Amid numerous controversial cabinet picks, another has arisen that may give LGBTQ advocates pause. John Gore, known recently as the legal defense counsel for the University of North Carolina fighting claims of discrimination against transgender individuals, was named to head the DOJ’s Civil Rights division.
One of the most controversial appointments thus far in the Trump administration, Betsy DeVos faces a confirmation hearing before she can take her post as head of the Department of Education. As legislators question the candidate to evaluate her fitness for the position, one issue that may get swept under the rug is how a DeVos education department will treat LGBTQ students.
As the new year begins, many hope for a more productive legislative season than 2016 produced. House Bill 2 (HB2), the controversial “bathroom bill” that sparked widespread protests for its violation of transgender rights, is perhaps the biggest issue being debated by politicians, activists, and journalists alike.