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Celebrate the Holigays With Us, and Get Your Vax as a Plus!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

December 16, 2022

Holidays are complex for the LGBTQ+ community. To address the need for community around the holidays, AND offset the increased risk of gaythering, we are partnering with Union Community Care on two COVID booster/flu Vaccination clinics placed intentionally before the Winter holidays before New Years Eve celebrations!

Nurse Practitioner Erica Lehman will be donating her time to run the clinic and Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition will use grant funding from Union Community Care to host “Holigay” parties with performances and DJs.

Clinics will be held on the next two upcoming Wednesdays; December 21 and December 28, from 5PM to 8PM at the Loop, 117 E Chestnut Street, Lancaster PA 17602.

To sign up, please call Union Community Care at (717) 299-6371

“As a trauma therapist I am increasingly concerned about the constant confusion and quite frankly, the insanity of our current culture.

Rules around keeping people safe from COVID or the variants flying around are arbitrary at best and definitely not rooted in protecting vulnerable, marginalized communities.

We want to find ways to be proactive and protect our community members while tending to our other great need: community support.”

K. Foley (she/they), Executive Director

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition to Participate in the 2022 Extra Give

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

November 15, 2022

Give Extra to Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, November 18 2022

Give Extra to Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition on November 18th

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition will participate in the 2022 Extra Give on Friday, November 18th! Make sure to Give Extra to Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition throughout the day to help support our continued efforts to create a truly equitable Lancaster County, and to develop The Loop; our new hub for safety and community in Downtown Lancaster.

We’re planning to celebrate four years of Extra Give participation with an event-packed day full of celebration and opportunities to see the impact of your donations. Here’s what we’re planning throughout the day:

7-9AM: Morning Rush Hour at Square One
Start off the morning right with coffee, snacks, and even a selection of beans at Square One Coffee Co. 10% of proceeds will go to Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

9AM-2PM: Information & Swag Table at Clipper Stadium
Hang out with our very own Program Coordinator Glitch SteelHeart and learn about the Coalition’s services, programming, and training opportunities for individuals, organizations, and more! Score some swag while you’re there to represent our local Queer community!

6-11PM: Extra Give Gaming Livestream on Our YouTube Channel
Join us online starting at 6PM for hours of Queer gaming fun with several different hosts! We’ll start off with classic and modern PC, PSX, and PS2 games until 8PM, then power on our imaginations for a live tabletop gaming experience from our LGBT RPG group! Keep an eye out for the possibility of special prizes and shout-outs on stream!

7-11PM: Community Celebration & Raffle at The Loop
RSVP now to celebrate another year of progress and giving in our community party at The Loop! Enjoy live music from DJ GiGi, and stick around ’til the end of the night to join in on a raffle ticket fundraiser for a unique piece of artwork by Lancaster artist Jeff Sibbett!

We’re so excited to see you there, and to thank you for everything you’ve helped to make possible. Make sure to Give Extra to Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition on November 18th to support community, authenticity, and love!

Funny That Way Viewing & Panel

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

November 10, 2022

Join us for a viewing and panel discussing Julia Scotti: Funny That Way at 6 PM on Wednesday, November 16 at the Ware Center!

With breathtaking emotional honesty, this tender, funny, and powerful portrait of transgender comedian Julia Scotti explores the unrelenting courage and humor it takes to be Julia. This film tracks Julia’s triumphant journey as comedy becomes the shared language of identity, healing, and joy.

From 6:15 to 6:50, join us for a community panel discussion of the film, followed by a screening at 7 PM. Stick around after the screening for a LIVE Post-Show Q&A with filmmaker Susan Sandler and Julia Scotti herself via Zoom! Panelists include:

  • Joanne M. Carroll (she/her/hers), Executive Director, Trans Advocacy PA; Co-Chair, Keystone Conference; Commissioner, PA Commission on LGBT%Q Affairs and Member of Penn Central Conference of the UCC, Open and Affirming Ministry Team
  • Rachel “Glitch” SteelHeart (she/they), Program Director here at Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition
  • Dr. Blaise Liffick, Director of Operations, Silent Witness
  • J Whitlow (he/him), Director of Campus Life, Millersville University

Reserve your FREE ticket by phone at 717-871-7600 or online at artsmu.com, or pick one up at the door one hour before showtime!

SLAY Event October 28th [Cancelled]

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

October 17, 2022

The Monsters are Coming Out of the Closet

Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel this event. Stay tuned for future announcements! Tickets are now available to join Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition in our celebration of Queer identity, found family, our upcoming fourth anniversary, and the spooky season at our SLAY event at the Imperial Terrace on Friday, October 28th! Doors open at 7 PM

They say Halloween is Queer Christmas, and we’re ready to celebrate! Support the Coalition and celebrate our THIRD ANNIVERSARY and FIRST EVER Halloween fundraiser bash: SLAY!!

Dine on a spread to die for on the Imperial Terrace, sip on signature spirits, pose in your freak it dress for Michelle Johnsen Photography, and slay the dance floor with DJ GIGI!

We’re featuring surprise guests, spooky prizes, and swag for days, darling.
ALL are welcome :jack_o_lantern: Gaybies and minors must be accompanied by a guardian

Tickets are available for purchase here.

In order to protect our vulnerable immunocompromised population, masking is highly recommended for this in-person event. Attendees must be vaccinated against Covid-19.

LGBTQ+ Birthing & Affirming Doula Conversations

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

June 8, 2022

Join us at the Loop on Sunday, June 12 from 6-7PM for an affirming, non-gendered conversation about birthing and doula services free from binary language. This event is geared toward the unique pregnancy experiences of LGBTQ+ birthing people, and will be led by Rae Johnson-Bundy & Madhumitha Rajakittu Pudupatti.

Masks are required for the in-person event. Can’t join in person? Feel free to attend our digital simulcast!

Rae Johnson-Bundy, certified Doula Trainer and Mentor, Lamaze Childbirth Educator, Evidenced Based Birth Instructor and a Certified Birth Doula (CD) DONA at Doula Right Thing. As a Birth and Postpartum Doula Trainer for National Black Doula Associates (NBDA), Black Childbirth Educator and Doula she supports and brings awareness to the much needed maternal health care People of Color are facing today.

Madhumitha Rajakittu Pudupatti, National Black Doula Associates (NBDA), Certified Birth Doula at Guiding Hand Doula. As a Woman of Color, immigrant navigating in a different culture, birth professional, and mother herself, she has experienced and witnessed situations not completely respectful to the birthing person. She strives to support birthing people from the experience of a Person of Color, and through her program strives to reach Communities of Color, bring awareness to Maternal Health, and represent POC during pregnancy and bring in the respect they deserve for their values, beliefs, and choices.

Pride Month 2022 Events

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

May 27, 2022

Pride Month is here, and now that events are back to being in person – we are excited to celebrate with you!

June 1st 12PM: Flag Raising Ceremony
Lancaster Pride will be at the Lancaster City Visitor Center for the flag raising.
Lancaster City Visitor Center – 38 Penn Square, Lancaster, PA 17603

June 1st 5PM – 9PM: Pride Beer Release Party
Lancaster Pride is releasing Pride Parade, a Raspberry Petite IPA
Our Town Brewery – 252 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA

June 3rd, 4th, and 5th: PRIDE Pop Up Art Gallery

Pop of Color Art is hosting a Pride themed art gallery that showcases work by local artists and makers. All works of art are available to purchase, and a special piece of art by Jeff Sibbert called “brave. loved. valid.” will be available for auction, with all proceeds from the auction donated to the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition. The gallery will be open from 10am-7pm on Friday/Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

Pop of Color Art – 50 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

June 4th 6:30PMPride Night @ Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster Pride is hosting a night of baseball and drag
Clipper Magazine Stadium – 650 North Prince Street Lancaster, PA 17603

June 5th 4PM – 9PM: Ribbon Cutting & Tea Dance Ceremony
Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition is opening The Loop – a new community space and nonprofit seedbed where every intersection can feel safe and celebrated.
The Loop – 117 E Chestnut Street Lancaster PA

June 11th 12PM – 1PM: Pride Pet Parade
Lancaster Pride invites you to bring your pet to a walk in the park – pride swag is encouraged
Buchanan Park – 901 Buchanan Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603

June 15th 6PM – 8PMLancaster Pride and Keystone Business Alliance Networking Mixer
Lancaster Pride and the Keystone Business Alliance are hosting a Pride Month event
Burley Bar (Thistle Finch) – 417 W Grant Street, Lancaster PA

June 18th 12PM – 6PMLancaster Pride 
Lancaster Pride is hosting in-person events, talented musicians, extraordinary drag performers, and dozens of vendors.
Clipper Magazine Stadium – 650 North Prince Street Lancaster, PA 17603

June 19th 12PM – 8PM: Lititz PRIDE Festival
Join Lititz Chooses Love for a family celebration of PRIDE & JUNETEENTH!
Lititz Springs Park – 18 N Broad St, Lititz, PA

June 24th 6PM: Studio 43 (70’s Pride Night)

Escape. On Queen is hosting a family friendly pride event as part of Celebrate Lancaster. There will be fun, music, and more!

Escape. On Queen – 47 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603


June 24th 7PM: Slow Ride Pride Ride
Trek Bicycle Lancaster is hosting their monthly slow ride with a PRIDE theme, in support of our community and Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition.
Buchanan Park – 901 Buchanan Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603

June 25th 12PM – 1PMPride Pool Party
LGBTQ+ affirming pool party for all ages hosted by Lancaster Pride and the Lancaster Recreation Commission
Conestoga Pines Pool – 3200 Arthur E Morris Pkwy, Lancaster, PA 17601

PRAY AWAY Screening Nov. 3

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

October 12, 2021

Pray Away Poster

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition is hosting a screening of Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum’s new documentary Pray Away, 6PM November 3rd at Zoetropolis!

Pray Away focuses on the narratives surrounding anti-LGBTQ+ conversion “therapy.” The film profiles former leaders of the “pray the gay away” movement who must contend with the aftermath of their actions, and a survivor who finds healing and acceptance after over a decade of trauma.

Conversion “therapy” practices attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identities of LGBTQ+ individuals. As of the time of this writing, there are no state laws prohibiting this harmful practice in Pennsylvania.

While there is a global movement underway to ban this appalling practice, laws alone won’t be enough to stop the harm. The vast majority of conversion efforts take place within organizations and ministries protected by the First Amendment, which means ending conversion therapy for good will require continued education and strategies to encourage cultural progress.

Register your interest here! In lieu of tickets, we will be accepting donations at the door to get in. Attendants must be fully vaccinated and masked

Want to support the Coalition, its programs, and its mission to create an equitable Lancaster County community? Donate today!

October 2021 Tabling Events!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

October 11, 2021

Coalition staff stand at a Coalition-branded table

Autumn is Queer season and we’re out and about! Drop by our table at these events to get FREE STI test kits and information about the Coalition’s new activities!

  • October 17 @ Planned Parenthood
    Swing by to get a free STI test kit — it’s always better to know for sure! — and bring a hygiene product donation for our HEART Program
  • October 24 @ Lancaster Pride
    Celebrate Queer identity and community with us at Lancaster Pride! Our table will be right in front so be sure to stop by!

Visit Our Table at Recovery Day Lancaster!

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

August 30, 2021

Visit the Coalition's table at Recovery Day Lancaster Saturday, September 11 from 10 AM to 3 PM

A 2016 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that the number of Queer community members reporting illicit drug use disorders is twice as many as their cis/het peers. According to GLAAD’s 2020 Accelerating Acceptance survey, people who identify as gay or lesbian are more than twice as likely to have a “severe” alcohol or tobacco use disorder than their het peers, people who identify as bisexual are three times as likely to develop a substance use disorder, and transgender students are two and a half times more likely to use drugs than cis students.

These alarming statistics are due in part to the unique difficulties faced by the Queer community due to outdated legal, religious, and ethical practices leading to Queerphobia and discrimination. It’s vital that members of the LGBTQ+ communities have access to empathetic and comprehensive treatment options within a community which supports addiction recovery. That’s why we’ll be hosting a table at Recovery Day Lancaster September 11 at Buchanan Park!

Recovery Day Lancaster is a celebration of healing which helps to normalize addiction recovery as a healthy and contributing factor towards a strong community. Recovery is more sustainable in a welcoming and supportive environment, so join us starting at 9:30 AM for a 5K walk for recovery, unity circle, and performances from Half Past Dead and Octavia Blues Band. There will be vendors, games, crafts, and more all day — so drop by and say hi!

Learn more about the event at lancastercountyrecovery.com

Last Weekend of Pride Month Events

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

June 23, 2021

Saturday, June 26: Cure Dispensary Pride Day

Access to affirming healthcare is a vital aspect of Queer life. As with many marginalized groups, the demand for healthcare exists but Queer individuals struggle to navigate medical institutions which don’t understand or cater to our unique experience.

That’s why we’re excited to be working with Cure Dispensary for their Pride Day celebrations! From noon to 7 PM, swing by for music, free home STI test kits, discounts, and pride swag! Bring a sanitation product for a $5 discount on your order! All customers must have a medical marijuana card to enter the dispensary.

Accepted sanitation items are:

  • Deodorant
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Baby Diapers (sizes 4-6)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cleaning Supplies

Sunday, June 27: Salsa & MerenGay

Join us on Sunday between 8AM and 5PM at McCaskey High School for Salsa & MerenGay: an LGBTQ+ inclusive salsa lesson in partnership with Patients R Waiting and Union Community Care’s Health Equity NOW initiative! DJ Ecliptic will be performing from 2-5PM, and we’ll be handing out free home STI test kits for National HIV Testing Day.

Afterward, swing by High Fever’s pride-themed party at Marion Court from 2-7PM to catch a drag show, food and drinks, and a free home STI test kit. Admission is $10.