For the first time, crimes directed against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation are the second most frequent hate crime committed after crimes based on race, according to the 2011 Hate Crimes statistics released last month by the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Surpassing crimes committed on the basis on religion, the number of reported hate crimes committed against gay men and lesbians increased from 1,277 in 2010 to 1,293 in 2011.
On December 1, Pennsylvania Representative Mike Fleck (R-81st District) faced the world as an openly gay man. He took the first step in the journey of living an authentic life. As Pennsylvania’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political advocacy organization, Equality Pennsylvania salutes his honesty and integrity in making this important move. We know this to be a deeply personal moment for any gay person, and we first off want to recognize his absolute need to work through this transition with his family, close associates and friends.
Harrisburg - Equality Pennsylvania is proud to announce its support of the Boycott Amway campaign, coordinated by Rights Equal Rights. On August 3, 2012 Rights Equal Rights launched a global boycott of Amway/Alticor and all its divisions and family owned businesses because of its President and company owner Doug DeVos’ $500,000 contribution to the National Organization (NOM) for Marriage. This contribution recently came to light from the federal IRS 990 tax filing of the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation.
Just got off the phone with a woman we’ll call Dina. She told me she and her partner of 30 years are looking at the real possibility of being homeless. Both she and her partner have worked all these years but never made enough to save for retirement. Both worked caring for those in shelters and hospices but, now that they are in need of the very care they provided, where do they turn? Has society left them behind? And, as a lesbian couple, who would accept them?
As printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer
In 1977, having successfully headed federal grand jury investigations into public corruption, I ran as a Republican for Philadelphia district attorney. Arlen Specter, who had lost his bid for reelection as district attorney four years earlier despite having distinguished himself as a prosecutor, served as honorary chairman of my campaign, and we met once a week. While I ended up losing to a then-unknown Democrat named Edward Rendell, I won in that I learned from Specter and became his friend.
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