Borough of State College News Release

For Immediate Release

Elliott Kozuch | | (202) 423-2873 | (202) 486-3789

Mayor Donald M. Hahn, HRC President Alphonso David to Launch Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2019 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) in State College, PA

State College, Pa – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, will launch its national 2019 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) in State College, Pennsylvania, at a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at noon ET in Council Chambers (243 South Allen Street).
The MEI is the only nationwide assessment of LGBTQ inclusiveness in municipal laws, policies and services. State College was chosen for the MEI launch because it achieved a high score, despite being located in a state without fully-inclusive LGBTQ non-discrimination protections.
Cities rated in the MEI are assessed on their LGBTQ-inclusive laws and policies, including non-discrimination laws; municipal employment policies, including transgender-inclusive insurance coverage and non-discrimination requirements for contractors; inclusiveness of city services; law enforcement, including hate crimes reporting; and municipal leadership on matters of equality.

WHAT: Press conference to announce the state of LGBTQ equality in State College, PA

Noon ET Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Council Chambers, 243 S Allen Street, State College, PA 16801


  • Donald M. Hahn, State College Mayor
  • Alphonso David, HRC President
  • Claire Thomas, Founder and President of the non-profit
  • Freddy Purnell, President of the Penn State LGBTQ Student Roundtable
  • Borja Gutierrez, Co-Chair of State College’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Matters
  • Xavier Persad, HRC Senior Legislative Council

All interested media must RSVP to Elliott Kozuch at

See the full results of the 2019 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) after November 19 at 9:00 a.m. ET at

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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