The platform that emerged last month is still in the early stages of its creation, but it is already gaining momentum, with a wide range of progressive and liberal voices speaking out on the platform and a slew of other voices pushing back against the GOP’s anti-gay agenda.
The platform also includes a wide array of ideas and promises that are aimed at addressing the pressing issues facing the LGBT community.
Here are a few highlights of what’s coming out of the convention.
“LGBTQ allies are working hard to secure more rights, including a new law to ensure that transgender people can legally serve in the military, and protections for transgender students in schools and colleges,” the platform reads.
“We will fight for the rights of LGBTQ people in our country and around the world to make sure they have access to healthcare and equal treatment under the law.
We will ensure that our military veterans are treated equally and that all service members receive equal pay, regardless of gender identity.”
The party platform also promises to address the issue of “discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in all forms of employment and in all settings.”
“The new Republican Party platform reaffirms our commitment to protecting the dignity of all people, including LGBTQ people, and to support and protect our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in the armed forces and throughout our Nation’s political, economic, cultural, and educational systems,” the document reads.
Among the most controversial of the platform’s proposals are a ban on “reparations for sexual orientation” and a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
As with previous GOP platform drafts, the new platform does not include a “pro-life” plank, a proposal that has been criticized by many LGBT advocates, but that the platform does include.
Other provisions include a pledge to work with Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, a pledge that the GOP will support the death penalty, and a call for a “transgender free zones” in American cities.
At the top of the list is a call to protect transgender students, which is an issue that has drawn the ire of some members of the GOP establishment, who have been vocal about their opposition to transgender students at school.
Trump and his allies have not always been so quick to call for LGBT rights.
In March, a few months after the Orlando nightclub shooting, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution to support the repeal of a controversial anti-discrimination measure, known as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
The Republican National Convention adopted a similar resolution to oppose transgender equality in May, and earlier this month, a draft resolution to repeal “DonotCall” was adopted.
The platform is a continuation of the party’s efforts to build a more inclusive party, and comes at a critical time in the party, with Trump in the White House and Republican majorities in the Senate and House.
Democrats, however, have long expressed opposition to the party platform.
For the past few years, the platform has drawn criticism from some members who say it does not adequately address the issues that the LGBT rights community and their allies are facing.