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Trump restaffs AIDS council 15 months after firing all members

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. President Donald Trump has restaffed the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS 15 months after firing all members. (Photo by Michael Vadon via Flickr) Fifteen months after firing all members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, President Trump has restaffed the advisory …

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Senate confirms three Trump judicial nominees with anti-LGBT records

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. From left, Eric Murphy, Chad Readler and Allison Rushing (Screen captures via C-Span) The U.S. Senate this week approved three of President Trump’s picks for the judiciary — each of whom have anti-LGBT records — and in some cases the judges were …

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161 businesses form coalition to push for Equality Act

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Spectators attend a press conference for the reintroduction of the Equality Act at the U.S. Capitol on May 2, 2017. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) A coalition of 161 major businesses —including Apple, Coca-Cola and Target Corp. — has formed to …

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Pelosi: Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination to be introduced next week

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the Equality Act would be reintroduced next week. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday during her weekly news conference the Equality Act, legislation that would enact long sought-after …

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Surprise! Trump global plan to decriminalize homosexuality has fans at CPAC

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. President Donald Trump‘s plan to decriminalize homosexuality had support at CPAC. (Washington Blade file photo by Lee Whitman) NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Conservative Political Action Conference isn’t known for being a confab for supporters of LGBT rights, but this year brought …

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In first, transgender troops testify about military service on Capitol Hill

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) A hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday became a veritable tale of two cities as transgender troops testified about their commitment to military service while Trump administration officials sought to explain why they would seek to deny …

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Jared Polis talks pro-LGBT bills, experience of being gay governor

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado was in town for a meeting of the National Governors Association. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Seven weeks after his inauguration on Jan. 8, Jared Polis is already seeing progress in his new job as governor …

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Pence backs Trump global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality: spokesperson

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Vice President Mike Pence (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Vice President Mike Pence backs the newly announced Trump administration global initiative calling on nation’s to decriminalize homosexuality, a spokesperson for his office told the Washington Blade on Wednesday. The global …

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Gillibrand declares support for third-gender option on federal IDs

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) backs a third-gender option federal identification documents. (Image courtesy of YouTube) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a 2020 Democratic hopeful, has come out in favor of a non-binary gender marker on federal identification documents, according to CBS News. The …

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