GLAAD has warned that President Donald
Trump's support for a gay Bollywood film isn't what it seems.
On Friday, as the president prepared to
visit India, he retweeted a message from LGBT activist Peter Tatchell
praising “a new #Bollywood rom-com featuring a gay romance.”
“Great!” Trump added to the tweet.
In a blog post, GLAAD asked readers not
to “fall for POTUS's 'support.'”
“The Trump campaign might sell
rainbow tee shirts, but it's an empty gesture with no policy backing.
This one-word celebration of a movie is just more of the same,” the
“But what [is it] mostly? Pandering.
After more than three years of attempting to ban transgender people
from the military, standing against multiple Supreme Court cases that
would secure LGBTQ protections, opposing the Equality Act, reversing
Obama era policies that expanded freedoms, pushing for anti-LGBTQ
'religious freedom' protections, and buddying up with some of the
LGBTQ community's most ardent opponents, Team Trump wants some little
thing they can grab onto so that casual backers can claim support in
“It is exactly why we must be extra
vigilant about showing the truth. The president's supporters are
going to whip out rainbow-hued gaslights and try to dupe you into
believing what you've heard about their guy is all 'fake news,' and
that he's actually a covert ally. Don't buy it, and make sure no one
you know buys it either!”
“GLAAD's Trump Accountability Project
has arduously tracked 136 attacks in the past 1130 days, and there
will surely be more between now and election day. A tweeted 'Great!'
does not absolve such a dense record,” the group added.