wilkes-barreWilkes-Barre Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Ordinance No. 10

Adopted: September 15, 2016


Local community leaders first began organizing for this ordinance in 1994. The Wilkes-Barre City Council voted down the ordinance in a 1-6 vote. 

Newly-elected City Council members Beth Gilbert and Tony Brooks supported the introduction and passage of the ordinance in 2016. Council member Gilbert introduced the ordinance on August 11, 2016. At a work session before its introduction on August 9, 2016, Council member Brooks shared his coming out story. The ordinance was unanimously approved, 5-0, at its first consideration on August 11, 2016. The ordinance was unanimously adopted by the council in a 5-0 vote on September 15, 2016.

In the News

Wilkes-Barre LGBT community seeks anti-discrimination policy
Citizens’ Voice (November 16, 2013)

Wilkes-Barre Councilwoman Proposes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
PA Homepage (August 2, 2016)

W-B councilwoman will introduce anti-discrimination ordinance for LGBT
Citizens’ Voice (August 2, 2016)

County and Wilkes-Barre have similar measures pending for LGBT protection
Times Leader (August 5, 2016)

Brooks offers personal experiences in support of anti-discrimination proposal
Citizens’ Voice (August 9, 2016)

City Council to Vote on LGBT Protection Ordinance in Wilkes-Barre
WNEP (August 11, 2016)

City passes anti-discrimination ordinance
Citizens’ Voice (August 11, 2016)

Wilkes-Barre council to take final vote on anti-discrimination ordinance
Citizens’ Voice (September 14, 2016)

Wilkes-Barre city council to vote on anti-discrimination ordinance
Times Leader (September 14, 2016)

City Passes Anti Discrimination Ordinance
PA Homepage (September 15, 2016)

Wilkes-Barre Approves LGBT Ordinance
WNEP (September 15, 2016)

Wilkes-Barre council passes expansive anti-discrimination ordinance
Times Leader (September 16, 2016)

W-B council OKs anti-discrimination ordinance
Citizens’ Voice (September 16, 2016)