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DHS LGBTQ Community of Practice 

The DHS LGBTQ Community of Practice is the new structure of the original DHS LGBTQ Advisory Council, which was established to advise the Director and Senior Staff of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services on issues related to the human service needs of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning. The “+” is inclusive of HIV+ individuals and also symbolizes our recognition that there are many other identities within the LGBTQ Community.) residents.

Representing diverse subpopulations a mong service providers and the LGBTQ+ community, similar to the original design of the advisory council, DHS LGBTQ Community of Practice participants will continue to identify evolving needs of the community and advise the Department regarding culturally sophisticated, inclusive, and responsive practices that meet these needs, as well as providing all interested parties an opportunity to share information and resources across a wide range of topic areas. 

Participation in the DHS LGBTQ Community of Practice 
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services LGBTQ Community of Practice is an open forum for all interested individuals and community stakeholders.  If you are interested in participating in Community of Practice meetings, please click here for upcoming meeting dates. If you have additional questions, please email them to DHS-LGBTQ@alleghenycounty.us. 

PDF Icon What the LGBTQ+ Community Needs to Know
This pamphlet provides information about the LGBTQ Community of Practice, DHS services, consumers’ rights when accessing services (from DHS and/or contracted service providers), and how to identify and report discrimination in the event that it occurs.

DHS LGBTQ Community of Practice Meetings 
The DHS LGBTQ Community of Practice meetings are held quarterly. Meetings are open to all interested individuals and community stakeholders. If you would like to attend a meeting and require any special accommodations, please email Shauna Lucadamo or phone her at 412-350-2436.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns you would like to share with us, you may submit them to DHS-LGBTQ@alleghenycounty.us 

Meeting Minutes 

LGBTQ Advisory Council Meeting Minutes
PDF Icon June 6, 2012 (Town Hall Meeting)
PDF Icon May 14, 2012 
PDF Icon December 10, 2012 

Additional LGBTQ+ Resources.