Trump has avoided using opposition to LGBT rights as a rallying cry for the GOP’s right-wing base, instead whipping up resentment for Muslims, Mexicans, and immigrants. During both the Republican National Convention and the third presidential debate, Trump acknowledged the violence that LGBT people face in the Middle East, but his words were widely seen as a cynical plea for gay votes and dollars, and possibly female support.
As Log Cabin pointed out, Trump supports “religious discrimination” legislation that would allow LGBT people to be refused service based on religious grounds. Trump also picked the man associated with Indiana’s “turn away the gays” bill, antigay governor Mike Pence, as his running mate. Unlike Hillary Clinton, Trump is opposed to marriage equality and has been silent on the so-called Equality Act, which would ban housing and employment discrimination against LGBT people.
From The Advocate