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Public News Service - PA: LGBTQIA Issues

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

Melissa Sklarz is one of more than 25 transgender delegates at the DNC. (MSklarz)

PHILADELPHIA -- The diversity of delegates to the Democratic National Convention stands in sharp contrast to last week's Republican Convention in Cleveland. There were 18 African American delegates at the RNC - less than one percent of the total. But at the Democratic Convention, there were 71 Afr

Twelve percent of transgender people were harassed, attacked or sexually assaulted in public bathrooms in the past year. (Fairness.org)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A national television ad depicting transgender discrimination is set to air on Fox News during the Republican National Convention next week. In the ad, a restaurant manager blocks a transgender woman from using the women's restroom. Mara Keisling, who heads the National C

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality, but LGBT activists maintain there still is work to do.  (Ted Eytan/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA - The oldest summit on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights will gather in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention there next month. Equality Forum will bring together elected officials, newsmakers and experts for four days of panel discussions and commemo

Gov. Tom Wolf signs executive orders banning discrimination against LGBT people. (Equality Pennsylvania)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community gained some protection from job discrimination on Thursday, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed two executive orders providing people employed by the state or by state contractors with protection from discrimination based on sex

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