SisTers PGH Statement on COVID-19

I’ve reached out to several local LGBTQ organizations, requesting an update on how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include: Pittsburgh Center for Equality, Persad Center, PFLAG Pittsburgh, TransPride Pittsburgh, Proud Haven, OUTrageous Bingo, Shepherd Wellness Community, SisTers Pgh, and True T Pittsburgh. As I receive their responses, I will publish. Some of these groups are all-volunteer and may not have a dedicated comms team. If you see written information online or in another publicly accessible space, please let me know. It is important that we have accurate information to keep ourselves and each other healthy ~ Sue


Via email

I would like to send light & love to our entire LGBTQIA community of Pittsburgh and OUR larger commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During the COVID – 19 epidemic, SisTers PGH leadership has been paying close attention to COVID-19 updates on a city and state level and because of the outbreak in Pennsylvania and Allegheny County, we have decided to postpone SisTers PGH GRAND Re-opening scheduled for March 31st, 2020 until further notice!

We realize the importance of having SisTers PGH Community Center open and accessible to our trans & nonbinary communities of Allegheny especially after losing our previous space due to a devastating fire but due to the High-Risk factors, we must choose the safety of our communities first & foremost.

Resources will still be available to our trans and nonbinary communities of Allegheny County including housing, emergency shelter, groceries, toiletries, hygiene products, rent support, utility Support which can all be accessed by visiting www.sisterspgh.org and clicking our Service Request Tab.

SisTers PGH Board members, Advisory Members & Volunteers have been instructed to work remotely on SisTers PGH’s behalf in order to continue to provide these services. Services that are only available because of the generous support of our donors that help us provide essential and viable support to our trans & non-binary communities of Allegheny County.

We ask that you stay encouraged to DONATE to SisTers PGH so that we can continue to provide these resources while also considering donating toiletries & Hygiene products as they are being purchased in bulk by those who have the financial privilege to buy in bulk limiting access to those most marginalized within our trans & nonbinary communities. Tolitires & Hygiene products can be dropped off at SisTers PGH located at 2014 Monogahela Ave Pittsburgh Pa 15218 Saturday & Sundays. These donations are to be dropped off at our rear entrance inside the gate.

I will continue to work closely with our community partners as well as our LGBTQIA Advisory Council of Pittsburgh & Pennsylvania Commission of LGBTQ Affairs to help provide the most up to date information for our TLGBQIA communities of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania!

At this time, People’s Pride PGH 2020 – Breaking The Cistem is still scheduled to happen as we are following the lead of the professionals and will do what’s best for our community moving forward.

I would like to personally thank Pennsylvania Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine for spearheading this COVID-19 work and providing Pennsylvania with the essential information we need to protect our communities at large!

Thank you to all our partners, contributors and donors during this unforeseen crisis as well as those nonprofits, forprofits, businesses, etc that will be affected by this crisis! May we all find time to heal & rebuild after weathering this storm.

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