Author Archives: Lisa Keen

Trump names first openly gay appointee

President Trump on Friday night announced his nomination of Richard Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany. Grenell is Trump's first openly gay nominee.

White House directs DOD on trans ban

Saying the Obama administration did not show "a sufficient basis" for allowing transgender people to serve in the military, President Trump sent a memo to the Department of Defense Friday evening, directing it to revert to the pre-Obama policy starting

Chanting in Charlottesville also targeted LGBTs

While white supremacy was the focus on Saturday's violent rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, anti-LGBT chants and sentiments were prominent.

Trump: ‘I have great respect for the community’

President Trump was asked Thursday whether he had betrayed the LGBT community by proposing a ban on transgender service members.

LGBT groups sue to stop transgender ban in military

Two national LGBT legal groups filed suit in federal court Wednesday, seeking an injunction to stop the Trump administration from implementing a ban on transgender service members. They also seek a declaration that such a ban is unconstitutional.

DOJ: Title VII doesn’t cover sexual orientation

The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on a federal appeals court review of a case involving Title VII's language barring "sex discrimination" in employment. DOJ's brief appears to try out a few theories it will likely use at

Trump said ready to name gay supporter to post

President Trump met with Republican gay politico Ric Grenell July 12 and is reportedly considering him for the post of U.S. ambassador to Germany.

Supreme Court finale: 3 big results

A church school that discriminates against LGBT people gets state funding; Arkansas does not get to exclude both same-sex parents from a child's birth certificate; and the Supreme Court cues up a fight for next session over a cake baker's

Supreme Court ruling helps “Dykes on Bikes”

Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday, the non-profit Dykes on Bike organization filed a request that the Patent and Trademark Office reconsider its application for a trademark of a logo using the group's name. The application had been previously

Trump Executive Order: No bite (yet)

President Trump's new executive order defending "religious liberty" did not change any existing laws or regulations affecting LGBT people specifically, but its directives to various departments to "consider" amending regulations concerning such things as preventive care for HIV and breast