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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

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.

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.

Behavioral Health & Wellness Clinic

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

July 13, 2023

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition is gearing up to launch a new behavioral health and wellness clinic; a much-needed addition to Lancaster’s healthcare community! Here’s some more information about the partnerships we’re forging and the health resources we’re planning to have on-site:

In partnership with Touchstone Foundation, we have the opportunity to offer therapy on a sliding scale. Funds will go directly to the clinician.

Valley Youth House will offer case management and housing services for LGBTQ+ youth up to age 24 one day per week!

We’re also thrilled to begin offering free walk-in rapid HIV testing provided by Alder Health starting September 18th!  Walk-in testing will be available from 2-6pm. From then on, we will continue to offer walk-in testing on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month:

  • September 18th
  • October 2nd and 16th
  • November 6th and 20th
  • December 4th and 18th

In partnership with Family Health Council, we will launch our Sexual Health and Wellness Program starting with our Prep program. The Prep program will focus on health education and outreach for LGBTQ+ teens.  

Finally, In partnership with AARP we will host a “Coffee and Conversation” series! Join us July 30th for Death Cafe: discussion around end of life planning and presentation from Melissa Ressler, Death Doula and ED of Lancaster Downtowners. Stay tuned for more info soon!

Navigating the Aging Process: Unveiling Mental Health Considerations for LGBT Seniors

Olivia Turner

July 12, 2023

The mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors is a subject that warrants particular attention, considering the unique challenges this group faces. An understanding of these nuances is crucial to building supportive communities and healthcare systems that genuinely meet their needs.

The Unique Mental Health Impact of Aging in LGBT Seniors

Aging is an inevitable process accompanied by physiological, psychological, and social changes. For LGBT seniors, the complexities of this process can be exacerbated by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Compared to their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT seniors may face increased mental health issues, often stemming from a lifetime of discrimination, stigma, and rejection.

Research has consistently shown higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide among LGBT individuals, with these issues persisting into old age. Factors such as the lack of social support, the fear of coming out, and living with an identity that society often marginalizes can create a toxic mix that threatens the mental well-being of LGBT seniors.

Senior couple walking on the beach

The Role of Identity, Stigma, and Discrimination

It is undeniable that identity, stigma, and discrimination play significant roles in the mental health of aging LGBT individuals. Many seniors have lived through eras where non-heteronormative identities were not only socially stigmatized but also criminalized. This historical context has a profound impact on mental health, increasing the risk of mood disorders and suicidal ideation.

For seniors who come out later in life, the psychological impact can be even more significant. The process of self-acceptance and disclosure can be immensely stressful, particularly when fearing rejection from established social circles. As a result, these seniors may experience heightened levels of anxiety and depression.

The Shadows of Historical Trauma

Many LGBT seniors have not only battled personal trials but also navigated shared historical traumas. Events like the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s disproportionately affected the LGBT community. The weight of such events, coupled with societal stigmatization, could leave lasting scars, increasing the likelihood of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions in LGBT seniors.

Loneliness and Social Isolation

LGBT seniors may experience heightened social isolation or loneliness, which are key risk factors for mental health problems. Some may not have children or may be estranged from their families due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Additionally, seniors who are not openly out might withdraw from social activities due to fear of rejection or misunderstanding. These factors can lead to increased feelings of isolation and depression.

Senior men embracing on a pool party

Building a Better Mental Health Support System for LGBT Seniors

Addressing these challenges requires concerted efforts to improve mental health services for LGBT seniors. Healthcare professionals need to possess cultural competence and understand the unique experiences of these individuals to provide effective support. Therapy groups, peer support networks, and community centers could serve as safe spaces for LGBT seniors to express their feelings and experiences, thereby fostering a sense of belonging.

Moreover, societal acceptance is a key factor in improving the mental health outcomes of LGBT seniors. As a society, we must work towards a culture that not only tolerates but embraces diversity in all its forms.

Conclusion

LGBT seniors’ mental health is shaped by a confluence of factors, including historical traumas, societal attitudes, and individual experiences. As they navigate the aging process, it’s imperative that we provide them with the necessary support and resources. Empathy, understanding, and societal acceptance can make a significant difference, ensuring LGBT seniors age with dignity and peace of mind.

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!