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A federal district court heard oral argument, Nov. 30, in the Trump administration’s effort to have Lambda Legal’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) dismissed. Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit on behalf of a married same-sex Texas couple that was denied the opportunity even to apply to serve as foster parents for refugee children by a USCCB affiliate because they did not “mirror the Holy Family.”

 

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 Trump-Pence White House and Secretary Pompeo have so far refused to publicly condemn the systematic torture, abuse and the murder of LGBTQ people in Chechnya

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on him to forcefully and publicly condemn the Chechen anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity while he participates in a Ministerial Council meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on December 6-7. Earlier this month, 16 countries at the OSCE invoked the “Moscow Mechanism” and authorized a fact-finding mission to investigate the anti-LGBTQ atrocities that have occurred in Chechnya over the last 18 months, including the Russian government’s failure to respond.

 

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Vice President Mike Pence hosted the White House’s World HIV/AIDS Day event on Thursday where he failed to acknowledge the LGBTQ+ community for the second year in a row and lied about the administration's record combating HIV/AIDS. Here are some of the lies he told, and some of the truths Pence forgot to mention, via the Democratic National Committee:

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