October 2, 2008
GLBT History Month highlights and celebrates the many amazing achievements of GLBT people throughout our history, and specifically focuses on one hero special person each day. To see the daily videos on these fantastic pioneers for the GLBT community, click here.
And amazing props to Equality Forum for organizing and supporting such a special and important project!
March 19, 2008
Wilfre’ Records and Publishers is generously supporting Equality Advocates with their upcoming production of “Mom, I’m Gay!” at the Painted Bride Art Center from March 20-22, 2008.
For every $30 ticket sold, a portion of the ticket sale will be donated to Equality Advocates to support our mission and work statewide.
“Mom, I’m Gay!” is billed as a dramatic musical comedy about a mother’s pursuit to find a husband for her lesbian daughter. Showtimes are Thursday and Friday at 8:00pm, and Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00pm.
The Painted Bride Art Center is located at 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA. To purchase tickets with a credit card by telephone and for group discounts, call the Painted Bride Art Center box office at (215) 925-9914.
Come out with your friends and family for a night of exciting musical theater and help support our work as well!
March 19, 2008
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee reported Senate Bill 1250, the Marriage Protection Amendment, out of committee by a 10-4 vote. The Marriage Protection Amendment would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman, and prohibit civil unions.
Voting in favor of this legislation was: Sen. Greenleaf, Sen. Scarnati, Sen. Gordner, Sen. Orie, Sen. Piccola, Sen. Rafferty, Sen. Boscola, Sen. Stack, Sen. Stout, and Sen. White. If one of your Senators voted to move this bill out of committee, please take a moment to call them and express your disappointment with their vote.
Voting against this legislation was: Sen. Browne, Sen. Costa, Sen. Earll, and Sen. Fontana. If one of your Senators voted against moving this bill out of committee, please call to thank them for their vote.
The bill now moves to the Appropriations Committee before it moves to the floor for a vote by the entire Senate.
We need you now more than ever to call your Senators and ask them to OPPOSE SENATE BILL 1250! They need to hear from fair-minded people in their districts. To find your Senator’s contact information, please click here.
March 17, 2008
I really enjoy the spring and summer months in this job. People are out, things are happening, there’s a buzz in the air– AND I get to criss-cross the state meeting thousands of fabulous LGBT and allied people at pride events and parties!
These months are also a very busy time of year for everyone, and before your social calendars become completely full, I wanted to draw your attention to just a few upcoming events in Philly over the next two months.
12th Anniversary Event and Fundraiser! Each year we celebrate our successes and raise money to continue the work we’re doing statewide, and this year our anniversary event will be held on Thursday, May 8. Our new and absolutely fantastic Development Coordinator Michael is working hard to make this year’s event the best it’s ever been, so this is one fundraiser you won’t want to miss. We’ll post more details and information on how to RSVP in the coming weeks.
Equality Forum! Every year, thousands of LGBT people from across the country, and the world, descend upon Philadelphia for a week of workshops, forums, parties and events at the annual Equality Forum. This year Equality Advocates is working closely with the great folks at Equality Forum on several events that you don’t want to miss. Katie Stewart, our Youth Law Project Attorney and resident cool-kid will be co-presenting an entire day of Youth Programming on Saturday, May 3. That same day I’ll be presenting a workshop on how to effectively advocate for LGBT issues in your community.
That night, we are co-sponsoring a statewide reception with Liberty PA at Pure Nightclub with special guests U.S. Representatives Murphy and Sestak. This will be a fabulous event and amazing chance to network with engaged activists from across the region and state.
Additionally, we will have a table at the street-fest on Sunday, May 4 and need volunteers to help us man the table.
These are just a few of the very exciting events coming down the line in the coming months, so keep checking back for more information!
March 5, 2008
NOTE FROM JAKE: This is a guest post from Cody Barnett, one of our most-fabulous activists at York College of Pennsylvania. He and several other students have worked on-campus over the past several weeks, raising awareness about statewide LGBT issues, and recently met with their own State Representative.
I and four other York College students had the pleasure of sitting down with State Representative Eugene De Pasquale (D) Tuesday March 4, to discuss his involvement with HB 1400 and SB 1250, and to present to him over 200 signed form letters that we collected during a three day tabling event held at York College of Pennsylvania. Between the five of us, we represented two distinct groups on campus, YCP Lambda (the Gay Straight Alliance) and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. This is the second time we have collaborated on a project to foster interaction between our two groups, and our relationship is one of the strongest on campus. De Pasquale was genuinely interested and spoke to us with respect and interest, as we conveyed to him our biggest concerns coming into the 2008 Presidential Election, and our growing concern for laws originating in the Pennsylvania Legislature aimed at reducing the legal rights for the LGBT community.
The best part about meeting with Representative De Pasquale was the feeling of genuine conviction for what he was doing that gushed from him as he shared personal stories about how his life has been positively impacted by LGBT people. De Pasquale also confided with us his belief that LGBT rights are a generational issue, one that in time within our lives will fade from the hot button issue it is today, to a completely accepted facet of life. I can honestly say that I’m proud to be served by a man of such high convictions and beliefs in Harrisburg as Representative Eugene De Pasquale
January 10, 2008
We’ve started the year off right! This week we held our first Volunteer Night of 2008 and six amazing women hit the phones to drum up support for passing a state non-discrimination bill. We made calls to supporters across the state asking them to contact their State Representatives in support of House Bill 1400.
Thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered, and don’t forget our next Volunteer Night will be held in Philly on Tuesday, Februay 12!
December 14, 2007
Throughout the summer and fall as I criss-crossed Pennsylvania getting folks to sign letters to their legislators in support of the non-discrimination bill, I’d often get a sad response: “Sure, I’ll sign this, but it won’t do a bit of difference.”
I want to share a recent example of how these efforts REALLY are paying off. Two weeks ago we sent over 6,000 letters to almost every state representative from constituents asking them to co-sponsor non-discrimination legislation. People in almost EVERY SINGLE DISTRICT showed their support for equality, and asked their elected officials to stand with them on this important bill.
Several letters were sent to freshman Republican Representative Susan Helm, who represents a district in the Harrisburg area. After receiving these letters, and speaking with people in the community, she’s signed on-board as a co-sponsor.
Our efforts are making an impact. If you live in Rep. Helm’s district, please take a moment to call and thank her for co-sponsoring House Bill 1400! Her district office number is 717-651-0100.
As we gear up for our Statewide Week of Action in January, I hope this one example helps inspire you all to take that next step and speak to your own legislator. As you can see, it truly makes a difference!