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State Senator Steve Santarsiero,'s "Love Is Love Day" Proposal Shot Down in PA Senate

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A State Senator from Bucks County who proposed to designate the day after Valentine's Day as "Love is Love Day" in Pennsylvania in support of local LGBTQ+ youth made an impassioned plea for acceptance after his resolution didn't make it to the floor.

Senator Steve Santarsiero, who introduced a resolution in Harrisburg calling on Pennsylvania lawmakers to make Feb. 15 "Love is Love Day," made his comments Wednesday.

Santarsiero's resolution was aimed to be in celebration of a prom that the Rainbow Room in Doylestown will be hosting on Feb. 15th. However, it didn't make it to the floor.

"We were unable to receive unanimous consent from our Republican colleagues," Santarsiero said in a statement.

"It is not okay that in Pennsylvania, in the year 2020, it is still perfectly legal to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ+ community. We should all be ashamed of that, and actively fight to make our Commonwealth an inclusive place for all residents, especially our children," he said in a statement.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

Posted:            January 27, 2020 12:50 PM

From:  Senator Steven J. Santarsiero

To: All Senate members

Subject: Recognizing February 15, 2020, as “Love is Love Day” in Pennsylvania.


Year after year, February 14th, or better known as Valentine’s Day, receives much media attention with couples and loved ones proclaiming their love for each other. Those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and other sexual minorities (LGBTQ+) are often excluded from Valentine’s Day mainstream media coverage.


Being an adolescent during a time when those around you are expressing their love for each other can be overwhelming, especially if you do not see examples you identify with. How parents and guardians engage with their LGBTQ+ youth can have a tremendous impact on their child’s current and future mental and physical health.


It is critical that more communities in this Commonwealth offer support to the LGBTQ+ youth around them. Encouraging families and allies to facilitate access to community-based providers who have experience providing health services, including medical testing and counseling, social, and psychological services to LGBTQ+ youth is extremely beneficial.


Accepting the LGBTQ+ youth in our communities and in society at large helps remind those who we care about that love is love regardless of how they identify.


Please join me in cosponsoring this resolution, recognizing February 15, 2020, as “Love is Love Day” in Pennsylvania.

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