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WLS (ELGIN, Ill.) — Betty Brown was rejected by Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois, for nursing school 71 years ago because she is Black. This year, the now-retired 90-year-old is being named an honorary chief nursing officer by that same hospital. “It was very emotional,” Brown told ABC News. “And it was emotional for the […]

Brandon Bell/Getty Images (AUSTIN, Texas) — The Texas Supreme Court reversed the statewide halt on investigations into parents who provide gender-affirming care to their transgender children on Friday. However, the court also stated that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is not legally obligated to investigate such care as child abuse based on the […]

Julie Bennett/Getty Images, FILE (MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Alabama’s gender-affirming care ban went into effect on May 8, and physicians in the state say they’re scrambling to figure out how provide care for their young transgender patients. S.B. 184, the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, states that anyone who provides gender-affirming care to anyone under 19 could […]

Rudy Sulgan/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — It was an eyebrow-raising moment in the confirmation hearings for the first Black female Supreme Court justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson — a grilling about her stance on child porn offenders. Several Republicans availed themselves of their time in front of a national audience to question Jackson about her philosophy around […]

Bryan Dozier/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — People of color will face the brunt of the impact if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, abortion rights advocates warn. The landmark decision that protected a person’s right to have an abortion is in danger of being overturned by the high court’s […]

Dennis Macdonald/Getty Images (HARTFORD, Conn.) — Connecticut is on the path to becoming the latest state to officially recognize Juneteenth, the day the last enslaved Black people in Texas were freed with the arrival of federal troops in 1865 — almost two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Black state legislators gave impassioned speeches […]

Michael Siluk/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — At least 19 states plan to offer legal refuge to transgender youth and their families displaced by anti-LGBTQ legislation that criminalizes the families and physicians of trans children. “When trans kids’ lives are on the line, playing defense doesn’t cut it. It’s time to play […]

Native Conservancy (NEW YORK) — When the oil tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound, hundreds of thousands of acres of water were threatened. The 1989 spill, considered one of the most devastating environmental disasters in U.S. history, destroyed the livelihood of local Indigenous fishermen, local food sources, […]

Alex Wong/Getty Images, FILE (OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Tuesday that bans the use of nonbinary gender markers on state birth certificates. It’s the first ban of its kind in the U.S., according to LGBTQ legal advocacy group Lambda Legal. Several states have done the exact opposite in recent […]

Stephen Maturen/Getty Images (MINNEAPOLIS) — Following an almost two-year investigation, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights found that the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The human rights agency said Wednesday it will work with the […]


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