Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - February 1977
February 1977

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...

Pride '78 Brochure and Registration Materials - January 20 - 22, 1978
January 20 - 22, 1978

Brochure and Registration Materials for Pride '78, a statewide gay rights conference.

Rescheduled Pride '78 Brochure and Registration - April 7 - 9, 1978
April 7 - 9, 1978

Due to inclement wheather, Pride '78, a statewide gay rights conference, was rescheduled from January 20 - 22 to April 7 - 9. This document contains the updated Brochure and Regsitration info.

Pride '79 Brochure and Registration - October 19 - 21, 1979
October 19 - 21, 1979

Brochure and Registration for Pride '79, a statewide gay rights conference. 

Pride '80 Brochure and Registration - October 3 - 5, 1980
October 3 -5 , 1980

Brochure and Registration for Pride '80, a statewide gay rights conference.

GSH Newsletter - November 1981
November 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Noteworthy articles in this issue are:

  • "San Francisco Olympics"
  • "New Newsletter"
  • "Students Talk Back" presents letters on human...
April 1990 to January 1991

SCAAN supported patients with HIV/AIDs to navigate welfare, social security, and financial concerns, as well as providing medical supplies and assisting patients with a verity of task, ranging from light housekeeping to assisting terminal...

Collection: LGBT-005 - Dierkers

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: South Central Aids Assistance Network (SCAAN)

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Crossroads Magazine - October/November 1997
October/November 1997

Crossroads Magazine was a bi-monthly local LGBTQ+ magazine created, edited, and published by Dr. Eric Selvey. The goal of Crossroads was to bring together the LGBTQ+ community of Central Pennsylvania by creating a space to showcase the efforts...

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - March 2002
March 2002

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...

Central PA Womyn’s Chorus “Lebanon Area GLBT Groups Collaborative Kickoff”  Program - October 25, 2007
October 25, 2007

Founded in 1994, the Central PA Womyn’s Chorus “brings together a diverse group of women, united by the joy of singing, to celebrate and empower women and to affirm a positive image of lesbians and feminists.”
This event program is from the...

Marlene Kanuck
July 1, 2013

Born in 1949 to a Lutheran minister and his wife, Marlene Kanuck married a man, had two children, and got a divorce after 11 years of marriage before realizing that she was a lesbian. In this interview, she discusses her coming out process and...

LGBT History Project Logo
March 22, 2014

Barry Loveland was born December 28th, 1956 in Schenectady, New York. After graduating from high school, Barry attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Architecture and Building Sciences....

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February 5, 2015

Brent Weaver was born in Corning, New York but primarily grew up the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area. Although his parents grew up in conservative Mennonite families, Brent and his brother were raised Presbyterian, and Brent recognized that he was...

Joy Verner
March 24, 2015

Joy Verner was born in 1963 and grew up in Franklin Pennsylvania near Erie, Pa. Joy was one of three children and a mother and a father. She relocated to central Pennsylvania during graduate school where she attended school near Shippensburg. She...

Collection: LGBT Oral History



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Louie Marven
March 29, 2015

Louie Marven moved to central Pennsylvania from his hometown of Wappingers Falls, New York to attend Messiah College in 2003 and has lived in the Harrisburg area ever since. The school’s conservative values and prohibition of “homosexual behavior...

Hannah Smith-Brubaker
October 27, 2016

Hannah-Smith Brubaker was born in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and spent most of her childhood in Port Allegany, McKean County. She began to identify as a lesbian at the start of college, and she entered the political sphere for the first time...

Debra Fulham-Winston
March 19, 2017

Deb Fulham-Winston was born in 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up in an Irish-Catholic family with eight siblings, and spent the first half of her schooling in Catholic school. Early on, she had a strong conviction for feminism and social...

Marty Tornblom
June 9, 2017

Marty Tornblom was born in Utah and was raised in the greater Salt Lake City area, as a member of the Mormon Church. She decided to get a degree in education which lead her to teaching. Following her marriage, she converted to Presbyterianism and...

Alex Reber
October 4, 2017

Barry Loveland interviews Alex Reber, now 32, who relates fascinating stories of what it was like growing up as an only child of an Evangelical Christian family raised on a farm in Bethel, a rural town between Harrisburg and Allentown and...

ROSE Newsletters

This collection contains chapter information regarding the Southern Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Renaissance Education Association, Inc. (ROSE), a non-profit transgender support organization. This collection also includes newsletters...

Keystone Conference Program, 2018

The Keystone Conference is a program for transgender individuals and their allies that has been held annually in Pennsylvania since 2009. The items in this collection include programs from previous conferences and vendor materials from the 2018...

Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg Logo
2004 - 2007

This collection contains documents from the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg (GLSH). Items include a Fall Achievement Benefit Program, information on the Alternative Central (a LGBTQ+ positive publication published by the GLSH), GLSH...

Amanda Porter and Lehigh Valley Renaissance Brochures

Amanda Porter [now known as Amanda Hecker] was born in 1950 in Lansdale, PA and was assigned male at birth. She attended Grove City College, receiving her BA in History, and enrolled in ROTC. After college, she joined the Air Force, and after...


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