LGBT Equality Alliance is a non-profit organization in Chester County, serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and asexual/ally (LGBTQ+) community.
In January 2015, current board 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 three 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 March 26, 2015.
Following continued growth and expansion, the organization changed its name to LGBT Equality Alliance on July 15, 2016 to better position itself in the marketplace as a leading non-profit organization supporting more than just a social events.
Vision and Mission
LGBT Equality Alliance aims to create and sustain a safe and supportive environment for the Chester County LGBTQ+ community.
We do so by fostering the expansion of Chester County LGBTQ+ community initiatives by partnering with supportive local organizations in fundraising, 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, bridal shows, job fairs, 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 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 in addition, provide funding for (Gay-Straight Alliance) GSA Clubs and student scholarships.
Our events are open to all open-minded and supportive community members.
LGBT Equality Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Questions? Contact us to request financial information about the organization. Our 2016 financials will be available for public record mid-May, following tax season. Due to our rapid growth, we are updating our accounting system to provide our supporters the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your patience.
Click Here to see the 2015 990-N Postcard filing for LGBTea Dances (our previous name).
If you are interested in getting involved through volunteering, sponsorship, or donations, please visit the LGBT Equality Alliance Support Us page.