Terry Branstad

12th U.S. Ambassador to China
39th and 42nd Governor of Iowa

Illegally discriminated against the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey when he cut Godfrey’s salary in an effort to force Godfrey to resign. The jury awarded Godfrey $1.5 million, and agreed with Godfrey’s claim that Branstad singled him out because he is gay.

Claimed that he “didn’t know” that the 2010 Iowa Republican Party Platform called for the ending a 2007 anti-discrimination law protecting LGBTQ Iowans. Branstad was head of the state GOP at the time.

—A longtime opponent of marriage equality, Branstad pushed for a state referendum that would allow citizens to overturn the Iowa supreme court's unanimous decision in support of marriage for same-sex couples.

Accused the Obama administration of "overreach" for its guidance to allow transgender students to use facilities matching their gender.

—When President Obama publicly announced his support for marriage equality, Branstad said it was "tragic to see the President of the United States pandering to the Hollywood money crowd."

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.