Trump Pledges To Protect LGBTQ Citizens

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Donald Trump at the Republican National ConventionDonald Trump at the Republican National Convention

Donald Trump made history during his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination when he mentioned the LGBTQ community, making him the first GOP nominee ever to do so.

“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist,” Trump said during his July 21 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, according to Yahoo! News. “This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community. No good. We are going to stop it.”

The 49 people Trump is referring to were killed by gunman Omar Mateen at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.

"As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me," Trump added.

The Republican-filled crowd roared with applause at Trump’s LGBTQ support, and he took notice.

“And I have to say as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said,” he told the crowd. “Thank you.”

The final night of the Republican National Convention was one for the history books, for both Trump and another member of the GOP.

Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, who founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, openly told the crowd he is gay during his speech, TIME reports.

“I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American,” said Thiel, who with his statement became the first Republican convention speaker to ever note his sexual orientation.

Thiel’s revelation brought the crowd to their feet, and they were cheering, “USA, USA.”

Trump and Thiel’s history-making evening comes just days after the Republican Party platform adopted ideas that support conversion therapy and stated that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Sources: Yahoo! News, TIME / Photo credit: ABC News via Yahoo! News

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