Hohenstein celebrates Pa. House passage of The Fairness Act

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., celebrated House passage of The Fairness Act in the Pa. House of Representatives.

As the proud father of an LGBTQ+ individual, it was an honor to vote for The Fairness Act,” Hohenstein said. “But more importantly, it was the right thing to do. Everyone deserves access to affordable housing, a career, an education, and to be treated with respect and decency without discrimination. By passing this, we have let everyone know that Pennsylvania is a safe space to call home.”

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, disability, age and other aspects of an individual’s identity. The Fairness Act would extend these protections to LGBTQ+ individuals and prevent anyone from discriminating against others based on their gender or sexual identity.

The landmark 2020 decision on Bostock v. Clayton County by the United States Supreme Court ruled that an employer cannot discriminate against an individual because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill would ensure that this historic victory is codified and extend to Pennsylvanians.

If signed into law, Pennsylvania would join 23 other states in the nation that welcome and protect LGBTQ+ people.

For more information, those interested can contact Hohenstein’s office at (215) 744-2600.