Our Mission

The Rainbow Rose Center fosters an environment of inclusion, equity, and health where all LGBTQIA+ community members thrive in York County, Pennsylvania.

Our Vision: It's All about Community

We envision an inclusive community where all York County individuals feel safe and welcome in their everyday lives.

Our Core Values

Inclusion: We embody and advocate for justice, fairness, and acceptance for all, especially those who are often silenced.

Empathy: We assume positive intent in every interaction with respect and understanding for all individuals.

Community: We respond to the needs of our community and seek out collaboration and feedback to grow with positive purpose.

Accountability: We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards while providing transparency, efficiency, and stability through our services.

Courage: We bravely challenge the status quo and stand for what we believe in to grow and face the future together.

We Do Not Discriminate

The Rainbow Rose Center seeks to create an inclusive and safe space for all. We do not discriminate against any person in any of these groups, or any attendee of any RRC-sponsored event based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, family or parental status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Who We Are and What we do

Opened in May of 2019 as a 100% volunteer-based organization, the Rainbow Rose Center grew out of the family of community-connecting Equality Fest events enjoyed and celebrated in York since the passage of marriage equality in Pennsylvania in 2014. For years, individuals in the community reached out to Equality Fest through emails and Facebook messages looking for information on local resources to improve their daily lives. In 2019, the organization took on the name Rainbow Rose Center and achieved 501(c)3 nonprofit status with the Federal and State government in June 2020.

The Rainbow Rose Center continues to serve the LGBTQIA+ community as a virtual-only resource center. While still hosting virtual support group meetings monthly and answering community questions online, the Rainbow Rose Center continues to promote and advocate for the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ individuals to enhance the diversity of our community and the businesses within. Going forward, the organization will expand its programming to promote the health and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community, increasing support group offerings, hosting additional educational and advocacy panels, and creating safe celebratory events for the benefit of all.