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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.

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.

Governor Wolf Visits Areas Affected by Severe Weather, Provides Recovery Update

Yesterday Governor Wolf toured areas in central Pennsylvania that have been heavily impacted by flooding and heavy rains.

Yesterday Governor Wolf toured areas in central Pennsylvania that have been heavily impacted by flooding and heavy rains. After the tour, the governor and public safety cabinet officials provided an update about the extent of the impact and next steps for clean-up.

According to WTVA:

“While Governor Wolf was in Tremont, he spoke to the members of the American Legion Post 384. A portion of the Legion was badly damaged by flood waters this week. He also met with first responders and other volunteers who have been working to pump water from homes all week. He said he came out to Schuylkill County to show support to the people who are dealing with this flooding.”

“Touring the state today gave me an up-close look at the intensity of the rain over the past days and how it affected residents,” Gov. Wolf said. “Most importantly, I was able to check on the safety of people in these hard-hit communities and speak with them to learn how the state can help.”

Officials and residents are now coming together to move forward with clean up and to work to restore their communities. Governor Wolf and his administration will continue to do all that they can to help the communities recover and get back to normal.

Governor Wolf Sees Results of Workforce and Economic Development Investments in Action

Yesterday, Governor Wolf got to see his workforce and economic development programs in action. He visited two central Pennsylvania companies who both received support from

Yesterday, Governor Wolf got to see his workforce and economic development programs in action. He visited two central Pennsylvania companies who both received support from these programs– Champion Modular in Juniata County and Playworld in Union County.

According to the Daily Item:

“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s tour of Central Pennsylvania on Thursday brought him to Playworld, a company that has received funding through the administration’s workforce and economic development programs. Supported through that program, Playworld has trained more than 250 workers over the past few years, Wolf noted.”

“It’s wonderful to see the incredible work being done at these facilities and I’m proud that the commonwealth has partnered with businesses that are committed to investing in their employees and their local communities,” said Governor Wolf.

Through a 2016 project with the Governor’s Action Team, Champion Modular was able to reopen a vacant manufacturing facility, leading to significant investment in the region’s local economy and the rehiring of many of the workers.

Governor Wolf then visited a playground equipment manufacturer, Playworld, in Union County. With the support of the Wolf administration’s incumbent workers training program, Playwork has trained more than 250 workers over the past few years.

Playworld CEO Joe Copeland was present to greet Governor Wolf. “We wanted to thank the governor for the support they’ve given us through their workforce programs that provides funding for us to provide training sessions for our employees,” he said. “Programs that emphasize safety, new skills in terms of manufacturing, programmable skills. The Commonwealth has been a strong advocate in helping us invest in our folks.”

Governor Wolf Reaffirms His Support For Women’s Reproductive Health Rights

Today, joined by medical providers, advocates, patients, legislators, and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Governor Wolf reaffirmed his support for women’s reproductive health rights at an event at Eakins Lounge at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Today, joined by medical providers, advocates, patients, legislators, and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Governor Wolf reaffirmed his support for women’s reproductive health rights at an event at Eakins Lounge at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

According to NBC 10:

“Gov. Tom Wolf, who is seeking a second term in office in the November election, stopped Wednesday in Philadelphia to lend support to women’s access to reproductive health rights and reiterated his long-standing pro-choice stance.”

“Let me be clear, there is no role for government to step between a woman and her doctor,” Gov. Wolf said.

The governor explained that President Trump’s plan to implement a Title X gag rule would cut women off from critical health care services like birth control and preventive care. The gag rule would also deny women services such as cancer screenings, and it would censor doctors and strip federal funding from certain health care providers for discussing legal health care procedures with their patients.

Among those attending were representatives from AccessMatters, one of four family planning councils in Pennsylvania that receives Title X funding from the federal government, Planned Parenthood, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), New Voices, and patients who have benefited from both Title X and Planned Parenthood funding to receive vital screenings and treatment.