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Sen. Bob Casey meeting with local LGBT community members

On August 17, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and his Regional Manager for Northwest Pennsylvania Kyle Hannon, met with members and allies of the LGBT community to talk about legislation, issues, and concerns. Attending the meeting were Tammie Johnson (SafeNet, ACLU NW PA), Rich McCarty (Greater Erie Alliance for Equality) Caitlyn Strohmeyer (TransFamily of NW PA), Tyler J Titus (GEAE. TransFamily of NW PA), Michael Mahler (Erie Gay News, NW PA Pride Alliance), Will Koehler (Greater Erie Alliance for Equality), Ciah Koehler (daughter of Will Koehler), Finu Lukose (NW PA Pride Alliance), Paul Lukach (Crime Victim Center of Erie County) and Kim Conti (LBT Women of Erie).

LGBTQ Info Table at Blues and Jazz Fest

On Saturday, August 6 through Sunday, August 7, members of NW PA Pride Alliance, LBT Women, TransFamily of NW PA, Erie Sisters and Brothers Transgender Support Group, Erie Gay News, as well as individuals staffed an LGBTQ info table at the Erie Art Museum's Blues and Jazz Fest in Frontier Park at W 8th St and Bayfront Highway in Erie PA. The purpose was to help infrm the general community about LGBTQ resources anmd events and part of NW PA Pride Alliance's mission to increase visibility and awareness. People stoppig by the table were friendly and this was a great opportunity to engage with people on a direct, personal level. There has been an LGBTQ table for several years now. Photos are by Andrea Shaffer. The Erie Art Museum has been kind enough to allow us to have a table at the event for several years now. 

Greater Erie Alliance and Bourbon Barrel hold Love for Orlando Benefit

On Friday, July 22, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and the Bourbon Barrel jointly held a Love for Orlando Benefit for the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting. The fundraiser was held at Bourbon Barrel, 1213, State St., Erie PA. Over 200 people attended and over $2,500 was raised that night.

FREE Rapid testing by Erie County HIV Task Force at Pridefest on August 27

The Erie County HIV Task Force will be offering FREE rapid HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis testing at Pridefest from 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Pridefest is sponsored by NW PA Pride Alliance. Look for the testing tent sponsored by the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality.  Thank you Community Health Net and the Erie County Department of Health for providing the testing.  SAME DAY RESULTS AND IT'S FREE!

Erie County HIV Task Force Condom Initiative Work Party

On Friday, July 22, 2016, members of the Erie County HIV Task Force gathered to prepare packets of safer sex supplies and info to be distributed at various locations around the county. Check us out on our Facebook page or on Twitter at @ErieCountyHIVTF

Erie PrideFest on August 27

NW PA Pride Alliance will be presenting Erie Pridefest on Saturday, August 27th. The day's events will begin with the Pride March. As always, assembly for the march begins at noon at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, and step off is at 1 PM with the march ending down at the Festival in Griswold Park. Pridefest will begin at 2 PM and will feature performers, speakers and entertainers; as well as vendors and information tables. The Facebook event page is here.

Pride Day at Waldameer on August 28!

We can't think of a better way to finish your Pride Weekend than with discounted tickets to rides and relaxation at Waldameer Park and Water World! To join us on Sunday August 28th for some family fun at the 10th oldest amusement park in the US, you just need to Use the handy ticket link below to get your discounted day passes to the main park and newly expanded water park. (You can also reserve your passes with us at Erie Pridefest, August 27th in Griswold Park) Tickets at the discounted rate are $24.50 per person.Then just stop by our reserved pavilion, Coaster 1, to pick up your passes. Enjoy your day in the park with friends and family

TransFamily of NWPA new location for Erie meetings

TransFamily of NW PA Transgender Support Group's Erie chapter now meets at Crime Victim Center of Erie County, 125 W 18th St, Erie, PA. The meeting time remains the same: 2 - 5 PM. The next meeting is Saturday September 24.

GEAE After Pride Party

The Erie annual Pridefest is always an exciting time for the local LGBT community. This year, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is adding to the celebration on August 27 with an After Pride Party at the Bourbon Barrel, 1213 State St, Erie PA from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. GEAE is providing a wide variety of free food for three hours (or until it's gone!), as well as free mechanical bull rides; with a cash bar available. As Pridefest winds down, the After Pride Party will begin! GEAE and the staff at the Bourbon Barrel are enthusiastic about this party, and so we hope that everyone will stop by to continue the celebration of Pride in Erie!

Michael Dithers
: 250th Issue and a Look Back at 25 Years

This issue of Erie Gay News is a personal milestone for a couple of reasons. In addition to being our 250th issue, it also happens to be coming out around the 25th anniversary of when I first became involved in the Erie LGBT community. A lot has changed over the years, and it is truly heartwarming to see all of the progress that we have made together!

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September, 2016 Print Edition now out!

September, 2016 issue

Issue #250 of the print edition of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, August 23, 2016! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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