We’re so excited that it’s finally June, because June doesn’t just mean warmer weather and no school, but also that it’s officially Pride Month!
LGBTQ Pride Month is commemorated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBTQ Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans. Today, LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, attracting millions of participants around the world.
In honor of Pride, we’ve gathered up a list of LGBTQ+ organizations ranging from national, to statewide, to right here in Greensburg. For a comprehensive directory of LGBTQ Organizations in Pennsylvania, click here.
PFLAG has over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and is the largest organization for LGTBQ+ people, their families, and allies. Some of their initiatives include making schools a safer and more welcoming space for LGBTQ+ children and bringing free learning sessions straight to members’ computers.
The Westmoreland Diversity Coalition
The Coalition aims to promote diversity and generate greater acceptance in Westmoreland. They believe that the social issues present in Westmoreland can only be addressed by long, consistent effort and sustained commitment.
Westmoreland LGBTQ Interfaith Network
The Westmoreland LGBTQ Interfaith Network is a nonprofit organization which hopes to affirm and encourage the spirituality of LGBTQ individuals and their friends.
The West Co Pride Project is dedicated to creating more community opportunities for LGBTQ individuals in Westmoreland County.
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 2002, the NGLCC is the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.
Family Equality looks to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families and for those who wish to form them. They envision a world in which every LGBTQ person has a right to create and cultivate a loving family.
The LGBT National Help Center provides free and confidential peer-support and local resources.
The Pennsylvania Youth Congress
The Pennsylvania Youth Congress aims to advance justice for young LGBT Pennsylvanians by encouraging responsible public policy. The organization unites young LGBT leaders to ensure issues facing them are addressed in local and state government.
Pennsylvania Equality Project is the largest grassroots LGBTQ+ organization in PA and was founded in 2011 as Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania. Now, their goal is to end discrimination, ban conversion therapy, and add sexual orientation and gender identity to the ethnic intimidation law.
Dreams of Hope gives LGBTQA+ youth a space to grow in confidence, express themselves, and become leaders through the arts.
ReelQ is an annual film festival hosted by The Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society and programs approximately 20 first-run LGBTQ+ themed feature length films and 30+ short films.
RCC is Pennsylvania’s only LGBTQIA+ and allies choral group. Their goal is to promote a positive image of the LGBTQIA+ community and to be a leader in the cultural life of the tri-state area.
Community Centers & Pride
Pittsburgh Equality Center is Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ Community Center. They offer a variety of medical resources for LGBTQIA+ individuals, as well as volunteer opportunities. Click here for the volunteer application!
Pittsburgh Pride and the Delta Foundation
The Pride Parade became the largest annual pride in Pittsburgh, with 250,000 attendees in 2019! The parade is produced by the Delta Foundation, which is the leading non-profit advocacy LGBT organization in Western Pennsylvania.
The mission of Pittsburgh Black Pride is to provide educational, social, political, and cultural resources to Black LGBT individuals and their families in Southwest PA.
Central Outreach and Wellness Center
Central Outreach and Wellness Center offers PrEP and free STD testing in Pittsburgh. They are a holistic, multicultural, LGBTQIA, HIV, and Hep C health organization.
Allies hopes to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals living with, or at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections.
The Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council
The Advisory Council is tasked with creating an approach that meets the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. It is made up of diverse members of the community, members meet monthly, and the Advisory Council will provide quarterly status updates to the Mayor.