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Meeting Location

MCC of the Spirit
2973 Jefferson Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

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Where to Stay

We have negotiated a special rate of $42.99 at the Red Roof Inn on Eisenhower Blvd (across from Liquid891).  Call the hotel directly at (717) 939-1331 to reserve the room under the "TCPA" rate or use the code "CP#609306."

Looking for something more upscale?  Try the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, host of the Keystone Conference.  Call them at (717) 564-5511.

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TransCentralPA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  We appreciate your support and if you have specific directions for your contribution, please email us at:

Frequently Asked Questions

How trans-friendly is the local area?
The cities of Harrisburg and York are two of only 91 cities in the country that have formally adopted Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Laws to protect their transgendered residents.

In 1983, Harrisburg adopted such discrimination laws along with sexual identity laws. These protections include, but are not limited to, public accommodation, housing, employment, education and the right to sue. In 1998, the City of York also adopted Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Laws. Although not as inclusive as Harrisburg, York’s laws offer protection in public accommodation, housing and employment.

In December 2002, the State of Pennsylvania added gender identity among other categories to their Hate Crime Law. There are several other cities and communities in Pennsylvania that offer similar protections for transgendered individuals. Currently there are several bills pending in the state legislature to further extend rights and protections to Transgendered individuals.

Who can attend a meeting?
Although our group maintains an open door policy to anyone Transgendered, their significant others, families, friends and allies or who has a professional and sincere interest in the Trans-community, there may be times when some of our members may feel uncomfortable or threatened with the presence of an outside guest.

Those outside individuals that are not known on a very personal level and do not fit the description of Transgendered, family member, spouse, significant other or very close friend are asked to contact the group prior to attending via email or our website even if the individual has a professional interest in the Trans-community.

Members are highly encouraged to invite individuals they know on a personal level such as family members, spouses, significant others, very close friends as well as other Transgendered individuals. If you, as a member, have a concern about an invited guest, please inform one of the Officers immediately. So as not to cause an embarrassing situation to you, the group, or members of our group, we ask our members to follow this protocol before inviting outside guests.

This does not prohibit members of our group to talk about TransCentralPA nor is this intended to discourage our members from encouraging outside individuals from participating in the Trans-community. There is a delicate balance between our member’s privacy and our openness to the general public and we must remember how extremely important it is for us to use cautious discretion when inviting outside individuals.

How much does it cost to join?
There is no fee to attend our group meetings.  TransCentralPA is a non-profit organization funded by donations and the dues of our members. Our annual membership dues are $25 (with no additional per meeting fee). TransCentralPA uses this money to pay for the meeting space and other general expenses of the group.

What about privacy?
TransCentralPA is absolutely committed to protecting our members' and guests' privacy. These policies are codified in our Bylaws and Rules of Conduct. All members and guests are required to abide by the Rules of Conduct. The Rules of Conduct and Bylaws are posted on our website and are available in writing upon request at our meetings.

Can I change at the meeting?
The doors open approximately at 8:00 pm and the meeting starts at 8:30 pm. The bathroom facilities are available if you need to change before the meeting begins. There are no shower facilities in the church.

Which bathroom do I use?
While at our meeting, use whichever one you feel most comfortable with! Outside of our meeting, we recommend as a general rule of thumb to use the bathroom that best aligns with the gender you are outwardly expressing.

What is the history of TransCentralPA?
TransCentralPA was formerly known as the Lower Susquehanna Valley Chapter of Renaissance and has been serving the Trans-community since 1989. In 2006, the group broke from Renaissance and reestablished itself as an individual entity to better serve the needs of its members and the community.

What group resources are available?
TransCentralPA not only maintains a website with a variety of links but also a library of Transgendered books, videos, newsletters, brochures and other material that are available at no cost.   Please remember that most of these items have been donated or are on loan from other members.  We ask that you take care of the materials accordingly and return them when you are finished with them.

How do I join the mailing list?
TransCentralPA sends out a monthly newsletter as well as reminders for various activities. If you would like to be kept up to date of group activities, please send us your request via an email to and we’ll be happy to add you to our email list.

How can I participate?
TransCentralPA has many opportunities for you to give back to the Trans-community depending upon your abilities, availability and openness. Donate your old Transgender books, videos and magazines; help out with the group meetings; participate in one of our panel discussions at a college or university; be a big brother/sister to a new person or simply share the story of your journey with us. Everyone’s situation is unique, so do and share whatever you feel comfortable with.


TransCentralPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization - contributions to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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