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Equality PA celebrates defeat of Obamacare repeal

HARRISBURG – “Today, Equality Pennsylvania is celebrating the defeat of measures to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare” in the United States Senate last night,” said Equality PA spokesperson John Dawe of Kingston. “Our own Senator, Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pennsylvania), was joined by his Republican colleagues, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to vote against these efforts to strip crucial health care coverage for thousands of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians (and hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ Americans.) Continue reading.

Equality Pennsylvania denounces Trump Tweet against transgender service members 

WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Equality Pennsylvania’s leadership team joined more than 200 LGBTQ civil rights movement in Alexandria just across the river from Washington, D.C. for the annual Equality Federation Leadership Conference as President Trump announced his intention, in a series of tweets, to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Standing united against the shameful attack on transgender Americans, Equality Federation and its members released the following joint statement: Continue reading.

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.

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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Equality PA Supports PA Human Relations Commission Proposed Guidance to Ensure LGBTQ People Receive Fair Hearings On Complaints

New Proposal from PA HRC will treat discrimination against LGBTQ people similarly sex to discrimination Continue reading.

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