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Resource Guide Update

For over twenty years, Erie Gay News has maintained a resource directory for the local LGBT community. We are presently updating that directory.
 You can see the online directory if you browse to
 We are working to make sure that we have complete and accurate info, so we ask that if you are an area resource that is relevant to the GLBT community and are currently listed or would like to be listed, that you verify/add your info by Saturday, Dec. 19. You can email us at If you are a currently listed resource with a valid email address, you should have already received a request to verify/update your info. For any questions, contact me at (814)456-9833 or

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. Please note! The theme for 2016 Pride is "Invite. Unite. Ignite!" Bonus points for including the theme in your design!

Erie Insurance earns perfect score on 2016 Corporate Equality Index

ERIE, Pa., Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Erie Insurance has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmark on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. The index is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

LGBT Roundtable update

LGBT Roundtable Project: Over the past year, a steering committee from the Northwest PA Pride Alliance (NWPAPA), the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE), and Transfamily Support of Erie have organized and held three LGBT Roundtable discussions. The committee invited leaders from various LGBT organizations from Erie and the surrounding counties. The roundtable project is off to a great start with about 15 different groups participating!

World AIDS Day Programs 2015

Please consider the opportunities to attend the various events that are free and open to the public. You can also purchase a World AIDS Day T-SHIRT and/or make a Donation to contribute to us receiving five Quilts. You can make a monetary donation to support the NAMES Project Foundation in Atlanta, GA, where Several AIDS Quilts come from to go on display in ERIE for awareness and knowledge opportunities. One of the Quilts that we will be receiving has two panels that were created in Erie by family and friends.

GEAE Gives Back to PACA recap

On October 14th, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality hosted our last GEAE Gives Back! event of 2015. About 35 people came out to give back to PACA - the Performing Artists Collective Alliance at 1501 State Street. PACA will soon be opening a performing arts program for youth. To help out with this, those who attended were able to donate about $600 and a ton of art supplies. GEAE provided some great food from the Zodiac Diner, and PACA staff and volunteers opened the facility to the public, gave a tour of the amazing space they've created, and provided some special performances of Rocky Horror numbers.

Another Great Gala

The annual Lake Erie Gala, moved up this year from its traditional date, was held at the Avalon Hotel Wednesday Oct. 28 through Sunday Nov. 1 with 78 attendees. Events began Wednesday evening with dinner at Molly Brannigan's, followed by a night of bowling at Green Garden Lanes. Tours began Thursday morning. First stop on the tour was Fuhrman's Cider Mill. After leaving Fuhrman's, the tour proceeded to The Brewerie, where we had lunch and a guided tour of the spooky catacombs beneath Union Station. We were the very first group several years back on a Gala tour to be able to see what was under Union Station, and it's every bit as spooky now as it was then. Among other things, still in storage there from the Cold War era were canisters of crackers from when the building was designated as a fallout shelter. Paranormal investigators have frequented the site over the years, and it doesn't disappoint. We then continued the tours with stops at Arundel Cellars & Brewing, and Arrowhead Winery before returning to the Avalon. Thursday Evening saw our only scheduled entertainer at the Avalon, Cliff Hopkins, who amazed the audience with his talents.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Highlights Epidemic of Anti-Transgender Violence

WASHINGTON - November 20, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, joined in commemorating the 17th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) – a day set aside in solemn tribute to transgender people across the globe who have lost their lives to violence, and to raise awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by many in the transgender community.

Union for Reform Judaism passes transgender rights resolution

Delegates from the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) on Nov. 5 passed a historic resolution calling on the U.S. and Canadian governments to do more to ensure full equality and protections for people of all gender identities and expressions. The resolution also encouraged Reform institutions to take practical steps to ensure the dignity and safety of transgender and gender non-conforming people.

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Liberty University Singles Out LGBT Military Spouses For Denial of Tuition Discounts
Rhode Island says Transgender Health Insurance Exclusions are Prohibited under State Law
In Advance of Black Friday, HRC Releases 2016 Buyer's Guide to Businesses Supporting LGBT Workplace Inclusion
National Organization for Marriage Again Violates Federal Law; HRC Files Federal Complaint
Sims: Councilmembers, NOW are right -3 'Porngate' prosecutors must go
Erie Insurance earns perfect score on 2016 Corporate Equality Index
NY Gov. Cuomo announces new transgender protections 

Union for Reform Judaism passes transgender rights resolution

HRC Slams Martin Shkreli's Ridiculous Announcement that Turing Pharmaceuticals will 'Roll Back' Price on Daraprim
GLSEN Response to Republican Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz's Comments about Transgender Students
Rowan County Couples Point to Governor's Admission He Lacks Authority To Declare Altered Licenses Valid
Palm Center Applauds Director of Transgender, at War and in Love on Selection as White House Champion of Change
HUD Proposes Stronger Protections for Transgender People In Emergency Shelters
Sims backs airport workers' fight for fair wage; Also supports higher minimum wage for all
Pride at Work Reacts to the Release of HRC's 2016 CEI
GLAD Voices Disappointment, Hope After MA Transgender Rights Bill Fails to Come to Vote
Equality Federation Concerned About Impact of Indiana 'Nondiscrimination' Bill
New Report: Without Accurate Identity Documents, Transgender People Face Harassment and Discrimination
HUD Issues Rule to Ensure Equality for Transgender Shelter Seekers
Transgender Day of Remembrance Highlights Epidemic of Anti-Transgender Violence
Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration: 'U.S. Can't Turn its Back on Vulnerable Refugee Populations'
Video Series Highlights Exclusion of LGBTIQ Africans from Social, Political, Economic Spheres
Department of Justice Weighs in on Transgender Exclusion in Americans with Disabilities Act
AL Mother Asks Supreme Court to Review AL Refusal to Recognize a Same-Sex Parent Adoption from Another State
ACLU of Pennsylvania Releases New App to Hold Law Enforcement Accountable
Chelsea Manning Responds to US Government Move to Dismiss Lawsuit Seeking Health Care for Gender Dysphoria
Equality Federation statement: Obama supports Equality Act
Barnstable Sued for Blocking Legal, Life-Saving Needle Distribution Program
'Adopt-A-Transgender' for Christmas
NCLR Statement on DAPA and DACA Expansion Obstruction



December, 2015 Print Edition now out!

December, 2015 issue

Issue #241 of the print edition of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, November 24, 2015! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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