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    PNS Weekend Update - April 30, 20160 


    We’re covering a wide variety of topics on this weekend’s rundown, including: several U.S. military members are being punished over a deadly airstrike; some human rights groups are holding an anti-hate rally; this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

LGBTQIA Issues

Basic Rights Oregon honors businesses that create inclusive environments for the LGBT community. (Bryon Beck)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Basic Rights Oregon is honoring two businesses today at the Oregon Convention Center for creating welcoming workplaces for transgender employees. One of those businesses is Symantec, a cyber-security company with an office in Springfield that fostered an inclusive environment when C ...Read More

A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - a regional district court for North Carolina - could impact the future of HB 2 in North Carolina. (BrianTurner/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The fallout continues from Tuesday's ruling by a federal court in Virginia in favor of a transgender student – putting the future of North Carolina's controversial new law in question. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit – a regional district court fo ...Read More

Pope Francis released his second exhortation, called

SEATTLE – Pope Francis got the attention on Friday of the nearly one in five Washingtonians who practice the Roman Catholic faith with the release of a document called "Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love." In the document, Francis asks priests and bishops to be more lenient of people who ...Read More

Gov. Cuomo pledged $200 million to fight AIDS in the 2016-17 budget. (GovernorAndrewCuomo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - The new state budget falls far short of funds promised to fight HIV/AIDS in New York, according to advocates. Last year on World AIDS Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to commit an additional $200 million in the coming fiscal year to his campaign to end HIV/AIDS in New York by 2020. But ...Read More

Gov. Tom Wolf signs executive orders banning discrimination against LGBT people. (Equality Pennsylvania)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community gained some protection from job discrimination on Thursday, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed two executive orders providing people employed by the state or by state contractors with protection from discrimination based on sex ...Read More

An Illinois civil rights group is praising state lawmakers for advancing a bill to make birth certificate changes easier for transgender people. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A move to change Illinois' birth certificate law is earning praise from a civil rights watchdog. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the change will help thousands of transgender residents in the state. House Bill 6073, introduced by Rep. Greg Harris, D- ...Read More

Organizations such as the Rainbow Center in Tacoma are celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31. (Rainbow Center)

SEATTLE - People around the world are celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility today. Washington state has been a leader on transgender rights, adding protections for the community a decade ago. However, lawmakers this legislative session proposed reversals to those protections, suc ...Read More

Fourteen Ohio cities have comprehensive non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to encourage those in the transgender community who haven't made themselves public to step forward. And some say there is a great need to ensure that transgender Ohioans, along with those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual ...Read More

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