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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

LGBTQIA Issues

The 12th Annual Central Oregon Pride Festival takes place in Bend this Saturday at Drake Park. (Another Believer/Wikimedia Commons)

BEND, Ore. -- Bend will host the 12th annual Central Oregon Pride Celebration on Saturday, celebrating the LGBT population of central Oregon. Although that community is smaller than those in some other areas of Oregon -- the first Central Oregon Pride Celebration drew 35 people in 2004 -- festival ...Read More

One of Washington's first same-sex marriages after the passage of the Washington State Marriage Equality Act in 2012. (Seattle Municipal Archives)

TACOMA, Wash. — Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages. Since then, the number of gay and lesbian couples living together and married has gone up from 38 percent to 49 percent, according to a ...Read More

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has released an assessment of The Oregon Community Foundation, the state's largest charitable foundation. (Kyle Pearson/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's largest source of funding for nonprofit groups has built a strong network statewide, according to a new report. The Oregon Community Foundation, the eighth largest of its kind in the country, distributed $103 million in 2015 to fund charitable causes and scholarships. Lis ...Read More

Colorado LGBT communities are forging ahead with gay pride events. (US Department of State/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - The tragedy in Orlando is not stopping upcoming gay pride celebrations across Colorado. Denver PrideFest is forging ahead with events scheduled for this weekend at Civic Center Park. Last year's festival and parade drew more than 365,000 people. Rex Fuller, vice president for communicatio ...Read More

The Idriss Mosque, above, received a threat this week after the shooting in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE – Muslim communities in the Evergreen State are feeling a backlash in the wake of the shooting in Orlando, Fla. Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Seattle, says mosques in Seattle and Redmond have received threats this week, and law en ...Read More

Human-rights activists who attended the Boston vigil for the Orlando shooting victims say it is wrong to single out Muslims. (Chris Flynn)

BOSTON -- Human-rights activists in the Commonwealth are expressing support for President Obama's comments in the wake of the shooting in Orlando, Fla. The president condemned Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from the United States. In the wake of Sunday's Orlando nightclub massacre, Obama sa ...Read More

Ten transgender people were murdered in the U.S. in the first five months of 2016. (Quinn Dombrowski/<br />Flickr)

NEW YORK - In shock and defiance over the mass killing in a Florida gay nightclub, New York's LGBT community marched in solidarity with Orlando on Monday evening. Elected officials and LGBT advocates turned out for the 5th annual Translatina March, demanding an end to discrimination, violence and h ...Read More

While prayers and social media tributes are much appreciated by families and survivors of the Orlando nightclub massacre, many believe it isn't enough to prevent the next mass shooting incident.

ORLANDO, Fla. - From vigils to social media tributes, there's no shortage of condolences for victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre and their families. But many activists want to see the sadness and outrage turn to action before the next tragedy unfolds. Lisa Labbe, communications director fo ...Read More

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