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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.

History

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 the leading LGBTQ+ focused non-profit organization in the western Philadelphia suburbs, 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.

 
 
 

Board of Directors

LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County, Inc. is led by a working board of conscientious individuals

dedicated to advancing LGBTQ+ rights in Chester County & surrounding areas.

Interested in joining the board? View here — scroll down to access info and online application form.

 
 

DONALD DAVIS, president

DON IS A CREATIVE, SAVVY THOUGHT LEADER AND SOCIAL NETWORKER.

Don is a Policy Administration Associate for Petplan Pet Insurance. Prior to Petplan, he spent close to 10 years working as a Procurement Specialist for USM, Inc. There, he was responsible for contract negotiations, with contractors, for their various national accounts.

Along with his Monday through Friday job, Don enjoys showing dogs on the weekends. Primarily he handles his own dogs. From time to time, he is hired to handle dogs for other people, as well. He can be seen at shows here in Pennsylvania, as well as in Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. He’s looking to expand his showing experience into other states, as well.

Don enjoys working within the LGBT community and he attends many social events throughout the year. He is our Social Committee Chair and Pride Weekend Co-Chair, and he is looking forward to the activities planned within LGBT Equality Alliance (LGBTea)! He’s also looking forward to working with LGBTea, to help make Chester County and the surrounding communities a safe environment.


richard eller, treasurer

Bio coming soon…


Salina Brett, Secretary

SALINA IS A COMPELLING TRAINER, PLAYFUL CARTOONIST, AND SOCIAL VISIONARY.

Salina is a transgender woman who grew up as a boy in the Ozark Mountains, sailed beneath the seas during her US Navy submarine service, and built her training career by presenting chemistry, leadership, environmental compliance, and reactor operation topics to nuclear power plant managers, operators, staff, and community college students.

Always engaging in front of crowds, Salina has taught and delighted groups as young as children’s Sunday School classes, as old as nursing home hymn-sing services, as demanding as auditoriums filled with nuclear professionals, and even won best supporting actor for her portrayal of the Apostle John in the 4400-seat amphitheater production of The Great Passion Play, in Eureka Springs, Ar.

Recently out as transgender, Salina is inspired to be a national speaker and advocate for the transgender community. She is also passionate in her belief that the LGBTQ community possesses a uniquely inherent love and acceptance of others that will become the next beacon of moral and spiritual Light to a nation growing ever polarized and darkened by fear, politics, and violence.

A whimsical cartoonist and gifted writer, Salina’s cartoons have been featured in Frock Magazine and her writing has won several minor awards. She also maintains an active online presence by blogging for More Light - the LGBTQ advocates for the Presbyterian (USA) Church, and hosts Transtastic You!, a website promoting transgender positive stories and news.

It is Salina’s desire to make Chester County and surrounding communities a safe and nurturing area for LGBTQ people, as well as to inspire the greater LGBTQ community toward becoming a radiant, social and spiritual model of love, inclusion, and tolerance.


michael barbiero, member-at-large

MICHAEL IS A WELL-RESPECTED LITIGATOR AND TRIAL ATTORNEY.

A Partner at the law firm Rudolph Clarke, LLC, clients benefit from Michael's perfect mix of real-world and legal experience. Prior to returning to school for law, Michael worked for several years with troubled teens in and around Philadelphia. Helping families at their darkest times inspired him to return to school to become an attorney.

In the community, Michael is Chairman of the Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee and in 2008, the Committee honored him with the Democrat of the Year Award. He has volunteered as Youth Aid Panel Member, soccer and baseball coach, and for Town Watch. He was appointed to the Abington Industrial Development Authority (2006-2008) and served as a Certified Arbitrator, Phila Common Pleas Court.

In 2015, Michael was inducted into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum. 2013, he was invited to join Top Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, and in 2011, invited to join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He was named a Pennsylvania "Rising Star - Super Lawyer," Dec,2008, Philadelphia magazine, top 2.5 percent of attorneys 40 years old or younger in Pa. In Jan, 2007, Michael was appointed to the Advisory Panel of the American Bar Assoc..

Michael's law firm, along with Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, made history in 2013 by issuing the first marriage licenses for gay couples in Pennsylvania.  The firm and the Register of Wills continued making history through the second half of 2013 and well into 2014 by advocated for the issuance of marriage licenses in the Pennsylvania Courts, winning that legal battle in 2014.


stacey keller, member-at-large

Bio coming soon…


james kelly iii, member-at-large

JAMES IS A SHARP, EXPANSIVE MARKETING AND SALES MANAGER.

James has worked and led teams in marketing and sales, cultivating talent in the field as he created and executed a gamut of campaigns. His business acumen has always been coupled with a passion for service and desire to give back to his community, and – as he has settled in the Chester County region – he intends to use his skills to help provide safe and inclusive spaces for the local LGBTQ+ community.

James graduated Villanova University in 2014 with his B.S.B.A. in Marketing, and proceeded directly to Long Islander News – a hyper-local media organization based in Long Island, New York. He spent close to three years with the organization, serving as their Director of Sales & Marketing during his tenure.

James then recently moved to the Chester County area, now serving as a Product Marketing Manager at Bentley Systems – a global engineering that provides comprehensive architectural and engineering software solutions. He lives in King of Prussia, and has enjoyed exploring the area greatly.

James is excited to bring his expertise in sales and marketing, as well as his aptitude for strategy and leadership, to his role. He resonates strongly with the overarching mission of the organization, and looks forward to lending his talents and getting involved further in this new community he calls home.


maureen mccarthy, member-at-large

& carrie pizzillo-stare, member-at-large

Bios coming soon…

Finances

LGBT Equality Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

View W-9 Form - Oct 2018 Version Signed & Dated - LGBT Equality Alliance

View 2015 990-N Postcard  — for LGBTea Dances, our previous name.

View 2016 990-EZ Form – LGBT Equality Alliance

View 2017 990-EZ Form – LGBT Equality Alliance.

View 2018 990-EZ Form – LGBT Equality Alliance.

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