For the first time in eight years, there will be no official LGBTQ Pride Month. The now-sixteen year old tradition began with President Clinton, and was continued by President Obama for each year of his two terms. Though Donald Trump once had a reputation for being not-entirely-unfriendly toward the gay community, it seems he has declined to include LGBTQ Pride in his list of several other communities honored with a proclamation.
Some of the communities that did make the list include Caribbean-American Heritage, Homeowners, African American Music, and even The Ocean.
Critics were quick to tie the lack of an LGBTQ Pride Month to Trump’s shifting track record on gay rights. The Daily Dot reports that Nancy Pelosi stated, “LGBT Americans face an assault on their rights from the White House and House Republicans, who are gutting HIV prevention and treatment initiatives, dismantling protections for transgender children in public schools and conspiring to render LGBT Americans invisible in the census.”
The news wasn’t lost on others, either. Twitter has lit up with responses to what is at best an oversight and at worst a sight that belies the Trump administration’s marked departure from President Obama’s progressive strides on gay rights.