump Administration, via the Department of Health and Human Services, issued a new rule allowing doctors and physicians the opportunity to deny Americans health care services based on their so-called religious beliefs, including seeking a “religious exemption” to deny life-saving health care for LGBTQ Americans. 

04.17.19—The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the agency would no longer be collecting data on LGBTQ youth in foster care programs. 

04.12.19—President Trump and his administration implement its ban barring transgender Americans from openly serving in the country’s armed services. 

04.10.19—During a House Education Committee hearing, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos acknowledged that the administration’s choice to rescind the Obama-era bathroom guidance—which added protections for transgender students—exposed trans students to additional harassment and discrimination in schools across the nation. 

04.04.19—Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson refused to reinstate housing protection guidelines that would prevent LGBTQ Americans from experiencing discrimination while attaining a home, which include access to homeless shelters. 

03.27.19—Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos refused to say on the record whether or not she opposed discrimination against LGBTQ people at schools during a House subcommittee hearing on education appropriations. 

03.25.19—Trump Administration officials within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) were accused of abusing—including harassment and denying health care services—12 immigrants who identify as LGBTQ. 

03.12.19—In a late night decision, the Trump Administration announces plans to implement its ban on transgender service members from openly serving in the country’s armed forces according to their gender identity, impacting more than 13,000 service members who are currently enlisted. 

03.11.19—In its Fiscal Year Budget for 2020, the Trump Administration announced new plans to 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. 

02.27.19—During a House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing on the administration’s ban on transgender services members from serving openly in the armed forces, Trump Administration officials used derogatory phrases such as “a transgender,” but they also called gender-confirmation surgery a “disqualifying surgery,” comparing it to having cancer, heart disease, or diabetes.

02.08.19—One day after defending a Michigan adoption agency during the National Prayer Breakfast, the Trump Administration confirms they intended to grant faith-based adoption agencies federal funds in its upcoming 2020 White House Budget. These faith-based adoption agencies actively use “religious exemptions” as an excuse to deny LGBTQ families the ability to adopt a child. 

02.07.19—At the annual National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump praised Second Lady Karen Pence for teaching at a private Christian school known openly to discriminate against LGBTQ students and teachers, and defended a Michigan adoption agency for refusing to serve an LGBTQ family based on so-called “religious exemptions.” 

01.28.19—President Trump meets with Ginni Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and anti-LGBTQ group Groundswell at the White House. According to news reports, Ms. Thomas led a meeting with President Trump at the White House where participants denounced transgender Americans and claimed the historic, nationwide marriage equality ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was “harming the fabric of the United States.” The Supreme Court is on the verge of deciding whether to take up a case regarding Trump’s ban on allowing transgender service members from serving in the nation’s armed forces. 

01.23.19—The Trump Administration approved a waiver request by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, which could give faith-based adoption agencies the ability to deny LGBTQ couples adoption rights based on so-called “religious exemptions”—all while using government tax dollars. 

01.11.19—More than 13,000 federal workers identifying as LGBTQ do not receive a paycheck as President Trump’s government shutdown becomes the longest shut down in U.S. history. 

01.03.19—In a leaked memo by the Justice Department, the Trump Administration considers dissolving the “disparate impact” regulation, which grants marginalized communities (including LGBTQ Americans) legal protections from unintended discrimination in housing, education, and other ways of life. 

01.01.19—NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine invites Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Roscosmos, to visit the United States. Rogozin, a politician, is vehemently anti-LGBTQ and even compared the community to ISIS.

12.21.18—The Department of Justice issued a “Statement of Interest” on a pending case involving the University of Iowa and an anti-LGBTQ student organization. The DOJ sided with the student group that indirectly bars an LGBTQ person from joining their organization. This indirect discrimination is known as a “disparate impact” form of discrimination. 

12.20.18—The Trump Administration tightens its regulations on access to food stamps, affecting about 1 in 4 LGBTQ adults who apply for the SNAP program. 

12.19.18—The Trump Administration discharges two service members in the Air Force after disclosing their HIV-positive status to the Department of Defense. 

12.09.18—The Trump Administration quietly shuts down a HIV research facility in Montana after the administration objected to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its scientists using fetal tissue as a part of its research to find a cure for HIV and AIDS.

11.30.18—The Trump Administration signs a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that makes it clear the United States doesn’t have to proactively combat anti-LGBTQ discrimination in order to adhere to the agreement.

11.23.18—The Trump Administration asks the United States Supreme Court to circumvent federal appeals courts and issue a ruling on transgender Americans’ right to serve in the military.

10.25.18—U.S. officials at the United Nations are seeking to replace mentions of “gender,” e.g. “gender-based violence,” with alternative terminology, like “violence against women,” erasing all references to gender identity and the issues relating to trans and gender non-conforming people.

10.24.18—The Department of Justice writes in a brief to the Supreme Court that it is legal to discriminate against transgender employees based on their gender identity, saying that banning sex discrimination under Title VII in the workplace does not extend to transgender workers.

10.21.18—The Department of Health and Human Services proposes in a new memo to adopt a definition of gender as determined "on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable." Sex would be defined as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by genitals a person is born with.

10.01.18—The Trump Administration’s State Department announces a new policy that the same-sex, unmarried partners of United Nations employees will not be granted visas to stay in the U.S., effective immediately. In doing so, diplomats in same-sex partnerships who come from countries where same-sex marriage is illegal will either be forced to marry in the U.S. and risk repercussions, including threats, harassment, and even incarceration back home; quit their jobs; or separate for the sake of one partner’s career.

07.30.18—President Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces his new “Religious Liberty” Task Force at the Department of Justice’s Religious Liberty Summit. As stated by Sessions, the group’s purpose is to ensure that the Justice Department upholds the administration’s guidance for religious exemptions, which he released in October.

07.09.18—President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court seat made vacant by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh has an extremely conservative record and has the support of Family Research Council (FRC), designated as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

05.11.18—The Trump Administration rolls back protections for incarcerated transgender people that were intended to mitigate their exposure to sexual assault and abuse, allowing the Bureau of Prisons to “use biological sex as the initial determination for designation” when placing trans people for housing, screening, and programs and services.

05.03.18—President Trump signs an executive order to create a new “White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” that will be tasked with working on so-called ”religious liberty” issues across federal agencies.

04.18.18—Reporting revealed that The Trump Administration’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief gave a sizable grant to the anti-LGBTQ group Focus on the Family Africa on Sept. 18, 2017.

04.10.18—Reporting reveals that the White House is seeking to roll back vital data collection on LGBTQ youth by raising the minimum age that LGBTQ people can be asked questions about their sexual orientation and gender identity in the Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey. 

03.23.18—Reporting in Slate reveals that the Trump Administration worked closely with Tony Perkins, head of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council to draft their latest policy to implement Trump’s ban transgender soldiers from openly serving in any capacity within the United States armed forces.

03.23.18—The Trump Administration announces a reworked attempt to ban all transgender people from serving in the military in response to the implementation of his original policy being frozen by four different federal courts who declared it likely to be unconstitutional.

03.20.18—The Department of Housing and Urban Development defends the Trump Administration’s decision to remove guidelines from its website intended to prevent anti-LGBTQ discrimination in homeless shelters by arguing that transgender women accessing shelters make people ”not comfortable.”

03.20.18—The Department of Education states that it is the Trump Administration’s position to refuse to protect transgender students denied access to bathrooms and lockers based on their gender identity, even when faced with court rulings reaffirming that transgender students are protected under Title IX. 

03.0818—The Trump Administration hosts Brent Bozell, the anti-LGBTQ founder of the fringe right-wing group Media Resource Center, at a White House roundtable.

03.05.18—The Department Housing and Urban Development Secretary moved to change its official mission statement by removing promises of inclusive and discrimination-free communities. 

02.12.18—The Department of Education officially confirms they will not investigate or take action on any complaints filed by transgender students who are banned from restrooms that match their gender identity,

01.19.18—Reporting reveals that Trump Administration appointee Carl Higbie had made extreme racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBTQ comments on the radio. He was removed from his White House position but then hired by “America First Policies,” a nonprofit created by six of Trump’s top campaign aides.

01.18.18—The Department of Health and Human Services created a new department that shields healthcare workers who refuse to treat LGBTQ patients or those living with HIV by claiming moral or religious objections.

01.16.18—The Trump Administration promotes anti-LGBTQ religious exemptions in his Religious Freedom Day proclamation. 

12.29.17—President Trump fires the entire White House Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

12.29.17—The Trump Administration fires the entire White House Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

12.22.17—Pres. Trump signs GOP-led tax reform bill into law. LGBTQ advocates note the state and local tax reduction will mean higher costs for LGBTQ people who live in areas with stronger non-discrimination protections, typically more progressive states and cities. "They will now be penalized for living in a safer community.” LINK: 

12.15.17—Staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at were instructed not to use the words “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based” in official documents.

12.05.17—The Department of Justice argues in support of baker who denied service to a gay couple during the Supreme Court oral arguments for the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

12.05.17—White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters that theTrump Administration backs the position that businesses owners should be able to put up signs saying they won’t serve LGBT customers. 

12.01.17—The Trump Administration leaves out the LGBTQ community and people of color from the official World AIDS Day Proclamation.

10.16.17—In a profile on Vice President Mike Pence that ran in the New Yorker, President Trump reportedly joked of Pence when asked about LGBTQ rights: ”Don’t ask that guy—he wants to hang them all!”

10.11.17—The Trump Administration’s National Park Services withdrew its sponsorship of New York City’s first permanent Pride Flag, located outside of the historic Stonewall Inn, and dropped out of its pre-scheduled participation in the flag dedication ceremony.

10.06.17—The Department of Justice issues a sweeping ”religious exemptions” guidance which invites taxpayer-funded federal agencies, government employees, and government contractors to legally discriminate against LGBTQ employees as long as they cite a religious belief as the reason for doing it.

10.06.17—The Department of Health and Human Services rolls back the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit, allowing the use of “religious exemptions” to deny health care to women, trans men, and gender non-conforming people who rely on the no-copay contraception benefit. 

10.05.17—In a Department of Justice memo, the Trump Administration reverses a policy that provided non-discrimination protections for transgender people in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

10.3.17—The Department of Health and Human Services erases all mentions of the LGBTQ community and their health needs in its strategic plan for the fiscal year 2018-2022.

09.22.17—The Education Department rescinds the Obama Administration-era Title IX guidance on investigating campus sexual assault; LGBTQ students experience sexual harassment at disproportionately high rates.

09.08.17—Reporting reveals the CIA canceled a planned speech about diversity and LGBTQ rights set to be given by Judy and Dennis Shepard, founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

09.07.17—The Justice Department files an amicus brief in support ofso-called “religious exemptions” to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans.

09.07.17—The Education Department announces it will roll back Obama Administration-era Title IX guidelines which protected sexual assault survivors on college and university campuses.

09.05.17—The Trump Administration ends the DACA program which protected an estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, including an estimated 39,000 LGBTQ DREAMers, from detention and deportation. 

08.27.17—Reporting reveals the CIA consulted with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

08.25.17—The Trump Administration officially directs the Pentagon to move forward with his ban on transgender service members openly serving in the U.S. Military. The discriminatory policy is due to take effect on March 23, 2018.

08.25.17—The Trump Administration pardons former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a criminal known for terrorizing the Latinx community with inmate abuses, unjustified arrests, and racial profiling.

08.12.17—Vice President Mike Pence stands by President Trump after he refused to condemn white supremacists who chanted violently racist and anti-LGBTQ slurs during a rally in Charlottesville, VA.

07.26.17—The Justice Department files a brief opposing workplace nondiscrimination protection for the LGBTQ community under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1864 in the case Zarda v. Altitude Express.

07.26.17—The Trump Administration announces they will ban transgender service members from serving in “any capacity” in the U.S. military.

07.25.17—Reporting reveals Vice President Mike Pence advocated for the removal of healthcare benefits for transgender servicemembers within the U.S. military behind closed doors. 

07.12.17—In a closed-door and unannounced opportunity, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence posed for a photograph with notorious anti-LGBTQ activists who wish to promote so-called “religious exemptions” that would harm LGBTQ Americans across the nation.

06.29.17—Reports revealed the Trump Administration hired anti-transgender activist, Bethany Kozma, to the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Rights at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

06.28.17—The Department of Justice ejected reporters covering a DOJ Pride event hosted by LGBTQ affinity groups for federal workers.

06.27.17—The Trump Administration failed to mention the LGBTQ community in their National HIV Testing Day statement. 

06.17.17—Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned saying that the Trump Administration “simply does not care” about combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

06.16.17—An obtained internal memo from the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights reveals guidelines to dismiss complaints about bathroom access filed by transgender students. 

06.15.17—Department of Commerce removes sexual orientation and gender identity from the agency’s Equal Employment Policy; LGBTQ protections have been explicitly included since 2010. Only after fierce opposition did Secretary Wilbur Ross change it back.

06.15.17—The Department of Education invites Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, two anti-LGBTQ organizations, to be speakers for a daylong conference on engaging fathers in their children’s education and welfare.

06.15.17—The Department of Education rolls back the Office for Civil Rights’ expansive approach to investigating civil rights complaints that seek to protect LGBTQ students, and other marginalized communities, from discrimination at school.

06.01.17—The Trump Administration declines to issue a presidential proclamation designating June as LGBTQ Pride Month, breaking with an eight-year precedent set by President Barack Obama to honor and support LGBTQ Americans during Pride Month.

05.23.17—The Trump Administration reveals their budget which includes proposed slashes to programs and departments critical to the LGBTQ community, including Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Disease Control’s HIV and AIDS programs.

05.22.17—The Trump Administration grants White House press credentials to a “reporter” from Infowars, a conspiracy outlet that regularly peddles dangerous, offensive and anti-LGBTQ content. 

05.08.17—Department of Agriculture issues new so-called “religious freedom” policy statement, a move praised by the anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council. 

05.04.17—President Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence at his side, signs a “religious liberty” executive order. Although this EO does not target LGBTQ Americans, it is the first step in what could be a much broader permission slip for discrimination against the LGBTQ community. 

04.14.17—The Trump Administration files to dismiss a lawsuit accusing North Carolina of discriminating against the LGBTQ community in response to HB2, despite the similarities of the HB142 replacement.

04.10.17—A ProPublica investigation reveals the Trump Administration appointed James Renne, a key staffer involved in the Bush-era anti-LGBTQ purge of gay government employees, to a senior role at the Department of Agriculture.

03.28.17—The Trump Administration cancels plans to add the LGBTQ community to its upcoming 2020 U.S. Census.

03.28.17—Under the proposed budget for the U.S. Congress, The Trump Administration offered to cut HIV and AIDS research funding under the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

03.24.17—The Trump Administration appoints anti-LGBTQ activist and former Heritage Foundation employee Roger Severino to lead the Health and Human Services Civil Rights Office, putting the LGBTQ community at risk of losing access to critical and affordable health care. 

03.20.17: The Trump Administration erases the LGBTQ community from The National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants and the Annual Program Performance Report for Centers for Independent Living, key surveys that are used to help provide care to American seniors—including disability, transportation, and caregiver support needs.

02.22.17—The Trump Administration rescinds Title IX protections for transgender students in our nation’s schools. 

02.02.17: ABC News reports that after previously committing to protecting LGBTQ Americans from discrimination, the Trump Administration had drafted a “License to Discriminate” executive order which would usher in across-the-board discrimination against the LGBTQ community. 

01.27.17: The Trump Administration issues an executive order to indefinitely ban Syrian refugees from entering the United States. This ban includes LGBTQ refugees fleeing the nation in fear of discrimination. A

01.20.17: Minutes after Donald Trump and Mike Pence were sworn into office, any mention of the LGBTQ community was erased from White House, Department of State, and Department of Labor websites. 


Governor of Indiana


—As governor of Indiana, Pence earned national notoriety for signing a so-called “religious freedom” bill that religious conservatives in his state (many of whom Pence invited to attend the private bill signing) championed for the purposes of allowing business owners the right to refuse service to LGBTQ customers. After outcry and boycotts, Pence was forced to sign an amended version that made it clear the law cannot be used to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Said he and the President believe in ending the Obama administration’s guidance on public schools allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and facilities that match their gender identity.

Supported anti-LGBTQ Federal Marriage Amendment with claims that being gay is a “chosen lifestyle,” and a warning that “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.”

—First ran for Congress on a platform that called on lawmakers to “oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage,” to “oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a ‘discreet and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities,” and to “support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus.” Pence called on these federal dollars to instead be “directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

Claimed repealing the military’s discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would turn the Armed Forces into a “backdrop for social experimentation.” Sought to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” and restore a full ban on openly gay soldiers.

Claimed federal hate crimes legislation was really designed “to advance a radical social agenda.”

Stated that LGBTQ-inclusive hate crime legislation would “silence” groups that promote so-called conversion therapy: “Finally, pro-homosexual activist groups such as the Human Rights Campaign have stated their belief that an ad campaign by pro-family groups showing that many former homosexual people had found happiness in a heterosexual lifestyle, contributed to the tragic 1998 murder of homosexual college student Matthew Shepard. There is no evidence that his killers even knew about the ads, and Shepard’s killers told ABC’s 20/20 that they were motivated by money and drugs. However, the danger here is that people use a hate crimes bill to silence the freedom of religious leaders to speak out against homosexuality.”

Insisted “there’s no question to mainstream homosexuality within active duty military would have an impact on unit cohesion would have an impact on recruitment, an impact on readiness…”

Signed on to a letter demanding a federal appointee be fired because of his “role in promoting homosexuality and pushing a pro-homosexual agenda in America’s schools—an agenda that runs counter to the values that many parents desire to instill in their children.”

Referred to undocumented immigrants as “criminal aliens.”

Compared himself to Noah trying to stop the flood of marriage equality: “It’s important that every American use whatever means is necessary. I feel a little like Noah. Everybody laughed at him when he was building his boat. People may not understand the urgency, but we need to build a firewall to defend marriage.

The GLAAD Accountability Project catalogs anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and discriminatory actions of politicians, commentators, organization heads, religious leaders, and legal figures, who have used their platforms, influence and power to spread misinformation and harm LGBTQ people.