Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County (WBRE/WYOU) – Wilkes-Barre is the 4th place in our area to pass an ordinance protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The Wilkes-Barre City Council voted unanimously to pass an anti discrimination ordinance Thursday night, after being introduced by council new-comer Beth Gilbert in August.

The ordinance will now become law in 10 days and protects the rights of all people despite who they are or their sexual orientation.  The city joins Scranton, Pittston and Dickson City, however there is still no law protecting the LGBT community across the state.

Wilkes-Barre City Council Member Beth Gilbert says  “members of the LGBT community, people who would be discriminated against because of their marital status, age, veteran status, they can now hear their testimony in front of a human relations commission which was also established by this ordinance.”  Now, Wilkes-Barre City Council must establish a Human Relations Committee, made up of people from the city.  

For information on how to apply for the Human Relations Committee click here.