Master of your domain

Designer Gary Riggs is at his best helping you discover your own style

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ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Executive Editor
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We’ve all experienced that sensation: You walk into someone’s home for the first time, and soak in their space. And it is… magnificent. Or malignant. You can’t always put your finger on it — sometimes the décor works, sometimes it feels woefully off — but you know there’s something at work there. You just can’t say what.

Well, Gary Riggs can. As founder of Gary Riggs Home, a high-end showroom and design studio along the tony furnishings enclave of Alpha Road, Riggs has made a career of figuring out how to make a space work. And his secret? He helps you figure it out.

Riggs didn’t always plan to go into interior design. He studied art and drawing (while majoring in finance) at Brigham Young University. He worked on TV shows based at the Orem studios where the Osmonds produced their shows, and was even a set decorator and lead painter on the original version of Footloose. But what drove him creatively was oil painting.

Great Spaces Logo bugHe was making a living in Utah, but decided to move to Dallas because “I had a sister who lived here, and I wanted a bigger art market to sell my paintings.” He took his portfolio around to several of the galleries “and got a really great response. So I packed up and moved here.”

He was doing well with his art — “one of the galleries sold 22 of my paintings to Texas Instruments for their corporate collection,” he says — and gained a following. One day, a potential buyer asked to come to his home to check out some paintings for the new house she and her husband were building.

“She came to my house, and bought a few of my paintings, and that was that,” he says. Then the next day, she called him.

“She said, ‘I love the way your home felt when I was in there. It just felt so good.’ She told me they had been working with a designer [on their new home] and that they had gotten some furniture, but that the home didn’t ‘feel’ right. She said, “I want to feel when I walk into my living room like I feel when I walk into your living room.’” Would Riggs mind, she asked, if he could take a look and see what he could do.

This was not, as it turned out, an unusual request for Riggs. “I always had friends and family ask me, ‘Can you do my house?’ Over the years I just ended up doing some,” he says. So he agreed to take a look.

He immediately knew the space wasn’t working.

“I’m really good at space planning and what was so bizarre to me was there was all this nice stuff that they had bought but it was just so disjointed,” Riggs says. “There was nothing connecting it. It was just a hodgepodge of things sitting around the room. So I immediately thought, well, if I move this stuff here, and that stuff there… I asked [the client], ‘Do you mind if I get a few things to show you what I’m thinking of and what would help your room?’” She agreed, and he found several items, mostly from a furniture supplier he had used in the past, that could tie the room together. “I rearranged the room so that it made more sense, and just left them with a list of what I had done and what I had brought. She called the next day and said, ‘I just love this. I cannot leave this room. I go in there and just want to be in my chair and read. Would you help with the master bedroom?’”

And so began a long and successful career in making other people’s dreams a reality. He eventually began working at the same furniture company and was prolific — both as a designer and a painter. But by 2004, the itch to branch out on his own was intense.

“I took the plunge,” Riggs says.

His showroom is a retail store open to the public, “but in reality, we are an interior design firm that has this huge inventory to draw from, so we can get your project done quicker.” In addition to gorgeous furniture, they sell apothecary items, candles and accessories “so people can come poke around and get ideas,” he says. But a lot of his business is designing very, very high-end spaces.

“I like dealing in the higher-end goods, because I want there to be longevity,” Riggs says. “And whether contemporary or traditional, I like a classic quality to things. I might do a little bit of stuff that is trendy, but I don’t get into tons of that, because I think trendy stuff is when you start feeling dated.”

The problem is, many people decorate just that way.

“It does bother me that people get caught up in [how] every year, a different color [is the hot new thing]. Of course, people in the industry — the manufacturers of paint and fabrics — want you to always feel like you’ve got to change, because that sells more paint or more fabric or sofas. If they can convince you that you can’t have brass hardware in your house anymore, then they’ve sold a whole house of new fixtures… only to tell you in a few years that brass is the only thing you need now. But I’m one who says, let’s see what’s going to look best in the house and then decide what color to pick.”

In fact, Riggs insists that his job is not to foist his taste on his clients, but assist them in discovering theirs.

“I’m a firm believer that I don’t care what the rule is, you can break it and make it amazing. A lot of times I work with the client who say, ‘We can’t do that because everybody says we can’t.’ And I say, ‘Well, this isn’t everybody’s home, and if you like that color, then let’s use it. And we’ll make it look very much today. [A room] can look modern just in the way you present it. You can have very traditional things, but if you present them in the right way, it can feel very modern.”

For instance, you can repurchase older furniture for a new look. “There are ways to repurpose things the client already has that will fit in. It’s all about space, really. I love the challenge of space planning, because sometimes you’ve got the strangest spaces.”

When updating with new items, Riggs suggests investing in high-end pieces whose timelessness will make them look good 10 years down the road.

“Take it slow and incremental, but make every purchase make a difference,” Riggs says. “That might mean you save for three more months so you can get the right chest versus the cheap chest, but you’ll be really glad you did. I don’t think everything needs to be expensive necessarily, I’m just saying that it’s about quality and longevity. Sometimes a $100 vase is worth every bit more than getting four $25 vases. Because it’s the one that makes a statement.”

When beginning a redo, Riggs likes to start with the common areas.

“I like to use the same color in all the common areas just to make it feel larger. Then if you want to change color, I’ll go into the bedroom. But every redesign begins by asking: What was the thing that gave you the inspiration and the motivation to redecorate in the first place? It might be a fabric, or the color of your blue shirt. You might have seen a piece of furniture that you fell in love with or a painting that you want to feature in a room. I’ve had clients who didn’t really know what they wanted, so I ask, ‘What colors do you like to wear? What is your wardrobe?’ You try to find something that they really do love. I always feel that my responsibility is to lead you to a great aesthetic.”

It’s a philosophy borne of Riggs’ belief in maximizing our environments to make us feel comfortable.

“I’m a believer that as people, we cheat ourselves. I have a friend who says she travels the world and stays in the nicest hotels and sees the most beautiful palaces, but she absolutely loves the feeling she gets when she opens that door and walk into her own home. It’s about getting that feeling for me that is the spirit of a home.”

Gary Riggs Home, 4450 Alpha Road.
GaryRiggsHome.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 21, 2017.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Ya dig?

Plant whisperer Kato Crow dishes the (composted) dirt on gardening in North Texas

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month into spring, you and your lawn are waking up from winter funk. Time now to dig into reviving your greenery. We asked certified nursery professional and self-described “Dallas plant geek” Kato Crow for her best tips for making your garden grow.

For lusher lawns

Dress it up. Dallas soil gets depleted every two to three years. Whether your lawn is St. Augustine grass, Bermuda, Zoysia or a mix, you should “top dress” it with a half-inch of organic compost every few years. Intense heat from summer sun bakes away good organic matter and heavy rain washes it away. (August 2016 was the wettest in 100 years, Crow says.) April is the best time to feed a lawn with compost; don’t do it in the heat of the summer.

Great Spaces Logo bugGrounds for your ground. Look closely for places in your lawn where water has pooled over the winter or where there’s evidence of root rot or soil depletion. Those bald spots along the edges of sidewalks, driveways and plant borders would love a jolt of java from your leftover coffee grounds, whose acidity counteracts our soil’s alkalinity. (Sprinkle it like fairy dust, says Crow; don’t dump it in globs.)

Get tricky. If you have azaleas, camellias, gardenias, Japanese maples, dogwoods or hydrangeas in your yard, you need to “trick them into liking Dallas” by amending the soil with special mixes (ask at your neighborhood garden center) and top-dressing with acid fertilizer three times a year (Easter, Memorial Day and Labor Day are good times for that). Root balls of those flowering shrubs need acid to produce blooms.

Try some trees. The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, Crow advises. The second-best time is today. (Talk to a garden professional about the best choices for your area.) Plan for the mature size of a tree or shrub so they don’t crowd out in three years. “The first year they sleep; the second year they creep; and the third year they leap!”

Pooches need paths. If you have dogs who run around the perimeter of your yard, place landscaping 18 to 24 inches away from fences so the pups have a pathway. “My daughter and her wife have three dogs, so they keep most of their flowers and herbs in sturdy pots to avoid trampling,” Crow says. “Also, scoop the poop and discard it. Don’t add it to your compost pile.

For gorgeous gardens

Compost the most. “Whoever has the most organic compost wins,” Crow notes. You can be an active composter or a lazy one. (The city of Dallas even offers free composting classes.) Create good compost material with either a “batch composter” in a barrel or a flat composter inside a 3×3-foot grid outdoors. Compost needs carbon (dryer lint, hairbrush hair, pet hair), nitrogen (potato scraps, grass clippings) and moisture (about the consistency of a squeezed-out dishrag) to “cook” for about six to eight weeks. Don’t ever compost pet waste (cat or dog), because of bacteria.

Plant now, eat later. Now is the perfect time to plant a vegetable garden. “Our hard season isn’t winter, it’s summer,” says Crow, so planting in April allows roots to form and establish before those 100-degree days roll around. You can garden 12 months a year in North Texas, with cabbage, kale, broccoli, cilantro and Brussels sprouts continuing to produce well through the winter. Try “edible landscaping” with pomegranate, plum and fig trees, which are self-fertilizing and “Texas tough,” Crow says.

Herbs work. Dallas gardens love evergreen herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage, which are low-maintenance, tasty and look pretty in gardens or containers. “Find out what you grow well,” Crow advises, “and grow a lot of it.”

For perkier potted plants

Plant a thriller, a spiller and a filler. Don’t just plant one thing in a pot; plant three. Crow counsels filling pots in a peace symbol or bullseye pattern with a tall “thriller” plant in the center, ringed by a medium-high “filler” and then a low “spiller” around the edges. Reliable “thrillers” are Cordylines (a showy purple-pink palm) and tropical hibiscus. “Fillers” could be petunias or begonias, which Crow says are “tough as hell.” And good “spillers” are trailing herbs such as oregano or rosemary, or the old-fashioned, reliable sweet potato vine.

Let them drink, not drown. People water too much, Crow says. Allow the top 2-in. of pot soil to dry out between thorough waterings. Watering too often (i.e., every day) can lead to suffocation and root rot. “When water goes in, air comes out. We’re trying to find a happy medium between a drink of water and drowning.” Cover the drain holes in your planter boxes and plant pots with a coffee filter before you add rocks or broken pot pieces for drainage to keep soil from dirtying up the patio or creating a plug in the container.

Try some “funky shui” planters. Think beyond those gardening center plastic or ceramic pots. Crow says she’s put potted plants into old dresser drawers, worn-out cowboy boots and other found objects. “Use whatever you like as long as it has a drain hole.”

Put plants in the best light. Some plant pot tags will say “full sun,” but those tags were printed in Utah, not Texas, Crow says. “Do a ‘sun audit’ with your camera phone,” she advises. Go stand where your plants are at noon and look up. If you see sky, it’s full sun. If you see a tree, it’s a shady spot. Move plants around to the right light.

It’s not a chore; it’s a natural workout. “You can bury a lot of troubles digging in dirt,” says Crow. “Gardens reduce stress and are an excellent way to exercise with all that lifting, digging and bending.”       

— Elaine Liner

Kato Crow offers gardening classes and workshops and will come to your house for a one-hour “horticultural house-call.” DFWPlantWhisperer.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 21, 2017.

—  Dallasvoice

Lighten up!

Interior designer Doniphan Moore shares his 17 fave ways to let the sun shine in

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Whatever your budget for decorating, there are plenty of quick, simple ways to brighten your rooms for spring and summer without spending a lot. Dallas-based interior designer Doniphan Moore, whose elegant, nature-inspired design aesthetic works in sprawling mansions or high-rise condos, says he’d start by putting some light on the subject.

Here are some of his best tips.

Sparkle that glass. Clean windows are the simplest way to brighten a room. Wipe ’em inside and out with foam cleanser and a microfiber cloth. It’s a huge task but that sparkling glass really brings the shine in,” says Moore. If you have draperies, now’s the time to get them professionally cleaned. “That’s something people forget to do.” Moore recommends Country Club Cleaners, “the only company in town that cleans drapes on site.”

Great Spaces Logo bugSheer joy. It’s time to shun shutters and lose light-filtering window blinds and try “sheers,” those filmy curtains that let a soft, diffused light into sunny rooms. Moore recommends The Shade Store (4516 McKinney Avenue).

Brighter bulbs, lighter rooms. Swap out old light bulbs for brighter LED lights. “There’s been a lot of advancements over the past year in clean, white LED bulbs that don’t look like fluorescents,” Moore says. The big-box home improvement stores are well-stocked right now. Also, clean all your dusty lampshades with a lint roller to get a sudden boost of light from a previously dark corner.

Give your bed a makeover. Swap out all the heavy winter layers of coverlets and poofy duvets for some new fluffy pillows and lightweight duvet inserts. “All-white linens reflect light and feel fresh,” says Moore. Spring is also a great time to buy new bed pillows. (Moore likes the selection at Bed Bath & Beyond.)

Purging feels good. There is life-changing magic to tidying up, just like that book by Japanese de-clutter expert Marie Kondo says. Doniphan Moore says he’d start by clearing off and re-accessorizing book shelves. “Use small plants like succulents, which don’t need a lot of attention, in spaces between books to bring in touches of green. And donate books you’re ready to part with to charity.” Don’t forget to dust the top shelf.

Free up fridge space. Now’s a good time to do deep inventory in your kitchen pantry and fridge shelves. “Get rid of your winter munchies, clean the shelves,” Moore says. “You look in the fridge and pantry all the time. Be happy with what you see there.” (He also advises tossing any food past its use-by date, including ice cream. But really, Doniphan, who keeps ice cream around long enough for it to expire?)

Go back in the closet. But only to organize it. Moore suggests hiring a professional closet organizer who won’t have any emotional attachments to those too-tight jeans you wore on your best date ever. But if you’re motivated to do it yourself, toss out things you didn’t wear last year or anything that you’re now too thin for after a winter of steady workouts. (That’s thinking positively!) Pack away winter wools and cashmeres in acid-free tissue paper inside clean drawers with a few cedar chips.

Get all up in the grill, gurl. Some Easy-Off oven cleaner, or some vinegar and baking soda and a wire brush will get the gunk off that outdoor grill. Time to prep now for warm-weather cookouts because you don’t want to plan the party but open the grill to find it caked with old greasy goo.

Fruit over flowers. Moore likes to accent tables or counters with seasonal fruit in pretty bowls. “That’s easier to do than flowers and you can’t eat flowers,” he says. “I love lemons in bowls. The yellow is so pretty. Remember to remove all the stickers — so tacky!”

Pick a room and paint it. Even giving a small room a fresh, bright, fun new color can be a home décor picker-upper. Moore likes Pantone’s color of the year, “Greenery,” a zesty yellow-green that evokes the outdoors. Use it in a laundry room or guest bath, he advises. He also likes painting garage interiors a nice clean white. “It’s another space you see every day. Why not make it something pretty?”

Scents for sensibilities. Just replacing your dish soap and hand soaps with new spring scents can be an inexpensive, easy re-do. “I love things that smell like herbs and fruit,” Moore says. “Basil, lemon, grapefruit — all nice for warmer months. Fresh candles in these scents add another layer.”

Tumblers for you. If you like mixing summer cocktails, invest in a new bar set. Moore likes the ones at Highland Park’s Forty Five Ten (“awesome dishwasher-safe crystal tumblers for $20 each”). And look for a new cutting board and indoor/outdoor linens and napkins. For those, head to Set & Co. in Oak Cliff (841 W. Davis Street), says Moore, where you’ll also find a line of great kitchen gadgets. Need fresh dish towels? Pick up a few at a dollar store or the simple, crisp white ones at any Williams-Sonoma.

Make a fix-it list. Tour your yard and house and make a repair list, advises Moore. “There’s always something,” he says. “Leaky toilet, squeaky doors, a cabinet  hinge that’s falling loose.” Start fixing that stuff. Re-grout your bathroom to make it look like it’s had a new paint job (no, really). Roll up old, dusty rugs or welcome mats in entryways and put down some new sisal or jute ones, which “feel sort of beachy and summery.”

Go deep, go clean. If a deep-clean of your entire house is too much work for you, hire a professional cleaning team to do it. They’ll clean places you haven’t even thought of, like ceiling fans, behind dressers and armoires, the crannies of your entertainment system. It’s an investment in results that last most of a season before you have to think of doing it again.

No more faking it. Things to get rid of forever, says Moore, include fake plants (buy real tulips because they’re pretty and inexpensive). Also toss old pillows that have gone shapeless and anything else that looks worn out, like dingy chair covers or outdoor cushions that may have sprung some mildew spots over the winter. Replace organizational boxes and baskets with a set of something new. Moore says he always trusts The Container Store for innovative storage solutions in bright, fun colors.

Claim it and frame it. How often do you change out pictures and picture frames? Not often enough, according to designer Moore. Take inventory of your framed photos. Display new ones that reflect life’s happy moments and place those where you can enjoy them daily.

Love your stuff. Get a new perspective on things you already own by moving your collections around in your house. If you have favorite pictures or art pieces, put them in new spots where you’ll see them every day. “It will make you feel good every time you look at them,” Moore says. And that’s what good interior design is all about, right?            

— Elaine Liner

To learn more about designer Doniphan Moore, go to DoniphanMoore.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 21, 2017.

—  Dallasvoice

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 21, 2017.

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Best Bets • 04-21-17

Friday 04.21 — Saturday 04.22

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Jaston Williams returns with ‘Tuna’ … only not onstage

Jaston Williams will forever be known for co-writing and co-starring in Greater Tuna and all its related plays, so word that he’s bringing a new production to North Texas is awesome… even though this time it is as a director (with three actors instead of the usual two) for a handful of performances this weekend, at Richardson’s Eisemann Center. Come see this essential Texas comedy.

DEETS: Eisemann Center for Performing Arts,
2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.,
Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
EisemannCenter.com.

Wednesday 04.26

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Dining Out in Dallas pits top local chefs against each other for charity

We’ve all seen chefs compete on TV for honors of “the best,” but you can see it in real life as 15 local fine-dining chefs — among them Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly, Nico Sanchez of Meso Maya, James Johnson of Pappas Bros. and Brian Dietz of Eddie V’s — will prepare big bites for the attendees, in the hopes of winning your vote to be declared Dallas’ top chef. Mike Shetsky, newly-minted exec chef at SER, is the host, and shared a preview of what he has in store, pictured. Proceeds benefit the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation.

DEETS: Frontiers of Flight Museum,
6911 Lemmon Ave. 6–10 p.m.
TexasNF.org.

Friday 04.21 — Sunday 05.07

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‘Norma’ closes out Dallas Opera’s season

When you think bel canto (“beautiful singing”) opera, you think Bellini; and when you think Bellini, you think Norma. The legendary tragedy, about a priestess of the ancient world, opens Friday to close out the Dallas Opera’s 2016-17 season. Soprano Elza van den Heever stars as the tragic heroine.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House,
2403 Flora St.
DallasOpera.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 21, 2017.

—  Dallasvoice

Scene • 04-21-17

Making the SCENE the week of April 4-21

Alexandre’s: Stephanie Sallie on Friday. No Label on Saturday. Ewayne Smith on Sunday. Liz Mikel on Tuesday. Anna Fredericka Popova on Wednesday. Chris Chism on Thursday.

Cedar Grove: DFW Federal Club mixer from 6-8 p.m. on Friday.

Club Changes: All Organizations Community Highlights Show at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Club Reflection: Trinity River Bears meeting at 2:30 p.m., cookout at 4 p.m. and show at 7 p.m.

Dallas Eagle: United Court of the Lone Star Empire presents Let’s Sing the Blues benefiting GDMAF from 7-10 p.m. on Friday. South Central Leatherboy 2017 boy dontrel presents A Night of Fantasy including a medieval fantasy-themed bake sale from 6–10 p.m. on Saturday. Dallas Bears present Cake Walk and auction fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. on Sunday.

JR.’s Bar & Grill: Cassie’s Freak Show at 11 p.m. on Monday.

Rainbow Lounge: Super Sunday show is a benefit for Willie Snider, hosted by Bianca Davenport Starr at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Round-Up Saloon: Bear Happy Hour at 6 p.m. on Friday. Miss Gay South Central Newcomer & At Large at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Andrew Christian book signing and fashion show at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Sue Ellen’s: Mustache Envy on Friday. Droo on Saturday. Kathy & Bella and Bad Habits on Sunday. Kathy Corbin’s going away party on Sunday. Linze Serell presents Miss Fire & Ice State and State At Large at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Two Corks and a Bottle: Show Tune Night from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday.

UrbanCowboy Saloon: Bar crawl to follow Investitures XXXVIII. Buffet at 5 p.m. Show 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Woody’s Sports & Video Bar: Mee Maw Walker’s happy hour benefits LifeWalk from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday.

Scene Photographers: Kat Haygood and Chad Mantooth

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 21, 2017.

—  Dallasvoice

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 21, 2017.

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Alas, poor Roy! Alabama Supreme Court upholds his removal from the bench

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Former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore got a big diss from seven retired Alabama Supreme Court justices this week when they upheld a decision by the state’s Judicial Inquiry Commission removing him from the bench. The seven were chosen to form a special Supreme Court to hear Moore’s appeal of the commission’s ruling.

The retired justices wrote in their decision, “We have previously determined that the charges were proven by clear and convincing evidence … we shall not disturb the sanction imposed.” The decision was issued Wednesday, April 19.

The commission removed Moore from office last year after he instructed the state’s probate judges — the officeholders tasked with issuing marriage licenses in that state — to ignore the June 26, 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned bans on same-sex marriage nationwide. Despite federal court rulings, Moore insisted that the SCOTUS ruling didn’t count in Alabama, and that his state’s marriage equality ban still ruled supreme there.

The Judicial Inquiry Commission was neither amused nor convinced and charged Moore with having “flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority.” Moore continued to argue, but he was still removed from the bench.

This special supreme court decision effectively ends Moore’s career as a judge. He was suspended from his current term, which would not have expired until 2019, and because of his age — 69 — running for re-election then is not possible. And as the Alabama Media Group reported, “Moore can’t appeal the ruling to the federal courts because there are no federal issues.”

In a press conference after the ruling was announced, Moore insisted that he has “done my duty under the laws of this state to stand for the undeniable truth that God ordained marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” He also said that his prosecution, based on an ethics complaint filed by Southern Poverty Law Center, was politically motivated and insisted that he remains Chief Justice despite the suspension.

Richard Cohen, president of SPLC (which is based in Alabama), told Alabama Media Group that Moore “got what he deserved. We’ll all be better off without the Ayatollah of Alabama as our chief justice.”

Moore has threatened — I mean, suggested — that he might run for the U.S. Senate now.

—  Tammye Nash

New York Times debunks ‘Trump will be friend to LGBT community’

Few LGBT people thought Donald Trump would be a friend to the community if elected president. The New York Times editorial board looked at the early record and debunked the idea.

They point out a number of appointments of officials to top positions who are openly hostile to the LGBT equality. Human Rights Campaign highlighted some of the top points:

• Among his first actions, AG Jeff Sessions revoked the Obama Administration’s guidance protecting the dignity and safety of transgender students;

• Tom Price, an anti-LGBTQ politician picked by Trump to head the Department of Health and Human Services, which under Obama expanded access to healthcare for LGBTQ people, has been joined by Roger Severino, equally hostile to LGBTQ equality, to run the Department’s Office of Civil Rights;;

• Trump has nominated aggressively anti-LGBTQ Tennessee legislator Mark Green to head the U.S. Army, most recently led by Eric Fanning — the first openly gay leader of a branch of the U.S. military.

• Under Trump, federal agencies, including HHS, are rolling back efforts to collect data on the LGBTQ communities.

In addition, on Friday, (April 14), Trump nominated former New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett to become president of the Export-Import Bank. Garrett refused to contribute to the House Republicans fundraising campaign because he said it supported gay candidates.

—  David Taffet