9 out of 10 Transgender Employees in America Experience Discrimination in the Workplace

January 20, 2015 - The U.S. unemployment rate for gender non-conforming individuals is twice the national employment rate and a staggering four times the national rate for transgender people of color. Nine out of every 10 of those who manage to find jobs also report they have experienced some form of workplace discrimination.
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Buffalo United Artists proudly presents Mothers and Sons

From Buffalo United Artists: Twenty years after her son's death, a mother turns up at the door of his former lover, who is now married to another man and has a young son. This man and his family challenge the woman to confront the truths of their shared past, and a future she never imagined. Values clash as they struggle to reconcile their vastly different worlds. Mothers and Sons was written by Terrence McNally. The play is directed by Jessica K. Rasp, and stars Anne Hartley Pfohl, Brian Riggs, Michael Seitz introducing Stefanos Psorakis. It runs February 20th – March 14th on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. at Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo NY. Tickets are $25.00 general admission, $23.00 for seniors, $20.00 for members, $15.00 for students. The box office phone is (716) 886-9239.
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Hollywood is lagging behind on LGBT issues

From Philadelphia Gay News: Hollywood awards season is upon us! This week we saw the Golden Globes and the release of the nominations for the Academy Awards, aka the Oscars. At both, several LGBT people were recognized   and that s important, since a major part of the fight for equality is about visibility and being treated equal in all areas.
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Decision Overturning Alabama's Same-Sex Marriage Ban a Victory for Families, Children of Same-Sex Couples

MONTGOMERY, Ala - January 23, 2015. – A federal judge's ruling striking down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional will provide greater stability to the lives of same-sex couples and their children, but more work remains to eliminate anti-LGBT discrimination in the state, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced today.
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HRC Highlights Pennsylvania's LGBT Protections, Laws and Legislative Proposals in Inaugural National Report

WASHINGTON - January 23, 2015– The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its first national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America, including in Pennsylvania.
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President Obama Extols Progress Toward the Freedom to Marry Nationwide in State of the Union

New York- January 20, 2015 – Today in his sixth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama extolled progress toward same-sex couples' freedom to marry in America, calling marriage for same-sex couples "a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home."
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Allegheny Health Network Nurse Practitioner to Receive Kerry Stoner Award, Recognizing Long Commitment to Caring for Peo

Allegheny Health Network Nurse Practitioner to Receive Kerry Stoner Award, Recognizing Long Commitment to Caring for Peo
PITTSBURGH (Jan. 15, 2015) - Stuart Fisk, CRNP, Director of Operations for the Center for Inclusion Health of Allegheny Health Network and a nurse practitioner with the Positive Health Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital, has been selected to receive the Kerry Stoner Award from the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, honoring his longtime commitment to caring for patients with HIV and AIDS.
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AHF: Advocates Submit Official Language for Condoms in Porn California Ballot Measure

LOS ANGELES (January 12, 2015) As part of its ongoing campaign to improve and strengthen state law on the use of condoms in adult films produced in California in an effort to reduce the spread of STDs, including HIV, safer sex advocates from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) as well as from FAIR (For Adult Industry Responsibility), the formal campaign committee that will shepherd signature gathering for the ballot initiative process, today submitted the official text of a 2016 California statewide ballot initiative for (proposed) title and summary as a prelude to signature gathering. Plans for the proposed initiative—a statewide California law that will require condom use in all adult films shot anywhere in the state—were previously announced by the group in November. The measure will be formally known as "The California Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act."
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New CHEST Study Has Major Implications for 'as needed' PrEP Dosing

Slowly but surely, word is spreading about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), the exciting new strategy for HIV prevention for HIV-negative men and women at risk, principally in the form of the once-daily Truvada pill by Gilead.  Current studies of once-daily PrEP dosing find it to be effective, with the iPrEX trial reporting 92% efficacy when taken every day. One of the biggest criticisms of PrEP has been that asking people who consider themselves otherwise healthy to take a pill every day is an unrealistic expectation.  Scientists are currently studying if less frequent Truvada dosing is still effective.   Earlier this year, for instance, an extension phase of the iPrEx study found that those who took Truvada at least four times a week still avoided infection. More recently, the IPERGAY study has stopped giving placebo treatments ahead of schedule because of the high effectiveness of PrEP taken on an "as needed" schedule.  Rather than ask participants to take the pill every day, IPERGAY had participants take two pills up to 24 hours before having sex, one pill in the 24 hours after sex, and an additional pill 48 hours after.  This dosing may be less burdensome than daily pill taking, but it demands further behavioral research on how often and how accurately individuals can predict when they will have sex, and then adhere to the guidelines of their regimen appropriately. Other less-than-daily dosing strategies are also currently being tested, including the ADAPT trial.
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Laugh/Riot Performing Arts Company presents Bedtime Stories

Laugh/Riot Performing arts company presents "Bedtime Stories" part of the Gannon University Fringe Fest.  "Bedtime stories takes a collection of 3 short scenes from Charles Mee as its start and jumps into seven disparate scenes about relationships. Laugh/Riot's ensemble cast will change characters each night, guaranteeing that each audience will see a completely new show. The shows range from comedic to dramatic, romantic to slapstick, and each scene's tone changes depending on the cast that night.  Directed by Dr. Rob Connick.  This show is intended for mature audiences and contains adult language, adult situations, and violence. Performances are Feb 16 and 18 at 8pm in the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street - main theatre space on the 2nd floor).  For more information email [email protected] or like us on Facebook.www.facebook.com/LaughRiotErie
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History in the Making: SCOTUS to Decide on Marriage Once and for All

New York - January 16, 2015 - Following its decision last fall to effectively green light same-sex marriage in 11 states, the U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear six consolidated marriage cases out of Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky this term, with a ruling potentially by June. The Court's review will take place on a transformed legal landscape, with gay couples being able to marry in 36 states, covering two-thirds of the American people, and with nearly 60 federal and state courts having struck down discriminatory marriage bans in the past two years.
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The Amazon Trail: Potato Chip Salad

With the new year comes the new resolve. With the new resolve came the Fitbit.
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LBT Women Holiday Dinner at Calamari's

On Sunday, January 11, 2015, the LBT Women of Erie (AKA The Beans) held their annual holiday dinner at Calamari's Squid Row, 1317 State St, Erie PA. Almost 30 people attended and had a wonderful tme with great friends and yummy food. In addition to a gift exchange, Stacie called former coordinator Laurie Finch in Florida, and the entire room sang Happy Birthday to her, as Laurie's birthday was the next day.
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Body Fascism

Many men and women I work with are afraid not to be thin, muscular or both. You too?
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Missing Emails From Erie Gay News Mailing Lists?

Because of a web crash in October, all mailing lists through the EGN website were lost. If you had previously been on one of the email lists that we maintain, you will need to sign up again at http://lists.eriegaynews.com.
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Marriage Equality Cases Headed to US Supreme Court


Marriage Equality Cases Headed to US Supreme Court

As we were headed to press, it was announced that the Supreme Court will be hearing cases about marriage equality from four states from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, with hearings expected in April, and a decision expected in late June that could settle the issue at a national level. More info as this develops, and expect a Decision Day Rally when the final ruling is announced.
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All our differences make a difference at the Erie Maennerchor Club!

The Erie Maennerchor Club is one of Erie's oldest and most prestigious social clubs in Erie County. Located in the heart of downtown Erie. Founded in 1871 as a German singing and social club with a rich history of tradition and a reputation for great food, entertainment and fellowship, it has just now become one of the more progressive clubs as well.
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Theology on Tap and The Table

Two ongoing spirituality events Theology on Tap. Next on Feb. 11, 7 PM at Ale House, 1033 State St., Erie. Also, The Table Worship Gatherings: Sundays, 5:30 PM, 3176 W. 41st St., Erie. The Table is a group of people committed to attempting to follow God in the way of Jesus (or the Way of Love) outside the confines of the politics and restricting traditions of organized religion.
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NW PA Pride New Board & Officers


NW PA Pride Alliance is delighted to welcome our 2015 board members. Our newest board members are Kathy Czarnecki-Smith, Finu J Lukose, and Michael Mooney. They join continuing board members Diana Ames, Season Crannell, Chris Dye, Kelly Kidd, Michael Mahler, Melanie Shubitowski, Alex Sphon, and Daniel Thomas. Officers are Michael Mahler (President), Season Crannell (Vice President), Finu Lukose (Secretary) and Alex Sphon.
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'Justice for All' workshop at Allegheny Feb 27


On Friday Feb. 27, Dr. Pamela Lightsey of Boston University will be at Allegheny College for a day long (9am -3 pm) workshop entitled "Justice for All". Sponsored by our United Methodist Reconciling Ministries Network, the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, the WPA Anti-Racism team and the Board of Church and Society. Dr. Pamela Lightsey will guide our work with a United Methodist theological frame based on the doctrine of creation and the Biblical affirmation of inclusivity. She will root the conversation in her recent experiences on the ground inFerguson, Missouri and how that relates to questions around inclusion of and advocacy for people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Western Pennsylvania congregations and communities.
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Wedding officiant directory


Wedding officiant directory

Authorized wedding officiants in the region who perform services for same-sex couples, we want to list you in our officiant directory! If you wish to be listed, please contact us not later than Feb 15. Info and responses: [email protected] Phone: (814)456-9833
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Gov Wolf appoints transgender woman as PA Physician General

Gov Wolf appoints transgender woman as PA Physician General
Governor-elect Tom Wolf has named Dr. Rachel Levine as state Physician General. In her role as physician general, Dr. Levine will advise the governor and secretary of the Department of Health on medical and public health-related issues.
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Erie included in Advocate list of Queerest Cities in America

National magazine The Advocate included Erie PA in a list of the Queerest Cities in America, and mentioned not only ErieGayNews.com, but also the recent Lake Erie Gala by the Erie Sisters, The Zone Dance Club and Lone Shark Seafood.
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Supreme Court Will Hear Four Cases Challenging Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

NEW YORK - January 16, 2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court granted review of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld bans in four states on the freedom to marry and recognition of marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states. The Court granted review of petitions from all four states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Today's announcement sets the stage for final resolution of the debate about marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide.
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Sen. Bob Casey Backs DOMA Repeal to Ensure Rights of All Married Couples

Washington DC - January 15, 2015- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he is an original cosponsor of Respect for Marriage Act, a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The bill would also ensure that all legally-married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law by clarifying current statues. Even following the Supreme Court's June 2013 decision that invalidated a portion of DOMA, same sex couples across the nation are still denied certain critical federal benefits. Following the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA, Casey joined 38 Senators in urging the Administration to quickly implement the ruling.
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Palm Center Calls on President Obama to Address Transgender Military Ban in State of the Union

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 15, 2015 – On the eve of next week's State of the Union speech, Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center, today called on President Barack Obama to address the military's ban on transgender service:
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Federal Judge Orders Michigan to Respect Legal Marriages of 300 Same-Sex Couples

New York - January 15, 2015 – Today U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled that Michigan must respect the marriages of the approximately 300 same-sex couples who married after Judge Bernard Friedman struck down marriage discrimination last March.  The decision rebukes the state for refusing to respect those marriages. The ruling came as the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to grant review of several marriage cases, including one out of Michigan.
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Rep. Brian Sims sets priorities for second term in Pa. House

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., is continuing his push for commonsense priorities as he begins his second term representing Philadelphia's 182nd Legislative District.
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Federal Judge Strikes Down South Dakota Marriage Ban

New York - January 12, 2015 – Today U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in South Dakota is unconstitutional. The ruling is stayed, meaning same-sex couples cannot yet receive marriage licenses in South Dakota.
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Despite Stunning Marriage Victories, LGBT Americans Remain Unequal

Denver, CO; January 7, 2015— From stunning wins for the freedom to marry to Medicare's lifting of the exclusion of coverage for transgender-specific healthcare, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans made gains on many fronts in 2014. However, despite these advances, deep disparities remain, including an overwhelming lack of employment nondiscrimination protections, high rates of healthcare discrimination, poorer overall health, and poorer well-being
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AMPA Statement on Reintroduction of the Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, DC- January 6, 2015 Today, the American Military Partner Association, the nation's largest organization for the partners, spouses, and families of America's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members and veterans, praised the reintroduction of the Respect for Marriage Act by Senator Feinstein in the U.S. Senate and Representatives Nadler and Ros-Lehtinen in the U.S. House of Representatives. While the U.S. Supreme Court found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, the remaining sections were not considered by the Supreme Court. The Respect for Marriage Act would fully repeal DOMA.
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Respect for Marriage Act Reintroduced in Congress to Repeal DOMA

New York - January 6, 2015 – Today Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure that the federal government respects all valid marriages across all agencies. The bill has 42 original cosponsors in the Senate, including every returning Senator to the 114th Congress who supported the bill in the past; and 78 cosponsors in the House.
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Stay on Marriages in Florida to Expire at Midnight

New York - January 5, 2015 – At midnight tonight, a federal district court ruling in favor of the freedom to marry takes effect in Florida, allowing committed same-sex couples to marry throughout the state. The ruling takes effect after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend a stay that was put in place last year. Miami-Dade County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier today, a result of a judge's order in a separate case. The 11th Circuit has yet to schedule a date to hear appellate arguments.
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4th Annual PA Youth Action Conference

The fourth annual Youth Action Conference, Pennsylvania's largest LGBTQ youth conference, will be held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA from February 26th to March 1st. The 2015 YAC is dedicated to "Cultivating New Possibilities for Rural LGBTQ Youth." This conference will focus on pressing issues facing young rural Pennsylvanians, and toward the empowerment of a generation of rural LGBTQ youth leaders in our state.
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Focusing with Art Making for Emotional Self Healing Jan 25


When we experience trauma, grief, stress, or other emotions, those feeling are stored in our physical bodies, often causing headaches, tiredness, and body aches. Focusing is a gentle yet powerful skill for tapping into your body’s wisdom to make positive changes in your life. Focusing is a way of listening to your body with compassion, without assumptions or judgment. In this Jan 25 workshop, we will learn more about focusing, practice listening to ourselves and creating visual art and/or writing as a way to further explore what we are hearing. $30 per person, 3-5PM. Contact: Dr. Penny Orr, ATR-BC, ATCS (Expressive Therapies Center, 103 West Normal Street, Edinboro, PA 16412). (814) 873-3092. [email protected] www.expressivetherapiescenter.com
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The Amazon Trail: Santa Dyke 1998

How should a dyke or a gay man celebrate the winter holidays? 'm pretty spiritual, but I'm nowhere near religious. What if I don't observe any of the holy days this time of year, but celebrate the spirit of all of them? I've had Christmas trees with Solstice lights and a menorah burning on the mantle. I've wrapped speculums in aluminum foil and hung them from a collective Solstice tree. I spent one Christmas Day crying into my Crystal Geyser over a break up, fearing the season had been ruined forever.
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