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Ending Discrimination

Despite the significant progress our community has made, there is still no statewide law that prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people in Pennsylvania. This means that, according to state law, it is legal to fire someone, evict them from housing, or deny them service at a restaurant just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). While it is illegal to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations based race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, handicap or marital status, the LGBTQ community is currently left out of statewide non-discrimination protections.

Now more than ever, we know we need to pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act which would finally prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ Pennsylvanians. This bill will finally ensure that Pennsylvania is a safe place to live, work, and play for all people, including those who are LGBTQ.

Although no statewide law yet exists, Equality PA has been successfully working with our local partners all over the state to ensure LGBT people are protected from discrimination at the local level. Public opinion has been steadily moving in our direction. Polls show an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians support fully inclusive laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.

If you have been discriminated against, we need you to share your story. Please contact us at  By sharing your story, you help us make a better case for the PA Fairness Act with our elected officials.

Pennsylvania has passed more local nondiscrimination laws than any other state in the country.

The full list can be found at our Municipalities page.

These municipal victories have strengthened our work for a statewide policy. And in 2016, the Fairness Act secured incredible support:

  • More than 100 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle have signed on.
  • 74 percent of Pennsylvanians, according to recent polls, support the policy.
  • Nine Fortune 500 Companies and over 400 small businesses in PA support the bill

The bill died in committee when ultra-conservative legislators led by State Representative Daryl Metcalfe obstructed the passage of the bill.

Thousands of Pennsylvanians are engaged in grassroots organizing to continue building momentum toward passing non-discrimination policies at the state or local level. At Equality Pennsylvania, we’re committed to this work until LGBTQ people are fully protected from discrimination under the law.

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Equality Federation Human Rights Campaign Gill Foundation Gill Action Fund Freedom for All Americans
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