Black LGBT leaders rebuke Trump for ‘lynching’ tweet

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Black leaders in the LGBT community are rebuking President Trump for comparing the impeachment inquiry against him to lynching — a practice that claimed the lives of thousands of black Americans over the course the nation’s history.

David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, called the comparison between the two “grossly irresponsible and ignorant.”

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Trump hails deal with Gilead for PrEP donation as ‘great news’

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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President Trump hailed on May 9 a deal with Gilead for the donation of PrEP for HIV prevention for the uninsured as “great news.”

Trump, who announced during his State of the Union address a plan to beat the HIV epidemic by 2030, took to Twitter to declare his pleasure the agreement with the drug manufacturer.

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House to vote next week on Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. House is expected to hold a floor vote next week on the Equality Act, legislation that seeks to ban anti-LGBT discrimination, a senior Democratic aide told the Washington Blade on Monday.

The official announcement on the vote, the aide said, was set for May 3, which is the normal day for when the next week’s schedule is announced in the House.

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Bolsonaro cancels US trip after outcry from LGBT activists

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: (Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro )

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has cancelled an upcoming trip to the U.S. amid growing outrage among LGBT activists and other groups.

Bolsonaro was scheduled to accept an award from the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce at its gala that is scheduled to take place at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York on May 14.

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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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Senate confirms former Log Cabin chief to State Dept. post

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Senate confirmed R. Clarke Cooper to a senior State Department position. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

With little opposition, the U.S. Senate confirmed on May 30 a former head of Log Cabin Republicans instrumental in finding Republican votes to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to a high-ranking State Department position.

R. Clarke Cooper, who’s gay, was confirmed as assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs by a vote of 90-8 nearly a full year after President Trump nominated him in June 2018.

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Transgender troops to attend State of the Union as Trump pursues ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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As the Trump administration pursues a transgender military ban, at least four lawmakers have invited transgender people with records of military service to attend to President Trump’s State of the Union address in the House chamber in protest over his policy.

Although courts had initially blocked the Defense Department from implanting Trump’s reversal, the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month issued stays on those decisions, essentially green lighting the ban. (One injunction issued by a federal court against Trump’s policy remains in place for the time being, but the Justice Department is challenging that order.)

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29 Senate Democrats call on OPM to restore trans employee guidance

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A group of 29 Senate Democrats led by Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) is calling on the U.S Office of Personnel Management to restore to its website guidance ensuring fair treatment of transgender federal employees, which was deleted during the week of Thanksgiving.

In a letter dated Dec. 19 to Acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert, the senators write “to express our serious concern” about removal of the guidance from the website.

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Gov. Kasich bars anti-trans discrimination in Ohio state workforce

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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With less than a month remaining in office, Ohio Gov. John Kasich — a prominent critic of President Trump within his own party — signed on Dec. 19  an executive order barring anti-trans discrimination in the state workforce, instituting the first transgender statewide protections in Ohio.

The order, titled Executive Order 2018-12-K, bars discrimination on the basis of numerous protected categories, including sexual orientation and gender identity, revising policy for the first time to bar anti-trans discrimination. The order replaces Executive Order 2011-05K, which barred discrimination in the state workforce on the basis of sexual orientation, but not gender identity.

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No clear signal from court in arguments over Trump’s trans military ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals gave no clear signal during oral arguments Dec. 10 on whether they’d keep in place one of four injunctions against President Trump’s transgender military ban, raising the real possibility the panel would reverse the order against the policy.

After one hour of arguments in which a dominant theme was hair-splitting over the difference between being transgender and having gender dysphoria, the questioning left no clear indication of the eventual ruling. One judge seemed poised to reverse the injunction, another seemed inclined to keep it and the other gave mixed signals.

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Nancy Pelosi makes surprise appearance at NGLCC National Dinner

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Nov. 16 celebrated Democrats regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives when she made a surprise appearance at the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s National Dinner Gala.

“The American people elected a Democratic majority,” said Pelosi to applause as she spoke at the National Building Museum in D.C.

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Rihanna sends Trump cease and desist letter for playing her music at rallies

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rihanna has sent President Donald Trump a cease and desist letter for using her music to hype up the crowds at his rallies without her permission.

The pop star learned that her song “Don’t Stop the Music” was being played at a rally for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Chattanooga, Tennessee through a tweet by Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker.

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