Erie County Department of Health

Among the many services available, the Erie County Department of Health provides information and confidential testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. For detailed information, call the department at (814) 451-6700.

NWPA Pride

Incorporated in March, 2012, NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc works to improve visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersexed and Ally/Asexual (LGBTQIA) community. We also facilitate communication and collaboration between groups and individuals within the region’s LGBTQIA community and the greater region’s community, while respecting individual and group identity. We are 501(C)(3) as of May 30, 2015.

Erie County Human Relations Commission

The Erie County Human Relations Commission administers the Erie County HRC ordinance to ensure equal opportunities in employment, housing and public accommodations for all, including LGBT individuals. Call (814) 451-7021.

Erie Gay News

Erie Gay News is the primary print and web news resource targeted specifically to GLBT people in Erie and the surrounding Northwest PA, Western NY and far Eastern Ohio area. The website also includes resources and information on a wide variety of business, organizations and issues.  Call (814) 456-9833.

Gaudenzia Erie, Inc. – SHOUT Outreach

In addition to providing a complete continuum of care, including detox, residential, dual diagnosis, outpatient and halfway house services, Gaudenzia Erie, through its SHOUT Outreach program, offers educational and prevention programs to address drug use and risk behaviors that can increase the risk for contracting and transmitting HIV. Call (814) 459-4775.

TransFamily of NWPA

The mission of TransFamily of NWPA is to support the transgender community of northwest Pennsylvania, as well as those who are questioning, their loved ones, family members, and allies. We will work towards greater understanding of people who are transgender through advocacy, education, and community engagement. TransFamily operates several support groups throughout NWPA, which provide a safe space for all to share their experiences and to obtain support from others who have had similar experiences. We welcome anyone who identifies as gender-variant, their family, friends, and allies of the community. We also support the community through advocacy efforts and education to the larger cisgender community. For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/TransFamilyOfNWPA or call (814) 314-9328.

Aging with Pride Monthly Support Group
This monthly group will provide a safe, comfortable space for the older LGBT individual to seek support, friendship, social opportunities and discussion of issues of importance such as medical/health needs, housing, legal/financial concern, discrimination, disabilities and social isolation.
For more information, please contact Dale Allgeier at 814-455- 4009 or daleallgeier@outlook.com.

Erie Sisters and Brothers Transgender Support Group

The Erie Sisters Transgender Support Group, established in 1991, recognizing the need to welcome and serve the entire transgender community, has been changed to the Erie Sisters and Brothers. 
 Erie Sisters and Brothers president, Melanie Shubitowski, states “The male to female aspect of the transgender community has long been associated with the transgender condition, but in recent years there have been an increasing number of female to male, genetically or biologically intersexed, and gender neutral individuals coming forward and making themselves known. 
For more information, visit our website or contact Melanie at (440) 265-8191 or e-mail shub1@suite224.net. Melanie is also the CEO of the Lake Erie Group and director of the Lake Erie Gala.

LBT Women of Erie

LBT Women of Erie is a social and support group for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. Our group has been together in this present form since 2008.

Journeys Counseling Services

Journeys for a Trauma-Informed Life Journeys is a facility with a wealth of knowledge to help you on your own journey. Trained counselors can assist you to find your path to healing and power.


American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s foremost guardian of liberty. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and protecting individual rights and personal freedoms. Through advocacy, education and litigation, ACLU attorneys, advocates and volunteers work to preserve and promote civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law.  There is a Northwest PA Chapter and an office in Pittsburgh. Call them toll-free at1-877-PGH-ACLU (744-2258) or in Pittsburgh at (412) 681-7736.

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh

The Delta Foundation produces events and supports projects that help make the Pittsburgh a vibrant and exciting city that is attractive to the LGBT community. These include Pittsburgh Pride, (PITTSBURGH)RED on World AIDS Day, a Memorial Day Picnic, various fundraising events, and it’s newest project, Equality Partners of Western Pennsylvania. Call (412) 246-4451.

Equality PA

The central goal of Equality PA is to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians through education and policy and legislative reform.
Call the Harrisburg office at (717) 319-5210 or the Philadelphia office at (215) 731-1447.

Northwest PA Rural AIDS Alliance

Based at Clarion University, the Northwest PA Rural AIDS Alliance works in unison with the communities of northwest Pennsylvania to improve, protect and promote their health by being their health care partner in the struggle against and treatment of HIV and AIDS. The Alliance provides access to high quality, comprehensive early intervention services for the medically underserved HIV positive individuals in the region. Call (814) 764-6066 or toll-free at 1-800-359-2437.

Persad Center, Inc.

Persad Center, Inc. is the nation’s second oldest licensed counseling center specifically created to serve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. The Center is committed to helping GLBT and HIV+ individuals and the people who love them. Persad’s staff of mental health professionals is trained to respond to the emotional needs of the GLBT community in a caring way that is sensitive, non-judgmental and culturally specific. They offer a variety of clinical programs and services. Call (412) 441-9786.

SafeNet Erie

SafeNet provides free and confidential direct services to victims of domestic violence, including sanctuary, support, education and advocacy. Call (814) 455-1774.  Hotline: (814) 454-8161

Crime Victim Center of Erie County

Trained CVC Counselor Advocates provide a full continuum of services to victims and witnesses of any type of crime including sexual assault, homicide, simple and aggravated assault, robbery, home invasion, and child and elder abuse.  Call (814) 455-9414



Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. Based in Washington, DC, the HRC can be reached toll-free at (800) 777-4723.

Matthew Shepard Foundation

The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year-old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance” through its varied educational, outreach and advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story. It’s mission is to support diversity programs in education and to help youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves. The organization is based in Denver, CO. Call (303) 830-7400.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

PFLAG is a national organization that promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, education and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.  There are local chapters serving Erie/Crawford counties and Butler County in PA and Chautauqua County, NY.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. In addition to operating the crisis and suicide prevention lifeline (866-488-7386), The Trevor Project provides online support to young people through the organization’s Web site, as well as lifesaving guidance and vital resources for educators and parents.