Other Members on the PEP Board of Directors
Mechelle Marafon - Board Member
Marie Loose - Board Member
Paula Johnston - Board Member
Richard Guy - Board Member
Position Vacant - Director Military & Veterans Affairs
Heidi Piotrowski - Board Member & Financial Consultant
Joshua Kratz - Honorary Member of the Board, Consultant
Joshua Szczesny - Board Member, Resources Consultant
PEP Equality Award Winners & Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2017
Jason Landau Goodman
Jason is the founding Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress. He has been a leader in LGBTQ youth advocacy for over seven years as the first person to work directly and specifically with LGBTQ youth on the statewide level in Pennsylvania.
Caitlyn is the President of Transfamily of NWPA, and serves as a facilitator for support groups through Transfamily. She is a recent graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in Social Work.
David is the President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Equality Project. He founded the organization as Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania in 2011, and has fought to win marriage equality, ban conversion therapy, add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes against hate crimes, and has marched on Erie, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg to do so.
Janice Rael is the Founder and President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, DVAU. Janice, who has lived in South Jersey for most of her life, is a grassroots activist who has focused on various church-state separation issues throughout the years, including religious freedom, women’s rights, and LGBT equality.
PEP & ME4PA Equality Award Winners: 2013 - 2016
Upper left: Representative Brian Sims On September 28, 2013, while in Philadelphia for an equal rights rally, PA State Representative Brian Sims received his award. As the first openly gay man at the time of his election to the PA General Assembly, Brian Sims has been a stalwart leader in the fight for marriage equality.
Upper Center: Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, PA, began marrying same-sex couples who presented their marriage licenses from D. Bruce Hanes. Mayor Fetterman married couples even though Judge John Jones had not yet issued his ruling. (That would not come until May, 2014.)
Upper Right: D. Bruce Hanes As register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court of Montgomery County, D. Bruce Hanes began issuing marriage licenses and certificates to all people who came to his office seeking to legally wed in Pennsylvania. As a result of the US Supreme Court decisions in DOMA, Hanes firmly believed it was his duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and that failing to do so would be a violation of his oath of office.
Center Left: PA State Senator Daylin Leach has been fighting for marriage equality rights, and for stronger laws against bullying in PA schools, and to end "ex-gay reparative therapy in Pennsylvania."
Lower Center: Rusty Doll, who works at a mental-health facility in New Jersey, purchased a North Philly rowhouse hoping to rehabilitate it and make some rent off it. Then he met a young, gay man in Philadelphia named Charles, whose plans to attend fashion school in Philadelphia had fallen apart. Charles shared a secret with Doll that stuck with him as he slowly worked on his rental home.
"I asked him where he lived, and he said he lived in a shelter," Doll said. "Charles is why I changed my mind." Doll then opened a shelter that serves as a safe space for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia.