The Washington County Gay Straight Alliance has facilitated a peer group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Questioning, Queer, Asexual, and Allied (LGBTQA) youth, ages 21 and under, and provided resources since November, 2005. Kathy Cameron, Jennifer Newman, and Mary Jo Podgurski co-founded the community Gay Straight Alliance along with two high school students. Mark Swift joined the group as a facilitator/advisor in 2010. On August 29, 2012, we took the next step by forming a Nonprofit Corporation so that we may expand programming and services. Our long- term goal is to establish a welcoming Community Center in Washington. We filed with the IRS for tax-exempt status on March 7, 2013. In the meantime, we have a FHO (Funds Held for Others) Account with the Persad Center of Pittsburgh to enable us to accept donations.
The Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc. will be taking over the 2nd Friday potluck social gathering from the Persad Center starting Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. It shall remain a potluck dinner for now and the time and place will remain the same: First Presbyterian Church, 1793, 100 E. Wheeling Street, Washington, basement level social hall, at 6:30 p.m. A portion of the evening will be given to discuss the direction people wish for the 2nd Friday gathering. As usual, however, most of the evening will be a chance to socialize and get to know each other. We want to meet the needs and desires of the community; please join us so that your voice is heard. If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to reply to this email. Also, please like 2nd Friday Nights on Facebook as another way to get updates. Thanks and hope to see you soon!
The Washington County Gay Straight Alliance Meetings
Common Ground Teen Center
53 North College Street, Washington, PA 15301
(Between East Chestnut St. and East Beau St.)
Who & When (Ages):
Up through 18 - Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
19 to 29 - First Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Washington Co. GSA strives to provide a safe, confidential environment for Washington County youth regardless of sex, race, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc. is dedicated to affirming acceptance between diverse groups of people, raising awareness in our community of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Questioning, Queer, Asexual, and Allied (LGBTQA) people through support, education, and community outreach on the issues of diversity. WCGSA, Inc. provides a safe, confidential environment for individuals of Washington County and the surrounding areas regardless of sex, race, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.