About the Exhibit
This online historical exhibit chronicles the experiences of LGBTQ+ people with religion in Central Pennsylvania, particularly in places like Harrisburg, Carlisle, Lancaster, York, and other nearby cities. Today, 73% of adults in Pennsylvania are Christian (Pew Research Center) and 81% are white (U.S. Census Bureau), so most of the experiences discussed are from this perspective. For the majority of people interviewed for the LGBT History Project, religion was an important influence in their lives. This exhibit aims to examine how LGBTQ+ people in Central PA have been influenced by religion and how they have reconciled, or perhaps have not reconciled, their identity and their faith. This exhibit was created for the LGBT Center Central PA History Project largely using materials from the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections.