On Sunday, December 1, Erie Awareness Outreach presented "Joy in the House" at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA featuring FACE Show cast members Michelle Michaels, Misty Kall, Lovin Heart with special guest appearance by Vernessa Mitchell, who performed live. This was part of the HIV/AIDS prevention & awareness for World AIDS Day. Photos are by Michael Mahler, co-editor for Erie Gay News.
On Sunday, December 1, LBT Women of Erie held their annual holiday dinner party at Calamari's Squid Row, 1317 State St, Erie PA. About 30 attended the fun-filled event. There was a terrific gift exchange. As coordinator Laurie Finch and her partner Janice Hanusik will be moving to Florida, this also served as a going away party. im will be taking over as coordinator. Photos are by Andrea.
On Sunday, November 24, Erie Sisters, TransFamily of Erie Support Group and Persad Center held Erie's first official Transgender Day of Remembrance candle light vigil at the gazebo in Perry Square in Erie PA. Special thanks to Ted Hoover at Persad Center for getting the ball rolling! We had 11 people brave the cold and snow to commemorate the 238+ transgender people who lost their lives over the past year in brutal attacks the world over. This year, we are also saddened that for the first time, an alarming number of deaths occurred in those 20 years and younger. In the first 10 months of the year, there were 22 kids ranging in age from 13 to 20 who were viciously murdered for being who they are. And there are only the ones that were reported. Please pray that these numbers are much smaller next year. You can read the complete 2013 list of names here. Photos are by Deb Spilko, layout editor for Erie Gay News.