Tag: Events

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!

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. 

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.

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.

Join Lancaster Stands Up in Penn Square August 20th!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

August 17, 2023

Lancaster Stands Up is organizing a rally in Penn Square to talk about the significance of The Fairness Act!

Join LSU downtown this upcoming Sunday, August 20th!

Speakers will include Rep. Ismail Smith-Wade-El, Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition’s Shannon Haley-Mize, and various LGBTQ+ LSU members.

There’s Still Time to Participate in These Exciting Pride Month Events!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

June 26, 2023

It’s the last week of Pride Month, but Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition is still excited to celebrate with you! Here’s what we have going on this week:

Join us Monday, June 26 from 5:30-7:30 for a fundraiser at Blazin’ J’s downtown! In collaboration with A Concrete Rose Bookbar, $5 from every meal purchased will go to the Coalition! We’re also offering a limited-edition “Flamin'” tee shirt and Fuego de la Vida Margarita for purchase. Proceeds will support the Coalition.

Pre-order your meal and limited-edition shirt here!

On Tuesday June 27, we’re celebrating National HIV Testing Day with Walgreen’s at 1262 Lititz Pike. Swing by for FREE HIV testing and more!

All week throughout the end of June, adults 21 and over can stop by Decades for a delicious limited-time Pride Daquiri Cocktail Pouch! $1 from every drink sold will go to the Coalition.

Stay tuned on our blog and socials for an exciting announcement about our future events next month! We can’t wait to see you there.

Join the Coalition at Blazin’ J’s Flamin’ Fundraiser!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

June 13, 2023

Blazin' J's Flamin' Tee

A Concrete Rose and Blazin’ J’s are throwing the Coalition a fundraising party and we’d love to see you there! Stop by Blazin’ J’s on Monday, June 26th between 5-7:30 PM to grab a limited-edition tee shirt, margarita, and sandwich meal benefitting Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition!

The full package includes a limited-edition Flamin’ tee shirt featuring design elements from our recent STARDUST RHAPSODY event, a meal with a Clucking Fabulous Sandwich, fries, and lemonade, and a limited-edition Fuego de la Vida Margarita!

Can’t make the fundraiser but still want to support the Coalition? No worries! You can always donate to the Coalition at lgbtlancaster.org/donate to help fund our programming, HEART housing, events, and other work benefitting Lancaster’s LGBTQ+ community!

Make Zines With the Coalition & PCA&D CCE on June 21st!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

June 1, 2023

Join Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Center for Creative Exploration for a hands-on workshop on zine creation on Wednesday, June 21st at the Loop!

A “zine” (pronounced “ZEEN,” often short for “fanzine”) is a small, pamphlet-like, independently produced and published printed work. A zine can include text, images, artwork, found objects, or any creative material that helps to express the author’s message. Anyone can be a zinester (aka someone who creates a zine), and generally zinesters create zines for the love of the work rather than for seeking a profit.

Swing by The Loop anytime between 5:30-8:30 June 21st for instruction, inspiration, and invigorating conversation! Learn how to design, create, print, and distribute your own zines! Gain a familiarity with the role of the zine in Queer history!