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PNS Daily News - April 24, 2017 


We're highlighting several stories in today's news including: Congress returns from recess to a showdown over a border wall; immigrants may face the collateral damage of crime lab misconduct; and President Trump expected to move forward on offshore drilling.

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Public News Service - MI: LGBTQIA Issues

A large crowd is expected Saturday at the Women's March on Lansing. (Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. - On the day after Donald Trump takes office, thousands of Michigan women will take to the streets in opposition to the wave of hate crimes, violence and discrimination they say have proliferated since the November election. Clinical psychotherapist Sarah Eisenberg is one of the orga

Transgender women face additional trauma in prison as they are often housed with men, or put into isolation for their own safety. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Serving time behind bars is traumatic for any person, but can be especially dehumanizing for those who identify as LBGTQ. A recent report published in the American Journal of Public Health found that sexual minorities are disproportionately incarcerated in the United States, a

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

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