Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association.

Gay Mayor, Veteran Pete Buttigieg Signals Entry into 2020 Fray

Pete Buttigieg, a combat veteran and mayor of South Bend, Ind., has signaled he plans to throw his name into the pool of 2020 presidential candidates, raising the possibility of a Millennial and an openly gay candidate joining the growing Democratic [...]

Pence Calls Criticism of Wife's Anti-LGBT School 'Deeply Offensive'

Vice President Mike Pence, who's notorious for his anti-LGBT record, responded Thursday to criticism over his wife Second Lady Karen Pence teaching at a school that excludes LGBT teachers and students, calling criticism of the Christian institution [...]

Supreme Court Greenlights Trump's Transgender Military Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday issued stays on lower court orders against President Trump's transgender military ban, apparently allowing the policy to go into effect. In orders from the court, the Supreme Court granted stays the U.S. [...]

Harris Takes 'Full Responsibility' for Briefs Against Surgery for Trans Inmates

In her first news conference after announcing her 2020 presidential run, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she takes "full responsibility" for legal briefs as California attorney general seeking to deny gender reassignment surgery for transgender [...]

NY Advances 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban, Long-Awaited Transgender Protections

With Democrats in control of the New York Senate for the first time in a decade, lawmakers on Tuesday sent to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo two long-awaited pro-LGBT measures — one banning widely discredited "ex-gay" conversion therapy, the other [...]

New Florida Governor Excludes LGBT People From Non-Discrimination Order

Newly sworn-in after his victory over Andrew Gillum in the Florida gubernatorial race, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed on Wednesday an executive order ensuring non-discrimination in state employment and state contracting — but the directive notably [...]

Warren's Newfound Support for Surgery for Trans Inmates Could Impact 2020 Race

Transgender advocates cheered Elizabeth Warren for coming out this week in favor of transgender inmates having access to gender reassignment surgery, which could potentially raise it as an issue for 2020 presidential candidates. Warren's new [...]

D.C. Circuit Court Sides with Trump on Trans Military Ban

A federal appeals court has sided with President Trump on his attempt to ban transgender people from the military, marking the first court victory for the administration on the anti-trans policy as litigation against it moves through the courts. In [...]

Top 10 National Stories of 2018

No. 10: Ric Grenell confirmed as ambassador U.S. Ambassador to Germandy Richard Grenell (Photo public domain)   After months of Democratic opposition, the U.S. Senate confirmed Richard Grenell this year as U.S. ambassador to Germany, making him [...]

Gay Friend Defends Trump's Pick for AG Amid Concerns From LGBT Groups

A longtime gay friend of William Barr, President Trump's pick as the next U.S. attorney general, has come to the defense of the nominee amid concerns from LGBT groups he'd continue the anti-LGBT legal positions of the Trump Justice Department. Paul [...]

CORRECTED: LGBT provisions watered down in Trump's USMCA deal

President Trump agreed on Friday to an updated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that includes aspirational language encouraging member states to adopt policies against LGBT discrimination in the workforce — although it has been watered down [...]

Trump Admin Turns to Supreme Court to Ban Trans People from Military

With court orders in place from four judges barring the U.S. military from enacting President Trump's transgender ban, the Trump administration is seeking recourse from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the policy to go into effect. On Friday, U.S. [...]