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Jenny Archer packs condom kits to be distributed during OKC Pride Week. | Photo Laura Eastes

Community organizations stand up for HIV education and prevention

Community organizations stand up for HIV education and prevention

A 2014 Kaiser Family Foundation report shows 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV.

Paula Sophia Schonauer speaks at a protest for transgender rights at the Oklahoma State Capitol, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Activist Paula Sophia Schonauer uses logic, compassion to confront intolerance

“The rhetoric of ISIS against the LGBT community isn’t much different from a lot of people on the Christian right,” Schonauer said.

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Freedom Oklahoma directs focus on municipalities and LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinances

“When you have a minority group who are targeted by hate crimes and violence, it is the duty of the government and elected officials to step up and show respect to that community,” Stevenson said.

Christina L. Green talks about The Oklahoma Innocence Project at the Christina Green discusses the Oklahoma Innocence Project at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. (Garett Fisbeck)

Cover Story: Students involved in a local university law school’s Oklahoma Innocence Project realize criminal justice system is far from flawless

“To be able to help provide a voice to someone who has no voice is an incredible opportunity and experience,” Behenna said.

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Cover Teaser: OKC law students work to exonerate the wrongly convicted

An estimated 2.3 to 5 percent of the nation’s prisoners are innocent of the criminal convictions linked to them. Wrongful convictions challenge the idea of a legal system built upon truth, justice and fairness. In 2011, Oklahoma City University School of Law launched Oklahoma Innocence Project, a campaign to remedy these ills and provide hope

420MentalHealth (the one with the joints in the prescription bottle): Marijuana, although illegal in Oklahoma, is often used for medicinal purposes. Some organizations advocate for the legalization of the plant for medicinal use in cases like sleep apnea. Photo illustration by Siandhara Bonnet/The Daily

420: Many find medicinal benefits when using cannabis, regardless of legality

“I felt that marijuana calmed me down better and made me relax a lot more than over-the-counter drugs,” Doe said. “It was more effective than melatonin or other drugs.”

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