Reading Pride Celebration President appointed as Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission


Reading PA – Richard L. Spangler, President of Reading Pride Celebration was appointed by Mayor Vaughn Spencer of the City of Reading and approved by City Council (7-0) on November 24th as Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission.He was sworn in on December 9th in City Hall by City Clerk Linda Kelleher.

Comm’r Spangler will be seated on the Commission on January 14th, 2015.

I hope that an openly gay presence on the Commission will help to reflect the cultural make-up of the City while allowing furtherance of justice over discrimination.

Comm’r Spangler views his appointment as an extension of his role as President of Pride when he advocates for equality for the LGBT Community. The City of Reading has laws that protect people from discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation since 1955 and in 2009 an amendment was passed (6-1) adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the law which Spangler helped fight for as President of Pride. His term on the Commission expires on February 14th, 2018.