Here in the commonwealth, LGBT people can be fired, denied a mortgage, or refused service at a hotel, library, or hospital just because of who they are or who they love.
For years, Equality Pennsylvania has been working to change that – advocating for a statewide law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in matters of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
Twenty-two states and Washington, DC – including every state in the Northeast – have enacted policies to end discrimination against LGBT people. But Pennsylvania is trailing our neighbors with no statewide law.
Still, we’ve made incredible progress in advancing local ordinances protecting LGBT citizens. Currently, 40 municipalities have implemented policies to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and every day, we’re working with local advocates on the ground in communities across the commonwealth to grow that number.
These municipal victories have strengthened our work for a statewide policy. And in 206, the PA Fairness Act (HB1510 / SB974) 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
While the bill did not pass in 2016, we look forward to working on it in 2017.
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 LGBT people are fully protected from discrimination under the law.