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Trump speaking at evangelical conference days before Equality March

Just days before the LGBT Equality March on Washington, Trump will address the nations evangelical leaders.
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President Trump is choosing to headline the “Road to Majority” conference this week as the nation readies itself for the LGBTQ Equality March in Washington DC this weekend.

“Road to Majority” is a gathering of evangelicals and is hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, an organization which did not support marriage equality.

Trump is scheduled to speak at the conference on Thursday, June 8. During his campaigning period in 2016, Trump spoke before members of the Freedom and Faith Coalition where he said he would protect traditional marriage. 

“I have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to Evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am President," as Politico reported.

June has historically been deemed LGBT Pride Month, with proclamations by past presidents in support and recognition, however, this year Trump was silent, breaking a 17-year tradition.

"President Trump’s negligence at the start of Pride month provided another example that this administration is no friend to the community," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. "While the Trump Administration tries to systematically erase LGBTQ people and families from the fabric of this nation, LGBTQ Americans and allies must do what we know best this Pride month—stay visible and march for acceptance."

Among other anti-LGBT politicians and faith leaders, Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz, evangelical author James Dobson, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will also be present at the “Road to Majority” conference.

San Diego is participating in the LGBT Equality March on Washington this weekend.