Institute for Corean-American Studies

Stephen A. Glassman

Chairperson, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Stephen A. Glassman, AIA has practiced architecture as the principal of his own firm (Art and Architectural Design) for 25 years throughout the United States. Since graduating with highest honors from Brown and Yale Universities with advanced degrees in architecture and art history his residential and commercial design work has appeared more than 100 times in national publication and he has won numerous awards and citations for his professional work. Steve has lectured extensively at conferences, museums, and universities across the country, and has served as a director on numerous boards of arts and civil rights organizations. In addition he has appeared as a media spokesperson on television, radio, and in the press on behalf of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender civil rights causes, architecture and design, and AIDS issues. He has also appeared with Martha Stewart on CBS This Morning, on an episode of "Frasier" entitled "The Doctor is Out", and as a guest on numerous radio and television talk programs.

Steve was the first openly gay political appointee in Baltimore, MD where he served for five years as Civic Design Commissioner under Mayor Kurt Schmoke. He has served on a wide variety of national, state, and local boards including the ACLU, the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBT Community Center of Baltimore, the Names Project, and the Yale University LGBT Study Center among others. Steve currently resides on a farm in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, and is the past President of the Common Roads (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Youth) support group in Harrisburg, and co-chairs the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition, the largest group in the state working to achieve equal rights legislation on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. His collections of art furniture and pottery have been exhibited widely in museums and galleries and have been featured in several motion picture films and TV productions.

In May of 2002 Steve was appointed by Governor Mark Schweiker (R-PA) to the Pennsylvania State Human Relations Commission and subsequently was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate in June of 2002. He is the first openly gay individual ever to receive a statewide gubernatorial appointment subject to Senate confirmation to a Pennsylvania board or commission. In June of 2003 Governor Ed Rendell appointed Steve as the Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission making him the first openly gay individual in the country to chair a state gubernatorial commission subject to Senate confirmation and the highest ranking openly gay appointed official in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

ICAS Web Site Links for Stephen A. Glassman:

2004 Summer Symposium

This page last updated 1/17/2005 jdb

ICAS Fellow
Speakers &