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New Legal Guide Released for LGBTQ Families in Pennsylvania

 Family Equality Council and Equality Pennsylvania are pleased to release a new legal guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) families living in Pennsylvania. This resource provides LGBTQ-headed families and LGBTQ adults considering forming families with detailed and accessible explanations of the current status of federal and state law, including recognition of same-sex marriages, parental rights, adoption, applying for documentation for children, nondiscrimination protections, school policies, healthcare, parental leave, and more. The guide also includes a list of legal documents it is recommended that all LGBTQ families secure in order to ensure their rights and wishes are respected. Continue reading.

Election 2017: Our Progressive Partner Endorsements

As a statewide organization with limited resources, Equality Pennsylvania has typically not endorsed candidates during the municipal election year, however we know that identifying pro-equality candidates happens at every level of government. This year, we are pleased to share with you the endorsements of other progressive organizations across the Commonwealth. Continue reading.

Equality PA extremely disappointed with anti-trans CHIP bill; Pennsylvania elected officials use bill to discriminate

Equality Pennsylvania expresses our extreme disappointment at those members of the Pennsylvania Senate who voted to pass HB 1388, a bill that should have been a simple reauthorization of the widely supported Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Instead it became a vehicle for elected officials to write discrimination against transgender children into law. Continue reading.

Elected Officials and Advocates Stand Together for Expanded Hate Crimes Legislation

Harrisburg, PA – October 24, 2017 – This morning, elected officials stood with advocates to push for an expansion of Pennsylvania’s hate crime definition. As state law currently stands race, color, religion or national origin are protected classes under the hate crimes statute. Pending legislation in the Senate (SB 96) and House (HB 505) would reenact Act 143 of 2002 and again extend these protections to include ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. Continue reading.

Three PA cities score 100% on Equality Index; but what about the rest?

Today, Equality Pennsylvania officials joined our partners at the Human Rights Campaign, City of Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council, Mayor Bill Peduto, and Pennsylvania Physician General and Acting Secretary of Health Rachel Levine at the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh as the Steel City celebrated receiving a HRC Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score of 100% for the first time.  The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership’s public position on equality. Continue reading.

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