US human rights campaigners have expressed scepticism at President Donald Trump’s promise to maintain a ban on discriminating against LGBTQ government workers.
The White House said on Tuesday that former president Barack Obama’s 2014 executive order prohibiting LGBTQ workplace discrimination would remain intact “at the direction” of Mr Trump.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Mr Trump continued “to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election,” neglecting to mention the president’s fierce opposition to same-sex marriage.
However, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) said it was unconvinced of the president’s commitment to LGBTQ rights.
HRC president Chad Griffin said that Mr Trump had done nothing “but undermine equality since he set foot in the White House.”
Mr Griffin pointed out that “LGBTQ refugees, immigrants, Muslims and women are scared today and with good reason.”