Local LGBTQ members afraid of Trump's presidency

13News Now Audrey Esther has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Members of the local LGBTQ community say they fear how a Donald Trump presidency could impact their lives and rights.

“Yeah, I'm afraid. I'm afraid for my daughter. I'm afraid for my friends. I'm afraid for myself at times, my husband at times,” says Mark Byrd.  

Executive orders put in place by the Obama administration such as directing public schools to allow students to use the bathroom of their choice and prohibiting discrimination in federal housing, healthcare and when warding federal contracts are most likely to be repealed.

“Unfortunately, those can be withdrawn immediately as soon as Trump takes office. That could be a day one decision,” says local attorney Alex Gabriel.

Local LGBTQ members say they're also concerned President-elect Trump could sign into law a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, similar to the one Vice President-elect Mike Pence enacted while Governor of Indiana. 

“Which would allow people to discriminate against LGBT individuals in private businesses on the basis of them being gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual,” Gabriel says.

However, the Trump administration overturning gay marriage isn't likely, even if President-elect Trump fills a current Supreme Court vacancy with a conservative justice, which he says he plans to do.

“It would be unlikely that decision would be overturned given that the five people who voted in favor of the decision will still be on the court,” Gabriel says.

“Who knows if the rhetoric that they've heard during the election is really what can happen but if something does bad happen whatever that is because it's different for everyone there's solace in your community?” says Stacie Walls-Beegle with the LGBTQ Center of Hampton Roads.


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