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    PNS Daily News - December 2, 20150 

    Planned Parenthood allies are demanding accountability; President Obama pledges the U.S. will take responsibility on climate change and a New England college is taking action; the conviction of a former high ranking lawmaker could boost reform efforts in New York—and Yoga is helping inmates in North Carolina breathe a bit easier.


Affordable vision insurance is one gap detailed in a new report about the challenges many Oregonians face in getting health coverage. Credit: TPSDave/

SALEM, Ore. - The Affordable Care Act may have prompted more people to sign up for health insurance. But in Oregon, a new report says 383,000 residents remain uninsured. Some can't get coverage, and others can't pay for it. The Oregon Health Equity Alliance is a coalition making 10 recommendations ...Read More

Critics are calling for the impeachment of a controversial Utah judge. Credit: Serggn/

SALT LAKE CITY – A movement is gaining steam to oust a Utah judge who sparked a national controversy when he ordered an infant to be removed from her foster parents' home last week – because the foster parents are lesbians. Judge Scott Johansen has since reversed his decision, but the g ...Read More

Andrew Cuomo is the first governor in the country to issue statewide regulations banning discrimination based on gender identity.  Credit: Pat Arnow/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has moved to ban harassment and discrimination against transgender people in New York. The governor announced his executive action at a dinner hosted by Empire State Pride Agenda, or ESPA, late last week. Among other things, the state's Human Rights Law bans di ...Read More

Samantha Ames, second from right, says a measure to be introduced in New Hampshire next session follows a national trend of GOP lawmakers turning thumbs-down on gay-conversion therapy. Courtesy: National Center for Lesbian Rights

CONCORD, N.H. - The stage is set for the Granite State to tackle a hot topic next legislative session: so-called gay conversion therapy. A Republican lawmaker has announced plans to file a measure that would ban conversion therapy for minors in New Hampshire. Staff attorney Samantha Ames with the ...Read More

A new report finds conversion therapy can cause serious psychological harm among children and young adults. Credit: Henry B. Jones/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's been 10 months since an Ohio transgender girl took her own life after undergoing conversion therapy, and evidence is building against the use of the controversial practice. The story of Leelah Alcorn went viral, drawing attention to the dangers of the mental health pract ...Read More

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and advocates for bisexual individuals are working to raise awareness about the specific violence, discrimination and stereotypes they face. Credit: Anchly/istockphoto

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Schools across Tennessee are reminding students this month about the damage they can do to peers by bullying. Among the reasons kids are teased or physically harmed is sexual orientation, and experts say bisexuals face even more challenges. According to the federal Centers for Di ...Read More

MAPE has served as an integral partner with the state in the creation of a policy aimed at reducing bullying in the workplace. Credit: Wavebreakmedia

ST. PAUL, Minn. - This is National Bullying Prevention Month, and in Minnesota that doesn't just mean action when it comes to reducing the prevalence in schools. Earlier this year, Minnesota released a new Respectful Workplace Policy for state workers with input from such groups as the Minnesota As ...Read More

John Knight, director of the LGBT and HIV Project at the ACLU of Illinois, says District 211 is violating federal rules over transgender discrimination. Credit: ACLU of Illinois

CHICAGO - A Chicago-area transgender student who identifies as female again is being denied access to a school locker room by district officials even though the federal Department of Education ordered the school to give her full access to the girls' locker room. John Knight, director of the LGBT an ...Read More

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