Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined in Philadelphia Wednesday by Mayor Jim Kenney, Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and abortion rights advocates to reiterate his promised veto of Senate Bill 3, legislation that passed the Senate earlier this month that would restrict abortions to only occur before 20 weeks and ban so-called dismemberment abortions in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Adding on to state and local proposals already being floated, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla (District 1) introduced on Thursday a proposal that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” from being practiced on LGBTQ youths within the city.

 

“Conversion therapy,” also known as “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy, is a practice whereby a mental health professional tries to alter a person’s sexual identity or sexual orientation.

 

According to a statement, the ban would not apply to mainstream therapies that facilitate support or acceptance of LGBTQ identities, social support or identity exploration, or that address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices.

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
LGBTQ rally encourages fair legislation, Committee moves non-discriminatory legislation to Senate floor

LGBTQ rally encourages fair legislation, Committee moves non-discriminatory legislation to Senate floor

Legislators, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ), and allies of the LGBTQ community stood together in the main rotunda to lobby for fair and non-discriminatory legislation on this issue.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Rep. Frankel, Physician General Levine make push in Pittsburgh for transgender rights

Rep. Frankel, Physician General Levine make push in Pittsburgh for transgender rights

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny/Squirrel Hill) and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine were part of a panel that gathered at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh last Thursday evening to discuss and tackle transgender issues. 

 

During the event hosted by the Allegheny County Bar Association, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, spoke on a number of issues including the many obstacles that transgender people face when it comes to workplace discrimination, social discrimination, and receiving proper healthcare. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill increasing legislative oversight of regulatory review process inches closer to governor’s desk

Bill increasing legislative oversight of regulatory review process inches closer to governor’s desk

Senate Bill 562, legislation introduced by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia) that would increase legislative oversight of the regulatory review process, cleared the House State Government Committee along a party-line vote Wednesday after a contentious debate.

The PLS Reporter first covered Senate Bill 562 when the legislation was still at the co-sponsorship stage in January 2015. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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