Category: Info

Information and updates about programs and projects at the Coalition

We’re Seeking a New Executive Director!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

January 5, 2024

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition is looking for a new leader to help us continue our mission of creating a supportive and inclusive community for all individuals in Lancaster County! As our next Executive Director, you’ll work closely with our Board of Directors to develop and implement strategic plans, secure funding, lead our staff and volunteers, and build relationships with the community.

Sound interesting? Read more below

Read more: We’re Seeking a New Executive Director!

Job Description
At Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, we are committed to building a supportive and enriching community abundant in opportunities for LGBTQIA+ individuals and those with a stake in creating a more inclusive Lancaster County. We are currently seeking a new visionary leader to work closely with our Board of Directors to take us into our next phase as an organization.

The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership and management to the Coalition, working closely with our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders to advance our mission, programming, and services. The ideal candidate is a passionate and experienced leader who is committed to promoting social justice, equity, and inclusion for LGBTQIA+ individuals in Lancaster County, and who has a proven track record of working outside of capitalist/imperialist frameworks.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Strategic planning and execution
2. Fundraising and resource development
3. Leadership and management of staff and volunteers
4. Community outreach and engagement
5. Advocacy and policy work

To apply, please fill out this form with the following information:
1. Cover letter (2 pages maximum) outlining your interest in the position and qualifications
2. Resume (3 pages maximum)
3. List of professional references with contact information

Happy New Year From the Coalition!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

January 3, 2024

Happy 2024 to all of our beloved community members and allies!

As we embark on this new journey together, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the incredible progress we’ve made together as a community over the last year. From the advocacy efforts that have brought us closer to full equality, to the safe spaces we’ve created for our youth, we are proud of the work we’ve done to uplift and support one another.

We are thrilled with the success of The Loop Thrift, our recently-launched Queer thrift store located at our HQ; the Loop! The Loop Thrift provides an affordable and sustainable way for our community members to shop, while also supporting the critical work we do providing DEI training, resources, and a free third space for our community.

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received, and we look forward to helping Lancaster’s community score fabulous finds!

As we look ahead to the year ahead, we remain committed to our mission of promoting unity, visibility, and well-being for all members of the LGBTQ+ community in Lancaster.

We have survived incredible odds over the past year because our community and partners are committed to solidarity in dangerous times. We want to thank AARP, Family Health Council, Alder Health Services, Touchstone Foundation, United Way, Arconic Foundation, Acts of Generosity, and the generosity of almost 500 individual small donors this year. There really is enough for all of us when we work collectively. 

We will continue to fight for the rights and dignity of our community, and create a truly inclusive Lancaster County community with the opportunity for everyone to live courageous, full, and authentic lives.

We hope you have a joyous and fulfilling new year, filled with love, laughter, and all the things that bring you happiness and well-being. Thank you for being a part of our community, and we invite you to come by the Loop!

With love and support,
Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Support Lancaster’s LGBTQ+ Community by Scoring Fab Fashion!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

December 19, 2023

The Loop Thrift Logo

We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening of The Loop Thrift, our brand-new thrift shop benefiting the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition! Join us December 22nd for our grand opening featuring catering by Soulcialize!

The Loop Thrift will be open Friday & Saturday from noon-6PM, and Sunday from noon-4PM Starting December 22nd!

About The Loop Thrift

Nestled snugly in the Loop at 117 E Chestnut St., The Loop Thrift is packed with unique new or gently used clothing and accessories at unbeatable prices.

Every purchase you make at Clothing the Loop directly supports the Coalition and the vibrant LGBTQ+ community in Lancaster. Our mission is to provide a safe space for all, promote unity and inclusivity, and offer resources and support for those who need it most. Your shopping habits can make a real difference!

Want to get involved?

We’re always looking for people interested in volunteering, donating, or otherwise getting involved with the Coalition! Right now, we’re seeking donations of the following items:

  • Washers & Dryers
  • Clothing racks
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Services (extermination, cleaning, landscaping, window replacement)
  • Furniture (couches, chairs)
  • Gift cards for direct action (Uber, grocery, pizza, Amazon, etc.)

We’re accepting clothing donations Wednesday and Thursday at The Loop.

If you want to volunteer time or help directly, please fill out our Volunteer Engagement Form!

A Heartfelt Thank You to the Lancaster Community

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

November 21, 2023

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Lancaster community for their incredible support during the Extra Give last Friday. Your generosity has left us speechless, and we are thrilled to announce that we raised an amazing $62,346 from 476 individual donors!

To each and every one of our donors, we want to thank you for your kindness and generosity. Your support has made a tangible difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals in Lancaster, and we are forever grateful for your belief in our mission. We understand that not everyone is able to contribute financially, and we appreciate all forms of support, whether it’s through volunteering, advocating, or simply spreading the word about our organization.

We would like to give a special thank you to our donation matches from Acts of Generosity, Eurofins, Sweetish, Anonymous, and Lemon Street Market. Your contributions have made a significant impact on our fundraising efforts, and we are truly grateful for your support.

We would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of our fundraising champions who went above and beyond to help us maximize our fundraising impact. Your dedication, passion, and commitment to our cause have been invaluable, and we are honored to have you as part of our community.

At Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, we are committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering environment for all members of our community. Your support has allowed us to continue our mission and make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve. Thank you again for your generosity, and we look forward to continuing our work together to make Lancaster a better place for all.

QUEER4YEARS: Join us 5-7PM Nov 12 at Tellus360 to Celebrate our Anniversary!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

October 13, 2023

Join us Nov 12 from 5-7 PM at Tellus360 to Celebrate Four Years of Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition! 🌈

On November 12th, we proudly commemorate the fourth anniversary of Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, and we invite you to share in our excitement! For the past four years, this vibrant coalition has championed equality, diversity, and inclusivity in Lancaster’s community, fostering a safe and accepting environment for all.

Donations made to the Coalition during this time will go toward our United Way Level Up & Launch Grant; we encourage the community to support our work. IMPORTANT: We will not receive your donation UNLESS YOU MAKE SURE to check the box marked “Apply this gift to your preferred Level Up & Launch fellow” and select “LGBTQ+ Coalition” from the drop down list!

Here are just a few reasons to celebrate our four-year milestone:

  1. Advocacy: Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition has been a relentless advocate for our community. Through DEI training, public awareness campaigns, and educational initiatives, we have been instrumental in ensuring LGBTQ+ rights and protections are upheld and forwarded in our area.
  2. Supportive Community: By hosting regular social events, peer groups, and collaborative opportunities, the Coalition has actively fostered a strong sense of community. Our efforts have provided a vital support network for LGBTQ+ individuals, helping them feel seen, heard, and embraced.
  3. Education and Awareness: The coalition has played an integral role in promoting understanding and acceptance in our community. We have organized workshops, panel discussions, and DEI training sessions for organizations and businesses to educate about gender and sexual diversity, breaking down barriers and fostering a more inclusive society.
  4. Solidarity: Throughout the past four years, the coalition has stood in solidarity with other social justice movements, recognizing the intersectionality of struggles. Our commitment to collaboration, mutual support, and direct action has strengthened bonds and created lasting change in our community.

Some Specific Initiatives and Achievements we’re Celebrating:

  1. Launch of Health & Wellness Clinic: The Coalition established a comprehensive health and wellness clinic that provides a range of services on a sliding scale, including mental health services, and HIV testing and treatment. This clinic has been successful in improving the overall health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community in Lancaster.
  2. Design Award for The Loop: The coalition’s innovative headquarters, The Loop, was featured in AIGA Philadelphia’s Appear Gallery as part of Philadelphia Design Week for its unique and inclusive branding that caters to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. The Loop provides a safe and welcoming space for members of the community to socialize, access resources, and receive support.
  3. HEART Program: The coalition launched the HEART (Health, Education, Advocacy, Research, and Training) program, which aims to provide housing, education, advocacy, and support services to the LGBTQ+ community.
  4. Name Change Clinic: The Coalition is working with local volunteer law professionals on a name change clinic that will provide legal assistance to members of the LGBTQ+ community who are seeking to change their names to align with their gender identity.
  5. Drop-in HIV Testing with Alder Health: The coalition partnered with Alder Health to offer drop-in HIV testing services, providing a convenient and accessible way for individuals to get tested and receive results quickly. This partnership has been successful in increasing HIV testing rates and improving access to care for those living with HIV.
  6. GDUSA Health & Wellness Design Awards: This year, we were also recognized with two Health & Wellness Design Awards by Graphic Design USA for our commitment to promoting the well-being and health of our community. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our creative team and volunteers.

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Attend Events: Keep an eye on our Discord and mailing list, and join upcoming events! Whether it’s a workshop, fundraiser, or social gathering, attending these events is a fantastic way to show your support and connect with like-minded individuals.
  • Volunteer: We welcomes volunteers with open arms. If you have a passion for LGBTQ+ rights and want to make a difference, consider dedicating your time and skills to help organize events, manage outreach programs, or offer your expertise. Contact [email protected]
  • Spread the Word: Share the coalition’s mission, accomplishments, and events through your social networks. By spreading awareness, you help create further visibility and broaden the coalition’s reach.

Join us November 12th from 5-7 PM at Tellus360 as we commemorate four years of the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition and our incredible community. Together, we can continue building a more inclusive and accepting society. Happy anniversary! 🎉🏳️‍🌈

Get Ready to SLAY with Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition and ESOARTS this Halloween Season!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

October 13, 2023

The Monsters are Coming Out of the Closet

They say Halloween is Queer Christmas, and we’re ready to celebrate! Join us 7-9PM October 27 at ESOARTS for a celebration of Queer identity, found family, and our upcoming four year anniversary!

Support the Coalition, learn about our programming and services, and let loose! Pose in your best freak it dress or slay the dance floor! Please note that this event is adults only.

Donations made to the Coalition during this time will go toward our United Way Level Up & Launch Grant; we encourage the community to support our work. IMPORTANT: We will not receive the donation UNLESS DONORS MAKE SURE to check the box marked “Apply this gift to your preferred Level Up & Launch fellow” and select “LGBTQ+ Coalition” from the drop down list!

See more info here!

Visit the Ware Center Oct 3 at 7PM for TRAVELING WHILE BLACK & QUEER

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

October 2, 2023

Accompanying the Ware Center’s TRAVELING WHILE BLACK Virtual Reality experience is a series of 8 FREECommunity Conversations” – moderated discussions exploring both historic and present barriers to full participation faced by Blacks and members of other marginalized communities as they “travel” through everyday life.  Next up is TRAVELING WHILE BLACK & QUEER at the Ware Center | Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

Featuring:

  • Kearasten Jordan 
  • Evita Colon 
  • Solise White 
  • J Whitlow  
  • Moderated by Lenwood Sloan

Tickets are free, but registration is required. More info below the fold:

Read more: Visit the Ware Center Oct 3 at 7PM for TRAVELING WHILE BLACK & QUEER

Listen to Our Executive Director Highlight the Growth of the Coalition & Explore What’s Ahead!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

September 29, 2023

Listen to our latest interview on WITF radio, in which our Executive Director K Foley discusses the growth and future of the Lancaster LGBTQ Coalition! The Coalition has made significant progress in creating an inclusive Lancaster County community and has plans to expand outreach and partnerships for continued progress in LGBTQ rights and inclusion.

Check out the recording!

Free Twice Monthly Drop-In Rapid HIV Testing Clinic – Get Tested Today!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

September 15, 2023

Get peace of mind and prioritize your wellbeing by getting tested for HIV at our new Free Rapid Walk-In HIV Testing Clinic in partnership with Alder Health Service.

When: 1st and 3rd Mondays from 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: The Loop; 117 E Chestnut Street, 17602

Know your status within minutes with Alder Health Service’s rapid testing technology. Our trained professionals provide a safe and comfortable environment for free and confidential testing.

Spread the word and empower our community through knowledge and awareness. For more information about the Coalition, visit lgbtlancaster.org

Note: This service is for informational purposes only and does not replace professional medical advice. Consult a healthcare provider for concerns or questions.

Affordable Mental Health Therapy through Touchstone Foundation Fellowship Program

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

September 15, 2023

Seeking affordable mental health therapy? Look no further! Our partnership with the Touchstone Foundation Fellowship Program offers sliding-scale, 1:1 outpatient therapy!

Cassie Ellison (she/they), a compassionate expert, provides personalized support. Don’t let finances hold you back.

Schedule an appointment with Cassie today at 717-288-7926. Prioritize your well-being, because it matters.