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Equality PA Applauds the Introduction of the PA Fairness Act

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New bills in House and Senate will update discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression and have bi-partisan co-prime sponsors

Harrisburg – Today the PA Fairness Act was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to update the Human Relations Act to ensure that no one can be fired from a job, turned away from a business, or evicted from a home just for being gay or transgender.

“Most people in Pennsylvania are shocked to learn that it is still legal to discriminate in Pennsylvania just because of who a person is or who a person loves. We applaud the bi-partisan co-prime sponsors of the PA Fairness Act who introduced bills today to update the discrimination laws of Pennsylvania to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression,” said Ted Martin, Executive Director of Equality PA.

The PA Fairness Act, or HB 1510 and SB 974, are companion bills that update the Human Relations Act to include gender identity and expression and sexual orientation. The Human Relations Act, originally written in 1955, currently protects people from discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability.

The PA Fairness Act was introduced today by co-prime sponsors, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-23), Rep. Tom Killion (R-168), Sen. Larry Farnese (D-01), and Sen. Pat Browne (R-16). The bills have a long list of bi-partisan co-sponsors in both the House and the Senate. The House Bill, HB 1510, has 81 co-sponsors, and the Senate Bill, SB 974, has 26 co-sponsors.

There is widespread support for updating Pennsylvania’s discrimination laws to protect gay and transgender people around the state:

With 60,000 members across the commonwealth, Equality Pennsylvania is the leading organization advancing equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pennsylvanians.

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