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πŸ“· PHOTOS πŸ“· Trump Pride event in Phoenix, AZ

The Trump campaign’s ‘Pride’ coalition is touring the country to shore up LGBT support for the president.



A roundtable discussion in Phoenix took place Wednesday evening featuring LGBT Arizona business leaders and political activists alongside national political and media figures. The event followed a similar gathering on Tuesday in Philadelphia and preceded a third in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday as part of the Trump campaign’s LGBT outreach initiative, called Trump Pride.

Charles Moran, managing director for Log Cabin Republicans and Trump Pride co-chair, and Chadwick Moore, editor-in-chief of OUTspoken, moderated the panel discussion at the Kimpton Hotel in downtown Phoenix to an at-capacity crowd of mostly-LGBT Republicans and Trump-supporters.

Dr. Kelli Ward, Chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, introduced the panel which included Chase Kassel, the former Political Director for Martha McSally, Meagan Gipson, a local entrepreneur and business owner, Marc Sterling, and accountant and business owner, and Tommy Stovall, a filmmaker and real estate developer. They were also joined on stage by Billy McLaughlin of the National Rifle Association, political commentator Rob Smith, and New York Log Cabin Republicans President Ashton Randle. McLaughlin, Smith, and Randle are also on the Trump Pride advisory board.

Moran discussed boots-on-the-ground activism, encouraging attendees to get off their keyboards and start knocking on doors. Smith reflected on the challenges of being both black and gay and a conservative while Moore, a former editor-at-large for gay publications Out and The Advocate, spoke of media corruption and LGBT identity. Local business leaders discussed the Trump administration’s COVID-19 relief effort and the Trump economy.

On Tuesday in Philadelphia, nearly 100 people turned up to hear Richard Grenell, the Trump administration’s former Acting Director of National Intelligence, speak alongside Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law at a Trump Pride event there. In Tampa on Saturday, to a crowd of nearly 200 people at the Westshore Grand Hotel, the president’s daughter Tiffany Trump hosted the event alongside Grenell and speakers David Leatherwood and Rob Smith.

All photos by Danielle Applebach Photography