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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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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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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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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