Queer Eye star Karamo Brown pivoted away from positive remarks he made about Trump’s former White House press secretary Sean Spicer at this year’s LGBTQ Presidential Forum, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
While he previously referred to Spicer as a “good guy,” in August and expressed his “excitement,” at the prospect of watching him on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, he made an impromptu speech denouncing the administration in the presence of the ten presidential candidates who had assembled to discuss LGBTQ issues including U.S. Senator Cory Booker, and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris.
According to the event’s co-host The Advocate, Brown stated “It is no secret that President Trump and his administration are not friends of the LGBTQ community. It’s not just Donald Trump who is the problem, it’s the people surrounding him.”
“The rhetoric coming from the White House that is meant to divide our nation and target marginalized communities has to stop. And it is time for all marginalized communities to stand united,” he continued.
Brown stressed the importance of the election’s outcome to the progress of LGBTQ community issues.
“The 2020 presidential election is too important for the LGBTQ community, for the black community, and for those Americans like me who live at the intersection to be silent. We need to be loud and proud. Tonight is all about giving us the tools to let our friends and family know what is at stake.”
Brown encouraged attendees to engage with the issues via social media.
“Only together, can we overcome the divisiveness that President Trump has caused,” his speech concluded.