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.
How @realDonaldTrump has the audacity to mention the LGBTQ community when his party's platform is the most anti LGBT ever? #RNCinCLE
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.
Here's my piece for TIME on the GOP's support of Conversion Therapy: