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Hearing on Racism and Discrimination in the LGBTQ Community

On October 25, 2016, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations held a public educational hearing in response to growing tension and wide-ranging reports of racism and discrimination in the LGBTQ community.

The hearing, designed as a listening session, was held to gather information from community members and other stakeholders about their experiences with racism and discrimination in the LGBTQ community and to issue recommendations for systemic change in areas of employment, housing and public accommodations to the delivery of services and policing.

We are thankful to everyone who provided testimony and information throughout this process. The PCHR will issue a report with our findings and recommendations within 90 days of the hearing. Please be sure to check back to this page for updated data and documents related to the report.

As always, if you or others are the targets of racism or discrimination, of if you see hate or bias acts occur, report it! The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) is the city agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws and resolves community conflicts and tension. Be an “upstander,” not a bystander.

Contact the PCHR for help at (215) 686-4670 or to report, get information, or to file a complaint