General James Mattis, the Trump Regime’s nominee for US Defence Secretary, was pushed hard on his views on women fighting on the front line and and allowing openly gay men and lesbians to serve in the military at his Senate confirmation hearing. Despite expressing his concerns about both in the past, he seemed broadly happy with the status quo and was pretty clear that he doesn’t really care who consenting adults “go to bed with”.
The USA looks set to continue the farce of official toilet paranoia as the Trump Regime moves in. Put this together with the previous stories about “religious freedom” that I’ve posted, and you can see a pattern developing, hounding the trans community. They won’t be the only targets in weeks to come.
What lessons can we learn from LGBT activism during the Reagan years which can help as we face up to life under Trump? Michelangelo Signorile has been talking to Huffpost Queer Voices. His thoughts are well worth reading and he has some key messages:-