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    PNS Daily News - April 27, 20150 


    The week beings with nonprofits and other aid groups scrambling to help survivors of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal; a “fetal homicide” bill raising concerns in Colorado; and guess which state’s governor is getting thanks from same sex couples.

LGBTQIA Issues

PHOTO: The Obama administration has called for a ban on conversion therapy, the widely discredited practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Photo credit: Tony Webster/CC.

NEW YORK - The Obama administration has called for a ban on "conversion therapy" - the practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Although Congress is unlikely to act on the White House's request, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Birth Certificate Modernization Act would streamline the process for changing the gender on a birth certificate, bringing Colorado up to date with federal policies. Graphic credit: Devin Murphy/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Changing your gender could get a whole lot easier in Colorado, at least on paper. Last week, the Birth Certificate Modernization Act cleared the House Health, Insurance and Environment committee. The new law would bring Colorado up to date with federal policies by streamlining the process ...Read More

Photo: The "Conscience Protection" bill (HB 7111) echoes Indiana's controversial measure and could impact same-sex couples wishing to adopt in Florida. Photo credit: nettsu/Flickr.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Only weeks after the Florida House of Representatives overturned a ban on gay adoptions, that same branch of government is trying to pass a law that grants private adoption agencies the right to steer children away from same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. The so-called ...Read More

PHOTO: Saying it is best for Indiana, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed an amended Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday with changes intended to end concerns that it would allow businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Photo credit: Mark Taylor/Flickr Creative Commons.

INDIANAPOLIS - After a week of national public scrutiny, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the amended Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. Initially criticized by opponents as a license to discriminate, the law was changed to ensure it cannot be used to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bis ...Read More

PHOTO: Texas lawmakers are considering new legislation that could subject lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to discrimination and even criminal prosecution. Photo credit: Ricraider/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - While outrage continues to grow over religious-refusal laws passed in Indiana, Texas lawmakers are considering at least 20 bills critics say would discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Proponents of the legislation say Texans should not be punished fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the practice of conversion therapy on minors. While opponents claim the legislation infringes upon a family's right to privacy, supporters say conversion therapy is unethical and linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Photo credit: Sophia Dzikas/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois could follow the lead of other states that have made a controversial practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality in adolescents illegal. The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act (HB 217; SB 111) would specifically ban any mental health provider from engaging in efforts to ch ...Read More

PHOTO: Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar, shown here with Ingham County Clerk Barbara Byrum on their wedding day, were the first same-sex couple in Michigan history to legally wed. They will celebrate their first anniversary this weekend by continuing to fight for marriage equality in the state. Photo courtesy of B. Byrum.

LANSING, Mich. - It will be a bit of a bittersweet anniversary this weekend for the 300 same-sex couples in Michigan who legally married last year as they continue to fight for full marriage equality in the state. Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar made Michigan history as the first same-sex couple in ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds LGBT women in Indiana and around the country face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence that threatens their economic security. Photo credit: Marius Boatca/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly 16 percent of Hoosiers live in poverty, and a new report finds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are among those most at risk. The findings were released by a broad coalition of organizations, including the National Women's Law Center. Fatima Goss Graves, th ...Read More

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