Sims thanks Wolf for creating statewide LGBTQ affairs commission, calls for action on non-discrimination bill

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for the governor's historic creation of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, believed to be the only statewide commission of its kind in the United States.

"Governor Wolf has consistently supported equal rights for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, and today's announcement confirms that. I'm honored that he appointed me to serve on this commission," said Sims, the first out LGBTQ person elected to the legislature.

"The work of equality also needs to move forward in the legislature. One example of stalled legislation is the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the types of discrimination banned statewide in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. The people are ahead of the legislature on this: Polls have shown consistent 70-percent support for this in Pennsylvania for eight years. The Fairness Act has bipartisan support in the legislature, and there should be hearings and votes on it. We know Governor Wolf would sign it into law."