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Allentown, PA Becomes third Municipality in PA to Protect Youth from “Conversion Therapy”

HARRISBURG– Today, Equality Pennsylvania, the statewide organization working to advance LGBTQ equality and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, praised the Allentown, Pennsylvania City Council for unanimously passing and Mayor Ed Pawlowski for signing a measure protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of “conversion therapy.” The ordinance prohibits licensed mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with minors within the city and imposes potential business license revocation for violations.  Allentown is the third Pennsylvania city to pass such a measure, following Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Continue reading.

Fundraising Challenge: Group will match all gifts up to $10K total

Equality Pennsylvania Education Fund has received a fundraising challenge from five donors.  Collectively, they will match up to $10,000 total raised between now and July 16, 2017.  All one-time donations will be doubled by this match and all recurring donations will be tripled.  Please consider making a donation by clicking here and your gift will be matched. Continue reading.

Executive Director Ted Martin to leave Equality Pa. on June 30

At its board of directors meeting on June 4, 2017, the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania accepted the resignation of Executive Director Ted Martin.  Martin’s last day with the organization will be June 30, 2017.
     “It has been a tremendous honor for me to serve as executive director. I never foresaw myself staying for seven years back in 2010, but I am glad I did,” said Martin.
     During Martin’s seven-year tenure, the organization grew from a small regional operation to a statewide organization.  In those years, Pennsylvania changed dramatically for LGBTQ people and Equality PA was the engine that drove many of the battles and efforts and conversations that made great things happen.

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