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So far Lisa Keen has written 46 articles.

President Trump Pardons Susan B. Anthony

In the midst of a controversy over President Trump’s attempts to interfere with the right of citizens to vote by mail, President Trump made a surprise announcement Tuesday morning that he will sign a presidential [...]

By |2020-08-19T08:00:21-04:00August 19th, 2020|National, News|

Supreme Court Focuses in on Religion

While LGBTQ people nervously await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions regarding two big employment discrimination cases, the court this month heard arguments in other cases that could have significant impact. On Wednesday, May 6, the [...]

By |2020-05-07T17:06:26-04:00May 7th, 2020|National, News|

Debate Shows Buttigieg Hanging On

Political observers gave U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren high marks in Tuesday night’s debate — the last debate before the first voting that will happen before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses. She adeptly deflected a question [...]

By |2020-01-15T16:14:39-05:00January 15th, 2020|National, News|

Noteworthy LGBTQ Moments in 2019

One might argue that 2019 was a pretty good year for LGBTQ people. An openly gay man rose to the top tier of a large field of Democratic presidential candidates. A second openly LGBTQ person [...]

By |2019-12-23T13:35:12-05:00December 18th, 2019|National, News|

National LGBTQ Election Results

More than 75 percent of openly LGBTQ candidates running in Tuesday’s off-year elections won. The total, 112, 106 Democrats, one Republican, one independent and four with undeclared party affiliations. It was a happy night for [...]

By |2019-11-07T14:53:12-05:00November 7th, 2019|National, News|

Trump HHS Reverses Obama-Era Non-Discrimination Policy

The Department of Health and Human Services’ press release announcing a change in the administration of its grants had an innocuous-sounding title, one that said its purpose was to ensure that HHS regulations do not "impose specific public policy requirements beyond U.S. statutory requirements."

By |2019-11-06T16:22:33-05:00November 6th, 2019|National, News|

U.S. Rep. Katie Hill Resigns

Keen News Service U.S. Rep. Katie Hill, an early leader among first-term members of the U.S. House and the first openly bisexual person elected to the House, resigned Sunday night. In a letter posted at [...]

By |2019-10-30T16:54:24-04:00October 30th, 2019|National, News|

CNN LGBTQ Town Hall Overview

The bar had been set pretty high for CNN’s Oct. 10 town hall on LGBTQ issues for Democratic presidential candidates. It was the first national television broadcast by a major media outlet of an LGBTQ-specific [...]

By |2019-10-14T17:14:27-04:00October 14th, 2019|National, News|

Reports: Russians Targeted LGBTQ Community With Disinformation

A Russian social media operation aimed at helping Republican nominee Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election included efforts to polarize voters around LGBTQ issues and, in some cases, pushed LGBTQ voters to support Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. The operation also posted a message aimed at lonely LGBTQ teenagers, an effort that is believed was intended to blackmail vulnerable youth.

By |2019-01-23T16:29:11-05:00January 23rd, 2019|National, News|

Supreme Court 2018-2019 Session Busy with LGBTQ Cases

Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court seem almost like an afterthought after last week’s political slugfest over the confirmation process for President Trump’s second nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But there are several cases before the high court that are of great importance to the LGBTQ community as the high court began its 2018-2019 session this week. In fact, this session could be one of the busiest in history for LGBTQ-related concerns.

By |2018-10-03T15:10:53-04:00October 3rd, 2018|National, News|

Kavanaugh Hearings: No Comment, No Comfort

It was the third day of a four-day confirmation hearing for federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to join the U.S. Supreme Court before a senator really pressed hard for him to account for his commitment to equal rights for LGBTQ people. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) started off, trying to get Kavanaugh to agree that he wouldn’t fire somebody because of the color of that person’s skin or their gender. “Of course,” Kavanaugh agreed.

By |2018-09-12T10:51:16-04:00September 12th, 2018|National, News|

Chaos Over Kavanaugh Confirmation

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had a look of feigned nonchalance on his face as the first protester yelled out during the second day of his confirmation hearing. The nonchalance seemed increasingly strained as [...]

By |2018-09-05T15:27:11-04:00September 5th, 2018|National, News|