Trans activist Sarah McBride running for Delaware Senate

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sarah McBride, image via McBride’s Facebook page.

Transgender and LGBTQ rights activist Sarah McBride announced on Tuesday that she is running for a seat in the Delaware State Senate in a Wilmington area district where she was born and raised and currently resides.

McBride, 28, is running for a seat held by incumbent Democrat Sen. Harris McDowell, Delaware’s longest serving state senator, who announced he is retiring at the end of his term in 2020 and will not seek re-election next year.

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Perez cites history of LGBT support in run for DNC chair

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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After high-level service in the Obama administration that included fighting for LGBT rights at both the Labor and Justice Departments, Tom Perez is looking to become the next Democratic National Committee chair.

In an interview Friday with the Washington Blade, Perez said in a crowded field of contenders his history of support for LGBT rights makes him the best candidate for the LGBT community.

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Gay DNC chair candidate Ray Buckley drops out, endorses Ellison

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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One week before the Democratic National Committee will vote on its next chair, one of two openly gay candidates in the race — New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley — has dropped out and endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

In a statement Saturday, Buckley announced he’d remove his name from contention in the crowded field of candidates and endorse Ellison, maintaining he’d strengthen state parties and reform the DNC.

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Ray Buckley could be first openly gay person to chair DNC

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Democrats weren’t accustomed to success or power when Ray Buckley was first elected to the Legislature in 1986.

But by the time he was elected chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party in 2007, he had successfully led Democrats’ efforts to retake the state Senate in 2006 for just the second time in decades. His party  also won the House and the governorship. He has been party chairman since, helping turn New Hampshire from reliably Republican to a place where Democrats have withstood national GOP waves.

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Mother of Pulse victim speaks at Democratic National Convention

By : Anna M. Johnson
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Christine Leinonen, the mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen spoke on July 27 advocating for commonsense gun reform.

Drew was one of the 49 killed in the Pulse nightclub massacre on June 12. He was there with his boyfriend, Juan Guerrero, who was also killed. Drew was 32 and Juan was 22.

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Live coverage of the Democratic National Convention DAY THREE

By : Washington Blade reporters
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Watermark Publishing Group is a member of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the leading LGBT newspaper publishers in the United States.

The Washington Blade, a member of the NGMA and D.C.’s LGBT newspaper, is providing coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for Watermark and our readers.

Photos by the Washington Blade’s Michael Key.

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Uprisings: The Crying Scene

By : Billy Manes
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Nobody predicted it would be easy. Following the malignant shadow of a terrible Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Democrats were facing down a new cold war. The details remain scarce in terms of objective justification – WikiLeaks superhero Julian Assange might or might not have been a tool for Russian shirtless nightmare Vladimir Putin in releasing emails that made the Democrats National Committee look bad; Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was turned into a witch who falls on swords; the great divide within the Democratic party between Bernie Sanders and Clinton wouldn’t survive even the most generous of sutures; hurt feelings are hurt feelings and that’s what they are, and they are real.

So we planted ourselves in front of our computer screens and we watched as the DNC appeared to evaporate into a cloud of vitriol before our very eyes. Chants and gestures, jeers and curses, cheers with hisses behind them: This was how the DNC began on July 25. Those with a penchant for history will note that many a convention has not been the pep rally it set out to be; those with recent history behind their eyes will note that last week’s RNC included all the antipathy you could shake a burning cross at, right down to loser Ted Cruz refusing to endorse his party’s candidate, Trump. This is politics. When you are talking to the masses, the least common denominator rules the arena. Thankfully, our “revolution” has been televised to the point of requiring some common decency, at least in its appearance.

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Mother of Pulse victim to speak at Democratic National Convention

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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nadine1Christine Leinonen, a mother who lost her son in the Pulse nightclub shooting, will speak at the Democratic National Convention July 27.

Although she is not listed on the official DNC schedule, Leinonen is expected to take the stage at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 8:00 p.m., according to an Equality Florida Facebook post. Pulse survivors Jose Arriagada and Brandon Wolf will also join her.

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Bernie Sanders supporters protest the Democratic National Convention

By : Michael K. Lavers
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PHILADELPHIA — Bernie Sanders supporters protested July 25 outside the Wells Fargo Center in which the Democratic National Convention is taking place.

Thousands of protesters started marching from Philadelphia City Hall to the DNC.

Check out the videos from our NGMA partners at The Washington Blade.

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