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Osbourne Tells LGBT Audience To Give Trump A Chance

| by Jordan Smith

TV personality Kelly Osbourne appealed to an audience at an awards ceremony on Dec. 4 to give President-elect Donald Trump a chance to govern.

Osbourne was accepting the award from the Trevor Project, a group that provides nationwide suicide support to LGBT youth, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Osbourne has supported the work of the group for some time and thanked the project for the award.

“We’re living in a time when we might not have the future president that we wanted in this country,” Osbourne said during her acceptance speech. “And as an immigrant who can’t vote, I don’t really get to say much. But tonight, I do. People voted for him. So just like they gave us a chance to love equally, we will fight to keep that.”

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“But we have to give him a chance,” she said.

Osbourne’s comments were seen as controversial because of Trump’s position on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

One concern for LGBT groups is Trump’s appointment of Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia to head the Department of Health and Human Services. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that Price has a long record of anti-LGBT legislative activity, including voting against a marriage equality law in 2006.

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing same sex marriage in 2015, Price said, “It is not only a sad day for marriage, but a further destruction of our entire system of checks and balances.”

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Republican Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma indicated that a Trump administration would repeal President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive order banning companies with federal contracts from discriminating against workers because of their sexual orientation. Russell has been campaigning for an amendment to Obama’s order to allow organizations to be exempt from the ban on discrimination for religious reasons.

“These issues will be resolved, and we have gotten some very good assurances moving forward,” Russell told BuzzFeed News. “I am certainly encouraged by the signs that I am getting from the administration that is inbound.”

Russell alleged Obama's order was vague and failed to offer faith-based organizations an exemption.

“The vagueness was created by the executive branch, so the executive branch [under Trump] could un-create the vagueness,” Russell added. “You reverse it by clarifying a bad executive order with a good one.”

LGBT organizations have warned that companies could use a religious exemption as a cover to discriminate against LGBT people and deny services to them.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, BuzzFeed News, Southern Poverty Law Center/ photo credit: Kelly Osbourne/Twitter

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