In September 2011, Harry F. Nicoletti, Jr., 60, a guard at SCI Pittsburgh, was arrested on 89 charges related to sexually abusing prisoners, including multiple counts of institutional sexual assault, involuntary sexual intercourse and official oppression. The criminal complaint accuses Nicoletti of fondling a transgender male prisoner and calling him a “weird freaky monkey” before sexually assaulting him, among other offenses.
Two civil rights lawsuits have been filed against Nicoletti and other prison officials, alleging that for over two years Nicoletti was the ringleader of a group of guards who sexually abused prisoners – especially those convicted of sex offenses against children or believed to be homosexual. Eight guards were suspended and four prison administrators were fired or allowed to resign following an investigation. All of the administrators were named as defendants in one of the lawsuits, filed by a prisoner under the pseudonym John Doe.
The prisoner stated in his complaint that he was approached by Nicoletti in January 2010 and given a choice of being anally raped, performing oral sex or touching Nicoletti’s genitals. If he refused, Nicoletti threatened him with physical abuse or false disciplinary charges. The second lawsuit, also filed by a John Doe plaintiff, makes similar claims. Nicoletti has denied the allegations and the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association filed grievances over the suspensions, claiming they were baseless and imposed without due process. An arbitrator agreed, and ordered the eight suspended guards reinstated with back pay in March 2012. Nicoletti was found guilty on 27 counts.
Roe v. Nicoletti.
Prison Guard Guilty On 27 Counts In Inmate Abuse Trial « CBS Pittsburgh.
As part of National Transgender Week in November 2013, members of Camp Hill High School’s gay-straight alliance asked their classmates to “dress up as the opposite sex,” thus affirming a belief in girl and boy clothes.
Cross-dressing causes controversy in Camp Hill – WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg – Top Stories.
Pennsylvania State Representative John Galloway (D-Bucks) said concerns about accommodations for transgendered people are why he withdrew his name from HB 300.
The bill would amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to expand protections of the “right to freedom from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.” Under HB 300, citizens would no longer be denied these rights because of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity or expression.”
He said his objection to the bill were unresolved issues he had with the public accommodations protections for transgender people.
“I do have questions about the transgender issue where it concerns public facilities,” Galloway said. “I’m not sure how it would affect people who aren’t transgender. I would like to do more research into how this would concern for example public restrooms. I want to protect not only transgender people but people who are not transgender.”
Galloway signed on as a cosponsor when it was originally introduced in August. He removed himself in early September, apparently after receiving pressure from a Bucks County called Faithful Citizenship.
You can contact Rep. Galloway to thank him for his concern for women and girls here.
Galloway Pulls Cosponsorship From LGBT Bill _ PoliticsPA.
House Bill 300 would amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to ban discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression.” The term “gender identity or expression” means actual or perceived gender identity, appearance, behavior, expression or physical characteristics whether or not associated with an individual’s assigned sex at birth.
Pennsylvania is the latest state to consider the Prohibition on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts on Mental Health Treatment Act. H.B. 2691 bans “sexual orientation change efforts” towards minors under age 18. “Sexual orientation change efforts” includes efforts to change behaviors or “gender expressions.”
The Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations denied the University of Pittsburgh’s motion to dismiss a “gender” discrimination complaint filed by the Rainbow Alliance, a student group represented by the Women’s Law Project and Drexel University Professor David S. Cohen. Rainbow Alliance filed its discrimination complaint in April 2012, after University officials announced that students and faculty could use only those bathrooms and other sex-specific campus facilities that correspond to the sex on the user’s birth certificate.
Blog post on ruling
House Bill 2636 , the Pennsylvania Safe Schools Act, or PASS Act, promotes prevention and appropriate remediation of bullying incidents with educators and school staff, along with raising awareness of cyberbullying that takes place within schools’ jurisdiction, including bullying based on “gender identity.”
Pending bill to require consideration of a human trafficking victim’s “gender” (not defined) and “gender identity” (not defined) in the development of a State Plan for the Prevention of Human Trafficking.
Senate Bill 1587.