Here in the commonwealth, LGBT people can be fired, denied a mortgage, or refused service at a hotel, library, or hospital just because of who they are or who they love.
For years, Equality Pennsylvania has been working to change that – advocating for a statewide law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in matters of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
Sixteen states and Washington, DC – including every state in the Northeast – have enacted policies to end discrimination against LGBT people. But Pennsylvania is trailing our neighbors with no statewide law.
Still, we’ve made incredible progress in advancing local ordinances protecting LGBT citizens. Currently, 32 municipalities have implemented policies to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and every day, we’re working with local advocates on the ground in communities across the commonwealth to grow that number.
These municipal victories have strengthened our work for a statewide policy. The 2013 version of the Pennsylvania Non-discrimination Act (HB300 / SB300) has secured incredible support:
- More than 100 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle have signed on.
- 72 percent of Pennsylvanians, according to recent polls, support the policy.
- UPMC Health System, the largest employer in the state, has endorsed the bill.
Thousands of Pennsylvanians are engaged in grassroots organizing to continue building momentum toward passing non-discrimination policies at the state or local level. At Equality Pennsylvania, we’re committed to this work until LGBT people are fully protected from discrimination under the law.