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PNS Daily Newscast - June 11, 2021 


We reflect and update as HIV/AIDS first came to national attention 40 years ago this month; and when it comes to infrastructure spending, bipartisanship isn't dead yet.


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President Biden offers up more COVID-19 vaccines to the world; Dems and GOP close in on an infrastructure deal; and Speaker Pelosi tries to quell a spat over the Middle East among Democrats.

Public News Service - UT: LGBTQIA Issues

Advocates say a video which went viral of a boy cutting down a Pride flag in front of his school sends a negative message to Utah's transgender and LGBTQ students. (Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- As the issues surrounding transgender and LGBTQ students become increasingly politicized in Utah, one group is providing support for those who identify differently from their peers. Utah FAM, an alliance founded by Utah educators, recently held an inclusion rally at the state Capi

Studies have shown that people who identify as LBGTQ often must deal with discrimination and social stigma, which can lead to a high rate of mental-health concerns. (Ben Gingell/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY - Members of Utah's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning community are at a much greater suicide risk than any other identifiable group. Using a 2019 Utah study on health issues - which for the first time included gender identity and sexual orientation - the U

A federal appeals court in March ruled that Title VII protects a woman who was fired for being transgender. Several attorneys general and governors want the Supreme Court to know they think otherwise. (Matt Wade/Flickr)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah's attorney general this week joined attorneys general from 12 other states, and three governors in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. They argue that U.S. anti-discrimination laws do not include protections for people who identify as LGBTQ. Only three

According to GLSEN, transgender students who face hostile school environments are three times more likely to miss school days than other students. (Barbara LN/Flickr)

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SALT LAKE CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and the Utah Pride Center want teachers, school administrators and policymakers to consider the experiences of transgender students in the classroom. The groups are hosting a training session Thursday about creating welcoming learni

The Human Rights Campaign says policies that promote inclusive school atmospheres are key to protecting LGBTQ teens' well-being. (jglsongs/Flickr)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A new survey shows high rates of depression and anxiety among LGBTQ teens nationwide. Advocates say lawmakers could do more to ensure kids aren't bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign surveyed 12,000 kids age 13-17 who ident

Suicide rates among youths in Utah have tripled since 2007, and LGBTQ people are especially at risk. (Pixabay)

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OREM, Utah – Hundreds of young people from across the state are expected to descend upon Utah Valley University this weekend for "Ignite," Utah's first LGBT summit. Stephenie Larsen, executive director of the group, Encircle, notes it can be challenging for high school kids living in a conse

A family is part of a recent Gay Pride parade. A Utah legislator wants to give heterosexual families preference over gays in adopting children in the state. (Wikimedia Commons)

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SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah gay-rights group is fighting with a conservative state representative over proposed legislation that would give heterosexual couples preference in adoptions. State Rep. Kraig Powell, a Republican from Heber City, is pushing the measure despite last year's Supreme Court deci

Utah is launching a new program to better children's lives called Evidence2Success. Courtesy: Annie E. Casey Foundation

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SALT LAKE CITY - Kearns Township in Salt Lake County is gearing up to launch a new program called Evidence2Success that takes a hard look at what's going on in kids' lives, then focuses attention on the solutions that show the most promise. The program uses data from the state SHARP survey which

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