Wolf speaks about brutal hate crime in Philadelphia

Wolf Releases Statement Calling For Hate Crimes Legislation in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA – Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, released the following statement in the wake of an attack on two gay men in Philadelphia:

“The recent vicious attack perpetrated on two men in Philadelphia is incomprehensible and those responsible should be severely punished. We, as a society and a community, cannot stand for these assaults on our individual freedoms. No one, no matter their race, gender, or sexual orientation, should ever have to live in fear of walking down the street.

“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. As governor, I will work to level the playing field by promoting legislation like House Bill 300 that makes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression a protected class and House Bill 745 that amends Title 18 of the Ethnic Intimidation Act to include sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. And I will be a vocal advocate for the right of all Pennsylvanians to be treated with dignity and respect.

“I wish a full and speedy recovery for the two victims, and I hope the people responsible will be brought to justice swiftly.”

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Resignation of John Campbell as Treasurer of CRSD

HARRISBURG – September 11, 2014 – The Executive Board of Capital Region Stonewall Democrats has accepted the resignation of John Campbell as Treasurer on Thursday, September 4th. Campbell served 5 years as CRSD’s Treasurer.

The resignation was requested after discovery that a portion of CRSD’s PAC funds were misappropriated.

The Executive Board has cooperated with the District Attorney and is pursuing full repayment of the missing funds.

Chris Dietz, President of Capital Region Stonewall Democrats has said, “we plan to increase our internal checks and balances to avoid this situation in the future, so we can continue to support pro-LGBT equality Democratic candidates.”

CAPITAL REGION STONEWALL DEMOCRATS are a Political Action Committee, an organized group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens and straight allies in Pennsylvania’s Capital Region, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, and nearby communities.

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For more information, press only:
Katie Somers, 215.205.5395, kate.somers@gmail.com
Chris Dietz, 717.319.171749, ccd277@gmail.com

Pride Week 2014

We hope you will join us tonight as we gather, as a community, to discuss how PA moves forward post marriage equality.

Guest speakers include:

Representative Patty H. Kim, 103rd Legislative District and Honorable John R. Campbell, Equality PA

Date: Thursday, July 24th
Time: 5-7pm

Place: Ceolta’s Skybar, Thatch, 310 N. Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

What: State of LGBT Political Equality Happy Hour

Cost: suggested donation of $5

Fare: Cash Bar & Lite Snacks

Hosted by Capital Region Stonewall Democrats

At tonight’s Happy Hour, we will also be offering a Pride Week discount on our Capital Region Stonewall Democrats membership. Your membership allows us to advocate and campaign for Pro-LGBT democratic candidates in South Central PA!

Individual Membership: $20 after $10 OFF (regular membership is $30)
Couple/Family: $40 after $10 OFF (regular membership is $50)
Student/Low-Income: $5 after $5 OFF (regular membership is $10)

Offer valid for new members who sign up the week of Pride 2014.

This offer will also be available at our Pride Booth on Saturday, July 26th.

If you sign up to receive occasional emails from Capital Region Stonewall Democrats, while in-person, at either Ceolta’s or Pride, you will be entered to win $100 gift certificate to Mangia Qui in Harrisburg.

*gift certificate provided by Mangia Qui.

Post Marriage Equality Pride Week Mixer

Meet, mingle and talk about how we, the community, continue to advance our right in Pennsylvania.

Join us for: The new Capital Region Stonewall Democrats for a post Marriage Equality Pennsylvania.

Date: Thursday, July 24th
Time: 5-7pm

Place: Ceolta’s Skybar, Thatch, 310 N. Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

What: State of LGBT Political Equality Happy Hour

Cost: suggested donation of $5

Fare: Cash Bar & Lite Snacks

Speakers: Hon. Patty Kim and Hon. John Campbell

Hosted by Capital Region Stonewall Democrats

Breaking News – Love Wins In PA

Federal Judge rules PA’s DOMA unconstitutional, stating it discriminates against gay men and women. He directs the commonwealth to allow same-sex couples to marry and to recognize “valid” out-of-state marriage certificates.

In Jones’ opinion, he says, “In the sixty years since Brown was decided, ‘separate’ has thankfully faded into history, and only ‘equal’ remains. Similarly, in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage. We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Now that we have marriage equality in PA, we still need to work with our elected officials to end workplace discrimination, bullying, etc. to ensure all Pennsylvanians are equal.

Join us tonight at the Capital Complex steps on 3rd Street for a celebration.

Don’t forget, you can download rally signs at http://www.aclupa.org/takeaction/events/statewide-decision-day-rallies/rally-materials/

Yahoo – Love Wins In PA!