Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

Pink Triangle Coalition of Lancaster
FAB 2015 honorees - Pink Triangle Coalition
Advocates formed the Pink Triangle Coalition of Lancaster in the wake of the 1991 bombing of The Closet, a local LGBT bookstore, to make sure LGBT issues stayed in the forefront. Members of this founding group conducted a campaign to educate the public about LGBT topics and hate crimes.

The Pink Triangle Coalition of Lancaster was a local organization whose purpose was to promote and support the lives of LGBT people, and to educate the public about the LGBT community through increased visibility and awareness. PTC did this in part by publishing The Inqueery, a newsletter that kept Lancaster’s LGBT community informed of social and political happenings. PTC supported lots of community events like youth picnics, roller skating, educational forums, and highway cleanups along Route 23 entering Lancaster.

PTC was especially active throughout the 1990’s, and much of its legacy impacts the present-day LGBT community in central Pennsylvania through documentation in the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project archives.

Marlene Kanuck
FAB 2015 honorees - Kanuck
Marlene Kanuck has served the community in Central Pennsylvania since the early 90’s. While living in Lancaster, Marlene worked to raise funds for the AIDS Community Alliance and was a board member of the Women’s Circle, which provided an annual retreat for area lesbians. While on the board, Marlene advocated and accomplished opening the retreat to transgender women.

In Harrisburg, she volunteered as a member of the steering committee to establish the LGBT Center. As the only lesbian on the team, Marlene brought the voice of gender equity to the team. She was a charter board member and served on the board until 2014.

In 2003-05, as a Safe Schools Coordinator at the Department of Education (PDE), Marlene acquired the funding to co-sponsor a collaboration between Common Roads and the PDE. This collaboration produced the first workshops on LGBT youth in Central Pennsylvania which trained over four hundred teachers, school counselors and social workers on safe schools.

Over the years, Marlene took part in many activities including acting in, “Coming Home” a benefit play for Common Roads; working on FAB committees; and even being auctioned off as a date to benefit Common Roads at Trans Central’s Keystone Conferences.

In recent years, Marlene has lobbied legislators and spoken at rallies for marriage equality and advocating for LGBT anti-discrimination legislation. She currently serves on the boards of Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus and the Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus and plans on continuing her efforts to pass a Pennsylvania non-discrimination law.

Dr. Rachel Levine

Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general nominee, at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Dr. Levine is currently the Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. Previous posts included: Vice -Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College in 1979 and the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1983. She completed training in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 1988, and was on the faculty of the Mt Sinai School of Medicine from 1988-1993. She came to Central Pa. in 1993, and joined the staff at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1996.

Dr. Levine’s accomplishments at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center include the initiation of a Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Levine was the Liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine. In that role, she established a LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and was the facilitator for the LGBT student group.

Dr. Levine taught at the Penn State College of Medicine on topics in adolescent medicine, eating disorders, and transgender medicine. In addition, she has lectured nationally and internationally and has published articles and chapters on these topics. Dr. Levine has been a member of the Board of Equality Pa and the Capital Region Stonewall Democrats.

Alex Reber

FAB 2015 honorees - Reber

Alex has been active in fighting for LGBT rights since college. At Lebanon Valley College he was the President of Freedom Rings, an LGBT student organization. He helped organize against a statewide ban on gay marriage and for passage of a statewide non-discrimination ordinance.

It was during this time he met like-minded people from Harrisburg and became a founding member of the Capital Region Stonewall Democrats. He later served on their board after moving to Harrisburg.

The more Alex became involved in politics, he became interested in making sure that LGBT people had a seat at the table during the governing process. He joined the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund’s Campaign Board and worked to elect LGBT candidates to the local, state and national levels. As Chair of the LGBT Caucus of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, he advocated for and helped pass a resolution supporting gay marriage.

Alex’s interests in women’s issues and accessible healthcare led him to join the board of Planned Parenthood Keystone, which he now chairs. He is the Vice Chair of the Dauphin County Democratic Committee and is an elected member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. Alex’s other community involvement includes serving as an appointed member of the Harrisburg City Audit Committee and on the Leadership Committee of his alma mater, Lebanon Valley College.

Alex works as a Senior Accountant at Miller Dixon Drake, PC. He lives in Millersburg with his husband, Chris Dietz, whom he married last year as soon as it became legal in Pennsylvania.

T.L. Waid & Carla Christopher

FAB 2015 honorees - Waid

Tameca, or T.L., Waid was the owner/operator of Forever Books from 2003-2005, the Harrisburg region’s only LGBT Bookstore. From Forever Books, T.L. grew Waid Books & Promotions and then, with her spouse, Community Arts Ink; independent publishing companies that have given voice to a rainbow of LGBT and minority authors. A tireless volunteer, T.L. helped launch her college’s Gay/Straight Alliance, was a caregiver for AIDS hospice patients and has been a volunteer with the Center since its early days. Now based in York, T.L. has been a board member and integral voice in Equality Fest, York’s celebration of marriage equality, since the festival’s inception in 2014.

FAB 2015 honorees - Christopher

Carla Christopher (carlachristopher.com) is the founder of Equality Fest, a more than 2,000 person arts, culture, and community festival held in York, Pennsylvania celebrating marriage equality. She is also the first ever LGBT person to be selected as Poet Laureate of York and to work in the office of the Mayor C. Kim Bracey where she served as the 2014 Arts & Cultural Community Liaison. Carla hosts “Culture & Main; York’s Weekly Cultural Showcase” on WRCT which regularly features LGBT artists and events. Additionally, she works for the York Dispatch newspaper as an LGBT lifestyle columnist. “OUT & About” has posted profiles and interviews with dozens of LGBT activists and organizations and posted LGBT news on the front page more than once. Carla is also heavily involved in political activism and is the Diversity appointee on the Executive Committee for the Democratic Party of York County and the Chair of their Diversity Outreach Committee. Closest to her heart, with T.L. Waid, Carla is the co-director of Community Arts Ink, an independent publishing company which has brought the inspiring voices and stories of more than a dozen LGBT writers to life.