- September 16, 2015
On Thursday, September 10, HRC volunteers hosted an evening of action with Pennsylvania Competes in support of an update to the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. The legislation would update the state's non-discrimination law to protect LGBT people from discrimination at work, in housing and in public places.
For the last two months, HRC volunteers in the Philadelphia metropolitan area have worked hard to build grassroots support for this critical piece of legislation. HRC volunteers Patty Ellis and Rebecca Tillet hosted Thursday's evening of action, which Pennsylvania Competes Deputy Field Director Allison VanKuiken also attended.
“The evening was a smashing success,” VanKuiken said. “We made about 1,000 calls into one of our more critical legislative districts, identified scores of supporters, and connected dozens of supportive constituents with their lawmaker. “When we talk to folks, most are surprised to learn that it is still legal to discriminate against people at work, in housing, or in business services just for being gay or transgender. It is why our work is so important, once folks become aware, they are more than willing to speak up on the issue.”
Pennsylvania, America’s sixth-largest state, is among the majority of U.S. states that do not have clear laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing and business services. With nearly 80 percent of Pennsylvanians and hundreds of businesses in support of updating the state’s laws, the work continues.