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.

Tenn. Clerks Told Not to Marry Gay Couples in Letter From Anti-LGBTQ Lawyer

Clerks in Tennessee have been operating under the assumption — one widely held by just about every legal authority — that they're bound by the U.S. Supreme Court to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but one anti-LGBTQ lawyer in the state [...]

Methodist Church Announces Plan to Split Over Division on LGBTQ Acceptance

The United Methodist Church, which has struggled for years with LGBTQ acceptance, has announced a plan for a split in which parishes that oppose same-sex marriage will leave the denomination, but pave the way for LGBTQ inclusion among the [...]

Supreme Court Could Deliver Bad News for LGBTQ Teachers at Religious Schools

Cases the Supreme Court has recently agreed to take up on the right for religious non-profits to hire and fire employees consistent with their faith could have major implications for LGBTQ workers at those institutions, LGBTQ legal advocates are [...]

Chicago Activist Named New Head of National Center for Lesbian Rights

The new head of the National Center for Lesbian Rights will be a Chicago-based activist who has served as a voice in the LGBTQ movement for black women, the organization announced Tuesday. Imani Rupert-Gordon, who currently serves as executive [...]

Fairness for All Act Seeks Middle Ground on LGBTQ Rights

Newly introduced legislation in the U.S. House backed by the Mormon Church seeks to strike a middle ground on LGBT rights and religious freedom in federal civil rights law, although major proponents of each refuse to support the [...]

Parker Slams Media for Reporting Black Voters Won't Back LGBTQ Candidates

The head of the LGBTQ Victory Institute took the media to task Friday amid a flurry of media reports Pete Buttigieg isn't faring well in the South because black voters are reluctant to support a gay presidential candidate. Annise Parker, CEO of the [...]

22 transgender murders of 2019 documented in new HRC report

    Days before the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, the nation's leading LGBTQ group has issued a report detailing the murders of each of the 22 transgender and gender non-conforming people killed this year. The report, produced by [...]

Buttigieg calls latest Trump move enabling anti-LGBT bias a 'huge step backward'

DECORAH, Iowa — In the aftermath of the Trump administration unveiling a proposed rule change enabling taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny placement in LGBT families, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has denounced the move as "a huge step [...]

Trump Admin to Allow Adoption Agencies to Refuse Placement in LGBTQ Homes

The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposed regulation that will allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to refuse placement to LGBT families over religious objections. The Department of Health & Human Services went public on [...]

Data at Forefront of Congressional Hearing on Anti-LGBT Bias in Housing, Credit

As LGBT rights advocates continue to press the Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination, data was at the forefront of a congressional hearing Tuesday as evidence that anti-LGBT discrimination in housing and credit continues to exist. Among the [...]

Buttigieg Wants Another Justice Kennedy on Supreme Court

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said his vision for Supreme Court appointments upon election as president would be in the mold of moderates like former U.S. Anthony Kennedy — although his campaign denies that characterization of his [...]

High Stakes for LGBTQ Americans at Supreme Court Today

The U.S. Supreme Court is set Tuesday to hear a trio of cases that will determine not just whether firing workers for being LGBT is legal under federal law, but will also have ramifications for LGBT people in education, health care and housing. At [...]