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Governor Wolf Administration Shows Support for Pennsylvania Transgender Community

October 23, 2018 - 6:48 pm

Governor Tom Wolf and his administration want the LGBTQ community to know that Pennsylvania stands with them.

Members of the Wolf Administration participated in the Rally for Trans Existence and Resistance in Philadelphia on Monday. The rally came after this weekend’s announcement that the Trump Administration wants to legally define gender by what your biology is at birth. 

“This past weekend, the New York Times reported on a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which seeks to legally define gender as biological and determined at birth. If this proceeds it will have devastating impacts on the lives of our transgender and nonbinary communities nationwide." The Pennsylvania Commission for LGBTQ Affairs said in a statement.  "This policy further invalidates the lived experiences of well over 1 million individuals, across the country, and could restrict access to vital programs such as health care, housing, and other public services...The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and the Wolf Administration are deeply disturbed by this proposed definition. We will continue to monitor this very closely and use our energies to prevent these discriminatory policies from being enacted. We refuse to let the lives of transgender and non-binary Pennsylvanians be erased."

The 40-member Commission for LGBTQ Affairs was created by Governor Wolf and is the first of its kind. Its members were active at the rally on Monday, as well as Pennsylvania's Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine.

"I am Rachel Levine; I am a parent; I am a doctor; I am a professor; I am Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and I am a transgender woman,” Secretary Levine said. “As an American woman, I have a right to equal protection under the law. Our governor believes this. He is the first Governor in the nation to create a Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

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“In the Wolf Administration, we believe that no one should be denied health care, a job or housing because they are LGTBQ and Governor Tom Wolf will not jeopardize the health, safety or opportunities of any Pennsylvanian...I have an important message today for anyone who is trans and struggling to live their truth openly: We are here to support you, to help you and protect you. We will not relent because we cannot put an entire generation at risk by denying them their rights.”

For more information on The Commission, visit their website here


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