Harrisburg – August 7, 2018 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement concerning his appointment to the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

Farnese was appointed to the 40-member Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf. The goal of the commission is to help coordinate and drive statewide equality initiatives. The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs is the only statewide commission addressing these issues in the United States.

Along with Sen. Pat Browne, Farnese is a prime sponsor of legislation (Senate Bill 613) prohibiting discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. He recently offered legislation to ban assailants from using “gay and trans panic” defenses at trial.

Farnese’s comments follow:

“It is a privilege and an honor to be appointed by the governor to the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. The commission has a well-defined goal which to ensure equality. We must do more to guarantee equality because far too many have experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

“The commission will coordinate efforts to protect the rights of individuals. It is composed of leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to fairness and will serve as a platform to promote issues of importance to the LGBTQ community.

“I am pleased to be part of such a critically important commission – the only one of its kind in our country. There is a tremendous amount that can be accomplished. I look forward to working with the other members of the commission to ensure that issues imperative to the LGBTQ community are addressed.”