Phoenixville has become the 40th municipality in Pennsylvania to extend anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community, reports Jim Melwert for CBS Philly
After the new protections go into effect, a five-person volunteer board will handle discrimination claims through mediation.
The ordinance ensures every resident is afforded equal access to employment, housing, and public accommodations and is treated fairly regardless of, among a host of other things, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, according to the Times Herald.
“Hopefully this will encourage the state to pass a statewide anti-discrimination ordinance that includes the LGBTQ community,” Bill Davidson, a Phoenixville resident, told CBS
With the addition of Phoenixville, there are now 21 municipalities with LGBT protection ordinances in the four suburban counties of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia itself first established a law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1982.
Read the full story about Phoenixville’s protection ordinance on CBS Philly.