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 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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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. The newsletter...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter



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


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


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, photo 1 - 1976

Date: 1976

Photograph of members of PA Rural Gay Caucus with their banner at the 1976 Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade. Identified people from left to right: Richard Hoffman (with GSC Berks flag), Joe Burns, Jerry Brennan, and Sam Deetz. Photograph by Bari Lee...

Collection: LGBT-011 - Deetz


Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, Gay Coordinating Society of Berks County, Reading (GCS Berks)

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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


Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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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 President" (p. 5)
  • ...

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