The Pennsylvania Equality Project

None are Equal until All are Equal

Equality Issues

To keep our members informed about the changing political landscape in the fight for equality in Pennsylvania, we have links to various  petitions that ME4PA supports. We have one petition to end conversion therapy, one petition to end legal discrimination in Pennsylvania, and a petition in support of HB 99 and 101 which will give school leaders additional tools to fight bullying. Most recently, we added a petition aimed at winning passage of hate crime legislation to protect the LGBT community.
     We will also express some of the concerns from our fans and friends who seek equal protection under the law in Pennsylvania. You need look no further than here for information related to our fight. These are among the critical issues impacting the LGBT community in Pennsylvania. In time, we will also bring stories related to income inequality, immigration, bullying, and a host of other issues that affect our community and our rights. Thank you for being with us here at the Pennsylvania Equality Project. -- David

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Thank you, Tim Cook

In 2013, OUT Magazine identified Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Corp. as the most powerful LGBT corporate executive on the planet. At the time he was not out to the public. He had not made his sexual identity a matter for public consumption. That is, he kept that information to himself until today. Earlier this week, Mr. Cook spoke out in Alabama and implored his home state to be more accepting of LGBT people. He asked them to reconsider issues that are of great importance to the LGBT community. By accepting everyone as equal, through public accommodations protection, marriage equality, and other means, Alabama can do so much more to attract people who can re-invigorate the state.

     Thank you, Mr. Cook. The nation needs more business leaders who will come out and speak out. By admitting that you are gay, you are proving to the youth of the US that no matter whether you are gay or straight, you can rise to leadership positions within the Fortune 500 world.

In his own words...

"The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant. Still, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation.

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too."
From: Bloomsburg News, October 30, 2014

Sign our Petitions

We stand with you in support of Pennsylvania House Bill 300 and Senate Bill 300. The people of Pennsylvania demand to be treated equally in terms of employment, education, and housing regardless of sexual or gender identity. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community should not be relegated to second class citizenry solely because of who we love or how we portray ourselves.

If passed into law, this bill would provide law enforcement, teachers, and school administrators more tools to deal with bullying. We believe that all children deserve to attend school and to live in a safe and protective environment. Thus, bullying is defined in this law as the commission of a crime in which the bully does "harass, annoy, alarm or intimidate another individual or group of individuals; or (2) place another individual or group of individuals in fear of personal injury or property damage."
Conversion therapy has been debunked as junk science by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association. There's no scientific evidence that it works. But, more important, there's a host of evidence that it hurts those who suffer through it, leading to depression and even suicide in some cases.
Current Pennsylvania hate crime laws exist for a victim’s real or perceived race, color, religion and national origin. There is no legitimate reason to exclude the LGBT community from this list. Support Pennsylvania Senate Bill 42 and Pennsylvania House Bill 177, which would expand protection based on ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity.