Pennsylvania State Senate Unanimously Confirms Adrian Shanker to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission


ALLENTOWN, PA — On October 1st, 2018, the Pennsylvania State Senate voted 49-0 to confirm Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, to serve as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Governor Tom Wolf nominated Shanker in June.


The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission promotes equal opportunity for all and enforces Pennsylvania’s civil rights laws that protect people from unlawful discrimination.


Shanker has previously served for three years on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown (2009-2012), led the effort to establish the Human Relations Commission in the City of Bethlehem, and while serving as President of Equality Pennsylvania from 2011-2013, he worked with numerous municipal bodies in south east PA to assist them in passing their local human relations ordinances.


Shanker’s appointment to PHRC is a voluntary position, he continues his leadership as Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. He also serves, at Governor Wolf’s appointment, on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, and in addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Pennsylvania and on the Board of the Non-Profit & Business Partners Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Upon learning of his confirmation by the Pennsylvania State Senate, Shanker stated, “I am humbled by the confidence in me from Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Senate. The work of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is critical to ensure that all Pennsylvanians are able to live, work, and learn free from discrimination. That’s a goal all fair-minded Pennsylvanians share, and I am honored to have been confirmed to this position.”
About Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center:Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides arts, health, youth, and pride programs to strengthen and support the LGBT community across the Greater Lehigh Valley.

About The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission:

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, or PHRC, enforces state laws that prohibit discrimination: the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, which covers discrimination in employment, housing, commercial property, education and public accommodations; and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act, which is specific to postsecondary education and secondary vocational and trade schools.


Information provided to TVL by:
Oliver Reilly
Development Manager
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center