Trump vague in response to outrage over report of anti-trans memo

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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President Trump was characteristically vague on Monday in response to outrage over a reported proposal within his administration to eliminate transgender protections in enforcement of civil rights law.

Before boarding Marine One on departure from the White House, Trump said in response to a reporter’s question “different concepts” are on table within his administration for transgender rights.

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Trans conservatives tell CPAC: ‘Don’t tread on me’

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: From left, transgender conservatives Jordan Evans, Adelynn Campbell and Jennifer Williams attend the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 24. Washington Blade photo by Chris Johnson.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Being transgender doesn’t mean you have to give up your principles as a conservative, nor does it mean you should allow the Republican Party to subject you to political attacks based on your gender identity.

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A look at the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency for the LGBTQ community

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Whatever your thoughts on Donald Trump, it’s difficult to deny his influence on Americans after his first year as the 45th President of the United States.

America is often altered 140 characters at a time, and the changes are felt worldwide in walls both proposed and erected by climate change denial and Twitter diplomacy. The LGBTQ community has not been immune from presidential impact.

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Pulse massacre overshadows Fla. Senate race; Rubio criticized over gun control, LGBT rights

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS, Washington Blade
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Ricardo Negron-Almodovar, who is originally from the Puerto Rican city of Yauco, was at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12 when he heard gunshots.

He said in a Human Rights Campaign video that he initially thought the gunshots were part of a reggaeton song. Negron-Almodovar said the music stopped and clubgoers “got on the floor.”

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Get out of my kitchen: Basket cases are people, too

By : Poor Rich White Lady
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poor rich white ladyFirst of all, I want to apologize for taking an extended break from writing with you. I had to take some time off after the excitement and hangovers of attending the Republican National Convention in, oh, I can’t remember where it was, but I do believe it was a good time.

It was amazing to stand in front of a room of likeminded patriots and watch the coronation of Donald J. Trump! You know who wasn’t there? Hillary Clinton. She wasn’t there. Why wasn’t she there? Because she hates American patriots. That has been made even more obvious by her recent statements calling half of Trump supporters a “basket a deplorables.” First of all, I have no idea what that means. Fortunately, I saw a commercial on television where they played the remainder of the clip. She said Trump patriots were racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobia, xenophobic, claustrophobic, dyslexic and hydrophobic. All of these horrible generalizations by Hillary Clinton are totally wrong.

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Sarah McBride is first transgender person to speak at major U.S. party convention

By : Chris Johnson, The Washington Blade
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PHILADELPHIA — History was made Thursday when an openly transgender person spoke for the first time ever at a major U.S. party convention and declared she was a “proud transgender American.”

Sarah McBride, a transgender activist now affiliated with the Human Rights Campaign, enjoyed the historic distinction on the final day of the Democratic National Convention.

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Caitlyn Jenner: Easier to come out as transgender than Republican

By : Wire Report
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Cleveland (AP) — Prodding her party, Caitlyn Jenner said July 20 it was easier to come out as transgender than as a Republican and conceded Democrats promote more inclusive policies.

Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist and transgender activist, gently chastised Republicans as she spoke at a brunch on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention. She told the pro-LGBT American Unity Fund that she’s urged Republicans including Donald Trump to create a safe environment for children who are transgender.

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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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TV ad on transgender rights to air on Fox News during Republican National Convention

By : Wire Report
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Raleigh, N.C. (AP) — LGBT advocacy groups unveiled a national television ad on July 11 that will run during the Republican National Convention to educate viewers about discrimination against transgender people.

The coalition of groups called Fairness USA will air the 60-second ad on Fox News Channel on July 21, the final night of the convention.

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12.20.12 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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My job offers me a unique perspective on life, especially when it comes to this time of the year. The past 12 months of my experiences and conversations are quite literally filed away neatly on a computer server.

If I need to recall what I was doing in March, I simply double click the appropriate icon and a flood of files handily reminds me of my actions and activities during that particular month. It’s a pretty handy and an incredible way for me to track my progress and failures each calendar year.

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8.30.12 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotYears ago, when I first began my obsession with physical fitness, a close friend of mine told me about his tried and true way to avoid unhealthy eating.

“If there are a large number of overweight people at a restaurant, I choose to avoid it and seek a healthier alternative.” I initially balked at his advice but, while I admit I enjoy an occasional Big Mac and fries, his words ring in the back of my mind each time I step out to grab a quick lunch or an impulsive dinner. Follow the habits of healthy people to remain healthy!

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