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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Emphasis Program

Notable Dates:

•    23,1999 – Celebrate Bisexuality

Life Gets Better TogetherOctober
•    Intersex Awareness Day Celebrated in October to commemorate the first intersex protest, which took place in Bost, MA
•    USA LGBT History Month. First Celebrated in October. It was declared a nation History month by President Barack Obama in 2009. The month was created with the intent to encourage openness and education about LGBT history and rights.
•    1988- National Coming Out Day

•    International Stand up to Bullying Day (third Friday in November)
•    Transgender Awareness Week-typically the send week of November:

•    1st World AIDS Day. – Recognized in 1988 by the United Nations:

•    International Transgender Day of Visibility
•    LGBT Health Awareness Month

•    Lesbian Visibility Day
•    Day of Silence   A day to end the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bias

LGBT Resources & Organizations
•    Transgender Resources/GLADD:

•    GLBT National Help Center:  is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian and bisexual and transgender community.

•    Human Rights Campaign: The largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, envisions an America where GLBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. HRC has close to 600,000 members—all committed to making this vision of equality a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC effectively lobbies in Congress, provides campaign support to fair-minded candidates, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting GLBT Americans, including relationship recognition, workplace, family, and health issues. The HRC Foundation engages in research and provides public education and programming.

•    PFLAG- Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a national nonprofit grassroots organization which promotes the well-being of lesbian and gay people, their families, and friends through education and advocacy. Online information on Project Open Mind offers hate crime and teen suicide statistics. The site also offers a directory of chapters across the country. PFLAG is a particularly useful resource for parents of students who are coming out in college or for faculty and staff when one of their children comes out to them. There are more than 250,000 members and supporters in over 500 chapters throughout the United States.

•    LEGAL   Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD): Founded in 1978, GLAD works nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.

LGBT Sites:
LGBT Center of Central Pa
Community Calendar - LGBT Center of Central PA
Pennsylvania Diversity Network - Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT ...
NEPA Rainbow Alliance- LGBT Center of NEPA -
Gay Adventure Travel

Contact Information

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer
Special Emphasis Program Manager