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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.

>> Download a PDF copy of this free resource here: http://eqpa.org/familylaw.

“Legal protections for LGBTQ families vary dramatically from state to state, and Pennsylvania has very few laws in place to protect LGBTQ families from discrimination in education, employment, housing, healthcare, and public accommodations,” says Denise Brogan-Kator, Chief Policy Officer for Family Equality Council. “This new resource will help families in Pennsylvania understand the steps they can take to protect their families.”

The result of a partnership between the New York City-based Family Equality Council and Equality Pennsylvania, the family law guide reflects both organizations’ commitment to defending LGBTQ families from discriminatory legislation, and advancing legal and lived equality for LGBTQ individuals and their families in Pennsylvania.

“Equality Pennsylvania continues to advocate on behalf of LGBTQ families’ rights in both legislative advocacy and administrative policy,” according to John Dawe, Interim Executive Director for Equality Pennsylvania. “We are grateful to our community partners, especially the Family Equality Council, our regional community centers, and legal services providers.”

Family Equality Council and Equality Pennsylvania will continue to work tirelessly to support LGBTQ families and to educate elected officials.

The editors wish to thank Philadelphia-based family law attorney Tiffany Palmer, Esq. of Jerner & Palmer, PC in Philadelphia for her assistance with the guide.

>> Download a PDF copy of this free resource here: http://eqpa.org/familylaw.

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