Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs' role is to advise the Governor and state agencies regarding policies, programs, and legislation that impact LGBTQ communities and to serve as a resourceful intermediary between LGBTQ communities and government

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Governor Tom Wolf
11/20/2020

Governor Tom Wolf

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, Frances and I grieve the lives lost to hatred and bigotry.

Every Pennsylvanian deserves to live without fear of violence simply for being themselves. Today is a stark reminder to us all that we must continue to fight against LGBTQ discrimination.

Happy Ace Week from Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs!Learn more about aces here: https://a...
10/26/2020

Happy Ace Week from Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs!

Learn more about aces here: https://acesandaros.org/learn/the-asexual-umbrella

Thank you Gov. Tom Wolf for recognizing #AceWeek and showing every ace person in #Pennsylvania that they matter!

Happy National Coming Out day!
10/11/2020

Happy National Coming Out day!

All Pennsylvanians should stay home as much as possible and minimize contact with others to reduce the spread of COVID-1...
10/08/2020
Sexual Health

All Pennsylvanians should stay home as much as possible and minimize contact with others to reduce the spread of COVID-19. During this extended public health emergency consider utilizing risk reduction strategies to protect your health and the health of your sex partner(s). Sex, which may include oral, vaginal or anal sex is a normal part of life and should always be with the consent of all parties involved.
-Stay healthy PA!

All Pennsylvanians should stay home as much as possible and minimize contact with others to reduce the spread of COVID-19. During this extended public health emergency consider utilizing risk reduction strategies to protect your health and the health of your sex partner(s).  Sex, which may include ...

This LGBTQ History Month, we celebrate and honor the LGBTQ Pennsylvanians throughout history and today that make our com...
10/01/2020

This LGBTQ History Month, we celebrate and honor the LGBTQ Pennsylvanians throughout history and today that make our commonwealth to be a better place for everyone. Our legacies will not be erased.

#LGBTQ #PALGBTQ #LGBTQHistoryMonth

Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched a new app: COVID Alert PA where users can access COVID-19 information, ch...
09/25/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched a new app: COVID Alert PA where users can access COVID-19 information, check in and report any symptoms, and receive information about testing. The app also can alert you if you are entering an area with a high COVID-19 case count. By sharing the latest news about COVID-19 in the state, the app helps people stay informed!
Download the app today and let your phone join the fight against this dangerous virus!

Wishing you a sweet new year!
09/18/2020

Wishing you a sweet new year!

Queer the Census LGBTQ Virtual Town Hall Tonight at 7PM!In the 2010 U.S. Census, it is estimated that 16 million people ...
09/16/2020

Queer the Census LGBTQ Virtual Town Hall Tonight at 7PM!

In the 2010 U.S. Census, it is estimated that 16 million people weren’t counted correctly. Those under-counted people were disproportionately those who experience oppression, who lack visibility. Being counted means being heard. It means having our needs met. That’s why the LGBT community cannot stand to be an under-counted population any longer.

Actor Theo Germaine (The Politician), Pennsylvania's Second Lady Gisele Fetterman, and Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta will talk about why we need to come together to #QueerTheCensus! Register here to join us for a conversation about creating a world where we all count: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nyKjcN1XTYWTspdnjmLH5w.

The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, joined by the Commissions on African American Affairs, Latino Affairs, Asi...
09/15/2020
Pa. Commissions: Pass Bill to End LGBTQ Discrimination in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, joined by the Commissions on African American Affairs, Latino Affairs, Asian Pacific American Affairs, and Women, sent a letter to the General Assembly last week urging passage of legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, joined by the Commissions on African American Affairs, Latino Affairs, Asian Pacific American Affairs, and Women, sent a letter to the General Assembly last week urging passage of legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) to includ...

09/10/2020
www.dhs.pa.gov

In order to address the growing rates of suicide in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf announced the formation of a statewide Suicide
Prevention Task Force. Check out the report and if you're feeling unsafe please call one of the phone number below for help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
En Español 1-888-628-9454
Crisis Text Line - Text PA to 741741
🏳️‍🌈Trevor Lifeline - 1-866-488-7386
🏳️‍🌈Trans Lifeline - 1-877-565-8860
Veteran’s Crisis Line -1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Join the conversation! #queeryouth #Allies
09/08/2020

Join the conversation! #queeryouth #Allies

Exciting news!

E3 is proud to with the one and only GeeXella to provide this amazing, FREE, virtual workshop to queer youth!

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs
09/08/2020

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

Honoring and celebrating the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson on what would've been her 75th birthday. Marsha P. Johnson was ...
08/24/2020

Honoring and celebrating the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson on what would've been her 75th birthday.
Marsha P. Johnson was born on August 24th, 1945, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After graduating high school in 1963, she moved to New York City’s Greenwich Village, a burgeoning cultural hub for LGBTQ+ people. Here, she legally changed her name to Marsha P. Johnson. Her middle initial—“P.”—allegedly stood for her response to those who questioned her gender: “Pay It No Mind.”

A beloved and charismatic fixture in the LGBTQ+ community, Johnson is credited as one of the key leaders of the 1969 Stonewall uprising— widely regarded as a critical turning point for the international LGBTQ+ rights movement. The following year, she founded the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera. STAR was the first organization in the U.S. to be led by a trans woman of color and was the first to open North America’s first shelter for LGBTQ+ youth.

Another zoom Commission meeting in the books. Thanks to all who joined!
08/07/2020

Another zoom Commission meeting in the books. Thanks to all who joined!

If you're struggling to make monthly payments due to COVID-19, help is available:🏠 COVID-19 mortgage and rent relief: ph...
08/04/2020
PA CARES | federal CARES Act information for Pennsylvania

If you're struggling to make monthly payments due to COVID-19, help is available:

🏠 COVID-19 mortgage and rent relief: phfa.org/PAcares
🏢 Property tax and rent rebate: revenue.pa.gov/PTRR
📃 Report illegal eviction: on.pa.gov/AGcomplaint
💳 Additional financial resources: on.pa.gov/2Jb8UYp

PA CARES information for Pennsylvania; rental assistance, mortgage assistance.

Governor Tom Wolf
07/31/2020

Governor Tom Wolf

School governing boards and administrators will determine if school buildings reopen and if classes resume in person, remotely, or a combination of the two.

The best way to find out about these local decisions is to contact your school’s governing board or administration.

“Rep. Diamond’s press release is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on the LGBTQ community and the commonwealth’s ...
07/30/2020
Gov. Wolf Releases Statement in Response to Spread of Misinformation, Attacks on LGBTQ Community

“Rep. Diamond’s press release is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on the LGBTQ community and the commonwealth’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, and a nationally respected leader in public health, whose bravery and resolve in the face of constant attacks is laudable.”

Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement in response to the latest spread of hate and misinformation by Representative Russ Diamond.

“Hate has no place in Pennsylvania, even in the smallest transphobic joke, action or social media post. I’m calling upon...
07/22/2020
Gov. Wolf Issues Statement on Hate Targeting Transgender Pennsylvanians

“Hate has no place in Pennsylvania, even in the smallest transphobic joke, action or social media post. I’m calling upon all Pennsylvanians to speak out against hateful comments and acts, including the transphobia directed at Dr. Levine and all Transgender people in our great commonwealth.” - Tom Wolf

In response to a post made on Facebook by the Bloomsburg Fair mocking Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, Governor Tom Wolf made the following statement

The leadership of the Bloomsburg Fair knew they were catering to Transphobic sentiments when they chose to impersonate D...
07/21/2020
Bloomsburg Fair fundraiser dunk tank targeting Rachel Levine criticized as ‘transphobic’

The leadership of the Bloomsburg Fair knew they were catering to Transphobic sentiments when they chose to impersonate Dr. Levine. Marginalized communities know when we are being targeted and will not be gas-lit into thinking this was just about Dr. Levine's position as Secretary of Health. In times of crisis and pain LGBTQ individuals are united in pushing back against Transphobia of any kind. Commissioners believe that the health and safety of Pennsylvanians should not be undermined due to these toxic and personal attacks.

The fair's post included photos of someone dressed in an attempt to resemble Dr. Rachel Levine, along with the statement of "wonder why so many were trying to dunk you".

Celebrate International #NonBinary People's day and continue to challenge the social construct of gender.
07/15/2020

Celebrate International #NonBinary People's day and continue to challenge the social construct of gender.

Governor Tom Wolf
07/14/2020

Governor Tom Wolf

A little over a month ago, I met with leaders of Black communities in Philadelphia and Harrisburg to discuss ways we can improve law enforcement.

Today, I signed two bills that will take steps toward making our commonwealth safer for every Pennsylvanian.

HB 1841 and HB 1910 require law enforcement officers to have:
✅ Pre-employment background checks
🧠 Mental health evaluations

This is just a start. We must continue to implement reforms that fight systemic racism and oppression.

Gov. Wolf Announces Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through Aug. 31
07/10/2020
Gov. Wolf Announces Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through Aug. 31

Gov. Wolf Announces Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through Aug. 31

Governor Tom Wolf today signed a new executive order that protects homeowners and renters from eviction or foreclosure until Aug. 31, if they are waiting for assistance from a new program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency or are not already receiving relief through one of sever...

The Department of Aging is committed to ensuring that Pennsylvanians of all sexual orientations and gender identities ar...
06/29/2020
LGBTQ Aging in PA – A Virtual Town Hall with Secretary Robert Torres

The Department of Aging is committed to ensuring that Pennsylvanians of all sexual orientations and gender identities are able to grow older with access to resources and services that are inclusive, culturally sensitive, and LGBTQ-affirming.
Please join us and the Department of Aging for a virtual town hall on Wednesday, July 15th from 10-11:30 AM.

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs's cover photo
06/29/2020

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs's cover photo

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
06/25/2020

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

We remember Pennsylvanian Dominique Rem’mie Fells, who was murdered in Philadelphia earlier this month.

Black Trans Lives Matter. Pennsylvania was founded on the principles of tolerance and freedom, and needs to be a safe place for everyone.

We do not stand for hate.

Celebrating Transgender Pride at state capitol! The lights and Pride flag will remain until the end of Pride month if yo...
06/24/2020

Celebrating Transgender Pride at state capitol! The lights and Pride flag will remain until the end of Pride month if you would like to get your own cool photos!

Thank you Secretary Robert Torres from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for your commitment to the LGBTQ community.
06/24/2020
Aging Details

Thank you Secretary Robert Torres from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for your commitment to the LGBTQ community.

The Wolf Administration is committed to making the commonwealth a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all Pennsylvanians. The Department of Aging is dedicated to ensuring the same experience for every older adult, including people in the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups who ha...

Proudly flying over the state Capitol 🏳️‍🌈
06/22/2020

Proudly flying over the state Capitol 🏳️‍🌈

06/22/2020
06/22/2020

Join us LIVE today at 12 Noon as we raise the pride flag over the Capitol building! The flag will remain up for the rest of June to close out Pride month. The capitol will also be lit in the colors of the Transgender pride flag. Special thanks to Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman for letting us borrow his pride flag! 🏳️‍🌈

Commissioners discussing how important it is that Pennsylvania still pass legislation to protect LGBTQ people from discr...
06/17/2020
Non-discrimination Supreme Court ruling a victory, leaders say more work to be done for full LGBTQ rights and protections in PA

Commissioners discussing how important it is that Pennsylvania still pass legislation to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment. 🏳️‍🌈✊🏽✊🏿

Advocates say there's much more work to be done to fight housing, adoption, health care, public service and more protection from discrimination in the Commonwealth.

In honor of Dominique Rem'mie Fells -- a devastating loss of a Black Trans Woman in our community -- The Office of LGBT ...
06/13/2020

In honor of Dominique Rem'mie Fells -- a devastating loss of a Black Trans Woman in our community -- The Office of LGBT Affairs is holding a Community Grief Session that will be held virtually, tomorrow, Sunday, June 14th, 4-6PM. We partnered with the Philadelphia Office of Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs, DBHIDS, Therapy Center of Philadelphia, and William Way Center. There will be clinicians on site and during the breakout sessions.

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