GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, Thursday denounced the White House for their “Generation Next: A White House Forum,” which will include a panel on free speech with Tyson Langhofer, a lawyer for the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, followed by Trump being interviewed by anti-LGBTQ activist Charlie Kirk, and another panel moderated by Trump’s anti-LGBTQ Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp.
“Trump has surrounded himself with anti-LGBTQ activists who have systematically targeted the transgender community and openly defended the vile and discredited practice of conversion therapy,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “From delivering countless speeches to fringe groups united around hatred towards LGBTQ Americans to bringing them through the White House gates, President Trump continues to lead a culture war against the LGBTQ community at every turn.”
To accurately report this event, journalists have the responsibility to put those involved in full context for their readers, listeners, and viewers by including information on their anti-LGBTQ records.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, has a vast anti-LGBTQ record resulting in their designation as an anti-LGBTQ hate group and recently argued that laws to prevent the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy is a violation of free speech. Charlie Kirk has said that requiring businesses to follow non-discrimination laws and serve LGBTQ people is “exactly the same things” as forcing a Jewish artist to paint neo-Nazi materials and that validating transgender identity is “non-biological’ and “harmful to society.”
Moderator Schlapp believes that LGBTQ people “shove their liberal ideology in the face of others, in our schools and in the public square.”