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LGBT rights, policies removed from official White House website

All mention of LGBT rights removed from official White House website.
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One of the first orders of business it seems as the Trump administration takes over Pennsylvania Avenue is the digital transition LGBT materials on the official White House website.

Gone too are climate change topics and tabs on women’s rights.

If you type "LGBT" into the search bar on the White House website, nothing comes up. 

These deletions are par for the course according to Politico. When one political party leaves, they remove content and send it to National Archives and Records Administration. The new staff will then update the site with their agenda in the coming months. 

But the Trump team appears not to have much room for news and blog entries detailing the policies and updates that include the LGBT community just yet. 

For those, readers will have to visit the archived Obama entries at ObamaWhiteHouse.gov.

 The now removed section once stated:

“President Obama is committed to working with all Americans to create the brightest future for our country through innovation, education and building new technologies and more connected communities.

“Since taking office, the President has demonstrated that his vision for a brighter future includes greater equality for LGBT Americans. The President and his Administration are dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBT communities across the country.”

Key issues being emphasized on this new site takeover are:

America First Energy Plan, America First Foreign Policy, Bringing Back Jobs And Growth, Making Our Military Strong Again, Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community, and Trade Deals Working For All Americans.

Further, selected LGBT-related documents have disappeared from the Department of Labor website, and The Office of National AIDS Policy webpage has been disabled.

Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, released the following statement in response to the omissions:

“We won’t go back," she said. "We won’t go back in the closet, won’t disappear, won’t be silenced.  Donald Trump has already nominated a startlingly antigay cabinet, and erasing us from the White House website signals how he truly feels about LGBT people and everyone living with HIV.

“Donald Trump is already sending a clear signal that he has no intention of serving as the president of all Americans. He should know that Lambda Legal is watching the administration’s every move, and will fight him at every turn.  To LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, we are your lawyers and we’re here to defend you.”

[This is an updated article which now reflects deletion of LGBT content was not done directly by Trump]