If President Donald Trump is truly the homophobic monster the left says that he is, the LGBT community hasn’t caught on. It’s either that, or the President has never been the bloodthirsty fascist the media describes, and journalists are once again lying to you.
A poll conducted by Hornet, a social media community for LGBTQ folks, found that almost half of gay men surveyed plan to vote for Donald Trump in November. This cuts directly against the narrative that the LGBTQ community is united against the president, and will support whomever the Democratic Party throws at them.
Of the 10,000 users surveyed, 51 percent of American gay men supported Democrat nominee Joe Biden, while 45 percent supported Trump.
Granted, this isn’t a landslide majority on its own — but it does show substantial change in how President Trump and the Republican Party are perceived by the LGBTQ community. It wasn’t long ago when the groups were seen as opposing one another.
But, perhaps it’s not that surprising. After all, Trump is technically the first president to assume office having already supported same sex marriage. Former President Barack Obama did not endorse marriage equality until right before his own re-election bid in 2012. Both he and Hillary Clinton reiterated that marriage is “one man, one woman” when they ran against each other for the Democratic nomination in 2008. As a private citizen during that same time, Trump had already been on the record for being pro-gay marriage.
When it comes to President Trump’s record on LGBTQ issues while in office, there isn’t a lot to complain about either. As Robert Kabel noted in an August piece published in USA Today, Trump launched a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality around the world just last year.
While there is still some work to be done — particularly on mending the rift between the LGBTQ community and religious conservatives — Democrats no longer hold a monopoly on this demographic’s support.