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Senate confirms lesbian, trans nominees to high-profile defense roles

Senate confirms lesbian, trans nominees to high-profile defense roles

By Chris Johnson, Washington Blade

The U.S. Senate confirmed on July 20 two LGBTQ Biden nominees for high-profile positions at the Defense Department by unanimous consent.

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By John Ferrannini | July 20, 2021

Greg Bourke, a plaintiff in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide six years ago, is coming out with a memoir of his life as a gay Roman Catholic in Kentucky.

By Chris Johnson, Washington Blade | July 15, 2021

Dozens of summer tourists who were among those visiting the gay resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts over the weekend came back with more than beach memories and a tan: They tested positive for COVID-19 — even though they were fully vaccinated.


By Lisa Keen | July 14, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court session that just ended amounted to mostly a "tread water" experience for LGBTQ people — with several little victories and no spectacular losses.

By John Ferrannini | July 9, 2021

Amid a boycott over racial equity issues, the Boston Pride organization announced in a statement July 9 that it is dissolving.


By Cynthia Laird | July 2, 2021

President Joe Biden on July 2 nominated Chantale Wong to be the United States director to the Asian Development Bank, a post with the rank of ambassador.

By Lisa Keen | July 2, 2021

On the last day of the 2020-21 session, the U.S. Supreme issued relief and worry for the LGBTQ community.


By Lisa Keen | July 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 1 that California's law requiring disclosure of major donors to tax-exempt organizations violates the First Amendment rights of association for donors.

By Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade | June 30, 2021

The State Department has announced it will begin to issue gender-neutral passports and documents for American citizens who were born overseas.


By John Ferrannini | June 29, 2021

As Pride Month comes to a close June 30, LGBTQ giving circles are among those groups drawing attention to Give OUT Day, a time for charitable giving to queer causes.

By Lisa Keen | June 28, 2021

In a limited but important victory for transgender access, the U.S. Supreme Court announced June 28 that it would not review a lower court decision that favored a transgender student's restroom access at a public high school.


By Cynthia Laird | June 25, 2021

President Joe Biden on Friday announced that he will appoint Jessica Stern, the longtime executive director of OutRight Action International, as the U.S. special envoy for international LGBTQ rights.

By Brian Bromberger | June 23, 2021

For Omar G. Encarnación, Ph.D., it started with a New York Times op-ed he wrote two years ago, making the case for a "robust embrace of gay reparations in the United States, along the lines of Spain, Britain, and Germany."


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