Reading Pride Celebration, in alliance with the LGBT Center of Greater Reading, held a rally on Penn Street Bridge Monday evening in celebration of the Federal Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision to offer workplace protections for the LGBTQ+ community.
“The SCOTUS’ decision is a big step forward to complete equality for all citizens” said Richard Todd Wagner, RPC President.
“At Reading Pride Celebration we are proud that this happened a few days after we were able to fly our pride flag at City Hall as a symbol of diversity and inclusion in our community. We also recognize all the people that preceded us, that with their hard work and non-stop fight, helped us achieve today’s victory.”
Reading’s Mayor, Eddie Moran, also attended the event. “I’m honored to be present at the Rally on Penn Street to celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision that reaffirms that there’s no employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. My commitment as Mayor is to represent everyone in our community and therefore stand with the LGBTQ+ community now and always”, said Mayor Moran.
“Today we celebrated a milestone decision from SCOTUS. The decision was long overdue, and now offers employees protection under the law” said Enrique Castro, RPC Vice President.
“While we celebrate this decision, there is still much work to do. Our organization is blessed to call the city of Reading home, which offers much broader protections against discrimination to the LGBT community. The next step is for SCOTUS to do the same.”