Ordering A Pride Flag Removed From The Stonewall Inn
In the last few years, the Trump administration has haymakered the queer community in myriad ways, from rolling back anti-discriminatory workplace protections to barring trans people from serving in the military (more on that in a minute). We'd call Trump a homophobic coot, but would a homophobe sell MAGA hats with rainbow text?
Trump Make America Great Again CommitteeFor $35 each, yes, absolutely.
But for all the love the administration has for the Pride flag, they proved how truly repulsive they find the whole shebang back in October 2017, when they shut down an attempt to install that flag at the Stonewall Inn. You know, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.
Earlier that year, the National Park Service announced that in order to commemorate Stonewall being declared a national monument, they would hang a Pride flag on a flagpole outside the inn -- the first rainbow flag to be permanently placed on federal land. Upon hearing about this, the administration ordered the NPS to make the gay go far, far away. To avoid Stonewall Uprising II: Electric Boogaloo, the NPS quickly arranged for the flag to be repositioned on a pole within the boundaries of the monument, but not on federal land. The problem wasn't the flag being near the building, you see, but that it was too icky for government property.
Delaying The Tubman $20 Bill For "Security" Reasons
In April 2016, it was announced that abolitionist icon Harriet Tubman would be featured on the newly designed $20 bill -- a decision that shook racists to their core, including then-candidate Donald Trump, who described the move as "pure political correctness." In unrelated news, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently announced that the Tubman 20 would be delayed for six years, citing problems with implementing anti-counterfeiting measures. But when The New York Times followed up on this claim, they found that the bill was pretty far along in development. An employee of the BEP (the government agency responsible for designing and producing bills) described having seen both a digital image of the completed bill and engraving plates as recently as May 2018.