State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, is the only local legislator taking part in a two-hour Twitter Town Hall meeting on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality Tuesday.

Schreiber will join state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, who are co-hosting the event.

Sims is the first openly gay legislator elected in the state, and he introduced legislation to prohibit discrimination based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

York County's only Democratic representative, Schreiber is also the only York County legislator to sign on as a co-sponsor of that legislation, House Bill 300, to ban discrimination as it relates to employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

Ask legislators: He said the Twitter event, held 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, will give people in York and beyond the chance to ask questions about House Bill 300 and other LGBT issues.

Twitter users can ask the representatives questions by using the hashtag #PaEquality. To address Schreiber specifically, use the handle @RepSchreiber. People can ask questions in advance of the town hall meeting, and Schreiber will answer them, he said.

"The goal is to engage the community in a dialogue," he said. "The point is to get the issues out and talk more, to inform the public about what we're working on."


Schreiber said he's optimistic that Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's recent statement in favor of House Bill 300 will cause others in his party to follow his lead.

"More and more Pennsylvanians are seeing this as a civil rights issue," Schreiber said. "And I believe it's only a matter of time for things like marriage equality."

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