Although protections exist in Pittsburgh and in Allegheny County, there is currently no comprehensive protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression throughout Pennsylvania. Democratic State Representative Dan Frankel aims to provide that protection to LGBT individuals at the state level. Frankel has authored a bipartisan bill with a record number of cosponsors to amend Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Act.
According to Frankel, there needs to be a uniform statute to provide protections across the commonwealth.
“It’s the last vestige of legalized discrimination that Pennsylvania still embraces,” says Frankel.