Polis becomes 1st Democrat to address conservative summit

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ABOVE: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, photo via Facebook.

DENVER (AP) | Jared Polis, who last year became the first openly gay man elected governor of a state in the U.S., made history again July 12 by becoming the first Democrat to address a Denver conservative conference.

The liberal governor from Boulder was sandwiched between Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and conservative media critic Brent Bozell on the morning program of the Western Conservative Summit, which is a two-day conclave founded and coordinated by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. Polis’ speech was relatively unremarkable other than the fact that he gave it.

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Victory Fund endorses Obama-era ambassador for U.S. Senate

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Openly gay U.S. ambassador Daniel Baer, Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund, which has the exclusive purpose of backing LGBT candidates running for political office, has thrown its support behind a former U.S. ambassador who served during the Obama administration and is running to become the first openly gay man elected to the U.S. Senate.

Annise Parker, CEO of the Victory Fund, announced the endorsement of Baer Monday in a statement that recalled Jared Polis’s 2018 victory in Colorado as the first openly gay man elected governor.

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AP-NORC poll: Still some extra hurdles for LGBTQ candidates

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ABOVE: 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaking at a 2019 HRC event in Las Vegas May 2019. (Screenshot from YouTube)

NEW YORK (AP) | A sizable number of U.S. voters say they’d have some hesitancy about supporting an LGBTQ candidate for president, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In fact it’s an issue for many more than a candidate’s race or gender.

In the poll, 32% of registered voters said they would be less excited about supporting a presidential candidate who was gay, lesbian or bisexual; 42% said that about a transgender candidate. By contrast, only about 1 in 10 voters expressed such hesitance in regard to a candidate’s gender or race.

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Gov. Polis signs trans birth certificate bill, ban on ‘ex-gay’ therapy

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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With great fanfare in a signing ceremony, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis — the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States — signed into law on Friday two pieces of pro-LGBT legislation.

One measure bans widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy for youth, the other, known as Jude’s Law, streamlines the process by which transgender people can change their gender marker on their birth certificates.

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A modest Jared Polis prepares to govern

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Outgoing Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) claimed a significant victory for the LGBT community on Election Day by becoming the first openly gay person elected governor in the United States.

Today, he remains focused on the work ahead — and decidedly modest about his LGBT milestone.

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Gay former U.S. ambassador drops congressional bid

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A gay foreign policy expert who worked on international LGBT rights and served as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe has dropped his short-lived bid for a congressional seat in Colorado.

Daniel Baer, who had sought the Democratic nomination to run in Colorado’s 7th congressional district, announced in a statement Thursday he’d suspend his campaign in the aftermath of incumbent Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) deciding to run for re-election.

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Polis could make history with Colorado gubernatorial bid

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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If Jared Polis wins the race for governor of Colorado, he would become the first openly gay person to win a gubernatorial race in the United States — but breaking through the pink ceiling isn’t a distinction that’s a priority for his campaign.

During an interview with the Washington Blade last week, the five-term member of the U.S. House identified renewable energy and education as marquee issues for his candidacy, downplaying the significance of achieving a potential first.

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Jared Polis announces bid to become Colorado governor

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The most senior out member of the U.S. House declared on Sunday his bid to become the next governor of Colorado, setting himself to become the first openly gay person elected governor in the United States.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who’s served in Congress since the start of the Obama administration in 2009, said in email blast to supporters on he’d formally declare his bid Monday to become governor and to succeed retiring Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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LGBT Equality Caucus doubles its membership

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The congressional caucus dedicated to LGBT issues has nearly doubled its membership, rebounding after experiencing attrition in recent years as a result of shifting to dues-based membership.

The LGBT Equality Caucus announced on Tuesday it has started the 115th Congress with 102 members, which is nearly double the roster of 53 members at the start of the last Congress.

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Congressman, partner celebrate new addition to family

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DENVER (AP) – U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has announced the birth of a new daughter named Cora.

While few details of the birth were made available, the Democratic congressman from Boulder said in a statement July 4 “I think I’m going to miss the fireworks for the first time in my life, but my first daughter is far more thrilling.”

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