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74% Support Updating Non-discrimination Law

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The most recent Susquehanna Research Poll found that 74% of Pennsylvanians support updating the state's non-discrimination law.

More than 400 small businesses signed on to support the campaign to end discrimination against gay and transgender people.

Currently, 89 percent of Fortune 500 companies have sexual orientation non-discrimination policies; while 66 percent have gender identity non-discrimination policies.

The bishops of three Christian denominations in Pennsylvania have released public letters asking the state to update the discrimination laws to include gender identity and expression and sexual orientation.

Letter from the Episcopal Bishops of PA

Letter from Methodist Bishops of PA

Letter from Lutheran Bishops of PA

More than 700 clergy and more than 1000 lay faith leaders are part our statewide network and more than 31 denominations have signed on to a moral statement in support of nondiscrimination. The Board of the PA Council of Churches voted in June of 2015 to send a statement to legislators asking them to protect LGBT people from discrimination in Pennsylvania.

The AFL-CIO released a public statement in support of protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination.

The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce all support updating the law to protect gay and transgender people.

Data

Although there is no comprehensive data on discrimination against LGBT people in Pennsylvania, reports have documented the extent of the discrimination experienced by LGBT Pennsylvanians and their families.

These studies show that: LGBT employees in Pennsylvania, including elementary school teachers, prison guards, and factory workers, have faced discrimination on the job.

49% of LGBT students have hid their sexual orientation or gender identity to avoid harassment while at a Pennsylvania university.

Same-sex couples in Pennsylvania earn less than heterosexual couples despite the fact that men with same-sex partners are more likely to have a college degree than men with different-sex partners, suggesting unequal treatment by employers.