Despite an extremely right leaning political climate over the past year, 2018 saw a substantial drop in media coverage related to LGBTQ issues than in years past. That doesn’t mean noteworthy stories weren’t reported, however.
The Department of Justice under Donald Trump has made an about-face from the Obama days of expanding transgender rights. Two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was confirmed amidst heavy protest, the DOJ filed a brief that presents the first hint as to how the new administration will treat LGBTQ rights.
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.