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LGBT reviews are in for Trump’s U.N. speech — and they’re bad

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. President Trump speaks before the United Nations General Assembly. (Screenshot via CSPAN) President Trump is receiving predictably bad reviews from LGBT foreign policy experts for remarks he made Tuesday before the United Nations in which he denounced “rogue nations” for bad behavior, …

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Sen. Cotton: Wait for DOD study to decide on trans military service

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said he wants to a DOD review before deciding on transgender military service. (Screenshot courtesy NBC News) Although key Republicans are lining up in support of transgender military service, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Sunday he has to …

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McCain co-sponsors new bill against Trump’s trans military ban

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is among the bipartisan co-sponsors of a bill for transgender military service. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) A new standalone bill that seeks to undermine President Trump’s ban on transgender military service has key support from Sen. …

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Senate blocks vote on Gillibrand amendment to protect trans troops

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. The amendment Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) filed against Trump’s transgender military ban won’t get a vote.(Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas) Despite bipartisan support, an amendment proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would have undermined President Trump’s ban on transgender …

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Trump admin comes out against amendment protecting trans troops

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. The Trump administration has come out against the Gillibrand transgender military amendment.(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) The Trump administration has come out against an amendment proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would undermine President Trump ban on transgender people in …

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Sen. Gillibrand files amendment against Trump’s trans military ban

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has filed an amendment against President Trump’s transgender military ban.(Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) filed an amendment Monday before the U.S. Senate that would undermine President Trump’s ban on transgender military service and …

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Lawmakers planning ways to block Trump’s trans military ban

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is seen as key to an amendment against Trump’s transgender military ban. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Now that Congress has returned from August recess, lawmakers are in discussions about a legislative response to thwart President Trump’s …

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Trump names gay nominee as U.S. ambassador to Germany

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Ric Grenell (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) President Trump made one of his last acts before the Labor Day weekend nominating foreign policy expert Ric Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany, the first openly gay major appointment of the current administration. …

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Trump invokes Chelsea Manning to justify Arpaio pardon

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. President Donald Trump invoked Chelsea Manning to defend his pardon of Joe Arpaio (Photos of Trump and Arpaio by Gage Skidmore, photo of Manning by Tim Travers Hawkins; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) Amid criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike over his pardon of Joe Arpaio, …

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