The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) this week launched a drive to “Tune Out Trump” following Donald Trump’s decision to use an anti-marriage equality platform as part of his potential presidential nomination bid.
GLAAD points to comments by Trump that were made during various interviews including an appearance on Fox News. They include: “I’m not in favor of gay marriage. They should not be able to marry,” and “I just don’t feel good about it. I don’t feel right about it. I’m against it… I’m opposed to gay marriage.”
Critics have said this is a case of Trump trying to pander to a religious conservative base in order to bolster a potential presidential bid.
GLAAD says that this tactic creates animus toward LGBTs and their families and puts Trump out of step with the public when four recent polls have all shown majority support for marriage equality in the United States.
From the GLAAD blog:
Trump is sending the message to the 1 million gay couples who are raising approximately 2 million kids in the United States that they shouldn’t be treated equally. He wants their viewership for his shows and their money at his properties (Gay and lesbian travelers spend an estimated $17 billion a year for tourism), but Trump doesn’t want to allow them the same dignity and respect as all loving couples and families. This is both an unfair and unwise business practice.
Trump has taken to disparaging the families of gay and lesbian couples as a tactic to get attention for his candidacy. Using Trump’s own famous catch phrase, we would like to tell him “You’re fired!”
GLAAD is encouraging LGBTs and their allies to “Tune out Trump” by declining to support his various business ventures. This includes skipping Trump-affiliated television shows such as The Apprentice and Miss Universe, Trump’s various national holdings including Miami Beach Hotel/Trump International Beach Resort, and New York’s Trump World Tower.
You can find a more complete list of Trump’s businesses that you can choose to avoid in support of marriage equality over at GLAAD’s blog.
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