HB 300: they just don’t understand

Word on the 'net is that this legislation will come to a floor vote in the Pennsylvania House sometime in November.

There are 25 legislators in Pennsylvania who still don't believe/understand that our community experiences discrimination.  This seems to be the core issue — convincing them that the legislation is necessary to protect against a very real form of discrimination.  It isn't that they want us to experience it; they just don't understand.

The 25 folks in our region?

Chris Sainato (D-9, New Castle/Lawrence County)

Jaret Gibbons (D-10, Ellwood City/Lawrence County)

Brooks, Michele (R-17, Greenville/Mercer County)

DeLuca, Anthony (D-32, Penn Hills/Allegheny County)

White, Jesse (D-46, Oakdale/Washington County)

Solobay, Timothy (D-48, Washington/Washington County)

Kula, Deberah (D-52, West Newtown/Westmoreland County)

Pallone, John (D-54, New Kensington/Westmoreland County)

Haluska, Gary (D-73, small towns in Cambria County outside Johnstown)

So, the only way to change their hearts?  Share your stories.  You know what I mean.  We need to tell them about the times we couldn't rent an apartment because the landlord didn't want two daddies and a baby living next to his family. When you lost out in a job situation because you don't hide your gay identity.  The times someone refused you service because you are a dyke. 

Are you a straight ally?  Repost this.  Call yourself and explain that discrimination is real and hurts your family/friends/community.  Share your stories.  Tell them about the “fag” jokes at the water cooler or the comments about pansys, lesbos and she-men.  We all know it happens.  We all hear it and we don't always step up to shut it down. 

Step up now.  Take five minutes and share your story.

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