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Equality Pennsylvania comments on Gov. Wolf Executive Orders

Step in the right direction, more work needed

EQPA_EO_WOLF_WEBHARRISBURG – Below is a statement from Ted Martin, Executive Director:

“Tomorrow Governor Tom Wolf will sign two executive orders providing non-discrimination protections for members of the LGBT community employed by or contracting with the Commonwealth. I and everyone at Equality Pennsylvania would like to thank Gov. Wolf for continuing to recognize the need for and advocate for nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in Pennsylvania.”

“These orders will prohibit discrimination by reason of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in state hiring practices as well as the award, selection, or performance of any contracts or grants issued by Commonwealth agencies.”

“Though these are important steps in banning some discrimination in the workplace, LGBT Pennsylvanians still face discrimination in private industry, in housing and business services. These executive orders underscore the need for comprehensive nondiscrimination legislation, and we encourage the Legislature to act on the Fairness Act and put it onto the Governor’s Desk for his signature.”

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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