2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of Governor’s Council on Sexual Minorities. Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp created the council by executive order in February 1976.
The Council is the first governmental body devoted to LGBT civil rights and public policy advocacy in the US. It is quite remarkable that Governor Milton Shapp was willing to make LGBT civil rights issues an important focus of attention in his administration. This happened when the LGBT civil rights movement was in its infancy and few politicians at any level were willing to demonstrate support for this movement.
The LGBT Center of Central PA History Project is presenting a program on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 6-8 PM in the auditorium of the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg to commemorate this anniversary. The event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the LGBT Center of Central PA, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Equality PA and the PA Youth Congress.
To learn more, visit their website.