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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - IN: LGBTQIA Issues

March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Blogger Meggan Sommerville is spreading the word of acceptance. (Meggan Sommerville)

INDIANAPOLIS - There's a big push on social media this week for those in the transgender community to come forward. Thursday is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Blogger and activist Meggan Sommerville says it's also a day to ask their friends and coworkers to help champion their case fo

The Freedom to Marry campaign is closing up shop in the U.S., but organizers say they'll now focus on ensuring equal treatment for all. (Derek Paulson)

INDIANAPOLIS - The goal of the campaign known as "Freedom to Marry" was simple: to allow a couple to legally dedicate their lives to each other regardless of their sexual persuasion. The group's founder, Evan Wolfson, says he's been campaigning for it for more than three decades. He says today, al

Indiana's governor sided with religious groups but supporters say they'll keep fighting for equal rights for the LGBT community (Freedom Indiana)

INDIANAPOLIS - Eyes were on Gov. Mike Pence this week as he announced his stance on civil-rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In his State of the State address, Pence urged lawmakers to protect religious freedom and said he wouldn't vote for any legislation that d

2016 will see renewed efforts to protect the LGBT community in Indiana. (Freedom Indiana)

INDIANAPOLIS - The new Indiana legislative session kicks off with another debate about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, and the group Freedom Indiana says its task is to convince policymakers that protecting all segments of society is what people want. The Hoosier State got a lot of f

PHOTO: Saying it is best for Indiana, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed an amended Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday with changes intended to end concerns that it would allow businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Photo credit: Mark Taylor/Flickr Creative Commons.

INDIANAPOLIS - After a week of national public scrutiny, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the amended Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. Initially criticized by opponents as a license to discriminate, the law was changed to ensure it cannot be used to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bis

PHOTO: A new report finds LGBT women in Indiana and around the country face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence that threatens their economic security. Photo credit: Marius Boatca/Flickr.<br />

INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly 16 percent of Hoosiers live in poverty, and a new report finds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are among those most at risk. The findings were released by a broad coalition of organizations, including the National Women's Law Center. Fatima Goss Graves, th

PHOTO: Indiana House lawmakers soon could vote on Senate Bill 101, which supporters say would strengthen freedom of religion and protect religious rights. But opponents argue it grants individuals and business a license to discriminate. Photo credit: pippalou/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - State lawmakers return to Indianapolis on Monday, and the House soon could vote on a controversial bill involving gender and religious rights. Supporters of Senate Bill 101 say it would strengthen religious-freedom protections in state law by essentially prohibiting governments from

PHOTO: According to the Movement Advancement Project, LGBT Hoosiers are at risk of harm through legal discrimination, and hostile education and employment environments. Photo credit: Jamison Wieser/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - A report finds Indiana is making progress when it comes to LGBT equality. The Movement Advancement Project examined the ways laws protect LGBT people, also how laws, or lack of laws, put them at risk of harm. Indiana is ranked among the 14 states under what the report calls 'medium

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