Michael Lavers

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade.

LGBTQ+ Groups in Israel Respond to War

LGBTQ+ rights groups in Israel have rallied to support to those who have been impacted by their country’s war against Hamas that began Saturday.

Seven HIV/AIDS Activists Arrested Inside Kevin McCarthy’s Office

U.S. Capitol Police on Monday arrested seven HIV/AIDS activists who refused to leave House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)’s office in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Biden Issues Transgender Day of Visibility Proclamation

Michael Lavers | Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media AssociationPresident Joe Biden on Thursday issued a proclamation that recognizes the Transgender Day of Visibility, a day of awareness founded in 2009 by activist Rachel [...]

Rainbow Railroad to Participate in New US Refugee Resettlement Program

Courtesy of the National LGBT Media AssociationA group that works with LGBTQ+ and intersex refugees and asylum seekers will participate in a State Department program that will allow American citizens to help refugees resettle in the U.S.Secretary of [...]

Safe, On Her Way Home': WNBA Star Brittney Griner Released From Russian Detention

Brody Levesque| Washington BladeCourtesy of the National LGBT Media AssociationRussian authorities have released WNBA star Brittney Griner.Griner was released in exchange for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who was serving a 25-year prison [...]

The Club Q Shooting: At Least Five Killed at LGBTQ+ Nightclub in Colorado, Suspect Identified and a Community Devastated

Courtesy of the National LGBT Media AssociationA gunman has killed at least five people at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo.The New York Times reported the Colorado Springs Police Department received a call for an active [...]

WNBA Star Brittney Griner Sentenced to Nine Years in Russian Prison

A Russian court on Thursday found WNBA star Brittney Griner guilty of charges that she smuggled drugs into the country.The court sentenced Griner to nine years in a Russian penal colony. Prosecutors had sought a 9 1/2-year prison sentence.Griner [...]

Warlord Who Persecuted Gay Chechens Killed in Ukraine Fighting

One of the top warlords and close advisor to Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov was killed Saturday in the battle for Antonov Airport, also known as Hostomel Airport, an international cargo airport and testing facility northwest of the Ukrainian [...]

An Incredible LGBTQ+ Victory: Trans Youth Gavin Grimm Wins Bathroom Case After SCOTUS Refuses Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the case of a former high school student who challenged his Virginia school district's bathroom policy. Gavin Grimm was a sophomore at Gloucester County High School when he filed a federal lawsuit [...]

Tokyo Olympics Committee Silent on Japan lawmakers' Anti-LGBTQ+ Comments

The committee that is organizing the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo has declined to say whether Japanese lawmakers' anti-LGBTQ comments violated the Olympic Charter's nondiscrimination clause. Mainichi, a Japanese newspaper, reported members of [...]

In-Person 2022 International AIDS Conference to Take Place in Montreal

The International AIDS Society has announced the 2022 International AIDS Conference will take place in-person in Montreal. The conference, which will also feature virtual events, is scheduled to take place from July 29 through Aug. 2, 2022. [...]