Carper wins Democratic primary in Del. U.S. Senate race

By : Blake Chambers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Incumbent Sen. Tom Carper defeated Kerri Evelyn Harris in the Delaware U.S. Senate Democratic primary on Sept. 6, receiving roughly 65 percent of the vote to Harris’ 35 percent. Carper has served as a U.S. senator representing the state of Delaware since 2001. He will be entering his fourth term if he wins the General Election on Nov. 6.

Both candidates received endorsements the week prior to the primary. Harris received an endorsement from the Working Hero PAC on Sept. 3, with the organization contending Harris’ “boldly progressive economic agenda” having the ability to create more jobs and make lives better for all Delawareans. Harris pushed for a minimum wage of $15 and earned sick leave for all workers. In addition to her endorsement from Working Hero PAC, Harris received seven other national endorsements over the course of her campaign from Justice Democrats, Center for Popular Democracy, Our Revolution, Working Families Party, The People for Bernie Sanders, Democracy for America, Demand Universal Healthcare and Progressive Democrats for Delaware.

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Man charged with hate crime at Delaware gay pride festival

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DOVER, Del. (AP) | A Delaware man charged with a hate crime is accused of assaulting a man at a gay pride festival and groping two others.

News outlets report authorities on Tuesday announced the misdemeanor hate crime charge against 31-year-old Sean Wiley in connection with the Aug. 11 Delaware Pride Festival.

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Del. governor signs conversion therapy ban into law

By : Blake Chambers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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DOVER, Del. | Gov. John Carney signed SB 65 into law on Monday, making Delaware the 15th state to ban the practice of conversion therapy in addition to Washington, D.C. Delaware House of Representative member Debra Heffernan, Delaware state Sen. Harris McDowell and Lisa Goodman of Equality Delaware gave speeches at the signing.

Delaware joins New York, Hawaii and Rhode Island among others in banning conversion therapy statewide.

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Delaware governor fails to issue Pride proclamation, triggering backlash

By : BLAKE CHAMBERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Delaware Gov. John Carney was criticized for failing to issue a Pride proclamation.

The administration of Delaware Gov. John Carney has been receiving criticism for its handling of LGBTQ issues as of late.

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Delaware Senate approves equal rights amendment

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DOVER, Del. (AP) – The state Senate has approved a proposed amendment to Delaware’s constitution guaranteeing equal rights based on sex.

The legislation failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority in the Senate last month but was recalled and approved on a 17-4 vote June 6 after lawmakers added language clarifying the intent of the legislation.

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Lawmakers, conservative group criticize transgender policy

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – Some Republican lawmakers and a conservative group are criticizing Delaware’s proposed nondiscrimination policy for transgender students in schools.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, reported Nov. 13 that the proposal would let students self-identify their gender without telling their parents. Schools could also provide access to locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond with a students’ gender identity.

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Gay Republican withdraws name for DHS post over trans military ban

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The gay former executive director of the Delaware Republican Party has withdrawn his name from consideration for a position at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the military.

John Fluharty was in the running to become the agency’s assistant secretary of partnership and engagement.

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Delaware lawmakers aim to protect gender identity

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DOVER, Del. (AP) – Democratic lawmakers have introduced a resolution calling for Delaware’s Department of Education to develop regulations with specific guidelines to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

The resolution says state employment policies and guidelines mandate that government employees not be discriminated against based on gender identity or expression. That includes the right to be called by their preferred names and pronouns, treated with dignity and respect, and allowed to use bathroom facilities corresponding to their gender identity.

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Transgender Delaware inmate first to receive hormone therapy

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Wilmington, Del. (AP) – A transgender Delaware inmate has become the first in the state to begin hormone therapy in prison.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Kai Short last month became the state’s first transgender inmate to begin hormone therapy in prison. Last year, Short, who was born Lakisha Lavette Short, became Delaware’s first transgender inmate granted the right to change his name.

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Judge dismisses Rite-Aid HIV drug disclosure case

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Dover, Del. (AP) – A Delaware judge ruled against Rite Aid in a lawsuit filed by a man whose father learned he had HIV after visiting a pharmacy.

Michael Spence sued the retailer for negligence and invasion of privacy after his father went to pick up a prescription for his mother and was told by a clerk that Michael, who had not told his parents he was HIV-positive, had two prescriptions available.

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Delaware lawmakers consider changing the definition of family

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Dover, Del. (AP) – The state House is set to vote on bill change the definition of family under Delaware law to make references to couples gender neutral.

The legislation to be voted on May 24 eliminates “husband and wife” from among the relationships that constitute a family, inserting instead the word “spouses.”

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Anti-transgender bill finds opponents in tourism industry and its benefactors

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Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP) – Opponents of a bill that would prohibit transgender students in South Dakota from using the bathroom of their choice are taking aim at the state’s $3.8 billion tourism industry.

Activists this week used a Twitter hashtag created by South Dakota’s Tourism Department to criticize lawmakers for advancing legislation the activists believe would lead to bullying and discrimination, the Argus Leader newspaper reported.

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