Dems hit Trump on National Coming Out Day
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Democrats are slamming President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE on National Coming Out day, with the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) calling the Trump administration "openly hostile to LGBTQ people."

“Unfortunately, this year’s celebration is clouded by a presidency that is openly hostile to LGBTQ people. Donald Trump, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTop Senate Democrat: Space Force is 'not the way to go' Why you should take Trump’s Space Force seriously Pence condemns 'racism and violence' ahead of Charlottesville anniversary MORE, and their administration began attacking the LGBTQ community on their first day in office," said DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE and DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes in a statement. 

"They retracted the Department of Education’s guidance on transgender students, abandoned America’s global leadership role on LGBTQ rights, proposed cuts to HIV/AIDS testing and care, and just last week reinterpreted the law to give businesses a license to discriminate."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a separate statement that the administration is engaged in a "mean-spirited and malicious campaign against LGBT Americans."

"The White House's 'License to Discriminate' guidelines are the latest assault on the rights of the LGBT community and open the floodgates to cruel, immoral discrimination against vulnerable Americans," the California Democrat added, referring to a memo issued by the Justice Department establishing federal guidelines on religious liberty. 

Trump signed a controversial but largely symbolic executive order in May calling to "vigorously promote religious liberty" and preventing the IRS from punishing and taking "adverse action" against nonprofit religious groups who engage in political speech but do not make official political endorsements. It offers exemptions for religious groups from participating in activities that they say violate their religious convictions.

The Human Rights Campaign, a leading civil rights group, said the guidelines allow for a "sweeping license to discriminate" against vulnerable groups for giving "legal cover" to those who violate discrimination laws. 

A 20-page memo issued by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouston restaurant shuts down social media after Sessions photo backlash ACLU’s lawsuit may force Trump to stop granting asylum applications US judge rejects Russian company’s bid to dismiss Mueller charges MORE in October reinforces religious liberty as a fundamental human right, which “includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.”