President Donald Trump has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the Values Voter Summit, an upcoming anti-LGBT conference in Washington, D.C. Trump’s appearance is a historical first, making it the first-time a sitting U.S. president has ever spoken at the hate group’s annual event.
Hosted by the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, the Values Voter Summit is an annual gathering “created in 2006 to provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, announced late Tuesday in a statement that Trump would speak on Friday at the conference, which is taking place over the weekend at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
“Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America’s mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation,” Perkins said. “Values voters are coming to our nation’s capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the eight years of relentless assault on the First Amendment.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has spoken at the conference. The summit’s website says he has appeared three times prior, including once last year as a presidential candidate.
The Family Research Council bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians.
In 2016, their website read: “Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center writes about the organization: “Part of the FRC’s strategy is to pound home the false claim that gays and lesbians are more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual people. The American Psychological Association, among others, however, has concluded that ‘homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.'”