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Trump says he is not buying U.S. intelligence as he meets with Putin. Also on the rundown: as harvest nears, farmers speak out on tariffs; immigrant advocates say families should not be kept in cages; and a call for a deeper dive into the Lake Erie algae troubles.

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Public News Service - PA: LGBTQIA Issues

Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief detailing discrimination against LGBT people, same-sex couples and their families.  (MarkThomas/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Civil rights advocates fear the Supreme Court's ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case will encourage more attempted discrimination against LGBT people. By a 7-2 margin, the court ruled that the cake shop owner had not received an impartial hearing at the Colorado Civil Righ

In 2017, 64 percent of

PHILADELPHIA – A habeas petition has been filed in federal district court seeking the release of a gay Mexican immigrant being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention in York Prison. In January Jose Nuñez Martinez and his husband, a U.S. citizen, were attending what they t

In 2015 Williams was raped multiple times by an inmate in Allegheny County Jail. (TheZachMorrisExperience/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County is being sued by a transgender woman who was sexually and verbally abused while in the county jail. Jules Williams has lived as a woman for years and her gender identity is affirmed by her state-issued identification and birth certificate. But according to Sar

Juliet Evancho and Elissa Ridenour, two of the plaintiffs in the Pennsylvania lawsuit. (Lambda Legal)

PITTSBURGH - A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit over a Pennsylvania school district's transgender-bathroom policy. Known as Resolution 2, the policy adopted by the Pine-Richland school board last September required transgender students to use either facilities that match the gender

A report says 75 percent of transgender students feel unsafe at school. (daveynin/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – School policies that force transgender students to use separate facilities harm those students and do not help anyone, according to a >new report

Juliet Evancho is a senior at Pine-Richland High School and at the center of a current lawsuit about transgender students' rights. (Lambda Legal)

PITTSBURGH – President Donald Trump's action overturning some protections for transgender students does not take away students' rights, according to a lawyer in one Pennsylvania case. A joint letter from the Departments of Justice and Education issued Wednesday said it's up to states and sch

The transgender students in one Pittsburgh-area high school can use only single-stall restrooms, or ones that don't match their gender identity. (sarahmirk/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH - A suburban Pittsburgh school district claims it is within its rights to require transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that don't match their gender identity - or to use totally separate facilities. The Pine-Richland School District asked a federal court on Monday to di

Elissa Ridenour, 18, says she has been using the girls restrooms without incident since she entered high school. (Lambda Legal)

PITTSBURGH – Three transgender high school seniors are taking their school district to federal court over its newly-enacted restroom policy. Three weeks ago, the Pine-Richland School Board passed a resolution prohibiting transgender students from using restrooms that match their gender identit

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