Governor Wolf Creates First Statewide LGBTQ Affairs Commission in the Nation

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took a historic step towards ensuring equality for Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ community.

As KYW NewsRadio reports:

“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed an executive order, creating the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs — the first in the nation.”

The Commission will serve to coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts as part of Governor Wolf’s commitment to removing obstacles for anyone who is facing an unfair disadvantage based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. It will be comprised by 40 members and led by Executive Director Todd Snovel.

“Today’s announcement is timely and important, but also not the end of our efforts to create a Pennsylvania that espouses inclusion and diversity in all that we do,” Governor Wolf said. “When I became governor, we saw that change was needed and we made it happen. Better yet, we are still making it happen and will do so until every Pennsylvanian can live, work, love, and thrive in our state with an assuredness of support and safety.”

The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs joins Governor Wolf’s existing commissions, including those on African American Affairs, Asian Pacific American Affairs, Latino Affairs and the Commission for Women.

Throughout his time in office, Governor Wolf has fought to protect the rights of our LGBTQ community and ensure that Pennsylvania is inclusive, welcoming, and open for business for everyone. While in office, he has:

  • Consistently advocated for passage of the PA Fairness Act.
  • Signed an Executive Order prohibiting any agency under his jurisdiction, or any entity that receives grants or contracts from the commonwealth from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression, and identity, among other areas.
  • Made sure state government is open to LGBTQ individuals so we can have talented people like like Dr. Rachel Levine serve in key positions.
  • Fought to expand state health care benefits for LGBTQ employees.
  • Formally recognized LGBTQ-owned businesses as small diverse businesses as part of a larger initiative to make significant changes in the commonwealth’s approach to awarding competitive contracts for goods and services.