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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Blinken pledges to ‘repudiate’ State Department human rights commission


Antony Blinken (Photo public domain)

President-elect Biden’s nominee to become the next secretary of state on Tuesday said he would “repudiate” a controversial human rights advisory commission his would-be predecessor created.

Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2019 announced
the Commission for Unalienable Rights — chaired by Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard
Law School professor and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican who is known for
her opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples — would stress
“natural laws and natural rights.”

Antony Blinken in response to a question that U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) asked during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reiterated his opposition to the commission that the Center for Global Equality and other advocacy groups have challenged in federal court.

Blinken told Markey he would once again allow ambassadors to fly Pride flags at their embassies if confirmed to succeed Pompeo. Blinken also pledged to raise the State Department’s special envoy for the promotion of LGBTQ rights to an ambassador level position.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015 announced the
creation of the position within the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy,
Human Rights and Labor. It has remained unfilled since 2017.

Markey has introduced a bill that would make the position
permanent within the State Department.

“After four years of Trump administration efforts to
specifically marginalize, minimalize, do damage to the rights of LGBTI people,
I think it’s going to be vital to appoint a seasoned expert on these issues,”
said Markey during Blinken’s confirmation hearing.

Blinken in response to Markey’s question about the envoy
position noted the numbers of transgender people — and particularly trans women
of color — who have been reported killed are the highest they have ever been.

“The U.S. playing the role it should be playing in
standing up for and defending the rights of LGBTIQ people is something that the
department is going to take on and take on immediately,” said Blinken.

Center for Global Equality Chair Mark Bromley welcomed
Blinken’s comments.

“We were delighted by Blinken’s immediate and
unequivocal support for the LGBTI special envoy position at the State
Department and for his interest in elevating it to ambassadorial rank,”
Bromley told the Washington Blade after the hearing ended. “He also
committed to repositioning human rights for LGBTI persons as an administration
priority, speaking movingly about violence impacting LGBTI individuals and
particularly trans people of color.”

“We look forward to working with the new secretary of state and
the new special envoy to promote global equality,” he added.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is among the committee members who said they support Blinken’s nomination. The Washington Post on Tuesday reported the U.S. Senate will likely confirm Blinken.

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Waters is one of several out celebs and allies who’ll appear on the new season of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s genealogy show, which opens Tuesday night.

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Md., Va. lawmakers introduce bills to ban LGBTQ panic defense


Connor Climo, gay news, Washington Blade

Lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia have introduced bills that would ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense in their respective states.

Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) last week introduced House Bill 2132, which states a victim’s actual or perceived personal characteristics that include gender identity or sexual orientation is not a defense to murder and other violent acts. The Manassas Democrat — the first openly trans person elected to a state legislature in the U.S. — on Monday presented a budget amendment for the bill as required by state law.

“Preventing the LGBTQ+ ‘panic defense’ to be
used as a ‘legitimate’ mechanism in our court system shows that LGBTQ+ lives
and bodies are equal to all in the eyes of the law and that our justice system
doesn’t condone violence against our community,” she said on Friday in a press
release.

The bill is expected to come up in subcommittee this week.

The Maryland House Judiciary Committee on
Tuesday heard testimony on House Bill 231, sponsored by Del. Julie Palakovich
Carr (D-Montgomery County) and state Sen. Clarence Lam (D-Baltimore and Howard
Counties.)

“Despite significant advances in recent years,
LGBTQ Marylanders experience violence at rates higher than other groups,”
FreeState Justice Legal Director CP Hoffman told committee members during the
virtual hearing.

Merrick Moise, a victim advocate in the
Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office who identifies as a Black trans man, told
the committee about Mia Henderson, a Black trans woman who was killed in
Baltimore in 2014.

According to Moise, Henderson’s family and
friends were deeply troubled during the murder trial when the public defender
used dehumanizing transphobic language, such as asking if Henderson looked like
a boy or a girl when a witness last saw her, in order to use this supposed
confusion to mitigate the defendant’s violence and alleged state of mind.

The Maryland Psychological Association,
however, submitted written testimony that stated “a discovery of, or perception
of, or belief about another’s race, color, national origin, sex, gender
identity, or sexual orientation does not constitute provocation” to violence.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office
submitted a letter in support of the legislation at Tuesday’s hearing that
stated “the discovery or perception of a person’s racial, sexual or gender
identity can never be adequate provocation for murder or assault.”

The letter also noted under current criminal
law, “discovering one’s spouse engaged in sexual intercourse with another” is
another example of “inadequate provocation.”

“As one of the members of the LGBT Caucus here
in Maryland, this is a bill that is long overdue,” House Judiciary Committee
Chair Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) told the Washington Blade. “And I
certainly look forward to moving it out of my committee.”

Clippinger said he expects the bill to pass in the House of Delegates again and at least reach the state Senate, where it died last session due to an early closure because of the pandemic.

“The fact that it passed last year puts it in
a good place,” he said. 

FreeState Justice Executive Director Jeremy LaMaster said he believes this legislation impacts more than just LGBTQ Marylanders, and can affect anyone who is perceived as non-conforming.

“I like to remind people that how you express
your gender is not unique to trans folks,” LaMaster said. “This is for everyone
to live their lives authentically and express themselves freely.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Jan. 11 signed legislation that bans the so-called LGBTQ panic defense in the nation’s capital.

According to the National LGBT Bar Association, D.C. and 11 states currently ban the use of this legal strategy; which it defines as defendants blaming a victim’s perceived gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation for the violence committed against them, often in exchange for a reduction in charges.

“It is simply unacceptable to claim LGBTQ people
are somehow responsible — just by being themselves — when assaulted or even
murdered,” National LGBT Bar Association Executive Director D’Arcy Kemnitz told
the Blade in an email. “That is why it is urgent that we pass these bills — for
all of society.”

The Human Rights Campaign has tracked violence
against trans and gender non-conforming individuals since 2013.

It noted 2020 was the deadliest year on record with more than 40 trans and gender non-conforming people killed. The majority of them were Black trans women or trans Latina women.

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Gen. Austin: ‘I support the plan to overturn’ the transgender military ban


Gen. Lloyd Austin said he support Biden’s plan to end the transgender military ban. (Photo public domain)

Gen. Lloyd Austin, the pick by Joe Biden to lead the Defense Department in his administration, said Tuesday for the first time publicly he supports efforts to overturn the transgender military ban.

Austin made the comments during his confirmation hearing for the role of secretary of defense under questioning from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who has taken the lead on the issue in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“I support the plan to overturn the ban,” Biden said. “I truly believe that if you’re a fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve.”

Aaron Belkin, director of the San Francisco-based Palm Center, said in a statement Austin’s comments in favor of ending the transgender military ban are welcome news.

“It’s heartening that defense secretary-designate Lloyd Austin fully understands the urgency of ending the military’s harmful transgender ban,” Belkin said. “Very little needs to be done administratively to finally end discrimination against transgender troops, and we look forward to the arrival of fully inclusive policy very soon.”

Sources told the Washington Blade the Biden team in conference call with LGBTQ leaders Biden on his first day in office would direct the Defense Department to dismantle the transgender military ban, individuals familiar with the call told the Washington Blade.

It may take an entire year before the Pentagon is completely able to undo the ban, which President Trump initiated by tweet in July 2017. The Palm Center, however, has issued a memo asserting the policy could be reversed in as few as 30 days.

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