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.

Ginsburg's Death Leaves LGBTQ Rights on Supreme Court Vulnerable to Religious Claims

In the aftermath of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, the resulting conservative shift on the U.S. Supreme Court may enhance the prospect of wins for religious freedom at the expense of LGBTQ rights, including in a pending lawsuit that will decide if a [...]

Skim Milk' Marriages not Enough: Ginsburg Remembered as LGBTQ Ally

As the nation mourns the passing of former U.S. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, attorneys who argued major LGBTQ cases before the U.S. Supreme Court remember her for interceding on behalf equality under the law for LGBTQ people. From making a [...]

How the Trump Administration is Getting Around Bostock to Allow Anti-Trans Discrimination

Faced with having to enforce the law to prohibit anti-transgender discrimination in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision for LGBTQ rights this summer, the Trump administration has sought to minimize the breadth of the ruling [...]

Sarah McBride Wins Primary, Likely to Be First Out Trans State Senator in U.S.

Sarah McBride, who in 2016 was the first openly transgender person to address the Democratic National Convention, made history again with a primary victory Tuesday night, setting her up for her likely win as the highest-ranking openly transgender [...]

Facebook Slaps Fact Check on Ads Stoking Fears About Transgender Kids in Girls Sports

The tech giant Facebook has slapped on fact-check on an anti-transgender ad ran by the American Principles Project that seeks to stoke fears during the presidential election transgender athletes would "destroy girls' sports." David Kearns, a [...]

Andrew Gillum Comes Out as Bisexual

Andrew Gillum, a Florida Democrat who after a narrow loss in a 2018 gubernatorial run was engulfed in a scandal after being found in a hotel room with drugs and a male sex worker, has come out as bisexual. Gillum made the announcement about his [...]

Ric Grenell Snaps at Reporter Asking About Decriminalizing Homosexuality

Ric Grenell, the former acting director of national intelligence and who's now the face of the Trump campaign's LGBTQ outreach, rebuked a reporter Friday at the White House briefing for asking him about the global initiative he led to decriminalize [...]

Facing Trump's LGBTQ Outreach, Advocates Hold Firm on Plan to Show his Record

Faced with the Trump campaign's attempt at LGBTQ outreach — an unprecedented effort from a Republican presidential nominee, especially from an incumbent who has built an anti-LGBTQ record — LGBTQ advocacy groups say they're staying the course in [...]

Cher Raises $2 Million for Biden at LGBTQ Virtual Fundraiser

"So ask yourself, do you believe in life after Trump?" That was the question asked by Cher, paraphrasing the title of her iconic song, at the virtual LGBTQ fundraiser she headlined for Joe Biden on Monday evening, according to a pool report. "Hi, [...]

HHS Sued for Ending Data Collection on Tribal, LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

The Trump administration is facing a new lawsuit from a coalition of LGBTQ, foster care and Native American groups over removing requirements from the child welfare reporting system to identify tribal children and lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in [...]

Michelle Obama: 'Vote for Joe Biden Like our Lives Depend on It'

Former first lady Michelle Obama, in an intimate video speech for the Democratic National Convention, made a personal plea Monday for voters to reject President Trump. In her remarks drawing on her ability to connect personally with an audience, [...]

Harris as VP Pick Brings Diversity, LGBTQ Ally to Biden Ticket

Joe Biden made history Tuesday by selecting Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as the first woman of color as a vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket, and a rising political star who has demonstrated a commitment to the LGBTQ [...]