LGBTQ

Kristin Lynch is working the tie — and putting in the work
‘I feel pretty strongly about my identity as a lesbian,’ says Cory Booker staffer

From trivia night to her high-powered job in the Senate, Kristin Lynch is the role model she wishes she had. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There was a time when Kristin Lynch wore a dress to her job in politics, or one of those blouses that could be described as “flowy.” Now she wears a suit and tie, plus a crisp button-down shirt.

It’s not so much a fashion statement as a reminder that you need to be yourself, even in the halls of Congress.

Watch: Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown advocates for LGBTQ adoption, teases political career

Karamo Brown, star of Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” advocates on Capitol Hill against LGBTQ discrimination in the foster care and adoption process. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate lacks protections for LGBTQ staff. One group is demanding change
Existing laws for legislative branch workers don’t explicitly protect LGBTQ employees

A Senate staffer group is urging offices to adopt policy manuals that include protections for LGBTQ employees from discrimination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Congress considers expanding civil rights to encompass LGBTQ Americans, Senate staffers want their bosses to shore up such protections for the congressional workforce itself. 

In a letter sent April 8, the bipartisan Senate GLASS Caucus urged chamber offices to adopt policy manuals that include protections for LGBTQ employees from discrimination.

Watch: ‘Queer Eye’ guys grace the Hill
 

Violence Against Women Act witness: Title IX is moot ‘because men can be women’
 

A House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act became a back-and-forth about gender identity politics on Thursday. Testimony from Julia Beck, former co-chair for the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission, criticized protections for transgender women, saying that men can take advantage of these protections to harm women.

What to Watch as Supreme Court Prepares Major Decisions
 

Ep. 39: How Trump and His Supreme Court Pick Could Clash Over Religious Liberties
The Week Ahead

Based on his religious rulings, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch could find himself at odds with the president particularly over the executive order restricting refugees and immigrants, who are mostly Muslim, says CQ Roll Call's Legal Affairs writer Todd Ruger.

Democrats Set for Wider Embrace of LGBT Rights in Rebuke to Trump
Comments by GOP presidential nominee may 'fire up' opposition

Democrats are expected to denounce Donald Trump's attempts to reach out to LGBT voters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Gay rights — and the Republican Party's complicated relationship with the issue — is likely play a prominent role at this week's Democratic National Convention, with Donald Trump's stated embrace of the "LGBTQ community" still lingering in the air.  

"I expect Democratic leaders to directly denounce his veiled attempt to suggest he's anything but an enemy of LGBT rights," said Eric Stern, the director of LGBT outreach for the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 presidential campaign. "It's firing people up, both people who are members of the community, and allies of the community. It's engaging us like never before."