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President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address was long, chaotic and lacking in policy initiatives.

An event meant to highlight the accomplishments of the president, the SOTU instead drew attention to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the women of the 116th Congress and Stacey Abrams, the first black woman to give a SOTU response.

Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of Philadelphian Lee Daniels’ hit Fox TV series “Empire,” was the victim of what police are calling a racial and homophobia-based assault and battery in Chicago on Tuesday.

Smollett was attacked by two people who yelled homophobic and racist slurs at him, put a noose over his neck and poured a chemical on him, which the actor thought was bleach. Smollett said the attackers yelled President Trump’s phrase, “Make America Great Again” and the phrase, “MAGA country” during the assault.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed for the reinstatement of the Trump administration’s policy barring most transgender people from enlisting and serving in the military, frustrating the LGBTQ community and its allies.

In a 5-4 vote, the justices lifted nationwide injunctions that kept the administration’s policy from being implemented. Now, the ban can go into effect, while lower courts continue to assess the merits of challenges to the policy.

A dramatic week of often-contentious hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee saw several-hundred protesters arrested and dozens disrupting the proceedings as senators grilled Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

When Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee undertook their cross-country adventure in autumn 2010, it was a labor of love, patience and improvisation. The goal was to tell the stories of young and old, black and white, rural and urban, male, female, bisexual, transgender, queer and all the rest, and turn it into an online collection for all to see that they were not alone.

Appeal filed in Schaefer case

An appeal has been filed pertaining to last month’s reinstatement of the Rev.

Weeks after he announced he would sign an executive order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors, President Obama this week unveiled plans to issue another executive order that will protect federal employees from discrimination based on gender identity.

On June 19, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted at its General Assembly to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages and to change its constitution’s definition of marriage from “a man and a woman” to “two people.

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