Ballot Question No.1

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Plain English Statement Re Ballot Question No.1

As Required by Section 201.1 of the Pennsylvania Election Code

Submitted to the Voters By:
Bill No. 150216 (approved June 2, 2015);
Resolution No. 150225 (adopted May 14, 2015)

Ballot Question:

Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to establish and define the functions of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affairs, headed by a Director of LGBT Affairs?


This proposed amendment to the Home Rule Charter would add a new Office to the Administrative branch of City government:the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affairs. The Office would be headed by the Director of LGBT Affairs, appointed by the Mayor.

The Office of LGBT Affairs would:

• Develop proposed policies regarding civil rights issues affecting LGBT people.

• Coordinate the implementation of policies and programs to support the LGBT population and to support the City's equality and diversity goals.

• Coordinate among City agencies and the LGBT communities to improve access to City services and to improve quality of life for LGBT people.