Trump Is First GOP Nominee to Mention LGBTQ Citizens in Acceptance Speech

Trump mentions LGBTQ community in Republican nomination acceptance speech.

July 21, 2016, 11:37 PM

— -- For the first time in history, a Republican nominee has mentioned the LGBTQ community in a GOP nomination acceptance speech.

"Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community. No good. We are going to stop it," said Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

The massacre in Orlando, by gunman Omar Mateen, occurred at the popular gay club Pulse.

"As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me," Trump added.

After pausing for applause from the audience, Trump went off his speech script to acknowledge the support of his statement from Republicans gathered in the arena.

"And I have to say as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said," he said. "Thank you."

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