WHO WE ARE

The Tri-State Alliance, known locally as TSA. was formed by local community members to support the tri-state LGBTQ communities, and that remains our mission. We have seen a great deal of progress on our issues, and we continue our work on these issues and the discrimination issues faced by others. Allies working together to spread Truth and Justice everywhere is what overcomes the lies and bigotry that we've all experienced.

We are a diverse group of straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender volunteers who work together to improve our country, block by block and person by person. We provide education and outreach as we try to make our region, nation and world safe for our diverse multicultural communities.

Here is a link to our Constitution and Bylaws: PDF edition.

original TSA Logo

WHAT WE DO

TSA is a not-for-profit social service & educational organization that serves LGBTQ communities. We work to educate the public on LGBTQ issues and host educational events for the LGBTQ communities. We are best known for the TSA AIDS Holiday Project, the TSA LGBTQ Youth Group for middle & high school students, the TSA Owensboro LGBTQ Youth Group, and the TSA Transgender Support Group.

Among our most popular events are the TSA Pride Prom, TSA Pride Picnic, Owensboro TSA Pride Picnic, the TSA Celebrity Dinner, Mr. Heavensville, Transgender Day of Remembrance, National Coming Out Day, the Vincennes AIDS Walk, the Southern Illinois AIDS Walk, the Owensboro AIDS Walk and World AIDS Day.

Most of our funding comes from you, our supporters. TSA requests donations be sent to our office at:

The majority of our funding comes from you, our supporters. TSA requests donations be sent to our office at:

501 John Street Suite 5,
Evansville, IN 47713

Only with YOUR support can we continue the important work we do, serving the LGBTQ communities of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Download our 2018 Financial Report



WHAT WE FUND

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 have suggestions for future events or funding opportunities, the leadership of TSA welcomes your feedback and input. We hope you will consider joining our organization. For more information, contact TSA President Wally Paynter at 812-480-0204 or e-mail wallypaynter@aol.com.

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. We work with the Tri-State Safe Zone Initiative to provide trainings on how allies can better serve the needs of the LGBTQ community. The training length be tailored to your organization.

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 LGBTQ images. Hollywood attempted at first to hide the fact there were LGBTQ people in America, then directors used a variety of “subtexts” to include LGBTQ characters, and finally Hollywood used such images in very negative ways, reinforcing stereotypes. Presented by TSA Education Chair Kelley Coures, kcoures@aol.com.

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, kcoures@aol.com.

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, kcoures@aol.com.

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 wallypaynter@aol.com.

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 wallypaynter@aol.com.

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, kcoures@aol.com.


Board of Directors

Wally Paynter

Wally Painter
President
Youth Group Director

Breana Patwa

Breana
Vice President - Indiana Outreach

Kelly Coures

Kelly Coures
Vice President - Education

Stephanie Decker

Stephanie Decker
Vice President - Kentucky Outreach

Felicia Murphy

Felicia Murphy
Secretary - Treasurer

Wyatt Squires

Wyatt Squires
TSA Transgender Support Group Facilitator

Mark Fox

Mark Fox

Terry Greer

Terry Greer
Owensboro Youth Group Coordinator

Skylar Foxx Julian

Sklar Foxx Julian

Kyle Laslie

Kyle

Julie Robinson

Julie Robinson

LaDonna Dabbs

LaDonna Dobbs

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Robbie Stone

Robbie Stone

Amanda Layson

Amanda Layson

Honorary Board Members

Deceased - Diane Crowley, MD

Diane Crowley

Jim Willis

Jim Willis

Alexander Kessler

Alexander Kessler

Elliot Howard

Elliot Howard

Gary Essary

Gary Essery

Spokesperson

Andrew Essary

Member