LGBT rights & climate change pages disappear from official White House website

22.01.2017 - South Front

LGBT rights & climate change pages disappear from official White House website

Southfront  21.01.2017

The Donald Trump’s administration deleted several pages on the official website of the White House during an hour after his inauguration on January 20.

Just an hour after Donald Trump took the office, his administration deleted several pages on the official website of the White House, in particular a page on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and any mention of LGBT, as well as an entire page, dedicated to “climate changes” and “global warming” and all specific mentions, dedicated to the subject.

The White House’s LGBT page (whitehouse.gov/lgbt), which “cannot be found” now, was created by the Obama’s administration in order to highlight major legislative achievements, historic court victories and important policy changes for gay and transgender people, as well as to shine a spotlight on certain campaigns for gay rights. Visitors of the website still can read about the Obama’s administration’s work on gay and transgender rights in an archived press release.

Some people suggested that this removal is just a part of the transition and soon we will have a chance to see a new page with Trump’s stamp of approval, as he was recognized as the “most pro-LGBT nominee in the history of the Republican party” by the Republican group the Log Cabin Republicans.

At the same time, the LGBT community has already expressed concern about the Trump presidency, especially due to his Vice President Pence, who opposed laws protecting the LGBT community, being an Indiana governor.

The page, dedicated to combating “climate changes” (http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy/climate-change), also “cannot be found” now. Any mentions of “climate changes” and “global warming” were also deleted, and a new energy policy page, according to which key environmental policies, such as Climate Action Plan, will be eliminated, is promoted.

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“For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years,” an America First Energy Plan, which is focused on protectionist resource usage measures, reads.

A screenshot, which can be seen below, shows how the “climate changes” page appeared under the Obama’s administration.

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All the changes on the official website of the White House occurred during an hour after the Trump’s inauguration on January 20.

 

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