Pennsylvania Equality Project

10,966 supporters

The Pennsylvania Equality Project (PEP) is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks equality for all Pennsylvanians, as its primary goal. This organization exists to end legal discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Furthermore, PEP also seeks a ban on ex-gay conversion therapy, and inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression as protected classes under the PA Ethnic Intimidation law (hate crimes).

Started 6 petitions

Petitioning Charles E. Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Mitch McConnell, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Robert Casey Jr., Pat Toomey

Confirm Dr. Levine as Asst. Secretary of Health

Following the historic nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine by the Biden Administration for Assistant Secretary of Health, hundreds of organizations across the United States, including the Pennsylvania Equality Project, have joined together to urge the U.S. Senate to swiftly confirm her to this position. More than 350 organizations from 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, led by the National LGBT Cancer Network, Fenway Health, and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, have signed a letter detailing Dr. Levine’s impeccable credentials and preparedness to serve as Assistant Secretary of Health. Additionally, Dr. Levine would make history as the first transgender person ever confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The letter touts her as “the best possible candidate.” To view the full letter, visit “Dr. Rachel Levine is completely qualified for the position. She will make a remarkable addition to the Biden team and serve our nation with integrity and dignity. The US Senate should confirm her appointment based solely on her excellent credentials,” according to David E. Moore, President of the Pennsylvania Equality Project. Dr. Levine is the current Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). She previously served as Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She has been confirmed, with overwhelming bipartisan support, three times by the Pennsylvania State Senate, and she has managed Pennsylvania’s response to the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take a moment to add your name to the list of organizations calling on the US Senate to confirm her nomination as Assistant Secretary of Health for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Pennsylvania Equality Project
183 supporters
Petitioning Pennsylvania Governor, Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate

Pass Comprehensive Sex Education in PA

From the Philadelphia Inquirer on November 6, 2019 Fifty-plus years ago, kids like me were too embarrassed to have the birds-and-bees talk with our parents. On TV, in the movies, and in magazines, we were hit with distorted images of how our bodies should look and peer pressure to have a boyfriend or girlfriend no matter what it took. Meanwhile, schools taught anatomy and left it at that. Today, it’s no better. In fact it’s arguably worse. Computer-savvy adolescents and teens glued to their smartphones have easy access to pornography. Whether curious or anxious to present themselves as cool, they receive and sometimes share sexually explicit texts and photos on social media. Kids often lack the information, self-esteem, and tools to navigate this world. The absence of comprehensive sex ed hits LGBTQ kids especially hard. It’s no coincidence that disturbingly high numbers of LGBTQ kids attempt suicide or drop out of school. Now we have a chance to do right by them. A bill in Harrisburg would require comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate sexuality education in Pennsylvania’s public schools. Introduced by Brian Sims, House Bill 1586 would be a lifeline for countless children to get informed, recognize the agency of consent, and stay safe. For elementary school students, concepts such as “good touch vs. bad touch” would be introduced. For older students, curricula would include contraception methods, and help teens identify and avoid risky behaviors and harmful relationships.

Pennsylvania Equality Project
50 supporters
Petitioning Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania Governor, Pennsylvania State Senate

Amend the PA Hate Crimes Law

In Pennsylvania, hate crimes are termed ethnic intimidation. According to Pennsylvania Criminal Code Title 18, Section 2710, "A person commits the offense of ethnic intimidation if, with malicious intention toward the race, color, religion or national origin of another individual or group of individuals, he commits an offense under any other provision of this article or under Chapter 33 (relating to arson, criminal mischief and other property destruction) exclusive of section 3307 (relating to institutional vandalism) or under section 3503 (relating to criminal trespass) with respect to such individual or his or her property or with respect to one or more members of such group or to their property." In 2002, an amendment to the code included ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Unfortunately, the law was challenged in 2007, and found that the 2002 amendment was unconstitutional on a technicality. We seek to restore the amendment. We ask the Pennsylvania House and Senate to pass a comprehensive amendment to the Pennsylvania Ethnic Intimidation law to include ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. While the current Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission does accept complaints about discrimination, they do not handle ethnic intimidation cases or hate crimes. For details, click here.

Pennsylvania Equality Project
28 supporters