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Senate Education Committee Chairperson Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, leads a hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Senate approves limits on ‘sexually explicit’ content, gender identity discussions in schools

BY: - June 29, 2022

After nearly two hours of debate on Wednesday, the upper chamber voted to send the proposals — introduced by Lancaster Republican Sens. Ryan Aument and Scott Martin — to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Roe’s reversal has healthcare implications for LGBTQ community

BY: and - June 29, 2022

'This is the biggest change I have seen in terms how we talk about abortion access and this means we are imagining a new and gender-expansive vision for abortion care,' La’Tasha Mayes said.

Trans Day of Visibility 2022: LGBTQ centers work to support trans and non-binary Pennsylvanians

BY: - March 31, 2022

In a statement issued Wednesday, President Joe Biden officially proclaimed March 31 Transgender Visibility Day in the United States, calling on Americans to “join us in lifting up the lives and voices of transgender people throughout our Nation and to work toward eliminating discrimination against all transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary people — and all people.”

‘Let our kids play’: Advocates rally for transgender youth at Pa. Capitol

BY: - September 30, 2021

“Trans youth are welcome in Pennsylvania, Trans people belong in Pennsylvania,” Janelle Crossley, one of the state’s most prominent transgender rights advocates, said.

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Survey: LGBTQ adults hit harder by food, economic insecurities during pandemic | Tuesday Coffee

BY: - August 17, 2021

Just a day before the Census data drop, the bureau debuted the latest Household Pulse Survey (HPS), a survey used to give researchers deeper insights into American households during the pandemic.

Christmas during COVID: LGBTQ community adjusts to shifting holiday plans

BY: - December 12, 2020

On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who currently serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force and was recently named as Chief Medical Adviser to the President by the incoming Biden Administration, reminded Americans that upticks in Covid-19 infections could become worse during the Christmas travel season. 

In two Pa. towns, two very different results for LGBTQ equality

BY: - October 28, 2020

Last week, the Pittsburgh City Paper reported that Sharpsburg Borough City Council rejected a nondiscrimination ordinance that would have created civil rights protections for LGBTQ individuals, among other things. 

These pro-transgender rights candidates are running for office in red districts. Can they win?

BY: - September 20, 2020

(*This story was updated at 1:11 p.m. on 9/20/20 to note that Janelle Crossley would be Pennsylvania’s first transgender woman elected official if she wins in November.) As she prepared to announce her candidacy for state House, Janelle Crossley was debating with herself — should she reveal she is transgender? On the one hand, Crossley […]

A Texas judge ruled this doctor was not an expert. A Pennsylvania Republican invited him to testify on trans health care

BY: - September 15, 2020

A physician testifying before a House panel Monday as part of a “fact-finding mission” on gender-affirming care was disqualified by a judge earlier this year as an expert on trans health care. 

Pa. lawmaker compares treatment of anti-maskers to transphobic bigotry

BY: - July 30, 2020

In a statement shared on his state Facebook account, GOP Rep. Russ Diamond described a “spirit of intolerance and discrimination” directed at people who don’t wear facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full text: Pa. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine’s response to transphobic attacks

BY: - July 28, 2020

During a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania, state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, addressed the transphobic attacks leveled against her, and other transgender Pennsylvanians, during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last week, a Tioga County restaurant made headlines for printing a menu that featured a transphobic item description, the investigative […]

PennDOT to offer non-binary designation on licenses, ID cards

BY: - July 23, 2020

Pennsylvania is the 16th state to offer a non-binary option.