Brody Levesque

HHS Expands Affordable Care Act Protections to LGBTQ+ Community

Brody Levesque | Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media AssociationThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has issued a final rule on Friday under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act advancing [...]

Floridians Can Say Gay All Day Thanks to Major Settlement Win

Brody Levesque | Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media AssociationA settlement reached by the Florida State Board of Education, Florida Department of Education and various school districts and the attorneys and plaintiffs clarifies [...]

Calif. Shop Owner Shot to Death Over Pride Flag

Brody Levesque | Washington BladeCourtesy of the National LGBT Media AssociationSan Bernardino County (Calif.) Sheriff’s deputies responding to a shooting call in the unincorporated Lake Arrowhead area on Friday at around 5 p.m. discovered the [...]

Senior General Slams Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws During Defense Department Pride Event

Courtesy of the National LGBT Media AssociationDuring her speech at the 12th annual Defense Department’s LGBTQ+ Pride event held at the Pentagon earlier this month, Lt. Gen. DeAnna Burt, deputy chief of space operations for the U.S. Space [...]

LGBTQ+ Ally Olivia Newton-John, Dead at 73, Had Hopes to 'See an End to Cancer Within My Lifetime'

The queer community is mourning the loss of LGBTQ+ advocate and ally Olivia Newton-John.In an announcement on Facebook Monday, John Easterling, the husband of the singer and actress, relayed the news that she had died at age 73.Newton-John had been [...]

Biden Announces Karine Jean-Pierre as First Black, Lesbian White House Press Secretary

The White House announced Thursday that Karine Jean-Pierre has been promoted to be Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary. Jean-Pierre will replace current Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who will depart from the White House on May [...]

Actor Jussie Smollett Sentenced to 150 days For Lying About Hate Crime

CHICAGO – Cook County Judge James Linn sentenced actor Jussie Smollett to 30 months of probation and 150 days in jail for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack that he staged. Linn also ordered Smollett to pay $120,106 [...]

Biden Names Civil Rights Veteran to US Education Dept.

The White House announced Thursday that President Joe Biden has nominated Catherine Lhamon to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Lhamon currently serves as a Deputy Assistant to the [...]

Passing the Baton, Lorri Jean to Exit as LA LGBT Center CEO

Twenty-eight years ago the Los Angeles LGBT Center moved from a rather dilapidated old motel and into a newly renovated 4,400-square-foot building in Hollywood. Along with that newly operational space came a new executive director and the promise of [...]

Biden to Sign EO Monday Reversing Trans Military Service Ban

President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order reversing the ban on Transgender military service Monday, January 25, the Los Angeles Blade learned Sunday. Reversing President Trump's decision to ban Trans Americans from open military [...]

Alito Condemns Obergefell in Federalist Society Speech

WASHINGTON – In a virtual keynote address delivered to the 2020 National Lawyers Convention sponsored by the highly partisan conservative Federalist Society on Thursday, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. delivered a [...]