"It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions."
- Harvey Milk
Being engaged and supporting gender identity and sexual orientation issues means participating in the discussion and making your voice heard.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Current issues related to equality and protection in Pennsylvania
House Bill 177 and Senate Bill 42 – Hate Crimes Bill
Introduced by Rep. Cohen
Amendment to Title 18 - The bill authorizes addition of crimes or offenses committed against a person or group of people because of actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity.
House Bill 1178 – Same-Sex Civil Unions
Introduced by Rep. Boyle and Sen. Ferlo
This bill would define a civil union as a union between two members of the same sex. It would make all state laws applicable to marriage also applicable to a civil union. The bill would also provide for reciprocity of civil unions performed legally in other states and the recognition of same sex marriage in other states as civil unions in Pennsylvania.
House Bill 300 and Senate Bill 300 – Amendment to Human Relations Act of 1955
Introduced by Rep. Frankel
Would include right to freedom from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
Current issues related to equality and protection in the US
Senate and House Bill – Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
Introduced 4/25/13 by Rep. Polis and Sen. Merkey
Would prohibit most employers from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It would finally put in place uniform and comprehensive protections for the LGBT workforce in all 50 states.
HOW TO BE AN ADVOCATE
Write your senators and representatives
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If you live in Pennsylvania, below is the contact information for your senators:
|Senator Pat Toomey (Republican)
100 W Station Square Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
|Senator Robert Casey (Democrat)|
Regional Enterprise Tower
425 Sixth Ave, Suite 2490
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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