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Erie Pride Fest on Sat, August 29

NW PA Pride Alliance will be presenting Erie Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29. The event will begin with the Pride Parade. Assembly for the parade begins at noon at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, and step off is at 1 PM. The parade will proceed to the Pride Fest, which will be in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St. If your group or organization would like to have a unit in the Parade, please let us know by August 21 by emailling ] Individuals are very much welcome to be in the parade as well!

Pride Fest to be held in Griswold Park

Because of remodeling to Perry Square, NW PA Pride Alliance will be holding this year's Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 at 2 PM in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St, Erie PA. We will still be assembling for the Parade at noon at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, and stepping off at 1 PM. Only the location for Pride Fest is being changed for this year.

Free Health Screening at Pride Fest on August 29

The NW PA Pride Alliance is pleased to offer FREE health screenings again at this year's Pride Fest!  Pride Fest will take place on Saturday, August 29th, from 2 PM until 4 PM in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St, Erie PA.  Blood pressure and BMI screenings will be provided by Great Lakes Institute of Technology (GLIT).  HIV testing will be provided by the Erie County Department of Health and Community Health Net.  In addition to OraSure tests (oral swab; results in 2 – 3 weeks),  OraQuick rapid testing will be available (small finger stick; results in 30 minutes).  The newest addition to our health and wellness efforts is chair massages, courtesy of GLIT.  NW PA Pride Alliance is proud to help everyone in our LGBTQ be happy, healthy, safe, and relaxed!  Looking forward to seeing all of you at this year's Pride Fest!

Pride Shirts Discounted for Pride Weekend

Didn't get a chance to get your shirt for Pride yet? You're in luck! NW PA Pride Alliance still has Pride shirts available and they are discounted for Pride weekend! V-neck shirts in sizes small to XL are $13, tank tops in sizes small to XL are $15, and V-neck shirts in sizes 3XL and 3XL. There are also tote bags for $12 and 26 oz metal sports bottles for $15. You can get them at our online store OR you can get them in person at either the Pride Kickoff Show at the the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA this Friday or at Pride Fest this Saturday at 2 PM in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th. Pride merchandise helps NW PA Pride Alliance keep Pride events free! Thanks for your support!

Billy Winn performs at Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29

Among this year's performers at Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 in Griswold Park, we're pleased to welcome Pop/Electronic/Dance - Urban Electro recording artist and Pittsburgh native Billy Winn.

20th Anniversary Family Portrait To Be Taken at Pride Fest on August 29

It's hard to believe, but 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the first ever LGBT Family Portrait. To celebrate this milestone, everyone is invited to be in the Family Portrait that will be taken at the start of Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St, Erie PA. The day will begin with assembling beginning at noon for the Pride Parade from the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th S, step off for 1 PM. The parade will end up in Griswold Park. As we arrive in Griswold, anyone who wants to be in the Family Portrait should gather in front of and facing the stage. A photographer will take the Family Portrait from the stage, and that will then kick off Pride Fest at 2 PM.

Needs Assessment Survey for the Greater Erie LGBT Community

In conjunction with the Edinboro University Social Work Department, we are conducting a Needs Assessment Survey for the greater Erie LGBT community. Your opinion and experiences (whether you identify as LGBT or are a valued ally) are needed to help us have an accurate understanding of what it is really like for the LGBT community in the greater Erie area. Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey. You can find it online at here or at one of the many LGBT events taking place in our area throughout the summer! Survey results will be used to address the needs and service gaps identified in the survey. For further information, you can contact Dr. Hilary Copp at or Will Koehler, LCSW at

Donations at Erie Pride Fest for Erie Food Bank

As we gather to celebrate Pride this Saturday, August 29, we ask attendees to bring non-perishable donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA At all major Pride events, NW PA Pride Alliance has collected items to help those less fortunate, and we ask your help to keep this tradition going. You may bring your donations to the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, between noon and 1 PM, before the Parade steps off at 1 PM. You may also bring your donation to Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St, where Pride Fest will be held from 2 to 4 PM.

An Evening with 'Invisible Thread' creators at Mercyhurst Sept. 9

From the rolling hills of Uganda to a stifling NYC apartment, Invisible Thread (formerly titled Witness Uganda) engages audiences as it weaves poetic lyricism throughout spoken word, musical theatre and gospel. Our opening night performance features show creators Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould, alongside a local gospel choir, presenting the music from their award-winning show before it premieres on Broadway this fall. Griffin, a black American volunteer, arrives in Uganda from New York City to help build a school and escape his church's probing into his sexuality. But when he meets a group of destitute, orphaned teenagers, he becomes obsessed with a mission that will change his and their lives forever. Fresh off a workshop at Disney hosted by music theatre legend Steven Schwartz, the score from this two-time winner of the Richard Rogers Award for Musical Theater will come alive in Erie for one night only. Invisible Thread is the story of a man battling to find his place in a world full of injustice as he asks "is changing the world even possible?"

Fall Candidate Forum on September 23 at MHA of NW PA

On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, the Mental Health Association (MHA) of NW PA and NW PA Pride Alliance will jointly present a fall candidate forum at 6:30 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) at the Mental Health Association of NW PA, 1101 Peach St, Erie PA. The event will include a meet and greet with candidates, light refreshments, a demonstration of a voting machine and voter registration. It is free and open to the public, and we encourage you to speak one on one with candidates about issues that matter to you!

Dr. Rachel Levine to be Pride Fest Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Physician General, will be the Keynote Speaker at 2015 Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 Dr. Levine is the first openly transgender appointee to be confirmed to state office.

Wedding Expo in Cleveland Sep 27

You and your partner are invited to the 1st Annual 'Same Love, Same Rights' LGBT Wedding Expo on September 27! Dozens of gay-friendly exhibitors will participate, eager to help you and your fiancee plan the ceremony of your dreams! Couples, singles, and allies interested in marriage rights are all invited to attend.

North by Northwest Progressive Summit on August 30

I am thrilled to announce that Keystone Progress will host the North by Northwest Progressive Summit in Erie on Sunday, August 30th, at the Avalon Hotel, 16 W 10th St, Erie PA. This event will be an opportunity for leaders, activists and community members to learn, speak and share ways to make real improvements in our community.

Annual NW PA NOW Fundraising Auction on Sep 12

Mark your calendars and see the date to attend NOW's annual fundraising auction party on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Come join the fun is once again celebrate Northwest Pennsylvania NOW's annual auction at the beautiful Goodell Gardens and Homesteadon on Route 6N in Edinboro. The fund begins at 4 PM and last until whenever. NW PA NOW Board member Tracie Andrews and her musical partner, known as The Flapjacks, will provide musical entertainment for the first hour. You don't want to miss this chance to gather with other feminists for great food and drinks in excellent company. Plan on coming out is a look forward to her wanted to be here that funds are chapters activities around women's issues. The food, wine, beer, soffits, and a lot of laughs. It's $10 per person and that fee will be waived for anyone who contributes an auction item.

TransFamily of Erie is Expanding

No matter what your feelings are on Caitlyn Jenner, there is no disputing that she is having a very positive impact on our community. She may not know all the right things to say yet, but she is working hard on learning. No one can ask for more than that. Aside from Chaz Bono, she is by far the most high profile person ever to come out as transgender, and she is challenging a lot of people's thinking on what it means to be male or female. Locally, her coming out is making a difference. Since her appearance on ABC with Diane Sawyer, and the resulting local media attention, TransFamily of Erie has doubled in size. Most interesting is the explosion of attendance by trans youth, as well as people from the more rural areas of NW PA. Launched in February 2013, TransFamily started with about eight people, many of whom were already out and part of the Erie Sisters and Brothers. Since then, our group has grown to roughly 60 attendees, with our largest single attendance of 36 in June! Our attendees come from all over northwest PA and northeast OH.

Win Billy Winn The Remixes, The Revisit, & The Unreleased EP!

Win Billy Winn The Remixes, The Revisit, & The Unreleased EP! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between August 25 and September 15. Please note! You can see Billy Winn perform live and in person at Erie Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 in Griswold Park, Erie PA!

Crime Victim Center holds Moonlight on the Bay Sept 11

Crime Victim Center will host our 4th annual Moonlight on the Bay gala at the Perry Monument on September 11, 2015. This unique event will be sure to amaze as we bring together the best Erie has to offer including gourmet Hors d'Oeuvres, local wines and locally brewed craft beers .Performing this year are the Mercyhurst D'Angelo Department of Music's string quartet followed by The Sam Hyman Band. Food and beverages, great company with the leaders iWith your help we can make a huge impact on crime in our region.

Addressing needs of LGBT seniors

With the aging of the baby boomers, nearly 80 million Americans born between 1946 and 1965 will need some types of service in their senior years. Of these 80 million approximately 2.4 million to 8 million are LGBT approaching the retirement age (Source: Senior Action in a Gay Environment)

Online Anonymous Survey: Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer-Identified Women Participants Needed

Online Anonymous Survey: Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer-Identified Women participants are needed. Eligible participants must be at least 18 years old, be English-speaking, self identify as a sexual minority woman (lesbian, bisexual and queer –identitied woman/women with same-sex attractions or same-sex partners.) The survey is a 10-15 minute anonymous online survey to explore issues that affect breast and cervical cancer screening usage of sexual minority women. It consists of questions about your breast and cervical cancer screening utilization, your sexual orientation, sexual behavior and her social experience as a sexual minority woman, including how you feel others perceive you. You will also be asked if you have ever been diagnosed with cancer.

Mobile App for PrideFest for iOs and Android

New for this year's PrideFest is a special app that we are developing that will have updates, info and even photos from YOU! You can install the app onto both iPhones/iOs and Android phones and tablets by browsing to on your mobile device.

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On HBO's Last Week Tonight: GOP Candidates Duck on the Equality Act
Ellen Page Serves Ted Cruz 'Equality on a Stick' at Iowa State Fair for Defending LGBT Discrimination
First-Ever Security Council Briefing Focuses on LGBTI Rights Abuses
Illinois Law Banning Conversion Therapy Against LGBT Youth First to Contain 'Consumer Fraud' Provision
Iranian Press Criticism Shows Why New Story of LGBT Persecution in Iran is Needed
Illinois Becomes Fifth Jurisdiction to Protect LGBTQ Kids from Conversion Therapy
School Survey on Crime and Safety to Ask About Anti-LGBT Harassment and Hate Crimes, Presence of GSAs
LGBT Rights Organizations Join Amnesty International in Call to Decriminalize Sex Work
FINALLY! Defense Department Adds Germany To List of Duty Stations Available to Same-Sex Military Couples
130 Major Organizations Urge Obama Administration to Rescind Discriminatory Bush-Era 'Religious Freedom' Memo
New HRC Polling Shows Strong Support for Equality Act in Swing House Districts
ACLU Comment on Chelsea Manning Prison 'Contraband' Guilty Verdict
Social Justice Group Launches Largest Survey Ever of Transgender Americans
Missouri Court of Appeals Allows Lesbian Mother to Seek Custody
DelBene, Pelosi Continue Fight for LGBT Equality
Call it Out: RNC Quietly Passes Anti-LGBT Resolution
NCTE Policy Advisor Becomes First Openly Trans White House Official
Anti-LGBT County Clerk Gets Time to Appeal Judge's Decision Over Her Opposition to Marriage Equality
Statement from HRC President Chad Griffin on the Passing of Julian Bond
Annual NW PA NOW Fundraising Auction on Sep 12
AUF Statement on Pennsylvania Legislation
Powerful Human Rights Story About Two Iranian Gay Men Struggling for Acceptance Launched
Chris Christie to Transgender Community: You're 'Beyond the Pale'
NCLR Applauds Colorado Court of Appeals Ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop
Masterpiece Cakeshop Violates Civil Rights Law for Turning Away Gay Couple, Court Rules
Florida is Breaking the Law By Refusing To Acknowledge Married Same-Sex Couples As Parents on Birth Certificates
Health Care Costs for Transgender Military Members Will Be Minimal
Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction to Four Rowan County Couples Denied Service by County Clerk
After Australian Prime Minister Abbott Denies Parliament Conscience Vote, HRC Asks: What Are You Afraid Of?
Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes Another Important Bill for Transgender New Jerseyans
NCLR Launches Campaign to Reform State Parenting Laws
National Center for Transgender Equality Responds to Governor Christie's 2nd Veto of Birth Certificate Modernization Bil
State of CA and Transgender Law Center reach historic settlement over trans prisoner health care
GLAD Deplores Judge's Dismissal of Class Action Lawsuit Against Social Security Administration
HRC: A Troubling Night for LGBT Equality at GOP Debate
VIDEO: In Cleveland, HRC and Jim Obergefell Ask Candidates to Defend Marriages of Thousands of Same-Sex Couples
GLAD Statement on 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
Federal Court Rules Discriminatory Texas ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act
Congress Must Restore Full Protections of Voting Rights Act
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North by Northwest Progressive Summit on August 30


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September, 2015 Print Edition now out!

September, 2015 issue

Issue #238 of the print edition of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, August 25, 2015! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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