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Transgender Day of Remembrance observed on Capitol Hill

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. From left, Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) (Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key) As the nation observes the deadliest recorded year ever for transgender people on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, members of Congress are lending …

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Gay Trump nominee confirmed to Federal Labor Relations Authority

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. The U.S. Senate confirmed gay Trump nominee James Abbott to the Federal Labor Relations Authority. (Photo courtesy Twitter) The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed on Thursday James Abbott to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, making him the second openly gay nominee confirmed during the …

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Capitol Hill rally calls for rejection of Jeff Mateer nomination

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) speaks at a rally outside of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday opposing the confirmation of Jeff Mateer to the federal bench. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) LGBT rights advocates, mothers of transgender children and congressional Democrats joined …

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Gay Obama fundraiser, ambassador launches congressional bid

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Rufus Gifford has launched a bid for Congress. (Photo via YouTube) A gay Democrat who served President Obama as a fundraiser for his presidential campaigns and U.S. ambassador to Denmark has a launched a campaign to run for Congress. In a video …

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Senate Dems take series of actions to assist LGBT youth, elders

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. Tammy Baldwin signed letters and introduced legislation aimed at helping LGBT youth and elders.(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Senate Democrats took a series of actions Tuesday seeking to assist the LGBT community — one action for the LGBT youth, …

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Key LGBT races in watch in Election 2017 as voters head to polls

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Danica Roem could make history in Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Danica Roem) Voters are heading to the polls in 2017 during an off-year election, but casting their ballots in a number of places in key races of significance to LGBT people, including …

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Senate Dems urge DOJ to reinstate trans protections under Title VII

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. Kamala Harris is leading a group of 44 Senate Democrats in urging DOJ to reinstate trans protections under Title VII. (Washington Blade file photo by Tom Hausman) A group of 44 Senate Democrats led by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Patty Murray …

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Russia sought to influence LGBT voters with ‘Buff Bernie’ ad

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Russian propagandists sought to influence LGBT voters with a “Buff Bernie” ad. (Photo public domain) The highly anticipated dump of social media ads Russian propagandists used to influence the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton was made public Wednesday, revealing at least one …

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White House must ‘check into’ Egypt anti-gay bill before condemning

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she’d have to “check into” an Egypt anti-gay bill before condemning it.(Screenshot via CSPAN) White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stopped short of condemning a proposal in Egypt that would criminalize homosexual acts in Egypt with up …

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