Resources for Students, Staff, Faculty, & Community Members
- Pennsylvania Equality Project- https://paequality.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (814) 790-9344
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 976 Edinboro, PA 16412
- Pennsylvania Youth Congress- https://payouthcongress.org/
- Phone: 717-743-1035
- Address: 413 Walnut Street Harrisburg, PA 17101
- ACLU HBG- https://www.aclupa.org/en/chapters/southcentralpa
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (717) 238-2258
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11761 Harrisburg, PA 17108-1761
- ACLU PGH- https://www.aclupa.org/en/chapters/greaterpittsburgh
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (412) 681-7736; Toll-free: (877) PGH-ACLU
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 23058 Pittsburgh, PA 15222
- ACLU PHL- https://www.aclupa.org/en/chapters/greaterphiladelphia
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (215) 592-1513
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 60173 Philadelphia, PA 19102
Arts Organizations (Add all socials)
- Arts of Pa- https://artsofpa.bigcartel.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artsofpa/?ref=page_internal
- Instagram: @artsofpa
- Twitter: @ARTS_of_PA
- Central Pa Womyn\’s Chorus- http://www.cpwchorus.org/
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 717-564-0112
- Mailing Address: PO Box 60426 Harrisburg, PA 17106-0426
- Harrisburg Gay Men\’s Chorus- http://harrisburggaymenschorus.org/
- Email: info@HarrisburgGayMensChorus.org
- Mailing Address: PO Box 62201 Harrisburg, PA 17106-2201
- Address: Harrisburg Unitarian Church, 1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg PA
- Dreams of Hope- https://www.dreamsofhope.org/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 412-361-2065
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4912, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206
- Philadelphia Freedom Band- https://sites.google.com/philadelphiafreedomband.com/philadelphiafreedomband/home?authuser=0/
- Philadelphia Voices of Pride- http://pvop.org/
- Email: email@example.com
- Address: 1315 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus- https://www.pgmc.org/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 215.731.9230
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 30185 Philadelphia, PA, 19103
- qFlix Philadelphia- http://www.qflixphilly.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 855-735-4987
- Reel Q- https://reelq.org/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (412) 422-6776
- Mailing Address: PLGFS P.O. Box 81237 Pittsburgh, PA 15217
- Renaissance City Choirs- http://www.rccpittsburgh.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 412-345-1722
- Address: East Liberty Presbyterian Church 116 S. Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
- City of Brotherly Love Softball League- http://www.cblsl.org/
- Gryphons Rugby- https://www.phillygryphons.club/
- Lez Run Philadelphia- https://www.meetup.com/Lez-Run-Philadelphia/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LezRun/
- Philadelphia Falcons- http://www.phillyfalcons.org/
- Facebook (private): https://www.facebook.com/groups/phillyfalcons/
- Twitter: @falconsoccer
- Philadelphia FINS Aquatics Club- http://www.philadelphiafins.org/
- Philadelphia Front Runners- https://phillyfr.weebly.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (second email might not work)
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhiladelphiaFrontrunners/about
- Instagram: @phillyfr
- Twitter: @PhillyFR
- Philadelphia Stonewall Sports- http://stonewallphilly.leagueapps.com/
- Pittsburgh Frontrunners- https://www.pittsburgh-frontrunners.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PittsburghFrontrunners
- Twitter: @pghfr
- Pittsburgh Stonewall Sports- https://stonewallpittsburgh.leagueapps.com/
- Email: info@StonewallSportsPGH.org
- Twitter: @StonewallPitt
- Steel City Softball League
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steelcitysoftball/?ref=page_internal
- Instagram: @steelcitysoftball
- Twitter: @scsl
- LGBTQ Center of Central Pennsylvania- https://centralpalgbtcenter.org/
- Attic Youth Center- https://www.atticyouthcenter.org/
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 215-545-4331
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtticYouthCenter/
- Instagram: @atticyouthcenter
- Twitter: @atticyouthcen
- Address: 255 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
- Bradburt-Sullivan LGBT Community Center- https://www.bradburysullivancenter.org/
- Phone: 610-347-9988
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BradburySullivanCenter/
- Instagram: @bradburysullivanlgbtcenter
- Address: 522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way Allentown, PA 18101
- Center on Strawberry- http://centeronstrawberry.com/
- LGBT Center of Greater Reading- https://www.lgbtcenterofreading.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 610-864-5800
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theLGBTcenterofgreaterreading
- Address: 1501 North 13th Street, Reading, PA 19604
- Pittsburgh Equality Center- https://pghequalitycenter.org/
- SAGA Community Center- https://www.sagahatboro.com/
- Triversity- https://www.triversitycenter.org/
- William Way LGBT Community Center- https://www.waygay.org/
- York Rainbow Rose Center- https://www.rainbowrosecenter.org/
- GLO- https://www.gloharrisburg.org/
v Grace United Methodist Church- http://gracehbg.org/
o Email: email@example.com
o Phone: 717-238-6739
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracehbg/
o Address: 216 State St. Harrisburg, PA 17101
- UC Harrisburg- http://www.uchbg.org/
- Phone: 717.564.4761
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCHBG/
- Address: 1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17113
- UUC of Lancaster- https://uuclonline.org/
- Phone: 717-393-1733 Ext. 204
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UUCLancaster
- Instagram: @uuclanc
- Twitter: @uuclanc
- Address: 1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17113
- Market Square Presbyterian Church- https://www.marketsquarechurch.org/
- MCC of the Spirit- https://www.mccofthespirit.org/
v Decolonizing Fitness - https://decolonizingfitness.com
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/decolonizingfitness/
- Instagram: @decolonizing_fitness
- Optimal Sport (Philly location)- https://optimalsporthealthclubs.com/philadelphia-center-city/
- Phone: 215-735-1114
- Address: Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Optimal Sport (Newtown location)- https://optimalsporthealthclubs.com/locations/bucks-county-newtown/
- Phone: (215) 579-7600
- Address: 828 B Newtown Yardley Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
Government Offices and Commissions
- Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs- https://www.governor.pa.gov/about/pennsylvania-commission-lgbtq-affairs/
- Email: LGBTQcommission@pa.gov
- Phone: 717-831-3230
- Philadelphia Office of LGBTQ Affairs- https://www.phila.gov/departments/office-of-lgbt-affairs/
- Pittsburgh Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory- http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/lgbtqia/index.html
- Ader Health Services- https://www.alderhealth.org/
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia- Gender and Sexuality Development Program - https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/gender-and-sexuality-development-program
- Phone: 267-426-5980
- Address: 3550 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh- Gender and Sexual Development Program- https://www.chp.edu/our-services/aya-medicine/gender-development
- Phone: 412-692-6677. (Please select option 4 during business hours and ask specifically for “Gender Care.”)
- Address: UPMC University Center Mezzanine Floor, Suite M060. 120 Lytton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
- Metro Community Health Center- https://metrocommunityhealthcenter.org/
- Phone: 412-247-2310
- Address: 1789 South Braddock Avenue, Suite 410, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Metro-Community-Health-Center-310070416112021/
- Twitter: @MetroHealthPGH
- Instagram: @metrohealthpgh
- PERSAD- https://www.persadcenter.org/
- Hershey Gender Health Clinic- https://www.pennstatehealth.org/childrens/services-treatments/gender-health-programv
- Phone: 717-531-2073
- Address: 600 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
- ACT UP Philadelphia- http://www.actupphilly.org/
- Adagio Health- http://www.adagiohealth.org/
- Ader Health Services- https://www.alderhealth.org/
- AIDS Fund- https://aidsfundphilly.org/
- AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania- https://www.aidslawpa.org/
- AIDS Resource- https://aidsresource.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 570-322-8448 (Williamsport Office) OR 814-272-0818 (State College Office)
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AIDSResourceAlliance
- Twitter: @AIDSresource
- Instagram: @aidsresource
- Address: Williamsport Office 500 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 OR State College Office 129 South Sparks Street, Suite #1, State College, PA 16801
- Allies for and Wellbeing- https://alliespgh.org/
- Caring Communities- https://caringpa.org/ (5 locations. Wilkes Barre, Hazelton, Bloomsburg, Towanda, Hawley)
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 570-829-2700
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caringcomm/
- Twitter: @CaringComm
- Instagram: @caring_communities
- Central Outreach Wellness Center- https://www.centraloutreach.com/ (4 locations in Pittsburgh, Washington, Aliquippa, and Erie PA)
- Northwest Pennsylvania AIDS Alliance- https://www.clarion.edu/about-clarion/offices-and-administration/centers-and-outreach/nw-pa-aids-alliance.html
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 814-297-8220
- Novus ACS- https://novusacs.com/ (4 locations in Doylestown, Lehighton, Stroudsburg, and Bethlehem PA)
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 610-867-5365
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NovusACS/
- Instagram: @novusacs
- Philadelphia FIGHT- https://fight.org/
- Shepard Wellness Community- https://www.swconline.org/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 412-683-4477
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shepherd-Wellness-Community-76259627794/
- Address: 4800 Sciota Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224-2127
- The Mazzoni Center- https://www.mazzonicenter.org/
- Phone: Main: 215-563-0652, Medical: 215-563-0658, Legal: 215-563-0657
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MazzoniCenter
- Twitter: @MazzoniCenter
- Instagram: @mazzonicenter
- Address: 1348 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
- Crisis Text Line
- Text START to 741-741
- Carlisle Helpline
- Phone: (717) 249-6226
- Crisis Intervention (Harrisburg)
- Phone: (717) 232-7511 or 1- 888- 596-4447
- Crisis Intervention (York)
- Phone: (717) 851-5320 or 1-800-673-2496
- Deaf Hotline
- Phone: 1-800-799-4TTY
- Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention
- Phone: 1-800-931-2237
- Eating Disorders Center
- Phone: 1-888-236-1188
- Gay and Lesbian National Hotline
- Phone: 1-888-843-4564
- Phone: 1-800-398-GAYS
- Phone: 1-800-231-6946
- National Abortion Federation Hotline
- Phone: 1-800-772-9100
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
- Phone: 1-847-831-3438
- National Domestic Violence Hotline Spanish
- Phone: 1-800-942-6908
- National Human Trafficking Hotline
- Phone: 1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711)
- TEXT 233733
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (TTY 1-800-787-3224)
- National Runaway Safeline
- Phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
- Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Please Live- https://www.pleaselive.org/
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (TTY 1-800-487-4889)
- Phone: 1-888-747-TEEN
- The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline:
- Phone: (888) 843-4564
- The GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25):
- Phone: (800) 246-7743
- TransLifeline - https://www.translifeline.org/
- US: 877-565-8860 / Canada: 877-330-6366
- Trevor Project- https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
- Phone: 1-866-488-7386
- Online Chat: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/
- Youth Crisis Hotline
- Phone: 1-800-448-4663
- Burrowes Street Youth Haven- https://www.facebook.com/ccysb/about/?ref=page_internal
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (814) 237-5731
- Address: 325 W Aaron Dr State College, PA 16803
- Manna House Apartments- https://www.voapa.org/manna-house
- Phone: 825.0542
- Address: 25 N. River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
- Sisters PGH- https://www.sisterspgh.org/
- Valley Youth House- https://www.valleyyouthhouse.org/
- Wesley House of Grace UMC- https://www.gracehbg.org/copy-of-helping-hands
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 717-238-6739
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracehbg/
- Address: 216 State St. Harrisburg, PA 17101
LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce
- Keystone Business Alliance- http://www.cpglcc.org/
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (717) 213-5034
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keystonebusinessalliance/
- Mailing Address: Keystone Business Alliance, PO Box 135, Harrisburg, PA 17108-0135
- Independence Business Alliance- https://www.thinkiba.com/
- LGBT Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley- https://www.lehighvalleychamber.org/
- Montgomery County LGBT Business Council- https://montcolgbtbc.org/
- Three Rivers Business Alliances- http://www.3rba.com/
- PFLAG Central Pa- http://pflagcentralpa.blogspot.com/
- PFLAG Bucks County- https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-bucks-county
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 267-396-7865
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PFLAG-Bucks-County-563587587449738
- PFLAG Danville- https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-danville-0
- PFLAG Greensburg- https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-greensburg
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 724-459-8532
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PFLAGGreensburg/
- PFLAG Indiana- https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-indiana
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (724) 357-8309
- PFLAG Kulpsville- https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-kulpsville
- PFLAG Media- https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-media
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (610) 368-2021
- PFLAG Philadelphia- https://www.pflagphila.org/
- PFLAG Pittsburgh- https://www.pflagpgh.org/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 412-833-4556
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pflagpgh
- Twitter: @PFLAGpgh
- Instagram: pflagpgh
- PFLAG West Chester/Chester County- https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-west-chesterchester-county
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 484-459-4078
- PFLAG York- http://www.pflagyork.org/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (717) 814-9675
- Facebook: facebook.com/pflagyork
- Delta Foundation Pittsburgh Pride- http://www.pittsburghpride.org/
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (412) 322-2800
- Twitter: @deltafoundation
- Erie Pride- http://www.nwpapride.org/ (sponsored by NWPA Pride)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (814) 314-9075
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWPAPride
- Twitter: @NWPAPride
- Franklin County Pride- https://www.fccforprogress.org/pride-franklin-county
- Lancaster Pride- https://lancpride.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LancasterPAPride/
- Twitter: @LancPride
- Instagram: @lancasterpride
- Lehigh Valley Pride- https://www.bradburysullivancenter.org/pride
- Phone: 610-347-9988
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BradburySullivanCenter/
- New Hope Pride- https://www.newhopecelebrates.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nhcelebrates
- Twitter: @nhcelebrates
- Instagram: @newhope_pa
- Philadelphia Black Pride- http://phillyblackpride.org/
- Philadelphia Pride- http://www.phillygaypride.org/
- Philly Dyke March- http://www.phillydykemarch.com/
- Pittsburgh Black Pride- https://www.pghblackpride.org/
- Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March
- Pittsburgh People's Pride- https://www.sisterspgh.org/ (sponsored by Sisters PGH)
- Email: INFO@SISTERSPGH.ORG
- Phone: (412) 297-0548
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sistersPGH/
- Instagram: @sisterspgh412
- Pride Festival of Central Pa- http://www.centralpapridefestival.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prideofcentralpa/
- Twitter: @pridecentralpa
- Reading Pride- http://www.readingpridecelebration.org/
- York EqualityFest- Sponsored by Rainbow Rose Center (https://www.rainbowrosecenter.org/events/past-events/equality-fest-2020/)
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 717-746-8738
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowrosecenter
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1134 York, Pennsylvania, 17405 USA
- Address: 160 W. Market St. #1134 York, PA 17401
- The Central Voice- http://thecentralvoice.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 717-944-46-28
- Address: 20 South Union Street, Middletown, Pa 17057
- Erie Gay News https://www.eriegaynews.com/
➢ Twitter: @ErieGayNews
- Address: 1115 West 7th St, Erie, PA 16502
- PGN (Philadelphia Gay News)- https://epgn.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 215-625-8501
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhillyGayNews/
- Twitter: @phillygaynews
- The Gay Journal- https://www.thegayjournal.net/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lvgayjournal/
Regional LGBTQ Organizations
- Centre LGBTQIA Support Network (CLSN)- http://centrelgbtqa.squarespace.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centrelgbtqa/
- COLOURS- https://coloursorganization.org/
- Delaware Valley Legacy Fund- https://www.dvlf.org/
- Eastern PA Trans Equity Project- https://www.patransequity.org/
- Galaei- https://www.galaei.org/
- Greater Erie Alliance for Equality- http://greatereriealliance.com/
- Indiana Cares Campaign- https://www.facebook.com/Indiana-Cares-Campaign-148716151846618/
- Lancaster LGBTQ Coalition- https://www.lgbtlancaster.org/
- LBT Women of Erie- https://www.facebook.com/LBTWOMENOFERIE/
- Email: email@example.com
- LGBT Elder Initiative- https://lgbtelderinitiative.org/
- LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County- https://lgbteachesco.org/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 484-393-5428
- Mailing Address: LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County PO Box 963, Phoenixville, PA 19460
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lgbteachesco/
- Twitter: @LGBTEAchesco
- Instagram: @lgbteachesco
- NEPA Rainbow Alliance- https://neparainbowalliance.org/
- Out and Equal- Philadelphia Chapter- https://outandequal.org/
- Philadelphia Asian and Queer (PAQ)- https://www.facebook.com/PAQPhilly/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @phillyasianqueer
- Philadelphia Family Pride- https://www.philadelphiafamilypride.org/
- Pocono Action Lambda Society (PALS)- https://palsnepa.org/Home_Page.php
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pocono-Action-Lambda-Society-PALS-411537848916516/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
- Mailing Address: PALS PMB# 241, 221 Skyline Dr. Ste. 208, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
- SisterSpace- http://www.sisterspace.org/
- The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Philadelphia Chapter- https://www.nlgja.org/chapters/philadelphia-chapter/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (202) 588-9888
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NLGJA.Philly
- TransCentral Pa- http://www.transcentralpa.org/
- Email: info@TransCentralPA.org
- Phone: 717 831-8142
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/transcentralpa/
- Mailing Address: TransCentralPA c/o MCC of the Spirit, 2973 Jefferson Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
- TransFamily of NWPA- https://www.facebook.com/TransfamilyOfNWPA/
- QTPOC Advisory Group- https://centralpalgbtcenter.org/qtpoc
The following is a sample of resources and websites that are applicable to individuals interested in medical/legal transition. We are neither able to guarantee that every site is in working order, nor are we responsible for the content/information presented on these pages. If you find any of these links inappropriate or know of pages that should be included place contact the webmaster.
- Know your rights in Pennsylvania
- Transgender College Students booklet
- Changing Birth Certificate State-by-State Guidelines
- Identity Documents - Transgender booklet
- ID Documents Center - Pennsylvania
- Transgender Resources
Transgender Resource Guide
If you are reading this, congratulations on your choice to live authentically as who you are! There are many obstacles and hoops you must jump through to complete your transition. This handbook will lay out some of the steps to begin your medical and legal transition.
Legal Name Change
This step varies from county to county. In Franklin county you must first fill out a detailed packet, but Franklin county does not have its own name change petition packet; you must use the one from York county. In the packet you cross out every mention of York and fill in with Franklin. The list below lays out the forms needed.
List of Forms:
- Fingerprint cards (2 sets)
- Entry of Appearance as Self Represented Party
- Blank Scheduling Order
- Form for Notice of hearing to be published in paper
- Record of Judgement search (notarized from each county)
- Blank Order Granting Name Change
You can get the fingerprint cards from the prothonotary’s office. ($8.00 per set). You will need to get the Proof of Publication Notarized Form from the 2 papers. You will need to get the record of the lien search (from abstracting company) or attorney.
Steps to Changing Your Name Franklin County
- Fill out Petition & Verification and Entry of Appearance Form
- Get Fingerprints (go to state police and take your packet with you)
- File Petition, Entry of Appearance, & Fingerprints with Prothonotary (1st Floor) & Pay Filing Fee of $104.00 as of January 2019
- Verify that Prothonotary will forward a copy to the judge
- Wait for Order from Judge scheduling the hearing (will come in the mail), then follow their instructions of tasks to be completed before the hearing
- Publish notice of the hearing & name change in 2 papers AT LEAST 20 DAYS BEFORE the HEARING ***NOTE: The papers may need some extra time to get the notice published. In other words, contact the papers AS SOON AS you receive the judge’s order with the hearing date so that they are able to get the notice in the paper before the 20-day deadline. ***
- Lien/judgment check (ABSTRACT – approximately $125.00) Bring Proof of Publication to hearing (notarized form by newspapers & Legal Record) Bring Birth Certificate to hearing Name Change -
This link provides the full petition packet to fill out. Follow instructions in the packet and change York to Franklin county (if living in Franklin County).
One of the most important and complicated pieces is a judgement check. For this step, you MUST go to the prothonotary of each county you have lived in the past 5 years. For example, I lived in Franklin, Lancaster, and Philadelphia counties so I needed to go to the prothonotary for each of those counties and get a notarized copy of the judgement check. The judgement checks MUST be done in person at the county’s prothonotary’s office.
The prothonotary's office is located in the courthouse of both Franklin and Cumberland Counties.
For the fingerprinting go to the state police barracks on Black Gap Road in Franklin County or Dunwoody Drive in Carlisle. Make sure to get a set of fingerprint cards from the prothonotary and take a copy of the petition for name change with you when you go.
Be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars throughout this process. You will pay the filing fee ($104.00 for Franklin County), Fees for publishing in 2 newspapers (around $50.00 each), the cost of the judgement check (around $50.00 each), and fingerprints on the card.
The address for the prothonotary office in Franklin County is
157 Lincoln Way E
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Name Change Cumberland County
The process to changing your name legally in Cumberland County is similar to Franklin County. Visiting the county website does not provide you with any information on how to approach a name change so I gathered information on how to write your own petition and using a template from York County. These templates should be able to be used because they follow the outline of required information for a name change petition.
If you decide to write your own it needs to include the following:
- name of petitioner.
- address of the petitioner’s current residence.
- addresses of the places where the petitioner has resided during the past five (5) years.
- statement indicating the petitioner’s desire for change of name.
- statement of the reasons for the request.
- statement indicating whether the petitioner has a prior record of criminal convictions.
- statement indicating whether there are any judgments or liens of record filed against the petitioner.
- if the petitioner is seeking a name change for a minor, a statement indicating why such a change is in the best interest of the child.
- the name which the petitioner would like to adopt.
In addition to these 9 requirements, there are formatting requirements due to Civil Procedure code 204.1. These include the following:
- The document shall be on 8 1/2 inch by 11-inch paper.
- The document shall be prepared on white paper (except for dividers and similar sheets) of good quality.
- The first sheet shall contain a 3-inch space from the top of the paper for all court stampings, filing notices, etc.
- The text must be double spaced, but quotations more than two lines long may be indented and single spaced. Margins must be at least one inch on all four sides.
- The lettering shall be clear and legible and no smaller than point 12. The lettering shall be on only one side of a page, except that exhibits and similar supporting documents may be lettered on both sides of a page.
- Documents and papers shall be firmly bound.
York County provides blank templates that can be found at the following website:
forms.html (yorkcountypa.gov). These templates can be used to assure that you are covering all the necessary information within your petition. The first page suggests connecting with an attorney for advice and direction on how to proceed with a name change. After speaking with an individual from the prothonotary office, they suggested to contact Mid Penn Legal Services and make an appointment to go over the necessary paperwork needed to obtain the legal name change.
Once you file the civil petition packet and Court of Common Pleas Civil Cover sheet (found on the county website under Prothonotary forms) and petition paperwork at the prothonotary office in Cumberland County Courthouse and pay the required filing fee (120.50) and name change search (9.50), you need to complete the same steps listed for Franklin County. These include:
- Posting a notice in 2 newspapers and providing proof of publication
- Conducting a judgement search in each county you have lived in the past 5 years (make sure these are notarized copies and done in person at each county’s prothonotary’s office)
- Obtaining fingerprints (this could take a few weeks so do this soon after you get the notice of the hearing date)
The address for the prothonotary office in Cumberland County is
1 Courthouse Square
Carlisle, PA 17013
Name Change for Shippensburg University
When changing your name at Shippensburg, there are two different options, one using your preferred name prior to a legal name change and changing your name legally. All this information can also be found on Shippensburg University’s website, but I will include here as well.
- Log on to myShip using your SU e-mail address and password.
- Click on Personal Information
- You will be redirected to your Personal Information showing your Preferred Name.
- Review any current information.
- To add or make an update to a Preferred Name, click Edit in the top right corner of the Personal Details
- Make appropriate updates and click Update
Legal Name Change
This part takes place after having your name changed via the courts system. It is important to get multiple copies of the court ordered name change because photocopies are generally not accepted. A request to change your name must be submitted to the Registrar’s office, by mail, fax, or in person. Please bring a copy of the court document reflecting your new name to support your request for the name change. Accepted court documents include marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other court-ordered change of name. Documents may be faxed to (717) 477-1388. Questions may be directed to the Registrar's Office.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
This is often a crucial step for trans/non-binary folks. If you are looking to start hormones, often this requires a letter from a therapist addressing you understand the impact of starting hormones and that you are mentally stable and prepared for the changes that will happen. To obtain hormones, you can go to an endocrinologist, informed consent places (such as planned parenthood) or plume.
An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in prescribing and following the effects of hormones through monitoring of blood work and appointments. Oftentimes these doctors are the one that require a letter written by a mental health professional. In Franklin County the endocrinologist is through Wellspan Health in Chambersburg and is very professional and supportive of care for transgender individuals. In Cumberland County there are two endocrinologists: one at Wellspan Health in Carlisle and one at Geisinger Holy Spirit.
To obtain a letter stating you are psychologically stable and understand the risks and benefits associated with hormone therapy, you must first find a therapist. Below I will list some of the mental health counseling centers in both Franklin and Cumberland counties. If your therapist is unsure what a letter should look like, below is a template to share with your mental health provider.
- Alder Health- Harrisburg
- New Passages Inc.- Harrisburg Area
- National Queer/Trans People of Color- Harrisburg Area
- Latinx Therapy
- Hershey Gender Health Clinic
- Franklin Family Services Carlisle- Chambersburg, Shippensburg
- Keystone Behavioral Health- Chambersburg
- Wellspan Behavioral Health- Chambersburg, Greencastle
- Laurel Life Counseling- Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Mechanicsburg, York
- TW Ponessa- York Area
- Downtown Counseling Center- Carlisle
Below is a link for a template for beginning hormone therapy.
Planned parenthood offers an informed consent model and does not require the mental health letter. Link below to the planned parenthood site.
Plume is an online telehealth provider of hormones and healthcare for transgender individuals. They do not offer gender confirmation surgeries but can offer names of surgeons that provide them. Plume is a new platform using telehealth in this time of COVID 19 that makes scheduling and obtaining medical services accessible to anyone with internet access. Link below to learn more about plume.
In the event of a mental health crisis, here are a few national helplines you can call.
Trevor Project - 866-488-7386
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline - 877-565-8860
Crisis Text Line - text home to 741741
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a medication that individuals can take to help lower the risk of contracting HIV. According to the CDC, there are two different medications approved and used for PrEP. These include Truvada and Descovy. Truvada can be used for anyone at risk for contracting HIV through sex or intravenous injections as a part of drug use. Descovy is only used for people at risk through sex and excludes individuals assigned female at birth. You can obtain this medication through your doctor.
According to the PrEP locator database, you can obtain PrEP through the following locations:
- Keystone Health in Chambersburg
- CVS MinuteClinic in Hagerstown
- Washington County Health Department in Hagerstown, MD
- Meritus Infectious Disease Specialists in Hagerstown, MD
- Planned Parenthood of Maryland in Frederick, MD
- Planned Parenthood Keystone, Harrisburg, PA
- Penn State Health Medical Group, Harrisburg, PA
- UMPC Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg, PA
- Alder Health Services, Harrisburg, PA
- Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg, PA
- Family First Health, York, PA
- Planned Parenthood Keystone, York, PA
You can also get PrEP by downloading the app Nurx.
Obtaining and Paying for Truvada or Descovy
The cost of Truvada and Descovy is hundreds and thousands of dollars a month, which would prove to be a barrier for individuals who are low-income. However, most insurance companies cover some or even all the cost. For individuals without health insurance, there is an access program for both Descovy and Truvada. You must apply to be considered for this assistance program. Good Rx also has coupons, but these are also a high price. The lowest cost for Truvada is $491.05 and the highest is $1,572.16. For Descovy the lowest is $1,908.22 and the highest is $2,011.58. It is important to check with your insurance to see how much they would pay for these medications and if needed you can apply for the medication assistance programs offered by the manufacturers of the medications. You can access these medication pages at the website links below.
PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is medication you can begin within 72 hours of exposure to HIV to prevent seroconversion, or becoming HIV+. It is a pill that you take for 28 days. If taken within 72 hours for 28 days consistently, it has been shown to be highly effective in preventing seroconversion.
PEP can be accessed at Planned Parenthood of Maryland in Frederick.
Transgender Friendly Surgical Providers for Gender Confirmation Surgery
Gender confirmation surgery is a big step that some transgender and non-binary individuals choose to have. It can be an overwhelming task to try and find competent surgeons. Luckily, PA has multiple different providers who are skilled in transgender care. It is important for you to feel confident and comfortable with the surgeon you choose, so it might be worth checking around different surgeons to see which one you feel most comfortable with. If you have insurance which includes transgender care you may have more limited options if you plan to have the surgery covered. If you would rather pay out of pocket, you have a lot more options. For this section I chose to focus only on surgeons in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Jared Liebman, Philadelphia, PA - 215-456-4670. Dr. Liebman specializes in plastic surgery and has training in gender confirmation surgery procedures. Dr. Liebman works through Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Liebman accepts insurance, Medicaid, and financing options. Below is a link with more detailed information.
Dr. Kathy Rumer in Ardmor, PA - (855)-782-5665. She specializes in both M to F and F to M surgical procedures. Rumer can take insurance, out of pocket, financing, and Medicaid. For Medicaid or insurance to cover the surgery at Dr. Rumer’s surgical center, you will have to get combinations of referrals and letters unique to each insurance company. Below are the links to the detailed information for each method.
Medicaid coverage - https://rumergendersurgery.com/medicaid-coverage/
Financing/out of pocket - https://rumergendersurgery.com/fees-financing/
Insurance coverage - https://rumergendersurgery.com/insurance-coverage/
Dr. McGinn Papillon Center, New Hope, PA- (215) 693-1199. Dr. McGinn specializes in transgender services for both M to F and F to M. She created her practice after completing her own transition because she noticed there was a lack of comprehensive and affirming providers. She does not accept insurance or financing, but she does accept credit cards. Below is the link for a more detailed look at her practice.
Dr. Bryan Cicuto, Litiz, PA - (717) 625-3509. Must call to get information about financing and coverage and type of procedure one is looking for.
Dr. Sherman Leis, Bala Cynwyd, PA - (610) 667-1888. Must call to get information about financing coverage and type of procedure one is looking for.
Dr. Wayne Ledinh, Chambersburg, PA - (717) 263-8463. Specializes in plastic surgery and has training in transgender confirmation surgery (specifically F to M top surgery). Office accepts insurance, Medicaid, and out-of-pocket financing. Below is the link for more detailed information.
Dr. Joseph Ravnic, Hershey, PA - (717-531-8952). Must call or visit online at https://hmc.pennstatehealth.org/display-provider/-/provider/1728/dino-j-ravnic-do to request a consultation and ask any questions about desired procedures.
Trans Friendly OB/GYN’s
Getting special care from an OB/GYN can be a difficult experience and a challenge to find one that is competent in caring for individuals who are transgender. Luckily there are a few competent doctor practices in both Franklin and Cumberland Counties. These include:
Keystone Women’s Center
830 5th Ave Ste 202, Chambersburg, PA 17201
Women’s Health Specialists of Carlisle
19 Sprint Dr Ste 2, Carlisle, PA 17015
Cumberland Valley OB/GYN
9 Flowers Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Legal Information for Discrimination
Unfortunately, many transgender and non-binary folks face discrimination and may require legal help. Below will be listed a synopsis and link to different legal supports.
The National Center for Transgender Equality has a list of legal members that spans all 50 states. This is important because whenever transgender and non-binary folks face discrimination they need supportive and professional supports to achieve equality. Below is a link to over 80 different legal members that support transgender rights. The legal support in Pennsylvania include:
Garden of Peace Project
P.O. Box 174 Homestead, PA 15120
Michael David Battle, Executive Director email@example.com
(Trans)ition Project aids with name and gender marker change paperwork.
1315 Spruce St, Phila, PA 19107 267.235.4570
Julie Chovanes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Providing legal, social, and medical services to trans people, and education about trans people to the greater community. Legal services are in house and primarily litigation.
21 S. 12th St., 13th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107
Thomas W. Ude, Jr., Legal and Public Policy Director email@example.com
Legal Help Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides legal services for elder issues, discrimination, harassment, family law, name change, wills, and youth, as part of the Center’s mission to provide quality health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment.
To check out more resources for different states, visit the link below.
Transgender Rights in Cumberland County, PA
If you are living in Cumberland County, there are some rights that you should be aware of. According to Fox 43, Cumberland was one of eight counties in PA to pass an LGBTQ non-discrimination order. This order protects all individuals who identify as LGBTQ from discrimination in many areas of life. The Human Rights Campaign, or HRC, conducted a measure of their LGBTQ policies nationwide. This measure rated how well the municipalities and counties in all states protect individuals within the LGBTQ population. Carlisle, which is a municipality in Cumberland county PA passed its non-discrimination order in 2016.
Today, Carlisle was rated an 86 out of 100 on its LGBTQ protection policies. In addition to Carlisle, Shippensburg and Camp Hill also enacted LGBTQ ordinances that protect individuals from discrimination in housing, employment, and other public accommodations. This is a huge development as there are currently no statewide protection for LGBTQ individuals despite the passing of LGBTQ protections at a federal level. According to the ACLU, the state discrimination policies include protections for race, sex, age, religion, national origin, or physical disability. Because the state as a whole does not have inclusive LGBTQ protections, it is even more critical for counties and municipalities to adopt inclusive protections. Cumberland county is paving the way for more inclusive and broader protections in other counties in PA.
Links below for more information:
- Bloomsburg University - LGBTQ Resource Center
- California University - LGBT Resources
- Cheyney University
- Clarion University - Allies
- East Stroudsburg University - LGBTQA Program Center
- Edinboro University - LGBTQIA Commission
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues; Pride Alliance; Safe Zone Program
- Kutztown University - GLBTQ Resource Center
- Lock Haven University - Safe Zone
- Mansfield University - Spectrum
- Millersville University - LGBTQIA Community
- Slippery Rock University - RockOUT; LGBT Resource Center; President's Commission on Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation
- West Chester University - LGBTQA Services
- Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
- Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
- Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
- Human Rights Campaign
- Immigration Equality
- International Pronouns Day
- Lambda Legal
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- National LGBTQ Task Force
- NEPA Rainbow Alliance
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project
- Teaching Tolerance
- Trans Latina Coalition
- Transgender Law Center
- Transcend Legal
This list is designed to outline some terms associated with LGBTQIA2S+ culture and identity. This is not a complete list, as language is constantly changing. Please note that individuals may use these terms for various meanings beyond what is provided here.
androgyny/ous - (adjective) a gender expression that has elements of both masculinity and femininity
asexual - (adjective) not having a sexual attraction to others and/or a lack of interest or desire for sex or sexual partners. Asexuality exists on a spectrum from people who experience no sexual attraction or have any desire for sex to those who experience low levels and only after significant amounts of time, many of these different places on the spectrum have their own identity labels. Another term used within the asexual community is "ace," meaning someone who is asexual.
sex assigned at birth - (noun) refers to the medical assignment of one's sex based, primarily, on genitalia, and sometimes chromosomes and hormones. It is referred to as assigned, because "sex" is a social construction rather than a biological fact.
biphobia -(noun) a range of negative attitudes (e.g. fear, anger, intolerance, resentment, erasure or discomfort) that one may have/express towards bisexual individuals. Biphobia can come from and be seen within the queer community as well as straight society.
bisexual -(adjective) a person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to more than one gender.
butch - (noun, adjective) a person who identifies themselves as masculine, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally.
cisgender - (adjective) a person whose gender identity and sex assigned at birth align (e.g., someone assigned male at birth and identifies as a man is a cisgender man).
cisnormativity - (noun) the assumption, in individuals or in institutions, that everyone is cisgender, and that cisgender identities are superior to trans identities or people.
drag king - (noun) someone who performs masculinity theatrically.
drag queen - (noun) someone who performs femininity theatrically.
gay - (adjective) a term used to describe individuals who are primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.
gender binary - (noun) the idea that there are only two genders--man/woman--and that a person must be strictly gendered as either/or.
gender expression - (noun) how one expresses their gender identity to others
gender fluid - (adjective) someone whose gender shifts across time and/or space
gender identity - (noun) the internal perception of one's gender, and how they label themselves.
gender non-conforming (GNC) - (adjective) someone whose gender presentation does not align in a predicted fashion with cisnormative expectations.
genderqueer - (adjective) a gender identity label often used by people who do not identify with the binary of man/woman; or as an umbrella term for many gender non-conforming or non-binary identities (e.g., agender, bigender, genderfliud).
heteronormativity - (noun) the assumption, in individuals or in institutions, that everyone is heterosexual, and that heterosexuality is superior to all other sexualities. This leads to invisibility and stigmatizing of other sexualities. Often included in this concept is a level of gender normativity and gender roles, the assumption that individuals should identify as men and women, and be masculine men and feminine women, and finally that men and women are a complimentary pair.
heterosexism - (noun) behavior that grants preferential treatment to heterosexual people, reinforces the idea that heterosexuality is somehow better or more "right" than queerness, or makes other sexualities invisible.
heterosexual - (adjective) a person primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of another gender. Also known as straight. Generally used by men attracted to women and women attracted to men (regardless of whether they are cisgender/transgender).
homophobia - (noun) an umbrella term for a range of negative attitudes (e.g. fear, anger, intolerance, resentment, erasure, or discomfort) that one may have towards LGBTQIA2S+ individuals. The term can also connote a fear, disgust, or dislike of being perceived as LGBTQIA2S+.
intersex - (noun) someone whose chromosomes, genitalia, hormones, and/or internal sex organs do not match medical expectations of individuals assigned male or female at birth.
lesbian - (noun) a term generally used to describe women attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other women.
pansexual - (adjective) a person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions.
polyamory/polyamorous - (noun/adjective) refers to the practice of, desire to, or orientation towards having ethically, honest, consensually non-monogamous relationships (i.e. relationships that may include multiple partners). This may include open relationships, polyfidelity, amongst many other set ups. Some poly(amorous) people have a "primary" relationship(s) and then "secondary" relationship(s) which may indicate different allocations of resources, time or priority.
queer - (adjective) an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community.
(adjective) a term used by many for sexual orientation or gender identity, often almost shorthand.
same gender loving (SGL) - (adjective) a term sometimes used by African American/Black individuals to express a non-heterosexual identity.
sexual orientation - (noun) the type of sexual, romantic, emotional/spiritual attraction one feels for others, often labeled based on the gender relationship between the person and the people they are attracted to (often mistakenly referred to as sexual preference)
trans/transgender - (adjective) an individual whose gender(s) does not align with their sex assigned at birth
transphobia - (noun) discrimination against or hatred of trans people, the trans community, or gender ambiguity. Transphobia can be seen within the queer community, as well as in general society.
two-spirit - (noun) an umbrella term sometimes used by Indigenous peoples to recognize individuals who are not solely a man or woman
Please visit the Pride Center for LGBTQ+ related books & publications!
Our current titles include:
|Book Titles||Book Authors|
|Hidden From History
Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past
|Martin Bauml Duberman
George Chauncey Jr.
On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us
A Nonbinary Person's Reflection on Identity
|Far From Xanadu||Julie Anne Peters|
|Taking a Chance on God||John J. McNeill|
|My Two Moms
Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family
|Zach Wahles with Bruce Littlefield|
|Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity||Shane L. Windmeyer
Pamela W. Freeman
The Transformation of an American Family
|Amy Ellis Nutt|
|Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure, and Relationships||Juno Roche|
|Indian Blood||Andrew J. Jolivette|
|This Bridge Called My Back||Cherríe Moraga
|She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders||Jennifer Finney Boylan
Afterword by Richard Russo
|Omnigender a Trans-religious Approach||Virginia Ramey Mollenkott|
|Two Spirit People: An American Indian Lesbian Women and Gay Men||Lester B. Brown|
|Trans Love: An Anthology of Transgender and Non-binary Voices||Freiya Benson|
|We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival||Andrea Gibson|
|The Laramie Project||Moisés Kaufman|
|Come Closer On Love and Self-Protection||Ilse Sand|
|Supporting Young Transgender Men||Matthew Waites|
|For Colored Boys: Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough||Keith Boykin|
|Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times||Carolina De Robertis|
|As Nature Made Him the Boy who was Raised as a Girl||John Colapinto|
|Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian and Bisexual in a College Sorority||Shane L. Windmeyer
Pamela W. Freeman
|Gay People of Color: Facing Prejudices, Forging Identites||Jaime A. Seba|
|This Assignment is so Gay: LGBTIQ poets on the Art of Teaching||Megan Volpert|
|How to Love||Thich Nhat Hanh|
|The Lonely Ace of Hearts: A Journey to Embracing the Asexual Identity||Caryn Purdy|
|The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves||Variety of authors
|Trans-gressive: A Trans Woman on Gender, Feminism and Politics||Rachel Anne Williams|
|The Church and the Homosexual||John J. McNeill|
|Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution||Susan Stryker|
|Symptoms of Being Human||Jeff Garvin|
|Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls||Lindsay King- Miller|
|Then Comes Marriage||Roberta Kaplan
|Recognize the Voices of Bisexual Men||Robyn Ochs
H. Sharif Williams
|You Can Tell Just By Looking and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People||Michael Bronski
|The 57 Bus||Dashka Slater|
|Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda||Becky Albertalli|
|Real American||Julie Lythcott-haims|
|The Reflector (2019) x2||Variety of authors|
|Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation||Sam Killermann
|Reflector (60th Anniversary)||Variety of Authors|
|Yes, You are Trans Enough: My Transition from Self-Loathing to Self-Love||Mia Violet|
|Sister Outsider||Audre Lorde|
|White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism||Robin Diangelo
Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson
|Transfigurations- Transgressing Gender in the Bible (movie)|
|Stone Wall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights (audiobook)|
"Coming out" refers to the process in which an individual begins accepting and/or sharing that they are identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, intersex (LGBTQ+) or other sexual and gender identities. This is a personal process and is different for everyone. People may come out across the lifespan; however, others may choose to never come out at all. Many people find that coming out is a positive experience. However, both positive and negative effects can occur in many aspects of a person's life when coming to terms with their identity. In many ways, a person who identifies as LGBTQ+ will go through many "coming out" experiences throughout their lifetime.
It should be noted that no one has to "come out." "Coming out" is a particularly white, Western idea surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity.
For those who desire to "come out," doing so may result in some difficult times and processes. Identifying yourself as LGBTQ+ is typically not discussed in society, and there will always be someone out there who does not know how to identify themselves.
Thinking About "Coming Out"?
Here is a list of considerations when doing so (According to the American College Health Association):
- Think about how, when, and where you choose to come out to someone.
- As you "come out" to friends and family, people might not all react in the same way.
- As you decide whether or not to come out to a larger group (spiritual, social, local), think about the climate and cost. Some organizations as well as regions of the nation are more open than others to people who are LGBTQ+.