Trump’s U.S. Census proposes, immediately cuts LGBT survey questions

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The inclusion of LGBT categories in the Planned Subjects for the 2020 Census Report unveiled on Tuesday must have been music to the ears of LGBT advocates seeking to include sexual orientation and gender identity in federal surveys. But the celebration was short-lived: The U.S. Census on the same day announced those categories were included in error.

Just days before its deadline, the U.S. Census delivered to Congress its report on planned subjects for the survey, including gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and homeownership status. Under law, the report is due three years before Census Day, with the next one set to occur April 1, 2020.

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The Other Side of Life: Totem polls

By : Jason Leclerc
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Who might have imagined that the irrelevance of Hollywood would become a totem to the nation writ large in the age of Trump? When I say totem, of course, I intend to conjure images of poles: the biggest poles, polls that now accurately misstate everything from presidential popularity to Academy Award winners.

We are pole-driven, metaphor-driven partisans who have bought into cults of personality if only for the fleeting moments needed to crush other cults. In 2017, we pit irrelevant reality stars against their replacements as if one were the President of the United States and the other were the former governor of California.

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Jussie Smollett of ‘Empire’ gets political in new video

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NEW YORK (AP) – While TV star Jussie Smollett was in the recording studio working on his own music apart from “Empire,” set for release later this year, he couldn’t help but write a song about what’s going in the world, from injustice to President Donald Trump.

That’s when he penned “F.U.W.,” short for “(expletive) up world,” around President’s Day and immediately directed a music video to bring his words to life. The clip debuted late Wednesday on his YouTube page.

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Celebrating Pride in the Trump era

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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Possible changes in the way LGBT Pride celebrations are carried out in cities and towns throughout the nation in response to fears of a rollback of LGBT rights under the Trump administration are expected to be a hot topic at a conference in Washington this weekend of Pride leaders from more than a dozen states.

The conference, called The Magic of Pride, taking place March 9-12 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, was expected to include Pride leaders from states in the Northeast and Southeast regions of the country. The Capital Pride Alliance, which organizes D.C.’s annual Pride parade and festival, was serving as host for the conference.

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Out Colombia congresswoman to seek higher office

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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BOGOTA, Colombia — The first openly LGBT person elected to the Colombian Congress on Tuesday confirmed that she plans to run for a seat in the country’s Senate.

“I am optimistic,” Congresswoman Angélica Lozano told the Washington Blade during an exclusive interview at the Colombian Congress in the country’s capital of Bogotá. “Optimism is a condition that factors into my decision . . . but you must fight.”

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Rights at stake, again: As Trump revokes federal protections, Orlando community advocates for trans youth

By : David Thomas Moran
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ORLANDO – Local leaders are rallying behind transgender youth in Central Florida in response to the Trump administration’s recent attacks on transgender rights. There’s already been an onslaught of Trump executive orders seeking to limit the rights of immigrants, Muslims, women, the poor and now transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

President Trump’s Feb. 22 executive order, rolling back Obama-era protections, leaves trans students across the country at the mercy of local school board politics yet again.The anti-LGBTQ policy has also effectively stalled the Gavin Grimm vs. Gloucester County School Board lawsuit – a highly-anticipated, transgender rights case that until recently was headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Revised travel ban allows Kurdish activist to travel to U.S.

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A human rights activist from Kurdistan can now travel to the U.S. to attend a Human Rights Campaign conference next month after President Trump signed a revised executive order that allows Iraqi citizens to enter the country.

The original executive order that Trump signed on Jan. 27 banned citizens from Iraq and six other predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya — from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

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State Department releases 2016 human rights report

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The State Department’s annual human rights report that it released last week notes discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity were commonplace throughout many parts of the world in 2016.

The report notes René Martínez, a prominent LGBT rights advocate in the violence-plagued Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, was killed in June after he left his home. It also highlights Hande Kader, a transgender sex worker and activist who was found dead in Istanbul in August.

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Gays for Trump to rally in D.C. on March 4

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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The North Carolina-based group Gays for Trump is playing a lead role in organizing a rally and march in support of President Donald Trump scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, March 4, at the Washington Monument in D.C.

Gays for Trump President Peter Boykin said the D.C. event, which will include a short rally at the site of the Washington Monument followed by a march to the White House, is not a specifically gay event but organizers expect many LGBT people to be participating.

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Transgender Task Force relaunched amid ongoing anti-trans attacks

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Amid the Trump administration’s rollback of guidance protecting transgender students and increasing reports of anti-trans violence around the country, members of the U.S. House have relaunched the Transgender Task Force to draw attention to harms facing the transgender community.

The new leader of the transgender caucus in the 115th Congress is Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), who spoke at an event Thursday outside the U.S. Capitol to support trans people.

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Arrest made in Key West hate crime, gay-bashing attack

By : Jeremy Williams
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Police arrested a North Carolina man accused of committing a hate crime against a gay couple in Key West.

The Miami Herald reports that Brandon Ray Davis, 30, was taken into custody by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office in Richlands, N.C., Davis’ hometown, March 1.

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Trump’s speech to Congress mixes bleak outlook with populist view

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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President Trump’s wide-ranging speech Tuesday in the House gallery of the U.S. Capitol drew on many of the positions he expressed during the presidential campaign, such as rebuilding America’s infrastructure, expelling undocumented immigrants and rebuilding the military. All those goals stemmed from a perception — largely deemed incorrect or exaggerated — of the failing state of America.

“For too long, we’ve watched our middle class shrink as we’ve exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries,” Trump said. “We’ve financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit — and so many other places throughout our land. We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate. And we’ve spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.”

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