Data at forefront of congressional hearing on anti-LGBTQ bias in housing, credit

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: HRC President Alphonso David speaks at the House Financial Services Committee hearing Oct. 29. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

As LGBT rights advocates continue to press the Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination, data was at the forefront of a congressional hearing Tuesday as evidence that anti-LGBT discrimination in housing and credit continues to exist.

Among the key statistics that emerged in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee: About half of LGBT adults own their homes compared to 70 percent of the non-LGBT adult population; LGBT adults are twice as likely as non-LGBT people to report having been prevented by a landlord or owner from moving into a home; and same-sex couples experience about three to eight percent lower approval rates in acquiring a loan than different-sex couples.

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Briefing on LGBTQ asylum seekers takes place on Capitol Hill

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

A briefing on the plight of LGBTQ asylum seekers took place on Oct. 23 at the Russell Senate Office Building.

Two asylum seekers — a transgender woman from El Salvador and a gay man from Nigeria — spoke at the briefing that Sharita Gruberg of the Center for American Progress moderated. Jennifer Quigley of Human Rights First and Richard Kelly of Center Global also participated. The Human Rights Campaign, the Council for Global Equality, the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigration Equality and the Transgender Law Center are among the groups that co-sponsored the briefing.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks historic campaign for LGBTQ History Month

By : Mark Segel
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Pete Buttigieg, who has served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana since 2012, came out as a gay man in a self-penned essay published by the South Bend Tribune on June 16, 2015. In April of this year, he declared his candidacy for president of the United States.

Buttigieg spoke with Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segel by phone ahead of the Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ-focused presidential town hall which aired on CNN Oct. 10. The interview was conducted exclusively for The LGBT History Project, a coalition of LGBTQ print and web publications including Watermark which span coast-to-coast.

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Craft beer, drag queens used to boost Ohio LGBTQ turnout

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) | A nonpartisan coalition seeking to boost turnout among Ohio’s LGBTQ voters in 2020 is launching a campaign that pairs voter registration with drag queens and craft beer.

Craft the Vote kicked off Thursday at Land-Grant Brewing Company. Similar events will follow at craft breweries around the state.

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Buttigieg rejects O’Rourke proposal to tax anti-LGBTQ churches

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In the aftermath of conservative backlash over Beto O’Rourke agreeing to lift the tax-exemption on churches that oppose same-sex marriage, Pete Buttigieg is distancing himself from the comments.

In an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, Buttigieg said O’Rourke was wrong to respond in the affirmative when asked if as president he’d tax churches, schools and charities against same-sex marriage.

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Trump calls O’Rourke a ‘wacko’ for proposing to tax anti-LGBTQ churches

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Donald Trump, Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

President Trump is the latest to see an opening against Democrats for supporting for LGBT rights, criticizing Beto O’Rourke for proposing to lift the tax-exempt status on churches that oppose same-sex marriage.

Trump laid into O’Rourke, calling him a “wacko,” during a marathon speech at the Values Voter Summit, an annual summit hosted by the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, without explicit referring to the presidential candidate by name.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ lampoons CNN town hall on LGBTQ issues

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” satirized CNN’s LGBT forum for Democratic presidential candidates Thursday in the comedy show’s opening sketch over the weekend.

Cast members Chris Redd impersonated Cory Booker, Colin Jost played Pete Buttigieg, Kate McKinnon impersonated Elizabeth Warren and Alex Moffat played Anderson Cooper. Guest host Lin-Manuel Miranda impersonated Julian Castro and special guest Woody Harrelson played Joseph Biden.

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Harris pledges to create White House advocate for LGBTQ affairs

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sen. Kamala Harris, photo via Harris’ Facebook page.

Kamala Harris pledged on Thursday plans to designate a White House chief advocate for LGBT affairs should be elected in the 2020 election.

Harris made the commitment as part a comprehensive plan for LGBT rights, which was unveiled on the same day she’s set to participate in an HRC/CNN presidential candidate forum on LGBT issues.

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Buttigieg, Warren unveil comprehensive plans for LGBT rights

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Washington Blade photos by Michael Key.

On the same day they’re set to join a presidential candidate forum on LGBT issues, two Democratic hopefuls—Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg—have unveiled comprehensive plans for LGBT rights in their potential administrations.

Both Warren and Buttigieg articulate wide-ranging plans for assisting the LGBT community, such as support for the Equality Act, ending the transgender military ban and allowing a third gender marker option on federal IDs for non-binary people.

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New HRC president lights up crowd at annual dinner

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David speaks at the 2019 HRC National Dinner. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Alphonso David energized the room at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual national dinner Sept. 28, receiving thunderous applause as he announced new initiatives for LGBT people facing challenging times.

As much of Washington reels from the Ukraine-call scandal that has landed President Trump at the center of an impeachment inquiry in Congress, the new president of the Human Rights Campaign made himself a beacon of hope for the estimated 3,500 people in attendance at the 23rd national dinner.

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Trans March on DC called ‘first major step’ in visibility campaign

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: A rally was held at Freedom Plaza before the National Transgender Visibility March on Sept. 28, 2019. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Organizers and observers said between 1,500 and 3,000 people turned out Sept. 28 for the first ever National Transgender Visibility March on Washington in which scores of participants held signs proudly declaring their status as transgender or gender nonconforming Americans.

The march kicked off at 11:35 a.m. on Sept. 28 from Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. following the completion of a two-and-a-half hour rally. It traveled along Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., from 13th to 4th Streets, where the march ended four blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

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Trans Tampa woman disappears in Dallas, search continues

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ABOVE: Pauline del Mundo, photo courtesy Yolanda del Mundo.

TAMPA | Family members and detectives are continuing their search for Pauline del Mundo, a 59-year-old Tampa resident and transgender woman last seen at the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport on Sept. 14.

“We want all the support from the public, most especially the LGBTQ community,” Yolanda del Mundo tells Watermark. “My sister’s life is at stake in Dallas and it seems authorities are slow in providing updates on her whereabouts.”

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