Target: Tom Barrack, Inaugural Committee Chairman for President-elect Trump
Goal: Remove anti-LGBTQ speakers from Donald Trump’s inauguration lineup.
Donald Trump has a handful of anti-LGBTQ figures speaking at his inauguration. While he may have had a lot of trouble acquiring famous celebrities to perform for him, he has had no trouble acquiring those who have advocated for discrimination and hate.
Among the speakers enlisted to give the opening and closing prayers at the inauguration are Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Reverend Franklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy Graham. Both men have advocated against LGBTQ rights. Graham supported an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and has supported Russia’s violent discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Dolan has also spent a great portion of his career fighting against same-sex marriage.
The fact that Trump, as president-elect, would allow figures who willingly oppose the equal rights of others to represent him is appalling. How can Trump claim to be a president for all if he supports men and women like Graham and Dolan, who continue to hold onto antiquated beliefs about the LGBTQ community? Sign the petition and demand that these speakers be removed from the inaugural proceedings.
Dear Mr. Barrack,
As chairman of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, you have played a direct role in acquiring the figures who will perform and speak at the event. Two of the figures you have chosen, Reverend Franklin Graham and Archbishop Timothy Dolan, are vehemently opposed to LGBTQ rights. The two men have spoken out against same-sex marriage and, in the case of Graham, have even lauded Russia for its violent anti-LGBTQ measures.
Trump cannot be a president for all Americans if he surrounds himself with such hateful figures and allows them to speak for him. If Trump wants Americans to trust him, he must first defend the equal rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. I demand that these hateful men, with their medieval ideas and beliefs, be removed from the inaugural proceedings.
[Your Name Here]
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