National news and opinion site Daily Beast did a feature article on Tyler Titus, entitled "How Tyler Titus Became a Transgender Hero," published on August 15, 2017. Tyler would be the first openly transgender elected offical in the Commonwelath of Pennsylvania if he is successful in his run for Erie City School Board this fall. Tyler is a native of Titusville, PA and currently is a licensed professional counselor in Erie PA.
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) will host the 2017 Intersections of Equality professional development Symposium: Increasing LGBT Competency in Care for Seniors, on Thursday and Friday October 12-13. The event will bring together health professionals and allies whose work seeks to improve the lives of older adults in our communities. Through the professional development portion of the symposium on Friday from 8am-5pm, GEAE will educate professionals on the unique perspectives needed when working with older adults with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations as they approach retirement, enjoy their golden years, and prepare for estate planning, long-term care, and end of life decisions. The Thursday evening segment of the symposium will be a community-orientated event that will include a screening of the documentary Major! and a panel discussion of area professionals. Both days are priced separately. The symposium will be held at the Manufacturers Association Conference Center 2171 W 38th St, Erie, PA. GEAE will regularly update our page with meeting times and activity schedules. Tickets will be available at the end of August at greatereriealliance.com
Sneakers, a longtime gay bar in Jamestown NY, reopened on August 15, a month after a fire inside the bar. The owner believes that this was NOT a hate crime. The fire was contained on the first floor, and did not affect the apartments on the second floor. Sneakers is at 100 Harrison Street, Jamestown NY. (716) 484-8816
Thanks to two generous grants from Erie Insurance and Erie Community Foundation, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is set to start a new program for LGBTQ youth. Students from area high schools and colleges are invited to participate in the Regional GSA Project hosted by GEAE and area professionals.
NW PA Pride Alliance once again had an LGBT info table at the Erie Art Museum's Blues and Jazz Fest, which was held August 4-6, 2017,in Frontier Park, Erie PA. This year was the 25th for the popular festival, which draws thousands. NW PA Pride Allliance board members and volunteers had a great time talking with people stopping by.
Do you know someone who is depressed, having thoughts of suicide? Have you lost a family member, colleague, friend, client or student to suicide? Have you always wanted to learn more about the topic? Erie County Suicide Prevention Task Force ECSPTF is proud to announce our 4th annual Erie County Suicide Prevention Conference with a focus on LGBTQ and youth suicide. The event is on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Center, 7794 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16509. You can register to attend the event by filling out and returning the form here by September 1. If you would like to sponsor or vend at the event, fill out the form here. The morning begins with our plenary speaker - -Michaila Devore - a 17 year old student at Saegertown High School. She holds the title of Miss Moraine State Outstanding Teen 2016 and Miss Laurel Highlands 2016. Michaila will explain her program "Powerless to Powerful" where she talks openly about bullying and its connection to suicide among teens and youth.
The ACLU of Pennsylvania is looking to learn more about the issues facing members of the trans community. You are invited to brainstorm with us at Transgender to the Table: Setting the Tone for Change Community Discussion on Wednesday, August 23 from 6 to 8 PM at PACA, 1505 State St, Erie PA about what policy changes could make a real difference for trans people in Pennsylvania in 2017 and how we can work together to make these changes happen. Dinner provided for all attendees. Gift cards for the first 10 people who join us! Please RSVP to https://action.aclu.org/transgender-table-erie-pennsylvania
On Monday, July 31, 2017, Erie County HIV Task Force hosted an HIV Awareness Walk. The event was attended by about 30 people and stepped off from the parking lot of the Erie Bayfront Convention Center, 2 Sassafras Pier, Erie PA, to the Bicentennial Tower at the foot of Dobbins Landing and back. The event included kids and people with their dogs. Everyone had a great time!
On Sunday, July 30, PFLAG Butler held their annual Rainbow Community Picnic at Alameda Park Pavilion #3, Butler PA, Friends enjoyed a delicious potluck buffe, great times, a pinata for the kids, and wonderful friends. The chapter meets the second Thursday of the month at Butler Area Public Library from 5 to 7 PM.
This event is free and open to the public, so bring your buns down to the beach and see what's cooking! NW PA Pride Alliance would like to invite you to join us for the 25th Annual Erie Pride Picnic on Saturday, August 26th at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle (near Beach 7) from 1 to 6 PM. Please note that this year's picnic is in August rather than in June.
Whispering Lake Grove, ADF invites you to join us September 23rd at St. Nick’s Grove, 5131 Old French Rd, Erie PA in Erie, PA for "Common Groundquot;. We are celebrating our religious diversity while honoring our community. We will feature workshops, presentations of ritual, food, vendors, music, and more! Gates open at 10:00am and continue until 9:00pm. Any donations made through our auctions will benefit local organizations such as Orphan Angels Cat Sanctuary and Adoption Center. Check us out online at www.wlg-adf.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.