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LGBT Issues Grantees (1989-2010)

(Date indicates the year the grantee was last funded)

Beaver County AIDS Service Organization (BCASO), 2002
BCASO’s Project HOPE provides a peer-based HIV/AIDS prevention and education program in Beaver County with special interest in high-risk populations, including minority women, substance abusers and their sexual partners.

Butler County PFLAG, 2010
This new local chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) began in the fall of 2009.  They received a TRCF grant to hold a planning retreat for leadership and chapter members, to strategize on how best to operate.

Diversity Project with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 1997
This project fosters dialogue and community among all sexual orientations. A community-wide day-long educational seminar was its first venture, and included four workshops on topics related to forming community among diverse gender minority groups. The TRCF grant supported the purchase of a computer to organize contact information.

Dreams of Hope, 2009
Dreams of Hope is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allies youth performing arts group. All performance material is taken from the youth’s life experiences and are written and performed by the youth. Each show is followed by a candid question and answer period with the audience.

Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, 2010
Established in 1984 to facilitate the development of individual and community resources to meet the needs of sexual minorities, the center serves as an information resource and a secure, drug-free meeting space. In 2001, they used a TRCF grant to increase the center’s ability to reach out to and communicate with disabled members of the LGBT community with the purchase of a TeleTypewriter and the creation and distribution of audiocassettes of the center’s newsletter and other community publications.  In 2010, noting an increase in the number of aging people who identify as LGBT, they conducted an aging study to address any problems and seize any opportunities that will be seen from this emerging social issue.

Gay and Lesbian Neighborhood Development Association (GLENDA), 2002
GLENDA organizes LGBT members to participate as volunteers with other organizations in the community through its Partnering Projects, bringing people together and altering anti-gay attitudes through cooperative interaction.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, Pittsburgh, 2010
GLSEN develops and purchases educational materials for workshops that make schools safe and inclusive environments for all students.  Both teachers and students go to their workshops, where they learn about the negative effects of stereotyping, bullying, and name-calling.  GLSEN also is implementing the “Safe and Respectful Schools Project,” which will be a series of region-wide programs that prevent discrimination, harassment, and violence against children perceived to be different by their peers.  In 2009, GLSEN held the first Unified for Youth (U4Y) Conference, a weekend-long event consisting of workshops and discussions on LGBT issues, supported by a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant.  It was so successful that, in 2010, they received a TRCF annual grant to expand the U4Y Conference.

Gay-Straight Alliance, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
TRCF provided funds to bring in Daniel Roberts, from MTV’s “The Real World – New Orleans” and a LGBT icon, to be a keynote speaker during National Coming Out Week.

In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh, 2009
In Sisterhood recorded 20 stories on video, in addition to collecting photos and memorabilia, of activists, primarily lesbians, about their involvement in advancing women’s rights in the Pittsburgh region.

K’vetsh Pittsburgh, 2004
K’vetsh used TRCF funds to cover the expenses for their monthly “all-queer, all-gender open mic cabaret” at Modern Formations Gallery in Garfield.  The cabaret consists of two queer-identified artists who perform through music, video, visual art, performance art, and writing, in addition to audience participation.

Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Alliance (LABiAT), 1999
TRCF funds helped to bring Leslie Feinberg to speak at Chatham College on March 31, 1999, in honor of the National Transgender Awareness Week and Women’s History Month. In 1997, the Alliance provided transportation to young people from diverse communities for the visit of D.C. Representative Sabrina Sojourner, speaker for the program ABC’s of Diversity.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 2000
PFLAG Pittsburgh provides education and support for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays. TRCF helped fund a brochure that outlined the services offered by PFLAG and was distributed to churches, social workers, educators and school counselors. For the 2000 grant and in collaboration with Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educator’s Network (GLSEN) and teachers, PFLAG developed the Safe Schools Project to ensure that students K-12 (and teachers) have access to a non-threatening learning environment. PFLAG and GLSEN provide the training and educational materials.

Partnership for Minority HIV/AIDS Prevention, 2002
The partnership is a “member organization that provides comprehensive, culturally based HIV/AIDS prevention and education services in eight predominantly African-American communities in the city of Pittsburgh.”

Persad Center, 2009
Persad used its grant to build its After School Program for LGBT youth, who acquired negotiation skills and received leadership training, which will empower a new generation of community activists.

Pittsburgh Healing Weekend, 2001
The weekend features the latest information on HIV/AIDS treatment and resources, and provides a time for networking and connecting with others affected by HIV/AIDS.

Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2004
The PILGFF provides a cultural event in the tri-state region designed to support LGBT artists and a needed cultural outlet for the LGBT community.  TRCF funds were used to cover the expenses for the Festival’s youth program, Reel Queer (RQ), which introduces youth to cinema arts in a safe drug- and alcohol-free environment.

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, 2005
The Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival showcased locally written and produced one-act plays with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender themes.  It drew gay and straight participants, across races, in the local theater community, and coincided with PrideFest.

Pittsburgh Transsexual Support Group, 2005
Funds were used to host a day-long conference on transgender issues, and to hold the Pittsburgh Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony.

Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns, 1994
The organization used a 1994 grant to establish a speakers bureau for congregations interested in exploring the issue of sexuality and the church. These programs attempted to enlighten the minds of participants to eventually change the policy of the church to one of full inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons.

Rainbow Alliance, 2003
This University of Pittsburgh group is working to get the University to offer same-sex benefits to their employees, in addition to providing general resources on LGBT issues to the University population.

Rainbow Rising, 2008
Working with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, Rainbow Rising provides a bi-monthly Coffee House for the LGBT community, consisting of entertainment and a forum for discussion.  Their 2008 grant went towards marketing efforts to build community awareness of their programs.

Renaissance City Choirs/Pittsburgh Gay Chorus, Inc., 2006
Working collaboratively with African American artists and community leaders, the choirs will explore African traditions in music and present them to a broader community while working to build bridges with the Pittsburgh black gay and lesbian community.  Funding has also gone specifically to the Women’s Choir to bring their message (gays and lesbians creating change through the power of music) to a broader geographic audience by performing in several smaller cities in southwestern Pennsylvania, and to a special performance to commemorate the crash site of Flight 93 in a September 11th, 2006, ceremony.

Voices for a New Tomorrow, 2004
TRCF funds were used to contract with a community organizer/facilitator to complete the work of defining goals and objectives for Voices – a coalition of LGBT groups and individuals.  This group is an off-shoot of the Community Needs Assessment conducted in 2002 by Persad Center, Inc., the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Minority Health, and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.