Thrive Registration

Join friends of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress in celebrating LGBTQ youth advocacy across the Keystone State!

LGBTQ youth throughout Pennsylvania continue to be targets for hate and discrimination. Our schools openly discriminate against trans students. Hate crimes targeting gay students are experienced almost every day. As young LGBTQ advocates, we are successfully pressing back against bigotry in all its forms through policy and education.

Our message must be clear: Pennsylvania will be a safe and affirming state for all young people. We cannot fight for this vision without your support. Please join us for Thrive as we raise needed awareness and funds for this critical work, while enjoying libations and friends during the Pennsylvania Society weekend. From NYC, we ask you to rise with us in supporting Pennsylvania LGBTQ youth!

Together, let us ensure young LGBTQ Pennsylvanians not only survive, but thrive.

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Nathan Lee Graham and Max Vernon will share a special performance from the new musical, The View UpStairs. The show is inspired by the 1973 arson attack against patrons of The UpStairs Lounge, a gay club in New Orleans. The View UpStairs is set to open Off-Broadway at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in February 2017.

Nathan Lee Graham is an American cabaret artist, stage, television and film actor, singer, writer, and director, with credits including Zoolander, Sweet Home Alabama, and Hitch. Max Vernon is an acclaimed composer/lyricist, playwright, and performer who wrote the book, music, and lyrics for "The View UpStairs." Honors include the Jonathan Larson Grant, New York Stage and Film Founders Award, JFund Award and NYFA fellowship.

Benjamin Velez will perform a song from Afterland, a new original muscial from Velez and Kathryn Hathaway. Set in the woods outside a decimated Philadelphia, this is the story of two teenagers, Theo and Lu, coming of age in the post-apocalypse.

Benjamin Velez is a composer/lyricist and Columbia graduate where he wrote the 114th Annual Varsity Show. He has been a member of the BMI workshop since 2010 and won the Harrington Award in 2012. His work has been featured at the Yale Institute for Music Theater, NYMF, NEO, Cutting Edge Composers, the Civilians, 4@15, and the York Theater where his original musical "Afterland" had a reading directed by Mark Brokaw earlier this year.

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress Reception
Friday, December 9, 2016
5pm - 7pm

The Penn Club of NY
30 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Friend Registration is FREE. Drick tickets will be sold at the event for $10.

Each Sponsor Registration includes two drink tickets (for those over 21 years old).
Thrive will take place in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Penn Club in New York City. There is ample garage parking around the Penn Club.

If you are unable to make the event, but would like to support the Pennsylvania Youth Congress Foundation, you can donate securely online here.
Questions? Contact Tara Stark at

All proceeds from Thrive will directly support our LGBTQ youth work throughout the commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


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Pennsylvania LGBTQ youth leaders following a PYC State Meeting in Bloomsburg (November 2016)

Governor Tom Wolf visiting PYC's Second Annual "PA Comes Out for Freedom" event in the State Capitol, celebrating LGBT History Month and National Coming Out Day (October 2016)

Deputy Secretary of Education David Volkman, Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Hannah Smith-Brubaker, PYC's Jason Landau Goodman, and former State Rep. Mike Fleck at PYC's state headquarters opening reception (October 2016)