Moving Forward Together

The past few months have been difficult for not only the LGBTQ+ community at large but also specifically for the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition. We have had a restructuring of our leadership model. The former executive director for the organization has resigned as they had previously intended. As such, we have moved to a “working board” model for the organization. This means that the operations of the Coalition will now be run by the members of the Executive Board rather than a single executive director. The Board feels that this is the best way to proceed and will allow us to keep a closer eye on day-to-day operations and enhance transparency with the community. 

The Coalition appreciates the immense amount of feedback the community has provided during this transitional period, both in person and online. We want to assure you all that we hear you. We are aware that the reputation of the Coalition has not been entirely positive lately and that there have been several incidents that have led to further deterioration of the trust that the community has in us. We, the Board, fully acknowledge these concerns. Together, we can rebuild trust and strengthen the Coalition.  

In the next few weeks, we will be releasing an online survey to engage with the community and find out how we can best move forward. We are also in the preliminary stages of planning an in-person public forum to further facilitate feedback. Please stay tuned for details.

Pride Month is on the horizon, and our hope is to be able to embrace this positive energy as we rebuild. We want you all to know that we are examining every aspect of the organization and are meeting regularly to discuss ongoing issues. We are determined to enact positive changes to the Coalition so that we can better serve the LGBTQ+ community in Lancaster. 

Lastly, we want to put out a call to action. The Coalition is actively seeking new board members to help us shape an organization we can be proud of. If you are interested or have any further questions, please feel free to reach out at [email protected]

Sincerely,

The Executive Board
The Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition