Equality Pennsylvania Gets Two Grants

Money to be used for anti-discrimination initiatives

Courtesy of Equality Pennsylvania

Equality Pennsylvania, an organization based in Philadelphia that’s working toward equal rights for LGBT people throughout the Commonwealth, was awarded two grants this year. Worth a combined total of $120,000, according to Equality Pennsylvania’s Board President Brian Sims, the money will be used to further equality initiatives throughout the state this year, including efforts to secure non-discrimination ordinances that are LGBT inclusive.

Founded 15 years ago as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, and later becoming Equality Advocates PA, the organization was restructured last year with new board members and when the new executive director Ted Martin was hired. They also launched a new website, opened an office in Harrisburg and gained non-profit status which allows Equality Pennsylvania to be active in endorsing gay-friendly candidates for public office throughout the state.

According to the organization, the grants, which come from the State Equality Fund, are to be paid in two installments over the next two years.