Ethnicity and Gender

After a growing number of U.S. cities and states rebranded Columbus Day and called it Indigenous Peoples’ Day, students at the State University of New York have joined the movement. 

Sasha-Ann Simons, WXXI

(WXXI) People who work in the fast food industry and community advocates gathered and chanted outside McDonald’s in Rochester Thursday, after new claims of unwanted sexual behavior were made against the restaurant chain. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is hoping to establish a women’s suffrage commission that would help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920.

Transgender people across Pennsylvania now will have an easier time to have their birth certificates changed. The state Department of Health has changed the requirements for adjusting your sex: Pennsylvania no longer requires proof that a transgender person has undergone gender reassignment surgery.

Payne Horning, WRVO

Many high-profile elections this fall feature female candidates, including here in upstate New York; from Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon in central New York's 24th Congressional District to former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, a Democrat running in the 19th Congressional District. 


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren got some airtime on  CNN Thursday afternoon, talking about the 'thank you' letter that she has placed at the gravesite of Susan B. Anthony at Mount Hope Cemetery.

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(WXXI) The combative relationship between police and the minority community has never been more prevalent than today, but black Americans know it’s been around for longer than history books record. That’s why they prepare their children as best as they can.


(WXXI) Thousands of people visit the Susan B Anthony House and Museum in Rochester each year. They come from all across the U.S. and around the world. 

Alex Crichton, WXXI

(WXXI) The events in Baton Rouge, suburban St. Paul and Dallas, Texas reflect a widening racial gap. That's according to the president of United Christian Leadership Ministry, the Rev. Lewis Stewart. He says we stand at a crossroads in community-police relations, and race relations in America.

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

The Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn is anticipating more tourists will visit after the announcement that Tubman will be featured on the $20 bill. This adds excitement about the home being turned into a national park.