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.

Anti-Trans Ads Seeking to Win Votes for Trump Crash and Burn

Joe Biden, upon taking office as president, would enact legislation that would shut down Black churches and schools and compromise Black girls getting athletic scholarships to college — at least according to a misleading radio ad that ran during the [...]

New 'Blueprint' Lights way for Biden to Reverse Trump Policies on LGBTQ Rights

With LGBTQ advocacy organizations eager for change in the new Biden administration, the Human Rights Campaign has laid out proposals lighting the way forward with a detailed guide on administrative actions to reverse President Trump's anti-LGBTQ [...]


After days of thorough ballot counting, former Vice President Joe Biden emerged as the victor of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, ousting President Trump from the White House as a one-term president. The Associated Press called [...]

New York Candidates Become First Openly Gay Black Men Elected to Congress

It's official: Voters in New York have given final approval Tuesday night to U.S. House candidates Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres, making them the first openly gay Black candidates elected to Congress. Jones was elected in New York's 15th [...]

Graham Makes Anti-LGBTQ Comments Hailing 'Traditional Family Structure'

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee guided through President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, said Saturday her confirmation demonstrates women in America can achieve anything — [...]

Races to Watch: LGBTQ Issues on the Line in Competitive 2020 Showdowns

All eyes on election night will be on the results of the presidential race, but a number of races throughout the country have major LGBTQ implications. Here's our rundown of races to watch while you're awaiting the results of the presidential [...]

Texas Assailed for Allowing Social Workers to Turn Away LGBTQ, Disabled Patients

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing mounting criticism for new regulations in his state allowing social workers to turn away patients because they're LGBTQ or have a disability. Two Texas agencies — the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and [...]

Tiffany Trump Criticized on Twitter for Promoting Dad as Supporter of LGBTQ People

Tiffany Trump, the daughter of President Trump who hasn't been as visible a member of the Trump family as much as her half-siblings, trended nationally on Twitter on Tuesday, facing criticism for promoting her dad as a supporter of the LGBTQ [...]

Biden Denounces Ongoing Violence Against Transgender People as 'Unacceptable'

Joe Biden, recognizing 2020 was the most violent year ever recorded against transgender and gender non-conforming people, said in a statement Friday evening the ongoing deaths are "unacceptable." "Violence against transgender and gender [...]

Barrett Dodges on Same-Sex Marriage, Downplays Ties to Anti-LGBTQ Law Firm

Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's pick for the now-vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, fended off questions Tuesday during her confirmation hearing on whether she'd undo same-sex marriage, declining to disavow dissents to historic rulings for [...]

Thomas, Alito Declare War on Same-Sex Marriage in Unexpected Supreme Court Statement

A fiery and unexpected statement from U.S. Associate Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Monday signaling their intent to undermine the Obergefell decision is raising questions about whether marriage rights for same-sex couples are in danger, [...]

Biden Rallies LGBTQ Supporters, Denounces Trump at HRC Event

Joe Biden sought to rally LGBTQ supporters at a Human Rights Campaign virtual event Thursday night, renewing his commitment to support the community if he defeats President Trump in the election. "We're facing multiple crises — an epidemic, [...]