Counseling & Support Networks
Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation
The Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation launched in 2017 to improve the health of the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities in Western Pennsylvania.
We offer a variety of services and supports to our communities, as well as expert training for organizations to improve their capacity to serve LGBTQ+ clients and staff.
The Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation is named in memory of Hugh “Huey” Lane, who lost his battle with HIV. Huey was a quiet force and an instrumental figure in his family, loved by all who knew him. Huey lived in a time where being out and openly talking about HIV were highly stigmatized. The Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation strives to address this bias across the many intersections of our communities to create spaces and opportunities for LGBTQ+ and HIV+ individuals to be their authentic, courageous selves.
PERSAD CENTER is a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities. We serve our target populations and their loved ones, cradle to grave, across western Pennsylvania, with service centers in Pittsburgh and Washington, PA.
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh (GLCC)
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh (GLCC) provides gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, their families and supporters in Western Pennsylvania with resources and opportunities to promote visibility, understanding, and equality within the LGBT communities and the community at large. The GLCC will work toward these goals through education, social support, networking, and advocacy.
PFLAG – Parent & Friends of Lesbian and Gays
By meeting people where they are, and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision through:
- Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ.
- Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ.
- Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ.
Carnegie Mellon University – LGBTQ+ Initiatives and Gender Programs
This initiative strives to provide the most comprehensive list of resources for our Carnegie Mellon community. They strive to make campus a supportive and affirming place for all intersections of identities, and provide specific resources for those individuals along the sexuality and gender spectrum’s.
Address: Cohon University Center, Lower Level, 5032 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
University of Pittsburgh – Rainbow Alliance
The Rainbow Alliance provides for the needs and interests of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual community at Pitt and beyond through advocacy, educational, and social opportunities.
Formed as Gay Student at Pitt around 1974, our organization has undergone dramatic changes since its inception. GSP was originally designed to provide a community for gay students seeking comfort in a time of great uncertainty for the community. Through the HIV scare of the 1980s and increased visibility and progress throughout the 1990s, the Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Alliance (BiGALA) made great changes, and in 1997 voted to include the Transgender community within its purview. As such, the organization changed its name to be more inclusive, and to this date the Rainbow Alliance stands as an inclusive organization for all gender and sexual minorities at Pitt, as well as our allies!
We hold at least two events each week: one lounge and one general body meeting. These provide diverse programming options for students of all backgrounds and interests.
Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/pittrainbowalliance (PITT Students Only)
Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/2200144047(Non-PITT Students)
Address: William Pitt Union, #611, 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Proud Haven’s mission is to provide a safe shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Pittsburgh. We will also provide emotional support and resources to help LGBTQ+ youth develop the skills needed to live independently.
Address: 5132 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201
Walk-In Office Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm, Friday 4pm – 7pm
Dreams of Hope
Through the power of the arts, Dreams of Hope provides the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) youth a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders. Their creative contributions educate audiences, build awareness, and increase acceptance.
PGH Equality Center
PGH EQUALITY CENTER serves as a bridge that promotes education, advocacy, and social justice for all LGBTQIA+ people and allies in Western Pennsylvania.
Address: 5840 Ellsworth Avenue, Suite #100 (Second Floor), Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Gay for Good – Pittsburgh
Gay For Good aims to energize and mobilize the LGBTQ community to interact with the greater community by volunteering time to various social welfare and environmental service projects. Each month, Gay For Good Pittsburgh selects a different non-profit to donate our time for a community service project.
Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council
The Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council will be charged with taking a comprehensive approach to meet the needs of the entire LGBTQIA+ community. The Advisory Council will consist of a diverse makeup of members within the community. Advisory Council members will meet monthly and provide quarterly status updates to the Mayor. Advisory Council Members will strive towards a goal of inclusivity and progress within the LGBTQIA+ community.
Address: 414 Grant Street, Suite 512 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PA 15224
THRIVE’s mission is to nurture and empower educational communities where students, educators, and families create and sustain LGBTQ-inclusive environments in which everyone reaches their full potential.
Health & Well-being
Central Outreach Wellness Center
Our mission is to promote wellness in our community by fostering our patient’s whole self. Our focus is on culturally competent care by striving to understand what our client’s needs are and how we can treat them holistically. We strive to understand and support our wide range of clients’ cultural and personal beliefs. We foster the LGBTQIA and HIV+ patient by understanding the unique needs of those clients. We support harm reduction as well as recovery and no one is judged or shunned by their personal behaviors; because we know trust is a process that takes time and effort to nurture.
Address: 127 Anderson St, Ste 101, Timber Court Building, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PA 15212
Allies for Health + Wellbeing
We are dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS and preventing the spread of infection. Building on three decades of caring and experience in Southwestern Pennsylvania, we accomplish our mission by:
- Integrating the voice of consumers into all we do,
- Serving as a primary resource for HIV/AIDS support, information, prevention, and testing,
- Collaborating with and educating other organizations, providers, and the community,
- Operating with the highest ethical standards, and maximizing limited resources,
- Providing a safe and confidential environment for those in need in our community, and,
- Working to eliminate the devastating impact of stigma.
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) was founded in 1972 by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW) in response to a series of rapes. This group of lawyers, health professionals, and activists believed victims of sexual assault should have expert assistance directly following the commission of the crime. During PAAR’s first two years, the organization was membership- and volunteer-driven, providing only a 24-hour hotline and medical and legal advocacy.
PAAR is one of the oldest rape crisis centers in the U.S., and the only organization in Allegheny County solely devoted to the issue of sexual violence.
If we’ve missed your organization, or you have a suggestion to this list, please contact us and we will add it.