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Va. GOP committee censures congressman over officiating same-sex weddingU.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) (Photo public domain) A Virginia county Republican committee on Dec. 12 voted unanimously to censure outgoing Congressman Denver Riggleman, saying he betrayed the party’s values after he officiated a same-sex wedding. In their resolution, the Appomattox County Republican Committee included a list of reasons for censuring Riggleman, who...
Pam Northam participates in town hall on Va. transgender studentsVirginia First Lady Pam Northam (Photo public domain) Equality Virginia on Tuesday discussed proposed guidelines for transgender rights in schools in during a virtual town hall that guided participants through crafting public comments in support of the guidelines which solidify protections for trans students and school staff.  Equality Virginia hosted the event...
Navajo roots never far from gay Ariz. lawmakerArizona state Rep. Arlando Teller (Photo courtesy of Arlando Teller) Arizona state Rep. Arlando Teller says he was ecstatic when the Biden campaign asked him to introduce Cher at an Oct. 25 campaign fundraiser in Phoenix.“I was actually trying to be calm,” Teller told the Washington Blade a few weeks later during a...
Get to know queer literary icon Adrienne Rich ‘The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography’By Hilary Holladayc.2020, Nan A. Talese$32.50/478 pages “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” declared the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Many who love poetry believe this to be true. Yet, few would argue that poets, apart from queer bards Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman, are household...
Comings & GoingsThe ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers. The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: comingsandgoings@washblade.com. Paavali A. Hannikainen...
Passengers Applaud as ‘Karen’ is Escorted Off Frontier Airlines Flight for Refusing to Wear Mask, Cursing at Flight Attendant: WATCH A woman on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cincinnati to Tampa was removed on Thursday after refusing to wear a mask and cursing at a flight attendant. “Ma’am, I’m speaking to you. Ma’am?” said the flight attendant, in a video shared...
D.C. gay bars struggling to stay open in pandemic326 Shares Nellie’s Sports Bar (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) John Guggenmos, co-owner of the D.C. gay bars Number 9 and Trade, says he and his business partners support Mayor Muriel Bowser’s efforts to keep people safe as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 continues to rise in the city....
Film to mark 10th anniversary of ‘DADT ’repeal(Screen capture from ‘Surviving the Silence’) An online showing of a recently released documentary film about a closeted lesbian Army officer who played a role in the discharge of highly acclaimed lesbian Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer from the Army National Guard in 1991 is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11 The showing of the film...
Terry McAuliffe running for Va. governor for second timeVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on March 23, 2017, vetoed a religious freedom bill that critics maintain would have allowed discrimination against same-sex couples. (Washington Blade photo by Lee Whitman) Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday launched his campaign for his old job back in a live streamed event, promising to push...
Benefits of house hunting during the holidaysMany sellers are more motivated during the holidays. The holiday season is generally a slower time for the housing market. This presents a window of opportunity for savvy home shoppers. While braving the winter weather to attend an open house may not be your idea of a good time, this year presents a unique...
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra picked as HHS secretaryCalifornia Attorney General Xavier Becerra (Photo public domain) President-elect Joe Biden has selected California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, an ardent LGBTQ ally and a former congressman who represented Los Angeles, as his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Biden’s selection of Becerra ends weeks of searching for a candidate that will...
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney elected DCCC chair in first for LGBTQ community115 Shares Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has become the first out gay chair of the DCCC. (Blade file photo by Michael Key) Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), promising a re-evaluation of strategy after House Democrats experienced stinging losses in the 2020 election, was elected head of the political arm of...
Now What? Immigration and the Latinx Community International News Editor Michael K. Lavers on Thursday moderated a panel about immigration and the Latino community with TransLatin@ Coalition President Bamby Salcedo, Dago Bailón of Trans Queer Pueblo and Marco Antonio Quiroga of the Contigo Fund. The impact of President Trump’s immigration policy and the incoming Biden-Harris administration are among the issues...
Now What? World AIDS Day Panel This World AIDS Day some of Los Angeles’ most important voices in the AIDS Crisis talk about their role in the AIDS crisis and the challenge we face in the age of Covid.  The panel included Rob Watson, Richard Zaldivar, Mary Lucey, Karen Ocamb, Thomas Davis and John J. Duran. Published at Wed,...
La comunidad LGBTQ ante la crisis política provocada por el Movimiento San Isidro, un ‘sí pero no’(Foto tomada de la página de Facebook de la Red TransCuba) Nota del editor: Tremenda Nota es el medio socio del Washington Blade en Cuba. Esta nota salió en su portal el 30 de noviembre. LA HABANA — Los colectivos LGBTI+ se pronunciaron sobre la crisis política...
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