Stories tagged: "LGBTQ rights"


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.

Marriage equality
Only 3 Pennsylvania Republicans Voted to Protect Same-Sex Marriage Under Federal Law

The Respect for Marriage Act passed the US House despite six of Pennsylvania’s GOP representatives voting against it. The bill would protect marriage equality through federal law.

Protesters gather in Harrisburg in May 2020. (Shutterstock Photo/Jelani Photography)
Bill Removing ‘Homosexuality’ From PA Criminal Laws Finally Headed to Governor’s Desk

After a years-long battle to get the term ‘homosexuality’ removed from the state’s criminal code, a bill doing just that is awaiting the governor’s signature.

Desks are arranged in a classroom at Panther Valley Elementary School, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Nesquehoning, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
As Pride Month Closes, PA’s GOP-Controlled Senate Passes Anti-LGBTQ Student Laws

Two bills limiting classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, and a bill banning trans athletes from sports have passed the state Senate along party lines.

Scott Martin addresses the crowd before Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, spoke at the Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa., August 9, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
‘Don’t Say Gay’ Comes to Pennsylvania: Republicans Advance Bills That Could Force Schools to Out Students

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress pointed out that one of the bills could force schools to out students to their parents, even if they’re not supportive, and accused Republicans of fear-mongering about children being shown “pornography.”