Moran did not provide a reason for Henry’s exit, but the Blade reported that she left because of her disapproval of the Trump endorsement.
Robert Kabel, chairman of the group, and Jill Homan, vice chairwoman, wrote an Aug. 15 op-ed in The Washington Post endorsing Trump’s reelection next year because, in their view, “Trump has followed through on many of his commitments to the United States, including taking bold actions that benefit the LGBTQ community.”
Henry’s name was not included on the op-ed, suggesting discord in the group’s top ranks.
Kabel and Homan cited Trump’s stated desire to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in 10 years and his efforts to “end the criminalization of homosexuality” globally as reasons he earned their support. But LGBTQ advocates critical of the president point to Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, his Justice Department’s support for allowing employers to fire LGBTQ workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and his administration’s termination of a regulation prohibiting doctors from discriminating against transgender patients as evidence that the president is not an ally.
Last week, board member Jennifer Horn stepped down over the endorsement, saying there was “no world where I can sit down at the dining room table and explain to my children that I just endorsed Donald Trump for president.”
Jordan Evans, another member, also left the group last week and published an op-ed in the Advocate condemning the Log Cabin leadership for aligning itself with Trump.
“It seems that the ‘premier Republican organization for LGBTQ+ conservatives’ couldn’t care less about which form of acceptance qualifies as passable allyship and would instead willfully embrace an administration notorious for hollow words, fairweather friends, and a seemingly endless number of cuts for us to endure,” Evans wrote.
Several other members have also left the group, the Blade reported.
After the Log Cabin endorsement, Trump called it an “honor” and claimed, “Some of my biggest supporters are of that community.”
The Log Cabin Republicans refused to endorse Trump in 2016, and according to exit polls he won just 14 percent of the LGBTQ vote.