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IUP LGBTQ Mini-Directory


University Commission on GLBT Issues

Started in 1998, the President’s Commission on GLBT Issues has been working ever since to improve the welfare of the university GLBT community. The commission is broken down into several subcommittees that tackle individual problems and plan events.

Pride Alliance

The university-recognized student organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally community of IUP. Meets weekly (Tuesdays 7:00–9:00 p.m.). Organizes on-campus activities, including speakers’ panel.

Health Education

Part of the University Health Service, this unit provides education and training by staff and peers on topics including relationships, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual assault, and sexual orientation.

  • Associate Director: Malinda Cowles, M.A., 724-357-6476
  • Assistant Director: Ann Sesti, M.A., 724-357-4799

Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

This department provides both individual and group counseling to all interested students. A counseling group for students dealing with issues related to their sexual orientation is offered frequently. The center has a lending library, primarily for student-clients, including various GLBT titles.

  • Director: Kim Weiner, Ph.D., 724-357-2621
  • Assistant Director: Rita Drapkin, Ph.D., 724-357-2621

Social Equity

This office is designated to handle concerns related to discrimination or harassment, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Staff and Faculty Concerns: Helen Kennedy (, assistant to the president for Social Equity, senior Human Resource manager, 724-357-4874
  • Student Concerns: Theo Turner, 724-357-4040

Women’s Studies

  • For more information, go to 103 Stabley Library
  • Director: Chauna Craig,, 724-357-4753

Indiana Community

Most of the resources in the Indiana community are those offered on campus. Here are the local resources of which we are aware:

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana

This local church is designated as a welcoming congregation, an official designation within the Unitarian religion of those congregations that are intentionally welcoming of those of all sexual and gender orientations.

  • Reverend Joan Sabatino, 724-349-2776

Indiana Cares Campaign

  • Community group dedicated to ending homophobia.

Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Region

Gay and Lesbian Community Center

Located in Squirrel Hill (east side of Pittsburgh), this organization provides resources for the GLBT community such as an information phoneline (412-422-0114), meeting spaces for many Pittsburgh GLBT organizations, Friday night youth group (7:30–10:00 p.m., under 22), youthline (412-422-1633), library, and a newsletter.


Located in the Garfield area of Pittsburgh, this is a full-service community mental health facility which provides services to the GLBT community and their significant others, as well as a full range of services for HIV+ individuals and their significant others. 412-441-9786


National Organizations

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

An organization dedicated to promoting positive visibility of the GLBT community in the media, GLAAD is responsible for much of the attention paid to GLBT concerns in television and print today.

Gender PAC

Acting on the idea that gender rights are human rights, Gender PAC works to end gender-based violence and discrimination. Gender PAC defines gender as something performed and perceivable, thus everyone at some time or other has been made to feel inadequate because of his or her gender.

Human Rights Campaign

The most prominent gay rights group in the U.S., the HRC focuses on legislation and the election of gay-friendly officials. The site contains news briefs, information on officials, and advice on such issues as adoption, domestic partner agreements, and schools.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The NGLTF is a mobilizing organization that focuses on building up the gay rights movement from the local level. It offers training on activism at local, state, and national levels.

Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

The largest ally organization in the U.S. is PFLAG, a group of some of the staunchest supporters of the GLBT community. They offer support not only to family and friends of gays and lesbians, but to GLBT people as well. Directions are given on the site for starting a local chapter.

  Intersex Society of North America

Up-to-date news and events for intersexed individuals. There is a lot of information on where and how to obtain books, medical information, and people.

National Sites of Interest

The Advocate

The Advocate is the most respected newsmagazine for and by the GLBT community. Issues can be purchased at IUP’s Co-op Store.

Curve Magazine

Curve is a popular magazine among lesbians and is noted for its humor and fearlessness in dealing with issues that face lesbians and bisexual women.

A popular news site and on-line personals column, is most well known for its chat rooms and instant messenger service.

Out Magazine

The glossy mag of the gay community, Out focuses on human interest stories, celebrity news, and fashion.

Planet Out

Like its sister site, Planet Out is an on-line news source and means of communication.

Queer Nation

Queer Nation is an on-line comic that explores the possibilities of gay and lesbian superheroes. It is both humorous and angry.

Transgender Forum

A site for transgendered people—silly.

Queer Resources Directory

Resources for gay interests and issues, including civil rights and AIDS information.

Bisexual Options

A great place to find a wide variety of resources for bisexual individuals. Chat with people, browse through lists of books, post and browse personals, and even find out what events are happening near you.


  • Safe Zone Program
  • Suites on Maple East, G31
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2621
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.