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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2021 


A perfect storm is putting a strain on blood-bank supplies; Congress approves Juneteenth as a national holiday.


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Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Public News Service - CA: LGBTQIA Issues

The fight against HIV/AIDS continues, 40 years after the disease began to ravage American cities and towns. (Nito/Adobe Stock)

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LOS ANGELES -- Forty years ago this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of what would become known as HIV/AIDS, and touch off an epidemic that took 32 million lives across the globe, and 700,000 in the United States. Rick Chavez Zbur, outgoing executive di

By some estimates, 40% of young people experiencing homelessness in the United States are LGBTQ+.(Srdjan/Adobe Stock)

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LOS ANGELES -- A new program aims to help staff at homeless shelters better care for their LGBTQ+ clients. Experts from the Equality California Institute have offered LGBTQ+ diversity, equity and inclusion training to medical professionals for six years. But now, they've expanded to include the sta

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia addresses people at one of the city's vaccine clinics. Long Beach has a large LGBTQ+ community. (City of Long Beach)

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SAN FRANCISCO - The pandemic has had devastating impacts on the LGBTQ+ community, so the 1 million-member Equality California has launched a bilingual, statewide education and outreach campaign. Unveiled on Tuesday, the idea is to make sure people know when and where to get the vaccine, and also to

Within five days of taking office, President Joe Biden made good on a pledge to reverse the ban on transgender people in the military. (MxRuben/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- LGBTQ+ groups are celebrating President Joe Biden's executive order reversing a Trump-era ban on transgender people in the military. The ban took effect in April 2019 and also prevented transgender people from enlisting, joining the Reserve Officers' Training Corps or attendin

Sen. Scott Wiener and advocates for intersex Californians met at the state Capitol, pre-COVID, last year. (Eler de Grey)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new first-in-the nation bill would limit medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children in California; that is, on babies born with anatomical differences in their genitalia. Senate Bill 225 would require parents to wait until the child is six years old to have surgeri

Alex Lee, D-San Jose, will be sworn in on Monday as the first openly bisexual member of the California State Assembly. (Vanessa Hsieh)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The 2020 election is notable for the so-called "rainbow wave" of LGBTQ lawmakers elected for the first time, in California and across the country. For example, Todd Gloria is the first LGBTQ person and the first person of color to be elected mayor of San Diego, Susan Eggman fr

The Listos California program will be handing out empty

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- September is National Preparedness Month, so today, LGBTQ+ groups are releasing an open letter and launching a big social media campaign to get the community to plan ahead in case of wildfire, earthquake, floods or other emergencies. Beatriz Valenzuela, communications manager

Free resources for LGBTQ+ people during COVID-19 can be found on a new website and help line. (Andrew Pascual/EQCA)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Members of the LGBTQ+ community can now get help during the pandemic from a new COVID-19 help center website and help line launched on Monday. Covid19.eqca.org will include full lists of service providers in all 53 counties and will feature free webinars for people out of wor

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