9th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend at the Zone

9th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend at the Zone
The 9th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend was held October 10-12, 2014 at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. The event included a bake sale, a ribbon sale, a Pink Party on Saturday and a special Pink FACE Breast Cancer Weekend drag show on Sunday. Michelle Michaels organizes the annual benefit, and announced that this year's event had raised $2,047 for StringsforaCURE. 
Photos by David Reese
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Hooked On Twinks?

I am 38 years old, handsome and successful.  My problem is that only young guys turn me on.  I like them between 21-24. Guys over 27 do nothing for me. Unfortunately, the guys I like are too young for a long-term relationship, so I've had a series of short relationships. But I want a long-term relationship.  Am I doomed to be hooked on twinks as I get older and older? And why does the thought of being with someone my age terrify me? I'm ready to grow up (I think).  Help!
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Candidate Night update

About 30 people attended the Oct. 2 "Meet the Candidates" night organized by NW PA Pride Alliance. Candidates attended included Patrick Harkins (PA State House District 1 D-Incumbent), Juanita Shutsa (PA State House District 6 - D) and Chris Mitchell, representing Curt Smith (PA State House District 4 - D.)
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2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Nov 23

This year, at 1pm on Sunday, November 23rd, the TransFamily of Erie and Erie Sisters transgender support groups are proud to host a candlelight vigil in the Avalon Hotel courtyard to honor those who were lost during the past year to the horrendous violence that our community continues to endure around the world as a result of transgender- or prejudice-based hate.
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Voters Guide

Voters Guide
Candidates for US Congress PA-3 and PA-5, PA State Senate and PA State House were asked about their positions on GLBT issues. Their responses appear below.
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Lake Erie Gala Nov 19-23

The annual Lake Erie Gala will be held Nov 19- Nov 23 at the Avalon Hotel in Erie.
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Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc

NWPA Pride Alliance is looking for applicants to fill positions with our board of directors, as well as establish a volunteer corps to assist with event set up and advisory panel. NWPA Pride Alliance is seeking to diversify its membership to best address the needs of the LGBT community, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identifications, marital status, ethnic backgrounds and educational experiences are welcome to apply. All positions are unpaid, volunteer positions. We are looking for people who want to become more involved with the LGBT community, working with our members to extend outreach to the community as a whole.
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Arizona Becomes 31st State with Same-Sex Couples' Freedom to Marry

New York - October 17, 2014 – Today Arizona Republican Attorney General Tom Horne announced that he will not appeal a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, which held that Arizona's law denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. Arizona is now the 31st state where same-sex couples can marry, up from 19 at the beginning of October.
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Drenched Fur 11 Video News Update

It's here! The first of our run news video updates has posted on our YouTube channel and we're happy to give you an update on a couple of things regarding when run registration and hotel booking will begin. Also we're announcing our theme for Drenched Fur 11. The DF Committee is excited to host another weekend of fun and looks forward to providing news update videos over the coming months on the most recent information regarding Drenched Fur activites, host hotel details, and more!
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ACLU of Arizona Celebrates Decision Striking Down State's Marriage Ban

PHOENIX - October 17, 2014 – The ACLU of Arizona is celebrating District Court Judge John W. Sedwick's ruling this morning finding the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional.
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All Saints Day at Community United Church, Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap, hosted by Community United Church, 1011 W 38th St, Erie PA, will be held on Tuesday, November 11, from 7-9 PM at Calamari's.  Come grab the drink (or dinner) of your choice, relax, and share your experience and insights or ask your theological/spiritual questions!  As the conversation flows, we will challenge, encourage and teach one another without a set curriculum, reading assignments or the pressure of "finding the right answer."  Though CUC is a Christian congregation, people of all faiths are welcome to come and share.  Our goal is conversation not conversion!
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Task Force welcomes Vatican discussion on LGBTQ people

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 13, 2014- Today the Vatican issued a discussion paper called "Relatio" where it proposes a new position on LGBTQ people.
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Federal Appeals Court Enters Order Permitting Idaho Couples to Marry Beginning Wednesday

(San Francisco, CA, October 13, 2014)—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit entered an order requiring the State of Idaho to permit same-sex couples to marry beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Wednesday morning. The court's order came in response to a request by the plaintiff couples who successfully challenged Idaho's marriage ban for an order allowing couples to marry as soon as possible. 
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Rural Transgender Survey

Individuals who identify as transgender and currently live in a rural area (defined as a non- metropolitan area with less than 50,000 inhabitants) are sought for participation in an anonymous academic study aiming to explore the experiences of transgender men and women living in rural areas.  If you identify as transgender, live in a rural area, and are age 18 or over, please take time to visit this website to complete an anonymous online survey.  If anyone that you know identifies as transgender and lives in a rural area, please take time to share the link for them to participate in the survey.  Participants have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon Gift Cards.
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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Tenth Circuit Decision Striking Down Utah's Marriage Ban, Permits Victory to Stand

(Washington, DC, October 6, 2014)—The United States Supreme Court today declined to review the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Utah's marriage ban for same-sex couples, thereby permitting that decision to stand, as well as a similar decision from Oklahoma. The Court also denied review of decisions by the Fourth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, which had struck down marriage bans in Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin.   
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The Amazon Trail: Cheetos and Chipmunks

Married life is all it's cracked up to be. For which I am very grateful since my sweetheart became my wife four years ago on 10/10/10. Next year, for our fifth anniversary, we'll have a huge party: the two of us, our cat, our dog and maybe a bag of Cheetos.
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms the Freedom to Marry

New York - October 7, 2014 – Today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed same-sex couples' freedom to marry in cases out of Idaho and Nevada. The ruling paves also the way for the freedom to marry in Alaska, Montana, and Arizona.
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ACLU Comment on Ninth Circuit Ruling for Marriage Equality

NEW YORK- October 7, 2014 - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in favor of marriage equality, which is expected to bring the number of marriage equality states to 35 in short order.
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Frankel, Sims welcome hate-crime bill's advancement to full House

Frankel, Sims welcome hate-crime bill's advancement to full House
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Brian Sims, D-Phila., welcomed today's House Judiciary Committee vote that sent an inclusive hate-crimes bill (H.B. 177) to the full House of Representatives.
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U.S. Supreme Court Action Ushers In Marriage Equality to 30 States

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 6, 2014 -- Today the United States Supreme Court denied review of seven federal appeals court decisions striking down marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Court's action clears the way for same-sex couples to marry in those states and any other state with similar bans in those circuits, bringing the total number of states with marriage equality to thirty.
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Supreme Court Lets Stand Four Appeals Court Decisions Requiring States to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

NEW YORK - October 6, 2014 – The Supreme Court of the United States today denied review in all of the marriage equality cases pending before it. As a result of the Court's action, same-sex couples in Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah will now be able to marry the partners they love. Today's orders also mean that same-sex marriage will soon become lawful in at least 30 states.
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Supreme Court Lets Marriage Wins Stand

New York - October 6, 2014 – Today the Supreme Court denied review of five cases seeking the freedom to marry, leaving standing marriage victories in several federal circuits and opening the door to the freedom to marry in many more states, while deferring for another day the national resolution that Freedom to Marry, businesses, elected officials, and families across the country had urged now. The Court's decision not to review the rulings means that soon as many as 60% of the American people will be living in freedom to marry states, with a majority of the states (30) having the freedom to marry for all.
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HDPC holds hearing on restoring LGBT protections in Pa. hate-crime law

HDPC holds hearing on restoring LGBT protections in Pa. hate-crime law
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from law enforcement officials, a legal expert, community advocates and a friend of two victims of violence about the need to restore former protections for LGBT people to Pennsylvania's hate-crime law, said state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila.
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State Judge Rules Missouri Must Respect Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

New York - Oct 3 – Today in Kansas City, Missouri Circuit Court Judge James Dale Youngs ruled that the state of Missouri must respect the marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states.
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PFLAG Meetings in Meadville


NEW! There will now be PFLAG meetings the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 PM at Stone United Methodist Church, 956 S Main St, Meadville PA. The next meeting is Tuesday, October 28. The meeting is co-sponsored by Stone United Methodist Church and Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville. For more info, call (814) 724-6736 or email [email protected] (Stone UMC) or (814) 724-4023 (UU Meadville.) Meetings will also continue in Erie the 2nd Monday of the month at 7 PM at Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie.
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Annual Diversity Service on Oct 26


Annual Diversity Service on Oct 26

The Annual Diversity Service at Community United Church will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014 beginning at 11:00 AM (1011 West 38th Street).
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Web Site Crash and Recovery

On Friday, October 3, 2014, Erie Gay News and NW PA Pride Alliance had a web crash on their shared server. We are working to rebuild the site, and we ask for your patience as we work on this. Many thanks for your support over the years!
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Primary Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, April 16, NW PA Pride Alliance and other co-sponsoring groups presented a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 PM at First Niagara Bank Community Room, 27 people attended, including candidates Thomas Tarantella (US Congress PA-3 - D), Michael T Muha (PA State Senate 50 - D), Flo Fabrizio (P State House 2 D-Incumbent), Curt Smith (PA State House 4 - D), Juanita Shutsa (PA State House 6 - D) and Wayne Hanson (PA State House 17 - D,) Additionally, Rob McCord (PA Governor - D) sent Jordan and Graham and Ryan Bizzarro (PA State House 3 - D-Incumbent) sent Linda McCabe. There was also coverage by both local TV news crews.
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