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PA Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

Busy, productive first meeting


A wide array of reports were voiced and plans for the upcoming year were announced at the inaugural meeting of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. The meeting was held on Nov. 2 at Harrisburg University.

Attendance featured about 40 commissioners from across the Commonwealth representing a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Executive Director Todd Snovel reported on the following:

- plans will begin to set up listening tour of the Commonwealth.

- his participation last month on a panel at the LGBTQ Aging Summit that was attended by about 300 people. The summit included several discussions about a bill of rights for elder long-term care.

- Continuation of work with state departments and agencies on both inward- and outward-facing engagement and policy work.

Vice Chair Shaashawn Dial-Snowden presented a discussion on considering our language. Commissioner Adrian Shanker shared the results of the PA 2018 LGBTQ+ Health Needs Assessment released this past spring.

Future plans include:

- forming task based work groups.

- working with individual community and local ordinances.

- sposnoring a series of town hall meetings.

The commission will meet quarterly with locations rotating throughout the Commonwealth. February’s meeting will be held in Washington, May’s in Philadelphia, and August’s in Erie.

The commission will also be launching several social media platforms.