White House won’t comment on HHS proposal to nix rule for trans health

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The White House has declined to comment on recent indications the Trump administration is set to undo an Obama-era rule barring medical providers from refusing service to transgender people, including gender reassignment surgery.

The Washington Blade sought to ask White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the proposed reversal Monday during the daily briefing, but the spokesperson didn’t call on the Blade for a question, nor did any other reporter ask about the issue following a report on the development in the New York Times.

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Bills to curtail LGBTQ rights are failing in US legislatures

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBTQ rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory.

In the thick of this year’s legislative sessions, LGBTQ activists were tracking about 120 proposed bills that they viewed as threats to their civil rights. Not one of them has been enacted as many sessions now wind down; only two remain under serious consideration.

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Trans conservatives tell CPAC: ‘Don’t tread on me’

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: From left, transgender conservatives Jordan Evans, Adelynn Campbell and Jennifer Williams attend the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 24. Washington Blade photo by Chris Johnson.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Being transgender doesn’t mean you have to give up your principles as a conservative, nor does it mean you should allow the Republican Party to subject you to political attacks based on your gender identity.

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New HHS division slammed as tool for anti-LGBT discrimination

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Roger Severino hailed the creation of a conscience division at HHS. Image courtesy C-Span.

Consistent with media reports indicating the move was coming, the Department of Health & Human Services on Thursday formally established a conscience division that critics say will allow medical practitioners to deny abortion-related services and treatment to LGBT people on religious grounds.

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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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Heritage Foundation panelists criticize pro-trans bathroom policies

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Members of a Heritage Foundation panel on Thursday sharply criticized efforts to allow transgender people to use bathrooms and other facilities based on their gender identity.

Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, moderated the panel that was titled, “Biology Isn’t Bigotry: Why Sex Matters in the Age of Gender Identity.”

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Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

But they are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society’s view of what constitutes a marriage, especially without more information about how same-sex marriage affects children who are raised by two fathers or two mothers.

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