Huntingdon recently became the first rural area in Pennsylvania to pass legislation that prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. After almost 10 years of advocating, Huntingdon resident Anthony Bullett celebrated the win when borough council voted to adopt the ordinance in a 4-3 vote. The LGBTQ+-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance enacts local protections for LGBTQ+ people in employment, housing and public accommodations.
“It’s not just what we have done over the past few years, but even looking back 50 years ago, what my father and others tried to do in this town,” Bullett said in a statement. “That we have finally been able to get inclusive nondiscrimination protections into law is tremendous. There will not be another generation that has to live under legal discrimination, at least not in our community of Huntingdon.”
Discrimination against LGBTQ+ people is not explicitly protected under federal or state law. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of 1955 allows for cities, townships, boroughs, and counties to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance which exceeds the state law (i.e. inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.) Huntingdon joins 57 other Pennsylvania municipalities in enacting such legislation.
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