Professor Shannon Gilreath quoted in Reuters regarding absence of LGBT page from White House site
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January 28, 2017
Professor Shannon Gilreath is quoted in the following story, “Absence of LGBT page from White House site worrying sign, say gay rights advocates,” written by Sebastien Malo and published by Reuters on Jan. 27, 2017.
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A week after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn into office, the absence of gay rights issues from the White House website was a worrying sign, campaigners said on Friday.
On the day Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20, references to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community were purged from the White House website. A search on the site for the term “LGBT” returned no results on Friday.
“We’re very concerned about the initial steps the Trump administration is taking on LGBTQ rights,” said Rob Flaherty, spokesman for the Washington D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBT advocacy group.
“He needs to make it clear whether he is going to be an ally to the LGBTQ community or not,” he said.
Shannon Gilreath, a professor of law and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, said it was too early to make a judgment.
“On day seven of the Trump administration, am I in sack-cloth and ashes over the fact that the Trump page has not been replaced at this point? No,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“Now if you ask me the same question six months from now I may have a very different perspective.”