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Our Mission

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading creates, administers, and provides services, advocacy, and support to the Greater Reading LGBTQ+ community, including our allies, with the goal that all may live a life of fulfillment, inclusion, and celebration.

Welcome! 

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading in Berks County, PA, provides services, advocacy, and support to the LGBTQ+ communities in Berks, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties, Pottstown, and Columbia. From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to an array of cultural events, we provide programs for our LGBTQIA+ communities, their friends and families, and our allies in the region.

In the News:

May 2024

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Special Announcement:

LGBT CENTER OF GREATER READING

NAMES INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Laura Biancone To Assume Role Immediately

 

Reading, PA….The Board of Directors of the LGBT Center of Greater Reading today announced the appointment of Laura Biancone to the role of Interim Executive Director.  As Interim ED, Biancone will be responsible for leading and guiding all aspects of the organization’s critical functions including board relations, philanthropy, staff development, client services, and community advocacy, as well as partnering with key community leaders and partners to further integrate the LGBT Center as a force for change, equity, and inclusion at the local, state and national levels.

According to LGBT Center Board Chair, Anita Matson, “ The Board is thrilled to name Laura as our interim Executive Director.  She is very familiar with our daily operations and strategic goals, having served most recently as a key leader in the Center’s advocacy outreach, and is passionate in her unwavering support to drive positive change and help all feel included and accepted.  Laura proudly acknowledges being the mom of an LGBT child and champions the rights for the dignity of all individuals.”

Biancone is currently pursuing her degree in social work from Millersville and is a recognized change advocate for LGBT rights.  According to Biancone, “I want people to know that I am a fierce advocate for the marginalized and feel so fortunate to be surrounded by an exceptional group of people at the Center (Staff, Board, Regional Leaders, and Community Supporters).”

 She resides in Berks County with her family and beloved dogs. 

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Thinking about your health? Visit our onsite LGBT Center Wellness Clinic, serving Berks' LGBTQ+ Community and Our Allies! The clinic is located at our Reading location and we hope to add even more providers as our clinic grows in 2024!

Visit our LGBT Center Wellness Clinic page for all the details!


Want to help support the clinic? Visit https://square.link/u/n5obdqMN and donate today! We are also looking for volunteers and additional healthcare providers.

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The LGBT Center is super excited to announce that we have completed construction on our new restroom facility that now INCLUDES a shower. We are adding to our list of services by providing a hot shower to anyone in need. In addition, we will be adding a laundry facility that will allow our drop-in clients to utilize the washer and dryer onsite at the Center.

The newly installed shower was made possible by funding through Berks County Community Foundation - Youth and Philanthropy Fund (Youth Advisory Board). The project was titled: Fresh Start!

 

The LGBT Center extends our gratitude to Berks County Community Foundation and all those that had a hand in bringing this project to fruition.

Become a Volunteer

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

– Elizabeth Andrew

 

Are you looking to pay it forward to the LGBT Center of Greater Reading and our community? Are you and your friends looking to get involved? Or you'd like to meet new friends? Become an LGBT Center of Greater Reading Volunteer!

 

There are many opportunities for all ages, and we're starting our campaign to grow our network of volunteers! So, if you or a friend you know have the heart to get involved, contact our Director of Programs, Laura Biancone, at programs@lgbtcenterofreading.com.

What We Offer

From counseling and social programs to advocacy and referral, we can help.

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