Category Archives: National Politics

Trump’s trans ban is a real threat, say legal activists

Some media outlets and observers think Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has put a freeze on President Trump's proposed ban on transgender service members, but legal activists say it's happening.

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.

How this year’s ‘religious freedom’ bills expand the clash with non-discrimination laws

The Mississippi House is expected to vote today (March 12) on a bill aimed at allowing a person to discriminate against others by asserting he or she has a religious motivation for doing so. The bill is the latest sign

Holder announcement scrutinized

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Human Rights Campaign audience in New York Saturday that, beginning Monday, he “will – for the first time in history – formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full

State of the Union: LGBT leaders disappointed in what was missing

In his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke of a nation working on issues such as marriage equality and earning the respect of other nations “because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being,

Movement status: ‘Unprecedented progress’ and ‘second-class’

An independent think tank that studies the progress of the movement on equal rights for LGBT people released its latest report Tuesday, and the assessment is a surprising “mixed.”

Some worry over amendments in new Defense funding bill

Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services committees announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on the defense authorization bill for the coming year, including some provisions LGBT activists have opposed.

Historic Senate vote: ENDA passes, 64 to 32

The U.S. Senate today approved the flagship piece of legislation that the LGBT community has fought for over the past 19 years and more. The vote of 64 to 32 marked the first time the Senate has approved the Employment

U.S. House gay caucus gets new member

In a surprise announcement, U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor next year, acknowledged that he is gay. Michaud (pronounced Mee-show), 58, said he was making the acknowledgement publically because of “whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls” by opponents

House LGBT caucus shows division during budget battles

As Congress continues to wrestle with a bitter partisan divide that has crippled its ability to set a budget, keep the federal government open, and enable the nation to pay its bills, a few openly LGBT members of the U.S.