Dear Friends:

It is a pleasure to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement.

Fifty years ago, a group of brave activists stood in front of Independence Hall to fight for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. Their voices helped lay the groundwork for an ongoing civil rights movement that has made great strides around equality and justice. Today, we not only celebrate the efforts of the pioneers of this movement, but we also commend those individuals and leaders who continue to fight for civil rights for the LGBT community.

William Penn founded Pennsylvania on the basis of fairness and tolerance, and I believe, we must continue to be a place that pays faithful tribute to those good values. I know that all people—regardless of sexual orientation—should be treated equally under the law. To get to this place, your work must continue. Together, we can pass legislation to level the playing field and make Pennsylvania a more inclusive state.

Thank you for your bravery and determination. I am proud to stand by you in this fight for a more just society, and I look forward to working together to bring an end to discrimination in our communities.



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