Founded in 1996 as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, later growing into Equality Advocates PA, and finally becoming Equality Pennsylvania in 2010 – we’re the only organization in the Commonwealth advocating exclusively for equality for LGBT Pennsylvanians.
Working in Harrisburg and across the state, we’ve achieved a number of critical goals over the past several years, including:
In 2015, Equality Pennsylvania:
- Collected more than 125 stories from supporters of nondiscrimination.
- Signed on more than 1,000 small businesses who support equality.
- Signed on more than 900 clergy and faith leaders who support equality.
- Held the first annual statewide transgender rights working group in Pennsylvania.
- All of this work helped to secure a majority of floor votes for nondiscrimination legislation in both houses of the legislature.
In 2014, Equality Pennsylvania:
- Helped to make marriage equality a reality in Pennsylvania through education and advocacy!
- Secured a Department of Transportation policy that allows transgender people to update licenses to match their authentic gender.
- Ensured that LGBT students have unrestricted access to Gay-Straight Alliances.
- And grew the LGBT Equality Caucus in the General Assembly with 60 members.
In 2013, Equality Pennsylvania:
- Launched a campaign to win statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, securing 96 sponsors on the Senate and House versions of a bill (HB 300).
- Grew the LGBT Equality Caucus to 58 members.
- Organized LGBT Pennsylvanians and generated thousands of constituent contacts to win support for marriage equality from U.S. Senator Bob Casey.
- Won policy changes in Forbes Road School District to allow students to bring guests of the same-sex to school functions and in Chambersburg Area School District to allow the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance.
- Increased the number of municipalities with non-discrimination protections to 34.
In 2012, Equality Pennsylvania:
- Won support of marriage equality from 7 Pennsylvania mayors.
- Endorsed statewide, legislative, and municipal candidates in races statewide.
- Defeated in committee a constitutional amendment to ban marriage for gay couples.
- Increased the number of municipalities with non-discrimination protections to 28.
- Strengthened and advanced our strategic partnerships with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Planned Parenthood, and other progress partners.
In 2011, Equality Pennsylvania:
- Passed 8 local non-discrimination ordinances throughout Pennsylvania.
- Worked with the Corbett Administration to ensure that newly issued executive orders on hiring within the state workforce maintained protections for LGBT people.
- Launched the first ever LGBT Equality Caucus in the General Assembly.
- Won recognition of student-run Gay Straight Alliances in Easton, Bangor, and East Pennsboro.
- Traveled nearly 2,200 miles in planes, trains, buses, and cars crisscrossing an exceptionally large state.
In 2010, Equality Pennsylvania:
- Provided a strong LGBT presence and voice to the statewide progressive movement.
- Worked with the Department of Transportation to allow transgender citizens to change the gender marker on their driver’s licenses to match their authentic gender.
- Logged 800 miles on the road, traveling throughout the state to organize and mobilize LGBT Pennsylvanians.
- Passed 2 local non-discrimination ordinances.
- Organized trainings, rallies, and vigils on more than 25 college campuses through our Student Network Across Pennsylvania (SNAP).