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Valor & autenticidad para todos

Create Community

Crear comunidad

At The Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, we are committed to building a supportive and enriching community abundant in opportunities for LGBTQQIA+ individuals and those with a stake in creating a more inclusive Lancaster County.

En la Coalición LGBTQ+ de Lancaster, estamos comprometidxs a construir una comunidad de apoyo y enriquecedora con muchas oportunidades para gente LGBTQQIA + y lxs personxs interesadxs en crear un condado de Lancaster más inclusivo.

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Connectar

We are stronger together through outreach, community connection, and courageous conversation.

Entendemos que somos más fuertes cuando nos unimos y con un espacio y oportunidades de envolvimiento para tener una fuerte conección comunitaria LGBTQ+.

Support

Support

Apoyar

We offer dynamic programming and services to meet the diverse needs of the Lancaster LGBTQ+ community.

Brindamos un medio para que lxs personxs LGBTQ+ se fortalezcan y se apoyen mutuamente.

Amplify

Amplify

Amplificar

We elevate LGBTQ+ voices to foster compassion and encourage growth throughout Lancaster County.

Elevamos las voces LGBTQ + en todo el Condado de Lancaster para alentar el crecimiento y fomentar la compasión.

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We envision an equitable Lancaster County where all of us live courageous, full, and authentic lives

Visualizamos una comunidad equitativa del condado de Lancaster donde todxs vivimos vidas valientes, plenas y auténticas.

Our mission is to build supportive and enriching opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual individuals, along with others who identify with the LGBTQ+ community

Nuestra misión es luchar por la salud, los derechos y la visibilidad de la comunidad LGBTQ + en todo el condado de Lancaster

Our Goals

Nuestras metas

Cultivate Our Community

Cultivar nuestra comunidad

We engage community leaders and allies in intersectional work and social justice to support and advance the rights and needs of all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Involucramos a lxs líderes y aliadxs comunitarixs en el trabajo interseccional y la justicia social para apoyar y promover los derechos y necesidades de todos lxs miembrxs de la comunidad LGBTQ+.

Educate Our Leaders

Educar a nuestrxs líderes

We offer opportunities and provide tools for community leaders, organizations, and the general public that have the power to create an educated, aware, and accepting populace.

Ofrecemos oportunidades y proveemos herramientas para líderes comunitarios, organizaciones y el público en general para que tengan el poder de crear una población educada y consciente.

Strengthen Our Partnerships

Fortalecer nuestras alianzas

Through partnerships with local leaders and organizations, we are active in building a network of allied community pillars, creating a stronger and more inclusive Lancaster County.

A través de alianzas y con líderes y organizaciones locales, construimos una red de apoyo comunitarios aliados para crear un Condado de Lancaster más fuerte e inclusivo.

Promote Our Well-Being

Promover nuestro bienestar

We promote mental, emotional, and physical wellness and self-advocacy through programming and partnerships with local allied resources.

Promovemos el bienestar mental, emocional y físico y la auto-abogacía a través de la programación y las alianzas con recursos aliados locales.

Support Our Seniors

Apoyar a personas mayores

We facilitate elder spaces and events which allow LGBTQ+ seniors to join in friendship, community, and togetherness in a way that allows them to share their experiences with our younger community and receive support that respects their dignity and autonomy.

Facilitamos espacios y eventos que permitan a lxs personxs mayores LGBTQ + unirse en amistad, comunidad y unión de una manera que les permita compartir sus experiencias con nuestra comunidad y recibir apoyo que respeta su dignidad y autonomía.

Empower Our Youth

Empoderar a nuestrx juventud

We believe in strengthening and empowering LGBTQ+ youth through advocacy, support, and education. Young voices are elevated and heard within our organization. We use their lived experiences and needs to create programming that promotes proud and prosperous living.

Fortalecer y empoderar a lxs jóvenes LGBTQ + a través de la promoción, el apoyo y la educación. Las voces de lxs jóvenes son elevadas y escuchadas dentro de nuestra organización. Dependemos en sus experiencias y sus necesidades para crear programas que promuevan una vida orgullosa y próspera.

Check Our Privilege

Revisar y conocer su privilegio

We know that to promote greater equity throughout the LGBTQ+ community we must acknowledge and dismantle the layers of privilege within it, prioritize anti-racism work, create an organization that reflects the diversity in our community, and highlight individuals who exist at the intersection of multiple marginalized groups.

Sabemos que para promover una mayor equidad en toda la comunidad LGBTQ+ tenemos que reconocer y desmantelar las capas de privilegios dentro de ella, priorizar el trabajo antirracismo, crear una organización que refleje la diversidad en nuestra comunidad y destacar a lxs personxs que existen en la intersección de múltiples grupos marginados.

Our History

Our History

On February 9, 2019 we gathered for our first community stakeholder meeting to discuss the needs for the LGBTQ+ community in Lancaster County. In July we secured start-up funds, obtained our 501(c)(3), and began leasing our headquarters. We started nine different community groups, held Lancaster’s first LGBTQ+ Town Hall with our local reps., and partnered with healthcare practitioners and the Keystone Business Alliance to build community partnerships. We also held cultural sensitivity training for LGH, United Way, and Two Dudes Painting by November of 2019.

The volunteer-led Coalition and community members hosted fundraisers, ran programming, staffed our office, and organized events. Our "Queer We Are!" launch party at Tellus360 on November 12th connected over 350 attendees and 15 local businesses in support of the Lancaster LGBTQ+ community. Our community rallied during the Extraordinary Give—we received over $35,000 from over 530 individual donors!

Since then we have been creating community partnerships to tackle issues such as access to dignified healthcare, affirming and affordable shelters and retirement communities and spaces where all intersections of our community feel heard and at home.

On February 9, 2019 we gathered for our first community stakeholder meeting to discuss the needs for the LGBTQ+ community in Lancaster County. In July we secured start-up funds, obtained our 501(c)(3), and began leasing our headquarters. We started nine different community groups, held Lancaster’s first LGBTQ+ Town Hall with our local reps., and partnered with healthcare practitioners and the Keystone Business Alliance to build community partnerships. We also held cultural sensitivity training for LGH, United Way, and Two Dudes Painting by November of 2019.

The volunteer-led Coalition and community members hosted fundraisers, ran programming, staffed our office, and organized events. Our “Queer We Are!” launch party at Tellus360 on November 12th connected over 350 attendees and 15 local businesses in support of the Lancaster LGBTQ+ community. Our community rallied during the Extraordinary Give—we received over $35,000 from over 530 individual donors!

Since then we have been creating community partnerships to tackle issues such as access to dignified healthcare, affirming and affordable shelters and retirement communities and spaces where all intersections of our community feel heard and at home.

Meet our Board

Izzy Smith Wade-El

Izzy Smith Wade-El

he/him
Liz Fulmer

Liz Fulmer

she/her
Christine Baer

Christine Baer

she/her
Mary Auker-Endres

Mary Auker-Endres

she/her
Xavier Garcia-Molina

Xavier Garcia-Molina

he/him
Suzette Mullen

Suzette Mullen

she/her
Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts

she/her
Todd Snovel

Todd Snovel

he/him
Cameron Childers

Cameron Childers

he/him
Marci Nelligan

Marci Nelligan

she/her
Ricardo Almodovar

Ricardo Almodovar

he/him

Advisory Board

Diane Topakian Diane Topakian she/her
Alexis Lake, LCSW Alexis Lake, LCSW she/her
Dena Stanley Dena Stanley she/her
Adam Lake, MD Adam Lake, MD he/him
Chi Chi Mizrahi Chi Chi Mizrahi he/him
Lisa Dibernardo, Esq. Lisa Dibernardo, Esq. she/her
Ja'Nae Tyler Ja'Nae Tyler she/her
John Costanzo John Costanzo he/him
Karen Rice Karen Rice she/her
Kedren Crosby Kedren Crosby, MPS she/her
AJ Eckman AJ Eckman he/him

Staff & Volunteers

Karen Foley Karen Foley Executive Director she/they
Ellie Cochran Ellie Cochran Design Director she/her
Max Miller Max Miller he/him
Artemis Ilgenfritz Artemis Ilgenfritz she/her
Glitch SteelHeart Glitch SteelHeart she/they
Lee Scaralia Lee Scaralia they/them

Karen Foley MA, LPC, RYT

she/they

Karen Foley, MA, LPC, RYT is a founding member and interim executive director of the new Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition. She has been a mental health counselor for the LGBTQ+ community for over 14 years. Her inspiration to open the Coalition came from the direct needs of her clients and the general lack of support the LGBTQ+ community had in Lancaster. Karen has been teaching Trans/Queer Yoga since 2015 and created Pride Week in 2016. She has served on the Lancaster Human Relations Commission board since 2018.

Todd Snovel

he/him

Todd Snovel currently serves as board chair for the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition. In his day job, Todd serves as Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster. Prior to this role, Todd was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf as the inaugural Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. He holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Mansfield University.

Adam Lake, MD, FAAFP, AAHIVS, FACMQ, CMQ

he/him

Dr. Adam Lake practices at Lancaster General Health Physicians - Comprehensive Care in Lancaster, PA. His practice provides primary care with integration of specialty level care for people living with HIV/AIDS, with substance use disorders and recovery, infectious hepatitis, and identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum including gender affirming hormone therapy. Dr Lake studied linguistics and biochemistry at Grinnell College, and medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. He then moved to Lancaster for his residency in family medicine and a fellowship in population health.

Kedren Crosby

she/her

Mindsets and behaviors hold power. By instilling effective workplace mindsets, behaviors, communication practices and cultures, Kedren builds sustainable high-performance.

Kedren holds a Master’s degree in Policy Science from The University of Maryland, graduate level Certificates in Nonprofit Studies from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Conflict Resolution at Notre Dame and has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Behavior at Harvard University.

Kedren is also a certified practitioner of Emotional Intelligence and serves as adjunct graduate school faculty at Elizabethtown College. Kedren has written and presented extensively on burnout, work-life integration, authentic leadership, organizational culture, organizational conflict management and communication best practices.

Professionally, Kedren has enjoyed serving as a CEO, CDO, Director, Associate Director, Interim Executive Director, President, Vice President, author and professor. Her 25 years’ workplace experience in all three sectors (for-profit, non-profit, government) fuel both her empathy and her ability to see quickly into your specific scenario.

Her practice is rooted in authenticity, appreciative inquiry, crucial confrontations, emotional intelligence, positive organizational behavior, transformative mediation, positive psychology and the platinum rule.

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AJ Eckman

he/him

AJ Eckman is the Marketing and Development Manager for the Lancaster Recreation Commission, Past President and Advisor to the Board with the Lancaster Young Professionals, Advisor to the Board of Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, Board at Large for the Lancaster Safety Coalition, Board at Large for the Keystone Business Alliance and serves on the development committees of Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership and Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Forever Lancaster. His passion is serving his community through philanthropic outreach by being a connector, innovator and collaborator. Follow his adventures on Instagram: ajeckman.

Working together to strengthen our community

Sé valiente. Sé Auténtico.

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Programming

Programación

Journeys

A trans* and nonbinary friendship and support group

Un grupo de apoyo y amistad trans* y no binario

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Fourth Sundays, 2 PM

Cuarto Domingo, 2 PM

Trans/Queer Yoga

Weekly yoga in a nonjudgemental, queer-friendly environment

Yoga semanal en un ambiente sin prejuicios y amigable abiertamente LGBTQ+

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Sundays, 10 AM

Domingos, 10 AM

Chronic Queers

A discussion group for queer individuals with chronic conditions

Un grupo de discusión para individuos Queer con condiciones crónicas.

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Second Sundays, time varies

Segundos Domingos, el tiempo varía

Youth Group

A safe space for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-20 focused on support and education

Un espacio seguro para jóvenes LGBTQ + de 13 a 20 años centrado en el apoyo y la educación.

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Saturdays, 6–8 PM

Sábados, 6 a 8 PM

Hearts & Crafts

A crafting and social group facilitated by local artists

Un grupo artesanal y social facilitadx por artistas locales

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Biwekly Mondays, 7–8:30 PM

Lunes Quincenales, 7 a 8:30 PM

LGBT RPG

Come to our tabletop gaming night sponsored by our friends at Farbo Co.!

Ven a nuestra noche de juegos auspiciada por nuestros amigos en Farbo Co.

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Saturdays, 8–9:30 PM

Sábados, 8 a 9:30 PM

Queers on the Run

A running group that starts right after Trans/Queer Yoga

Un grupo de corredores que comienza justo después de Trans/Queer Yoga

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Sundays, 11:30 AM–12 PM

Domingos, 10 AM a 12 PM

Later in Life

A peer-to-peer support group for people coming out later in life

Un grupo de apoyo entre pares para lxs personxs que salieron del “closet” más tarde en su vida

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Third Tuesdays, 7–8:30 PM

Tercer Martes, 7 a 8:30 PM

Cultural Proficiency Training

Entrenamiento de Capacitación

We offer training to organizations and companies seeking to improve their awareness and understanding of the LGBTQQIA+ community. Attendees will learn about the diverse identities and orientations that make up our community and the obstacles they face, learn inclusive language and how to be a better ally, and develop a better understanding of privilege and bias.

Ofrecemos capacitación a organizaciones y empresas que buscan mejorar su conocimiento y comprensión de la comunidad LGBTQQIA +. Lxs participantes aprenderán sobre las diversas identidades y orientaciones que conforman nuestra comunidad y los obstáculos que enfrentan, aprenderán un lenguaje inclusivo y cómo ser un mejor aliadx, y desarrollarán una mejor comprensión de los privilegios y los prejuicios.

  • General

    General

    • LGBTQ+ 101

      This course will provide you and your team with a basic understanding of LGBTQIA+ terminology, experiences, obstacles and allyship. You will be introduced to the concepts of bias and privilege, explore the challenges that our community members face, learn how you can have a positive impact on our day-to-day experiences, and learn how to help your organization be more inclusive and supportive of LGBTQIA+ people.

      Este curso le provee una comprensión básica de la terminología LGBTQIA+, experiencias, obstáculos y alianzas. Se le presentarán los conceptos de prejuicio y privilegio, explorará los desafíos que enfrentan lxs miembros de nuestra comunidad, aprenderá cómo puede tener un impacto positivo en nuestras experiencias cotidianas y aprenderá a ayudar a su organización a ser más inclusiva y solidaria. de personxs LGBTQIA +

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    • LGBTQ+ 201

      This course builds upon the foundational knowledge learned in our LGBTQ+ 101 course as we explore the LGBTQIA+ experience, individual bias and privilege, culture shifts, and the legal realities of our community. Those who attend will be better positioned to understand our community, our needs, and the ways in which they can assist in achieving positive change.

      Este curso se basa en el conocimiento fundamental de nuestro curso LGBTQ + 101 a medida que exploramos la experiencia LGBTQIA +, los prejuicios y los privilegios individuales, los cambios culturales y las realidades legales de nuestra comunidad. Lxs que asistan estarán mejor posicionadxs a comprender nuestra comunidad, nuestras necesidades y las formas en que pueden ayudar a lograr un cambio positivo.

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  • Transgender

    Transgénero

    • Transgender 101

      This course will provide you and your team with a basic understanding of Transgender and non-binary terminology, experiences, obstacles and allyship. You will be introduced to the concepts of bias and privilege, explore challenges specific to transgender individuals, learn how words and actions can negatively impact our emotional state, and learn how to help your organization be more inclusive and supportive of transgender and non-binary people.

      Este curso provee una comprensión básica de la terminología transgénero y no binaria, experiencias, obstáculos y alianzas. Se le presentarán los conceptos de prejuicio y privilegio, explorará desafíos específicos para lxs personas transgénero, aprenderá cómo las palabras y las acciones pueden afectar negativamente nuestro estado emocional, y aprenderá a ayudar a su organización a ser más inclusiva y solidaria con lxs personxs transgénero y no binarias.

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    • Transgender 201

      This course builds upon the foundational knowledge learned in our Transgender 101 course as we explore the Transgender experience, individual bias and privilege, culture shifts, and the legal realities of our community. Those who attend will be better positioned to understand the transgender community, our needs, and the ways in which they can assist in achieving positive change.

      Este curso se basa en el conocimiento fundamental de nuestro curso Transgénero 101 a medida que exploramos la experiencia Transgénero, los prejuicios y privilegios individuales, los cambios culturales y las realidades legales de nuestra comunidad. Quienes asistan estarán mejor posicionadxs para comprender la comunidad transgénero, nuestras necesidades y las formas en que pueden ayudar a lograr un cambio positivo.

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  • Sex-Ed

    Educación Sexual

    • Sex Education

      This course is intented for instructors interested in teaching sex education. Access to sex education services helps young LGBTQ+ people to lead healthy and successful lives.

      Este curso está destinado a instructores interesadxs ​​en enseñar educación sexual. El acceso a los servicios de educación sexual ayuda a lxs jóvenes LGBTQ + a tener una vida saludable y exitosa.

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    • Sex-Ed Curriculum Training

      Comprehensive sex education is a critical component of ensuring LGBTQQIA+ youth receive the care and instruction they want and need. Our workshops provide sexual health instruction in an open and affirming environment LGBTQ+ students may not have access to in their school sex education courses.

      La educación sexual integral es un componente crítico para garantizar que lxs jóvenes LGBTQQIA + reciban la atención y la instrucción que desean y necesitan. Nuestros talleres brindan instrucción sobre salud sexual a través de un taller abierto y afirmativo. Es posible que lxs estudiantes LGBTQ + no tengan acceso en los cursos de educación sexual en su escuela.

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Drop-In Hours

Horario

Come have coffee and visit our queer library, get help connecting to services, and hang out in a quiet safe space! The drop-in space is open from 12–5 PM Monday through Friday.

¡Venga a tomar un café y visite nuestra biblioteca Queer, obtenga ayuda para conectarse a los servicios y pase el rato en un lugar tranquilo y seguro! Nuestro horario es 12 a 5 PM de lunes a viernes.

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The Coalition is an incredible resource; one that creates greater connection for our community, and has made a personally positive impact on our lives in Lancaster"

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