COLORS (Creating Outlasting Love for Our Rainbow Society) is an LGBTS organization that is still working on "getting off the ground." We receive no funding from any county/state resources. Any and all events hosted are funded by the Annual Membership Fees from our members as well as any donations received from community members. COLORS 2 BIG events for each year are the Annual Picnic and Annual Christmas Party. Both events were pretty successful last year...but we would love to see more people and expand our membership. We are hoping to add more events as we grow...Membership fees are $12/single; $20/couple per year. Contact COLORS at [email protected] for more information on becoming a member.
The Body Electric School has announced that it will be offering its introductory men's massage workshop in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 11-12. The Celebrating the Body Erotic (CBE) workshop will return to Northeast Ohio for the first time in more than a decade in downtown Cleveland. This will be a full two-day workshop, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, featuring experienced Body Electric teacher Craig Cullinane from New York as faculty.
NW PA Pride Alliance is happy to announce our new online store for getting Pride Shirts! This helps make Pride possible. We have both the new V-neck shirts as well as tank tops. V-neck shirts are sizes small to 3XL, and tank tops are sizes small to 2XL. On the back of the shirt are all of the sponsors helping to being Pride to you this year, and a listing of the great events happening in our community! If you didn't get the chance to pick up a shirt at the Pride Picnic and want a shirt to wear at Erie Pride Fest on August 23 (or just for looking fabulous whenever you'd like!) then be sure to check our store at https://squareup.com/market/nw-pa-pride-alliance-inc.
On Sunday, July 27, 2014, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality held its 4th Annual Afternoon for Equality at 21 la rue dix, 21 W 10th St, Erie PA. This is the major fundraising event for the group. About 70 people attended. Major donors ($1,000+) included Erie Insurance, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the McCain Foundation. In addition to the major donor gifts, approximately $9,000 more was donated through sponsorships and individual ticket sales for the fundraiser itself. Plans announced for the remainder of 2014 include a national speaker for the fall (November 30), Cleve Jones, who is the founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and was an associate of Harvey Milk before his assassination. GEAE also announced that they will be hosting a health workshop this fall with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; they will also provide a national LGBT youth specialist for an Erie Public School District teacher/administrator in-service (November 4); continue their monthly third Wednesday service project at Calamari's; and pending final fundraising for the year, make a $10,000 LGBT educational gift back to the larger Erie community. Photos are by Michael Mahler, co-editor for Erie Gay News.
Erie Sisters President, Melanie Shubitowski, and Erie Sisters member, Chelsea Jones, were recently honored to be selected for an upcoming documentary entitled "Trans Across America". Trans Family of Erie founder, Caitlyn Strohmeyer, and Melanie's fiancé, Julie Flagella, were also appearing in this segment of the upcoming film which was filmed at Melanie's home in Conneaut, Ohio. The documentary is headed by Chloe Prince, founder of the PinkEssence Transgender network, and her friend, April Wilks, and is to include multiple stops across America showing selected transgenders throughout the country. The film is being produced by Hollywood producer, T. Smith III, and should be out for viewing in film festivals around the country in late Summer or early Fall. At each filming location along the journey, Chloe and April are doing a bigger, better trade up with participants, where the participants are trading an item acquired for something bigger, better and of more value. At the end of the tour, Chloe and April will donate the final item collected to charity. Look for "Trans Across America" later this year in your area.