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Being the only minority in any public space isn’t a pleasant position. As president, Barack Obama put forth a relaxed public persona probably grounded, in part, on a fear that white voters would otherwise take him for a stereotypical “angry black man.” Pete Buttigieg goes out of his way to be inoffensive. Comment
Out gay City Council Speaker Corey Johnson faces an uphill battle in his quest to fundraise against his — to date — deeper pocketed rivals in the race for mayor in 2021, but his grassroots, people-powered approach appears to be paying off. Comment
Out gay Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres officially kicked off his campaign for Congress on July 15, saying in a video posted on YouTube that he is “running for Congress because the Bronx needs a fighter in Washington, DC.” Comments (1)
Many companies waving Rainbow Flags at Pride Marches around the United States are also funding the political campaigns of some of the most homophobic and transphobic politicians in America. Comment
The State Department’s announcement of a new panel tasked with re-evaluating the role of human rights in American foreign policy and the choice of that body’s leader are fueling concern the Trump administration is further distancing itself from LGBTQ and women’s issues internationally. Comment
Responses from thousands of people before and after Donald Trump’s political ascendance provide a glimpse into the correlation between support for him and animosity towards racial and ethnic minorities, Muslims, and gay people. Comments (1)

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