Alan Cumming says backlash against LGBT gave Trump power

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The bisexual British actor says the USA is dangerous for LGBT community. Cumming, who is currently married to a man, spoke to CBS ahead of hosting the Village Voice Pride Awards in New York. “In terms of the impact around the world, people look to America — less and less now, of course, since Trump became president. He’s an embarrassment to America for people looking at us, but I think certainly his lack of interest in continuing the process of supporting equality in all areas is something that people will look at.” That obviously has an effect in America and around the world. Hate crimes against LGBT people – especially transgender people, especially against people of colour – have rocketed, and of course they would because you have someone who condones those attacks through silence,” the actor said adding that keeping such a controversial person in power can mean only that people of the USA are unable to feel safe, especially minority groups. “I feel obviously New York or anywhere near water in America where you have people coming from other cultures, you’re not scared or hateful of them, but there are big swathes of America that are still very fearful of the other. I worry about young kids who are in an environment that says if the president is a bully, then why shouldn’t you be?”

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