Mike Pence

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Vice President of the United States

Vice Presidency

-- 4.18.18 - 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.

-- 4.10.18 - 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. 

-- 3.23.18 - 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.

-- 3.23.18 - 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.

-- 3.20.18 - 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."

-- 3.20.18 - The Department of Education once again 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. 

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

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

-- 2.12.18 - 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,

-- 1.19.18 - 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 to back the White House agenda.

-- 1.18.18 - 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 calming moral or religious objections.  

-- 1.16.18 - 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.

-- 12.5.17 - White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters that Trump Administration backs the position that businesses owners should be able to put up signs saying they won’t serve gays. 

-- 12.5.17 - 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.

-- 12.1.17 - The Trump Administration leaves the LGBTQ community and people of color out of his World AIDS Day Proclamation.

-- 1.16.18 - The Trump Administration promotes anti-LGBTQ religious exemptions in the official Religious Freedom Day proclamation. 

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

-- 12.22.17 - The Trump Administration signs the GOP tax bill, which targets low-income and LGBTQ communities, into law. 

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

-- 12.5.17 - House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters that President Trump backs the position that businesses owners should be able to put up signs saying they won’t serve gays. 

-- 12.5.17 - 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.

-- 12.1.17 - The Trump Administration leaves the LGBTQ community and people of color out of 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.

-- 10.6.17- 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.

-- 10.6.17 - 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. 

-- 10.5.17 - 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.

-- 9.22.17 - 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.

-- 9.8.17 - 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

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

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

-- 9.5.17 - The Trump Administration ends the DACA program, which protected an estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, including 36,000 LGBTQ DREAMers, from detention and deportation. 

-- 8.27.17 - Reporting reveals the CIA consulted with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

-- 8.25.17 - 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 take effect March 23, 2018.

-- 8.25.17 - 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.

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

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

-- 7.26.17 - The Trump Administration bans transgender service members from serving in "any capacity" in the U.S. military.  

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

-- 7.12.17 – The Trump Administrationo grants an one-on-one interview between President Donald Trump and Pat Robertson, a longtime anti-LGBTQ activist and Televangelist.

-- 7.10.17 – 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.

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

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

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

-- 6.17.17 - 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.

-- 6.16.17 - 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. 

-- 6.15.17 - 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 Department of Commerce Secretary Ross change it back.

-- 6.15.17 - 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.

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

-- 6.1.17 - 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.

-- 5.23.17 - 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.

-- 5.22.17 - 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. 

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

-- 5.4.17 - 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 more broader permission slip for discrimination against the overall LGBTQ community. 

-- 4.14.17 - 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.

-- 4.10.17 - 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.

-- 3.28.17 - The Trump Administration cancels plans to add the LGBTQ community to its upcoming 2020 U.S. Census, a survey conducted every decade by the federal government to help collect data about living Americans and the United States of America.

-- 3.28.17 - 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).

-- 3.24.17 - The Trump Administration appoints an 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. 

-- 3.20.17: 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.

-- 2.22.17 - The Trump Administration rescinds Title IX protections for transgender students in our nation's schools. 

-- 2.02.17: 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. 

-- 1.27.17: 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. 

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

Prior to Service

-- 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 discrimination on 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 ' 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."

-- Worried 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."

-- Refers 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.”

Trump Accountability Project (TAP)