Tag Archives: LGBT rights

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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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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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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PHILADELPHIA: “Queer Rage” Protest Draws 1000+ Outside Hotel Hosting Republican Leaders [VIDEO]

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: A day before the newly sworn-in president was set to visit Philadelphia, the streets in front of the Loews hotel in Center City became a gathering place for protesters to dance, chant and express their hopes for the next four years. Philadelphia police estimated that more than 1,000 people were demonstrating as part of a “Queer ...

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WASHINGTON: Activists Shout “Shame! Bigot!” At Pat McCory, Corner Him Outside Locked Alley Door [VIDEO]

LGBTQ Nation reports: Former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory is not too popular in his home state these days, after costing the state millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs due to boycotts over the anti-LGBTQ law he signed while in office. Turns out McCrory is unpopular outside of his state as well, as a video posted Facebook user Udai ...

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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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White House Website Scrubbed Of LGBT Rights, Civil Rights, And Climate Change Moments After Swearing In

Twitter wonks noticed this happening moments after Trump was sworn in. Via Esquire: Donald Trump was just sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Just gonna leave that there for a moment. As part of the presidential transition, Trump’s team assumes control of WhiteHouse.gov. Before today, the “Issues” tab of the website had a section devoted to ...

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Log Cabin Republicans Beg Trump To Keep President Obama’s LGBT Non-Discrimination Executive Order

The Log Cabin Republicans have sent Trump’s transition team a bullet-pointed plea to keep the LGBT executive order issued by the president they have undermined for the last eight years. From their letter: At the present time, there is no federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Executive orders prohibiting discrimination against minority communities ...

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WYOMING: Anti-LGBT Discrimination Would Be Legal With New GOP Bill, Local Rights Ordinances Banned

From ACLU of Wyoming: Late last week, a bill popped up on the legislature’s 2017 bill list with the title, “Government Nondiscrimination Act”. With a title like that, interested citizens might understandably believe the bill would be solidifying Wyoming’s stance against discrimination in the Equality State. But they would be wrong. More aptly titled The Wyoming Government Discrimination Act, HB ...

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At The Mike Pence Queer Dance Party [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Brandishing rainbow flags and signs that read “Queer Love” and “Trans Power,” scores of activists marched Wednesday night toward Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s rental home in Northwest Washington, D.C. Days before Donald Trump’s administration is expected to take over the White House, activists planned what they described as the “Queer Dance Party at Mike Pence’s House.” They ...

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German Paper: We Must Be “More Gay” To Fight Trump

Pink News reports: The editor of top German newspaper Die Welt has made a surprising statement saying that Germany should be “more gay” in order to tackle the problem of Donald Trump. As the paper is known for being conservative, the comments in an editorial from the paper’s editor in chief Ulf Poschard came as a surprise to some. His ...

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TOMORROW: Activists To Hold Pre-Inauguration “Queer Dance Party” At Mike Pence’s Washington DC House

AlterNet reports: The resistance begins a new chapter with Trump’s inauguration this week, and early reports suggest it will be fabulous. “We are taking our dance floor to the streets to say, ‘We are here, we are queer and we will dance,’” Firas Nasr, an organizer with the Washington, D.C.-based Werk for Peace, told AlterNet over the phone. “It’s about ...

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GALLUP: 10M US Adults Now Identify As LGBT, 1.75M Increase Over 2012 Largely Due To Out Millennials

Via Gallup: The portion of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) increased to 4.1% in 2016 from 3.5% in 2012. These figures, drawn from the largest representative sample of LGBT Americans collected in the U.S., imply that more than an estimated 10 million adults now identify as LGBT in the U.S. today, approximately 1.75 million more ...

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Defense Nominee James Mattis Evades Questions On Whether LGBTs Should Be Allowed To Serve [VIDEO]

Josh Israel reports at Think Progress: At his confirmation hearing on Thursday, Retired General James Mattis — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of defense — refused to say whether he believes women and LGBT people should be able to serve in the military. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) noted during questioning that Mattis had previously said allowing women and men to serve together ...

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