Last night, the Pittston City Council unanimously passed an ordinance protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination, making it the 31st municipality in the state of Pennsylvania to do so. Located in the northeastern part of the state, the City Council’s action adds nearly 10,000 people to number of people covered in the Keystone State. Unfortunately right now local laws are the only way to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Pennsylvania is one of 29 states with no statewide law.
Recently, HB300/SB300 were jointly introduced in the Pennsylvania state legislature. This legislation, once passed, will add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state nondiscrimination law. Already, the bills have jointly secured 105 sponsors, the most ever, and with a record number of Republicans signed on. Recently released polling shows support for the legislation by over 70% of Pennsylvanians and under the leadership of Equality Pennsylvania, we expect to see the bill passed in the near future.