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.

Court Rules for Florida Student on Bathroom Access, Major Win for Trans Rights

A federal appeals court delivered a major victory in transgender rights Friday by ruling a Florida high school violated the law by refusing to allow transgender student Andrew Cody Adams to use the restroom consistent with his gender identity. In [...]

Trump Staffer Terminated from USAID Upon Anti-LGBTQ Twitter Tirade: Report

A Trump administration staffer unleashed of series of tweets Monday expressing anti-LGBTQ animus, prompting the U.S. Agency for International Development to fire her after her anti-LGBTQ views had once gone without reprisal, according [...]

Rep. Speier Seeks to Undo Military Bans on Trans Troops, LGBTQ Pride Flag

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has proposed a pair of amendments to major defense spending legislation that would undo the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members and LGBTQ Pride flags at U.S. military installations. As [...]

LGBTQ Rights Supporters Remember Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

LGBTQ rights supporters are mourning the less of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and died late Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer at age 80. Alphonso David, president of the Human [...]

Inside the Surprising Challenge to Ban Gay Panic Defense in Colorado

LGBTQ activists are celebrating Colorado becoming the 10th state in the country to prohibit the gay and transgender panic defense in state court — but that win came after a battle and was never a sure bet. Even though Democrats control both chambers [...]

Supreme Court Makes Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Easier at Religious Schools

In a decision that undermines LGBTQ teachers at religious schools, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed for Catholic schools an expansive ministerial exemption in hiring practices under civil rights law. In the 7-2 decision issued on Wednesday, U.S. [...]

HUD Appears to Defy Bostock Ruling with Anti-Trans Rule for Homeless Shelters

In apparent defiance of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against anti-LGBTQ discrimination, the Trump administration has announced plans to change Obama-era regulations to allow homeless shelters to refuse to house transgender people consistent [...]

Trump Admin Sued for Refusing to Back Down on Anti-Trans Health Care Rule

With the Trump administration refusing to take back its rule permitting anti-transgender discrimination in health care following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ rights effectively countermanding it, LGBTQ legal advocates are returning to the [...]

Supreme Court Ruling may Force Trump Retreat on Anti-LGBTQ Policies

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling this week in terms of the immediate protections it granted LGBTQ people in the workplace, but the decision may soon provide more victories by forcing President Trump to retreat on much of his [...]

HISTORIC: Supreme Court Rules Firing Workers for Being LGBTQ is Illegal

In a historic development, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday federal law bars discrimination against workers for being LGBTQ, affirming long-sought federal protections for LGBTQ people in the workplace. The 6-3 decision, written by U.S. [...]

Trump Admin Makes Final Rule Allowing Anti-Trans Discrimination in Health Care

Disregarding pleas from transgender advocates, the Trump administration made final on Friday a rule enabling health care providers to refuse care to transgender people, including gender reassignment surgery. The rule change at the Department of [...]

LGBTQ Athletes Urge NCAA to Nix Events in Idaho Over Anti-Trans Sports Law

Lesbian athletes Billie Jean King and Megan Rapinoe are calling on the National Collegiate Athletics Association to move a major basketball competition from Idaho in the wake of the state enacting a law barring transgender girls from playing in [...]