Ethnicity and Gender

Alex Crichton, WXXI

(WXXI) Some people who need a service or emotional support animal have been denied housing. That's according to the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights, Helen Diane Foster. 

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(Keystone Crossroads) Driving into Allentown, you're likely to spend at least some time on Seventh Street, one of the city's main drags. The street's shops, businesses and restaurants are diverse, but there's a distinctly Latin flair to the area. That's not surprising, considering about half of city residents are Hispanic.  

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A small coalition of immigrant rights advocates are trying to get an audience with Governor Tom Wolf. In a letter, which they left for Wolf in the state Capitol on Thursday, they urged him to officially shut down the Berks County Residential Center. 

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.