Explore Harrisburg

All conference programming will take place in Downtown Harrisburg.

Harrisburg is a the state capital of Pennsylvania and a historic city with diverse neighborhoods, a vibrant culture, and a growing urban economy. As the ninth largest city in the commonwealth, Harrisburg has been the home of our State Capitol since 1812. Originally the home of the Susquehannock tribe, the Harrisburg area was known as Paxtang. The area was settled by European colonists as a trading post in the 1600s, and was formally settled by John Harris in 1719. The city began to grow and was incorporated in 1791. 





Harrisburg is regarded as among the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in Pennsylvania. In 1983, Harrisburg became the first municipality in Pennsylvania to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity in housing, employment, and public accommodations, and the second city in the state to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, behind Philadelphia. The city boasts many active LGBTQ community organizations, such as the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania, which has its home on North Third Street. Alder Health Services provides LGBTQ-friendly healthcare from Cameron Street. The Pride Festival of Central PA has been celebrating LGBTQ life from Harrisburg since 1992. There are three active LGBTQ-friendly nightclubs surrounding the State Capitol Complex: 704, Stallions, and the Brownstone Lounge.

A hub of activity for the Youth Action Conference will be PYC’s own State Headquarters, located at 413 Walnut Street. PYC’s state home is located across three floors of a beautiful 1890s townhouse. PYC moved into the building in July 2016. Registration will take place at PYC HQ, and it will also serve as a 24/7 safe space where conference attendees can come to for information or help.