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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - MI: LGBTQIA Issues

Voluntary guidelines proposed for Michigan schools would allow transgender students to use school locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. (Nick Bastain/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - A vote is expected today on guidelines that could help ensure that LGBTQ students in Michigan are not treated differently than other students. The State Board of Education is expected to approve voluntary recommendations for schools that were created to reduce discrimination agains

Andrews University and Spring Arbor University are among those considered

LANSING, Mich. - A new list of colleges considered "dangerous" for LGBTQ students includes two in Michigan. LGBTQ advocacy organization Campus Pride released its "Shame List" on Monday, which features 102 schools that the organization alleges openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, prog

Supporters say policies that promote equal restroom access for LGBTQ students help schools focus on education. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette faces some criticism for what opponents say is an attack on the rights of transgender students. Schuette added Michigan to a lawsuit on Friday involving nine other states. It attempts to block a guidance from the Obama administration promoting

Michigan's Elliot Larson Non-Discrimination Act and the state's hate-crimes law do not include LGBTQ individuals and need to be expanded. (Jim Toy Community Center)

LANSING, Mich. - It's been two weeks since the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., but the tragedy likely will never be forgotten by those in Michigan's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Activist Jim Toy, founder of the Spectrum Center, and a member of the National Association of Soci

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

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

Mira Krishnan of Grand Rapids says there is a tremendous opportunity to nurture a future wave of feminists. (Michigan NOW)

LANSING, Mich. - March is Women's History Month and, for over a century, women in the U.S. have fought for equality. But despite their advances, persistent struggles within the feminist movement could hinder future progress. That's the view of activist and entrepreneur Mira Krishnan, co-founder an

PHOTO: Tari Muniz and her partner Kim hope to finally be able to make their marriage a reality, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that states have an obligation to perform same-sex marriages. Photo courtesy of T. Muniz.

LANSING, Mich. – Is it the will of voters or a court or law that decides who can marry? The answer many Michiganders have waited years for is almost here, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the issue of marriage equality. Tari Muniz, 57, of Lansing has been with her partner Kim

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