Report: PA lags in LGBT equality

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.

But more than half of them, including Pennsylvania, are failing to introduce legislation that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

Report finds Southwest PA veterans needs mostly satisfied

Southwest Pennsylvania has one of the densest populations of veterans in the United States.

And the region’s 235,000 former service members tend to fare well at finding work or school opportunities and participating in their communities after leaving the military, according to a new report by the Center for a New American Security [CNAS].

However, the issue of unemployment for veterans remains a persistent hurdle for veterans in the region and throughout the country, the authors wrote.

Veterans Day event showcases housing and healthcare problems

Hope is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served from 1997 to 2000. She has been homeless on and off since then and is taking medication for post-traumatic stress disorder.

For a research project at VA Pittsburgh on Monday, she took a photo of her dog, Mattie, who she says keeps her stable and helps her cope with PTSD.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that 12 percent of the adult homeless population are veterans, and VA Pittsburgh officials estimate about 180 homeless veterans live in the city.

Law enforcement lacks gender diversity

Female cops are statistically less likely to discharge their weapons and receive far less complaints than their fellow male officers. Studies have shown that they are better at communication and trust-building and employ those tactics more often than using physical force during an arrest.

Despite these qualities, an Al Jazeera America news analysis shows that women still make up only a small percentage of the police force.