PITTSBURGH, PA (June 18, 2020) Mayor William Peduto’s administration is forwarding legislation to City Council to create a permanent LGBTQIA+ Commission within City government.
The Mayor created a LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council in 2016. Under legislation being introduced to City Council next week an 11-member LGBTQIA+ Commission would be placed into the City Code, meet monthly, and advise City government on plans and policy recommendations to address challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community.
“The City of Pittsburgh has long been a leader in protecting and preserving LGBTQIA+ rights, but our city, state and country still have a long way to go. Placing this commission into City Code will re-emphasize our commitment to fighting for the human rights deserved by all,” Mayor William Peduto said.
"We are so proud that the LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council of Pittsburgh will be making its transition into a commission, a commission geared to serve our LGBTQIA+ communities of Pittsburgh in ways that it has not before. The commission will usher in this ‘new normal’ we speak of after experiencing this COVID-19 pandemic, while unapologetically moving forward in ways to shift us into a city that values intersectional leadership,” said a statement from the Advisory Council.
Mayor Peduto is making an open call for those interested in becoming Commission members. If the Commission is finally approved by Council, those interested in joining may email the City at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the legislation, the Commission would have the following roles:
A copy of the proposed legislation, to be introduced on Tuesday, is available here.
(City-County Building lit for Pride Month. Photo: James Hill)