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Barr hints at continuing anti-LGBT policies at Trump Justice Department

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. William Barr hinted during his confirmation hearing he’d continue anti-LGBT policies at the Justice Department. (Blade photo by Michael Key) William Barr, President Trump’s pick to become the next attorney general, held his cards close to the vest on LGBT issues Tuesday …

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Warren’s newfound support for surgery for trans inmates could impact 2020 race

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has come out for gender reassignment surgery for transgender inmates. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Transgender advocates cheered Elizabeth Warren for coming out this week in favor of transgender inmates having access to gender reassignment surgery, which …

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Pelosi vows to pass Equality Act as new House speaker

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed to pass the Equality Act in her gavel acceptance speech. (Photo public domain) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), returning to her position Thursday as presiding officer of the U.S. House with a new Democratic majority, …

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House Dems see LGBT equality as priority

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) will become the most senior openly gay member of the U.S. House as Democrats take the majority this week. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) will become the most senior openly gay member …

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29 Senate Democrats call on OPM to restore trans employee guidance

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is leading Democrats in calling on OPM to restore trans employee guidance. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) A group of 29 Senate Democrats led by Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) is calling on the U.S Office of Personnel Management …

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New GLOBE Act asserts U.S. opposition to anti-LGBT abuses overseas

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) introduced the GLOBE Act to assert U.S. position against anti-LGBT human rights abuses. (Photo public domain) New comprehensive legislation introduced in the U.S. House Thursday seeks to enshrine into law U.S. policy against anti-LGBT human rights abuses overseas …

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Rep. Kennedy leads trans rights meeting as House Dems prepare for majority

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.) led a meeting of the Congressional Transgender Task Force on Wednesday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Ahead of Democrats assuming control of the U.S. House in the next Congress, the Congressional Transgender Task Force led …

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A modest Jared Polis prepares to govern

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Governor-elect Jared Polis (D-Colo.) speaks at the 2018 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference on Dec. 6. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Outgoing Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) claimed a significant victory for the LGBT community on Election Day by becoming the first openly …

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Trump’s HHS secretary recognizes gay victims in HIV/AIDS speech

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar II recognized gay victims of HIV/AIDS (Photo public domain) Secretary of Health & Human Services Alex Azar recognized on Tuesday the impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic has had on the gay people and …

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For World AIDS Day, Pence praises HIV programs Trump sought to cut

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a World AIDS Day event. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) With World AIDS Day approaching, the White House recognized the occasion on Thursday with an event hosted by Vice President Mike Pence, who during his …

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