Tag Archives: Chris Geidner

LIVE VIDEO: Buzzfeed Reporter Interviews Obama On Status Of Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

Via Buzzfeed: President Obama is discussing his nominee for the Supreme Court with BuzzFeed News Legal Editor Chris Geidner in a live interview from the White House. Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the nation’s highest court after Justice Antonin Scalia died in February. Garland currently is the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. …

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The Story Of John Arthur & Jim Obergefell

Chris Geidner has written a wonderful profile of the late John Arthur and his husband Jim Obergefell, whose marriage will take center stage at the Supreme Court next month. Geidner’s Buzzfeed piece begins: The plane was only on the ground a matter of minutes. Just enough time for wedding vows and little else. Jim Obergefell and John Arthur had wanted …

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Obama Welcomes Coming SCOTUS Ruling To End “Patchwork” Marriage Laws

Via Buzzfeed: President Obama Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s signals that marriage equality is on the verge of becoming the law of the land, adding that he expected local Alabama officials resisting the shift to be swept aside by federal courts. The Supreme Court Monday morning refused to put on hold a federal court ruling striking down Alabama’s ban on …

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Buzzfeed: Nancy Reagan Rejected Rock Hudson’s Desperate Request For Help With Experimental AIDS Treatment

Buzzfeed reporter Chris Geidner tonight revealed that official White House and Reagan documents show that Nancy Reagan rebuffed Rock Hudson’s plea for help in getting access to experimental treatment as he lay dying of AIDS in Paris. The request was made through publicists Yanou Collart and Dale Olson. Three days after Hudson’s collapse, he still lacked permission to go to …

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Chris Geidner On Fifth Circuit Court

Buzzfeed reporter Chris Geidner recaps today’s action: After three hours of arguments, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared poised to strike down bans on same-sex couples’ marriages in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas — joining all but one of the other appellate courts to consider that matter. More than halfway through the morning’s arguments, an exasperated Justin Matheny, the assistant …

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NEW YORK CITY: At The Out 100 Party

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims and boyfriend Brandon McMullin were among the gay glitterati in attendance at last night’s Out 100 party at Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen. Also seen above are Out 100 honorees Freedom To Marry head Evan Wolfson with his husband Cheng He, journalist Chris Geidner, Liz Margolies, founder of the National LGBT Cancer Network, and her …

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Out Magazine Unveils 2014 Out 100 List

Out Magazine has unveiled this year’s Out 100 list. The 2014 ranking features Buzzfeed‘s Chris Geidner (seated above) and New York Times writer Josh Barro (third from left.) Others on the list are Dan Savage, Larry Kramer, Andy Bell, Armistead Maupin, Jason Collins, Richard Chamberlain, Carmen Carrera, and the cast of Looking.  See the full list.

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Buzzfeed Reporter Chris Geidner Named NGLJA’s Journalist Of The Year

The National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association has named Buzzfeed reporter Chris Geidner its 2014 Journalist Of The Year. Via Politico: Geidner, the site’s legal editor, has turned LGBT issues into a full-time beat at BuzzFeed, and wrote several features on the history of the marriage equality movement, including profiles of Edith Windsor and Mary Bonauto. “We’re so proud of …

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The Census Wants Advice About Gays

Chris Geidner reports on an unprecedented move by the U.S. Census. The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that it is seeking advice on how to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations in implementing the once-a-decade census. The census, which has never counted LGBT people directly, has indirectly referenced gay people through its count of same-sex married couples and “unmarried …

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Obamacare Will Ban Anti-Transgender Discrimination By Health Providers

A senior official from the Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that under the Affordable Healthcare Act, federally funded agencies and providers will be barred from discriminating against transgender patients. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: In response to a letter sent by a dozen LGBT health and advocacy organizations to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in June, Leon Rodriguez …

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Buzzfeed Hires Gay Reporter Chris Geidner

Over the past few years I’ve probably excerpted the excellent work of gay reporter Chris Geidner hundreds of times via his gig at Washington DC’s MetroWeekly. Today Geidner moves up to a much bigger audience. Chris Geidner joins BuzzFeed as Senior Political Reporter and will continue his aggressive, news-driven coverage of politics and policies of LGBT issues and of the …

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GOP Contract Bars King & Spalding Staffers From Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

Over at Metro Weekly, Chris Geidner unearths an interesting stipulation in the GOP’s contract with King & Spalding, the legal firm hired to defend DOMA. All of King & Spalding’s employees – lawyers and non-lawyers – are barred from advocating for the Respect for Marriage Act – the bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act – in the …

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Metro Weekly On GOProud

The Metro Weekly cover story on GOProud and the CPAC boycott has been posted online. Reporter Chris Geidner does a great job delving into the philosophy of GOProud and who their allies and enemies are. You should read the entire piece, but naturally I’ll excerpt a bit with a quote from me in it. ”The problem is that the gay …

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Coming Later Today From Metro Weekly

The GOProud/CPAC kerfuffle is the cover story for today’s Metro Weekly, which should appear online by the end of the day. Reporter Chris Geidner interviewed me for about an hour on Monday, so we have to see how much of my take was, uh, printable. Here’s the teaser, via press release: GOProud has a fight on its hands. From the …

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What Might Happen Today With Prop 8?

Over at Metro Weekly, reporter Chris Geidner has posted an excellent 10-item FAQ sheet about today’s hearing of Prop 8 in the Ninth Circuit Court. Question #8 asks: “What Could The Court Rule?” With no specified timeline, the court will issue its ruling — although the fact that the court gave the case expedited consideration as to briefing and the …

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POST-HEARINGS: White House Holds Meeting With DADT Repeal Groups

Following today’s conclusion of the Joint Chiefs’ testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the White House hosted an off-the-record meeting with members of various DADT pro-repeal groups. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly that today’s was the largest of several such recent meetings. Two people who attended the meeting but asked to remain anonymous because of the off-the-record nature …

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World Bank Ditches PFOX (Sort Of)

Last week Metro Weekly reported that World Bank had added the nasty “ex-gays” at PFOX to their list of charities for whom they’d match any donations by employees. Following a petition campaign spearheaded by Truth Wins Out and Change.org, today World Bank issued this rule change. For this year’s Community Connections Campaign, Bank-matching funds will be provided to those organizations …

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World Bank Donates To “Ex-Gays” At PFOX

World Bank, whose stated mission is ending poverty through loans to developing countries, has listed the “ex-gay” group PFOX as a suggested group for charity giving by its employees. World Bank matches employee donations at rates from 50-100% and places PFOX directly above PFLAG on its list of endorsed charities. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly: PFOX supports so-called ”conversion” …

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