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.

Anger Over Racism, Police Brutality Directed at Trump in White House Protests

Protesters gathered outside the White House on Saturday to direct their anger at President Trump after days of demonstrations over police brutality against Black individuals, including George Floyd. The portion of 16th Street leading up to the White [...]

It Means Giving Up Some Privilege': Black Leaders on how LGBTQs Should Fight Racism

As anger over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis continues to rage — with protests, #BlackOut posts on social media and even violence — some are asking what action is needed from the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ community is no stranger to [...]

Anti-LGBTQ Steve King Loses GOP Primary to Anti-LGBTQ Challenger

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who long before his remarks embracing white nationalism was known for his draconian anti-LGBTQ views, lost his primary race in Iowa, but to a challenger who also has an anti-LGBTQ record. According to the New York [...]

LGBTQ Groups Call to Bring Into Movement Anti-Racism, End to White Supremacy

Amid the national horror following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, LGBTQ and civil rights groups have issued a joint statement declaring anti-racism and an end to white supremacy must be "integral to the objective of full equality [...]

Trump Administration: Transgender Inclusion in School Sports violates Law

In a determination sending a nationwide message against transgender inclusion in sports, the Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos has concluded the participation of two transgender athletes in the girls' school track league in [...]

LGBT Lawmakers Lead Effort To Push Mail, Absentee Voting

Amid concerns the coronavirus pandemic could endanger voters seeking to cast their ballots in the 2020 election, LGBT members of Congress have launched an initiative with the Human Rights Campaign to call on states to expand access to voting by [...]

Larry Kramer, Gay Rights Pioneer During AIDS Crisis, Dies at 84

Larry Kramer, a gay rights pioneer who led the way as an activist and author during the AIDS crisis, has died at age 84, according to a report in the New York Times. David Webster, Kramer's spouse, was quoted in the Times report as saying the cause [...]

Supreme Court Refuses to Block Transgender Surgery for Idaho Inmate

In a surprise order on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant the state of Idaho's request to block gender reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate, which lower courts affirmed is her right to obtain under the Eighth Amendment of the [...]

CDC Now has Data on HIV Infections for Trans People — and They're Going Up

For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is including data on transgender people in its reports on HIV infections — and the results show a gradual increase in new cases of the disease over the past several years. Compared [...]

Nat'l Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund Endorses Biden

Joseph Biden has obtained the official support from a leading transgender rights group, which has endorsed him in his bid to unseat President Trump from the White House. The National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund signaled on Tuesday [...]

HRC Rolls Out Support for Biden on Anniversary of Marriage Endorsement

The nation's leading LGBTQ group has officially thrown its support behind Joseph Biden in the presidential election, drawing on the anniversary of his famous words in support of same-sex marriage on "Meet the Press" to make the case the candidate [...]

State AGs to FDA: Drop Gay Blood Ban and Use Risk-Based Policy

In the aftermath of the Food & Drug Administration easing the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading a group of 19 states in calling for further changes to the policy. In a [...]