PFLAG Butler County screening of For The Bible Tells Me So on October 11 from 1 to 5 PM for National Coming Out Day. The documentary will be shown at Butler County Community College Succop Theater. For The Bible Tells Me So is an award winner of 7 film festivals and nominee for Sundance Film Festival. Join us for an interesting exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality. We will study together different interpretations of the Bible verses most often used to convey critical stereotypes of the homosexuality community. It should be a thought provoking event for people of all ages. Movie first with panel discussion afterward. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Find us on the net at PFLAGButler.com
Dining Out For Life is an annual event that is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal at one of your favorite western New York restaurants while also helping those in our community whose lives are affected by HIV and who rely on Evergreen Health Services. Supporters dine out at a participating restaurant and the restaurant donates at least 25% of your food bill to Evergreen Health Services.
A same-sex couple that Senior District Judge Joseph Lefaiver refused to marry were married a week later by Erie 3rd Ward District Judge Tom Carney on Sept. 8, 2014. Cynthia Baker, 38, and Carrie Ann Loesel, 43, had originally made arrangements with staff at the 5th Ward District office to be married by a judge there. An office staff member said that, as is standard procedure, arrangments were made by staff, including handling of fees. Arrangments were made by phone, and only the surname was taken. When Senior District Judge Joseph Lefaiver realized that this was a same-sex couple, he refused to perform the service, citing personal beliefs. A staff member apologized to the couple and returned the fee. WJET-TV and GoErie covered this story. Lefaiver reportedly refused to comment
NEW! There will now be PFLAG meetings the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 PM at Stone United Methodist Church, 956 S Main St, Meadville PA. The next meeting is Tuesday, October 28. The meeting is co-sponsored by Stone United Methodist Church and Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville. For more info, call (814) 724-6736 or email [email protected] (Stone UMC) or (814) 724-4023 (UU Meadville.) Meetings will also continue in Erie the 2nd Monday of the month at 7 PM at Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie.
Janice Louise Hanusik - age 57 of Saint Cloud, Fl. passed away Tuesday September 2nd, 2014 with loved ones at her side. Janice was born November 1st, 1956 in Pittsburgh, Pa. but resided most of her life in Erie, Pa. She graduated from McDowell High in 1974 and later received an Associates Degree from Gannon University. Janice worked in the medical field for over 35 years and really enjoyed sharing her life with people in need. Her last job was as a medical assistant at Medicor, where she worked for 13 years in the pacemaker clinic until she had to retire due to her own heart issues.
On Saturday,On Saturday, August 23, NW PA Pride Alliance held Erie Pride Fest. the day began with the Pride parade from the zone down to Perry square. About 150 people participated in the parade. Parade units included Erie Gay News, NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc., ACLU NW PA, Amisha Tribal Belly Dance, Marriage Equality for PA, Erie Sisters & Transgender Alliance of Western NY, Glass Growers Gallery, PFLAG Erie and Crawford Counties, PFLAG Butler, M & J’s Lounge, Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, LBT Women of Erie, Jamestown Pride Society, and Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition.
On Friday, August 22, Lovin Heart & DJ Tony G-Spot produced a joint fundraiser for Dramashop and NW PA Pride Alliance at Dramashop. REUNITED was the first time in a while Lovin & DJ Tony G-Spot hosted a show together as well as it was the first time in a while the performers had shared a stage. The show featured performances by Erie and Buffalo favorites Sasha Alexander, Jill Jamison, Britney Shea-Lace, Keeghan Getit, Cece Deshawn, Spike Flor, Diva D'Vyne-Island, Buffy Lynn Hayes, Fly Guy Shawn, Derion D'Vyne-Island, Mr. Manny, and Miss Erie 2014 Veronica Lace. Over $200 was raised for the two organizations. The evening also featured Lovin Heart, Veronica Lace, and Stephen Wells accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and issuing challenges of their own.
The Annual Diversity Service at Community United Church will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014 beginning at 11:00 AM (1011 West 38th Street). The Diversity Service is one of the ways that Community United Church celebrates its mission as an "Open and Affirming" congregation. As an ecumenically Christian congregation, Community United Church believes it is important to publicly speak to--and stand as a witness for--the inclusion of LGBT people. We do so, not only as a matter of social justice, but also as a matter of embodying the Gospel. At Community United Church being LGBT or straight is celebrated as part of the diversity of creation--and we believe that all human relationships are holy that promote love, mutuality, and well-being. Pastors Jean Reidel, Jodi Shay, and Rich McCarty have all publicly signed on as faith voices in support of LGBT equality in PA, and all three warmly invite the LGBT community to attend the October 26 worship service. Community United Church is located at the intersection of West 38th Street and Cascade, a few blocks West of the Liberty Plaza.
Join NW PA Pride Alliance and other area LGBT organizations for a meet the candidates night on Tuesday, October 2 at 7 PM at First Niagara Bank Community Room, 801 State Street, Erie PA. please enter by the door on E. 8th St. This is a great way to get informed about the General Election, which is on Tuesday, November 4. Free refreshments will be provided! Meet with candidates who will be voting on issues relevant to our community.