The Agenda

Week In Review: LGBTQ women win election at higher rates than men, LGBTQ candidates and officials blast Trump’s transgender ban & more

TOP STORY

NYT: LGBTQ women outperform men at the ballot box

Citing research provided by Victory Fund, The New York Times’ Frank Bruni explains why voters prefer LGBTQ women as candidates. 
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FEDERAL

Victory Fund and Pride Fund to End Gun Violence condemn Trump’s ban on transgender service members

The proposed ban is a slap in the face to the 15,000 transgender members of the armed forces.
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Lawmakers call for return of trans status question in health survey

Seventy-six members of Congress, including all the co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus, want the Trump administration to put the question back in.
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Rep. Pocan urges state officials not to give up voter data to Trump administration

Mark Pocan of Wisconsin signed a letter asking state election officials not to turn over voter information to Trump’s voter fraud commission.
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STATEWIDE

Gov. Kate Brown is leading the resistance from Oregon

The first openly LGBTQ governor in U.S. history spent the first half of 2017 successfully fighting back against the Trump administration’s agenda.
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Maura Healey calls Trump ‘unfit to lead’ following trans troop tweets

The openly lesbian Massachusetts attorney general spoke out against Trump’s ban, saying “regardless of party, we all believe in inclusion and opportunity for every American who puts on a uniform.”
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STATE

Danica Roem calls Trump transgender troop ban ‘height of hypocrisy’

The first openly trans Virginia House of Delegates candidate is locked in a close race with Virginia’s most anti-LGBTQ legislator, who celebrated Trump’s announcement.
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Roem becomes Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee spotlight candidate

The party committee dedicated to statehouse races is highlighting Danica for being an innovator and trailblazer.
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LOCAL

In lighthearted interview, Jenny Durkan explains how she’s not the ‘establishment candidate’

“I was the first openly gay U.S. attorney. If [my partner and I] are the establishment, that shows a lot of progress has been made,” said Durkan.
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ON MESSAGE

“A ban against any patriotic American who wants to serve our country is wrong.”

— Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Trump’s proposal to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Twitter/SenatorBaldwin, 7/26/17.

Week in Review