Frankel praises Wolf executive orders to expand non-discrimination

HARRISBURG, April 7 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, praised Gov. Tom Wolf for signing two executive orders on LGBT non-discrimination, including one that will expand protections to employees of state contractors.

Wolf signed two orders today. One reaffirms existing protections against discrimination in the executive branch, where most state employees work. The other order will ban discrimination based on race, gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression in the awarding, selection or performance of any contracts or grants issued by state agencies.

Frankel said: "I am proud of Governor Wolf for acting to protect tens of thousands of people who work for state contractors, and to make sure LGBT Pennsylvanians' tax dollars aren't used to discriminate against them. It's wrong to fire someone simply because they're LGBT. Being gay or transgender has nothing to do with someone's ability to fix a car or a computer, for example. For about eight years, a consistent 70 percent of Pennsylvanians have supported updating state law to ban this type of discrimination against our family members, friends and neighbors.

"At a time when some states like North Carolina and Mississippi are passing anti-LGBT laws, Governor Wolf is moving Pennsylvania forward and making our state more attractive and competitive for visitors, workers and businesses. Now the legislature needs to pass the bipartisan Pennsylvania Fairness Act to put these commonsense protections against discrimination into place statewide."

Frankel is lead House sponsor of the proposed Fairness Act (H.B. 1510/S.B. 974), which would update Pennsylvania’s current nondiscrimination law – originally written in 1955 – to ensure that all residents regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability and now – sexual orientation, gender identity and expression – can participate in and contribute to the state’s economy.