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The LGBT community have been masters of social media since its earliest days. Remember message boards? AOL and dial-up? Chat lines? Well, social media of the new millennium is still a great way to keep connected with what’s happening in the southcentral PA community. In person connections still feel more, well, personal to some. You have those options too! Here are a few easy ways to get and stay connected if you have the love, but are lacking in or want to know more about, the community. Just wanted to make sure as many people as possible know about the cool stuff waiting for you in and around York.

The nearly 400 person Facebook group, PA LGBT events is a fun and positive place for event posting and promotion. Lots of the events are from this area and the moderated format keeps it on topic. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1431152210447639/

Want a slightly more adventurous take on the LGBT community? Try that Facebook group LGBT nightlife in Pennsylvania. It can be Philly heavy, but there are still plenty of closer events worth checking out when you’re up for some fun.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1385022511797461/

Another, even more locally focused, option is LGBT in York. LGBT in York was founded in 2010 as a group for people in York, PA who identify as LGBT to network and build community. Commonly referred to as “Gay Club”, the group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday at First Capitol Dispensing Co. (57 N Pershing Ave., York) at 7 PM. Additionally, group members often hold holiday get-togethers and volunteer with other community-centered events. All LGBT in York meetings and events are open to anyone who identifies as part of the LGBT community. They also have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lgbtinyork or you can email lgbtinyork@gmail.com. There are about 10 members involved regularly plus plenty of others float in and out and newcomers are always welcome with open arms. It’s about 60/40 men to women and ages range anywhere from about 30 – 60 years old. Make sure to check them out!

Looking for a woman only social experience? MeetUp is still a happening place. There isn’t a York group yet (who wants to start one???) so as a result, the Harrisburg Lesbian MeetUp group has plenty of York representation. Basically, this is a group for southcentral PA area lesbians and those who love them. It’s a chance to get out, meet like minded ladies, have some fun, make some friends, explore the area, laugh a little or a lot, and get off the couch or out of the office for a bit. They try to have a relaxed atmosphere in this group, and make a point to welcome women who are lesbian, bisexual and pansexual and have strict policies prohibiting bullying of any kind. This isn’t a dating group, just good old fashioned networking and getting a chance to meet new people.
http://www.meetup.com/OUT-and-About-Harrisburg-Area-Lesbians/

This is just a sampling of the buffet of possibility, community and connection out there. Happy friendship-ing! I’ll do what I can to keep the resources coming and hey, if you know a great faith community, social gathering or activity, festival or service that I haven’t profiled yet feel free to email me at poemsugar@gmail.com and I’ll post it!