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Pride Fest Recap

Downtown Erie blazed rainbows on Saturday, August 29, as over 300 members of the LGBT community and their allies celebrated at the Pride Fest and Parade organized by NW PA Pride Alliance.

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

GEAE Celebrates PACA

It's time for our last GEAE Gives Back! event of 2015. Please join the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality from 6:30 – 9 pm on October 14th at PACA - the Performing Artists Collective Alliance (1505 State St., Erie PA) for a chance to help GEAE give back to this excellent organization! PACA will soon be opening a performing arts program for youth. To help out with this, we are asking for you to bring donations of art supplies, musical instruments, and dance/character shoes among other much needed items. GEAE will match the donations of supplies, instruments, and shoes up to $300. Catering will be provided through Zodiac Dinor and PACA will be sharing with us about their program and providing some entertainment (special performances of Rocky Horror numbers!) to help make this an evening of education, service, and fun! Head to our GEAE Gives Back! Facebook event page for a list of needed items Info:

Dining Out For Life in WNY Oct 6

Dining Out For Life is an annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event in western New York held on October 6. Benefits Evergreen Health Services. Services! More info: 716 664-7855 Email 
Participating Southern Tier restaurants:Alfies Restaurant (716) 488-7410 Donating 50% Dinner; Brazil Craft Beer & Wine Lounge (716) 490-0487 Donating 50% Dinner; Forte! the Restaurant (716) 484-6063 Donating 33% Dinner; Andriaccio's Restaurant (716) 753-5200 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner; Ellicottville Brewing Company West(716) 679-7939 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner; Landmark Restaurant (716) 720-5633 Donating 25% Dinner Scallion Bistro (716) 763-0051 Donating 25% Dinner.

LGBT History Month - Laverne Cox - Transgender Actress

Laverne Cox is an American actress, producer and LGBT advocate best known for her role as a transgender prison inmate in the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black." She is the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award for acting and the first to appear on the cover of Time magazine.

LGBT History Month for October

Erie Gay News is proud to once again participate in LGBT History Month, a project of Equality Forum. This project is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015.

2nd Annual Jamestown Pride Conference Oct 24

The Jamestown Pride Society will present the Second Annual Jamestown Pride Conference on October 24 at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, 319 W 3rd St, Jamestown, NY. 1-4:15 PM. Speakers, performers, vendors, free luncheon, cash bar, over $2,000 in prizes. Performances: Comedian Aidan Park, Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus, Laura Cimino, Nat Shafer and the James Miller Band! Speakers on topics like GENDA, bullying, health and human services, plus community leaders and government officials. Over 30 local vendors. Following conference is the Miss Gay Chautauqua County Pageant (starting 7pm) in affiliation with Imperial Court of Buffalo, and the Masquerade Ball (11pm) with DJ, costume contest, 50/50.

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.

P.L. Travers: A spoonful of speculation

P.L. Travers, author of "Mary Poppins," was born Helen Lyndon Goff on Aug. 9, 1899 in the city of Maryborough, in Queensland, Australia, (not in England, as many assume). She moved to England in 1924, and used the name P.L. Travers, an abbreviation of her pseudonym Pamela Lyndon Travers, which she used in her days as a dancer and Shakespearean actor on the Australian stage. Reportedly, her wealthy relatives did not approve of Travers performing, so, being independent-minded, she moved to England where she forged a career as a writer.

Transgender Forward

As the gay and lesbian community celebrates marriage equality across the United States, the transgender members of the LGBT community continue to work diligently to place their civil rights front and center, as we move into the next chapter of LGBT equality. To many, it seems as if the transgender movement has come from nowhere in the last decade, but the reality is that transgender Americans have been fighting for civil rights right along with the lesbian, gay and bisexual members of our community for decades. Here are a few key high- lights of transgender people within the tableau of American LGBT civil-rights history:

Lake Erie Gala Oct 28-Nov 1

The 2015 Lake Erie Gala, sponsored by the Erie Sisters and Brothers, will be held at the Avalon Hotel Oct. 28-Nov. 1 The event is moved up from our traditional week before Thanksgiving this year, to lessen the possibility of the kind of severe weather we had last year that blocked members from Buffalo and Canada. This year, being centered around the week of Halloween, the Gala will naturally be Halloween themed. Registration will open Wednesday morning, and our first event will be cocktail hour and dinner at Molly Branigan's, followed by bowling. Tours kick off Thursday morning, and will include a tour of the catacombs below Union Station, aka BrewErie. Our group had the first tour of the underbelly of the terminal years ago as part of a Gala tour after several years of begging to see it. If you've never seen it, it could fit right into one of those "paranormal experience" shows. Other legs of the Thursday tour include Fuhrman's Cider Mill, Arundel Cellars, and Penn Shore Winery. Thursday evening will welcome back illusionist Cliff Hopkins, who performed for us in 2011 and gave a terrific show.

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October, 2015 Print Edition now out!

October, 2015 issue

Issue #239 of the print edition of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, September 22, 2015! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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