U.S. House races to watch

Posted on 21 Oct 2016 at 6:45am

Chances aren’t high that the House will flip parties, but Dems have a chance to make inroads   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com Republicans currently hold 247 of the U.S. House of Representatives’ 435 seats, with 188 seats in Democratic hands. To switch the majority party, Democrats must hang onto their current 188 […]

Up for grabs?

Posted on 14 Oct 2016 at 6:45am

Democrats have a chance to take control of the U.S. Senate, and here are some of the races that could make that happen   Lisa Keen | Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com   The better candidate on LGBT issues is fairly apparent in most U.S. Senate races this year. But in one race, the community seems […]

Paxton, anti-trans forces win 1st round, but fight continues

Posted on 19 Aug 2016 at 7:15am

UPDATE: On Tuesday Ken Paxton announced he has filed yet another lawsuit against the federal government, this time challenging Health and Human Services regulations protecting transgender people from discrimination in their medical care. See our InstanTEA blog post here. FW judge’s ruling on trans students guidelines could send 4th Circuit case to SCOTUS   Lisa […]

Democrats ratify most pro-LGBT platform ever

Posted on 26 Jul 2016 at 10:20am

‘It says we’re welcome, we’re going to make life better’   CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade Courtesy of National Gay Media Association   PHILADELPHIA — Democrats ratified a party platform late Monday, July 25, that is being called the most LGBT-inclusive in history and a unifying document after a bitter primary. As convention chair Rep. […]

‘Gays for Trump’ make case for anti-Islamic policies

Posted on 20 Jul 2016 at 12:10pm

Milo Yiannopoulos appears at event after being banned from Twitter   CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade Courtesy of National Gay Media Association CLEVELAND — Rallying attendees before posters of scantily clad young men in “Make America Great Again” hats, speakers at a “Gays for Trump” party on Tuesday night, July 19, urged LGBT people to […]

It’s official: Trump names Pence as his running mate

Posted on 15 Jul 2016 at 11:29am

Lisa Keen | Contributing Writer Keen News Service If Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has any weakness in the eyes of the conservative Republican Party base, it’s that he’s too soft on LGBT people. That seemed to be the general assessment of various commentators this week as they first imagined and then learned through a Twitter […]

Jesse Helms redux?

Posted on 03 Jun 2016 at 7:40am

House GOP votes down bill with pro-LGBT amendment   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com While the nation’s attention is riveted to the increasingly bizarre presidential campaign or eagerly counts down the days to when the livin’ is easy, Congress has returned to a business-as-usual battle over LGBT issues brought up inside funding measures. […]

Wisconsin: Sanders wins; Clinton still leads in delegate count

Posted on 01 Apr 2016 at 8:07am

On the GOP side, Cruz claims victory in Wisconsin but Trump still has more delegates   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com   Tuesday’s hotly-contested Wisconsin primary produced some unusual political background noise for both Democrats and Republicans. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders was compared to a Wisconsin statewide candidate who has said the feminist […]

Who gets to judge the protestors?

Posted on 28 Aug 2015 at 7:30am

Black Lives Matter advocates have come under fire for targeting Democrats. But aren’t they getting results? As a gay man in his 40s, I have a long history with direct action protests for LGBT rights. I’ve earned my right to critique and criticize groups like GetEqual when I think their protests are misguided or unproductive. […]

Sweeping federal nondiscrimination bill introduced in Congress

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 6:45am

A sweeping federal nondiscrimination bill protecting LGBT people was introduced in Congress today, earning praise from some of the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy organizations and allies. The Equality Act, sponsored by out Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., would amend federal laws to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity […]