LGBT Rights in Pennsylvania
PA HB 300/SB 300: “An Act amending the act of October 27, 1955 (P.L.744, No.222), known as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, further providing for the title, for findings and declaration of policy, for right to freedom from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation; defining “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression”; and further providing for unlawful discriminatory practices, for prohibition of certain real estate practices, for powers and duties of commission, for education program and for construction and exclusiveness of remedy.” HB 300/SB 300 was referred to the State Government Committee on April 28, 2011, and there it has remained since. This Bill appears to have bi-partisan support in the PA House and Senate and provides much needed civil rights protections for the LGBT community at the state level, in the employment and housing realm. All of our surrounding states provide these protections and there is no reason that Pennsylvania cannot step up to the plate. The LGBT community constitutes an important and productive part of our society and deserves the same protections afforded to Pennsylvania citizens being discriminated on the basis of race, age, sex, or disability. These amendments to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act would prevent discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” in the workplace as well as in housing. I can’t think of a single legitimate reason to oppose this Bill. Can you?