National Coming Out Day: LGBTQ Workers Face Discrimination At Work

Even when we’re under construction, we’ve got out our pride flag out and proud!

Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day. We at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO are proud to celebrate the LGBTQ members of our union family. Every single one of us has the right to be free from discrimination, and unions fight every day to make workplaces better and safer for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender, sex, race, ethnicity, etc.

Pride at Work Pennsylvania is a constituency group of the state federation, with co-presidents Michele Kessler of (UFCW Local 1776 KS) and Adanjesus Marin (SEIU).

This week the U.S. Supreme Court considered taking up cases of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Here in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf called for state-level anti-discrimination efforts. Last year, LGBTQ individuals can file a complaint to the PA Human Rights Commission, due to the expanded definition of “sex”.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO proudly supports the Fairness Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Sign our petition to tell the state legislature that we want legislation that protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination on the job.