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    PNS Daily Newscast - Wednesday, May 25th, 2016Topping the news today: 0 


    Topping the news today: Voters in Oregon will be asked if they want to raise taxes on huge corporations to pay for schools, health care and senior services. Also out West, protestors are rallying against fracking, and Comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial.

LGBTQIA Issues

A letter has been sent to Arkansas' governor asking him to protect the state's transgender community. (Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The transgender community in Arkansas is pushing back against Gov. Asa Hutchinson's recommendation that public schools ignore President Obama's directive allowing students to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify. The Rev. Gwen Frey, president of the Arkansas T ...Read More

LGBT advocates say no person should ever be made to feel guilty or ashamed of who they are. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - While transgender "bathroom bills" make headlines, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Michiganders face discrimination in many other facets of their lives. Ann Anglim of Fenton and her partner married in Canada, but their union was not legally recognized here until the U.S. Sup ...Read More

Opponents argue that transgender bathroom bills are an attempt to control a minority population. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Supporters of LGBT equality say it's time to stop gender identity-based discrimination in Michigan and around the country. North Carolina's new law banning people from using public restrooms that don't correspond to their birth gender is now the subject federal litigation, but has ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing North Carolina over HB 2, and Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration have opted to counter-sue. (HalGoodtree/Flickr)

DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina is going toe-to-toe with the federal government over HB 2, the controversial law passed in March. On Monday, the federal government filed a lawsuit against the state, saying it's violating the Civil Rights Act, Title Nine, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorizatio ...Read More

The Portland Public Schools Board gave the student-led group ALLY a victory when it approved ethnic studies courses in Portland high schools. (APANO)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The diverse history of the United States will reach Portland high school students in 2018, thanks to a resolution unanimously passed by the city's Public Schools Board this week. The student-led group Asian and Pacific Islander Leaders for the Liberation of Youth, or ALLY, l ...Read More

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

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