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NY Times poll reveals 14% of LGBT voters supported Trump

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The New York Times released their election exit poll numbers, revealing how many LGBT Americans voted for Donald Trump. 

Hillary Clinton was the big winner at 78% but Trump managed to get 14% of the LGBT vote.

This number is a little bit lower than some Republicans who have run in the past: McCain was able to get 27% of the LGBT vote in 2008 and Mitt Romney secured 22% in 2012.

Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) recently talked to Trump supporter and Log Cabin Republican Gregory Angelo about why he supported the business mogul.

“I’ve wanted him to be president since I was 10-years-old,” he said.

Donald Trump was never as vocal about LGBT issues as much as his opponent, but when he did approach the subject he waffled throughout the campaign.

Specifically, addressing the anti-LGBT North Carolina transgender bathroom bill which he initially rejected.

"There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate," Trump told The Today Show back in April.

He amended that stance the very next day, "I think that local communities and states should make the decision," he said. "And I feel very strongly about that. The federal government should not be involved."

Gay Republican Garison Carrell of Oklahoma told the news service that Trump’s win over Clinton is a victory not only for America, but its gay citizens.

“The fear mongering the left has done is absurd,” he said.

“Trump has been branded by the left as something he is not. President-elect Trump will be far better for the gay community than Secretary Clinton would have been as our executive.”

One aspect of the high LGBT support for Clinton may have been her aggressive and vocal support of LGBT rights, especially gay marriage throughout her campaign, but Carrell isn’t buying it.

“These are state issues or have been decided by the Supreme Court. Gay marriage has been decided in the US,” Carrell told the publication.

“While Trump was attending gay weddings and hanging out with gay friends, Hillary was supporting the Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell."

Yet there was more to consider when voting for Trump as an LGBT individual, and that is his choice for Vice President, Mike Pence an alt-right reactionary who says he wants to overturn marriage equality and spend tax dollars on conversion therapy.

"The Vice President has no power,” said Carrell, "outside of breaking a tie in the Senate, of which we already have 51 plus votes, rendering his position impotent." 

Gay Trump supporter Dale Giesige of Ohio told SBS, “I'm relieved our country can address some issues that would not be addressed if Hillary won.”

“Trump represents forward progress while Hillary Clinton represented more of a stuck in the mud, 'nothing wrong here' attitude.”