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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


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Public News Service - OR: LGBTQIA Issues

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case that could undermine the Oregon Equality Act, which ensures anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on a case that could affect protections for Oregon's LGBT community. The case will determine whether the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado was justified in his refusal to bake a cake for a same-sex couple because o

Oregon students led the passage of a bill creating ethnic studies in the state's K-12 schools. (APANO)

SALEM, Ore. – Students and racial-justice groups in the state are among those applauding a bill now on the governor's desk that should make Oregon schools feel more inclusive for students of color. Under House Bill 2845, the Oregon Department of Education will adopt ethnic studies standards

A bill in Salem could keep some reproductive-health services in place even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. (Western States Center)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregonians are hoping for some action in Salem on a bill aimed at expanding and protecting access to reproductive-health services. House Bill 3391, known as the Reproductive Health Equity Act, would require health plans to cover health care services, drugs, devices and procedur

The 12th Annual Central Oregon Pride Festival takes place in Bend this Saturday at Drake Park. (Another Believer/Wikimedia Commons)

BEND, Ore. -- Bend will host the 12th annual Central Oregon Pride Celebration on Saturday, celebrating the LGBT population of central Oregon. Although that community is smaller than those in some other areas of Oregon -- the first Central Oregon Pride Celebration drew 35 people in 2004 -- festival

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has released an assessment of The Oregon Community Foundation, the state's largest charitable foundation. (Kyle Pearson/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's largest source of funding for nonprofit groups has built a strong network statewide, according to a new report. The Oregon Community Foundation, the eighth largest of its kind in the country, distributed $103 million in 2015 to fund charitable causes and scholarships. Lis

Nathaniel Boehme is the first LGBT Veterans Coordinator in the nation. (People Assisting the Homeless)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs has taken an unprecedented step by hiring the nation's first LGBT Veterans Coordinator. Nathaniel Boehme was hired in May and is training for the new position this month, which is also LGBT Pride Month. Boehme says lawmakers originally p

The Portland Public Schools Board gave the student-led group ALLY a victory when it approved ethnic studies courses in Portland high schools. (APANO)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The diverse history of the United States will reach Portland high school students in 2018, thanks to a resolution unanimously passed by the city's Public Schools Board this week. The student-led group Asian and Pacific Islander Leaders for the Liberation of Youth, or ALLY, l

Basic Rights Oregon honors businesses that create inclusive environments for the LGBT community. (Bryon Beck)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Basic Rights Oregon is honoring two businesses today at the Oregon Convention Center for creating welcoming workplaces for transgender employees. One of those businesses is Symantec, a cyber-security company with an office in Springfield that fostered an inclusive environment when C

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