The truth about the new State Department policy regarding visas for foreign diplomats with same-sex partners
The reporting by many publications on the Trump Administration's new policy on awarding visas to U.N. officials and foreign diplomats from other countries who are in same-sex relationships has generated fear and anger by many in the LGBT community. Most articles would have you believe from their headlines and content that the new State Department policy will halt visas for same-sex partners of foreign diplomats, so it’s understandable why people are worked up. So was I when I first read it. The only problem with this narrative is, it isn’t actually true. Because there is so much disinformation going on regarding this policy right now, I want to take a moment and make sure everyone knows what the policy actually says, why it changed, and what it really means for LGBT equality across the globe.
Before I took a stance one way or the other, I definitely wanted to make sure I fully understood the policy, and had all the facts in order to determine whether this was a step forward or back for gay rights. Thankfully, I was able to get the answers to all my questions, which you can find below. The bottom line is this; the new State Department policy treating gay and straight diplomats the same exact way, is actually a very good thing for the cause LGBT equality worldwide!!!Read more
Another successful Catalina Adventure is in the books!
Log Cabin members from across the state boarded the Catalina Express on May 12th and headed 26 miles across the sea for a day of fun. After the customary miniature golf tournament, members spent the day exploring the island. They met up for dinner afterwards to share their adventures and then returned after a full day.
Check out some pictures of the day below. Hope you can join us next year!
Though it took nearly seven months to be realized, the confirmation of President Trump’s inspired pick of Richard “Ric” Grenell to serve as the U. S. ambassador to Germany is now a fait accompli, and deservedly so.
After a delay seemingly as interminable as the fruitless Russia probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, obstreperous Democrats finally folded Thursday when the Senate voted 56-42 to make Grenell our ambassador to Germany.
Grenell has proven himself more than up to the task of his present charge. He has worked for four U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations, including a distinguished tenure working alongside current National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Grenell also happens to be gay, and a longtime member and supporter of Log Cabin Republicans. His confirmation marks a major milestone: Grenell has now become the highest ranking openly gay official in any Republican administration in American history.
Log Cabin Republicans – the nation’s largest organization representing LGBT conservatives and straight allies, where I serve as president – led the charge for months pushing for Grenell’s confirmation.
The vote happened not...Read more...
From the Office of the President of Log Cabin Gregory T. Angelo
What a way to start the year!
Hot on the heels of formal and public recognition of Log Cabin Republicans by the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, I am honored to share the below letter with you from the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, commemorating our 40th anniversary:Read more
June 12, 2017, will be the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Forty-nine LGBT people and straight allies lost their lives that night, and dozens of others were wounded when a terrorist carried out a vicious attack on those simply wanting to have a fun night out with friends. It was the deadliest shooting in American history.
We all remember where we were when we first heard of this horrific act of barbarism. In Los Angeles, people in our community woke up on Sunday morning, the second day of our usually joyous LGBT Pride Festival, to the news of what had happened to our brothers and sisters the night before, in a place most LGBT people consider sacred and safe. Fear, sadness, and uncertainty carried the day in West Hollywood...
Log Cabin California President Matthew Craffey penned this Op-ed featured in The Advocate:
As a gay man living in Los Angeles for two years now, I’ve been asked more than a few times how I could be both gay and Republican. It can be such a contentious issue that I feel compelled to bring it right out in the open on a first date. The whole process is like coming out for a second time, with the latter being almost as harrowing.
When I mention I serve on the board of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for pro-LGBT Republicans, the bewilderment grows: “You mean there are more of you out there?” It’s not lost on me why there is so much animosity in our community toward the GOP. But even if you are a committed Democrat, you should support the work being done by gay Republicans and other allies within the party.
More will be done for our community in terms of equality and representation if both parties believe our vote is up for grabs. If you’ve watched cable news at all lately, it’s clear the GOP is a party in transition. Candidates and many in the leadership want to engage the LGBT community...