Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of American, and despite the reality TV star's concerning stance on LGBT rights
, it seems that a significant minority of the LGBT+ community helped put him there.
An exit poll published today (November 9) in the New York Times
has revealed while 78% of LGBT+ voters opted for Hilary Clinton and 8% for third party candidates or abstained, a surprisingly high 14% threw their support behind Donald Trump at the ballot box.
The statistics come despite Trump's campaign being heralded as one of the most socially divisive in recent times, with a number of xenophobic, racist, sexist and anti-LGBT policies
suggested and pledges made, including support for the First Amendment Defence Act, which would see anti-LGBT discrimination legalised on religious grounds.
Trump's running mate and soon-to-be Vice President Mike Pence hold’s extremely anti-LGBT views, including supporting conversion therapy, and Trump himself has expressed support for anti-trans bathroom laws, and called for the Supreme Court's decision last year to introduce nationwide marriage equality to be overturned.
While the exit poll didn't breakdown the LGBT+ vote by race, gender or other social groups, a recent article from BuzzFeed
suggested that the support Trump found in the LGBT+ community came overwhelmingly from cisgender, white gay men
, suggesting that the LGBT figures in the New York Times poll potentially masks what was essentially another white male group voting for the President-elect.
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