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PNS Daily Newscast - November 27, 2020. 

A call on state congressional delegations to speed COVID-19 economic relief; a gap in trapping pollution impacts communities of color.

2020Talks - November 25, 2020 

CORRECTED 2:30pm MST 11/25 - Linda Thomas-Greenfield would be the second Black woman in US UN Ambassador role, Susan Rice was the first. Biden nominees speak; how can social media spread less misinformation and be less polarizing. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Public News Service - TX: LGBTQIA Issues

A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking Obama administration guidelines on transgender students' use of bathrooms. (Faull/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked Obama administration guidelines to public schools that allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. The order, issued just as millions of Texas children were returning to the classroom, puts the regulations on hold

Texas is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (faull/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas officials are seeing a firestorm of criticism over their lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Texas, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender s

Events like the Super Bowl could on the line in the vote on anti-discrimination in November. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/Wikimedia Commons.

HOUSTON - A coalition of 35 organizations is mounting "Houston Unites," a campaign to keep the city's equal rights ordinance on the books. Terri Burke, executive director with the ACLU of Texas, says a lot of money is at stake if the measure is repealed in the November election. She points out Fac

Local faith leaders urge U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to stop deportations. Credit: Bethany Carson.

AUSTIN, Texas – A group of faith leaders and activists gathered at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin on Wednesday in an effort to stop the deportation of Sulma Franco, an LGBT activist from Guatemala. Franco has been living in sanctuary at the church for the past two months. Cri

Equal rights advocates plan next steps after U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality ruling. Credit: Neon Tommy, Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and supporters are gathering at the State Capitol today to discuss the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling. They'll also address what's next in the movement for equal rights in Texas and beyond. Kathy Miller,

PHOTO: A recent statewide survey found a strong majority of Texas voters believe discrimination against gay and transgender Texans is a problem. Photo credit: Magnus Manske/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in Texas support protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans from discrimination, according to a new poll commissioned by the organization Texas Wins. Kevin Nix, communications director for Texas Wins, says while Texas lawmakers introd

PHOTO: Texas lawmakers are considering new legislation that could subject lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to discrimination and even criminal prosecution. Photo credit: Ricraider/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - While outrage continues to grow over religious-refusal laws passed in Indiana, Texas lawmakers are considering at least 20 bills critics say would discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Proponents of the legislation say Texans should not be punished fo

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next month on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage, as is currently the law in Texas. Photo credit: us006409/Flickrl.
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AUSTIN, Texas - As the legal battle continues in Texas over same-sex marriage, a new group is forming to help members of the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community overcome challenges in all aspects of their daily lives. Kelsey Snapp, a staff attorney for Texas Rio Grande Legal Ai

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