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Equality Pennsylvania President Adrian Shanker Concludes his Service as President

October 15, 2013 – (HARRISBURG) Following the Equality Pennsylvania’s quarterly Board meeting in November, Equality Pennsylvania President Adrian Shanker will conclude his service as President and as a member of the Board of Directors.

Shanker was elected by the Board of Directors to serve as President of the now 60,000-member statewide organization in 2011. He succeeded Brian Sims, who finished his term on the Board and then ran for the 182nd State House seat representing center city Philadelphia. Sims recruited Shanker to join the Board in 2010.

“I am very proud of the work we have accomplished during my tenure. We have doubled our operating budget and staffing levels and public opinion in Pennsylvania for LGBT equality is at an all-time high. We are on the verge of equality, and I am proud to have been a part of this organization at such a crucial time in history,” said Shanker. “Equality Pennsylvania is making an important impact in Harrisburg and across the state, and I am confident that my colleagues on the Board of Directors will elect an outstanding leader to continue the march for equality into the future.”

During Shanker’s tenure as President, the organization’s operating budget and staffing levels have doubled and public opinion in Pennsylvania for LGBT equality has reached an all-time high. Shanker led the effort to pass the Bethlehem’s non-discrimination ordinance, Allentown and Easton’s ordinance providing same-sex partner benefits for city employees and was involved in Philadelphia’s passage of the Equal Benefits Bill in 2011 and the landmark LGBT Equality Bill in 2013. He was a leader in efforts to convince Senator Bob Casey Jr. and Congressman Matt Cartwright to endorse marriage equality and he served on the Transition Team for PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, where he provided policy recommendations regarding non-discrimination and supplier diversity. Shanker was an alternate delegate for Barack Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and was one of six LGBT speakers at the 50th Anniversary March on Washington: The National Action to Realize the Dream. Shanker and Executive Director, Ted Martin, were named ‘Persons of the Year’ in 2012 by the Philadelphia Gay News for their work expanding equality at the municipal level throughout Pennsylvania.

In response to Adrian’s departure from the board, Ted Martin, Executive Director of Equality Pennsylvania said, “I wish Adrian well as his term with Equality Pennsylvania concludes.  I will always remember his Board service in the coming months and years.”

The Board of Directors will hold an election at their November board meeting to elect their new President.



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

Press contact: Levana Layendecker, llayendecker at equalitypa dot org

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