General Officers Question Army Chief of Staff's Statement on Transgender Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - May 24, 2016 – Two retired General Officers have sent a letter to Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley in response to his concerns about transgender military service. Despite extensive study by a Pentagon Working Group, the RAND Corporation, and an independent commission of retired General Officers and leading scholars and experts, General Milley suggested recently that before the military can lift its ban on transgender personnel, "serious significant issues need to be completely vetted and studied."

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Bathroom Laws Targeting Transgender People Further Criminalize Their Lives

Washington, D.C. May 24, 2016- Bathroom laws targeting transgender people contribute to a pattern of criminalizing individuals solely based on their gender identity, according to a landmark report released today. The report offers a snapshot of how the U.S. criminal justice system fails transgender people, targeting them through police profiling and harassment and subjecting them to abuse and violence in prison and detention facilities.
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Vermont's High Court Hears Parentage Case Involving Lesbian Co-Parents

May 24, 2016 - Today Vermont's Supreme Court heard arguments in Sinnott v. Peck, a case involving a lesbian couple who raised two adopted children together for over ten years. Following the dissolution of their relationship and after jointly parenting for over three years, the adoptive mom began limiting Sarah Sinnott's contact with the children.
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Pride Night at the Erie Seawolves on July 18

NWPA Pride Alliance is excited to bring Pride at the Seawolves for its 3rd year! This year, it will be held on Monday July 18th at Jerry Uht Park, 110 E 10th St, Erie PA, Game starts at 7:05pm. It's Buck Night, so grab your friends and family and enjoy $1 hot dogs, popcorn, 12oz Pepsi products, and select draft beers while we cheer on our Seawolves as they take on the Harrisburg Senators. To get your voucher or if you have questions contact president@nwpapride.org or call (814) 314-9075. Check out the Facebook event page here. To get your tickets, just print the voucher here and take it to the box office!
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Exhibit at State Museum: PA's Pioneering role in LGBT rights

Exhibit at State Museum: PA's Pioneering role in LGBT rights
Open April 13 through October 30, 2016, this exhibit focuses on the equality movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the late 1960s and its progress in the Commonwealth during the 1970s. The show focuses on the partnership between dedicated LGBT activist coalitions and Governor Milton J. Shapp, leading to unprecedented executive action in Pennsylvania for LGBT equality and features photographs, documents and objects related to this movement.
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Grindr, Facebook and the New Image Culture

The power of images, specifically, photos, is not to be underestimated. With apps like Grindr and Facebook, many of us interact less-and-less with people face-to-face. We don't hear their voice, see how they move or observe them with their friends.
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You asked, I answered

This week's column is (mostly) not about Donald Trump. Instead, as I do from time to time, I asked my Facebook friends to suggest topics. So here goes:
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Equality California Condemns U.S. House Vote Reinstating Federal LGBT Discrimination

Los Angeles - May 20, 2016 – In response to yesterday's narrow vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to reject an amendment that would have removed anti-LGBT provisions from a defense spending bill, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:
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Historic Confirmation As Eric Fanning Becomes First Openly-Gay Secretary of the U.S. Army

WASHINGTON - May 17, 2016 -- Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the Senate for confirming Eric Fanning to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Army. Fanning is the first openly-gay leader of a U.S. military service, and is now the highest-ranking, Senate-confirmed openly-LGBT appointed official.
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Drenched Fur 12 scores big


During the second weekend of April, once again the Erie community hosted Erie's exclusive Bear Weekend known as Drenched Fur. This time the 'Best Little Run for Fun' brought together hundreds of men hailing from around the tri-state area and as far away as Chicago, San Francisco, DC, and Toronto.
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23 Civil Rights Groups Voice Support for Transgender Title IX Guidance from DoJ & DoE

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 22 undersigned organizations, we write in strong support of the joint guidance issued by the Departments of Education and Justice on May 13, 2016, regarding the responsibility of schools, districts and states to protect transgender and gender non-conforming students from discrimination.  The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.  This guidance follows in the greatest of our American traditions of protection from discrimination and the advancement of justice.  As a coalition representing African American, Latino, Asian American, LGBTQ and Native American people, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, people of faith, working families, and low-income people, we know both that there are transgender people within and across all of our communities who contribute significantly to our society and that an attack on the civil and human rights of some is an attack on the civil and human rights of all.    
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Oklahoma Introduces Two Anti-Transgender Bills

OKLAHOMA CITY - May 20, 2016– After the Oklahoma Legislature filed two pieces of anti-transgender legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma issued the following statement:
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Transgender Student Resource Launched for Pennsylvania Schools

HARRISBURG, Pa. - May 20, 2016 - The Pennsylvania Youth Congress (PYC) has launched the Dignity for All project as an online resource for school districts in supporting transgender students. The statewide LGBT youth organization has additionally released a model policy for supporting transgender and gender expansive students. The model policy is being sent today to the fifty largest school districts in the commonwealth for their consideration to adopt. The resource and model policy can be accessed at http://dignityforall.payouthcongress.org
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ACLU Tells Military Appeals Court Chelsea Manning Prosecution Was Unconstitutional

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - May 19, 2016- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief supporting the appeal of Chelsea Manning's conviction for giving classified documents to Wikileaks, arguing that her prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917 violated the Constitution and should be overturned.
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House Introduces Bill to Modify RFRA to Prevent Discrimination and Harm

WASHINGTON - May 18, 2016- With support from the American Civil Liberties Union, Reps. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) today introduced the Do No Harm Act in Congress to ensure that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not used in ways that result in discrimination and harm.
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GLSEN Statement on Education Ministers' Global Call to Action to End Anti-LGBT Violence in Education

NEW YORK (May 18, 2016) – GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement in response to the global Call to Action issued at the International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression, held this week by UNESCO in Paris. The Call to Action urges governments to implement responses to the issue of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) violence in schools, including policy, inclusive curricula, professional development for educators and ongoing evaluation of the effect of interventions.
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Announcing the 6th Annual Afternoon for Equality


For the past five years, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality has hosted our signature fundraising event: An Afternoon for Equality in honor of the advancements in equality for the LGBT community throughout the greater Erie area and beyond. Last year, we initiated an LGBT Community Progress Award, given to two Keystone allies in addressing issues of equality in the greater Erie community; Erie Insurance and GE Transportation.
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DNC Chair Statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

DNC Chair Statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
WASHINGTON - May 17, 2016 -  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement: "On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia we reaffirm the dignity and worth of those in the LGBT community. Observing this day is especially important this political season, when negative rhetoric aimed at our LGBT brothers and sisters and efforts to pass anti-LGBT legislation in states around the country threaten to inflame hatred and deepen divisions in our communities. These actions are wrong, and do nothing but encourage bullying, cruelty and harassment, and we must stand against them.
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New Analyses Offer Clearer Picture of Where to Target HIV Prevention and Care Efforts to reach Gay and Bisexual Men

In the United States, the burden of HIV is disproportionately high for men who have sex with men (MSM), who account for approximately two-thirds of all new diagnoses each year. Results from a new study estimating rates of HIV prevalence (number of people living with an HIV diagnosis) among MSM at local levels highlight areas where gay and bisexual men are at greatest risk for HIV infection. Focusing on these areas will allow health departments and community-based organizations to provide HIV prevention and care resources to MSM who need them most.
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Logo Launches 'Global Ally' Campaign + Largest Survey on LGBTI People Around the World

New York, NY – May 17, 2016 – Today, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Logo, the leading entertainment brand inspired by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, launched the Global Ally multiplatform storytelling project and released initial findings from the inaugural ILGA-RIWI 2016 Global Attitudes Survey on LGBTI People in partnership with Logo, the largest survey of attitudes toward LGBTI people around the world. The survey of nearly 100,000 individuals in 65 countries including Brazil, China, Congo, Egypt, France, Iraq, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, and the United States, conducted by global survey technology company RIWI Corp. and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), found that acceptance of the LGBTI community is growing both in the United States and around the world, but there is a long road ahead for equality.
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Aaron Belkin's Statement on New RAND Report on Transgender Military Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - May 17, 2016 – Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, released the following statement in response to the RAND report commissioned by the Pentagon to study transgender military service:
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GLSEN Statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

NEW YORK (May 17, 2016) – GLSEN's Chief Research & Strategy Officer, Dr. Joseph Kosciw, made the following statement in recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), celebrated on May 17.
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ACLU and Lambda Legal Ask Court to Block Enforcement of North Carolina's Anti-Transgender Law

RALEIGH, N.C. - May 16, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal today asked a federal court to order an immediate halt to enforcement of a North Carolina law that targets transgender people for discrimination in single-sex facilities.
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Mark My Words: Change through communication

This last sleepy, dreary, overcast Saturday, you might have missed President Barack Obama as he gave what many might say in the future was one of his best speeches of his presidential years. It was a commencement address at Howard University, and it was a call for what he has consistently stood for: hope. It was also an urge to those in attendance to get involved, and not be afraid to engage with those who do not agree with us, for change only happens with communication.
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Info Table deadline for Pride Picnic is May 28

Does your group or organization want to have an info table at the 24th Annual Pride Picnic on Saturday, June 4? The deadline for info tables is Saturday, May 28 and the Pride Picnic will be at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. The picnic runs from 1 to 6 PM. Please note that selling from tables is not permitted. There is no charge for having a table, but we request that you bring your own table and chairs. To request a table, you may email tables@nwpapride.org, call (814) 314-9075 or fill out the online registration form and request a table here.
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Donations at Pride Picnic for Food Bank of NW PA

As we gather to celebrate Pride on Saturday, June 4, 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 drop off your donations when you check in at the registration table upon arrival at the Pride Picnic at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. The picnic runs from 1 to 6 PM.
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Community Health Net National HIV Testing Day on June 27

June 27th is National Aids Testing Day. Community Health Net, 1202 State St, Erie PA, will be offering free, confidential HIV testing to anyone interested. The first 100 people to come in and be tested will receive a gift card to a local establishment. The testing will be between 9 and 3 on the 2nd floor. Get tested and know your status!
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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie Garage Sale June 17th & 18th

You're invited!  To the 27th annual YARD SALE, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie -  June 17th & 18th 9am-2pm.  Your donated items are also welcome - evenings, June 12th thru the 16th. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie is located at 7180 Perry Highway, Erie PA.
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Representative Mike Honda Encourages California State Leaders to Support the Transgender Community

San Jose, CA May 14, 2016 - – U.S. Representative Mike Honda (Silicon Valley, Calif.) today joined individuals from the transgender community, statewide LGBT organizations, businesses, faith-based leaders and community members to promote Transform California – a statewide campaign founded by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center to promote respect, understanding and safety for the transgender community. As part of the effort, coalition members signed a Transform California pledge – opposing discrimination against transgender people.
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The Amazon Trail: Emily Dickinson's Desk

The Amazon Trail: Emily Dickinson's Desk
How do gay writers celebrate the end of a book, a poem, a story? I don't know about Sarah Orne Jewett, Langston Hughes, Willa Cather, or Allen Ginsberg, but after that brief moment of relief, before the serious editorial worrying begins, after my sweetheart takes me for a long walk on the beach and a romantic dinner with a view, I clean my desk.
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Another win: Federal Government bans anti-trans discrimination in health care and insurance coverage

Harrisburg - May 13, 2016 - Earlier this month, Pennsylvania became the 17th state to ban discrimination against gender identity in health insurance practices.  Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took an important step forward by issuing Affordable Care Act regulations banning anti-trans discrimination in health care and insurance coverage.   By issuing the Section 1557 of the ACA final rule, HHS is advancing health equity and reducing healthcare disparities for a number of minority communities. Under the rule, individuals are "protected from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping."
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Palm Center Questions Pentagon Claim that Transgender Service is 'Complicated'

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - May 13, 2016 --  As the Obama administration signals that defending transgender equality will be a major priority of its last year, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter said this week that transgender military service "is complicated," and he has so far declined to end the Pentagon's discriminatory policy. His remarks come four months after the Pentagon missed its own deadline to review its transgender service ban, and experts are now warning that time may be running short. Military officials are aware of at least 77 transgender service members who are currently serving in limbo as they await a new policy, and scholars estimate that 12,800 transgender personnel are currently serving.
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NCLR Applauds Federal Guidance on Title IX and Transgender Students

(San Francisco, CA, May 13, 2016) – Today, the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the United States Department of Justice issued guidance on Title IX and the right of transgender students to attend school free from discrimination based on sex.
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Transgender Law Center takes legal action against Wisconsin school district denying transgender boy access to boys' rest

May 12, 2016 - Transgender Law Center filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights on behalf of a 16-year-old transgender boy who has been barred from using the boys' restroom by the Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin.  Ashton Whitaker, a student at Tremper High School, had been using the boys' restrooms without incident since the beginning of the school year, until school administrators intervened and threatened him with disciplinary action if he continued to use the boys' restroom.
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Lambda Legal and Transgender Law Center Petition VA to Provide Surgery for Transgender Veterans

(Washington, D.C., May 10, 2016) –Late yesterday, Lambda Legal and Transgender Law Center, with co-counsel WilmerHale, petitioned with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to change the rule that categorically excludes transition-related surgery for transgender veterans. The petition was filed on behalf of two individual veterans, Dee Fulcher and Gio Silva, and a group representing transgender veterans, the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA).  
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Historic U.S. Department of Education Guidance Affirms the Rights of Transgender Students

May 13, 2016 - Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a historic letter to the nation's school districts that affirms that discriminating against transgender students is illegal under Title IX.
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Transgender Law Center applauds new federal guidance on transgender students

May 13, 2016 - In a "Dear Colleague " letter, the Department of Education and Department of Justice issued guidance today making it clear that schools must treat transgender students according to their gender identity in all respects and cannot ban transgender students from using facilities that match the gender they live as every day.
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TLDEF Applauds Obama Administration for Directing Schools to Allow Transgender Students to Use Appropriate Bathrooms

New York, NY - May 13, 2016 - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) applauds the Obama Administration for issuing a directive to all public schools in the nation stating they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match who they are as boys and girls.
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Obama Admin. Tells Public Schools: Embrace Transgender Students

May 13, 2016 - Today the Obama Administration's Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Justice (DOJ) signed a groundbreaking letter that was sent to public schools directing them to embrace transgender students by allowing them to participate fully and use the facilities that match the gender they live every day. Accompanying the letter is a 25-page guide of best practices to ensure all students, including transgender students, have a fair opportunity to succeed in school.
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ACLU Comment on HHS Rule Implementing Nondiscrimination Provision of the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - May 13, 2016 - The Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would, among other aspects, prohibit sex discrimination for patients seeking health care. 
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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds White House's Latest Historic Move to Advance Fairness and Equality

WASHINGTON - May 13, 2016 – Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president and director of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement in response to the Obama administration's move to protect transgender students' rights to use the restroom that matches their gender identity:
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HHS Issues ACA Regulations Banning Anti-Trans Discrimination in Health Care and Insurance Coverage

May 13, 2016 - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced final regulations around the non-discrimination section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations state that it is now clearly illegal to deny healthcare coverage related to gender transition. Given that coverage exclusions still exist in many health insurance plans, these regulations will benefit a huge number of transgender people across the country who have been denied the healthcare they need.
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Get your 2016 Pride Shirt!

We here at the Northwest PA Pride Alliance, Inc. are so glad that you like the contest winning new design for this years Erie Pride shirt. The response has been so great that they're selling out fast, so if you want to have yours in time for Pride Month, now is the time!
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Help keep Pride events in Erie free!

We'd like to thank you, each and every one of you who have helped us grow into who we are today.   As the Northwest PA Pride Alliance, Inc. heads into our 5th season of Pride events we want to thank you form the bottom of our rainbow hued hearts for all the love and support you've shown us.
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2016 Intersections of Equality Symposium Recap

The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Inc. (GEAE) would like to thank those who sponsored the highly successful Intersections of Equality Symposium on April 30, 2016 at Penn State Behrend. Special thanks to our major sponsor, Erie Insurance! Additional generous donors were; Penn State Erie, Highmark, Northwest Savings, UPMC Health, and Sunset Inn. Table sponsors included Lake Erie Counseling, the Cultured Purl, Safe Net, Safe Harbor, Erie Gay News, and NWPA Pride Alliance.
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24th Annual Pride Picnic on June 4

This event is free and open to the public, so bring your buns down to the beach and see what's cooking! The Northwest Pennsylvania Pride Alliance, inc. would like to invite you to join us for the 24th Annual Erie Pride Picnic on Saturday, June 4th at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle (near Beach 7) from 1 to 6 PM. Please note that once again this year's picnic is the first weekend in June, rather than the second. You can see the Facebook event page here.
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Educators, LGBT Advocates Slam General Assembly for Refusing DOJ Order to End Civil Rights Violations Under HB 2

RALEIGH, NC - May 9, 2016  -- Today at a press conference in Raleigh, NC, the Human Rights Campaign, Equality NC, the North Carolina Association of Educators, and Campus Pride blasted Governor Pat McCrory for filing a lawsuit defending his deeply discriminatory HB2.
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Travel Ban and All-Gender Restroom Bills Clear California Assembly

Sacramento - May 9, 2016 – Two Equality California-sponsored bills advancing the civil rights of LGBT people in California and across the country were approved by the California Assembly today.  Assembly Bill (AB) 1887 was approved by a vote of 54-21 and AB 1732 passed by 55-19.
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ACLU and Lambda Legal Support DOJ Lawsuit Against NCa Anti-LGBT Bill

RALEIGH, N.C. - May 9, 2016 - The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory challenging House Bill 2, a law that removes local legal protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
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NCTE Statement on NC Gov. Pat McCrory's HB2 Announcement

May 9, 2016 - Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory announced that he is suing the U.S. Department of Justice, and that the state will not stop implementing HB 2, the state's anti-transgender law. In response to this disappointing but unsurprising development, Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said:
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ACLU and Lambda Legal Statement on North Carolina's Lawsuit Against Federal Government

RALEIGH, N.C. May 9, 2016 - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice that asks a federal court to determine that House Bill 2, the discriminatory law that removes local legal protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity, does not violate civil rights laws.
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GLSEN Condemns NC Leaders for Deepening Their Commitment to Violating Federal Law

WASHINGTON (May 9, 2016) – GLSEN's Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, condemned North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the state's legislative leaders for filing suit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after DOJ last week found the state's discriminatory House Bill 2 to be in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
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ACLU Sues to Challenge Unconstitutional Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

JACKSON, Miss. - May 9, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today filed a lawsuit to challenge an anti-LGBT law passed this spring that allows public officials and businesses to refuse to serve gay and transgender individuals.
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Erie LGBTQIA Team in March for Babies

On Sunday, May 1. 2016, representatives from various LGBTQ & affiliated groups, including NW PA Pride Alliance, LBT Women of Erie and The Table participated in the March of Dimes fundraiser, March for Babies, which was held at Penn State Behrend. In addition to walking in the march, members of the community donated over $300. Everyone had a good time and was glad to help out a worthy cause!
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Business Leaders Urge Washington Supreme Court to Uphold Ruling Against Florist Who Denied Service to Gay Couple

WASHINGTON - May 6, 2016 - Fourteen businesses and four trade associations today submitted a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Washington Supreme Court to uphold a ruling that a Richland florist violated state anti-discrimination laws by refusing to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding celebration. A list of some of the businesses and associations follows at the end of this announcement.
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Trans United Fund Responds To Attacks With Moving Historic Ad

Washington, DC, May 5, 2016…….In response to continued attacks on trans people across the nation, recently nationalized by failed Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, the Trans United Fund (TUF), a recently formed political advocacy organization, has produced a moving and historic ad utilizing the voices of parents of trans children and speaking directly to the impact of the increasingly hostile rhetoric faced by the trans community.
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Research: Saying 'I'm gay' to family, friends doesn't boost wellbeing equally for gay men of every ethnicity

Research: Saying 'I'm gay' to family, friends doesn't boost wellbeing equally for gay men of every ethnicity
LAWRENCE - A new study of gay Latino and gay White men suggests different ethnic groups experience "coming out " differently.
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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Justice Department Leadership on Anti-LGBT North Carolina Law

WASHINGTON - May 4, 2016 – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice informed North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory that the anti-LGBT law HB2 violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and that enforcement of HB2 could lead to a federal lawsuit and the loss of millions in state education funding:
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U.S. Justice Department: North Carolina's HB2 Violates Civil Rights Act

RALEIGH - May 4, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Justice today notified North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that HB 2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law that prevents transgender students, employees, and visitors from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity, has placed the state in violation of Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, Title IX, and the Violence Against Women Act.
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Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease

New CDC studies underscore urgency of hepatitis C testing and treatment, especially for baby boomers

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GLSEN Acknowledges Progress of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

WASHINGTON (May 4, 2016) – GLSEN's Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, recognized the achievements of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights upon today's release of the Department's Fiscal Year 2015 Report to the President and Secretary of Education.
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Equality California Endorses 33 Pro-Equality Incumbents in Congressional Races

Los Angeles - Equality California today announced the endorsements of 33 incumbent candidates for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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First ally governor

Listen up, LGBT history fans. When you think of LGBT history, you likely think of San Francisco or New York City, but the truth is, 40 years ago, Pennsylvania was at the vanguard of the American struggle for LGBT equality. You're probably thinking I'm going to mention those pickets outside Independence Hall every July 4 from 1965-69, or the Dewey's sit-in in 1965. None of the above.
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LGBT Community Survey - Let your voice be heard and enter a drawing to win $50!

Erie Gay News would like to invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBT perspective. You can also enter a drawing to win a $50 cash prize just for filling out the survey!
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Make Your Voice Heard on LGBTQ Health

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is conducting a survey of LGBTQ people throughout the state to better understand the health needs of the community. It's time to hear from the people of Erie, Crawford, Mercer and Venango Counties! The surveys are completely anonymous and only take about 5-10 minutes to complete. The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to June 7, 2016.
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