With an estimated attendance of 7,000, Central PA Pride Festival held its second event in Soldiers and Sailors Mall on the grounds of the PA State Capitol July 27.
Recent history: Natural weather conditions in 2018 forced Pride organizers to relocate the event from the banks of the Susquehanna River. Gov. Tom Wolf extended an invitation to organizers to hold the event on the grounds of the state capitol. The irony is that Pennsylvania does not have basic civil rights conditions for LGBT taxpayers, having had such legislation introduced numerous times since the early 2000s. Currently, House Bill 1404 and Senate Bill 614 await action in the General Assembly.
If history repeats itself, the legislature will weasel out – as was the case with same-sex marriage - and wait until a US Supreme Court decision or Congressional action makes LGBT basic civil rights law of the land. At the time the Supremes allowed same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania was the last remaining state in the Northeast still outlawing gay marriage. Today, it’s the same with civil rights.
Photos by The Central Voice