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Log Cabin Republicans' executive director resigns after Trump endorsement

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Less than a year after after she became the first woman to lead the group, Jerri Ann Henry, a lesbian activist who fought for the legalization of same-sex marriage within the Republican Party, told NBC News that she would not be issuing a statement regarding her resignation. But former Log Cabin members say her departure further exemplifies factions within the group.


“To see her leave really shows how serious of a blow the organization has taken,” said Jordan Evans, town constable of Charlton, Massachusetts, and the first openly transgender Republican elected official in the U.S. “Jerri Ann was brought on to bring the group to a new direction, so that’s really telling.”

Evans announced her own departure from the Log Cabin Republicans last Monday in a scathing op-ed for LGBTQ magazine The Advocate. Jennifer Horn, a former board member, and Robert Turner, the former president of the group's Washington, D.C., chapter, also denounced the Trump endorsement and left the group last week.



In the endorsement, Kabel and Homan cited Trump’s commitment to end HIV/AIDS in 10 years, which was met both with cautious optimism and flat-out skepticism, and his work with Richard Grenell, the openly gay U.S. ambassador to Germany, to encourage other nations to end the criminalization of homosexuality, as examples of his dedication to the LGBTQ community.


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