What’s at Stake for LGBT Americans on Election Day

As voters head to the polls on Nov. 6 for the 2018 mid-term elections, they will decide a number of races (and one ballot question) that will directly impact the LGBT community. Here is the Blade’s rundown o...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 13

1. The US Food and Drug Administration approved a generic form of Truvada, the Gilead Sciences' "blockbuster" antiretroviral. However, due to patent expiration and other factors, it could be years before the ge...
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Gay congressman pushes marijuana legalization

Jared Polis

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) plans to introduce a measure that would legalize the production and sale of marijuana while creating a new federal tax in jurisdictions that have made the drug legal, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is also spearheading the effort, which has seen renewed interest in recent years. Polis is one of a handful of openly gay members of Congress and hails from a state that recently passed marijuana legalization.

The proposal would allow the government to treat marijuana similarly to how it deals with alcohol.

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Baldwin makes history as first out gay U.S. senator

Tammy Baldwin

Tuesday’s election makes Tammy Baldwin the first openly gay person to serve in the U.S. Senate and brings the tally of LGBT members of the U.S. House to at least five.

"People ... see our country and our states moving toward full equality in many respects," Baldwin told CNN the morning after the election. "When you have legislative bodies that look more like America, that happens."

Baldwin is also the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate.

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Frank: ENDA will get House committee vote this month

Barney Frank (D) and Tammy Baldwin (D)

Legislation can be like a train: It runs on a track, makes certain stops along the way, and is often attached to other trains. But in Congress, the train doesn’t run on time.

Last September, gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would likely get a House committee vote in September and a floor vote that fall. Didn’t happen.