These two anti-LGBT Republicans may run for Senate in 2018

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann may run for U.S. Senate. Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key

Shakeups in the U.S. Senate led to news Tuesday that two prominent Republicans and former presidential candidates who have anti-LGBT records — Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann — may run in 2018.

Following passage of tax reform legislation, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced he’d retire after four decades in the Senate, opening the door for Mitt Romney, who had publicly mulled the idea of running for the seat.

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Trump claims win with tax reform, but LGBT advocates say they lose

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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President Trump is touting the Republican tax reform plan as his first legislative win as Congress sends the legislation to his desk, but LGBT rights supporters are warning about expected negative impacts of the measure — especially the end to the individual mandate in Obamacare.

In a statement Wednesday after final congressional approval of the bill, Trump said he made good on his promise for “a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas.”

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White House: Vote against UN death penalty resolution not about gays

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The Trump administration is pushing back against criticism over its vote at the United Nations against a resolution repudiating the death penalty, saying the move wasn’t about the application of the punishment to same-sex relationships.

A White House National Security Council spokesperson said Tuesday the vote against the measure is consistent with other U.S. votes at the United Nations against the death penalty resolution in previous administrations.

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Log Cabin celebrates 40 years at Trump hotel — with no talk of Trump

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Carly Fiorina speaks at the Log Cabin Republicans Spirit of Lincoln Dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 27, 2017. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The nation’s premier organization for LGBT Republicans held its annual dinner for the first time at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. — but not once did any speaker on stage mention President Trump.

Keynoting the Log Cabin Republican dinner Wednesday was 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, who delivered a heavily autobiographical speech on moving from being a secretary to CEO that sought to inspire leadership goals among those at the dinner.

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Will Trump, gov’t agencies recognize Pride month?

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Picture it: President Trump enters the East Room of the White House on a warm D.C. day in June to the sound of cheers from adoring members of the LGBT community holding up their iPhones to document the occasion with videos and photos.

With his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner at his side, Trump welcomes guests and commemorates June as Pride month by recognizing the LGBT community’s accomplishments in recent years.

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Chelsea Manning released after nearly 7 years in prison

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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(Portrait by Alicia Neal.)

After spending nearly seven years in prison for leaking classified information, the Army has released Chelsea Manning as a result of clemency granted by former President Obama.

Manning in a statement acknowledged she had an early release from prison as a result of former President Obama granting her clemency as one of his final acts in office, which considerably reduced her initial 35-year sentence.

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Uprisings: Without a Doubt

By : Jeremy Williams
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There have always been ridiculous references to “October Surprises” and their political import, but never, at least in my history, have they involved a Weiner. Last week, as everyone knows, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey unleashed the political hounds and stated that he was re-opening his case against Hillary Clinton based on emails she didn’t even write. Comey, he of the Bush administration, saw fit to pull a stunt like this just a week before the presidential election.

What does it all mean? We will not know, possibly ever. The Friday news dump issuance of his concerns is, well, concerning. The FBI is clearly playing politics. And Wiener’s dick pics remain unimpressive.

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Anti-LGBT activists stick with Trump despite video

By : Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
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After months of stoking fears about sexual assault in the bathrooms as a result of transgender non-discrimination protections, social conservatives are sticking with Donald Trump despite a recent unearthed recording in which he brags about making aggressive sexual advances on women.

The fears over assault and violation of privacy in the bathroom were invented and stoked by conservative activists opposed to transgender protections, but actual claims of sexual assault from the Republican nominee aren’t enough to register the same level of concern with these anti-LGBT activists.

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The Wonderful World of Wanzie: A plea to gay Republicans

By : Michael Wanzie
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This is not my typical rant about how I am mystified by the very concept of Log Cabin Republicans. Instead this my sincere and earnest plea to LGBT persons who are registered Republicans to please come to your senses, and just for this one election, for your own sake, step away from the people – Republicans seeking office – who, if elected, will in fact drag us backward, reversing every stride we as a community have made toward equality over the past decade.

Your party has spoken. Your heterosexual Bible-thumping homophobic colleagues have voted for and adopted a platform that clearly and emphatically states YOU do not matter. A platform that clearly and emphatically states they intend to target YOU; to pro-actively work and vote to reverse YOUR marriages and declare YOUR unions once again illegal. To keep YOU from adopting. They have stated clearly and emphatically they intend to support the right of businesses to deny YOU goods and services simply because of who YOU are. In light of these very real, very dangerous, archaic planks in your party’s platform how can you possibly vote for Republicans in the upcoming election?

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Log Cabin Republicans furious about 2016 GOP platform

By : Alex Storer
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The Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT organization of political conservatives, proclaimed July 12 that the GOP’s platform for the 2016 convention is “the most anti-LGBT platform in the Party’s 162-year history.”

Gregory T. Angelo, the organization’s president, wrote in an online statement that the platform includes “opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms [and] an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of ‘pray the gay away.'”

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