- The Magazine
–Out lesbian CNN commentator Sally Kohn, in an Aug. 15 segment on CNN’s CNN Newsroom, responding to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposal that immigrants be subjected to an ideological test before being allowed into the country. Trump’s advisors have said that such a test might include questions about support for religious pluralism, women’s rights and even LGBT rights.
As reported by Media Matters for America, when asked about Trump’s proposal, Kohn said: “If we’re going to start doing an ideological test, and not allow into this country people who don’t support gender equality and LGBT rights, then, I don’t know, how about the entire Republican Party Platform Committee, that voted to say that it should be okay to send your kids to anti-gay, destructive, homophobic conversion therapy? Why don’t we get rid of them?”
Republican strategist Boris Epshteyn interrupted Kohn, asking if she wanted to get rid of citizens of the United States, and kept interrupting her, pointing out that the test only applies to people from other countries wishing to resettle in America.
But Kohn pushed back against the idea that people Muslim countries are inherently “worse” on LGBT rights. “Let’s be clear,” Kohn said, “There are Muslims in this world, including in this country, who are far better on gay rights and women’s rights than many of the people in the Republican Party.”
These are challenging times for news organizations. And yet it’s crucial we stay active and provide vital resources and information to both our local readers and the world. So won’t you please take a moment and consider supporting Metro Weekly with a membership? For as little as $5 a month, you can help ensure Metro Weekly magazine and MetroWeekly.com remain free, viable resources as we provide the best, most diverse, culturally-resonant LGBTQ coverage in both the D.C. region and around the world. Memberships come with exclusive perks and discounts, your own personal digital delivery of each week’s magazine (and an archive), access to our Member's Lounge when it launches this fall, and exclusive members-only items like Metro Weekly Membership Mugs and Tote Bags! Check out all our membership levels here and please join us today!