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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Gay-run super PAC seeks to help Dems win back state legislatures

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: From left, Solly Cohen, David Cohen, executive director of Forward Majority, and Erich Metzger (Photo courtesy of Tim Hogan)

A newly launched super PAC is seeking to make gains for Democrats in state legislatures, and the operation is run by an openly gay former Barack Obama campaign official who helped propel him to victory in 2008.

Forward Majority, which launched in September, has deployed $1 million to win seats next month in the Virginia election with the bold ambition of Democrats taking control of the General Assembly. Those efforts will be used as a prototype for state legislative wins in the midterm and 2020 elections, which will be key at that time because congressional redistricting will be underway and state legislatures have a significant voice in that process.

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Chelsea Manning finds a sympathetic crowd in NY appearance

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NEW YORK (AP) – She may have been disinvited by Harvard and turned away from Canada, but Chelsea Manning earned applause, laughter and even some tears of empathy from a friendly crowd at the annual New Yorker Festival Oct. 8.

Manning, who was released in May after seven years in military prison, was by turns impassioned, defensive, humorous and occasionally tearful in a panel discussion with New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar.

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Chelsea Manning says she was denied entry to Canada

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Chelsea Manning said Sept. 25 she was denied entry into Canada because of her criminal record in the United States.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, which was commuted by President Barack Obama in his final days in office.

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Obama on Edith Windsor: ‘Few made as big a difference to America’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Former President Barack Obama has issued a statement upon the death of lesbian activist Edith Windsor, saying “few made as a big difference to America” as result of her pursuit for marriage equality.

“America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what’s right,” Obama said. “Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor – and few made as big a difference to America.”

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Chelsea Manning appears in Vogue’s September issue

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Chelsea Manning seemed to officially kick off her new life in a profile piece for Vogue’s September 125th Anniversary Collector’s Edition issue.

Manning, who served seven years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, sported a red, one-piece swimsuit for the upcoming issue in a photo shot by Annie Leibovitz.

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Biden to headline DNC’s annual LGBT gala in New York

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee’s annual LGBT Gala in New York next month, the DNC says.

DNC Chair Tom Perez says the former vice president will receive the inaugural LGBT hero award for his advocacy on behalf of gays and lesbians at the June 21 dinner.

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The White House web page has removed LGBT rights, climate change and other civil rights issues just like that

By : Billy Manes
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See that up there? That’s a bit of history you might want to remember as the “president” forgets all of the unheard voices he heralded today in his flimsy, divisive inaugural speech. The White House page has now changed to reflect our making-great-of-America-again present, removing progressive issues – indeed, issues about your actual being – from its website. Happy Jan. 20! You’ve been erased. Bye, Felicia.

Oh, and also. Climate change. You’re gone, too. Civil rights? Meh, who cares? Find you on the wayback machine. Doomsday’s here. Take a breath. Let’s get to fighting.

LGBTQ activists view Obama as staunch champion of their cause

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It was a new look for the White House: illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage nationwide.

President Barack Obama, who was inside, felt the glow on that June night in 2015.

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As Obama accomplished policy goals, his party floundered

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WASHINGTON (AP) – In boasting about his tenure in the White House, President Barack Obama often cites numbers like these: 15 million new jobs, a 4.9 percent unemployment rate and 74 months of consecutive job growth.

There’s one number you will almost never hear: More than 1,030 seats.

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Ellen DeGeneres to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is honoring performers Ellen DeGeneres, Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson and Tom Hanks with the nation’s highest civilian honor.

They are among 21 people Obama plans to recognize with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House Nov. 22.

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I-4 corridor politics: Clinton in Tampa, Obama in Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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Crowds gathered in both Tampa and Orlando as two the Democratic Party’s rock stars made there way through Central Florida last week.

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton visited Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa Oct. 25, followed a few days later by current president Barack Obama making a stop at the University of Central Florida in Orlando Oct. 28.

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