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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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VP Harris meets with Texas lawmakers, Congress passes Juneteenth bill, Senate holds hearing on Women's Health Protection Act, and advocates rally for Paid Leave

Public News Service - FL: LGBTQIA Issues

The Florida Legislature has passed a bill that would block transgender children from playing on sports teams that don't align with their gender at birth. (Pexels)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Last-minute maneuvering by Republican lawmakers revived a bill that would ban transgender girls and women from playing on public school teams intended for student athletes born as girls. The measure, Senate Bill 2012, was not expected to survive - even its sponsor, Sen. Kelli S

Conservative lawmakers across the nation are responding to an executive order by President Joe Biden that bans discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere. (Brett Sayles/Pexels)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Republicans in Congress and more than 20 state legislatures, including Florida, seek to ban trans athletes from competing in sports. The bills moving through Florida's Legislature appear to be on fast-track, with talk from insiders that the Senate version by Sen. Kelli Stargel

President Joe Biden included the federal implementation of the anti-discrimination decision in Bostock V. Clayton County in a series of Day One executive orders. (Sharon McCutcheon/Pexels)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning community is now fully protected under state law against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Yesterday, the Florida Commission o

This year, Virginia became the first state in the South to pass comprehensive statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, while 60% of Floridians achieve similar protections through local ordinances. (MAP)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - LGBTQ people in the southern U.S. are living under the "most hostile policy landscape" in the country, according to a new report that says Florida may be the exception. The report by the Movement Advancement Project examined 14 southern states and found unfriendly policies for

Civil rights advocates are calling on local and state officials to clarify restroom policies for transgender students in Florida. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Trump administration says it’s handing over responsibility to states to decide how to handle restroom access for transgender students, and Florida activists are wasting no time in sending a message to state and local officials. Lakey Love is one of the organizer

Florida's LGBTQ community is joining the fight for gun reform. (J. Lindsay/Pride Fund)

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ORLANDO, Fla. - There's a new front in the fight for gun-law reform in Florida, as members of the state's LGBTQ community are mobilizing behind the cause. Jason Lindsay is the executive director of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, and he said while many LGBTQ Floridians had experienced discrimi

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.

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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

Florida marriage certificate and license applications will change today to say

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a nod to the legalization of same-sex marriage, Florida marriage certificates and license applications will change, starting today, to read "spouse" and "spouse" instead of "bride" and "groom." Same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since Jan. 6, and nationwide si

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