PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine

(Feb 25, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 25 – Members of the Pennsylvania LGBTQ Equality Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly who advocate for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents, today condemned U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for the sickening and misinformed transphobic comments he made during the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine. Levine, who if confirmed would be the highest ranking openly trans government official at the federal level, is President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of Health and Human Services. She previously served as Pennsylvania’s physician general and secretary of Health. State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila, a caucus co-chairman, said Levine’s testimony should have left no doubt about her commitment to public health and her qualifications to take on such a role. He condemned Paul for using an opportunity to learn more about a remarkable woman who helped to lead Pennsylvania through a once-in-a-generation worldwide pandemic to instead spew dangerous hate and bigotry. “As the Biden administration moves forward appointing the top experts that reflect the true diversity of our nation to key positions, sadly bigots like Rand Paul still lurk about our government,” Sims said. “Despite his hateful and transphobic rantings and attempt to demean her during questioning, Dr. Levine did what she’s done time and time again, she answered his hate, Read more

 

Frankel lauds plans for vaccine registry, encourages ongoing equity efforts

(Feb 24, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam Wednesday afternoon urging them to continue moving forward with plans to create a statewide COVID-19 vaccine registry Read more

 

Frankel, Democratic Health Committee members prioritize healthcare equality and access; abortion rights headed into 2021

(Feb 09, 2021)

‘Health care is a human right, and we have a long way to go to fulfill that promise’ Read more

 

Sims, Frankel: House Republicans fail moral test in vote

(Jan 26, 2021)

Failure to pass amendment allows historic opportunity to slip away Read more

 

LGBTQ Equality Caucus announces changes for 2021-2 legislative session

(Jan 21, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 21 – The Pennsylvania LGBTQ Equality Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly who advocate for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents, has organized for the 2021-22 legislative session, according to state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., a caucus co-chairman. The caucus was formed in 2011 by state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, to fend off attacks on and fight for the rights of LGBTQ people. Since that time, the General Assembly and the caucus have come to include three out members, including Sims, state Rep. Malcom Kenyatta, D-Phila., and first term state Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny. “We are off to a very robust start,” Sims said. “The issues and legislation prioritized by the LGBTQ caucus, most importantly LGBTQ equality, have been set aside for too long. But I want members of the LGBTQ community across the commonwealth to know that this caucus, at almost 70 members strong, is poised and ready to fight for the health, safety and well-being of all LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, now more than ever. As elected officials, we are here to represent all of the people of Pennsylvania and we’ll hold all of our colleagues to the same standard. I’m looking forward to the work that this bipartisan group can accomplish this session.” State Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery/Chester/Berks, was elected as chairwoman of the caucus for the current term. She joins Read more

 

Frankel hails federal nomination of Dr. Levine

(Jan 19, 2021)

‘Her science-led leadership has soothed a frightened public’ Read more

 

Costa, Frankel: $1.1 million grant to protect Pittsburgh Jewish faith community

(Dec 28, 2020)

Lawmakers ‘lament’ need for security, but pledge to ensure safety Read more

 

Frankel proposes bill to ensure vaccination of workers of long-term care facilities

(Dec 07, 2020)

Bill would require workers to receive COVID vaccination when available Read more

 

State lawmakers call for end to family deportations from Berks ICE facility

(Dec 02, 2020)

Legislators ask for release of families, children in face of COVID pandemic, unsanitary conditions Read more

 

Frankel calls on GOP to end baseless political attacks, focus on pandemic

(Dec 01, 2020)

Lawmaker says Pennsylvanians need tangible relief, not rhetoric this holiday season Read more

 

Frankel: Legislature must set example on masking

(Nov 23, 2020)

"Pennsylvanians deserve better from their leaders" Read more

 

Coalition Against Hate calls for renewed commitment to struggle against hate, fear

(Oct 27, 2020)

Coalition is comprised of lawmakers, religious and civil groups Read more

 

Frankel, community mark anti-Semitic attack, remember those lost

(Oct 27, 2020)

Urges General Assembly to act against rise in hate crimes Read more

 

Frankel: Hate incidents continue to show need for action

(Oct 13, 2020)

Urges House, Senate leadership to enact hate crime legislation Read more

 

Frankel: Will House Rs take COVID-19 seriously?

(Oct 01, 2020)

News of lawmaker’s positive test comes amid contentious committee hearing Read more

 

Obscure building code blocks bathroom access in Allegheny County

(Sep 21, 2020)

State Rep. Dan Frankel organizes coalition seeking to change regulations Read more

 

Phipps awarded $380,000 grant to help fund renovations

(Sep 16, 2020)

By investing in these necessary repairs today, we are helping to preserve this cultural treasure for future generations Read more

 

Frankel: Legislature must take action to address health inequalities during pandemic

(Aug 13, 2020)

Disparity report suggests numerous concrete actions legislature can adopt Read more

 

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – House Democrats representing the city of Pittsburgh announced Friday the disbursement of $409,000 in education funding to the Pittsburgh School District. Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation members who represent the city of Pittsburgh include state Reps. Dan Deasy, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee, Dan Miller, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley. “This is substantial funding for the Pittsburgh School District,” said state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the delegation. “The allotted funding will go toward well-needed resources, and it will ensure students in the district have a better chance of achieving academic success.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. The Continuity in Education and Equity Grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Read more

 

Frankel: Republicans shut down debate on constitutional amendment

(Jul 13, 2020)

Majority’s actions akin to ‘bulldozing over’ discussion, debates Read more

 

PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine
Feb 25, 2021

Frankel lauds plans for vaccine registry, encourages ongoing equity efforts
Feb 24, 2021

Frankel, Democratic Health Committee members prioritize healthcare equality and access; abortion rights headed into 2021
Feb 09, 2021

Sims, Frankel: House Republicans fail moral test in vote
Jan 26, 2021

LGBTQ Equality Caucus announces changes for 2021-2 legislative session
Jan 21, 2021

Frankel hails federal nomination of Dr. Levine
Jan 19, 2021

Costa, Frankel: $1.1 million grant to protect Pittsburgh Jewish faith community
Dec 28, 2020

Frankel proposes bill to ensure vaccination of workers of long-term care facilities
Dec 07, 2020

State lawmakers call for end to family deportations from Berks ICE facility
Dec 02, 2020

Frankel calls on GOP to end baseless political attacks, focus on pandemic
Dec 01, 2020

Frankel: Legislature must set example on masking
Nov 23, 2020

Coalition Against Hate calls for renewed commitment to struggle against hate, fear
Oct 27, 2020

Frankel, community mark anti-Semitic attack, remember those lost
Oct 27, 2020

Frankel: Hate incidents continue to show need for action
Oct 13, 2020

Frankel: Will House Rs take COVID-19 seriously?
Oct 01, 2020

Obscure building code blocks bathroom access in Allegheny County
Sep 21, 2020

Phipps awarded $380,000 grant to help fund renovations
Sep 16, 2020

Frankel: Legislature must take action to address health inequalities during pandemic
Aug 13, 2020

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District
Aug 07, 2020

Frankel: Republicans shut down debate on constitutional amendment
Jul 13, 2020