Mary Washington elected to Maryland Senate

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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State Del. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City) on Nov. 6 became the first openly LGBT person of color elected to the Maryland Senate.

Washington in June defeated longtime state Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore City) in the Democratic primary. Washington ran unopposed in the general election.

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Dave Chappelle denies he’s transphobic during one-on-one interview

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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(ABOVE: Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Aug. 18, 2017. Photo by Mathieu Bitton)

NEW YORK — Comedian Dave Chappelle on Saturday said he does not consider himself transphobic.

“I wouldn’t consider myself that because I’m not even sure what the term means,” he told the Washington Blade during a one-on-one interview that took place backstage at Radio City Music Hall shortly before 1 a.m. after he performed with “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah and other comics on Aug. 18. “Do I discriminate against somebody because they’re trans? I would like to think absolutely not.”

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