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Our Accomplishments

Founded in 1996 as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, later growing into Equality Advocates PA, and finally becoming Equality Pennsylvania in 2010 – we’re the only organization in the Commonwealth advocating exclusively for equality for LGBT Pennsylvanians.

Working in Harrisburg and across the state, we’ve achieved a number of critical goals over the past several years, including:

In 2016, Equality Pennsylvania:

  • Grew our faith and spirituality network to more than 900 Clergy who support comprehensive nondiscrimination.
  • Signed up more than 1,000 small business owners who support comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for all Pennsylvanians.
  • Spoke with more than 30,000 voters at their doors prior to the general election.
  • Increased the number of municipalities with nondiscrimination ordinances to 37.

In 2015, Equality Pennsylvania:

  • Collected more than 125 stories from supporters of nondiscrimination.
  • Signed on more than 1,000 small businesses who support equality.
  • Signed on more than 900 clergy and faith leaders who support equality.
  • Held the first annual statewide transgender rights working group in Pennsylvania.
  • All of this work helped to secure a majority of floor votes for nondiscrimination legislation in both houses of the legislature.

In 2014, Equality Pennsylvania:

  • Helped to make marriage equality a reality in Pennsylvania through education and advocacy!
  • Secured a Department of Transportation policy that allows transgender people to update licenses to match their authentic gender.
  • Ensured that LGBT students have unrestricted access to Gay-Straight Alliances.
  • And grew the LGBT Equality Caucus in the General Assembly with 60 members.

In 2013, Equality Pennsylvania:

  • Launched a campaign to win statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, securing 96 sponsors on the Senate and House versions of a bill (HB 300).
  • Grew the LGBT Equality Caucus to 58 members.
  • Organized LGBT Pennsylvanians and generated thousands of constituent contacts to win support for marriage equality from U.S. Senator Bob Casey.
  • Won policy changes in Forbes Road School District to allow students to bring guests of the same-sex to school functions and in Chambersburg Area School District to allow the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance.
  • Increased the number of municipalities with non-discrimination protections to 34.

In 2012, Equality Pennsylvania:

  • Won support of marriage equality from 7 Pennsylvania mayors.
  • Endorsed statewide, legislative, and municipal candidates in races statewide.
  • Defeated in committee a constitutional amendment to ban marriage for gay couples.
  • Increased the number of municipalities with non-discrimination protections to 28.
  • Strengthened and advanced our strategic partnerships with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Planned Parenthood, and other progress partners.

In 2011, Equality Pennsylvania:

  • Passed 8 local non-discrimination ordinances throughout Pennsylvania.
  • Worked with the Corbett Administration to ensure that newly issued executive orders on hiring within the state workforce maintained protections for LGBT people.
  • Launched the first ever LGBT Equality Caucus in the General Assembly.
  • Won recognition of student-run Gay Straight Alliances in Easton, Bangor, and East Pennsboro.
  • Traveled nearly 2,200 miles in planes, trains, buses, and cars crisscrossing an exceptionally large state.

In 2010, Equality Pennsylvania:

  • Provided a strong LGBT presence and voice to the statewide progressive movement.
  • Worked with the Department of Transportation to allow transgender citizens to change the gender marker on their driver’s licenses to match their authentic gender.
  • Logged 800 miles on the road, traveling throughout the state to organize and mobilize LGBT Pennsylvanians.
  • Passed 2 local non-discrimination ordinances.
  • Organized trainings, rallies, and vigils on more than 25 college campuses through our Student Network Across Pennsylvania (SNAP).

 

Pre-2010 Timeline

  • 1996: Founded as Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights and staffed with one attorney working out of his home
  • 1997: Started offering direct legal services and launched the Family Rights Project
  • 2000: Established the Legal Clinic to provide services across the state
  • 2002: Helped secure same-sex second parent adoption rights across Pennsylvania, a critical expansion of LGBT family rights in the state
  • 2005: Launched Employment Rights Project that focused solely on providing legal services to LGBT employees who have been victims of discrimination
  • 2006: Defeated constitutional amendment banning marriage for gay couples
  • 2007: Introduced state non-discrimination legislation that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations
  • 2008: Launched the Student Network Across Pennsylvania (SNAP), a coalition that facilitates greater communication and collaboration among Pennsylvania’s LGBT students and collegiate organizations
  • 2009: Reorganized with new board and mission; formed Equality Pennsylvania to specifically advance LGBT equality through policy initiatives
  • In 2010:  Worked with the Department of Transportation to allow transgender citizens to change the gender marker on their driver’s licenses to match their authentic gender.
    • Logged 800 miles on the road, traveling throughout the state to organize and mobilize LGBT Pennsylvanians.
    • Passed 2 local non-discrimination ordinances.
    • Organized trainings, rallies, and vigils on more than 25 college campuses through our Student Network Across Pennsylvania (SNAP).

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