Equality California Applauds Choice of Kaine as Clinton Running Mate

Los Angeles - July 22, 2016  - In response to today's announcement from Hillary Clinton that she has chosen Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: "With her selection of Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has highlighted the stark differences between her ticket and her opponent's. In contrast to the extremes of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and homo- and transphobia on vivid display by Donald Trump and his running mate, Kaine presents an alternative: a pragmatist who works across ideologies and across the aisle to get things done.
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GLSEN Statement on NBA Announcement to Move 2017 All-Star Game Out of North Carolina in Response to HB 2

NEW YORK (July 21, 2016) – GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement in response to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's announcement that the 2017 All-Star Game will not be held in Charlotte, N.C., as planned. The move is in response to HB 2, the anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat McCrory after the Charlotte City Council passed an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. 
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Don't Lose Yourself in a Relationship

Often, when I counsel newly-married couples, I hear a familiar lament: "I feel like I've lost myself since I got married" or "After moving in with my partner, I feel like I've merged with them so much that I don't know who I am anymore".
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In Orlando, Hillary Clinton Condemns Terrorist Attack, Act of Hate on Latino LGBT Community

In Orlando, Hillary Clinton Condemns Terrorist Attack, Act of Hate on Latino LGBT Community
July 22, 2016 - During a roundtable with community leaders in Orlando on Friday, Hillary Clinton condemned the terrorist attack against the LGBT community that killed 49 Americans and injured dozens more at The Pulse nightclub in June. Clinton reiterated her commitment to addressing gun violence and disrupting global networks that terrorists use to execute these attacks. Pointing to the need to pull together against hate and bigotry, Clinton said, "We have to stand against hate and bigotry. I was really moved by everyone who stood in solidarity with the victims and families here in Orlando, with the LGBT community, the Latino community, the Muslim community, with law enforcement and others, who have been truly tested and tried in the face of such horror and evil. People from all walks of life came together to help and support one another."
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American Federation of Teachers Passes Resolution to Protect LGBTQ Students' Educational Opportunities And Safety

Washington, DC - July 22, 2016 - Following the recent passage of a resolution focused on LGBTQ students at the American Federations of Teachers convention, Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement: "In Minneapolis this week, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) passed a resolution that stands up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ students in all schools, but focused heavily on transgender students' rights
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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds NBA Move of All Star Game in Wake of Anti-LGBT North Carolina Law

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the NBA announced it would move the 2017 All Star Game out of North Carolina in protest of the anti-LGBT and anti-worker law HB2: "We applaud the NBA for doing the right thing by its fans, its players and employees, and the people of North Carolina.  When a powerful institution like the NBA takes a stand in support of civil and human rights, that action reverberates far beyond its immediate impact and helps to shape our nation's values and culture of inclusion.
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Donor Cuts for Global HIV Investments Imperil Programming for Key Populations

(Durban, South Africa) – MSMGF attended Tuesday a press conference to address the findings of a new Kaiser Family Foundation/UNAIDS report presenting alarming data that 13 of 14 donor governments reduced funding in 2014-2015 for AIDS investments in low- and middle-income countries. Chris Beyrer of the International AIDS Society noted this reduction in funding is expected to fall particularly hard on key populations, including gay and bisexual and other men who have sex with men, as donor governments that contribute to the Global Fund and PEPFAR are far more likely to support key populations programming than their domestic government counterparts. This report provides further evidence that all the high-minded talk of "ending AIDS " will be empty rhetoric without necessary and sustained investments by donor governments.
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ACLU of Iowa Files Civil Rights Complaint on Behalf of Transgender Corrections Employee

DES MOINES, IA - July 21, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa today filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of Jesse Vroegh, a long-time Iowa Department of Corrections nurse who was discriminated against because he is transgender. The complaint was co-filed with the ACLU and cooperating attorney Melissa Hasso with the Sherinian & Hasso Law Firm in West Des Moines.
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Increases in Hepatitis C Threaten Young Women and Babies

The rate of women of childbearing age (WCBA) testing positive for hepatitis C increased by 22 percent across the United States between 2011 and 2014 (from 139 to 169 per 100,000 WCBA), according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over the same time period, the national rate of infants born to women living with hepatitis C increased by 68 percent (from 0.19 percent to 0.32 percent).
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Women's Group Praises NBA for Moving 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC Over Anti-LGBT Law

Women's Group Praises NBA for Moving 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC Over Anti-LGBT Law
July 21, 2016 - Moments ago, the NBA announced that they would be pulling the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over North Carolina's controversial law - HB2 - that prevents transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender, and nullifies existing LGBT protections passed by North Carolina's cities.
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Gay & Bisexual Teen Males No More Likely than Heterosexual Teen Males to Engage in Several Sexual Risk Behaviors

New CDC data presented today at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, suggest there are no significant differences in several HIV-related risk behaviors among U.S. male students in ninth through 12th grades who identify as heterosexual, gay, or bisexual. Still, young gay and bisexual males are at much higher risk for HIV because their sex partners are more likely to be infected with HIV.
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LOGO Greenlights Ninth Season for RuPaul's Drag Race & New Docuseries Fire Island

NEW YORK, NY – July 20, 2016 – Hot off the heels of two Emmy nominations and one of the most watched seasons in the show's history, Logo today announced the season nine renewal of its hit reality series, "RuPaul's Drag Race. " Additionally, the network has greenlit docuseries  "Fire Island " to premiere in 2017.  Both series join the recently announced new reality dating competition series, "Finding Prince Charming," hosted by Lance Bass which will debut on the network this fall. 
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DATA Highlight: Health Disparities Experienced among Older Sexual Minorities: National Health Interview Survey, 2013201

DATA Highlight: Health Disparities Experienced among Older Sexual Minorities: National Health Interview Survey, 2013201
The Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS OMH) posted online national data – for the first time ever - exploring differences in 15 health characteristics between adults 65 years of age or older (older adults) who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (sexual minority), and older adults who identify as heterosexual or straight (sexual majority). 
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MSMGF Releases Strategic Plan for 2016-2021: Community Action, Sexual Health and Rights

Immediately following, an all-day meeting to discuss the future strategic direction of the organization, MSMGF's (the Global Forum on MSM & HIV) International Steering Committee and Board of Directors released their new Strategic Plan for 2016-2021 titled: Community Action, Sexual Health & Rights.
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CfA Releases Report Showing State Anti-LGBT Laws Coordinated at National Level

WASHINGTON D.C. - July 14, 2016 – Today, Campaign for Accountability (CfA) released a new report, Documenting Discrimination, uncovering how national right wing religious groups – working through smaller local groups – are spearheading the movement to legalize discrimination against LGBT individuals through Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA") legislation. 
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NEA president comments on Donald Trump's choice for vice president

WASHINGTON - July 15, 2016 - NEA President Lily Eskelsen García today provided the following statement regarding Donald Trump's selection of Gov. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, as his vice presidential running mate:"Donald Trump had a choice to make with his pick for running mate: to unite rather than divide our country. Unfortunately, Trump's pick of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate indicates that he is bent on tearing us apart with divisive rhetoric, dangerous ideas, and bad choices.
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On LGBT Standards and Beyond, DNC Platform Stands in Opposition to TPP Trade Deal

Washington, DC - The following is a statement from Jerame Davis, Executive Director of Pride at Work reacting to the Democratic Party platform adopted this past weekend and assessing why it stands in strong opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal: "The DNC platform makes it clear that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal fails to meet the standards and vision outlined and championed by the Democratic Party, including upholding the dignity and respect of LGBT individuals across the world.
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Logo Greenlights New Dating Competition Series Finding Prince Charming

NEW YORK, NY – July 12, 2016 – Logo today announced the greenlight of a brand new reality dating competition series, "Finding Prince Charming."  This first of its kind dating show, featuring a cast of all gay men, is currently in production and will debut on the network this fall. 
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Remember NW PA Pride on Erie Gives Day, August 9

The NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc. is committed to providing public events to increase visibility, awareness and a sense of community to the LGBTQIA population of the Erie, PA area. We’re hoping you’ll help us continue to bring you free and low cost events by supporting us on Erie Gives Day. August 9, 2016 • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Eriegives.org.
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GEAE After Pride Party

The Erie annual Pridefest is always an exciting time for the local LGBT community. This year, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is adding to the celebration on August 27 with an After Pride Party at the Bourbon Barrel, 1213 State St, Erie PA from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. GEAE is providing a wide variety of free food for three hours (or until it's gone!), as well as free mechanical bull rides; with a cash bar available. As Pridefest winds down, the After Pride Party will begin! GEAE and the staff at the Bourbon Barrel are enthusiastic about this party, and so we hope that everyone will stop by to continue the celebration of Pride in Erie!
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NCLR Launches Campaign Urging RNC to Reject Support for Conversion Therapy in 2016 Platform

(San Francisco, CA, July 15, 2016)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) calls on the LGBT community and the general public to urge delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention to reject the party's proposed platform and work to end the dangerous and discredited practice of LGBT conversion therapy. Delegates to the convention, which is set to begin Monday, will vote on a platform that includes, among other extreme anti-LGBT provisions, a resolution approving the use of so-called "therapies" that attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Such practices have been condemned by every major medical and mental health organization across the country because they are known to lead to extreme depression, substance abuse, and suicide.
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One Hundred Doctors Urge Passage of MA Bill to Treat HIV-Related Lipodystrophy

July 13, 2016 - Over 100 Massachusetts doctors have written a letter to MA House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, urging the passage of An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment (H927), a first-of-its-kind bill which would mandate insurance coverage to treat long-term survivors of HIV for a disfiguring condition.
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As GOP Writes Anti-LGBT Platform, Cleveland City Council Votes to Protect Transgender Ohioans

As GOP Writes Anti-LGBT Platform, Cleveland City Council Votes to Protect Transgender Ohioans
CLEVELAND - July 13, 2016 -- The Republican National Convention is coming to town next week and preparing to adopt a "staunchly conservative platform" that "amounts to a rightward lurch even from the party's hard-line platform in 2012" -- meanwhile, the Cleveland City Council today unanimously voted to protect transgender citizens under the city's public accommodations law.
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Trump's Policy Proposals Violate Constitution

NEW YORK - July 14, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union today released a constitutional analysis of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's policy proposals and vowed to challenge them in court should he win the presidency.
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Antibiotic resistance threatens gonorrhea treatment

Resistance to azithromycin, a first-line antibiotic used to treat gonorrhea, is emerging, according to CDC findings published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.&nbsp CDC currently recommends a combination gonorrhea treatment with two antibiotics – an oral dose of azithromycin and single shot of ceftriaxone. Findings released today from CDC’s surveillance system for monitoring the threat of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea show that the percentage of gonorrhea isolates with decreased susceptibility to azithromycin, an indicator of emerging resistance, increased more than 400 percent between 2013 and 2014 (from 0.6 percent to 2.5 percent of gonorrhea isolates). This is a distressing sign that the future of current treatment options may be in jeopardy and underscores the importance of the federal government’s Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) Action Plan
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LGBT Advocates and Scholars Applaud New California History-Social Science Framework

Sacramento, CA - July 14, 2016 - The California State Board of Education announced today that it has adopted a new History-Social Science Framework. The Framework sets out guidelines for K-12 schools to implement content standards for history and social science instruction. Among the many changes made to the Framework, LGBT people and their contributions to California and US history are accurately represented for the first time. 
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Donald Trump's Selection of Governor Mike Pence 'Completes a Trifecta of Hate on LGBT Rights'

PHILADELPHIA, PA - July 14, 2016 – Equality Forum, the nation's premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights summit, called Donald Trump's announcement of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice-presidential running mate "deeply troubling for LGBT Americans."

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ACLU Praises Ruling to Uphold Contempt Order Against Kim Davis

KENTUCKY - July 13, 2016 – A federal appeals courts today dismissed Kim Davis's appeals in the Rowan County marriage licensing case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Miller v. Davis upheld the order that found Davis in contempt. 
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Donald Trump Refuses to Reveal Position on Major LGBT Civil Rights Bill

PHILADELPHIA, PAEquality Forum, the nation's premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights summit, sent a letter dated June 14, 2016 to the Donald J. Trump for President's New York and Alexandria, Virginia campaign offices requesting the candidate's position on the Equality Act, asking Does Mr. Trump support or oppose the passage of the Equality Act?
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Mark My Words: Donald Trump, Orlando and Nazi skin-heads

Like many of you in the LGBT community, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from allies here and around the world after last month's mass shooting in Orlando. But I also have many questions and am perplexed by what I m seeing and hearing as some people attempt to explain or use this incident for their own purposes -  or even to bash other communities in our name. Those mixed feeling are slowly building up to anger.
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National TV Ad Depicting Transgender Discrimination to Premiere During Republican National Convention

WASHINGTON -- A groundbreaking ad depicting the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms—and highlighting the lack of state and federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people—will have its national television debut on FOX News Channel next Thursday, July 21, during the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The ad will air nationwide again on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia one week later.
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Partnership Results in New Community College Scholarships and Educational Advancement Programs

LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With the cost of a four-year degree program an insurmountable financial hurdle for many students and families, today nearly half of all undergraduates are enrolled at community colleges. For 15 years, Point Foundation (Point), the largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, has helped young people complete four-year and advanced degree programs. With support from longtime partner Wells Fargo, Point has launched a pilot program to help students in their final year at a community college achieve their goal of transferring to a four-year college or university.
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The Problem is Fear: Gun Control and the LGBT Community in the Wake of Orlando

I am a pretty good shot with a rifle. I won a turkey shoot as a teenager. I have destroyed clay pigeons and discs skeet shooting with a double-barreled shotgun. I trained on an M-16, an adaptation of the AR-15.So when I talk about guns, I understand the allure -  and the repulsion. I wore a uniform when I fired that M16. Civilians should not be walking about with that kind of firepower. The Senate's failure to impose the bare minimum gun safety measures is unconscionable. I will do my best to remove these cowards from office for dereliction of duty.
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2016 Afternoon for Equality Recap

On Sunday, June 26th, over 100 people gathered for the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality's 6th Annual Afternoon for Equality. This year, the signature fundraiser for equality in Erie was held at the beautiful Sunset Inn, 1990 Lakeside Drive, Erie PA, with a special focus on celebrating pioneers in the local equality movement. LGBT Community Progress Awards and personalized letters of commendation from U.S. Senator Bob Casey were presented to community advocates Doris Cipolla and Harry Miller. Participants celebrated the work of GEAE over the past year and listened to a compelling talk from Peter Steward about growing up as a gay man in England in the '60s. An announcement was made regarding the up-coming opening of GEAE's center for equality, a place to conduct the organizations activities. GEAE's events coming up in the next few months were also announced.
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Miss Erie Pageant a Great Night!

On Sunday, June 26, the Miss Erie Pageant was held at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. The two contests were Danyel Vasquez and Jill Valentine Jamison. Miss Erie 2016/17 is Danyel Vasquez and 1st runner up is Jill Jamison.
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Dazzling LGBT Float in 51st Annual Millcreek 4th of July Parade

NW PA Pride Alliance had a float in the 51st Annual Millcreek 4th of July Parade, held on Monday, July 4, 2016 along W 12th St in Erie, PA. Friends from TransFamily of NW PA and other members and supporters of the LGBT community also rode on and walked in the contingent. About 20,000+ people typically show up to watch the parade. There has been representation from the LGBT community in every Millcreek 4th of July parade since 2006. The response from spectators was overwhelmingly positive.
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Equality Florida's Pulse Victims Fund Surpasses $7 Million

An online fundraiser for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting set up by Equality Florida has raised $7M in a campaign that continues to break records for online philanthropy. 
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MSMGF Unveils e-Learning Platform for Health Professionals Serving Gay and Bisexual Men

CPR* is a new e-learning hub assembled by MSMGF (The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) and made possible with support from the Levi Strauss Foundation and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It offers continuing education opportunities for all health professionals including healthcare providers, community and government clinic workers, NGOs and CBOs, policy makers and other health sector stakeholders to ensure that sexual health programs for gay and bisexual men are aligned with WHO-endorsed global standards for services. This includes a major focus on interventions across the full HIV services continuum, including prevention, treatment, care and support.
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The Amazon Trail: Freedom Clothes

So here I am, trying on men's dress pants for the Golden Crown Literary Society Awards ceremony, and I keep thinking of the photos of our people in Orlando. They dressed up too in their best freedom clothes, also anticipating an evening of togetherness. I'm grateful to be alive and able to gather with other gay women, while I can barely take in how many of us were killed, wounded, traumatized and experienced losses because of our gender preferences.
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Equality California Condemns Police Shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota

Los Angeles - July 7, 2016 - In response to this week's police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile in Louisiana and Minnesota, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: "Along with people of conscience across the country, we are heartbroken and sickened by the brutal shooting deaths by police of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We extend our deepest sympathy to their families and loved ones. While a thousand miles separated them, like the 123 black people shot by police this year across the country, they were guilty of the same offense: being black in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
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Pride at Work Statement on the Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Washington, DC - July 7, 2016 - Following the recent police-involved shootings of two black men - Alton Sterling and Philando Castile - Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement: "Alton Sterling was a father. Philando Castile was a union brother. Their lives mattered, but those lives were taken from them in the blink of an eye by the very people designated to protect and serve us all. The repeated and continuous violations of black bodies is appalling.
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GLAD Cheers Passage of Massachusetts Public Accommodations Bill

June 7, 2016 - GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement by Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi after the Massachusetts House and Senate passed transgender accommodations bill, now on its way to Governor Charlie Baker for signature: "Today is a great day for the transgender people of Massachusetts, and for everyone in the Commonwealth who supports equality and opposes discrimination. All transgender people have ever wanted is to live fully and authentically, whether walking through a park, checking a book out of a library, buying a gift for a loved one, or celebrating with a meal in a restaurant.
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AIDS United Calls for Supervised Injection Facilities as Part of Comprehensive HIV Prevention Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 6, 2016 - The AIDS United Public Policy Committee, the largest and longest-running national coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS organizations, calls for the local implementation of supervised injection facilities as part of a comprehensive public health approach to reduce overdose deaths, prevent the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C and improve quality of life among people who inject drugs.
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Pride Day at Waldameer on August 28!

We can't think of a better way to finish your Pride Weekend than with discounted tickets to rides and relaxation at Waldameer Park and Water World! To join us on Sunday August 28th for some family fun at the 10th oldest amusement park in the US, you just need to Use the handy ticket link below to get your discounted day passes to the main park and newly expanded water park. (You can also reserve your passes with us at Erie Pridefest, August 27th in Griswold Park) Tickets at the discounted rate are $24.50 per person.Then just stop by our reserved pavilion, Coaster 1, to pick up your passes. Enjoy your day in the park with friends and family
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Over 70 Groups Urge Rep. Chaffetz to Cancel Hearing on Anti-LGBT Legislation Scheduled a Month After Orlando Shooting

WASHINGTON - July 6, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union and over 70 national, state and local groups sent a letter today to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) urging him to cancel a hearing on a bill that would allow taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, women, and others.
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Palm Center Assesses Details of DOD's New Transgender Policy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - July 6, 2016 – In a memo released today, the Palm Center, an independent research center publishing state-of-the-art scholarship on transgender personnel in the military, dubbed the Pentagon's new rules on transgender service "exemplary" because they pass key tests necessary for the successful implementation of inclusive policy.
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Campus Pride Supports Bill SB-1146 in California

June 30, 2016 - Campus Pride applauds the California Assembly Judiciary Committee for voting to approve California Senate Bill 1146 on June 30, 2016, a bill protecting LGBTQ students at religious colleges and universities by requiring these institutions to post notices and inform incoming students of their discriminatory policies via a legal loophole that allows their being exempt from providing Title IX protections to all students. Despite misleading and dangerous attacks by Christian colleges related to the bill's passing, the Assembly Judiciary Committee has voted to protect the rights and safety all students at Christian colleges.
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2016-17 Dates and Locations Announced for Campus Pride National LGBTQ-Friendly College Fair highlighting the 'Best of th

Campus Pride announces dates and locations for the upcoming National LGBTQ-Friendly College Fair Program 2016-2017 season.  For the last ten years, Campus Pride has held college fairs specifically for LGBTQ youth and their families to find the "Best of the Best" campuses with inclusive policies, programs and practices.  The college fairs are hosted across the country and are free for prospective students and their families to attend.  To RSVP, please go online to https://www.campuspride.org/collegefair/.
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Buffalo United Artists presents It's Only A Play by Terrence McNally!

It's Only a Play runs at Buffalo United Artists July 23-Aug 14. It's opening night for a new Broadway play called The Golden Egg, and wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her Manhattan townhouse where all of New York show biz elite has gathered. Downstairs, the celebrity guests are pouring in. But the real action is upstairs in the bedroom-where a group of insiders eagerly await the opening night reviews. It's a celebration of theater at its best, and theater people behaving their not-so-best. It's Only a Play was one of the biggest hits Broadway has seen in years.
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National PTA Adopts Resolution on the Recognition of LGBTQ Individuals as a Protected Class

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National PTA, the nation's oldest and largest child advocacy association, adopted a resolution during its 2016 Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla. on the Recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals as a Protected Class. The resolution calls for federal policies that specifically protect LGBTQ youth and local practices that create and maintain safe, affirming and inclusive learning environments for all students.
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Educators double down on protecting rights of LGBTQ students and members

WASHINGTON - July 4, 2016 -In light of the recent murder of 49 Latino and Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) people in Orlando, Fla., and on the heels of escalating and unprecedented misguided legislative efforts to pass discriminatory laws, the nearly 7,000 delegates at the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) today approved a new business item calling on the Association to join a national effort to prevent acts of violence targeted at LGBTQ individuals and to protect their civil rights. The RA is the top decision-making body for the 3 million-member National Education Association. 
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Governor Signs Six Equality California-Supported Gun Safety Bills

Sacramento - July 1, 2016 - California Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law six gun safety bills that ban possession of high capacity assault rifle magazines, regulate the sale and possession of ammunition, expand background checks, limit loans of firearms and ban the resale of a gun to someone legally barred from purchasing it. The new laws were supported by Equality California and 19 other LGBT and HIV organizations as part of Equality California's Safe and Equal campaign against gun violence.
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USS Ronald Reagan support Pride Month Observance

USS Ronald Reagan support Pride Month Observance
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 25, 2016) Lt. Jon Fujiwara, from Westminster, Colorado, speaks to Sailors about being proud of who they are as individuals during a pride month observance event in the aft mess decks aboard the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). "It's awesome to see everyone come out and support the community, and it was an awesome event," said Fujiwara. The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jamaal Liddell/Released)
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Erie PrideFest on August 27

NW PA Pride Alliance will be presenting Erie Pridefest on Saturday, August 27th. The day's events will begin with the Pride March. As always, assembly for the march begins at noon at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, and step off is at 1 PM with the march ending down at the Festival in Griswold Park. Pridefest will begin at 2 PM and will feature performers, speakers and entertainers; as well as vendors and information tables. The Facebook event page is here.
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Tables at Pride Fest on August 27


NW PA Pride Alliance invites you to participate as a table at this year's Pride Fest, to be held on Saturday, August 27 from 2 to 4 PM in Griswold Park at W. 14th and Peach, Erie PA. Set-up will begin at noon. All tables are expected to remain set up until the end of the festival. The cost to participate is $15 per table and must be paid in full by Saturday, August 20, the week before the event. The cost includes one 8-foot table and two chairs. Checks should be made payable to: NW PA Pride Alliance and mailed to PO Box 11448, Erie PA 16514. The festival will be held outdoors and will take place rain or shine. You may bring a canopy up to 10 x 10 for shade. Electricity is unavailable to tables for this event.
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Parade units for March to Pride Fest on August 27


Pride Fest will be held on Saturday, August 27. PrideFest and the Pride March are organized by NW PA Pride Alliance. We will begin assembling at noon in the parking lot of the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie. Step off is promptly at 1 PM. We will go over 18th Street to State Street, down State Street to 13th Street and then into Griswold Park (14th & Peach If you are not marching with a contingent, please feel free to join our NW PA Pride Alliance contingent as we march to Pride Fest We also invite you to be part of the Family Portrait that will be taken in Griswold Park at the end of the march. There is no cost to participate in the March, but contingents are requested to notify us by Saturday, August 20, the week before the event. If you want to be a unit in the March to Pride Fest, please email tables@nwpapride.org.
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Open Call for Pride Fest 2016 Entertainment


NWPA Pride Alliance is currently seeking entertainment acts for our 2016 PrideFest, being held Saturday August 27th at Griswold Park.
 Anyone interested should contact Tony, Entertainment Coordinator, by emailing entertainment@nwpapride.org.
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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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