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Pennsylvania one of six states “Building Equality” according new report; Equality Pennsylvania leading the fight for full equality

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania has scored in the top half of states in the 2017 State Equality Index report, moving into the “Building Equality” category for the first time. The report, released today by the Equality Federation Institute and Human Rights Campaign, assesses statewide LGBTQ-related legislation and policies in the areas of parenting laws and policies, relationship recognition and religious refusal laws, non-discrimination laws and policies, hate crime laws, youth-related laws and policies and health and safety laws and policies. Continue reading.

PA POLL: Voters Overwhelmingly Back LGBTQ Protections, Won’t Tolerate Politicians Who Attack LGBTQ People

WASHINGTON & PHILADELPHIA — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ), civil rights organization and Equality Pennsylvania, the statewide organization working to advance LGBTQ equality, today released new polling data conducted by Hart Research Associates one year out from the 2018 midterm elections, showing that likely voters across Pennsylvania overwhelmingly support LGBTQ-inclusive policies and are less likely to vote for a candidate who does not. HRC is on the ground in Pennsylvania, a priority state through HRC Rising — the largest and earliest grassroots expansion in its 37-year history. Continue reading.

Equality PA launches #RaiseTheScore Program

We’re excited to share with you that Equality Pennsylvania is launching a new program in 2018 we’re calling #RaiseTheScore. In October 2017, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Equality Federation Institute released the 6th Annual Municipal Equality Index, assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including 10 in Pennsylvania.   While we are excited for the Cities of Allentown, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh that scored 100, the other 7 ranked cities didn’t fare so well.  Even cities that have municipal ordinances protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination have some work to do — such as State College (73%), Wilkes-Barre (62%), Harrisburg (56%), and Erie (39%). Continue reading.

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