by WILL KOHLER
Originally published on Back2Stonewall and re-published here with their permission.
Anthony Scaramucci, an investment firm founder who professes to support LGBT rights was tapped to take on the outreach role at the Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs, a role similar to that of Valerie Jarrett. Scaramucci was informed on informed on Wednesday by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon that he wouldn’t get the job.
In November, Scaramucci criticized the progressive movement for its current climate of uber-political correctness, which he said “the average person” rejects, but nonetheless insisted he’s a supporter of LGBT rights and has donated to the Human Rights Campaign and the American Unity PAC, a pro-LGBT Republican group.
“I’m also a gay rights activist,” Scaramucci said. “You can look it up. I’ve given to American Unity PAC, I’ve given to the Human Rights Campaign, I’m for marriage equality. And by the way, this’ll be the first American president in U.S. history that enters the White House with a pro-gay rights stance.”
On Twitter, Scaramucci also criticized North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which bars cities from enacting pro-LGBT ordinances and prohibits transgender people from using the restroom in schools and government buildings consistent with their gender identity. Scaramucci called it “shameful” and “a bill to address to non-existent problem.”
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Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post