Reports that presidential hopeful Donald Trump donated $100,000 to a church headed up by the notoriously anti-LGBT pastor Tony Perkins have been confirmed by their official Facebook page.
Trump, who recently attended an anti-LGBT rally near to Pulse Nightclub, has attempted to court the LGBT vote in the wake of the Orlando shootings by promising to do what he can to “protect” the LGBT community.
While he has some support from a small minority of LGBT people in America – including Caitlyn Jenner – many of his actions and relationships contradict the pro-LGBT message he’s been trying to communicate.
Between August 11 and August 14 the state of Louisiana was hit by floods, with over 50cm of rainfall in the East Baton Rouge parish. 13 people lost their lives, while around 60,000 homes were damaged.
Trump has now reportedly donated $100,000 to help local residents affected by the floods, but he’s sent it directly to an anti-LGBT church whose interim pastor, Tony Perkins is head of the Family Research Council, which is considered an active anti-LGBT hate group.
The church is Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, which Trump visited Friday and where Tony Perkins is interim pastor https://t.co/iw9dbipEdF
— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) August 21, 2016
The Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, which received the funds, has a statement on its website about its views on sexuality and gender, which reads:
We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.
The church posted on their Facebook page that “Donald Trump is sending financial contribution to the church to aid our efforts.”
In an ironic tiwst, Tony Perkins, whose house was destroyed by the floods, previously claimed that LGBT people were responsible for natural disasters.