Last night, Bristol Borough became the 33rd municipality in the state of Pennsylvania to pass a LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.
Brought up for a vote by Councilman Greg Pezza (pictured, right), the new law is an amendment to the borough’s Human Relations Commission ordinance, which now includes “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression” on its list of protected citizens.
According to an article on phillyburbs.com, the movement was spearheaded by a Bristol constituent:
Councilman Greg Pezza asked council to consider the amendment earlier in the summer after a constituent, Brendan Corrigan, a second-year law student at the University of Miami, brought to his attention that Bristol’s and the state laws were outdated by not including the LGBT community.
“I think this is a very big day for Bristol,” Pezza said during the meeting. “I really think this brings us to a place we need to be. I think it’s more importantly a big day for our LGBT members of our community.”
Pezza commended Corrigan’s involvement in the issue. … “(He was the one) who really alerted us to this situation,” Pezza said. “He was really a passionate advocate for it.”
Just goes to show you the kind of power we have to make change. Kudos and congrats, Bristol!
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