The bad news:
There is no Pennsylvania law preventing discrimination in employment, housing or accommodations because of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered, you can be fired from your job, refused service, or denied housing without any recourse under PA law.
The good news:
Pennsylvania took the first step today toward making that discrimination illegal.
HB 300, legislation prohibiting discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations passed the State Government Committee in the PA House of Representatives today. Current Pennsylvania law provides basic legal protection against discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, handicap or disability, education and the use of a guide dog. HB 300 offers the same anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that are offered to other Pennsylvanians.
The work before us:
Governor Rendell has promised to sign anti-discrimination legislation if it reaches his desk, and a majority of the Senate and House will vote to pass it. We just need to get leadership to schedule a vote.
That’s where you come in. Take a moment to sign our e-petition to House and Senate Leadership asking them to schedule votes on this vital legislation as soon as possible.
Click here to take action, then forward this action to everyone you know. http://www.keystoneprogress.org/page/s/paantidiscr1
Bigotry has no place in Pennsylvania. It’s time to end discrimination now!
Michael Morrill, Keystone Progress
Jake Kaskey, Equality Advocates Pennsylvania