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Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, takes part in a state Senate committee hearing at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)
Extremist Doug Mastriano Wants to Limit Where Drag Shows Can Be Performed in Pennsylvania

In Doug Mastriano’s latest anti-LGBTQ+ crusade, he wants to restrict drag shows from being performed anywhere minors could be in attendance.

Aparna Shrivastava, right, takes a photo with her partner Shelby Teeter after President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Biden Signs Respect for Marriage Act, Providing Federal Protections for Same-Sex and Interracial Marriages

The bill’s signing comes as Democrats and LGBTQ advocates have expressed growing fear over the possibility that the landmark 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges—which legalized gay marriage nationwide—could be overturned following the Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade earlier this year.

Rainbow-colored lights shine on the White House to celebrate the US Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Senate Passes Bill to Protect Same-Sex and Interracial Marriage

The Respect for Marriage Act does not require states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but it does require states that ban same-sex marriages to recognize these marriages as long as the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed.

TOPSHOT - A commuity members silhouette is seen through a Pride flag while paying their respects to the victims of the mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 20, 2022. - At least five people were killed and 18 wounded in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in the US city of Colorado Springs, police said on November 20, 2022. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)
Mass Shooting at Gay Nightclub in Colorado Follows Surge of Right-Wing Rhetoric and Threats Targeting LGBTQ Community

As Republican lawmakers and right-wing media figures have singled out the LGBTQ community with hateful rhetoric, children’s hospitals have faced bomb threats, armed extremist groups have targeted drag-related events, and LGBTQ individuals have been assaulted and now murdered in a mass shooting that left five dead.

Republican State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz during a press conference at the State Capitol in Harisburg announcing her Parental Rights in Education bill, Sept. 20, 2022. (Screengrab: Pennsylvania State Legislature)
Central Pennsylvania Republican Proposes Bill Targeting LGBTQ Youth

Republican State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz says her bill is intended to “protect” children from gender ideology and sexual orientation and is “more expansive” than Florida’s similar “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, attends a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee in Gettysburg, Pa.  Mastriano, who has talked of possibly running for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, said Wednesday, May 19, 2021, that former President Donald Trump asked him to run and promised to campaign for him. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Doug Mastriano Thinks Discouraging Conversion Therapy is “Disgusting”

In a recent radio interview, Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano said discouraging conversion therapy is “disgusting” and LGBTQ children are simply “confused.”

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Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order Protecting Pennsylvania’s LGBTQIA+ Youth From Conversion Therapy

Wolf called on state legislators to follow the lead of cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Allentown and enact a full statewide ban on the practice.