LGBTQIA Campus & Community Resources
Millersville University Campus
LGBTQIA Committee: A standing committee of the President's Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion, its mandate is "to foster a University climate that promotes equity and inclusion for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender/transsexual, questioning/queer, intersex, and allies/androgynous/asexual (LGBTQIA) community." Its members include students, faculty, and administrators.
- Dr. Blaise Liffick, Chair
Professor of Computer Science
Safe Zone Program: The Safe Zone Program at Millersville University establishes a visible network of university employees who wish to be supportive of members of the campus community who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer/questioning, intersex, or allies/androgynous/asexual LGBTQIA.
- Dr. Blaise Liffick, Chair
Professor of Computer Science
MU Allies: MU Allies is the campus Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) for Millersville University. This is a group for all people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The group focuses on advocacy of LGBTQIA rights and issues, support for LGBTQIA students, and a place for students to come together and socialize without fear of persecution or discrimination. Spring 2013 Meeting Information: Every other Wednesday @ 9 PM, in McComsey Room 204. To get email updates about what's going on, send an email to. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colleen Haydt
Center for Counseling and Human Development: Located in Lyle Hall, the mission of the Center for Counseling and Human Development is to provide a supportive environment to meet the mental health needs of a diverse student body.
- Counseling Services: (717) 872-3122
Health Services: Located in Witmer Building, this unit provides education and training by staff and peers on topics including relationships, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual assault, sexual orientation, and drug and alcohol use.
- Phone: (717) 872-3122
Office of Social Equity & Diversity: Located in the Delaware House, the Office of Social Equity & Diversity has the goal of providing leadership for campus equity and diversity issues and serve as advocates for students and employees by fostering a campus climate that is free of harassment and discrimination.
- Phone: 717-872-3787 or 3788
- Email the staff at: Social.Equity@millersville.edu
- Website: www.millersville.edu/socialeq
Grace United Church of Christ: An open and affirming church for more than a decade, this church is socially progressive and welcoming to all.
- Website: graceucc.yolasite.com
Rainbow Rose Community: Rainbow Rose Community is a non-profit service organization, comprised of individuals, groups, businesses and organizations, dedicated to building safe, inclusive communities in Lancaster, York and surrounding counties. Rainbow Rose Community exists to strengthen the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community by building a network comprising all segments of the community.
- Mr. Barry Russell, Director
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster: This local church is designated as a welcoming congregation, an official designation within the Unitarian Universalist denomination of those congregations that are intentionally welcoming of those of all sexual and gender orientations.
- Phone: (717) 3931733
Vision of Hope Metropolitan Community Church: Vision of Hope MCC is a member of the denomination known as the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, founded in October of 1968. Since then, MCC has grown into the world's largest Evangelical Christian faith group providing spiritual support to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons along with their allies.
- Website: www.visionofhopemcc.org
Common Roads: Common Roads, program arm of the LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central Pennsylvania, provides education, advocacy, and programming to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth throughout the Central Pennsylvania region.
LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA: The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center Coalition is a volunteer-led effort to create a regionally representative community center that is both a location and a unifying point for Central Pennsylvania's large, diverse and multi-county LGBT population. It is located in Harrisburg, PA.
- Website: www.centralpalgbtcenter.org
PFLAG (Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays): An international organization with many chapters that provide support to GLB individuals and family members. Some chapters have monthly meetings, speakers' bureaus, or annual conferences.
- PFLAG Lancaster: (717) 397-1012
- PFLAG York: (717) 854-6354
- PFLAG Harrisburg: (717) 728-8800
Pride Festivals: There are a number of pride festivals held in the region each summer, including the following:
- Lancaster Pride Festival: www.lancasterpride.com
- Reading Pride Celebration: www.readingpridecelebration.com
- Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley (Allentown): www.prideglv.org
- Northeast PA Pridefest (Wilkes-Barre): http://www.gaynepa.com/pridefest
- PrideFest of Central PA (Harrisburg): www.prideofcentralpa.org
Silent Witness Peacekeepers Alliance: This organization of gay and straight allies provides peacekeepers for LGBTQIA events all over Central PA and beyond. Their purpose is to help the LGBTQIA community have safe and peaceful events by preventing confrontations between protesters and those who wish to participate. They operate at several mid-state Pride festivals, including Lancaster, Harrisburg, Reading, Allentown, and Wilkes-Barre.
- Alanna Berger, Executive Director
- Dr. Blaise Liffick, Operations Director
- Website: www.SilentWitnessPA.org
TransCentralPA: TransCentralPA is committed to providing education and caring support for Transgendered individuals, their Significant Others, families, friends & allies. They are also actively involved in maintaining an outreach program to provide gender education to businesses, organizations, educational institutions and governmental agencies.
- Jeanine Ruhsam, President
- Website: www.transcentralpa.org
Equality Pennsylvania: Provides legal services, education, and policy reform for the LGBTQIA community of Pennsylvania.
- Website: www.equalitypa.org
Equality Forum: Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international GLBT civil rights forum in Philadelphia each spring.
- Website: www.equalityforum.com
LGBTQIA Consortium: Formed in October 2009, this organization's mission "is to ensure and strengthen a visible, safe, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming community for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions throughout the PASSHE and its constituencies through education, advocacy, assessment, community engagement, and activism." Each of the 14 PASSHE campuses has 3 representatives to the consortium. Current representatives for MU (as of Spring 2011) are Blaise Liffick (Executive Committee Representative) and Doug Zander.
Mazonni Center: Provides quality comprehensive health, wellness, and legal services in an LGBT-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals we serve.
- Website: mazzonicenter.org
Northeastern PA Rainbow Alliance: The NEPA Rainbow Alliance serves the greater Northeastern Pennsylvania region's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied community.
- Website: www.gaynepa.com
PA Lesbian and Gay Task Force: Over a near 25-year history/herstory (1978), the Task Force has supported the rights of all oppressed minorities, with a particular focus on the civil and human rights of gay men and lesbian women as well as transgendered and/or bisexual people. Through the processes of labor-intensive research, public policy advocacy, and community organizing strategies, we have nurtured dialogue and collaborations with gay and non-gay organizations, minority and non-minority, and convened and participated in a wide range of public interest projects to reach common goals.
- Website: www.plgtf.org
Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN): A state-wide network of Unitarian Universalists who lobby the PA state legislature on a variety of issues. One of their major initiatives since their founding in 2007 has been LGBTQIA rights.
- Website: www.UUPLAN.org
The Advocate: LGBT news magazine: www.advocate.com
AIDS Treatment News Blog: www.aidsnews.org
Allgo: Allgo envisions a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant people of color queer cultures. allgo.org
American Institute of Bisexuality: The American Institute of Bisexuality encourages, supports and assists research and education about bisexuality, through programs likely to make a material difference and enhance public knowledge, awareness and understanding about bisexuality. www.bisexual.org/home.html
Audre Lorde Project: The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities. www.alp.org
The Bilerico Project: The "web's largest LGBTQ group blog", with over 75 contributors who are activists, politicos, journalists, novelists, advice columnists, and video bloggers. www.bilerico.com
Box Turtle Bulletin: The mission of Box Turtle Bulletin is to serve the LGBT community by providing well documented and accurate information, to not only be a valuable resource for the many issues facing gays, lesbians, their families and friends, but to refute as much misinformation as possible. www.boxturtlebulletin.com
Calamus Foundation: TFC provides grants for new and ongoing programs and projects, general operational and administrative support, capital and building campaigns, and other unique and creative projects that will affect the advancement of TCF's grant making policies related to LGBT issues. (www.calamusfoundation.org)
Consortium of Higher Education LBGT Resource Professionals: The combined vision and mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Office/Centers. www.lgbtcampus.orgEquality Federation: www.equalityfederation.org
Equality Forum: Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international GLBT civil rights forum. www.equalityforum.com
Freedom to Marry: Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. www.freedomtomarry.org
Gay.com: Social networking site for gay men www.gay.com.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. www.glaad.org
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. www.glsen.org
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies: www.lib.berkeley.edu/Collections/lesbian_gay_bisexual_transgender_studies.html
Human Rights Campaign (HRC): www.hrc.org
Intersex Society of North America: The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female www.isna.org.
Interweave Continental: Unitarian Universalists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender concerns. www.interweaveuu.org/
Lambda Legal: Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. www.lambdalegal.org
Lesbian.com: Social networking site for lesbians. www.lesbian.com
National Centers on Sexuality: ncs.sfsu.edu
National Center on Transgender Equality: The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment. (www.transequality.org)
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom: The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was formed in 1997 by a small group led by Susan Wright under the auspices of the New York SM Activists. The goal was to fight for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behaviour. ncsfreedom.org
National Gay and LesbianTask Force (NGLTF): www.thetaskforce.org
Queer Arts Resource: Since 1996 we've produced over 50 exhibitions that suggest the range, depth, and importance of queer artistic expression. queer-arts.org
Queer Legal Resources: www.qrd.org/qrd/www/legal
Queer Resources Directory--Resources for gay interests and issues, including civil rights and AIDS information. www.qrd.org/qrd
Religion Dispatches: Religion Dispatches is a daily online magazine dedicated to the analysis and understanding of religious forces in the world today, highlighting a diversity of progressive voices and aimed at broadening and advancing the public conversation, including sexuality and gender issues. www.religiondispatches.org
Renaissance Transgender Association: Renaissance Education Association is a non-profit, non-political, educational and social support organization founded and designed to educate and support persons regarding transgender issues, sexual orientation, sexual identity or gender identity without prejudice. www.ren.org
Sappho: The Emotional Support Group for Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Women. Sappho.shoe.org
SoulForce: Soulforce is committed to relentless nonviolent resistance to bring freedom to lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer people from religious & political oppression. www.soulforce.org
Transgender Forum: www.tgforum.com
Transgender Law and Policy Institute: TLPI is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality. (transgenderlaw.org)
Why Marriage Matters: A national public education campaign designed to share stories and foster conversation about the love and commitment that forms the basis for marriage. www.whymarriagematters.org