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Social Justice and Economic Empowerment

  • As we seek equality for LGBT people, we seek equality for all. The more rights we have, the more rights we share. Therefore, we stand in solidarity with other groups seeking economic equality and fairness, AND we join in the fight against poverty, racism, and gender bias, and oppose laws which disadvantage the poor (for example, the elimination of general assistance in Pennsylvania in 2012).
  • To address the economic marginalization of the LGBT community, we urge development of targeted economic empowerment programs and the inclusion of LGBT  owned businesses in the City Of Philadelphia’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.
  • We urge legislation to eliminate disparities by non-citizen partners in same gender relationships to prevent families from being separated for years on end as a result of immigration policy. We support comprehensive immigration reform and citizenship for bi-national LGBT families and respectful and appropriate treatment for transgender and HIV+ immigrants.
  • Concerned about a shrinking middle class, we support the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain.
  • We oppose the effort to disenfranchise any voters.
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