LGBTQ youth summit shut down to avoid clash with Trump

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reportedly shelved plans for an upcoming LGBTQ youth summit, worried how President Trump and his administration would react to the event.

An anonymous source tells Talking Points Memo it wassupposed to be a big deal. They had a whole communications team on it, it was going to be on Facebook live. The intention was to plan a 5-year agenda.”

Internal department memos obtained by TPM reference a day’s worth of planned events, during which “national leaders” would convene at the CDC’s Roybal campus in Atlanta, GA “to address the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth.”

According to the source, initial planning for the event began last September, with weekly planning sessions held until the election in November.

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Planning was abruptly halted and the event was indefinitely postponed following Trump’s win.

A list of potential partner organizations had already been drawn up, including the YMCA, Human Rights Campaign and The Matthew Shepard Foundation. The source claims event planners were waiting until after the election to send out any formal invites, hoping for a Hillary win:

“From the very beginning, when we were talking about partner decisions, it was made very clear that no discussions were to leave CDC and that the invitations would be sent out to the big national nonprofits the day after the election.

It was never actually explicitly said by anyone that we’re canceling this because Donald Trump won the election.”

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But it’s not hard to do the math: the source says organizers were left confused and upset after the abrupt change in plan.

“The whole reason that I went to work in the CDC was because I wanted to devote my career to impacting health outcomes for sexual and gender minority youth. So to have been part of the planning committee for the convening of the summit and to have it ripped out away for me or at least canceled because people in leadership thought it was going to be a bad idea…”

Then source reportedly trailed off, and we can understand why.

News of the canceled LGBTQ youth summit comes days after reports that a separate climate change and health conference was also scrapped to avoid a confrontation with the Trump administration.

That long-planned event was to be held next month, and no official explanation of why it was canceled was offered by the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services.

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  • Neonegro

    They should have gone ahead and hold the conference since no one from the administration told them to halt it.

    They jumped the gun.

  • Jack Meoff

    Even though there was no instruction from Trump’s administration to cancel the event or that the event would be looked upon poorly the fact that groups and individuals feel unsure about holding such events in the current political climate speaks volumes.

  • mhoffman953

    Seems like it. These groups canceled their own event on their own behalf. Not sure why the partner organizations (whom are not federal agencies but non-profits) can’t just go ahead without the CDC.

  • Daniel-Reader

    They should hold the summit and invite all the children and grandchildren of politicians to attend to talk about the importance of standing up for everyone’s rights so that no one is left out. I’m certain all the politicians would glad have their kids and grandkids attend if they care about the well-being of young people. After all, their kids and grandkids would be great guests who could share their experiences with LGBT youth and the LGBT youth could share their experiences with the politicians’ kids and grandkids – especially since they will all be sharing a world together.

  • MaxTaste

    That was the right decision.

  • Shannon1981

    They should have held it anyway. #RESIST

    In fact, now, more than ever, such events are of the utmost importance.

  • captainburrito

    Self censorship then, lol

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