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Will Trump appoint the first gay national security adviser?

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and President Donald Trump (Photo via Twitter) U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-ranking openly gay person in the Trump administration, has a brusque style that has offended some in his host country and …

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2020 hopefuls highlight Medicare for All, PrEP in plans to combat HIV/AIDS

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Democratic presidential candidates from left: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.) (Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key) The reinvigoration of the White House Office of HIV/AIDS, access to …

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Gay State Dept. official oversees sale of military tech to allies

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Assistant Secretary Cooper consults with a senior U.S. Air Force Pilot as he tours the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of State) If you hear about the United States announcing the sale of military technology to …

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LGBT forum for 2020 hopefuls gets boost from GLAAD, Cory Booker

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. (Screen capture via YouTube) Hype continues to build for an upcoming Democratic presidential forum on LGBT issues as GLAAD announced Wednesday it would become a national partner for the event and a new candidate — Cory Booker — has announced he’ll participate. …

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Trump admin to Supreme Court: It’s OK to fire workers for being trans

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. President Trump‘s administration says anti-trans discrimination is legal. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Defying massive case law to the contrary, the Trump administration urged the Supreme Court late Friday to issue a ruling that federal civil rights law doesn’t cover …

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Bucking Trump’s promise, Labor Dept. to undercut Obama LGBT order

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. President Donald Trump (Photo by Michael Vadon via Flickr) In an apparent contradiction to President Trump’s promise to keep “intact” an Obama-era executive order against anti-LGBT workplace discrimination, the Department of Labor has signaled it would expand the scope of the religious …

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Lawmakers, medical experts speak out against anti-trans health proposal

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, speaks at a rally in front of the White House on May 29, 2019 against anti-trans health measures. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) A coalition of 125 House Democrats …

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Mary Rowland is first LGBT Trump judicial nominee confirmed by Senate

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. President Trump nominated out lesbian Mary M. Rowland to the federal bench in Illinois. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) With little fanfare, the U.S. Senate confirmed lesbian judicial nominee Mary Rowland to a seat on the federal bench in Illinois, marking …

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A mixed bag for Buttigieg in Democratic debate

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.) speaks at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate on July 30. (Photo courtesy of CNN) Pete Buttigieg has won praise for his eloquence and debate skills over the course of his 2020 presidential run, but his performance …

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House approves PRIDE Act to give gay couples refunds on back taxes

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. The PRIDE Act would make gay couples eligible for a tax refund if they married before DOMA was struck down. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) The U.S. House approved on Wednesday — with zero opposition — legislation that would allow …

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