Lawmakers ‘deeply concerned’ over State Department human rights commission

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fifty members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday said they are “deeply concerned” over the State Department’s new human rights advisory commission.

The lawmakers—including U.S. Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.)—in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his “plan to establish a Commission on Unalienable Rights is an attempt to make an end run around career experts, statutorily established State Department structures and widely accepted interpretations of human rights law to push a narrow, discriminatory agenda that decides whose rights are worth protecting and whose rights the administration will ignore.”

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Trump condemned by lawmakers, LGBTQ advocates for racist tweets

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’s tweets telling four congresswomen who belong to racial minority groups to “go back” their home countries has invoked the ire of LGBTQ rights supporters, who say the tweets reaffirm the racism of Trump and the deplorables who support him.

Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of the LGBTQ media watchdog group GLAAD, said Trump’s racist tweets were “abhorrent.”

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Brunei announces death penalty moratorium

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The government of Brunei on May 5 announced it has placed a moratorium on the death penalty in the country.

The New York Times reported Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah made the announcement against the backdrop of widespread international outrage over a provision of Brunei’s new penal code based on Shariah law that would impose the death penalty for anyone found guilty of consensual same-sex sexual relations.

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Omar rallies support for bill banning gay conversion therapy

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) | Rep. Ilhan Omar has rallied LGBTQ youth in support of a Minnesota bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors or vulnerable adults.

Omar spoke March 21 on the state Capitol steps to a crowd that marched from OutFront Minnesota’s seventh annual Youth Summit at Saint Paul College.

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‘SNL’ parodies bisexual Sen. Krysten Sinema in ‘Women of Congress’ sketch

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Saturday Night Live” imagined what an action movie starring the Democratic women of Congress would look like in their sketch “Women of Congress.”

Krysten Sinema (Cecily Strong), Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor), Maxine Waters (Leslie Jones), Ilhan Omar (Ego Nwodim), Ann McLane Kuster (Aidy Bryant), Rashida Tlaib (Halsey) and Abigail Spanberger (Heidi Gardner) each appear in their own segment on how they plan to take down the male politicians who stand in their way. All of the women are wearing replicas of the all-white looks the Democratic women sported during Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last week in honor of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

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