Gov. Wolf Praises New LGBTQ Anti-Discriminatory Regulations

Commonwealth and LGBTQ FlagCredit: Commonwealth Media Services

PENNSYLVANIA — Governor Tom Wolf praised a recent regulatory change formalizing nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people by the state’s regulatory board.

“I have been clear – hate has no place in Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “This includes protecting the rights of individuals facing discrimination by a school, landlord, or employer based on who they love or their gender identity. {Thursday’s] approval by the commonwealth’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission is another important step to ensure all Pennsylvanians can live with dignity and freedom.”

The governor has long called for LGBTQ protections and has taken steps as governor to ensure protections; specifically, he signed an executive order last year that adds sexual orientation and gender identity or expression as protected classes under the commonwealth’s sexual harassment policies.

The latest final form regulation approved today provides individuals with protections from discrimination under the PA Human Relations Act and the PA Fair Education Opportunities Act. Following today’s approval, the new regulatory change is effective immediately.

Currently, Pennsylvania is one of 21 states without a law banning this discrimination. The governor supported House Bill 300, the Fairness Act, which would have protected Pennsylvanians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and House Bill 1066, the CROWN Act, prohibiting discrimination based on a person’s hair texture or hairstyle. Republican-led efforts diminished the two proposed bills, leaving action through regulation a way for the Wolf Administration to protect Pennsylvanians.

To learn more about the PA Human Relations Commission or if you believe you have been unjustly discriminated against, visit https://www.phrc.pa.gov.

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