Legislation for LGBTQ+ Rights
Senator Tim Kearney is a proud advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. In his role as an elected official, he has championed legislation to address inequities and expand protections so that members of the community have the resources they need in our Commonwealth to live safely and confidently as their authentic selves.
Locally, he has partnered with dozens of nonprofit organizations and supported community events that celebrate and promote inclusion for all.
In the state Senate, Kearney serves on the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus and has opposed homophobic and transphobic legislation like the “Don’t Say Gay” bill or bills banning LGBTQ+ inclusive information from schools. Senator Kearney believes it’s not enough to vote against bad bills, and as a vocal supporter of all LGBTQIA+ individuals, Kearney continues to push for policies that ensure constituents in Pennsylvania who make up the LGBTQIA+ community are treated with respect, fairness, and have equal rights under the law.
Fighter for LGBTQ+ Civil Rights
Senator Kearney is a champion for LGBTQ+ rights in Pennsylvania, and has introduced legislation and co-sponsored colleagues’ bills that fight anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination and enhance protections for civil rights.
Dismantling Anti-Trans Bureaucracy
The process for trans individuals seeking to officially drop their deadname is onerous and dangerous – involving an application in court and publicly advertising one’s name change in newspapers, inviting anti-trans harassment and unwanted attention. Senator Kearney worked to introduce a package of bills to dismantle this discriminatory process.
This bill replaces the burdensome public court process for changing one’s legal name with a new process that will be faster, less burdensome, and private for trans individuals and others seeking a name change.
This bill would remove the dangerous and discriminatory legal requirement for individuals to publish notice of their name change in two newspapers, which is expensive and jeopardizes the safety of trans individuals that change their legal name.
Protections Against Discrimination
Senator Kearney’s bill to expand Pennsylvania’s Hate Crimes law to protect people against violence and intimidation based on sex, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ancestry, and disabilities.
“The Fairness Act” Senator Kearney supports this bill to prohibit housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and many other identity factors that are unprotected under current law.
This bill would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Act to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.