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Week of Action: #DiscriminationExists Jan. 27- Feb. 2

Despite recent victories in states for same-sex couples who want to marry, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families live in a state that still needs to update or clarify its laws to include protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This leaves people vulnerable to being fired from a job, turned away from a business, or evicted from a home just for being gay or transgender.

Starting on January 27th, Equality Federation, alongside 30 state-wide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups from Georgia Equality to Basic Rights Oregon and beyond, will launch #DiscriminationExists, a week-long education campaign to highlight the fact that despite recent victories for the freedom to marry many states still need to update their laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

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Equality PA has a packed itinerary of activity:

Press Launch in Philadelphia:


Tuesday, Jan. 27th at 11:30 AM

Bogle Chairman’s Room, The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Equality PA will launch the Campaign for Fairness in 2015 at press conference in the “Cradle of Liberty” at the Constitution Center with business leaders, faith leaders, and community leaders. The most recent rating from the Human Rights Campaign State Equality Index will be included in our remarks.

Small Business Press Event in Scranton:

Tues. Jan. 27 at 1:00 PM 

Scranton Hilton

Small business owners and community members will gather to rededicate their efforts to nondiscrimination this year.

Business Networking Breakfast in Harrisburg:

Wed. Jan. 28 at 8:30 AM

39 East Wing, Capitol Building, Harrisburg

This event in Harrisburg will highlight the support of businesses large and small to update our laws in PA to stay competitive with our neighboring states when it comes to retaining and attracting the best workforce for our state.

Prayer Breakfast for Nondiscrimination in Pittsburgh:

Mon., Feb. 2 from 8:00-10:00 AM

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd.

Allison Park, PA 


The focus of our breakfast will be on raising awareness that discrimination is still a legal reality in this state. We are imploring the faith community to have a voice on this issue as discrimination of any kind is very much a moral and spiritual issue.

During this week, we will also feature the Human Rights Campaign State Equality Index, where we can see how PA stacks up against neighboring states when it comes to LGBT equality, organizers will be canvassing small businesses around the state to gather support, and we will be talking about real stories of discrimination everywhere in the state.

For information about events and how to get involved contact Levana Layendecker, Communications Director, Equality PA

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