Donald Trump made history Thursday night as the first Republican presidential nominee to speak supportively of the LGBT community in his acceptance speech. Some say the GOP has changed in its attitude towards gays; others say the 2016 platform is the most hostile to LGBT people in history.
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Republican delegate Rachel Hoff was the the first out person to be part of the Republican National Convention’s platform committee.
But Hoff's pushback against anti-gay planks in the official Republican Party platform were ignored.
With his specific mention of support for the LGBT community and his acknowledgment of the tragedy in Orlando, Donald Trump is seen by many as the most pro-gay Republican nominee ever.
But critics pointed out that although gay rights were acknowledged by Trump and others at the convention, the party's official platform is actually more hostile to LGBT rights that it was in past election years.
The way the room burst into applause when Peter Thiel told the Republican National Convention that he was proud to be gay was a watershed moment for many, and indicated that indeed, the party has changed a great deal.
But many LGBT activists were aghast at Thiel's support for a party whose platform denies gay marriage rights, and recommends conversion therapy for gay children. They argue the convention was a cynical ploy to get gay votes by appearing to be evolve, when their platform shows an actual rollback in support for equality.