Statewide LGBT Community Leadership Zoom Meetings

by Michael Mahler

Beginning in mid-March, there have been Zoom meetings for LGBTQIA+ leaders across Pennsylvania. The meetings are held at 5 PM weekdays. Monday through Thursday, the format is introductions, followed by a presenter on a particular topic, and then a sharing of information, including requests and offers of help. Past presenters have included Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Rep. Brian Sims, openly gay State Assemblymember; Reggie Shuford, Executive Director for ACLU of PA; and many others. Fridays are self-care happy hour, and a recent self-care Friday featured a guided meditation. Many participants find that being able to have face to face contact with community member, even virtually, is helpful.

The term "leader" is loosely defined. If you are interested in participating, then email Chris Bartlett, Executive Director of the William Way Center in Philadelphia at

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