Why LGBT community should back Trump

Story highlights

  • 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a shooting in an Orlando club on Sunday
  • Christopher Barron: Hillary Clinton is desperately wrong about the threat facing our country

Christopher R Barron is a conservative strategist based in Washington, D.C., and the former co-founder of the LGBT advocacy group GOProud. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN)On Sunday, everything changed for LGBT people in America. The terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 dead, was not simply a hate crime. This was not two gay guys getting roughed up by young hooligans incensed at seeing two men holding hands. This was an act of war.

This act of war was perpetrated by an adherent to radical Islam -- an ideology that seeks the extermination of LGBT people worldwide. For LGBT people in this country, the stakes could not be any higher -- or any more personal.
Christopher Barron
For LGBT Americans, this election won't be about bathrooms or who will bake our wedding cakes. No, this election will be about which of the candidates for President is willing to stand up and fight to defend our very right to life itself.
    In the wake of Sunday's attack, we heard from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Only one of those two candidates spoke forcefully and passionately about defending LGBT Americans. Only one of those candidates seemed 100% committed to protecting us from terrorists who seek to murder us simply because of who we are -- and that candidate was Donald Trump.
    Before Trump, Republican nominees shied from using the phrase LGBT o