On Tuesday night (Feb. 4), President Donald Trump is scheduled to appear before a joint session of Congress to deliver his third State of the Union address to the nation, in the House chamber where he was impeached back in December. But before Trump addresses the nation, actor and activist Billy Porter took a moment to deliver his own speech, this time directly to the LGBTQ community.
Hours before Trump's address, Logo posted their second annual "LGBTQ State of the Union" starring Porter, who delivered an impassioned speech about the challenges the queer community faces in 2020. "Last year, I told you that the state of our union is strong," he said in his opening. "While it certainly has been battered, our union is far from broken. Now, in 2020, our responsibility as citizens has been more evident."
For the first portion of his speech, Porter urges viewers to vote in 2020 to help end "one of the biggest crises of my lifetime": Donald Trump's presidency. The star lays out Trump's actions since taking office that have negatively impacted the community, including his ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military "with a tweet," his backing of the "conscience rule" that would have allowed health care professionals to refuse to perform medical procedures on LGBTQ people due to religious liberty, and his administration's proposed rule change that would allow single-sex homeless shelters to turn away transgender people.