Sen. Kaine introduces bill to protect LGBTQ kids from child abuse

By : Chris Johnson Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced legislation on April 9 for the first time ever that seeks to protect LGBTQ kids from child abuse.

The Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act seeks to prevent the mistreatment of LGBTQ youth. According to a 2011 analysis from the National Institutes for Health, LGBTQ youth are 3.8 times to face sexual abuse and 1.2 times more likely to face parental physical abuse.

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Anti-LGBTQ statements prompt senators to oppose Pompeo nomination

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of state declined to specifically say whether he thinks being gay is “a perversion.” Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have cited Mike Pompeo’s anti-LGBTQ statements as among the reasons they oppose his nomination to become the next secretary of state.

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FACT CHECK: Claims in the VP debate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Not all the claims in the vice presidential debate stand up to scrutiny. A look at some of them and how they compare with the facts:

REPUBLICAN MIKE PENCE: “The fact that under this past administration, we’ve almost doubled the national debt is atrocious. … Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want more of the same.”

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VP Candidate Kaine’s faith an influence, sometime struggle

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The morning after Tim Kaine was named the Democratic vice presidential nominee, his first stop wasn’t a rally or a swing state meet-and-greet – it was a church in Richmond, Virginia, where he and his wife have worshipped for 30 years.

He prayed, sang a solo and briefly avoided talk of politics.

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Kaine says Catholic Church might change on marriage equality

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is predicting that the Roman Catholic Church may eventually change its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Kaine is a devout Roman Catholic as well as a U.S. senator from Virginia and a former governor of that state. He told the Human Rights Campaign during its national dinner Sept. 10 in Washington that he had changed his mind about same-sex marriage and that his church may follow suit one day.

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Live coverage of the Democratic National Convention DAY THREE

By : Washington Blade reporters
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Watermark Publishing Group is a member of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the leading LGBT newspaper publishers in the United States.

The Washington Blade, a member of the NGMA and D.C.’s LGBT newspaper, is providing coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for Watermark and our readers.

Photos by the Washington Blade’s Michael Key.

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7.28.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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Billy Manes

There are certain things – scientific remedies, poems, friends, family, rhythms, compassionate beings, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, lovers and losers – that I personally hold dear. If I err on any side of this balance beam we call life, I tend to self-correct and help somebody else up off the ground before I turn turtle and pretend I don’t exist as somebody meant to be of service.

So when given the opportunity last week to cross the state on I-4 for Hillary Clinton’s event at the Florida State Fairgrounds on July 22 – oh, I know; we’re a little heavy on the Hillary this month, but it’s also the month of the convention and just weeks after a massacre, so please forgive our indulgences – I leapt at it. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of. To meet somebody who has done so much good yet taken so much shit peripherally is reaffirming in its own way. Yes, I’m with her. I’m allowed to be.

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