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 Votes to Impeach Trump, Makes him Only President to Be Impeached Twice

In a historic development, the U.S. House voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors, making him the only president in U.S. history impeached twice, after instigating an attack on the U.S. House. The impeachment vote [...]

LGBTQ Trump Supporters Tiptoe Away From President After US Capitol Attack

In the aftermath of the assault on the U.S. Capitol instigated by President Trump, his one-time LGBTQ supporters are now distancing themselves from him without outright renouncing their previous support. Many LGBTQ Trump supporters didn't respond to [...]

Amid Coup Chaos, Trump Quietly Erases LGBTQ Protections in Adoption, Health Services

Under the cover of chaos the day after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, the Trump administration has officially nixed regulations barring federal grantees in the Department of Health & Human Services from discriminating against LGBTQ [...]

HUD Appears to Have Given up on Anti-Transgender Homeless Shelter Rule

The Trump administration has appeared to have given up a proposed regulation that would have allowed taxpayer-funded homeless shelters to refuse to place transgender people consistent with their gender identity, although another measure permitting [...]

Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe Urge Court to Overturn Idaho Anti-Trans Sports Law

Lesbian athletes, including tennis legend Billie Jean King and World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe, were among the 176 women who signed a legal brief submitted to a federal appeals court Monday calling on judges to overturn an Idaho law barring [...]

Buttigieg Tapped to Become First Openly Gay Person Confirmed to Cabinet Role

Pete Buttigieg, who made history in the 2020 primary before dropping out and endorsing Joe Biden, has won the nod to become the first openly gay person to take a Cabinet post that requires Senate confirmation, the Washington Blade has [...]

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates

The U.S. Supreme Court, which many predicted would roll back LGBTQ rights with its new 6-3 conservative majority, has turned down a request to hear a case that would have undercut the guarantee of full marriage equality for same-sex couples [...]

Trump's Labor Dept. Goes Through with Gutting LGBTQ Workplace Protections

With fewer than two months remaining in the Trump administration, the Department of Labor went through with making a rule final on Monday that would grant religious institutions a broader exemption under former President Obama's executive order [...]

Trump Issues Final World AIDS Day Statement Without Ever Including LGBTQ People

President Trump in his final World AIDS Day proclamation Monday evening recognized "untold suffering on millions of people both here at home and abroad" as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but ends his administration without ever once drawing on [...]

Court Strikes Down Bans on Conversion Therapy as Violations of Free Speech

A federal appeals court has issued a major blow against bans on conversion therapy for youth by ruling they violate the First Amendment, setting up a split within the judiciary that could lead the U.S. Supreme Court to adjudicate the issue on a [...]

Sarah McBride Elected Highest-Ranking out Trans Legislator in U.S.

Sarah McBride, who once made history at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, achieved another milestone Tuesday night by winning an election in Delaware to become the highest-ranking openly transgender state legislator in the United [...]

Trans Vet, Obama Alum Named Member of Biden Transition Team

The Biden transition team has named transgender veteran Shawn Skelly as a member of its agency review team as LGBTQ advocates are pushing the new administration to undo President Trump's transgender military ban expeditiously. Skelly, who co-founded [...]