President Donald Trump said it himself when he stumped on the campaign trail to boast, “I’m much better for the gays.”
Turns out he’s not so bad and is allowing the federal government to continue funding gay and lesbian projects around the country.
Here are some of grants provided since Trump took office:
In March of 2017, a non-profit called the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc, received $354,597 in taxpayer funds, then in March of 2018, doubled down to receive another $354,597 for a grand total of $709,194.
What did your money pay for? Well, if it were the other way around, it would be called racist but the funds went to pay for “comprehensive HIV prevention services for young men of color who have sex with men in New York City.”
The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services headed by Alex Azar, an attorney and former drug company executive.
In December of 2017, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Philadelphia was awarded $11,963 for “digitizing for underrepresented LGBT communities.”
Even better, the Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles was given $10,000 in January of 2018 to support a “national tour of ‘It Gets Better.’”
The grants were awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
But not so fast, the proposed White House budget for FY2019 included $42 million going to the National Endowment for the Humanities to facilitate the “orderly closure of the agency.”
That should be the last grant given to Gay and Lesbian Community centers and choirs for a while. It turns out, it doesn’t get better. Sorry LGBT community, Trump may have exaggerated.