Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said earlier this year that Transgender people should be able to use the restroom of their choice even inviting Caitlyn Jenner to use the women’s restroom in the Trump Towers.
However this week he has changed his position and in an interview with a North Carolina publication said he thinks the state knows better when it comes to HB2, a restrictive transphobic bill which among other things bars trans people from using the restroom of which they most identify.
“I’m going with the state. They know what’s going on, they’ve seen what’s happening,” he said. “I’ve spoken to your Governor, I’ve spoken to a number of different people, and I’m going with the state.”
The group calling themselves “LGBTrump -Gays for Trump” have also sided with Trump’s position saying that the sex versus gender fight is not the same as gays and lesbians wanting equal legal status of same-sex relationships.
“What Trump said does not disqualify him from being the best candidate on gay rights that the Republican Party has ever nominated — because gay rights and trans rights are not synonymous,” said the group’s administrator Joseph Murray in Breitbart, “Though LGBT activists are loathe to admit it, the plight of transgender Americans are starkly different from lesbian and gay Americans.”
Murray continues to say in the article that HB2 is a privacy and security act which protects everyone’s sexual privacy by requiring men and women to use the restrooms of their biological sex.
He then points out how the law benefits transgender people.
Murray continues: “The law also accommodates transgender people because state law allows people to change their legal sex once they take medical procedures that clearly show which side of the sex and gender fence they’d rather stand. That state solution — although imperfect — is a better and fairer fix than a one-size-fits-all policy set by lobbyists and party hacks in Washington D.C.
“The LGBT left wants to keep all of us sexual minorities away from the center of American life — because that’s how they get to keep control — or at least influence — over us and our voting cards. That’s why the LGBT left is quick to condemn Trump and eager to intimidate gay Trump supporters.”
“His comments on the live-and-let-live HB2 in no way undercuts the commitment he has made to gay people,” Murray writes.