Human Relations Commission
The Human Relations Commission receives, investigates and passes on complaints related to discrimination in housing, employment or use of public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification, and educates the public in order to prevent discrimination and foster equal opportunity. The Commission also addresses incidents of bias that may lead to tension between racial, ethnic, and other groups.
HRC Mission Statement:
Preparing to have Difficult Conversations About LGBTQIA+ issues”
As part of our mission to educate the public in order to prevent discrimination, the Swarthmore Human Relations Commission (HRC) has organized a 4-part Community Conversation series facilitated by Danielle N. Gadson, Ph.D., Stephen A. Sheridan, MPA and Teresa M. Boyer, Ed.D. “Preparing to have Difficult Conversations About LGBTQIA+ issues” is the third in a series of four community conversations that explores discrimination and unconscious bias in our town. All community members are encouraged to participate.
Members of the Swarthmore Human Relations Commission:
Francie Halderman ('22), Chair (email@example.com)
Lori Edelman ('22) - Vice Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Clair Oakes ('25) email@example.com
Jennifer Smith ('23) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Links from the HRC
Delaware County: Recognizing Juneteenth in Delaware County
Delaware County Daily Times: Juneteenth in Delaware County
Swarthmorean: Juneteenth Then and Now
Juneteenth/Beyond Reading List: BLM Reading List
Black Owned Businesses in Delaware County (From Swarthmore Senior Citizen Association’s Website): https://swarthmoreseniors.com/black-owned-businesses
Swarthmore College LGBTQ+ Page: https://www.swarthmore.edu/lgbtq
Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/
The Advocate: https://www.advocate.com/
Mental Health Resources
For both the communities we are recognizing through Pride Month and Juneteenth Celebrations and those who feel the pain of the last year during these times.
Delaware County Mobile Crisis (24/7): 855-889-7827
Delaware County Warmline/Telehealth Helpline (mental health non-crisis/emergency): 855-464-9342
Delaware County Warm Handoff Certified Recovery Specialist (local drug and alcohol treatment resources and support, 24/7): 610-619-8616
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/mental-health-and-covid-19?covid19&gclid=CjwKCAjwtdeFBhBAEiwAKOIy5ziayzAV4dyR0P-gi3ndJqXtQNTu3KQnw3ZojW-p5eGpmWm0koAW0hoC5_kQAvD_BwE
REGISTER HERE for "What It Means To Be An Ally In Your Community" March 22, 2023 7-8:30 PM, Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave, Council Room.
As part of our mission to educate the public in order to prevent discrimination, the Swarthmore Human Relations Commission (HRC) has organized a 4-part Community Conversation series facilitated by Danielle N. Gadson, Ph.D., Stephen A. Sheridan, MPA and Teresa M. Boyer, Ed.D. The first three conversations focused on race and LGBTQIA issues. The fourth and final session brings it together in “What It Means To Be An Ally In Your Community.” The conversation explores how to be an effective, thoughtful, and useful supporter to fellow neighbors who identify as *BIPOC, **LGBTQIA, and other marginalized communities. Participants will discuss allyship as a verb and will leave the session with tools and resources for practicing allyship in daily life.
*BIPOC - Black, Indigenous, People of Color; **LGBTQIA - Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual,Transgender,Queer/Questioning,Intersex,Asexual
Free Library of Philadelphia
Selected reading from the Rainbow Roundtable-American Library Association:
https://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/1331 (kids and teens)
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History from the National Park Service.
Lambda Legal: national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
History pin-lgbtq America
Philly-area LGBTQ advocacy and support organizations: