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.

Fewer Americans Oppose Religious-Based Refusal of Service to LGBTQ People: Poll

A new study on LGBTQ issues made public Tuesday has found a modest — but noticeable and sustained — drop over time in opposition to business owners being allowed to refuse services to LGBTQ people. The study, conducted by the non-profit [...]

Fauci: Gay People Lifted Stigma With 'Incredible Courage' in HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday the visibility LGBTQ people brought to themselves during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic helped change the tide for public perception. Fauci made the remarks during the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force [...]

Idaho Governor Quietly Signs Anti-Trans Bills Amid Coronavirus Crisis

As the nation's focus has become fixated on the coronavirus, Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law Monday, on the eve of the Transgender Day of Visibility, two pieces of anti-transgender legislation. One measure, House Bill 500, is aimed at [...]

PrEP Manufacturer to Test Drug Against COVID-19 — Has Low Expectations

Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of Truvada, is set to test components of the HIV prevention drug against COVID-19 as the pandemic continues to rage across the globe — but has low expectations for the results, a company spokesperson told the [...]

Despite Call to Donate Blood Amid Coronavirus Crisis, FDA Firm on Gay Ban

Despite calls for increased blood donations amid the coronavirus crisis, the Food & Drug Administration is staying firm on its ban prohibiting gay men from donating blood. "At this time, FDA's recommendations regarding blood donor deferral for [...]

Risks to LGBTQ People in Coronavirus Crisis Cited in New Lawsuit Against HHS

LGBTQ legal advocates highlighted the dangers of the coronavirus people in a lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration's refusal to enforce an Obama-era rule barring federal grantees from discriminating against LGBTQ people. Because [...]

Idaho Legislature Sends Anti-Trans Bills to Governor's Desk

As the nation continues to reel from the coronavirus, the Idaho legislature has sent a pair of anti-trans bills to the desk of its governor, one aimed barring transgender youth from participating in sports, the other stopping transgender people from [...]

Biden Unveils Extensive LGBTQ Plan, Drawing on Obama-era Achievements

Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Biden unveiled on Thursday a comprehensive plan to advance LGBTQ rights, pledging to support policies and legislation against anti-LGBTQ discrimination and to protect LGBTQ human rights advances across the [...]

Buttigieg Drops Presidential Campaign

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, who had considerable success and made history as a gay presidential candidate, dropped on Sunday night his bid for the White House. "Tonight, I am making the difficult to suspend my campaign for the [...]

Pete's Predicament: Winning Over Black Voters on Super Tuesday

With Super Tuesday just a few days away, Pete Buttigieg will be required to make wins among Black and Brown voters to stay in the game as a viable presidential candidate — a Herculean effort given polls showing poor support among voters of [...]

Tenn. Governor Signs Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Bill Into Law

Gov. Bill Lee (R-Tenn.) has signed into law an anti-LGBTQ adoption bill. (Photo by Lynn Freeny via Flickr)   Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed legislation into law that would enable taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to refuse placement into [...]

2020 Kicks Off with Slew of Anti-LGBTQ Bills in State Legislatures

The start of the new year means the start of state legislative sessions around the country — and the annual emergence of anti-LGBTQ legislation is right on cue. Just two weeks into 2020, a slew of anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced throughout the [...]