Mehlman leads GOP brief urging Supreme Court to rule for LGBT protections

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.)

Ken Mehlman, the former George W. Bush operative and Republican National Committee chair who came out as gay in 2010, is leading LGBT-supportive Republicans in urging conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of LGBT workplace protections under current law.

In a 24-page legal brief first reported by Jeremy Peters of the New York Times, the Republicans take a conservative approach in asserting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars sex discrimination in the workforce, also applies to cases anti-LGBT discrimination.

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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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RNC approves resolution backing Trump’s transgender military ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Republican National Committee has approved a resolution in favor of President Trump’s effort to ban transgender people from the U.S. military, according to the Associated Press.

The RNC approved the resolution Friday at its annual winter meeting, which this year is taking place in West Virginia. Trump delivered remarks at the event this week before departing for Mar-a-Lago for the weekend.

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Trump vows to protect LGBTQ community, RNC has first openly gay speaker

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CLEVELAND (AP) — With five letters, Donald Trump brushed off decades of Republican reluctance to voice full-throated support for gay rights — at least for a night.

Trump’s call in his speech to the Republican National Convention for protecting the “LGBTQ community” was a watershed moment for the Republican Party — the first time the issue has been elevated in a GOP nomination address. Four years ago, Mitt Romney never uttered the word “gay,” much less the full acronym — standing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning.

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Caitlyn Jenner: Easier to come out as transgender than Republican

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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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RNC chairmen Reince Priebus says conversion therapy is “not in the platform”

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The GOP delegate rebellion against Donald Trump is dead, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus declared, looking ahead to a unified national convention next week amid signs that both Trump and the broader party are moderating their message with an eye toward November.

Priebus told The Associated Press July 15 that his party was ready to welcome an openly gay speaker to the convention, and he praised Trump for backing off a divisive plan to ban Muslim immigrants. The chairman also reminded skeptical conservatives that, whether they like it or not, they have no choice but to embrace Trump in Cleveland.

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

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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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