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Lucy Flores could be any woman — straight, bisexual, lesbian trans. That she’s a well-known Nevada politician with the kind of life story that elevates her to star status is why former Vice President Joe Biden was in Nevada to endorse her for a Lieutenant Governor run in 2014. At that time, Flores alleges, Biden put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair and then kissed her on her head.

Flores described the incident and how it made her feel in an op-ed in The Cut on March 29. Several presidential candidates have spoken out in support of her including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Obama HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

Sen. Sanders displays transgender pride flag at office

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is showing his support for transgender Americans by displaying the new transgender pride flag placed outside his Burlington office, The Burlington Free Press reported.

The independent senator said in a social-media post that discrimination has no place in society and he was displaying the flag as a show of support for transgender people across the United States.

LGBTQ groups are claiming victory following Google’s March 28 decision to stop offering an app by a ministry that included material considered “ex-gay” involving conversion therapy, which is the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation.

The group Truth Wins Out, based locally, has been at the forefront in the fight against the practice.

The Trump administration’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the military is set to start on April 12, unless the president has a change of heart. The only thing left is the wait, preparation and anxiety among service members who will be affected.

On March 26, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court lifted the last of four injunctions that had stopped the ban.

Two days later, the House of Representatives passed a nonbinding resolution formally condemning the Trump administration’s transgender military ban. The vote was 238-185. Every Democrat backed the measure, but only five Republicans did. Bucks County Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was among them.

DOJ Pride, a group representing the Department of Justice’s LGBTQ employees and contractors, has delivered a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr about the “declining morale” of, and outright discrimination against, LGBTQ workers.

The group cited two main concerns: the lack of a DOJ-issued Equal Employment Opportunity statement, and the results of an October 2018 survey that showed only 31 percent of respondents felt the department valued its LGBTQ employees.

First. Black. Lesbian. Mayor. Of. A. Major. U.S. City.

It is difficult to overstate the historic nature of Lori Lightfoot’s landslide victory to become the next mayor of Chicago. In a runoff that pitted two black Democratic women progressives against each other, Lightfoot’s win puts her not only in one of the highest-profile positions for a black woman, but also makes her one of the highest-placed LGBTQ people in U.S. politics.

As the Equality Act fails to move forward in Congress yet again, a new Pew Research study and a new Gallup poll show that a majority of Americans don’t think LGBT people face discrimination. Among young adults, the demographic traditionally most supportive of LGBT rights, perceptions of discrimination against gay and lesbian people dropped by 16 points.

Justices reject B&B owner who denied room to gay couple

The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a Hawaii bed and breakfast that wouldn’t rent a room to a lesbian couple, The Washington Post reported.

Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges on Tuesday in their case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

In a case that has had more plot twists than the “Empire” TV drama, an emergency court hearing was held in Chicago on March 26, after which Smollett’s attorneys announced that “his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him.”

Smollett reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime attack on Jan. 29. On Feb. 21, he was charged with disorderly conduct and for lying to the police, who alleged he had lied about the assault. Smollett was charged on March 8 with 16 felony counts of lying to police, one count for each time he told his story. He was held on $100,000 bail, the amount usually set for manslaughter.

He’s being called the newest rising star in the ever-growing Democratic field of candidates.

But what makes Pete Buttigieg unique?

It’s not just that he is an Afghanistan war veteran, Rhodes Scholar or mayor of South Bend, Ind. Those are great things, but other people have done them.

Buttigieg, 37, is also the country’s first openly gay Democratic candidate for president.

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