Volunteer Night- July 10!

June 29, 2007

Following up on the GREAT successs of last month’s Volunteer Night, we have scheduled our next event- Tuesday, July 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Equality Advocates office.

 Again, great food, good times, and fabulous company to be provided.  Plan to hit up the gayborhood after volunteering if you like!

 For more information or to RSVP, contact Jake at (215) 731-1447 x 14 or at jkaskey@equalitypa.org.

 Our office is located at 1211 Chestnut St, Suite 650.


SEPTA TransPass Gender Markers

June 29, 2007

SEPTA requires passengers to affix a gender marker to all monthly and weekly TransPasses, allegedly to prevent sharing of TransPasses.   As trans activists have observed for years, this policy predictably leads to harassment of transgender passengers and of other gender non-conforming passengers, in violation of Philadelphia’s Human Relations Ordinance.

Equality Advocates is representing a transgender woman who has filed a charge against SEPTA, challenging the gender marker policy.  The case is currently pending before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

In order to ensure that the complaint is not treated as an isolated incident (i.e., a problem with the driver, not the policy), we want to submit stories from other individuals who have had similar experiences.

If you have been denied the use of a TransPass (or have been harassed when using a TransPass) because of the gender marker policy, we want to hear from you! 

If you contact us, a law student advocate will take down your information and draft an affidavit based on the information.  We will then ask for you to come in to our office to sign and notarize the affidavit.  Please note that this does not create an attorney/client relationship, and will not result in a formal complaint being filed on your behalf. If you want to file a complaint of your own, please ask us about this, and we can discuss how you can do so.

Please contact me (Katie Eyer) at (215) 731-1447, Ext. 12, if you are willing to share your story!  If you receive voicemail, please list your name, telephone contact information, a good time to call, and indicate that you are calling about the SEPTA lawsuit.


Thank You Volunteers!

June 21, 2007

Thank you so much to our amazing volunteers who came by last night for our first monthly Volunteer Night at Equality Advocates!  With everyone’s help we were able to sort and district over 1,000 letters to be sent to local legislators!  Without everyone’s help, we would not be able to make such an impact on LGBT legislation in this state.  I think everyone had a great time both here at the office and hitting the gayborhood afterwards!

Stay tuned for more information for future Volunteer Nights in the coming weeks!

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Volunteer Night!

June 19, 2007

This Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30pm will be the first of our monthly VOLUNTEER NIGHTS at Equality Advocates.

 Each month we’ll be focusing on different activities in the office or around Philadelphia that serves the mission of the organization.

On Wednesday, we’ll be sending out thousands of petitions we’ve gathered around the state at Pride events to local legislators.  Please stop by, bring a friend and join our other wonderful volunteers in helping Equality Advocates.

 Volunteer Night will run from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  Please meet in our office at 1211 Chestnut St, Suite 605.  If you have any questions, just e-mail me.

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Community

June 18, 2007

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I wanted to do a post after every Pride event, but since this blog is just getting off the ground now I’ll have to speak generally about some of the amazing Pride events we’ve been to so far this summer.

 How to describe them in one word? COMMUNITY!

Each event has been unique–with incredibly different energy and feel.  But the one common thread from Erie to Philly is the overwhelming pride in our community that exists.

In Pittsburgh this past weekend they celebrated their very first-ever “Pride in the Streets.”  The event itself was masterfully produced, perfectly planned, and incredibly well-received in the community.  People of all sizes, genders, identities, and colors partied together through the night right in the streets-  a real moment for our community to feel proud.

 As I travel the Commonwealth and meet many of you, I continue to be amazed at the potential, compassion, and strength of our community.  In the end, community is what this is all about.


Hello world!

June 18, 2007

Welcome to our first-ever blog from Equality Advocates Pennsylvania! We hope to use this space as a way to more informally and frequently create dialouge with the LGBT and allied- community throughout the entire Commonwealth.

Expect a lot of updates from myself, the Education and Outreach Coordinator, about our very exciting PRIDE RIDE throughout the state and other important events happening in every corner of Pennsylvania. But also look for some postings from our entire staff of lawyers, lobbyists, and legal advocates all working on YOUR behalf. As always, feel free to e-mail me with suggestions and comments on how we can improve our home on the net.

For now, feel free to visit our website and stay tuned for more equality news!