Trump is selling ‘LGBTQ for Trump’ rainbow shirts ahead of Pride month

By : Jeremy Williams
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It isn’t uncommon to see companies and organizations selling rainbow-clad items leading up to June’s LGBTQ Pride month. Recent stories on Disney, Reebok and Bud Light offering products sporting rainbow colors have appeared on many websites, including this one.

It isn’t even strange to see political candidates selling Pride T-shirts as they attempt to raise campaign funds, but you might expect politicians selling those shirts to have at least publicly supported LGBTQ Pride month.

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Center Global to hold annual reception at Room and Board

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: Center Global on May 9, 2019, will hold its annual reception at Room and Board in Northwest D.C. The organization has helped more than 200 LGBT asylum seekers since 2012. (Photo by Ted Eytan; courtesy Flickr)

Center Global will hold its annual reception at Room and Board on 14th Street on May 9.

Rayceen Pendarvis will emcee the event during which Human Rights Campaign Global Director Ty Cobb and Gleb Latnik, an LGBT activist from Russia who now lives in D.C. with his husband, will be honored.

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Trump administration announces ‘conscience rule’ for health care providers

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: President Trump on May 2, 2019, announced the final version of a “conscience rule” for health care providers that critics contend would allow anti-LGBT discrimination. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Trump administration on May 2 announced the final version of a “conscience rule” for health care providers.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights in a statement said the rule “protects individuals and health care entities from discrimination on the basis of their exercise of conscience in HHS-funded programs.”

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Gus Kenworthy to headline DNC’s annual LGBTQ gala

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy will attend the Democratic National Committee’s 19th annual LGBTQ gala as a special guest on June 25 in New York City.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the DNC at their LGBTQ Gala this Pride season,” Kenworthy said in a statement. “Over the last year, the Trump-Pence administration has pushed our community to the sidelines, attacking us for who we are and who we love. It’s time we take a stand against this administration by electing representatives this upcoming November who actively support and believe in equality for everyone.”

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Madaleno mocks Democratic opponent at Victory Fund brunch

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno speaks at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual National Champagne Brunch in D.C. on April 8, 2018. (D-Montgomery County)

Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) on Sunday at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s National Champagne Brunch in D.C. mocked a Democratic opponent who said he “prances around Annapolis.”

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White House denies Trump joked Pence ‘wants to hang’ gays

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is contesting a report President Trump made an highly criticized joke Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people.

The administration top’s spokesperson issued a statement to the Washington Blade and other media outlets denying Trump made the joke, which was reported in a New Yorker profile piece about Pence and his ties to the corporate right, including the Koch brothers.

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Dance party takes to DC streets to protest Mike Pence

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WASHINGTON (AP)- With glow sticks, hula hoops and rainbow flags, protesters took a dance party to the streets near the vice president-elect’s temporary home to oppose his positions on LGBT issues.

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Gamers convention stays in Indianapolis despite LGBT concerns

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A massive video game convention that once threatened to leave Indianapolis during an intense public debate over LGBT rights announced Dec. 6 that it has signed a contract that will keep the event in the city through 2021.

Gen Con, one of the largest gaming conventions in the U.S., says that it is extending its contract an additional year, according to a joint news release with Indianapolis officials.

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