Holiday Season News

We have had a great year here at NEPA Rainbow and we are extremely grateful for the support of the entire community as we move LGBT issues into the forefront and continue a dialogue of acceptance and equality.

As we work to advance equality on all levels here are some GayNEPA holiday tips!


  • Shop at locally owned and operated LGBT-supportive small businesses such as Outrageous in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Duffy Accessories in Downtown Scranton.
  • If shopping at a major retailer, check the LGBT Buying for Equality Guide at They even have a mobile app version this year.  The HRC Buying Guide ranks retailers.
  • Shop at Barnes & Noble Booksellers (like the one in the Arena Hub Plaza near the Wyoming Valley Mall) and use Bookfair Voucher #10937662 (all you have to do is write down the voucher and give it to the cashier) and the Anti-Bullying Coalition will receive up to 25% (not valid on gift cards/cafe).
  • Support retailers with equality-focused practices like Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap, KMart, Hollister, Nike, Nordstrom, Best Buy, Sears, Staples, Gamestop, Bath & Body Works, Apple, AT&T, Dell, HP/Compaq, Victoria's Secret, Target, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Walgreens, Macy's, Barnes and Noble
  • Avoid retailers with a history of Anti-LGBT Bias - including Kohl's, Ann Taylor, Radio Shack, Big Lots, Michael's, Zales, Piercing Pagoda, Brooks Brothers



  • The perfect gift for the equality-minded person is a donation to an LGBT cause such as the following:
    • NEPA Rainbow Fund; 67 Public Sq. #500; Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
      • Note: You can designate your gift to the NEPA Rainbow Fund to General Fund, LGBT Youth Programs, Social Programs, Scholarships, or Community Education.
    • Equality PA Education Fund; 1211 Chestnut St., Suite 605
      Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • We strongly discourage giving to organizations that discriminate against LGB and especially Transgender clients, such as the Salvation Army. (sorry bell ringers!)


  • When filling up the gas tank, support Chevron/Texaco, Shell Oil, and BP but do not support Sunoco, Hess, Wawa, Valero, or Exxon/Mobil.
  • When booking a flight, American and United have a slight pro-equality edge over Delta, Southwest, and US Air, but not by much.
  • When choosing a vehicle, the most supportive automakers are Chrysler, Ford, GM, Toyota, Volkswagen, Subaru, although all automakers scored 75% on the HRC Equality Index.


Faith Communities

  • For many, finding an LGBT-supportive community of faith to celebrate the holiday season with may be important.  Several faith-based communities that have shown extraordinary support for LGBT issues in NEPA are:
    • St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre
    • St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Scranton
    • Unity Church, Wilkes-Barre
    • Unitarian Universalist Church of Wyoming Valley, West Wyoming, PA
    • Temple Hesed, Scranton

Family Memories

  • As family gathers together, the holidays are often a time to take advantage of the significant discounts offered by our photography partner: 
    • ShadowCatcher Ltd. Photography - 570-417-9090 (25% discount plus photographer will make a donation of up to $25 per seating to the NEPA Rainbow Fund's LGBT Youth Program.


  • As you look for potential locations to hold Holiday Parties (or future commitment ceremony receptions) the following LGBT-owned or supportive businesses will be happy to work with you.  Mention NEPA Rainbow Alliance to receive special package rates!


  • For some, this time of year may be challenging and you might need someone to talk to.  The NEPA Rainbow Line is staffed 24/7/365 by a trained and qualified case worker. Call 570-972-2523 extension 7.

We sincerely hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving today.  Please be sure to "Like" us on Facebook to keep informed of any breaking news or up-to-the-minute alerts! 

Season's Greetings!

The Board & Staff of NEPA Rainbow

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Merry and Gay: Holiday News from NEPA Rainbow!