Steve Grout was at a holiday party a few years and was celebrating 20 years of service to the university where he worked – when he was caught off-guard by a homophobic comment that the school’s president casually made. Afterwards, Steve did some research to see his salary as a tenured associate professor of architectural design was on par with other people at his level — and it wasn’t. Steve’s lawyer began proceedings against the university – and the case was settled in 18 months, to Steve’s satisfaction. However, if Pennsylvania had statewide nondiscrimination protections in place, Steve would have been more protected in the first place.
“If the Fairness Act had been in place when I sued my university for sexual orientation employment discrimination, I never should have had to go to the courts in the first place,” Steve says, explaining that it is so vital for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians to share their support for nondiscrimination protections. “They would have known better.”
Photographs by Kristy Lumsden Photography