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Documents from collection
1990 - present

The LGBT Center of Central PA, housed in Harrisburg, PA, provides services, programs, and community space for the LGBT community in the region. These materials represent these initiatives, including the Common Roads program for youth and young...

PFLAG Brochure and Newsletter
2013

Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the first and largest support organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies through peer support, education, and advocacy. This collection contains material...

Activist Buttons
1928 - 2015; Bulk Dates 1970 - 1996

Johnson and Maser met in 1975 through a mutual friend. As a couple, they saw how AIDS was affecting their community and became active in local AIDS Awareness organizations, the Lancaster AIDS Project, and the Betty Finney House, which helped...

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Press Release - circa 1977
circa 1977

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Unidentified Minutes, page 3 - undated
undated

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Various Publications in LGBT-060 Jan Brittan Collection
1971 - 1994

Jan Brittan graduated from Dickinson College in 1971. This collection contains LGBTQ+ periodicals and articles. Brittan also donated books, which are listed in a separate PDF Appendix.

TransCentral PA Logo
2007 - 2019

TransCentral PA is a nonprofit 501c3 organization which serves the transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming community in central Pennsylvania. It was originally formed in 1989 as the Lower Susquehanna Valley chapter of the national trans...

Items from LGBT-037 John Folby Collection
1980 - 2009

John Folby was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The eldest of five children, Folby was raised in a “very strict Roman Catholic, Irish-Italian family.” At age twenty-five, he relocated to Harrisburg with his partner. Shortly after moving to...

LGBT History Project Logo
1976 - 2008. 2010. 2018

Born on May 4, 1923, in Brooklyn, NY, Walter J. Lear was a physician and activist for healthcare reform and LGBTQ+ rights. He received his B.S. from Harvard in 1943, his M.D. from Long Island College of Medicine in 1946, and his M.S. in Hospital...

Collection: LGBT-089 - Lear

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LGBT History Project Logo
1993 - 1997

This collection contains 4 t-shirts: two from local AIDSWalks held in Harrisburg, PA by local AIDS organizations, SCAAN and AIDS Community Alliance; one from the 1993 March on Washington held in Washington, D.C.; and one created for the Dan...

The Non-Straight Motorist Green-Book Cover
2019

The Non-Straight Motorist Green-Book was created by Pedro Zagitt for an exhibit at the Susquehanna Art Museum. After visiting the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections to explore the LGBT History Project, Zagitt was inspired by the...

Collection: LGBT-094 - Zagitt

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Betty Finney House Newsletter - undated
undated

The Betty Finney House was a non-profit organization founded in 1988 that provided housing assistance to those living with HIV/AIDS. It was the only housing assistance agency in South Central PA during the late 1980s and 1990s for those living...

Trophy and T-shirt
1983 - 1999

This collection was donated by an unidentified donor during a LGBT History Roadshow event in Harrisburg in October of 2019. It includes a t-shirt, a trophy, 4 buttons, and 1 wooden nickel.

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