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Because no child should face harassment or bullying in any school or community for being who they are.

Because Pennsylvania youth are a powerful force.

This petition will be used whenever PSEC is advocating for safe schools on the local, state, and national level.

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We, the undersigned, believe all Pennsylvania youth should be able to learn in their schools and engage with their communities free of discrimination or bullying on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

We believe that Pennsylvania should have stronger laws and policies to protect and support LGBTQ youth in rural, suburban and urban communities across the Keystone state. We support enumerated anti-bullying and safe schools legislation inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

We support the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition as the first and only Pennsylvania statewide LGBTQ youth organization. We recognize the organization’s historic establishment and support authentic LGBTQ youth leadership in Pennsylvania as PSEC. We believe in the power of young Pennsylvanians to be leaders in their own right in the equality movement.

We believe in the power of love to triumph all challenges. Through our support of PSEC, we ground ourselves in recognizing the power of young people to define their own tools to work towards a Pennsylvania and nation that provide opportunities for all.


The PSEC Coordinating Committee:
Arcadia University - PRIDE | Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - GSA | Bryn Mawr College - Rainbow Alliance | Bucknell University - FLAG&BT | Dickinson College - Spectrum | Edinboro University of Pennsylvania - Identity | Gettysburg College - Allies | Haverford College - SAGA | Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Pride Alliance | Keystone College - OPEN | Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - Allies | Lebanon Valley College - Freedom Rings | Millersville University – GSA | Penn State – Erie - Trigon | Penn State – Harrisburg - Capital Alliance | Penn State – University Park - Rainbow Roundtable | Scranton Local #1 - GSA | Shippensburg University - SALE | Temple University - Queer Student Union | The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Pride Club | The University of Pennsylvania - The Lambda Alliance | Villanova University - Gay Straight Coalition | Williamsport Local #2 - GSA

Community Leaders:
Carrie Jacobs - Director, The Attic Youth Center
Robin McGeehe - Director, GetEQUAL
Shane Windmeyer - Director, Campus Pride
Robin McHaelen - Director, True Colors
Susan Smith - Chairperson, NEPA Rainbow Alliance
Joe Wilson - Director/Producer, Out in the Silence
Lynn Zeitlin - Former Executive Director, Equality Pennsylvania
Malcolm Lazin - Director, Equality Forum
Emmett Patterson - Co-Founder Trinity HS GSA / GLSEN 2011 Advocate of the Year
Corey Bernstein - LGBTQ Youth Activist
Michael Mahler - Publisher, The Erie Gay News
Thomas Waters - Member of the Board of Directors, The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh
Betty Hill - Director, The PERSAD Center
Audrey Smith - Founder, Justice League Activate! of State College, PA
Mark Segal - Publisher, The Philadelphia Gay News
Tammy Simpson - Mother of Brandon Bitner
Bill Browne - Member of the Board of Directors, NEPA Rainbow Alliance

The Attic Youth Center (Philadelphia, PA)
The Equality Partners of Western Pennsylvania
Equality Forum
The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

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