GetEQUAL Responds to Ferguson Decision

WASHINGTON, DC - November 24, 2014 -- Tonight GetEQUAL -- a national grassroots social justice organization working toward the full equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Americans -- released the following statement regarding the Ferguson non-indictment:
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NCLR's Statement on Grand Jury Decision to Not Indict Michael Brown's Shooter

(San Francisco, CA, November 24, 2014)—Today, a Ferguson grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, this summer in Ferguson, Missouri.
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New York High Court Allows Retrial on Hate Crime Charge in Killing of Transgender Woman Lateisha Green

New York, NY - November 24, 2014 - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today renewed its call for justice in the case of a slain transgender woman after the New York State Court of Appeals overturned the hate crime conviction of the man accused of killing her but allowed the state to retry him on the disputed hate crime charge. DeLee was originally convicted of manslaughter in the first degree as a hate crime for the 2008 killing of Syracuse resident Lateisha "Teish" Green, a 22-year-old African American transgender woman.
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Michael Dithers

Michael Dithers
Thoughts on anti-discrimination legislation and recent video on street harassment. Also, marriage equality gains.
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Local Wedding Officiant Directory planned


Local Wedding Officiant Directory planned

Erie Gay News is compiling a directory of authorized wedding officiants who will perform services for same-sex couples We will be asking every district justice in Erie and Chautauqua counties if they will treat same-sex couples' wedding requests in a respectful and equal manner. In addition, we are asking our readers to let us know about any other authorized wedding officiants in the area (clergy, civic officials, etc.) who would perform same-sex weddings. We will then contact those officiants to confirm whether or not they wish to be listed in the directory.
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Evergreen Health Services move


Evergreen Health Services move

Evergreen Health Services has moved their Southern Tier offices. 
They are now at 408 West 5th St., Jamestown NY.
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Marriage Equality for PA is now Pennsylvania Equality Project


Reflecting a new mission, the Marriage Equality for PA organization has become the Pennsylvania Equality Project. You can find the new organization at www.paequality.org/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/equalpa. You can follow them at Twitter @PaEquality.
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Fighting Fair

Why do we fight, argue or disagree? We want our way. We want to be right. We want to get something. Are we willing to get it at any cost? For most of us, the answer is: no. In any relationship of worth, we want the relationship to prosper more than we want to "win".
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NW PA Pride Annual Report


As the Northwest PA (NW PA) Pride Alliance begins its fifth year, we are delighted and proud to see how much we have grown in such a short amount of time. We are pleased to share this success by providing our 2014 Annual Report. This report highlights some the accomplishments and activities involved in continuing our mission of improving the visibility of the LGBTQIA community and facilitating communication and collaboration between groups and individuals.
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Web Server Crash


Web Server Crash

The websites of NW PA Pride and Erie Gay News experienced a web server crash on October 3. Here is what was lost, recovered, and not affected:
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Church synod LGBT slap in the face?

For the LGBT community to simply ignore what happened at the Vatican a couple of weeks ago when Pope Francis convened a synod on issues facing the Catholic Church would be a major mistake.  Even those of us who are not Catholic are effected by a church that has an estimated 1.2 billion members worldwide.  Here in the U.S. it's influence effects the way some elected officials vote and some Judges rule.  And then their are the issues that effect our brother and sister believers and their families.  We can not turn our backs on them.
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State of LGBT Equality in Pennsylvania-based Companies Detailed in HRC's New Corporate Equality Index

WASHINGTON - November 19, 2014- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today released the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including 32 in Pennsylvania.
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While Administrative Relief Applies to Millions of Immigrants, Millions More Are Left Out

WASHINGTON, DC - November 20, 2014 -- Moments ago, President Obama made a long-awaited announcement about his intentions to offer administrative relief to millions of undocumented immigrants facing the threat of deportation.
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SPLC's Intelligence Report: Recent Wave of Immigrant Children May Have Revitalized Nativist Extremist Movement

MONTGOMERY, Ala.- November 21, 2014 – As presidential action to allow more undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States became news this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a major report examining the possible rebirth of the nativist extremist movement that roiled the country from 2005 to 2011.
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Pennsylvania Catholics respond to Archbishop Chaput, want candid discussion about LGBT issues during Pope's Philadelphia

PENNSYLVANIA –  Keystone Catholics is disappointed by the November 19th statement by Archbishop Chaput in which he suggested issues dealing with sexuality are driven by the media and therefore will not be widely covered at the World Meeting of Families next September in Philadelphia.
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Laverne Cox to Speak at Penn State Behrend on December 9

Laverne Cox to Speak at Penn State Behrend on December 9
ERIE, Pa. – Nov. 19, 2014 – In the Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black," Laverne Cox's character, Sophia Burset, is a victim of transmisogyny from other characters.
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New ACS Issue Brief Provides Guidance for Advocates Representing Transgender Individuals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 19, 2014 – Following Time Magazine's assertion that "another social movement is poised to challenge deeply held cultural beliefs," an expert on transgender legal issues offers pointers to advocates on how to effectively represent transgender clients in discrimination cases.
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Federal Judge Affirms the Freedom to Marry in Montana

New York - November 19, 2014 – Today U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled in favor of the freedom to marry and respect for same-sex couples' marriages in Montana.
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Montana Marriage Equality Victory

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - November 19, 2014 - In a victory for equality across Montana, the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled today in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage.
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Freedom to Marry Launches Texas Marriage Campaign

New York - November 18, 2014 - Freedom to Marry, in partnership with Equality Texas, today launched a public education campaign to amplify the bipartisan momentum for the freedom to marry in the Lone Star State. The campaign, called Texas for Marriage, will highlight that support as well as the continued harms that committed gay couples face everyday until the state's marriage case, DeLeon v Perry, is decided by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals early next year.
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Federal Court Denies South Dakota's Motion to Dismiss Marriage Equality Lawsuit

(Sioux Falls, SD, Nov. 14, 2014)—South Dakota's marriage equality lawsuit is moving forward after United States Judge Karen Schreier rejected the State's motion for the case to be dismissed on Friday.
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NCLR Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Tennessee Marriage Equality Case

(Nashville, TN, Nov. 14, 2014)—Today, the three same-sex couples challenging the State of Tennessee's laws excluding same-sex couples from marriage and refusing to recognize their out-of-state marriages asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state marriage bans do not violate the U.S. Constitution.
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ACLU and Lambda Legal ask Supreme Court to Review Ohio Marriage Cases

CINCINNATI - November 14, 2014 – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Ohio, Lambda Legal and private firm Gerhardstein & Branch filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ aberrant ruling upholding discriminatory bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Ohio and three other states.
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Betty Who to follow in steps of Lady Gaga- to make award show debut at Logo's New Now Next Awards

New York, November 13, 2014 – Logo TV today announced that emerging pop princess Betty Who is slated to make her television award show debut during Logo TV's 2014 "New Now Next" Awards premiering on Logo TV on Sunday, December 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and MTV on December 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT from Kimpton's Surfcomber Miami, South Beach. The event, which kicks off Art Basel and serves as the definitive farewell party for 2014 and predictor to who and what will dominate pop culture in the year to come, will also feature appearances from Laverne Cox, Charli XCX, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, A Great Big World, Tyler Oakley and Lance Bass. Additional performers, presenters and guests will be announced at a later date.
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Pride Foundation Invests Nearly $7.1 million to Support LGBTQ Community in 2014

Seattle, WA - November 13, 2014—Pride Foundation announced today that it has invested nearly $7.1 million this year to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, adults, and families throughout the Northwest.
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GLSEN Releases 29 State Snapshots from Most Recent National School Climate Survey on America's Middle and High Schools

NEW YORK (Nov. 13, 2014) – GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) today released state-level data from its biennial National School Climate Survey report for 29 states that show that schools remain unsafe for the majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.
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NCLR Applauds the Oklahoma Supreme Court for Allowing Same-Sex Parents to Seek Custody

(Oklahoma City, OK, November 12, 2014)—In a victory for all LGBT families in Oklahoma, the state's Supreme Court ruled today that non-biological parents in a same-sex relationship can seek custody of children they raised based on an agreement to parent together. The decision found that there is no public policy in Oklahoma against a child having same-sex parents, and if a biological parent jointly conceives children with a non-biological parent and then raises those children together, she cannot deny the other parent the ability to seek custody or visitation based on their agreement.
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U.N. Committee Raises Concern About LGBT Conversion Therapy in U.S.

(Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 12, 2014)—For the first time in its history, today the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States.
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Federal Judge Affirms the Freedom to Marry in South Carolina

New York - November 12, 2014 – Today U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in South Carolina is unconstitutional. The decision also cites a previous ruling from the U.S. Fourth Circuit of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over South Carolina.
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State of LGBT Equality in Nine New Jersey Cities Detailed in HRC's New Municipal Equality Index

WASHINGTON - November 12, 2014 - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including nine in New Jersey
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Drenched Fur 11 Video News Update #2

It's here! The second of our Drenched Fur run news video updates has posted on our YouTube channel and this time we're revealing some info folks have been asking about regarding when run registration and hotel booking will begin. The DF11 Events Schedule is now posted on the run website and we look forward to adding new activities in the coming months to when we host another weekend of fun!
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The Amazon Trail: Cheeseburgers In Paradise: Cate Culpepper 1957 - 2014

Author Cate Culpepper was friends with just about everyone in her life. Our friendship began in 2006, when we met in Olympia, Washington for a signing. In 2007 my sweetheart-to-be and I visited Cate's hotel room at the Golden Crown Literary Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Cate was wearing over-sized, faux-furred brown bear slippers, a vision I will never forget -- and never allowed her to forget.
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Great American Smokeout at the Millcreek Mall

Great American Smokeout at the Millcreek Mall
Erie, PA has one of the highest tobacco use rates in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Let’s make Erie tobacco-free for a day! The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity to prove to yourself that you can quit for the day and for life. Join the Northwest Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Program at the Community Booth at the Millcreek Mall on November 20th between 4:00-7:00PM to sign a pledge to quit smoking for the day or to remain smoke-free for life. All participants will be entered into a drawing for one of many gift cards donated by local organizations to help us support the Great American Smokeout. We will have activities for the kids as well as trained tobacco cessation facilitators to help you decide which resources will be most helpful to you during your quit. Remember to set your quit date for November 20th and together we can make our community tobacco-free. Begin your holiday season with a healthier choice. You-CAN beat tobacco!
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Missouri Joins 32 States and the District of Columbia that Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

KANSAS CITY, MO - November 7, 2014 – U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled today that same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses. This judgment strikes down Missouri's 2004 constitutional amendment that excluded gay men and lesbians from marriage allowing Missouri to join the 32 states and the District of Columbia that issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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Judge Affirms the Freedom to Marry in Missouri

New York - November 7, 2014 – Today U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in Missouri is unconstitutional. The ruling comes just two days after St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison also declared Missouri's ban unconstitutional, and a month after a state ruling which found that Missouri must respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples performed elsewhere.
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Sixth Circuit Rejects Legal Challenges to Bans on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(Cincinnati, OH, November 6, 2014)—In a 2-1 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled today that state bans on the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in four states—Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio—do not violate the U.S. Constitution. Judge Martha Craig Daughtry dissented from the decision, which was authored by Judge Jeffrey Sutton.
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ACLU Reaction to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturning Lower Court Decisions that had Struck Down Marriage Bans

NEW YORK- November 6, 2014– The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today reversed the district court rulings of six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. In each of these states, a federal judge had ruled in favor of marriage for same-sex couples and all six rulings were appealed to the 6th Circuit. Today's ruling essentially upholds marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky and denies same sex couples the right to marry or have their marriages recognized in these states.
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Wrong Side of History: 6th Circuit Rules Against the Freedom to Marry, Creating Split in Circuits

New York - Nov 6, 2014 – Today the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati became the first federal appellate court in over a year to rule against the freedom to marry. The ruling overturned lower court decisions out of Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan, all of which found that denying marriage to gay couples is unconstitutional. The 6th Circuit's decision is in conflict with favorable marriage rulings in virtually every court up until this point, including the 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th circuits and a strong majority of the American people.
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New Report: Inconsistent Marriage Laws Cost Businesses $1.3 Billion Annually

SAN FRANCISCO, November 6, 2014 — Today Freedom to Marry and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates released a new report estimating that the remaining patchwork of marriage laws for same-sex couples across the United States costs businesses in the private sector $1.3 billion every year. Over the next five years, the private sector is expected to spend $6.6 billion in order to accommodate laws that allow same-sex couples to marry in some states, but prohibit them from marrying in others.
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Judge Affirms the Freedom to Marry in Missouri

New York - November 5, 2014 – Today St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in Missouri is unconstitutional.
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Federal Judge Affirms the Freedom to Marry in Kansas

New York - November 4, 2014 – Today U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Kansas.
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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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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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