Rep. Brown becomes first black member of Congress to endorse Buttigieg

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Rep. Anthony Brown (Photo by Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade)

Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), who has made LGBTQ rights a cornerstone of his congressional career, on Jan. 9 endorsed Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, becoming the first black member of Congress to endorse the gay presidential hopeful.

“Our country needs a president who can heal our divides and restore decency to our nation’s highest office,” Brown said in a statement. “Pete’s message is not defined by exclusion but welcomes everyone into the fight to tackle our nation’s greatest challenges. As we fight for the future of the soul of our country here at home, we also remain entangled in endless wars abroad and the threats to American lives and interests around the world have increased.”

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Trans service could be casualty of ‘skinny’ defense bill

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has proposed a “skinny” defense bill that will likely leave out transgender service members. (Photo pubic domain)

With House and Senate negotiators having reached a stalemate over major defense spending legislation, one proposed solution — a “skinny” bill that would focus on pay for U.S. military personnel and military construction projects — would likely leave transgender service members out in the cold.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, floated the idea of “skinny” bill in a statement Oct. 24 amid the standoff over the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

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Trump defends trans military ban: ‘They take massive amounts of drugs’

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In the aftermath of his tweet wishing LGBT Americans a happy Pride, President Trump defended his transgender military ban, asserting the policy is necessary because “they take massive amounts of drugs.”

Trump made the comments June 5 during his trip to the United Kingdom in an interview with Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain,” who asked him about the anti-trans policy.

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GOP lawmakers rail against trans military service in committee

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Amid questions about whether the Pentagon will delay allowing openly transgender people to enlist in the U.S. armed forces, GOP lawmakers led by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) railed Wednesday night against transgender military service as detrimental to military readiness and limiting expenses to the U.S. government.

During the House Armed Services Committee markup of major defense policy legislation for fiscal year 2018, Hartzler proposed an amendment she said would block openly transgender service, but withdrew her measure after a brief diatribe before it could come to a vote.

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