Tri-State Alliance






“The Tri-State Alliance (TSA) is the primary social service and educational organization that serves the diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities of Southwestern Indiana, Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. TSA works to educate our own community through a monthly newsletter and guest speakers, engages the media on relevant LGBT issues, and trains other public/social service organizations through a speakers bureau and diversity education.

TSA coordinates the regional LGBT Youth Group, HIV prevention targeting the gay community, and Lesbian Health Project services. The gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight-supporting allies who volunteer for TSA continue to serve the region’s LGBT community and its changing needs.”

To read our full Constitution and Bylaws, feel free to download the PDF edition.



Tri-State Alliance (TSA) is a not-for-profit social service/education organization that serves gays, lesbians and bisexuals in Southwestern Indiana, Northwestern Kentucky and Southeastern Illinois.

TSA was formed in 1980 to meet the changing needs of the region’s gay and lesbian populations. TSA has a variety of committees and events that work to meet these needs. Major events sponsored by the group include the gay and lesbian youth prom, the summer pride picnic, the AIDS Art Auction and the AIDS Christmas Project.

Our strongest funding comes from you, our supporters. TSA requests donations be sent to our address listed above. Basic membership is $25 a year, more if you can afford it, less if you can’t. The TSA newsletter is mailed to our members, and can be picked up at numerous locations in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. The TSA Newsletter mailing list is strictly confidential and is not shared with anyone. As a 501c3 organization, all donations to TSA are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Download our 2013 Financial Report



Though the potential for future events is unlimited, here's a quick snapshot of some things our organization has funded in whole or part in recent years. As always, if you've got suggestions for future events or funding opportunities, the leadership of TSA welcomes your feedback and input, and hopes you will consider joining our organization. For more information, contact TSA President Wally Paynter at 812-480-0204 or e-mail

SafeZone Training
SafeZone Training can be customized to meet the needs of any organization.  Ideally SafeZone includes 3-4 hours of workshop time in one or two sessions. Included in this training is information necessary to dispel myths and understand negative and hurtful stereotypes, and increase awareness of misinformation regarding LGBT people. In addition, this training will give participants the language and skills they need to provide support and to create environments that are safe, welcoming and inclusive.

Gay & Lesbian Images in American Film
Lecture format includes a brief overview of historical Hollywood and the fate of all minorities in American movies from silent era to 1970s. Portions of the HBO Documentary “The Celluloid Closet” are used, as are brief film clips from other pre-1967 American films depicting GLBT images. Hollywood attempted at first to hide the fact there were GLBT people in America, then directors used a variety of “subtexts” to include GLBT characters, and finally Hollywood used such images in very negative ways, reinforcing stereotypes.

Presented by TSA Education Chair Kelley Coures,

The Hidden Holocaust
Lecture gives a brief overview of the historical evolution of the GLBT population in Europe during the latter 19th and early 20th century, culminating the in the Gay Renaissance of Berlin in the 1920s. The documentary “Paragraph 175″ is shown, presenting the few survivors of the Nazi death camps and their personal stories.

Presented by TSA Education Chair Kelley Coures,

4000 Years of GLBT History
A powerpoint presentation showing images from around the world of GLBT people and events from a little known Egyptian tomb from 2400 BC to the current status of the campaign for marriage equality in the US and Europe. Some surprising images from a history that is seldom seen.

Presented by TSA Education Chair Kelley Coures,

LGBT Issues in Aging
A powerpoint presentation revealing the range of issues many facilities fail to take into account when dealing with their LGBT clients.

Presented by TSA Education Chair Kelley Coures,

Working with Diverse Populations
We meet with substance abuse treatment facilities, churches, schools, social service and medical agencies, and university classes to talk about working with GLBT communities in a culturally competent fashion.

Presented by TSA President Wally Paynter, 812.480.0204 or

Current Issues in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
From local to international, get an update about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and find out how you can make a difference.

Presented by TSA President Wally Paynter, 812.480.0204 or

Cyberbullying:  What Is It and How to Stop It
Presented by volunteer, Stephanie Decker,




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