First Equality PA town hall meeting draws nearly 100 people in Pittston Township!
Last night Equality Pennsylvania held the first in a series of town hall meetings around the state to talk about issues facing the LGBTQ community in 2017. The first town hall meeting was a huge success with nearly 100 attendees in Pittston Township.
The Equality Pennsylvania town hall in Pittston Township was co-hosted by OutREACH-UFCW and the Diversity Partnership Fund of The Luzerne Foundation. There were many other partner groups in attendance including, but not limited to: Family Service Association of NEPA, and HelpLine/211. Thank you to all of our partners for making this event such a huge success!
Check out our slideshow from the meeting:
Some highlights from the Pittston Township Meeting:
- The meeting was accompanied by a luncheon of 24 local service agencies that serve the LGBTQ community giving them an opportunity to connect, educate, and strategize on the best way to keep serving the community in 2017!
- Did we mention that we had so many people show up at the town hall meeting that we had to bring out 2x more chairs!
- The breakout groups were very successful. The attendees stayed until 9:30! There were many people eager to figure out how to get engaged locally.
- About 5 or 6 LGBTQ youth attended, which was a brave action on their part, since a lot of them said that they were not getting the support they needed from their parents or schools.
In the new political climate, there has been a rise in hate related violence and there will likely be changes in policies that have protected LGBTQ from discrimination in different realms of life. For example, it remains to be seen if the new administration will retain the Presidential Executive Order to ensure that all companies contracting with the Federal Government must have LGBTQ inclusive nondiscrimination employee policies.
To help educate the community about these policies and how they may be affected, Equality Pennsylvania is traveling around the state to hold community town halls to field questions and to encourage community engagement.