LGBT History Project

About LGBT History Project Resources

The LGBT Center of Central PA and the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections have partnered to document the stories and history of LGBT life and activism in the greater Central Pennsylvania region. This site contains oral histories that have been recorded for the LGBT History Project, as well as fully accessible digital versions of documents, images, and artifacts that have been donated to the project.

This is a quickly growing collection, and not all items are available through this website. Please contact Malinda Triller-Doran at archives@dickinson.edu for information about how to access all of the resources of the LGBT History Project, as well as how to donate additional materials.

Generous support to make these unique resources accessible has been provided by the Schlegel Deibler Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

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Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - October 1976

Date: October 1976

The Gay Era was a newspaper that reported news of interest from around the United States, with a specific focus on the news surrounding the gay community in Central PA, and provided a central forum for gay communities that were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns Periodicals

Topics: Sodomy Laws

Organizations: Gay Era, Dyketactics, Homophiles of Penn State (HOPS)

View Item: PDF icon Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - October 1976

Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - July 1976

Date: July 1976

The Gay Era was a newspaper that reported news of interest from around the United States, with a specific focus on the news surrounding the gay community in Central PA, and provided a central forum for gay communities that were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns Periodicals

Topics: Homophobia, PA House Bill 2220

Organizations: Homophiles of Penn State (HOPS), PA Rural Gay Caucus, Gay Era

View Item: PDF icon Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - July 1976

Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - June 1976

Date: June 1976

The Gay Era was a newspaper that reported news of interest from around the United States, with a specific focus on the news surrounding the gay community in Central PA, and provided a central forum for gay communities that were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns Periodicals

Topics: Gay Pride, Stonewall

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities, Gay Era, Lehigh Valley Homophile Organization (Le-Hi-Ho), West Chester Gays, PA Rural Gay Caucus, Homophiles of Penn State (HOPS), Gays United Lancaster (GUL), Gay Switchboard of Lancaster, Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - June 1976

Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - February 1975

Date: February 1975

The Gay Era was a newspaper that reported news of interest from around the United States, with a specific focus on the news surrounding the gay community in Central PA, and provided a central forum for gay communities that were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns Periodicals

Topics: Human Rights Ordinance, Feminism

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Lancaster, Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Gays United Lancaster (GUL), PA Rural Gay Caucus, Dignity/Central PA, Gay Coordinating Society of Berks County, Reading (GCS Berks), Women Oriented Women (WOW), Gay Era, Peer Counseling Program, Governor's Gay Task Force, Lesbian Discussion Group (Lancaster), Gay Community Services of Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - February 1975

PA Rural Gay Caucus, Press Release - May 13, 1976

Date: May 13, 1976

PA Rural Cay Caucus press release disucssing the formation of a permanenet legislative committee, with it's first focus on lobbying for the repeal of Sodomy Statutes.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Sodomy Laws

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus, Press Release - May 13, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus, Meeting Minutes - August 19, 1978

Date: August 19, 1978

In these Meeting Minutes, motion to dissovle the PA Rural Gay Caucus as a formal organization is passed. Agenda concerns next steps of group. 

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Human Rights Ordinance

Organizations: Gay Support Network, Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), National Gay Task Force (NGTF)

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus, Meeting Minutes - August 19, 1978

PA Rural Gay Caucus, By-Laws - November 6, 1976

Date: November 6, 1976

As described in the by-laws, "The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus is an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities. This goal is to...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus, By-Laws - November 6, 1976

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - April 1983

Date: April 1983

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area...

Collection: LGBT-022 - Kujawa

Topics:

Organizations:

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - April 1983

Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - April 1976

Date: April 1976

The Gay Era was a newspaper that reported news of interest from around the United States, with a specific focus on the news surrounding the gay community in Central PA, and provided a central forum for gay communities that were spread out across...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns Periodicals

Topics: Human Rights Ordinance, PA House Bill 2220

Organizations: Gay Era, PA Rural Gay Caucus, PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - April 1976

Summer with Dignity/Central PA, 1979

Date: Summer 1979

Calendar of events hosted by Dignity/Central PA during the summer of 1979.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Summer with Dignity/Central PA, 1979

Dignity/Central PA, Brochure - circa 1976

Date: circa 1976

Brochure explaining Dignity/Central PA's mission. Dignity is:
- a forum for human concerns
- a seeking for greater self
- knowledge and wisdom
- an affirmation of one's sexual orientation in faith
- personal ministry...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Dignity/Central PA, Brochure - circa 1976

Joy (Ufema) Counsel

Date: April 29, 2014

Joy (Ufema) Counsel was raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania. After completing high school, Joy began studies to become a nurse at the Altoona Hospital, and later completed a nursing program at Harrisburg Area Community College. Joy worked in numerous...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: York Hospice House (York, PA)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 116: Joy (Ufema) Counsel

PA Rural Gay Caucus at Philadelphia Pride Parade - 1976

Date: 1976

Photograph of members of PA Rural Gay Caucus with their banner at the 1976 Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade. Sam Deetz on right. Photograph by Bari Lee Weaver.

Collection: LGBT-011 - Deetz

Topics: PA Rural Gay Caucus

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus at Philadelphia Pride Parade - 1976

Charm City Invitational Third Place Trophy - 1988

Date: 1988

Trophy won by the Harrisburg Hustlers volleyball team in 1988. Plaque on the trophy reads "Charm City Invitational 3rd Place 1988."

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

Topics:

Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

View Item: PDF icon Charm City Invitational Third Place Trophy - 1988

Keystone (Dignity/Central PA) - March 1977

Date: March 1977

Keystone is an educational and communication feature of Dignity/Central PA Inc. Noteworthy articles in this issue:

  • "Treasurer's Report" (p. 2)
  • "Workshop"...Coming Out! (p. 5)
  • "Notes from the...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Dignity/Central PA, Coming Out

Organizations: Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), Friend's Meeting House, Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Keystone (Dignity/Central PA) - March 1977

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