LGBT Competency Training Information

LGBT = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people

Competency = Ensuring that your business is a safe and
welcoming place for your customers/clients regardless of
their sexual orientation or gender identity.

At Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, we know that¬†becoming an LGBT-competent business is a process, and mistakes are a part of that process. We’re here to help facilitate your growth through competency and sensitivity training for all sizes of businesses. You might be wondering, “why should our business use your services?” Good question. Even in 2017, many LGBT people are victims of discrimination. In addition, LGBT people and allies actively seek out organizations and businesses that they know are LGBT-friendly and competent. Did you know that,

  • Employees can still lose their job for being LGBT
  • Housing practices are not always LGBT-friendly
  • Customers are still treated poorly because they are LGBT
  • Clients are still treated poorly because they are LGBT


Past Symposiums

Intersection of Equality
GEAE Symposium
April 30, 2016

Dr. William Koehler, LCSW (
Dr. Hillary Copp, LSW (
Edinboro University Department of Social Work

Power point available here: GEAESymp2016

Intersection of Equality
GEAE Symposium
November 2, 2013

Dr. Charisse Nixon (Penn State Behrend)
Dr. Theresa Vescio (Penn State University, State College)
The Honorable Brian Sims, PA House Representative (Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state representative)

This symposium covered multiple topics such as The Lives of LGBT People in Pennsylvania, Bullying and Anti-Bullying, Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, and Equality Legislation in Pennsylvania

Companies That Have Utilized our Training

general electric
erie insurance
scott enterprises
visit erie
presque isle downs and casino

Payment Options

We have different payment options and plans tailored to each individual company, no matter how big or small. We also have grants available for those who need them.

Flexible Scheduling

We have multiple days and multiple times available that will suit your needs, whether that’s a one day, two hour long session or a multiple day event spanning multiple hours.

Specialized Training

No matter what type of business or establishment you run, you can count on Greater Erie Alliance for Equality to construct a personalized training regiment suited to your individual needs.