Equality and Justice for All

No Pennsylvanian can be denied, housing, fired from their job, or kicked out of a restaurant or business because of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

A passionate advocate for civil rights, Dan Frankel has fought for protection from discrimination for LGBTQ community since his arrival in the legislature in 1999. His signature legislation, the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, would ensure that no Pennsylvanian could be denied housing, fired from their job, or kicked out of a restaurant or business because of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Just as Pennselvania’s state and local governments must recognize and address the dangers facing black people and others due to our broken policing and justice systems, Rep. Frankel feels strongly that we must also root out the inequities that put black lives and others at risk in our healthcare system. 

After the Covid-19 crisis hit, Frankel used his position as Democratic Chairman of the Health Committee to partner with the Legislative Black Caucus and the Welcoming PA Caucus to convene a policy hearing on the health disparities that put people of color at an increased risk for contracting Covid-19, being subsequently hospitalized and dying. Health disparities are nothing new for marginalized communities — every time a health threat hits this country or this state, it is those communities that will be hit first, and hit hardest. Your zip code should not determine your life expectancy, and neither should your ethnicity, your country of origin, your sexual orientation or your gender identity.

After the 2018 attack on the Tree of Life building by a anti-semitic gunman, Rep. Frankel demanded in a speech before a joint session of the General Assembly that legislators come together to pass a hate crimes package to expand protections to cover all vulnerable groups, increase penalties and improve hate crime reporting procedures. 

In 2019, Frankel’s bill to improve reporting for sexual assaults on college campuses was passed as part of the budget process. This law requires institutes of higher learning to offer online, anonymous reporting options for students.