Unlike last year, LGBTQ issues did not figure as prominently in the news media. But don’t be fooled. Donald Trump and his administration have been hard at work, gutting nearly every protection put in place by former President Barack Obama.
Pete Buttigieg, who has served as mayor of South Bend, Ind. since 2012, came out as a gay man in a self-penned essay published by the South Bend Tribune. This past April he declared his candidacy for president of the United States. Mayor Buttigieg and I spoke on the phone about his campaign, his values, and who he looks up to in the LGBTQ community.
The Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave an okay on Jan. 23 to allow federally-funded child welfare agencies in South Carolina to refuse services on the basis of religion. The decision came in response to a request made by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster last year.