While the White House has been repeatedly attacked by liberal LGBT groups despite President Trump’s campaign pledge for equality and his appointment of an openly gay U.S. ambassador, it has built a strong relationship with a Republican group once banned from party events.

And Log Cabin Republicans, the conservative LGBT lobby, hasn’t just weighed in on issues of sexual orientation and civil rights, it has also been asked to suggest candidates for top jobs, including federal courts, for the first time.

Gregory T. Angelo, in Amsterdam this week to represent his group and U.S. interests at the 22nd International AIDS Conference, told Secrets that his group was asked to recommend candidates for the controversial 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that covers the West Coast, a liberal court that has stalled key administration policies.