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Our Mission, Vision, Values

Mission Statement

Equality PA is the commonwealth’s leading organization advancing fairness, equality, equity, and fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families.

Our Core Values 

Fairness, Equality, Equity and Justice – We are committed to the core principles of fairness, equality, equity, and justice for all Pennsylvanians—from our work to end discrimination and injustice for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, to our volunteer recruitment, hiring practices, and strategic decision making. We believe all people must have the opportunities to prosper across their lifetimes. we draw on all of our learned experience, knowledge and skills to address relevant and timely social justice issues.

Flexibility – We understand that the movement for LGBTQ equality is evolving. We must be open minded and forward thinking, always learning from other movements and leaders. To achieve our goals, we must actively seek collaborations, partnerships, and opportunities to lead and follow.

Inclusivity and Intersectionality – We understand that our constituents have complex identities and that we have an obligation to intentionally recognize and value diversity of experiences and backgrounds in our strategic decision making and in implementing all our work.

Sustainability – We believe that in order to make long-lasting change and impact, we must also engage in activities that foster sustainability and stability for the organization as well as sustainability in our partnerships with communities and other organizations.

Integrity and Transparency  – We value integrity and transparency.  By being open about how we raise funds, spend the valuable dollars donated to our organization, and about our strategic priorities, we ensure our supporters’ confidence and trust in our organization.

More about us

We are three organizations (due to federal regulation of what different organization types can do) – united with a common vision but serving unique functions in our work to achieve equality.

Equality Pennsylvania is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy organization. Through it, we lobby our lawmakers at the federal, state, and municipal levels.

Equality Pennsylvania Educational Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Through it, we provide educational programming on LGBT issues, conduct research to understand public opinions, and develop campaigns to build awareness of LGBT people and support for fairness and equality.

Equality Pennsylvania PAC is our statewide political action committee dedicated to supporting fair-minded candidates and issues.

Equality Pennsylvania is part of the the Equality Federation, a strategic partner to a robust network of state-based organizations that are advancing equality around the country. For more about the Equality Federation click here:

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Each organization plays a critical role in our mission to secure and protect equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pennsylvanians — while sharing the same mission:

Equality Pennsylvania is the statewide voice for LGBT equality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and works collaboratively to establish a comprehensive network of individuals and organizations united in securing equal rights for the LGBT community.

We didn’t always have the organizational structure and foundation that we employ today. We have evolved and grown since our founding nearly 2 decades ago – and our history showcases how far we’ve come.

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Thank you to our 2017-18 Strategic Partners

Equality Federation Human Rights Campaign Gill Foundation Gill Action Fund Freedom for All Americans
American Unity Fund ACLU PA Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Johnson Family Foundation Schlegel-Deibler Charitable Foundation

To become a strategic partner with a contribution, sponsorship, or service of $2,500 or more,
contact Elle Hammond at

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