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.

Rachel Levine Becomes First Out Transgender Person to Win Senate Confirmation

Rachel Levine made history on Wednesday by becoming the first openly transgender person to obtain Senate confirmation as a presidential appointee, sending an unprecedented signal gender identity is not a barrier for obtaining a position in the [...]

Mary Trump Joins Board of PAC Seeking to Elect Queer Women to Office

Mary Trump, who needled former President Trump during his re-election bid with allegations of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks in his family, has joined a political action committee that works to elect queer women to public office. LPAC, [...]

EXCLUSIVE: Collins Spells Out Demands for Supporting LGBTQ+ Equality Act

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose support for the Equality Act is seen as crucial to winning Republican votes for the LGBTQ non-discrimination bill, is breaking her silence on the proposed revisions she's demanding in exchange for her [...]

Biden Administration Signals Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination in Credit is Illegal

The Biden administration signaled on Tuesday anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination among lenders of credit is illegal, marking the latest policy move to bring the U.S. government into compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton [...]

Va. School Seeks Supreme Court Review in Continued Fight Against Gavin Grimm

Gavin Grimm’s fight to get his Virginia high school to allow him to use the restroom consistent with his gender identity — even though he graduated four years ago — isn’t over: Gloucester County School Board on Friday filed a petition asking the [...]

Biden: Equality Act 'A Critical Step' in Achieving American Values

President Biden, ahead of the expected vote on the Equality Act next week, issued a statement Friday on the LGBTQ legislation, calling it "a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for [...]

Biden Administration to Accept Cases of Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination in Housing

The Biden administration is set to declare it will take up and adjudicate cases of housing discrimination against LGBTQ people to comply with orders against anti-LGBTQ discrimination from the U.S. Supreme Court and President Biden. The Department of [...]

Psaki: Biden 'Stands By' Campaign Pledge to Sign Equality Act Within 100 Days

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday, amid coronavirus and impeachment crises, President Biden "stands by" his campaign pledge to sign the Equality Act to expand the ban on anti-LGBTQ discrimination under the law within 100 days — [...]

Pelosi 'Optimistic' About LGBTQ Equality Act, Calls Passage a 'Priority'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday she's "optimistic" about the Equality Act and called its passage a "priority" amid expectations the House could vote on the yet-to-be-introduced measure as early as March. Pelosi made the comments [...]

Buttigieg Starts Path to Confirmation as Transportation Secretary

Fielding questions during his confirmation hearing, Pete Buttigieg started his path Thursday toward becoming the first openly gay Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate, promising infrastructure would be key in the Biden administration. Buttigieg, [...]

Biden to Sign Day One Executive Order Implementing Supreme Court Ruling for LGBTQ Rights

President-elect Joe Biden, on his first day in office Wednesday after taking the Oath of Office, is set to sign an executive order directing federal agencies across the board to implement the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling against anti-LGBTQ [...]

Rachel Levine Tapped to Become First Out Transgender Senate-Confirmed Official

Rachel Levine, who Pennsylvania secretary of health guided her state through the coronavirus, has been tapped to become assistant secretary for health under the Biden administration, setting her up to become the first openly transgender U.S. [...]