With the US Republican convention kicking off this week, GLAAD has released an ad that correct Trump’s lies when it comes to his administration’s LGBTIQ record.
In a statement, Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD (the largest LGBTIQ media advocacy organisation), said the ad’s message on the need for the Equality Act was critical for the community.
“So much is at stake for LGBTQ Americans right now, yet LGBTQ issues have been nearly invisible from the national media narrative since Donald Trump’s election in 2016 and are not being talked about enough in this year’s election coverage,” Ellis said.
“At a time when Americans are entrenched in their own media bubbles, this ad shows why the Equality Act is critical to LGBTQ people and those who love them, and how the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress are blocking its passage,” Ellis said.
The paid ad stars two actors playing mother and son having a Zoom chat. The mother tells her son he’s “exaggerating” on the issue.
“Ma, do you know that I could be evicted for being gay? Or turned away at the ER? Donald Trump opposes the bill that would change that,” the actor in the commercial says to his mother.
Trump and his supporters like to claim he is the country’s most pro-LGBTIQ president in the nation’s history. However, GLAAD monitors his record via its Trump Accountability Project and shows his administration has consistently attacked LGBTIQ rights and issues since he was elected.
Most recently this has been the Trump administration’s opposition of the Equality Act that would ban anti-LGBTIQ discrimination in the workplace, housing and more.
GLAAD sees the ad as a necessary counterpoint to the fake news spread about the president’s record on equality.
“Given Fox News’ track record on spreading misinformation or keeping LGBTQ issues invisible, it’s critical that we reach those viewers with what they need to know about what’s at stake for LGBTQ people at this pivotal moment in our history,” said Ellis.
It appears on Fox and Friends a favoured channel of the right – watch it below.