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LGBTQIA+ Resources


According to the CDC, factors such as discrimination, limited access to care, and lack of adequate health education can result in LGBTQIA+ communities generally having poorer health outcomes than their heterosexual counterparts. These negative outcomes, known as health disparities, can lead to higher rates of dangerous conditions and harmful habits in LGBTQIA+ folks. Adagio Health is committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities for LGBTQIA+ communities by addressing and providing care in three key areas.


Behavioral Health

LGBTQIA+ people are at greater risk for:
  • Depression, anxiety, and mood disorders
  • Suicide and suicidal thoughts
  • Substance use disorder
  • Disordered eating
  • Nicotine/tobacco use

Physical Health

LGBTQIA+ people are at greater risk for some conditions, diseases, and infections, such as HIV, AIDS, and certain cancers (cervical cancer, breast cancer, anal cancer). In addition, older LGBTQIA+ adults are more likely to rate their health as poor and report more chronic conditions while having less social support.

LGBTQIA+ people are also less likely to have a regular health care provider.


Access

LGBTQIA+ people have less access to crucial health care services. They are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to delay getting care when needed. Many LGBTQIA+ folks report having experienced a lack of cultural competence by health care providers, and even poor quality of care and unfair treatment by healthcare providers.

(SOURCES: CDC, Human Rights Campaign, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)


Patient Education

Resources

Pennsylvania LGBTQ Organization Directory

The above link is a directory of various organizations and resources through all of Pennsylvania from The Pennsylvania Youth Congress (payouthcongress.org)
 
Virtual/National Resources
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
    • www.hrc.org
    • The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
    • (800) 777-4723
  • Matthew Shepard Foundation
    • www.matthewshepard.org
    • Supports diversity programs in education and to help youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves.
    • The organization is based in Denver, CO. Call (303) 830-7400.
  • E-Psychiatry Counseling
    • 24/7 Virtual telehealth services that covers all 50 states in the U.S.
    • Services include: Behavioral Health Care, Mental Health Care, Substance Abuse Treatment, Addiction & Recovery Treatment, Outpatient Treatment, Individual, Family & Group Counseling, Medications for Mental Health, Mental Health Evaluations, Understanding Mental Health, Disease Management, Virtual Support
    • www.e-psychiatry.com
    • No cost registration
  • LGBT National Youth Talkline
    • Services youth under the age of 26 years old
    • Services include:
      • Telephone/online one on one private chat
      • Peer Email Support
      • Info & Local Resources
      • Discuss coming out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety & safe sex
      • 1-800-246-7743
  • The Youth List-Online Email Support (Emails)
    • Provides services to youth between the ages of 13-25 years old
    • Services are broken down into 3 email groups based off age that hold discussion and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals.
      • Group age ranges: 13-17 years old, 17-21 years old & 21-25 years old
  • The Trevor Project
    • Provides counseling services by trained professionals to young persons in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk
    • Services are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline
    • Services are trans-led and help connect trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.
    • Services are available 24/7 at (877) 565-8860
Education Resources
  • Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
    • Services Lesbian Women
    • Provides a 1-year scholarship between $1,500-$3,000 to qualifying individuals that are graduating high school or are already enrolled in college that is aid directly to their school’s tuition
    • Submissions are judged on academic achievement, outstanding community service & leadership and commitment to impact LGBTQ issues
    • Apply online at www.stonewallfoundation.org/grants
Drug and Alcohol Resources

Resources by County

LGBTQ+ Mental Healthcare Centers

  • Persad Center
    • 5301 Butler St #100, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
    • (412) 441-9786
    • https://www.persadcenter.org/
    • Provided Services
      • Counseling
      • Drug & Alcohol Treatment
      • HIV/AIDS
      • Senior Programs
      • Transgender Services
      • Foster Care
      • Battering Intervention Program
      • Training

Legal Services

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
    • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s foremost guardian of liberty. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and protecting individual rights and personal freedoms. Through advocacy, education and litigation, ACLU attorneys, advocates and volunteers work to preserve and promote civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law. There is a Northwest PA Chapter and an office in Pittsburgh.
    • Toll-free at 1.877.PGH.ACLU (744.2258) or in Pittsburgh at 412.681.7736

HIV/AIDS + Sexual Health Resources and Transgender Care

LGBTQ Organizations

  • PFLAG
    • An international organization with many chapters that provide support to GLBT individuals and family members. Some chapters have monthly meetings, speakers’ bureaus, social events and/or annual conferences.
    • Pittsburgh Chapter
    • 412-833-4556
  • SisTers PGH
  • Pittsburgh Equality Center
    • Mission Statement: We serve as a bridge that promotes education, advocacy, and social justice for all LGBTQIA+ people and allies in Western Pennsylvania.
    • 5840 Ellsworth Ave. Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
  • GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
    • Amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.
  • GLENDA
    • Fosters appreciation of gays, lesbians and all people by working together with diverse communities to make western Pennsylvania a better place to live.
  • Human Rights Campaign
    • Represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
    • Based in Washington, DC, the HRC can be reached toll-free at 800.777.4723
  • The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh
    • Produces events and supports projects that help make the Pittsburgh a vibrant and exciting city that is attractive to the LGBT community. These include Pittsburgh Pride, (PITTSBURGH) RED on World AIDS Day, a Memorial Day Picnic, various fundraising events, and its newest project, Equality Partners of Western Pennsylvania.
    • Phone: 412.246.4451

Arts Organizations

  • Dreams of Hope
    • Through the arts, develops lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied youth leaders who promote social change by educating audiences
    • 412-361-2065
  • Renaissance City Choirs
    • Promotes a positive image of the GLBT community and to be a leading contributor to the cultural life of the tri-state area. They seek to build bridges both within the GLBT community and with the community at large. Their programming blends challenging contemporary music; commissions of new works; an ambitious, traditional repertoire; and music from various world cultures.
    • 116 S Highland Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 o E-mail: rcc@rccpittsburgh.org
    • Phone: 412.362.9484
  • Reel Q

Prides & Marches

  • Delta Foundation Pittsburgh Pride
  • Pittsburgh Black Pride
  • Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March
  • Pittsburgh Peoples Pride

LGBTQIA+ News

Beaver

LGBTQ Resources | Beaver County System of Care
 
  • UPMC Beaver County Crisis  
    • Available 24/7 at 800-400-6180 
    • Contact 724-947-6225 to be connected to Drug and Alcohol or Mental Health specialists  
  • The Woman Center of Beaver County 
    • 190 3rd street, Beaver, PA 15009 
    • Some provided services  
      • Crisis Services 
      • Shelter 
      • Transitional Housing 
      • Legal & Medical Advocacy 
      • Adult Counseling Program 
      • Help for Teens 
      • Children’s Program 
      • Prevention Education 
      • LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence  
  • Central Outreach Wellness Center 
    • 2360 Hospital Drive, Upper Ste. 1, Aliquippa PA, 15001 
    • 724-707-1155 
    • Provided health services: 
      • Comprehensive Gay Health Care 
      • Culturally Competent Care 
      • Comprehensive Transgender Health Care 
      • HIV Primary Care 
      • Hep C Primary Care 
      • PrEP & nPEP HIV Prophylaxis 
      • Suboxone/Needle Exchange 
  • PRISM of Beaver County 
    • (724) 759-5228 
    • Provides support and resources to LGBTQIA+ youth (ages 13-25), allies, adults and friends in the community 

Butler

LGBTQ+ Mental Healthcare Centers

  • Persad Center
    • 5301 Butler St #100, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
    • (412) 441-9786
    • www.persadcenter.org/
    • Provided Services
      • Counseling
      • Drug & Alcohol Treatment
      • HIV/AIDS
      • Senior Programs
      • Transgender Services
      • Foster Care
      • Battering Intervention Program
      • Training
  • Trans Health Care
  • Safe Zone
    • Butler County Community College (BC3)
      • Campus Assessment Response & Evaluation (CARE)Team
        • If you hear anyone say they want to hurt themselves or anyone else, or if you are having these feelings yourself, contact the CARE Team. Our CARE Team members are here to help you. You can talk to any of our team members and they will check it out.
      • Campus Police
        • Located in the Student Success Center, the BC3 Campus Police Department exists to protect and serve the students, faculty, staff and visitors of the college, while maintaining a safe atmosphere to help encourage normal and intellectual growth. The campus police department is responsible for law enforcement on campus, and the officers are vested with all the powers, authority and responsibility of any police officer of the commonwealth on property owned or operated by the college, including immediate adjacent public roads and property.
        • Phone Number: 724-287-8711 x8394
      • Dr. Case Willoughby
  • Butler LGBTQ Interfaith Network
    • The Butler LGBTQ Interfaith Network is a collaborative of clergy, congregations and laity who affirm the spirituality of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning people and provide pastoral care and education on LGBTQ issues.
    • Phone: 1.888.873.7723 x218
  • Center for Community Resources
    • The Mission of Center for Community Resources is to make a positive difference in everyday lives by connecting people to a network of supports and services essential for actively learning, working and living in the community.
    • 212-214 South Main Street, Butler, PA 16001
    • Website: www.ccrinfo.org
    • Crisis Hotline: 1.800.292.3866
  • Slippery Rock University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Resource Center
    • The LGBTQ Resource Center Offers a nice space to relax and read LGBTQ resources or watch LGBTQ movies/documentaries. Located on lower floor of Student Union, hours vary by semester.
    • Phone: 724.738.4378
  • Slippery Rock University’s RockOUT
    • RockOUT (formally LGBTA) was created to provide an opportunity for personal growth and education regarding an LGBT orientation and to extend an opportunity for social interaction among members of the gay, lesbian, and bisexual, and transgender community and their allies. RockOUT meets in the Women’s Center at Slippery Rock University. All are welcome!
    • Phone: 724.738.2939
  • PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – Butler Chapter
    • An international organization with many chapters that provide support to GLBT individuals and family members. Some chapters have monthly meetings, speakers’ bureaus, social events and/or annual conferences.
    • Phone: 724.290.9674

Medical Services

  • UPMC Hamot
  • North Shore Psychiatric Associates
    • 120 East Second Street Third Floor Erie, PA 16507
    • p. 814.877.8013
    • f. 814.877.8008
  • Central Outreach
    • 3104 State Street Erie, Pa 16508 Erie, PA Office - Central Outreach Wellness Center
  • Samantha Swords, MD Primary Care
    • 5241 Buffalo Road Erie, PA 16510
    • (814) 877-5100
    • Member: Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
  • Transgender care for veterans
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care - Erie VA Medical Center
  • Erie Sisters & Brothers
    • Support group for transgenders, spouses and significant others in the Erie, PA area.
    • For more information, visit their website at http://www.eriesisters.ning.com/, contact Melanie at (440) 265-8191 or e-mail shub1@suite224.net.
  • Greater Erie Alliance for Equality
  • Erie County Department of Health
    • www.ecdh.org
    • Provides a variety of services including confidential testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.
    • (814) 451-6700
  • NWPA Pride
    • www.nwpapride.org/
    • Works to improve visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersexed and Ally/Asexual (LGBTQIA) community. They also facilitate communication and collaboration between groups and individuals within the region’s LGBTQIA community and the greater region’s community, while respecting individual and group identity.
    • 814-314-9075
  • TransFamily of NWPA
    • www.facebook.com/TransFamilyOfNWPA
    • Supports the transgender community of northwest Pennsylvania, as well as those who are questioning, their loved ones, family members, and allies. Helps provide a greater understanding of people who are transgender through advocacy, education, community engagement and support groups that provide a safe space for all to share their experiences and to obtain support from others who have had similar experiences.
    • (814) 314-9328.
  • Erie County Human Relations Commission
    • www.eriecountygov.org/HRC/
    • Administers the Erie County HRC ordinance to ensure equal opportunities in employment, housing and public accommodations for all, including LGBT individuals.
    • (814) 451-7021.
  • Gaudenzia Erie, Inc. – SHOUT Outreach
    • www.gaudenziaerie.org
    • Provides a complete continuum of care, including detox, residential, dual diagnosis, outpatient and halfway house services and through its SHOUT Outreach program it offers educational and prevention programs to address drug use and risk behaviors that can increase the risk for contracting and transmitting HIV.
    • (814) 459-4775
  • Aging with Pride Monthly Support Group
    • This monthly group will provide a safe, comfortable space for the older LGBT individual to seek support, friendship, social opportunities and discussion of issues of importance such as medical/health needs, housing, legal/financial concern, discrimination, disabilities and social isolation.
    • For more information, please contact Dale Allgeier at 814-455- 4009 or daleallgeier@outlook.com.
  • Erie Gay News
    • www.eriegaynews.com
    • Erie Gay News is the primary print and web news resource targeted specifically to GLBT people in Erie and the surrounding Northwest PA, Western NY and far Eastern Ohio area. The website also includes resources and information on a wide variety of business, organizations and issues. Call (814) 456-9833.
  • LBT Women of Erie
  • Journeys Counseling Services
    • Trauma-Informed facility with a wealth of knowledge and trained counselors to assist you to find your path to healing and power.
  • SafeNet Erie
    • www.safeneterie.org
    • Provides free and confidential direct services to victims of domestic violence, including sanctuary, support, education and advocacy.
    • Call (814) 455-1774. Hotline: (814) 454-8161
  • Crime Victim Center of Erie County
    • www.cvcerie.org
    • Trained CVC Counselor Advocates provide a full continuum of services to victims and witnesses of any type of crime including sexual assault, homicide, simple and aggravated assault, robbery, home invasion, and child and elder abuse.
    • Call (814) 455-9414
  • PFLAG- Indiana Chapter
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana
  • Indiana Cares Campaign
  • Most LGBTQ resources can be found on the university campus 
    • University Commission on GLBT Issues 
      • The purpose of the commission is to improve the climate for diversity within IUP, and to specifically address issues affecting the welfare of LGBTQIA+ community members. 
      • The commission supports multiple campus programs and groups, including: 
      • Weekly Queer Conversations workshops 
      • Lavender Graduation 
      • Pride Alliance and Safe Zone support 
      • LGBTQIA Film Festival and Annual Visibility Day 
      • Chalk-on-the-Walk Sidewalk Commentary 
      • Six O’Clock Series and other programming events 
    • Pride Alliance 
      • Fosters a safe and supportive academic and social environment regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. 
      • Provides educational information on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Queer, Questioning etc. issues at IUP 
      • Address incidents of homophobia and heterosexism in a manner that will create higher levels of understanding 
      • prideallianceiup@gmail.com 
    • Indiana County Crisis Hotline 
    • Office of Social Equality 
      • Social Equity and Title IX Office, Susan S. Delaney Hall, Room B17 
      • 920 Grant Street, Indiana, PA 15705 
      • Phone: 724-357-3402 
      • social-equity@iup.edu and title-ix@iup.edu 
      • Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 
      • The Social Equity and Title IX Office assists in fostering a campus environment that values individual differences and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
    • IUP Counseling Center 
    • LGBTQIA+ Commission  
      • The purpose is to improve the climate for diversity within IUP, and to specifically address issues affecting the welfare of LGBTQIA+ community members. 
      • The commission supports multiple campus programs and groups, including: 
        • Weekly Queer Conversations workshops 
        • Lavender Graduation 
        • Pride Alliance and Safe Zone support
        • LGBTQIA Film Festival and Annual Visibility Day
        • Chalk-on-the-Walk Sidewalk Commentary 
        • Six O’Clock Series and other programming events  

Lawrence

  • UPMC Jameson
  • Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County 
  • Human Services Center 
  • PFLAG 
    • Parents, Families, Friends and Allies united with GLBTQ people to move equality forward 
    • www.pflag.org 
  • Clover Psychological Association 
  • People in Need 
  • Central Outreach Aliquippa


Venango

  • UPMC Northwest 
  • Regional Counseling Center 
    • Oil City Location 
    • Franklin Location 
      • 150 Prospect Ave. Suite 12, Franklin, PA 16323 
      • 814-432-3320 
      • Provides a variety of services including LGBTQ groups for any individual who identifies as having a non-hetero non-cisgender identity or who is a strong ally to the community. They provide a teen group (ages 14-18) and an adult group.  
  • Venango County Mental Health and Developmental Services (MHDS) Department