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Another Trump budget, another attempt to cut HIV/AIDS programs

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is promoting a Trump budget that makes HIV cuts. (Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) New year, new cuts to HIV/AIDS programs. President Trump’s proposed $4.4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2019 is …

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Lawmakers demand meeting with Trump officials on anti-trans rollbacks

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) is calling for a meeting with Trump officials on anti-trans rollbacks. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Decrying the rollback of transgender rights in the Trump administration, lawmakers led by Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass) are seeking …

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Sen. Gillibrand: Defeat Trump in 2020 to pass Equality Act

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) (Image courtesy of YouTube) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called Saturday night for the defeat of President Trump in Election 2020 and a change of Congress to enact long-sought after federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. Gillibrand, a possible …

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Top lesbian DNC official exits less than one year on the job

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Jess O’Connell is leaving the DNC as chief executive officer. (Photo courtesy DNC) The highest-ranking openly LGBT official at the Democratic National Committee has departed from her role less than one year after she started serving in the position. Jess O’Connell, who …

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Pence breaks tie to confirm anti-LGBT Brownback nomination

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was confirmed as U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers) In his role as president of the U.S. Senate, Vice President Mike Pence had to break the tie Wednesday to …

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Biden Foundation sets up advisory councils for women, LGBT rights

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Former Vice President Joe Bidenhas created advisory councils or women and LGBT rights. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Former Vice President Joseph Biden, among the potential Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election, announced on Monday the creation of two …

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Chelsea Manning takes steps to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Chelsea Manning has taken steps to run for U.S.Senate in Maryland. (Photo courtesy Instagram) A transgender former Army intelligence who rose to national prominence for leaking sensitive information to Wikileaks has taken steps to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland. The Federal …

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LGBT candidates hoping to ride Democratic wave

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. From left, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Rep. Kristin Sinema (D-Ariz.), Virginia state Sen. Rich Madelino (D-Montgomery Co.) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key) With President Trump facing low approval ratings, signs continue to point to a political …

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These two anti-LGBT Republicans may run for Senate in 2018

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann may run for U.S. Senate. (Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key) Shakeups in the U.S. Senate led to news Tuesday that two prominent Republicans and former presidential candidates who have anti-LGBT records — Mitt Romney and …

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Trump fires all members of HIV/AIDS council without explanation

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. President Trump has fired all members of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) With no explanation, the White House has terminated members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS amid widespread discontent with President Trump’s …

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