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Members of Congress urge Pompeo to condemn Chechnya anti-LGBTI crackdown

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. More than 60 members of Congress on Jan. 29, 2019, urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to condemn the anti-LGBTI crackdown in Chechnya. The lawmakers also urged Pompeo to pressure Russian government to stop it. (Photo by Alexxx1979; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) More …

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New House members speak at HRC reception

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) speaks at a Human Rights Campaign reception at the Mayflower Hotel in D.C. on Jan. 3, 2019. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Two new members of Congress were among those who spoke at a Human Rights …

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Three US senators seek documents in death of Roxsana Hernández

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. An LGBTI advocacy group in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, honors Roxsana Hernández, a transgender woman with HIV who died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on May 25, 2018. Three U.S. senators have requested information related to her death. (Washington Blade …

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Chris Pappas backs Pelosi for House speaker

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. New Hampshire Congressman-elect Chris Pappas will be the first openly gay member of Congress from the Granite State. Pappas on Nov. 27, 2018, announced he backs Nancy Pelosi’s bid to once again become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. (Photo courtesy …

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Trans state representatives-elect reflect on historic elections

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. New Hampshire state Rep.-elect Gerri Cannon will be one of two openly transgender women in the state House of Representatives when she is officially sworn in next month. (Photo courtesy of Gerri Cannon) The three openly transgender women who were elected to …

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Nancy Pelosi makes surprise appearance at NGLCC National Dinner

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks at the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s National Dinner on Friday, Nov. 16, at the National Building Museum in D.C. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday celebrated …

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House Democrats urge State Dept. to reverse new diplomatic visa policy

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. More than 100 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse a new State Department policy that requires partners of foreign mission personnel and employees of international organizations to be married in order to …

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Former US LGBTI envoy confirmed as next ambassador to Nepal

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. The U.S. Senate on Sept. 6, 2018, confirmed the nomination of Randy Berry to become the next U.S. ambassador to Nepal. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) The U.S. Senate on Thursday by a voice vote confirmed Randy Berry as the next …

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Ros-Lehtinen talks retirement, slams Trump’s military trans ban

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Letinen (R-Fla.) speaks with the Washington Blade at her office on Capitol Hill on May 21. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) last week reiterated her criticism of President Trump over a host …

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