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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 - NY: LGBTQIA Issues

The Equality Act builds on the 2020 Supreme Court ruling that the Civil Rights Act prohibits anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment. (nito/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - A bill to update federal civil-rights laws to include comprehensive protections for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning Americans comes up for a vote in the House of Representatives next week. The Equality Act was reintroduced in the House yesterday by Rhode Isl

In 29 states, LGBTQ people can still be evicted, denied health care or turned away from businesses because of their sexual orientation. (Yakobchuk Olena/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- A new report suggests a bill often promoted as expanding rights for LGBTQ people could benefit a wide spectrum of racial and religious minorities as well. The Equality Act passed in the U.S. House in 2019 with broad bipartisan support, but never came up for a vote in the Senate. Civil

Religious exemptions are most often used by employers to discriminate against LGBTQ people. (beavera/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new rule that dramatically expands a federal contractor's ability to claim a religious exemption from nondiscrimination and equal-opportunity laws. The final rule, issued Monday, allows taxpayer-funded contractors and grantees an almost unlimite

Like prisons and jails, immigration detention centers are potential hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. (Antwon McMullen/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Immigrants held in crowded Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers are extremely vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases including COVID-19, and the risks can be especially high for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. The Free Them All Campaign is a join

The Supreme Court ruled that firing a person for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is discrimination based on sex. (renaschild/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers are protected from employment discrimination by federal law. Monday's 6-3 ruling found that firing an employee for being gay or transgender violates Title 7 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. According to O

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include six active-duty military members and two potential enlistees. (Bumble Dee/Adobe Stock)

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New York - The Pentagon can't hide documents it relied upon to justify its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. That's the ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging the ban. For the past 18 months, lawyers for the individual plaintiffs and groups that filed the suit have sough

Robert M. Pennoyer, now and at age 19, on the U.S.S. Pensacola at Iwo Jima in 1944 (Courtesy: Robert M. Pennoyer)

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NEW YORK – Seventy-four years after he saw the flag raised on Iwo Jima, a World War II veteran has an Independence Day message for America: The fight for liberty goes on, and today's enemies are ignorance and indifference to justice. Ninety-four-year-old Bob Pennoyer saw the American flag ra

Half of all young people living with HIV do not know they are infected. (pxhere)

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NEW YORK – Wednesday was National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, and this year the focus is on HIV-related health disparities and barriers to achieving viral suppression. In 2017, about 87% of the young adult clients in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program were from racial or ethnic minority g

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