Wolf launches LGBTQ Affairs Commission

HARRISBURG–Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order on Monday, creating the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, the only one in the nation.

“The creation of the commission on LGBTQ Affairs is one step of many we have taken to ensure obstacles are removed for anyone who is facing an unfair disadvantage based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,” Wolf said. “It’s a step we took together with our stakeholder and advocacy groups and one that those involved asked for – a commission to help coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts.”

The 40-member commission will be led by executive director Todd Snovel, assistant dean for engagement and inclusion at Lebanon Valley College. Recently, Snovel lead the team working with students in the co-curricular experience and teaches college-level courses on the studies of genders, sexualities, and identities. Snovel has also served on numerous boards including the Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, is the former chair of the Lebanon County Commission for Women, is an inducted member of the Dream Team for the Women’s Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and serves on the Women’s Fund Advisory Committee. In 2015, Snovel received the Wheeler Freedom Award for his support of the LGBTQ community in Lebanon County.

“Today’s announcement is timely and important, but also not the end of our efforts to create a Pennsylvania that espouses inclusion and diversity in all that we do,” Wolf said. “The efforts of the LGBTQ work group, established early in my administration, are recognized in many accomplishments that will continue and that group’s work will move forward as a function of this commission. When I became governor, we saw that change was needed and we made it happen. Better yet, we are still making it happen and will do so until every Pennsylvanian can live, work, love, and thrive in our state with an assuredness of support and safety.”