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.

House GOP Urges Trump to Drop LGBT Protections in NAFTA Update

A group of nearly 40 House Republicans are calling on President Trump to drop from the updated U.S. trade proposal with Mexico and Canada a provision encouraging countries to adopt policies barring anti-LGBT discrimination in the workforce, throwing [...]

Jerri Ann Henry First Woman Ever Named as Log Cabin Executive Director

A lesbian Republican activist who fought for acceptance of marriage equality within her party will become the new executive director of the National Log Cabin Republicans, the organization announced Tuesday. Jerri Ann Henry, a communications [...]

Gay Representation Bolstered in House Amid Dem Election Victories

The LGBT caucus in the upcoming Congress will get a sizable boost in the aftermath of victories of gay congressional candidates on Election Day. Three gay and lesbian non-incumbent candidates — Angie Craig in Minnesota, Chris Pappas in New Hampshire [...]

With Democrats Winning the House, LGBT Advocates Have Great Expectations

After a disappointing election night in 2016 and two years of President Trump in the White House, Democrats came back with an important win Tuesday night and were projected to win control of the U.S. House — a victory celebrated by LGBT rights [...]

Lesbian Former MMA Fighter Sharice Davids Elected to Congress in Kansas

A lesbian attorney in Kansas who formerly was a mixed martial arts fighter has won election to the U.S. House, setting her up to become one of the first female Native Americans to serve in Congress. MSNBC declared Davids, a Democrat, won over her [...]

Jared Polis Becomes First Out Gay Person to Win Election as Governor

The LGBT community achieved a major first on Tuesday night when Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) became the first openly gay person to win election as governor in the United States. NBC News declared Polis, a Democrat and five-term member of Congress, the [...]

Lesbian Angie Craig Unseats Anti-LGBT House Lawmaker in Minnesota

A lesbian candidate running for a U.S. House seat in Minnesota has unseated an anti-LGBT lawmaker from the U.S. House, making her poised to become the first openly gay mother in Congress. At a around 8:15 local time, major media outlets declared [...]

Massachusetts Rejects Effort to Undo Transgender Non-Discrimination Law

Transgender advocates achieved a key victory Tuesday night when voters in Massachusetts agreed to uphold a transgender non-discrimination law anti-LGBT groups put up for referendum. The "Yes on 3" campaign declared victory on Question 3 at 10 pm two [...]

What's at Stake for LGBT Americans on Election Day

As voters head to the polls on Nov. 6 for the 2018 mid-term elections, they will decide a number of races (and one ballot question) that will directly impact the LGBT community. Here is the Blade's rundown of races to watch and the possible [...]

LGBT Groups Denounce Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting as 'Horrific Attack'

As the world stands aghast over the latest mass shooting in the United States in which at least 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh were killed, LGBT groups were among those to condemn the atrocity. Janson Wu, executive director of the New [...]

Another Gay Wedding Cake Case Reaches Supreme Court

Months after the U.S. Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case issued a narrow ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a custom-made wedding cake for a same-sex couple, anti-LGBT legal groups are before justices again seeking a [...]

Outrage Over Report of Sweeping Trump Administration Anti-Trans Plan

Transgender advocates were vocal in their indignation Sunday over a report in the New York Times about a sweeping anti-transgender plan within the Trump administration to limit the definition of "sex" in U.S. government policies to biological [...]