Michael Lavers

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

Gun Control Rallies Take Place Across U.S., Around the World

TAMPA, Fla. — Hundreds of "March for Our Lives" gun control rallies, marches and protests took place across the U.S. and around the world on Saturday. More than 10,000 people attended a "March for Our Lives" rally in Tampa, Fla. U.S. Rep. Kathy [...]

Bermuda Activists Rebuke Calls to Boycott Island

LGBT activists in Bermuda have rebuked calls to boycott the British island territory's tourism industry over a law that rescinds marriage rights for same-sex couples. Linda Mienzer, a long-time LGBT rights activist in Bermuda, on Tuesday described [...]

Tillerson Out as Secretary of State

President Trump on Tuesday announced he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Trump in a tweet that announced the decision said he plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed Tillerson. Trump also said he will nominate Deputy CIA [...]

LGBT Groups Condemn Fla. High School Shooting

  LGBT advocacy groups on Feb. 15 condemned the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left at least 17 people dead and more than a dozen others injured. The Pride Center in Wilton Manors, which is located roughly 20 miles [...]

Pride House at the Winter Olympics

A South Korean LGBTI advocacy group is behind the Pride House at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The Seoul-based Korean Sexual Minority Culture and Rights Center and Pride House International organized the Pride House, which is located [...]

Puerto Rico HIV/AIDS Groups Struggling to Recover from Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — It was shortly after 4 p.m. on Jan. 30 when an employee of Bill's Kitchen, an organization that prepares meals for Puerto Ricans with HIV/AIDS, added diesel to a large generator that is on it's roof. The generator — [...]

Marriage Opponent Wins First Round of Costa Rica Presidential Election

A vocal opponent of marriage rights for same-sex couples has won the first round of Costa Rica's presidential election. The New York Times reported Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration Party received nearly 25 percent of the vote on Sunday. [...]

Panama Signals it will Comply with Landmark LGBT Rights Ruling

The government of Panama has signaled it plans to comply with a landmark Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender rights. Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo on Tuesday announced the Panamanian [...]

Danica Roem Comes to Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — It was shortly before 10 a.m. on Wednesday when Danica Roem was adding additional language to her bill that would protect credentialed journalists from revealing their sources. Two reporters and their respective photographers were in [...]

Danica Roem Sworn In

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) was sworn in on Wednesday. Roem last November defeated former state Del. Bob Marshall, an anti-LGBT Republican who had represented the 13th District since 1992. Roem, a former journalist, [...]

Two Arrested in Murder of Lesbian Couple, Children in N.Y.

Police in upstate New York have arrested two men in connection with the brutal murder of a lesbian couple and two children. The Times Union newspaper reported  prosecutors have charged Justin Mann with three counts of second-degree murder and [...]

Corey Johnson elected speaker of NYC Council

A gay member of the New York City Council on Wednesday was elected speaker of the legislative body. Corey Johnson, 35, is the first person with HIV elected speaker, which is the second most powerful elected official in city government after the [...]