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Trump Or Clinton? The Future Of LGBTQ Rights In America | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) United Kingdom United States INFORM • INSPIRE • ENTERTAIN • EMPOWER NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep GPS for the Soul WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED GPS for the Soul Hawaii OWN Dr. Phil Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses QUEER VOICES Trump Or Clinton? The Future Of LGBTQ Rights In America It is the most precarious time for LGBTQ people to be divided. We'll need to be more unified than ever. 11/07/2016 10:26 am ET | Updated Nov 09, 2016 2k Michelangelo Signorile Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post The Washington Post via Getty Images On this eve of the most impactful election in our lifetimes, gay, lesbian , bisexual , transgender and queer people ― a group that has made enormous strides, but is facing brutal backlash and setbacks ― must take stock right now of what is a very critical moment in our own movement for full equality. That’s even more important after we learned recently in reporting by Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden of a split among LGBTQ leaders , in which some groups are opting for going back to an “incremental” approach, fearing that the transgender bathroom issue puts us at an impasse with the GOP . The thinking goes that we should drop public accommodations in asking for civil rights laws in the states, and come back to it later ― basically accommodate the GOP, and its bigots, rather than challenge them and beat them at the ballot box, no matter how long it takes. This is a dangerous and flawed strategy, as veteran lesbian reporter Kerry Eleveld reminds us . It kept us from moving forward faster in the past, and I will be addressing it much more fully in future pieces. I raise it now because it is a hint of the splits, divides, and fragmentation we are seeing after winning marriage equality. And yet, with a backlash in full force and with so many rights needing to be secured in the states and at the federal level ― where we have no protections in federal law ― it is the most precarious time for LGBTQ people to be divided. Our enemies will use the tried and true “divide and conquer” strategy. In looking at the possible outcomes of tomorrow’s election ― and yes, both will provide challenges for attaining broader rights, just different ones ― let’s take the reality of a President Trump first. I’ve discussed over and over again how Trump is publicly opposed to LGBTQ equality, has promised to overturn the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision and supports a bill in Congress that would allow for broader discrimination against queer people, the First Amendment Defense Act. He has surrounded himself with ardent homophobes, like Mike Pence and Ben Carson, who will no doubt be influential in his administration.  Even if marriage equality would be difficult to overturn, the list of 20 judges and politicians Trump has offered as Supreme Court justice appointees are so far right that they would likely try to overturn Roe v.Wade, abolish child labor laws, gut Medicare and block LGBTQ rights on a variety of fronts ― at a time when important transgender rights issues are headed to the Supreme Court. And Trump recently promised he will only appoint these judges he announced and no others. The results of a Trump presidency could be catastrophic and the only way we’ll keep from the brink is to join together and fight, enduring setbacks and pain, and needing a will to survive. But here’s perhaps the most important issue: Trump has made big promises to evangelical groups that engage in religious bigotry and have been labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, such as the Family Research Council, in return for their turning out the vote (and polls sho