"Any chance Jeff Sessions gets to thwart progress on LGBT rights, he will take," George Takei tweets.
Hollywood is outraged over Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement that the DOJ has rolled back protections for the LGBTQ community in the name of "religious freedom."
Sessions wrote a memo Friday instructing federal agencies and attorneys to protect religious freedom, in terms that many fear will give employers a "license to discriminate" against LGBTQ people if they have a "moral" or "religious" objection to their sexual orientation. This comes a day after Sessions reversed an Obama policy and declared sex discrimination "does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity, per se, including transgender status."
"Trump administration's latest in a string of attacks on trans people: trans students, trans service members, & now employment protections for trans workers. This systematic gutting of non-discrimination protections for trans people is a disgrace! @jeffsessions @realDonaldTrump," Caitlyn Jenner tweeted.
See what Hollywood what some in Hollywood and beyond are saying Twitter:
This Administration has proved it will do anything possible to categorize LGBTQ Americans as second-class citizens. https://t.co/6jDXmecaOi— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) October 6, 2017
.@jeffsessions removing protections from working trans men and women to not be discriminated against is a disgrace.— Chris (@ChrisCrocker) October 6, 2017
Even though our LGBT and especially our Trans brothers & sisters are more likely than anyone to be sexually assaulted in college.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 6, 2017
Trump administration's latest in a string of attacks on trans people: trans students, trans service members, & now employment protections for trans workers. This systematic gutting of non-discrimination protections for trans people is a disgrace! @jeffsessions @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/gVOoRk39fQ— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) October 5, 2017
Americans can be legally fired for being trans. We are going backwards in time. https://t.co/rOzY5emX7o— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) October 5, 2017
To my trans siblings: Ur part of my family. I will fight w/ u ✊️💜 I am sorry for today AND it's not over https://t.co/tBSShuZJNd— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) October 5, 2017
You should read the justification Sessions offers for enabling more discrimination. Heartless and cowardly. https://t.co/wNAERIt2J3— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) October 5, 2017
"trans people don't deserve rights because thinking about people different than me makes me feel icky"— Julia Kaye 👻 (@upandoutcomic) October 5, 2017
~jeff sessions, probably
Dear Transgender Friends,— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) October 5, 2017
I'm so sorry for the assholes leading this country right now.
You are loved, seen, valued.
I am for you.
DOJ turns away from: LGBT rights, voter protection, criminal justice reform. Legally wrong and morally shameful. https://t.co/7wHaVPNXzs— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 6, 2017
AG Sessions is rolling back years of progress on transgender rights. Once again, he puts the Justice Dept on the side of discrimination. https://t.co/EHUAdqi9X3— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 6, 2017
Appalling assault on Title VII protections for trans workers. Trump admin will stop at nothing to drag us backwards. https://t.co/xf2QQpRcDr— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) October 5, 2017
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I have no words. No words. 🤬😔😐😑 https://t.co/XotMcATe0O— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 5, 2017