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Tony Perkins: I Remain Confident Trump Will Issue An Anti-LGBT Executive Order On “Religious Liberty”

CNBC reports: A prominent conservative Christian leader on Tuesday expressed confidence that President Donald Trump will still take executive action to uphold “religious liberty” despite a White House statement that the president will uphold existing protections against “anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination” by federal contractors. “I think this is going to be addressed,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. ...

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White House: Trump Will Keep Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees Of Federal Contractors

Perhaps obviously, this doesn’t rule out other actions reportedly under consideration. The New York Times reports: The White House said on Monday that President Trump would leave in place a 2014 Obama administration order that created new workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. In a statement issued in response to growing questions about whether Mr. Trump would ...

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Boy Scouts To Admit Transgender Boys

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it would allow transgender boys to join the organization, based on their gender identity, shifting away from a policy that determined eligibility based on the sex listed on a child’s birth certificate. “Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs ...

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Washington Post: Details Of Anti-LGBT Order “Remain In Flux” – Sources Are Uncertain That Trump Will Issue

The Washington Post reports: The White House is embroiled in a debate over whether to reverse some key protections that the Obama administration extended to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, according to several people briefed on the process. A draft of a potential executive order began circulating in Washington over the weekend that would overturn former president Barack Obama’s ...

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Washington Post Confirms Anti-LGBT Executive Order

This afternoon White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dodged a direct question about a rumored anti-LGBT executive order. An hour after his press briefing concluded, Washington Post reporter Josh Rogin tweeted that a “draft” version of such an order does exist and targets adoption rights among other issues. Trump supporters are responding to Rogin on Twitter, accusing him of “needlessly ...

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Press Secretary Sean Spicer Dodges Question On Rumored Anti-LGBT Executive Order [VIDEO]

At today’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dodged a question from Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson about reports of an impending anti-LGBT executive order. Johnson: “The LGBT group the Human Rights Campaign has issued a statement citing rumors that the president is about to sign a religious freedom executive order that would undermine LGBT rights. Is this ...

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REPORT: Anti-LGBT Executive Order Is Coming Soon

LGBTQ Nation reports: An executive order from President Donald Trump opening up discrimination against the LGBTQ community on the basis of religious belief is expected sometime this week, possibly as soon as today. Several sources spoke with LGBTQ Nation on the condition of anonymity who have told us that the order will allow for discrimination in a number of areas, ...

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US Navy Conducts Transgender Policy Training

I don’t know how much longer we’ll get press releases like this one, which is from the Navy Office of Community Outreach. Here is their photo caption: Capt. Jeffrey Ward, commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), facilitates transgender training with chiefs and officers in the ship’s wardroom. The training was conducted to provide command leadership ...

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How Obamacare’s Repeal Affects LGBTs [VIDEO]

Matt Baume writes in the Huffington Post: If the ACA is repealed, as Republicans are trying to do, not only would 32 million people lose health care, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but LGBTs would be disproportionately affected. And “disproportionately affected” is a phrase which here means “get sick and die.” For example, HIV treatment can cost thousands of ...

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WYOMING: After Uproar, Republicans Withdraw (For Now) Bill That Would Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports: A controversial bill titled the “Government Non-discrimination Act” was recalled from the Wyoming House of Representatives by its sponsors Thursday afternoon. The action was in order to “give Wyoming citizens time for more thorough consideration,” the bill’s sponsors said in a statement emailed to media members Thursday afternoon. Supporters of House Bill 135 said it would ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Senate Leader Phil Berger Declares That HB2 Won’t Be Repealed Anytime Soon [VIDEO]

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Legislators won’t be moving quickly to change House Bill 2 this year, and an “outright repeal” doesn’t have enough support, N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger said this week. Berger spoke in detail about the controversial LGBT law in an interview with Tim Boyum of Time Warner Cable News that aired Thursday night. During a ...

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ARKANSAS: State Official Resigns After Tweeting “Y’all In Trump’s America, Gay Jokes Are Back On, Ya Homos”

The Arkansas Times reports: Treasurer Dennis Milligan today announced he has accepted the resignation of Hunter Hatcher, an Outreach Coordinator for the Treasurer’s office. Hatcher publicly stated on social media that because Donald Trump was taking office, “Gay jokes are back on ya bunch of homos,” and also made derogatory comments (in the form of lame jokes) regarding the role ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: After McCrory “Shame!” Incident, HB2 Sponsor Wants To Outlaw Shouting At Politicians

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Does former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory need protection? Do all current and former public officials? At least one state senator thinks so. After a video was posted on Facebook Friday showing a group of people following McCrory during a trip to Washington, D.C., for inaugural weekend, chanting “Shame!” and calling him a bigot, ...

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IDAHO: Federal Hate Crime Charges For Man Who Admits To Murdering Gay Man After Posing As Escort

The Associated Press reports: An Idaho man has been charged with a federal hate crime after prosecutors said he lured a gay man to a remote location and then beat him to death. Kelly Schneider, 23, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month, but the case was kept under seal until he was taken into federal custody, U.S. ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Complaint Filed After Healthcare Provider Lists “Lesbianism” As Medical Problem [VIDEO]

Charlotte’s ABC affiliate reports: An Indian Trail mother was shocked by a discovery she made on her medical history. Kristina Rodriguez said that after she had blood work done by her medical service provider, Lake Park Family Practice of Carolinas Healthcare System, she saw “lesbianism” listed under medical problems on her medical history record. “This listed as a medical problem ...

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MARYLAND: Gay State Rep. Luke Clippinger Discloses Leukemia Diagnosis At Rally For His Paid Sick Leave Bill

The Washington Post reports: A Maryland delegate spoke in personal terms on Monday night as he joined advocates and supporters of a bill that would require companies to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Del. Luke H. Clippinger (D-Baltimore) shared for the first time publicly that he was diagnosed in June with a rare form of leukemia. Two weeks ...

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REPORT: Scalia Clone Neil Gorsuch Emerges As Leading SCOTUS Contender, Nomination Likely Next Week

ABC News reports: ABC News has learned that Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged as the leading contender to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and his nomination is expected as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the selection process. Gorsuch, 49, is currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to which he was nominated by ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Women’s March On Washington DC

UPDATE: Bumping this post back to the top because attendance has eclipsed the organizers’ wildest expectations and appears to be exceeding yesterday’s inauguration. More than 600 “sister marches” are happening all over the world and the main Women’s March begins in Washington at 10AM. Pre-rally events are already underway and several live-streams are embedded below. Via the Washington Post: Today, ...

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Trump Taps Lawyer Who Defended North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Hate Law To Run DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

Talking Points Memo reports: Donald Trump has tapped lawyer John Gore, who defended the University of North Carolina system in a legal challenge over the state’s anti-LGBT law, to be the deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Gore is a partner at Jones Day, the Trump campaign’s law firm. Jones Day announced that Gore and ...

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LGBT Celebs Thank President Obama: NPH, Jonathan Groff, Nathan Lane, Jim Parsons, Many Others [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly reports: On the day his presidency is handed over to Donald Trump, Barack Obama is getting one last “Thanks, Obama.” Following her own personal tribute, Ellen DeGeneres reached out to famous LGBT faces for help compiling a heartwarming video of thank yous set to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which she played on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday morning. “President ...

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