Gays under consideration for presidential AIDS advisory panel

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Gay Republicans knowledgeable on AIDS issues and LGBT people involved in AIDS work have been among those contacted by a Trump administration official for a possible appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS known as PACHA, according sources familiar with the advisory body.

The outreach to potential LGBT appointees began shortly after President Trump issued an executive order on Sept. 29 extending the life of PACHA and 31 other presidential advisory committees for at least one more year.

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Ex-FBI official accused of stealing from Hawaii LGBT group

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HONOLULU (AP) – The nonprofit Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation has accused a former high-ranking FBI official of stealing more than $33,000 while he was the organization’s treasurer.

The nonprofit told police that between November 2016 and August 2017, 56-year-old Robert Kauffman wrote improper checks and made several unauthorized withdrawals from the foundation’s bank account, Hawaii News Now reported.

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White House denies Trump joked Pence ‘wants to hang’ gays

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is contesting a report President Trump made an highly criticized joke Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people.

The administration top’s spokesperson issued a statement to the Washington Blade and other media outlets denying Trump made the joke, which was reported in a New Yorker profile piece about Pence and his ties to the corporate right, including the Koch brothers.

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15 states and D.C. seek to block Trump’s trans military ban

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A group of 15 states and D.C. have intervened in litigation challenging President Trump’s transgender military ban, arguing the federal policy interferes with the National Guard.

The states made their argument Monday in a joint friend-of-the-court brief led by lesbian Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and filed in the case challenging Trump’s policy in federal court in D.C.

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Obama selects gay artist Kehinde Wiley to paint Smithsonian portrait

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Former President Barack Obama has selected as the artist to paint his official portrait for the Smithsonian gay portrait painter Kehinde Wiley, the museum announced Monday.

Known for his highly naturalists paintings of black people in heroic poses, Wiley uses bold, vibrant colors in his work, which highlights the status of young black men in contemporary culture.

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VP pushes back on Trump’s hang the gays joke, but won’t deny it

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence is pushing back on a New Yorker article reporting President Trump privately joked his No. 2 in office wants to hang all gay people, but won’t deny Trump said those words.

Alyssa Farah, press secretary for the vice president, made the comments in response to a Washington Blade inquiry on why Trump would make that joke and he thinks the death penalty for homosexual acts is a human rights violation.

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Report: Trump joked Pence ‘wants to hang’ all gay people

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The anti-LGBT history of Vice President Mike Pence apparently isn’t lost on President Trump, who once joked his No. 2 in office “wants to hang” all the gay people, according to a recent article in the New Yorker.

The lengthy profile piece on Mike Pence contains significant details about his long career in politics starting as a U.S. House member, then Indiana governor and now vice president — highlighting Pence’s ties to the corporate right, including the Koch brothers, and the social conservative movement. (Recalling Pence’s time as a member of Congress, a former Republican staff member is quoted as saying Pence “was as far right as you could go without falling off the earth.”)

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Amazon Studio exec placed on leave for harassing lesbian producer

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Amazon’s programming chief Roy Price has been placed on leave following allegations of sexual harassment against producer, Isa Hackett.

While promoting “The Man in the High Castle,” a series based on the book by Hackett’s father Philip K. Dick, Hackett says she went to a party with Price and Amazon executive Michael Paull. In the taxi, she claims that Price made repeated sexual advances on her.

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Here’s what’s in the grab bag at the anti-LGBT Values Voter Summit

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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If you look inside the grab bag given to attendees at the 2017 anti-LGBT Values Voter Summit, you might find various items including a schedule of events, but you’d also find a flyer expressing a view of the impact of gay people on public health way out of line of mainstream health organizations.

The flyer advertises for a book called, “The Health Hazards of Homosexuality,” which stokes fears about negative health impacts of being gay as if it were a public health crisis.

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Trump to address anti-LGBT Heritage Foundation on Tuesday

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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In the latest of a series of outreach efforts to anti-LGBT activists, President Trump is set to address on Tuesday the conservatives think-tank known as the Heritage Foundation.

The organization sent out an email blast Sunday night with the announcement, a link to the livestream of his upcoming address and an opportunity to submit a question for Trump. The speech is set Tuesday at 7:30 pm and will take place during its annual President’s Club meeting.

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Bipartisan legislation introduced to protect trans servicemembers

By : Karen Ocamb of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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California Reps. Jackie Speier and Susan Davis joined four other members of Congress on Friday to introduce a bipartisan bill intended to protect transgender military servicemembers under siege by the Trump administration. H.R. 4041 prohibits the Department of Defense from discharging trans members of the Armed Forces based solely on their gender identity.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has repeatedly said the current policy of trans open service remains in effect until he has had a chance to develop a policy, under President Trump’s orders, based on recommendations from a panel of experts. Trans servicemembers have been serving openly since June 2016 without incident. However, in a sudden series of tweets last July 26, Trump issued a directive ordering Mattis and the Pentagon to reverse the Obama-era policy and kick out all transgender individuals working in any capacity and prevent any recruitment or promotion through the accessions policy. Trump gave Mattis six months to come up with a new personnel policy, while Mattis is simultaneously preparing for the possibility of nuclear war. LGBT groups have urged Mattis to recruit trans people with military or national security experience to sit on that panel of experts.

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Trump at anti-LGBT summit: ‘The times are changing back again’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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President Trump took the opportunity Friday of speaking at an anti-LGBT summit to express pleasure in his administration’s actions reversing the legacy of the Obama years, citing among other things recent “religious freedom” guidance seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination.

Entering the stage at the 2017 Values Voter Summit to chants of “USA! USA! USA!” Trump sought to connect with an audience of social conservatives, who were largely responsible for his win in the 2016 presidential election.

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