Queer chef said ‘no’ to the President’s daughter

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Chef Angela Dimayuga attends The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

A writer for Ivanka Trump’s website reached out for an interview to Angela Dimayuga, who is a top chef in New York, and who is a proud queer woman of color. Dimayugu was understandably reluctant to be a voice for the President’s daughter, but she refused with dignity. The woman expressed gratefulness to the writer for reaching out and wanting to provide her with more visibility, but she stressed that Trump’s platform did not give her such an opportunity. “I’m for women who actually empower other women,” she said. “I don’t believe that IvankaTrump.com is truly ‘a non-political platform of empowerment for [women]’. So long as the name Trump is involved, it is political and frankly, an option for the IvankaTrump.com business to make a profit,” she added, “I don’t see anything empowering about defunding Planned Parenthood, barring asylum from women refugees, rolling back safeguards for equal pay, and treating POC/LGBT and the communities that support these groups like second class citizens. As a queer person of colour and daughter of immigrant parents I am not interested in being profiled as an aspirational figure for those that support a brand and a President that slyly disparages female empowerment. Sharing my story with a brand and family that silences our same voices is futile,” she finished. “Thank you for the consideration.”

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