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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 31, 2020 03:34 PM
From: Representative Brian Sims
To: All House members
Subject: Censure Representative Diamond
In the very near future, I plan to introduce a Resolution to censure Representative Russ Diamond for his harmful attacks on the LGBTQ+ community and transphobic and undermining actions against Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Representative Diamond has been spreading damaging misinformation as a proponent of not wearing a mask. It has been his goal to minimize the danger of the coronavirus and undermine Secretary Levine’s life-saving health and safety orders in favor of reopening sectors of Pennsylvanian’s economy without thought to science, health or safety. Most recently, Representative Diamond’s actions were especially harmful as he equated discrimination against non-mask-wearing Pennsylvanians to the historic discrimination felt by LGBTQ+ residents of the commonwealth. His mockery of the disrespect and violence directed toward members of the LGBTQ+ community, and specifically of Dr. Levine, is unacceptable from a member of the House of Representatives.
Representative Diamond continues to equate freedom and patriotism with the refusal to wear a mask when in fact, the act of wearing one has clearly shown our ability to greatly reduce the spread of the virus. His attempts to discredit these facts and his transphobic attacks on our nationally respected and transgender public health leader, Dr. Rachel Levine, who has been dedicated to protecting each and every Pennsylvanian, are abhorrent and dangerous to our ability to mitigate this virus. Therefore, I am asking you to join with me in cosponsoring this censure resolution.

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Introduced as HR964