Capital-Star Q&A: State Rep.-elect Jessica Benham; Pa.’s first out woman LGBTQ lawmaker

BY: - November 14, 2020

Democrat Jessica Benham won election last week to Allegheny County's 36th House District. She will replace long-serving Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, who is retiring at year's end. 

How Pa.’s LGBTQ community centers are adapting to the challenges of the pandemic

BY: - November 11, 2020

For many LGBTQ people, these centers are often the only local source of queer-inclusive, targeted social, educational, and health services.

‘I wanted to make sure our voices were heard loud and clear’: LGBTQ group works to build acceptance in rural Pa.

BY: - August 16, 2020

The I Am Alliance, an LGBTQ advocacy group, has been working to raise awareness and acceptance in their tiny central Pa. community.

June 24 virtual panel discussion looks at the history of central Pa.’s LGBTQ community

BY: - June 17, 2020

The event is being co-hosted by the LGBT Center of Central PA, and Penn State University Press at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg.

Using the wrong pronouns can be an obstacle to obtaining healthcare – What one health system is doing about it

BY: - May 13, 2020

The LBGTQ community faces special obstacles obtaining healthcare. Here's how one health system is overcoming them with sensitivity and empathy.

Meet the Hershey business owner hoping for a silver lining after the pandemic

BY: - April 14, 2020

By Frank Pizzoli Charlie Good, owner of Homestyle Charlie in Hershey’s Briarcrest Square, is trying to stay upbeat. He sells cards, gifts, retro objects d’art, and jewelry. And like business owners across Pennsylvania, he’s living through the challenge of first, closing his physical operations and moving online, and then calculating a come-back after COVID-19 restrictions […]

Harrisburg AIDS health services center set to mark its 35th anniversary

BY: - March 12, 2020

Alder Health will celebrate its 35th anniversary this September with an event at The Whitaker Center in downtown Harrisburg.

How one man’s perseverance led a Pa. borough to adopt its LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance

BY: - February 28, 2020

Local leaders aren't waiting for lawmakers in Harrisburg to adopt LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinances, so they're moving on their own.

‘There’s always room for improvement,’ says Penn State/Hershey exec honored for LGBTQ leadership

BY: - January 23, 2020

Bill Krenz is one of the leaders of the LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Meet 6 LGBTQ Pennsylvanians working to improve the commonwealth

BY: - January 20, 2020

By Erica Smith It’s estimated that 4.1 percent of Pennsylvania residents — that’s about 416,484 people — who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, according to 2019 Williams Institute data. The majority of them are age 40 and younger. They include many vibrant young leaders, working to make things better for their communities and […]


Forget about selfies and social media. We need organic growth in Pa.’s LGBTQ community | Frank Pizzoli

BY: - January 13, 2020

I know we can create change because I’ve seen us do incredible things. But it has to be face-to-face. We have to show up.


A few thoughts on what it means to be a gay man in the 21st Century | Opinion

BY: - January 6, 2020

Most people want to be accepted regardless of their sexual orientation or preference, but we must also accept ourselves first.