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Judy Shepard at SUNY Fredonia Mar 2


Judy Shepard will be speaking on "The Legacy of Matthew Shepard" Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm in King Concert Hall in the Rockefeller Arts Center on the SUNY Fredonia Campus, Fredonia NY.

The Laramie Project at SUNY Fredonia


The SUNY Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance will present The Laramie Project and its epilogue between Feb. 25 and March 5. 
About the play: In October 1998 Matthew Shepard-a gay university student- was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. The Laramie Project is one of the most performed plays in America today.

2016 Pride Logo Design Contest - Win $100!


Who wants $100 and a free shirt? You do! But how?
 All you have to do is get creative: We're looking for a new T-shirt design for 2016, and we want to see what you've got. The NW PA Pride Alliance will be accepting your design entries from Dec. 1 through Feb. 29. The design we select will receive a free shirt and a $100 Visa gift card. But first, there are a few rules. Your design must be on the front of the shirt, in the area indicated on the little shirt template we'll provide. You can download the template as a PDF (here), as a PSD (here), or as a TIF (here for Windows or here for Mac). We will also be glad to provide you with our logo to use (or not, it's up to you) (logo is here in color or here in black and white), but you do have to use the colors in the logo in your design. The preferred format is an Adobe Illustrator Vector File (or something we can convert to that format), 300 dpi, with the canvas size being a maximum of 9 1/2" wide by 15" tall. Shirt colors have alternated between black and gray from year to year. If your design has an element that needs to be white, please make it white rather than transparent. There is no limit on the number of entries from a submitter, nor is there an age limit on submitters. Please note! The theme for 2016 Pride is "Invite. Unite. Ignite!" Bonus points for including the theme in your design!

Become a 2016 Pride Donor!

As the Northwest PA (NW PA) Pride Alliance begins its first full year as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we are delighted to see how much we have grown. The support of individuals and organizations in our community has been the catalyst for furthering the Alliance's mission: Improving the visibility of the LGBTQIA community and facilitating communication and collaboration between groups and individuals. We are asking for your support in 2016 as we enter with a unified theme of "Invite, Unite, Ignite!"

Deadline for March 2016 print edition (issue 244) of Erie Gay News is Monday, February 15

For the next print edition of Erie Gay News (issue # 244, cover dated for March 2016), please send in calendar events, news items, and other info for late February 2016 and beyond by Monday, February 15. We expect that the next print edition will come out on Tuesday, February 23.

Support for Nondiscrimination Legislation Grows to Historic Level of Nearly 1,000 PA Businesses

Harrisburg, Pa. (Feb. 3, 2016) – Nearly 1,000 Pennsylvania employers, representing an estimated 150,000 employees, are calling on the General Assembly to pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act to ensure that sexual orientation and gender identity and expression cannot be used as the basis of discrimination. Current state law allows Pennsylvanians to be fired or denied housing and business services solely on the basis of the person being gay or transgender. The coalition has significantly expanded since the legislation was introduced last August.

Erie's LGBT Rainbow Alliance Meets

Erie's LGBT Rainbow Alliance is proud to announce a new support group that provides a safe, confidential space for LGBT community members to come together and share stories, struggles and resources about the LGBT experience especially those involving the medical and legal system. This support group will meet on the second Saturday of each month from 1pm to 3pm at the office of Lake Erie Counseling Inc. 301 West 10th Street, Erie, PA 16502. The initial meeting will be Saturday, February 13, 2016.  The group is co-facilitated by Chelsea Nicole and Dale Allgeier, LCSW. Please contact ErieLGBTRainbowAlliance@gmail.com with any questions.

Group forming for LGBT individuals 55+

Lake Erie Counseling is pleased to announce the formation of a new group focusing on the needs of LGBT individuals 55 years of age and older. This monthly group will offer a safe, comfortable space for the older LBGT individual to seek support, friendship, social opportunities and discussion of issues of importance such as medical/health needs, housing, legal/ financial concerns, discrimination, disabilities and social isolation.

LBT Women Annual Holiday Dinner a Wonderful Time for All

On Sunday, January 10, 2016, the LBT Women of Erie (AKA The Beans) held their annual holiday dinner at Calamari's Squid Row, 1317 State St, Erie PA. About 30 people attended and there was great food, great friends and a delightful gift exchange

Board members and officers for NW PA Pride Alliance


NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc has begun 2016 with the announcement of its board of directors and officers. Returning to the board this year are Diana Ames, Season Crannell, Chris Dye, Finu Lukose, Michael Mahler, Michael Mooney, Melanie Shubitowski, Alex Sphon and Daniel Thomas.

Mental Health Perceptions Survey

Please participate in this survey to help the community better understand the local needs of individuals and families with mental illness in Erie County.  Let's provide our community leaders with statistical evidence for the importance of mental health services, education and support. If you would like to enter to win a $100 gas card please enter your contact information at the end of the survey. One lucky winner will be contacted by March 1st to claim their prize!

Can romantic partner support help ease physical pain?

Headaches, toothaches, stomachaches, pulled muscles, sprained ankles, broken limbs… everyone deals with acute pain at one time or another. To help cope with pain, we often turn to a loved one, but does it actually have a positive effect? That's the question Carol Wilson will attempt to answer when the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior returns to Penn State Behrend. Wilson's talk, "Pain, Passion, and Parturition: Romantic Partner Support During Physical Pain," begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the college's Reed Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Buffalo United Artists proudly presents Load More Guys

In the anonymous world of gay online 'hook up' apps like Grindr and Scruff, when you exhaust all potential partners in your area, you need to hit the button marked LOAD MORE GUYS. LOAD MORE GUYS examines men, monogamy, and our desperate need to conform to a heterosexual construct of love. Tyler recounts his romantic misadventures as he's sucked down Hollywood's rabbit hole of want, need and desire. The play questions marriage, monogamy and the definition of love through a pastiche of dramatic scenes, monologues, music video, and drag performance. LOAD MORE GUYS takes us through two decades and six lovers, latex wrapped in a gay porn fairy tale. The world premiere of Load More Guys, written and directed by Todd Warfield stars Michael Seitz, Tyler Brown, Joey Bucheker, Sean Marciniak, Aaron Mrowka, Sean Murphy, David Spychalski, and Bebe Bvlgari. It runs February 19th – March 12th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. at Alleyway Theatre – Main Stage, One Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo, NY. Tickets are $25.00 general admission, $23.00 for seniors, $20.00 for members, $15.00 for students.The box office phone is (716) 886-9239. No one under 18 admitted

Empire Pride Agenda to conclude major operations in 2016; cites priorities achieved


In a press release dated Dec. 12, 2015, Empire Pride Agenda made this announcement: "After 25 years of groundbreaking advocacy and service to New York's LGBT community resulting in over 100 state legislative and policy victories, The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will conclude major operations in 2016. In the coming months, the Pride Agenda will identify aspects of its policy work to transition to partner LGBT organizations. The organization will maintain its Political Action Committee (PAC) in order to play a continuing role in electoral politics." The complete press release can be seen at www.prideagenda.org


'The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein' at Allegheny

"The Fluidity of Gender" exhibit is open Jan. 26 to Mar.13 at the art galleries of Allegheny College, Meadville PA. The exhibition explores the continuum between masculinity and femininity, while inspiring the compassion, empathy and bravery it takes to become an upstander rather than a bystander. Stein asks people to re-invent and visualize bravery for themselves, to look at the armor they wear, the safety they seek. The exhibition has traveled to more than 24 museums and universities around the country. Visit allegheny.edu

Youngest NAACP President to Speak at Penn State Behrend on Feb 15

ERIE, Pa. – Jan. 28, 2016 – As former president and CEO of the NAACP and the youngest president in the organization's history, few individuals are more qualified to discuss race in America than Benjamin Jealous. On Monday, Feb. 15, that will be Jealous' topic of discussion when he visits Penn State Behrend as part of the college's Speaker Series. His presentation – "The Forgotten Origins and Consequences of Race in America" – begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McGarvey Commons of the college's Reed Union Building and is free and open to the public.

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Deadline for March 2016 print edition (issue 244) of Erie Gay News is Monday, February 15
NCLR Applauds Governor Cuomo for Taking Bold Executive Action to End Conversion Therapy in New York
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TPP Signing Undermines U.S. Commitment to LGBTQ Equality and the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
South Dakota Lawmakers Advance Two More Extreme Measures Targeting LGBT Americans
Support for Nondiscrimination Legislation Grows to Historic Level of Nearly 1,000 PA Businesses
Can romantic partner support help ease physical pain?
Buffalo United Artists proudly presents Load More Guys
HRC Highlights Pennsylvania's LGBT Protections, Laws and Legislative Proposals in New National Report
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Ohio Drug Pricing Ballot Signatures Recertified, but 'Outlaw' Secretary of State Husted Continues to Willfully Obstruct
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NCLR Applauds Governor Cuomo for Taking Bold Executive Action to End Conversion Therapy in New York
BREAKING: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Takes Historic Action Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Dangerous 'Conversion Therapy
Shkreli's Smirks at Congress Hearing About Massive Price Hike on Life-Saving Drug
Anti-LGBT Washington State Lawmakers Advance Second Piece of Shameful Legislation Attacking Transgender Americans
TPP Signing Undermines U.S. Commitment to LGBTQ Equality and the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
South Dakota Lawmakers Advance Two More Extreme Measures Targeting LGBT Americans
Support for Nondiscrimination Legislation Grows to Historic Level of Nearly 1,000 PA Businesses
HRC Highlights Pennsylvania's LGBT Protections, Laws and Legislative Proposals in New National Report
ACLU of Indiana Statement on Senate Bill 344
BREAKING: Non-Discrimination Bill Dead in Indiana Senate
Release of Internal Documents Show Grotesque Greed Driving Shkreli's Push for Turing's Massive Price Increase for Life-S
GOP Frontrunners Close Out Iowa with Fresh Attacks on LGBT People
OutServe-SLDN applauds report that Pentagon has proposed changes to its medical benefits for transgender troops, familie
Defense Department Proposes Rule Change to Provide Medical Benefits for Transgender Troops & Military Dependents
DNC LGBT Advisory Board Co-Chairs Announced
Non-Discrimination Bill Advances in Indiana Legislature With Dangerous Religious Refusal Language
Alarming: South Dakota House of Representatives Passes Extreme Anti-Transgender Student Bill
Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Virginia Case to Protect Transgender Student Under Title IX
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GLSEN Launches First Lifestyle Brand to Support LGBT Youth, Safe and Affirming Schools
Slate of Hate: Oklahoma Leads the Nation in Number of Appalling Bills Attacking LGBT People and their Families
Deja Vu All Over Again: Indiana Sees Extreme Anti-LGBT 'Super-RFRA' Advance in Legislature
South Dakota Anti-LGBT Lawmakers Vote In Favor of Deplorable Legislation Attacking Transgender Students
Empire Pride Agenda to conclude major operations in 2016; cites priorities achieved

Anti-Equality Lawmakers in South Dakota Target Transgender Students With Deplorable Legislation
Gay Widower SF Bay Area Union Pension Plan Survivor Benefits Lawsuit
Tide of Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Washes Across the U.S.
Outrageous Anti-LGBT Legislation Voted Down in Tennessee House Subcommittee
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Anti-LGBT Georgia State Senator Introduces Legislation To Enable Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples
Lambda Legal Resolves Lawsuit on Behalf of American Military Partner Association for VA Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses
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February, 2016 Print Edition now out!

February, 2016 issue

Issue #243 of the print edition of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, January 26, 2016! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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