On Thursday, August 27, members of the HRC Philadelphia Steering Committee joined local HRC volunteers and field staff from Pennsylvania Competes for an evening of phone banking. Volunteers made calls to HRC members in several key Pennsylvania legislative districts, asking members to transfer their calls directly to their legislator’s office and share why they support the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. Over the course of the evening, 35 HRC members spoke with or left messages for their legislator about the act.
Representatives Dan Frankel (D-23) and Thomas H. Killion (R-168) and Senators Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. (D-1) and Patrick M. Browne (R-16) introduced the Pennsylvania Fairness Act on Wednesday. Pennsylvania 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. This critically important legislation would update the state's non-discrimination law to explicitly include protections for LGBT people from discrimination at work, in housing, and in public places.