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Sharice Davids Becomes First Native American Woman Elected to Congress

Sharice Davids delivers a speech to supporters at a pre-election rally on November 5, 2018.

  Only eight Native Americans have been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives prior to 2018, from John Floyd (elected in 1817) to Markwayne Mullin (elected in 2013). There have been 300 women Representatives. There have been 18 LGBT Representatives. Out of a historical total of 10,943 Representatives, those are small numbers. Together, they […]

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Colorado Elects Openly Gay Governor

A photo of Jared Polis.

  Jared Polis has never been a closeted politician, not in his nine years as a Democratic Representative. He has always been very progressive in Congress, from supporting federal legalization of cannabis to fighting for Medicare-for-all. He’s even pushed for universal free preschool. When he ran against Colorado’s Treasurer Walker Stapleton for the gubernatorial seat, […]

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Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Diplomats Will No Longer Be Given Visas

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  In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote a directive informing all diplomats assigned to the U.S. that same-sex domestic partners should be eligible to accompany diplomats as family members to the U.S. “The Chiefs of Mission are informed that, in addition to the categories of individuals previously accepted as family members, the Department […]

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Colorado Democrat Could Become First Openly Gay Governor

A photo of Colorado Congressman Jared Polis.

  Jared Polis has served as a Colorado congressman for five terms, the equivalent of 10 years. Before that, he was a member of the state’s board of education. And before that, he was an entrepreneur with several strong businesses under his belt. Now, he wants to be governor. If he succeeds, beating the three […]

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The Power of Young Voices on Gun Reform

A National School Walkout demonstrator holds a sign that reads, "Fix this before I text my mom from under a desk."

  On February 14th, 2018, 17 students and staff died by gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. An additional 17 were wounded. The shooter, an expelled student, had threatened to do exactly what he did, and had been reported to the police for threats nearly two dozen times. Yet, he was […]

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Alabama Senator Wants to Axe Marriage Licenses

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  Alabama’s District 22 Senator Greg Albritton is watching four years of work come to fruition, and no one is quite sure how to feel about it. His bill, which was approved in the state Senate last week by a 19-1 vote, is a new way for the state to recognize marriage. If it passes, […]

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How Palm Springs Became One of the Gayest Cities in America

An image that reads, "Greetings from Palm Springs, California."

  Palm Springs, California is the third gayest city in America, according to the Williams Institute’s 2017 LGBT census. A rat pack city from the 1960s, Palm Springs gained a reputation for discretion. That reputation attracted queer vacationers, many of whom decided to make it their permanent home. In 2016, the city passed an ordinance […]

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Man Wants to Become Texas’ First Openly Gay Senator

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  Business lawyer Mark Phariss and his partner of 16 years, Air Force veteran Victor Holmes, were one of two couples who sued Texas over the same-sex marriage ban in 2013. Before they could push their case to its conclusion, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the state, giving them to the right to marry in […]

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Man Runs Against Opponent Who Denied Him Same-Sex Marriage

A map of Kentucky.

  In 2015, David Ermold and his partner David Moore went to the county clerk’s office in Rowan County, Kentucky a few weeks after the Supreme Court passed Obergefell v. Hodges. They expected to marry, as it had been officially legalized nationwide by the decision. But they ran into county clerk Kim Davis, famed for […]

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Andrea Jenkins is Paving The Way for Trans Women of Color

A photo of Andrea Jenkins, a black trans woman.

  The midterm elections this November have been a thrilling time for the LGBT community, who have gotten to watch queer nominees topple the opposition by popular vote. Of special note was Danica Roem, elected to Virginia’s state legislature over 13-term incumbent Robert “Chief Homophobe” Marshall. And on a smaller stage but every bit as […]

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