A gay man has told how he lost most of his LGBTQ+ friends over his support of US President Donald Trump.
Republican leader Trump - currently battling coronavirus - is seeking re-lection on 3 November, when he goes head-to-head with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Trump campaigner Chris Mulvihill argues the President has "done nothing" to harm the rights of LGBTQ Americans.
"They saw a lot of propaganda about Trump being anti-gay but I can see that Trump is not against gay people," he said. "People are very unfair with their views and I was made to feel like I should vote a certain way because I am gay.
"After I voted for Trump in 2016 and came out as one of his supporters I lost 90% of my friends, they found it unforgivable. My support for Trump eroded friendships, a lot of people have an unhinged hatred for him and they can’t accept my views."
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The 45-year-old added: "I don’t even feel like a part of the gay community anymore. I don’t want to be seen as a 'gay person', I want to be judged as just a person."
A Human Rights Campaign web page titled 'Trump's Timeline of Hate' details how Trump's presidency has impacted the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups - beginning with the time that all mention of LGBTQ+ people was removed from the White House website after he was sworn in in January 2017.
In July that year, HRC reiterates how "Trump made the dangerous and unpatriotic move to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. His reprehensible action, announced in a series of tweets, could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country. The move, a blatant political maneuver to appeal to the most radical in Trump's base, will undermine military morale and readiness."
In May 2018, "HRC responded to news that the Trump-Pence administration has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to use 'biological sex' in determining how transgender prisoners are assigned housing, putting them at significant risk of sexual abuse, assault, and other types of discrimination."
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