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Good time to buy a new car?Hyundai Kona Amid the pandemic and protests against systemic racism, the roller-coaster economy continues on its wild ride. It’s hard to even think about writing a car column that is relevant to the moment. Yet vehicles are a major necessity for so many of us, whether first responders, volunteers or anyone making a grocery...
Reflecting on Capital Pride(Washington Blade archive photos) Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Capital Pride. Here’s some context for each decade of our local celebration.  The street party ‘70s Gay Pride Day in 1975 was a block party. (Washington Blade archive photo by anonymous) Deacon Maccubbin, owner of gay bookstore Lambda Rising (which closed in 2010), started what has become Capital Pride in 1975 with...
Bowser approves ‘Phase 2’ reopening, easing coronavirus restrictionsMayor Bowser’s new order eases more restrictions effective Monday, June 22. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.) D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday that she has issued an order effective on Monday, June 22, putting in place the city’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines that further ease restrictions on public gatherings and...
Supreme Court blocks Trump administration from ending DACAThe U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020, in a 5-4 ruling blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday in a 5-4 ruling blocked the Trump administration from ending a program that allows...
Senate vote on Equality Act blocked by Republican citing J.K. RowlingSen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), on left, called for a vote on the Equality Act, but Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) blocked the vote by citing J.K. Rowling. (Washington Blade photo of Merkley by Michael Key; photo of Lankford public domain) Following the historic win for LGBTQ rights at the U.S. Supreme...
Senate vote on Equality Act blocked by Republican citing J.K. RowlingSen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), on left, called for a vote on the Equality Act, but Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) blocked the vote by citing J.K. Rowling. (Washington Blade photo of Merkley by Michael Key; photo of Lankford public domain) Following the historic win for LGBTQ rights at the U.S. Supreme...
Pareja de lesbianas cubanas vive entre la libertad y en el encierroDe izquierda: Yanelkys Moreno Agramonte y su pareja, Dayana Rodríguez González. (Foto cortesía de Dayana Rodríguez González) Nota del editor: Yariel Valdés González es periodista de Cuba que ha obtenido asilo en Estados Unidos. Permaneció bajo custodia del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) por casi un...
Netflix doc ‘Disclosure’ explores Hollywood’s history of offensive trans depictionsLaverne Cox recalls her thorny history with Hollywood in the new documentary ‘Disclosure’ out today on Netflix. (Photo courtesy Netflix) Dil (Jaye Davidson) disrobes for Fergus (Stephen Rea) in “The Crying Game” and he runs to the bathroom to vomit. The scene is later parodied in “Ace Ventura.” Candis Cayne makes...
Nationwide virtual celebration to prove COVID ‘Can’t Cancel Pride’ Even if COVID-19 has interrupted planned in-person events around the world, we are still in the middle of Pride Month, and the feeling is strong – especially in light of Monday’s historic (and unexpected) Supreme Court decision that sexual orientation and gender identity are covered by Title VII protections barring discrimination...
Biden calls Supreme Court ruling ‘momentous step forward’Presidential candidate Joe Biden praised Monday’s ruling on workplace rights. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee in the November U.S. presidential election, called Monday’s Supreme Court ruling confirming LGBTQ people are protected from employment discrimination under federal law, “a momentous step forward for...
Generation Grit When I was eleven years old, my best friend was an 80-, perhaps 90-year-old woman named Myrtle Friedman. Myrtle lived alone next door, on Second Street in Hailey, Idaho. Her two-story green stucco house was perched on the corner, just two blocks from Main Street. I would tend to her rhubarb, weed her vegetable garden, and listen to her...
Activists protest White House decision to rescind transgender health care protectionsTransgender rights activists protested in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in D.C. on June 13, 2020. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers) Dozens of people gathered in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ headquarters in downtown D.C. on Saturday to protest the...
LGBTQ bars reimagine dining and drinking as D.C. coronavirus restrictions lessen104 Shares Pitchers patrons drink outdoors last weekend. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) As Washington moves forward with reopening parks, retailers and restaurants, LGBTQ bars have started to bring back their staff and reimagine dining spaces to welcome customers in their establishments for the first time since March. Restaurants have started...
Biden, Trudeau added to Global Pride 2020 line-upFormer Vice President Joe Biden (Screen capture via YouTube) Former Vice President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and pop star Kesha are among the additional world leaders, allies and LGBTQ celebrities who are set to headline Global Pride 2020. Organizers are also working with the founders of the...
Quigley: Release of LGBTQ ICE detainees is ‘basic human decency’ An Illinois congressman on Thursday said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should release LGBTQ people in its custody as a matter of “basic human decency.” Congressman Mike Quigley during a telephone interview with the Washington Blade criticized ICE’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, noting the agency is “ignoring” social distancing and other Centers for Disease Control...
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