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Casey Parks

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Portland, OR, United States

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  • The Trace
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Past articles by Casey:

States pour millions into abortion access

Kathy Hochul, governor of New York, during a news conference in New York in September 2021. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News) As the Supreme Court moves closer to potentially overturning Roe v. Wade, Democratic-led states have begun allocating money to increase access to abortion — both for their own constituents and for people traveling from states where the procedure may soon become illegal. But… → Read More

New Mexico to offer a year of free child care to most residents

The state says the program, which will run from May 1 to June 30, 2023, makes it the first to provide no-cost child care to such a broad economic demographic. → Read More

Activists face an avalanche of anti-transgender bills

Transgender activist Quentin Bell has been fighting anti-transgender legislation in Alabama for three years. This week, legislators there are expected to vote on a bill that would criminalize gender-affirming care. → Read More

Texas judge suspends Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to treat gender-affirming care as child abuse

Lawyers for the ACLU and Lambda Legal argued the governor's order to investigate parents of transgender children for child abuse was "vast overreach by the defendants established a new presumption of abuse by parents of transgender children." The state argued parents are "merely fearful" of harm "at this point." → Read More

ACLU files lawsuit over Texas governor’s order to treat gender-affirming care for kids as child abuse

According to the suit filed Tuesday, the department has begun investigating families — including one mother who works for the department responsible for the investigations. → Read More

She helped get the ERA ratified in Virginia. Now, she is taking her campaign across America.

Kati Hornung took her kids to an ERA rally as a home-schooling lesson before joining the effort to add it to the Constitution. → Read More

Public libraries across the U.S. are taking note of this Richmond branch’s parent-and-child-friendly design

‘To have a space where children and parents are centered is truly rare in America. Parents are so used to everything being hard in this country.’ → Read More

As March for Life returns to D.C., antiabortion activists wonder: Is this the last march under Roe?

The march begins at noon Friday with a rally on the National Mall. At 1 p.m., marchers will move along Constitution Avenue toward the steps of the Supreme Court. → Read More

Transgender people are three times as likely to go hungry, new census data shows

Transgender people are also less likely to seek help from food pantries or to sign up for food assistance, partly out of fear of disrimination. → Read More

The number of gay bars has dwindled. A new generation plans to bring them back.

“Whatever your queer looks like, it belongs here.” → Read More

Twelve states have abortion ‘trigger laws.’ What are they?

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, 21 states would ban or severely restrict abortion access. → Read More

For abortion rights supporters and foes, live arguments were a rare shared experience

A decision is not expected until sometime next year. → Read More

Most parents use child tax credit on food, bills and other necessities, survey finds

The installments have made a difference for low-income families, researches said. → Read More

What happens when people in Texas can’t get abortions: ‘Diapers save a lot more babies than ultrasounds’

Officially, Tere Haring promised to help women the year after they gave birth, but many tended to stick with her long beyond that. → Read More

This Texas clinic stopped performing abortions, but the antiabortion activists haven’t left

Cathy Nix and her army of volunteers spend their days dissuading people from entering a Planned Parenthood in San Antonio for non-abortion services. → Read More

Young LGBTQ people in D.C. can receive free therapy

The program, which is housed under SMYAL’s new Clinical Services Department, offers both talk and group therapy, as well as alternative remedies such as trauma-informed yoga, to young people between the ages of 6 and 24. → Read More

Ruby Corado, founder of Casa Ruby, resigns as executive director

The D.C. Department of Human Services said a week ago that it would not renew an $850,000 grant to the nonprofit. → Read More

Covenant House opening new low-barrier shelter for LGBTQ youths

The Shine shelter is opening Friday afternoon in the Deanwood neighborhood of Northeast Washington. → Read More

Women’s March plans return to D.C. to fight for abortion access

In addition to the main march in Washington, the organizers planned more satellite marches across the country this year. → Read More

A decade after ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,” LGBTQ veterans say they still feel the effects

Leaders at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have vowed to expand access and made a new push this week to encourage some veterans discharged under the policy to apply for benefits. But the directive, which VA representatives called a “policy clarification,” doesn’t go far enough, advocates for LGBTQ veterans said. It doesn’t cover all veterans pushed out under “don’t ask, don’t… → Read More