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Lancaster's only LGBTQ+ nonprofit comes out in style

The newly-formed Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition had its official “coming out” this week in Lancaster City.
The launch event, themed “out of the closet and into the cosmos,” was part happy hour and part dance party. It drew a large crowd to The Temple at Tellus360, which was packed with members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace, who addressed the crowd after much applause, said that “it is an honor to serve as mayor of a city that is welcoming and affirming of all people.” City Council Member Ismail Smith Wade-El engaged the crowd in chants of “queer we are!”

Smith Wade-El, who is as passionate about the coalition as he is about the city of Lancaster, feels that “Lancaster is beautiful not because it’s perfect, but because we’re always working to be more perfect. The LGBTQ+ Coalition is the next step on that journey.”

Joining them on stage were Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition co-chairs Karen Foley and Todd Snovel and newly-elected city council member and Xavier Garcia-Molina, vice president, Community Outreach.

Marshall Snively, president of the Lancaster City Alliance, was in the energetic crowd. “It was a great night to celebrate the opening of this much-needed resource for our LGBTQ+ community,” said Snively.
The launch party, sponsored by Lefevre Funk Architecture, Work Wisdom and Cracked Pepper Catering, featured food and drink stations from Pop’d Shop, Sweetish Candy, and Square One Coffee. The event was photographed by Michelle Johnsen and Sirena Domino Hildebrand. DJ Salinger and LVRL and Farbo Co. provided entertainment for the crowd who won prizes from Space, Greene Room, Zoetropolis, and Nicole Taylor from a giant inflatable unicorn.

Coalition President Karen Foley drove home the vision “The Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition advocates for the health, rights, and visibility of the LGBTQ+ Community across Lancaster County. We envision a Lancaster County community where ALL people live courageous, full, and authentic lives.”