The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, said Sunday that he regretted the controversy he created by telling Catholics to boycott Pride Month events but that he couldn’t renounce church teachings. Bishop Thomas Tobin, 71, tweeted Saturday that “Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events held in June,” calling them “contrary to Catholic faith and morals” and “especially harmful for children.” LGBT Pride Month is held in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which were a response to a police raid on a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, in New York on June 28, 1969.
On Tuesday, the commandant of the Coast Guard said that under his command he would still continue to support transgender troops. Adm. Paul F. Zukunft reached out to 13 self-identified transgender coast guards after President Trump’s tweets went public. A poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos showed that 58% of Americans actually support transgender troops serving in the United States military while 27% actively oppose it. LGBTQ rights organizations are willing to challenge Trump’s declaration in court if it does indeed get implemented.