Staceyann Chin is a spoken-word poet and performance artist dedicated to LGBT rights. She has been out since 1998, soon after co-writing and performing in the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway. She has also appeared in one-woman Off-Broadway shows and at the famed Nuyorican Poets Café. Her work has been featured in more than 21 publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Born in Jamaica, Chin is of Chinese- and African-Jamaican descent, a subject she has written about often. She appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss what it was like growing up gay in Jamaica.
SACRAMENTO (October 2, 2015) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the operator of the largest non-government HIV testing program in California, today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing Assembly Bill 329 (Shirley Weber, D, Sacramento-District 79), which would require sexual education in all California public schools. Under current law, sex ed is permissible, but not required. AHF was an active supporter of AB 329, and lobbied the Legislature and Governor hard for enactment of this important public health measure.
NEW YORK (October 2, 2015) – GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, issued a statement in response to the announcement that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be stepping down in December. President Obama has selected Deputy Secretary John King, who was previously Commissioner of Education for New York State, to replace Secretary Duncan.
WASHINGTON - October 2, 2015 -- Today, in response to reports that Pope Francis met privately with a local same-sex couple during his visit to the nation's capital, Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released the following statement:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 2, 2015 - Neil Grungras, Executive Director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM), authored a guest CNN Opinion piece, "U.S. Must Welcome Syria's Oppressed LGBTI Refugees ", calling on "the U.S. State Department and President Obama to reserve 500 slots for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees in 2016."
NEW YORK (October 1, 2015) - GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, issued the following statement acknowledging the start of LGBT History Month recognized every October. Started in 1994 by high school history teacher, Rodney Wilson, with support from GLSEN, the Gerber/Hart Library and Archive and other educators, LGBT History Month is an opportunity for educators to teach students about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, history and events, which plays a significant role in creating positive school climates for LGBT students.
Supreme Court Plaintiff Jim Obergefell Heads to Capitol Hill to Lead Lobbying Effort for the Equality Act
WASHINGTON - October 1, 2015 – Today, U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality plaintiff Jim Obergefell will head to Capitol Hill to lead dozens of advocates in a day of lobbying for the Equality Act on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign, (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. HRC also announced today that it will bring more than a dozen of the top U.S. companies together to launch a coalition later this month to advocate for passage of the Equality Act.
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.
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:
Lead Supreme Court Marriage Equality Plaintiff Jim Obergefell Writes Open Letter to Defiant Clerk Kim Davis
NEW YORK - September 30, 2015 – Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that established nationwide marriage equality today authored an open letter to defiant Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who refuses to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples, citing religious objections to same-sex couples.
WASHINGTON - September 30, 2015 -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, weighed in on news reports that indicate Pope Francis met privately last week with Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., public official who continues to violate the law by openly discriminating against same-sex couples seeking to marry in the community they call home.
WASHINGTON - September 29, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization blasted anti-LGBT legislation that could be rammed through the North Carolina Assembly and signed into law today. In an eleventh hour sneak attack, anti-LGBT legislators scheduled SB 279 -- which would strip away the ability of local municipalities to enact ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination -- for an up or down vote in the House of Representatives this afternoon. The legislation, which would also override existing municipal non-discrimination ordinances, could move to the Senate and the Governor's desk as soon as today.
At Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, HRC To Launch Global Corporate Coalition To Advance LGBT Equality
NEW YORK - September 29, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will announce the creation of a groundbreaking global coalition committed to advancing LGBT workplace equality around the world. The announcement will be made on stage during the closing plenary of the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York.
(San Francisco, CA, September 29, 2015)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announces the release of a groundbreaking publication entitled, "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System." This comprehensive practice guide, written by NCLR Youth Project Director Shannan Wilber for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provides juvenile justice agencies the tools to meet their obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBT youth in their care.
NEW YORK (September 29, 2015) – GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, issued the following statement in recognition of today's Pink Out Day, launched by Planned Parenthood Federation of America in response to recent efforts to discredit and defund the organization. Pink Out Day calls on those who support women's health to stand with Planned Parenthood via social media, by wearing pink and attending rallies.
San Francisco, CA - September 28, 2015 – Days before the October 1st start of the 2016 Fiscal Year where President Barack Obama recently announced the United States would hold 10,000 additional spaces for Syrian refugees, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) today launched a petition urging the U.S. government to safeguard 500 of those 10,000 slots for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) refugees.
New HRC Issue Brief Addresses Need to Improve Workplace Climate for Bisexual Employees, Provides Practical Guidance
WASHINGTON - September 25, 2015 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released an issue brief to help employees and employers build more inclusive workplace environments for bisexual people.
(HARRISBURG, PA - September 24, 2015)— Following a hearing on an "English-only" bill in the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee, it was reported today that Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Cranberry Township) invited a known white nationalist, Robert "Bob" Vandervoort, to testify on the bill.
HRC Announces Carly Rae Jepsen, A Great Big World, and Futuristic to Perform at 19th Annual HRC National Dinner
WASHINGTON - September 24, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that multi-platinum selling Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen and multi-platinum selling Grammy award-winning act A Great Big World – joined by Hip-Hop artist Futuristic – will perform at the 19th annual HRC National Dinner on October 3, 2015, in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON - September 24, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign, (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization announced that it sent letters to three Congressional committees late yesterday seeking an investigation into recent actions by Turing Pharmaceuticals to increase the price of the drug Daraprim (pyrimethamine) by 5000 percent.
WASHINGTON - September 23, 2015 - Today, just hours after Pope Francis began his historic trip to the U.S., the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released a guide to help LGBT Catholics who are seeking to reconnect with their faith and build more inclusive church communities.
WASHINGTON - September 22, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak to the organization on the morning of Saturday, October 3rd. Approximately 800 grassroots leaders from across the country – including the HRC Board of Directors, HRC Board of Governors, HRC staff, and volunteer leaders and supporters from the organization's over 1.5 million members and supporters in all 50 states – will hear from Secretary Clinton ahead of the organization's National Dinner.
WASHINGTON - September 22, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign, (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, strongly criticized Utah Governor Gary Herbert for his decision to address thousands of attendees at a massive gathering hosted by the World Congress of Families this October. Designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, WCF's upcoming conference in Salt Lake City will convene some of the most virulently anti-LGBT extremists from across the country and around the world.
HRC Calls For Full Investigation Into Treatment of Transgender Woman By TSA Agents at Orlando Airport
WASHINGTON - September 22, 2015 - Today, in response to a disturbing story about the way a transgender woman was reportedly treated by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at an Orlando, FL, airport, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, sent a letter to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger calling on TSA to "conduct a swift and thorough investigation of the incident, and take immediate action to ensure transgender travelers are treated equally and with full respect."
NEW YORK - September 21, 2015 - The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion in Kentucky District Court asserting that the Rowan County clerk's office has failed to comply with orders that directed deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses without interference by Clerk Kim Davis.
Denver, September 21, 2015 — Despite comprising more than half of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGBT) population, bisexual people face high levels of stigma, legal inequality, and a lack of bisexual-specific data that all contribute to poor outcomes for bisexual people in the United States.
New Report Provides Recommendations to Address Tensions Between Religious Freedom and Equality Around the World
NEW YORK - September 21, 2015 - The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), of which the American Civil Liberties Union is a member, today released a report that addresses tensions between freedom of religion and equality rights and proposes resolutions to those tensions in three areas: LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and religious appearance.
I am a closet bisexual. I have been with a terrific guy for about 10 years' now. We have a great sex life and a good life together. But, I have never been with another woman sexually and I want to experience that. So, last month I told my boyfriend and he freaked out. He said that this was a dealbreaker for him and that we agreed to be monogamous and that this totally fucks with his ability to trust me. What do I do now?
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
A new support group for transgender youth will be starting in Erie on October 4. The groups will be held from 2pm to 5pm the first Sunday of each month at Lake Erie Counseling (301 West 10th St., Erie PA). All trans youth are welcome! Info: (814) 504-1507 firstname.lastname@example.org or Caitlin: (814) 823-1969. email@example.com.
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.
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: www.facebook.com/GreaterErieAlliance
WASHINGTON - September 19, 2015 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, reacted to Mike Huckabee after Huckabee said today that President Obama was "more interested in appeasing gays," in nominating Eric Fanning to lead the Army.
CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2015 — Three longstanding LGBT legal activists will be honored by the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with its third annual Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 6, 2016, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego.
WASHINGTON - September 18, 2015 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the news that Eric Fanning, who is openly gay, will be nominated to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Army by President Barack Obama. Fanning currently serves as Acting Under Secretary of the Army.
Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. - September 18, 2015 - The United States military today issued another denial in response to Chelsea Manning's ongoing request for permission to follow female grooming standards – including growing her hair – while serving a 35 year prison sentence at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
(Montgomery, AL, September 18, 2015)—Today, the Alabama Supreme Court refused to recognize an adoption by a lesbian mother of her three children granted by a Georgia court in 2007. Even though she had raised the children from birth and adopted them over eight years ago, the Court ruled that Alabama does not need to respect her adoption because it found that the Georgia court didn't properly apply Georgia law when it granted her adoption.
WASHINGTON - September 18, 2015 – Earlier today, Amanda Simpson, who previously served as the the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, was sworn in as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DAS) for Operational Energy. As the highest ranking openly transgender official in the Obama Administration, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization praised the news and issued the following statement:
BREAKING: Newly Released Emails Reveal Damage Mike Pence's Anti-LGBT RFRA Law Had on Indiana's Economic Climate
WASHINGTON - September 18, 2015 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, responded to emails just released by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) revealing the tremendous damage Governor Mike Pence's anti-LGBT "Religious Freedom Restoration Act " (RFRA) inflicted on Indiana's economic climate. In light of the fact that there is still no law in Indiana at the state level protecting LGBT Hoosiers from unjust discrimination, the emails reveal the deep scars and risks that still remain.
LGBT SSI Recipients Appeal Case Challenging SSA Efforts to Collect Overpayments Caused by Delay in Recognizing Marriages
Oakland, CA - September 18, 2015 - Today, Justice in Aging, along with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), and Foley Hoag LLP appealed a district court's cursory dismissal of a class action lawsuit seeking to stop the Social Security Administration's (SSA) demands to recover overpayments from a group of SSI recipients married to a person of the same sex. The suit charges that the administration discriminated against married SSI recipients in calculating their SSI benefits for more than a year after the Supreme Court ruling struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in U.S. v. Windsor in June 2013.
WASHINGTON - September 17, 2015 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, hailed the passage of a new constitution in Nepal that provides explicit protections for LGBT people from discrimination, violence, and abuse--a historic first for a nation in Asia. Nepal joins only a handful of countries, including South Africa and Ecuador, that have enshrined equal rights protections for LGBT people in their national constitutions.
Illinois Bed & Breakfast Violated Law in Denying Gay Couple Use of Facility for Civil Union Ceremony
CHICAGO - September 17, 2015 -- In a decision that has broad implications for how Illinois will protect LGBT persons seeking services from businesses offering their services to the public, the Illinois Human Rights Commission today ruled in favor of a downstate same-sex couple denied access to a bed & breakfast to hold their civil union ceremony after civil unions became available in 2011. The Commission found that the denial of use of the facilities was based on their sexual orientation in violation of Illinois law.
HRC To Welcome Pope Francis with Plea to Bridge Gap Between Acceptance in the Pews and Rejection by Bishops
WASHINGTON - September 16. 2015 - In anticipation of the historic visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is releasing polling data on Catholic attitudes toward equality, highlighting the stories of teachers and staff fired from Catholic institutions because of who they love, and asking the pontiff to embrace the LGBT faithful.
In New HRC Video, Rowan County Couple Asks Candidates: Will You Defend the Constitution, or Government Officials Who Wan
WASHINGTON - September 16, 2015 – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has released a new video featuring a Kentucky couple who were denied a marriage license by Kim Davis. In the video, avid Moore and his partner, David Ermold of Rowan County, Kentucky ask the candidates whether they are willing to defend the constitutional right of same-sex couples to get married, or whether they will support government officials who discriminate against LGBT people for religious reasons. Watch the video here.
New Poll: Overwhelming Public Opposition to Allowing Public Employees to Discriminate Against LGBT Couples
WASHINGTON - September 16, 2015 –The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has released the results of new polling it commissioned showing that an overwhelming majority of Americans do not support allowing government officials or public employees to discriminate against LGBT couples on religious grounds.
GLAD Files First-of-its-Kind Lawsuit Against Mutual of Omaha for Denying Gay Man on Truvada Long Term Care Insurance
September 16, 2015 - Today, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a claim with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) charging that Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company discriminated when it denied a gay man long term care insurance because he is taking Truvada. Truvada, a form of PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a medication prescribed to HIV-negative people to prevent the transmission of HIV. This is the first lawsuit in the country challenging discrimination against a person on PrEP.
(San Francisco, CA, September 15, 2015)—Today, USA Rugby and International Gay Rugby formed a partnership to help promote a diverse and inclusive environment for players, at all levels of rugby, and to end LGBT discrimination in all areas of the game.
BOULDER, Colo.- September 15, 2015 - USA Rugby signed a memorandum of understanding with International Gay Rugby (IGR) Thursday, setting forth a partnership that will see the national governing body for the sport of rugby union in the United States promote a diverse and inclusive environment in all levels of Rugby, working to end homophobia in all areas of the game.
Now, more than ever, it's worth celebrating how far access to health coverage has come for the LGBT community. And a big part of improved access to health insurance is due to the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare.
New Report Urges Collaboration Between Racial Justice and LGBTQ Organizations to Address School Discipline Crisis
WASHINGTON - September 14, 2015 – Research shows that students of color and LGBT students are more likely to be disciplined than their White, non-LGBT peers. Students with intersectional identities, such as Black transgender youth or gay undocumented youth, are at even greater risk.
WASHINGTON - August 14, 2015 - Today, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who last month refused to allow a vote for marriage equality in the Parliament, was ousted from his position and replaced by Malcolm Turnbull through a leadership ballot. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the news and urged the new Prime Minister to take action by allowing a vote on national marriage equality legislation.
Right this minute, friends are traveling through France. I am excited for them—the vacation of a lifetime. They post photos of their adventures on Facebook so I'm following them across France: Paris, Cassis, Marseilles, geocaching in Aix-en-Provence!
A Western NY PREMIERE for Curtain Up! Buffalo United Artists presents Buyer & Cellar, an OUTRAGEOUS comedy about the oddest of odd jobs: an underemployed Los Angeles actor going to work in Barbra Streisand’s personal shopping mall in the basement of her Malibu home. Winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Best Play. A hit in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. The play is directed by Doug Weyand stars Kurt Erb. It runs September 18 through October 4 at Alleyway’s Main Street Cabaret in the heart of the Theatre District at 672 Main St, Buffalo NY. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:00 p.m. (no performance September 25th.) Tickets are $25.00 general admission, $23.00 for seniors, $20.00 for members, $15.00 for students. Call the box office at (716) 886-9239.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Will Koehler, LCSW at email@example.com.