Melissa DeStefano on being a Mom of a Trans Teen in Montgomery County

I had hoped that my son would wait until after high school to come out as transgender. But I realized I’d prefer a thriving son over a dead daughter. When I gave birth to my first baby, the doctor said, “It’s a girl!” Before I even knew my child, those words helped me imagine the […]

Hannah Smith-Brubaker on Taking a Chance and Raising a Family in Juniata County

In a few short weeks, my daughter will turn 21 years old. She and her 16 year-old brother count among the very best of the best as human beings, as friends to each other and as shining examples of what happens when we can push through the barriers of discrimination. I was born the same […]

Huntingdon Resident Anthony Bullett on the Intersection of Racism and Homophobia

When I was young several of my relatives lived on an unpaved street. I had to write letters to the editor in our local newspaper to get our street paved. It was unfair to these residents to have a road that was unpaved. My focus has always been on equality — when we work towards getting […]

Erie School Board Member Tyler Titus Calls for Compassion

I was 16 years old when suicide became my focal point. I wanted so badly for the pain to stop. I knew things in my body were not aligning the way society was telling me it was supposed to and I feared what this meant. I thought the only solution was to end my own […]

Accountant Dan Miller was Fired for Being Gay in Cumberland County

In the early 1990s, Dan Miller was a young accountant from Harrisburg who was fired for being gay. His story made national headlines, including in the New Yorker. In 1994, Dan testified before a US Congressional committee on his experience with anti-gay discrimination in Cumberland County. His testimony is below. Until a comprehensive LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination […]