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.
Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper has appointed Bob Howden to a 4-year team on the Erie County Human Relations Commission. His term will expire on June 30, 2018. Bob is a past president and Board member of the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE).
On Tuesday July 1, a letter written and circulated by Michael Wehr, head of faith outreach in President Obama's re-election campain, was sent to President Obama asking him to provide an exemption for religious organizations in a planned executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Among the 14 signatures on the letter was Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper.
ERIE, PA -- No LGBT pride is complete without a sharp-tongued drag queen and a snarky DJ. This year, Lovin Heart and DJ Tony G-Spot reunite to bring together the largest collection of entertainers any show in this area has ever seen! All proceeds will be split evenly between NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc and Dramashop.
We are pleased to announce the Game Change Educational Conference to be held at the University of Akron, Ohio Wednesday August 13, 2014 from 8 AM to 5 PM. The keynote speaker is Stud Maddux. The Game Change conference will provide professional development opportunities through the exploration of LGBTQ issues in sports and culture in the 21st Century with an emphasis on LGBTQ elder, youth, and transgender issues. The conference will be held during the 2014 Gay Games taking place in Akron and Cleveland. Register today! Ticket includes registration to Game Change Conference, lunch, and post conference reception.
NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. will have an LGBT community table at the Blues and Jazz Festival. The Blues and Jazz Fest runs from Saturday August 2 to Sunday, August 3 in Frontier Park at W 8th and the Bayfront Highway, Erie PA. The event is organized by the Erie Art Museum, and draws thousands of people. There has been an LGBT table for several years now, and this is a great way to reach out to the greater Erie community in a fun and relaxed setting. Individuals are welcome to stop by to just say hello or to help staff the table. We usually run from noon to about 8 PM each day. Other related groups are very much welcome to also share table space, but we do ask that your group has representatives to help staff at least part of the event. To let us know, either register online at http://www.nwpapride.org and fill in the name of your organization for Group name for info table or contact Michael Mahler at (814) 456-9833 or [email protected].