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All posts for the month October, 2017

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.

TAKE ACTION: Protect CHIP from Transgender Exclusions

Harrisburg lawmakers are once again playing politics with our rights — and now they’ve targeted transgender youth. They have attached an amendment to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization bill that would deny access to trans-related services to those covered under CHIP – which covers PA’s most vulnerable youth up to age 19. Please take a moment and follow the three steps below to send a clear message to stop playing anti-trans politics with children’s health! Continue reading.

Equality PA decries Trump/Sessions attack on LGBTQ equality

Today attorney general Jeff Sessions issued sweeping guidance instructing federal agencies to provide significant leeway to staff and government contractors and grantees seeking religious exemptions from federal laws, rules and regulation. Continue reading.

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