A small group gathered outside Pottstown Borough Hall Thursday morning to declare their support for ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pennsylvanians.

After an opening statement, Equality PA spokeswoman Sarah Spohn introduced state Rep. Mark Painter, D-146th Dist., who stated that it was time for Harrisburg to end discrimination.

'Pennsylvania needs House Bill 300, the people of Pennsylvania want House Bill 300, and it's time the House of Representatives passed House Bill 300,' Painter said, referring to a bill that would update the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

After Painter spoke, Rabbi Beth Kalisch, who belongs to the Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne, spoke about her own experiences with discrimination.

'Nobody should live in fear that they may be turned away because of who they are,' Kalish said.

The last speaker was Chantel Mattiola, a local graduate student of Arcadia University, who said, 'Most of the peers I know are surprised to learn that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students would not necessarily be protected from discrimination if they decided to work and live in Pennsylvania.'

House Bill 300 is currently waiting to be brought before the House State Government Committee.

Those who wish to view the bill online can visit http://legiscan.com/PA/text/HB300/2013.

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