The LGBT Equality Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Phoenixville, Chester County, PA. We serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and asexual/ally (LGBTQ+) community.
In January 2015, Founding President, Rachel Stevenson, sought to revive the LGBTQA social scene that once thrived in Phoenixville, PA, from 2001 to 2009 in a little gay bar called Frank Jeffreys. Once closed, and with the need for social contentedness, the first monthly afternoon “tea dance” was held on January 11, 2015. These “tea dances” brought together the LGBTQA community from Chester County and surrounding areas.
Within 3 months, it was apparent that these “tea dances” were more than just monthly social events. Realizing there were few services for the LGBTQA Community in Chester County, and using the energy, momentum, and support from three successful tea dances, the 501(c)3 non-profit, LGBTea Dances was born on in March 2015.
In July 2016, following continued growth and expansion, the organization changed its name to LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County. It took the role as a leading non-profit organization in the Philadelphia suburban region, in areas of health, education, advocacy, outreach, and community partnership.
Vision and Mission
LGBT Equality Alliance envisions a safe, supportive environment for the youth and adult LGBTQ+ community in and around Chester County.
We facilitate programs for the LGBTQ+ community by collaborating with local organizations to host social, health, education, and outreach activities.
How We Achieve Our Mission
LGBT Equality Alliance partners with businesses, community groups, schools, foundations, and corporations to support LGBTQ+ community members in Chester County through pride festivals, after school events, education programs, art shows, health fairs, youth activities, and more.
LGBT Equality Alliance aims to remove barriers of communication between Chester County LGBTQ+ residents and the greater community. Rather than create a community center, it is our focus to unify the greater community so that all LGBTQ+ community members feel at home and supported in their living environment.
Funds raised from annual and monthly events support the above initiatives and also provide funding for lGBTQ+ awareness trainings, (Gay-Straight Alliance) GSA Clubs, and student scholarships.
Our events are open to all open-minded, supportive community members.