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Last year president Trump broke with tradition by failing to recognise or acknowledge June as Pride Month.

That’s right, the president who finds time to respond to his many detractors within minutes, at all hours of the day, didn’t so much as send out a tweet acknowledging the LGBT+ community in the month of June.

Trump tweeted a total of 37 times in June 2017, mostly referencing fake news. He mentioned CNN, president Obama and Hillary Clinton in three tweets each. He even made time to tweet "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" twice. In fact, the only time he has mentioned LGBT+ people since becoming president is in reference to his proposed ban on trans people serving in the US military.

As a candidate, Trump had promised to be different than many of his Republican peers. In June 2016, he even declared that he would be a better ally of the LGBT+ community than Hillary Clinton. He tweeted:

I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs

But back in reality, Trump has been described by The Hill as having "taken every opportunity to promote discrimination against LGBT+ people in health care, social services, private business, employment, and state and federally-funded government services under the guise of free exercise of religion".

President Bill Clinton first recognised Pride Month, which commemorate the Stonewall Riots of late June 1969, in 1999. He again recognised June as Pride Month in 2000. President Obama consistently recognised Pride Month during his eight years in office and even hosted celebrations inside the White House.

Although Trump did not recognise LGBT+ Pride Month in 2017, he proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month, National Ocean Month and National Home-ownership Month.

This year’s Pride Month comes at a time when record numbers of Americans across the political spectrum support same-sex marriage, which was introduced nationwide in 2015. 67 per cent of Americans now support same-sex unions, up five per cent from 2017.

It remains to be seen whether Trump will recognise LGBT+ Pride Month 2018, but it doesn't look likely.

Happy Great Outdoors Month, though.

TB: CNN

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