LGBTQ+ Support Groups
TransCentralPA is an education, support, and advocacy group for Transgender individuals, their family, friends, or allies looking for gender education and support. They work closely with other pro-transgender organizations to ensure that the transgender population of Pennsylvania is supported and protected. They also aim to educate businesses, educational institutions, and governmental agencies to reduce the stigma. TransCentralPA is also the host of The Keystone Conference that occurs annually in Pennsylvania.
The Keystone Conference
The Keystone Conference, originating in 2009, is an annual event in Pennsylvania to bring transgender individuals and their allies together to celebrate and learn about gender identity. The Keystone Conference hosts a multitude of seminars, workshops, and social events designed to promote learning and understanding. The event has recently expanded the programs offered to cover a wider range of topics.
PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
PFLAG is the largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their families, and allies providing them with support, information, and a safe community. Since their establishment in 1973, they have spread to across United States, creating over 400 chapters that serve people in every state. They have spoken out against many harmful practices such as electroshock therapy, “religious treatments”, and traumatic residentials that children are sent to in order to be “fixed.” They have also helped remove anti-LGBTQ+ legislation that allowed for LGBTQ+ students to be expelled from school on the basis of their sexuality and were a major contributor to the legalization of LGBTQ+ marriage.
A selection of PFLAG pins from the LGBT-085 Jackie & Rick Schulze Collection.