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.

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition Celebrates 4 Years of Service and The Loop’s 1-Year Anniversary with Community Party

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

October 18, 2023

Lancaster, PA – Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition is pleased to invite the Lancaster community to join us in celebrating four years of service to the Lancaster LGBTQ+ community at our anniversary party on November 12th from 5-7 pm at tellus360. This year, we are also marking the one-year anniversary of The Loop, our physical base of operations and the location of our LGBTQ+ community housing and low-cost clinic initiatives.

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!

The party will feature light refreshments, music, and opportunities to mingle with other members and supporters of the Lancaster LGBTQ+ community. We are proud to have made significant strides in promoting unity, visibility, and inclusivity within our community, including:

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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.

We hope that our community can join us in celebrating this special milestone and contributing to the continued growth and success of the Lancaster LGBTQ+ community. 

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!

Lancaster LGBQ+ Coalition Hosting SLAY Halloween Celebration October 27 at ESOARTS

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

October 13, 2023

Lancaster, PA – Calling all ghouls, goblins, and divas! The ultimate Halloween event is coming to Lancaster, PA, and you won’t want to miss it! On Friday, October 27th from 7-9PM, Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition and ESOARTS will host SLAY, a night of fun, fashion, and fierce ‘fits.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of costume contests, jaw-dropping dancing, and mind-blowing music at our in-person event at ESOARTS; 317 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA. Get ready to slay the night away with incredible costumes, freaky fashion, and unforgettable performances that will leave you screaming for more!

SLAY is an adults-only celebration of Queer identity, found family, and the upcoming four-year anniversary of ESOARTS. Support the Coalition, learn about our programming and services, and let loose! Pose in your best freak it dress or slay the dance floor!

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!

The SLAY branding, designed by Ellie Cochran, has received a Health and Wellness Design Award from Graphic Design USA, further solidifying the event’s reputation as a standout celebration of Queer identity and self-expression.

So mark your calendars and get ready to SLAY it at ESOARTS on October 27th! For more information, visit our Eventbrite page.

About ESOARTS:
EsōArts is more than just a gallery & boutique. Featuring over 60 local artists a month, EsōArts also provides space for public events, live music, and more with Permanent Inc Tattoos just above the showroom floor. Located on the historic 300 block of Queen St, EsōArts is made up of artists Andrew Silvius, Annie Roth, and Zach Walter and entrepreneur Chris Dreisbach.

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.