Get ready for Game Face

DO YOU PLAY A SPORT?

ARE YOU READY TO COME OUT OR HAVE YOU RECENTLY COME OUT?

In this progressive and ultimately uplifting docu-series, we’re bringing viewers into the provocative, fraught, and courageous world of high school and college athletes as they make the huge life decision to come out. Please send to  GAMEFACECASTING@GMAIL.COM (link sends to email):

A quick, 1-2 minute video with your name, what sport you play & why you want to come out/why you have recently come out

Medical Cannabis by the Numbers

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Medical marijuana sales are robust in Pennsylvania, totaling $3.4 billion since sales began in February 2018.

Pennsylvania legalized marijuana for the treatment of serious medical ailments in 2016. In that time, 633,557 patients and caregivers have registered, as a doctor’s prescription is required for purchase. Signs point to Pennsylvania legalizing marijuana for recreational use in the not too distant future, despite some opposition within the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.

With Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman both in support of the legalization of recreational marijuana, investors are spending millions for cultivation facilities and retail licenses in the state. Marijuana Business Daily, a leading news source for the cannabis industry, reports that $691 million has been spent on Pennsylvania cultivation and retail operations in 2021.

— Patrick Berkery (The Keystone)

How can I help? – What do we provide?

Regional or Local Leader

We are looking for leaders across PA to join our team. Together we can bring about change locally all across PA. We will provide training for those interested in running local or regional events. Click here to become a local or regional leader, or simply to volunteer your time and effort.

Virtual Gatherings

Use Skype, Zoom, or other online communications tools to discuss ways you can improve life for the LGBTQ+ community in your area. PA Equality Project follows COVID-19 guidance from the state and local health departments and from the CDC.

Sign Petitions

When you sign and share our petitions, you are sending a message to legislators in Harrisburg that the LGBTQ+ community deserves fairness and equity under the law. We currently have petitions seeking passage of the PA Fairness Act, a ban on conversion therapy, comprehensive hate crimes legislation, or other matters of legal consequence to the LGBTQ+ community.

Write, Call, Email or Visit Elected Officials

Whether you are interested in passing the Fairness Act or banning conversion therapy in your community or across PA, contact your municipal, county, and state officials. We encourage you to call, write, email, or even visit them in person to make your points clear. The LGBTQ+ community will not shy away from fairness and equity.

Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying

Standard bullying has now gone online, and it is easier for bullies to carry out their operations. What is especially worrying is that the child will often have no refuge at home or anywhere else. If he or she is carrying a device, there may be no escape. What was once a playground phenomenon can now take place anywhere, anytime, thanks to technology.

Surveys

The Pennsylvania Equality Project conducts surveys that run for approximately two months per survey. We consider topics such as where discrimination occurs in PA, coming out, and other LGBTQ+ issues.

Business Listings

If you own and operate a business that supports the LGBTQ+ community, we offer free listings. If you are looking for an LGBTQ+ friendly business in PA, these listings are for you too.

PEP Talks Uncut

The Pennsylvania Equality Project publishes a talk show format program to Facebook and YouTube on Sundays at 1 PM. The program is a 30 minute conversation that is unscripted and unedited. We publish the content of the recording without change. Our guests are members of the LGBTQ+ community, married couples, allies, legislators, and people who helped us gain marriage equality and other rights. We are presently accepting guests for the program. If you would like to be on the show, send an email to dmoore@paequality.com.

Community Resource Center (Coming Soon)

The northwest corner of Pennsylvania lacks a community resource center that serves the LGBTQ+ community. We want to open such a facility here in Meadville. Our concept for the center is one that encompasses educational opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community and all in Meadville who are our allies. The center could house adult education classes, provide rooms for small gatherings, and offer a place that stays open 24/7 to provide food and shelter  to those in dire need. Specific details will be released soon.

Petitions

Listed below are the petitions which Pennsylvania Equality Project wholeheartedly supports.  When you have signed and shared our petitions via social media, we need people to contact their Pennsylvania State Representative and Senator. Call, write to, email, or fax your letter to your representatives in Harrisburg. Be sure to mention Pennsylvania Equality Project when you contact your state representative or senator.

Ban Conversion Therapy (Health & Human Services)

Conversion therapy, or “ex-gay” or “reparative” therapy is a discredited technique used by some mental health practitioners in an attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Although talk therapy is frequently used, some practitioners still use outdated and harmful methods such as electroshock therapy. People who have undergone conversion therapy report high rates of depression, anxiety, and even suicidal attempts. Numerous organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the National Education Association have condemned its use particularly on minors. We seek a statewide prohibition on conversion therapy on minors as practiced by mental health professionals.

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

Pass the Fairness Act (PA HB 300, SB 570) (State Government)

Although marriage equality is legal, we still need everyone to support this important petition to the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Senate to protect people from discrimination for all public accommodations based on sexual or gender identity. The people of Pennsylvania must be treated equally in terms of, but not limited to, employment, education, and housing regardless of real or perceived sexual or gender identity. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community should not be relegated to second class citizenry solely because of who we love or how we portray ourselves. All Pennsylvanians are worthy of equal treatment under the law. Call, email, or write to your legislature and tell them to support HB 300 & SB 570.

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

Pass Comprehensive Sex Education (PA HB 1335) (Education)

Computer-savvy adolescents and teens glued to their smartphones have easy access to pornography. Whether curious or anxious to present themselves as cool, they receive and sometimes share sexually explicit texts and photos on social media. Kids often lack the information, self-esteem, and tools to navigate this world.

 

Introduced by Brian Sims, House Bill 1335 would be a lifeline for countless children to get informed, recognize the agency of consent, and stay safe. For elementary school students, concepts such as “good touch vs. bad touch” would be introduced. For older students, curricula would include contraception methods, and help teens identify and avoid risky behaviors and harmful relationships.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

CLICK HERE FOR THE TEXT OF THE BILL

Include SOGIE in PA Hate Crimes Law (PA SB 63) (Judiciary)

In Pennsylvania, hate crimes are termed ethnic intimidation. According to Pennsylvania Criminal Code Title 18, Section 2710, “A person commits the offense of ethnic intimidation if, with malicious intention toward the race, color, religion or national origin of another individual or group of individuals, he commits an offense under any other provision of this article or under Chapter 33 (relating to arson, criminal mischief and other property destruction) exclusive of section 3307 (relating to institutional vandalism) or under section 3503 (relating to criminal trespass) with respect to such individual or his or her property or with respect to one or more members of such group or to their property.”

 

In 2002, an amendment to the code included ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Unfortunately, the law was challenged in 2007, and found that the 2002 amendment was unconstitutional on a technicality. We seek to restore the amendment.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

Equality Act of Schuylkill County

In 2015, the PA Dept. of Health and Human Services reported that LGBTQ people in Schuylkill County are more at risk to suicide than any other group of individuals in our area. Now, more than four years later, Schuylkill County has done nothing specific to stop or slow the rate of LGBTQ suicide. According to our recent survey, currently in Schuylkill County, 43% of LGBTQ residents seriously considered suicide and 71% of Schuylkill County LGBTQ citizens have thought about moving away to a more LGBTQ-friendly city or county. Last year alone, the national average reported by The Trevor Project, stated that 39% of LGBTQ youth (children under 18 years old) seriously considered suicide. Worse yet was 42% of LGBTQ youth who underwent conversion therapy actually attempted suicide. So, the time for us to act is long past due.

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

Tell PA Rep. Kathy Rapp & Senator Michele Brooks

Conversion therapy, or “ex-gay” or “reparative” therapy is a discredited technique used by some mental health practitioners in an attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Although talk therapy is frequently used, some practitioners still use outdated and harmful methods such as electroshock therapy. People who have undergone conversion therapy report high rates of depression, anxiety, and even suicidal attempts. Numerous organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the National Education Association have condemned its use particularly on minors. We seek a statewide prohibition on conversion therapy on minors as practiced by mental health professionals.

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

Pass a Ban on Conversion Therapy