7th Circuit Hears Landmark Indiana and Wisconsin Freedom to Marry Cases

New York - August 26, 2014 – Today in Chicago the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in marriage cases out of Indiana and Wisconsin, seeking both the freedom to marry and equal legal treatment of the lawful marriages of same-sex couples.
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Seventh Circuit Hears Oral Arguments Seeking Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Indiana and Wisconsin

Chicago- August 26, 2014 - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in lawsuits seeking to strike down discriminatory marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The three-judge panel included Richard Posner, Ann Claire Williams and David F. Hamilton. Attorneys from Lambda Legal argued on behalf of five plaintiff couples from Indiana and attorneys from The American Civil Liberties Union argued on behalf of thirteen plaintiff couples from Indiana and Wisconsin.
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Detroit Transgender Women Targeted in Possible Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 22, 2014 -- The Detroit police department has announced they are investigating the shooting of three transgender women that took place earlier this week. While two victims survived the shootings, the third unidentified transgender woman died. Police report all incidents to have taken place in the Palmer Park area and suspect them to be possible hate crimes
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Task Force Lauds American Bar Association's New Policy Supporting LGBTQ Rights

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 20, 2014 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is congratulating the American Bar Association (ABA) for adopting a resolution in support of LGBTQ rights.
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LGBT table at Blues and Jazz Fest

On August 2, 2014, NW PA Pride Alliance was proud to once again staff an LGBT info table at the Annual Blues and Jazz Fest in Frontier Park. The Blues and Jazz Fest is organized by Erie Art Museum and other organizations and is attended by over 20,000 people.
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The Only Diet That Works

Pool parties. Pride. Hot weather. Less clothing. We want to look good, particularly at this time of year. Many of us want to lose weight. Work out more. Eat healthier. It seems we try everything to look good. We work so hard to change how we look on the outside. But we forget about the inside. We think that if only we found the perfect diet/exercise plan, that we'd become the person we've always wanted to be.
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Obituary: Fredia Hurdle

Obituary: Fredia Hurdle
Fredia Hurdle, 50, passed away August 7, 2014. She is survived by her partner and spouse of 24 years, Meadville native Lynn Hurdle. Fredia and Lynn joined the Whitewood v. Wolf lawsuit for marriage equality in 2013. Fredia lived long enough to see her dream of marriage equality become a reality, but, sadly, passed away before she and the woman she loved were legally wed.
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Diversity speaker Andrew Solomon at Mercyhurst Sep 24

Diversity speaker Andrew Solomon at Mercyhurst Sep 24
The Tanner Speaker Series will be sponsoring a campus talk by Andrew Solomon, author of the best-selling book "Far from the Tree", on September 24, 2014, at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University in Erie.
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COLORS Annual Picnic on September 6

COLORS Annual Picnic on September 6
COLORS (Creating Outlasting Love for Our Rainbow Society) is an LGBTS organization that is still working on "getting off the ground." We receive no funding from any county/state resources. Any and all events hosted are funded by the Annual Membership Fees from our members as well as any donations received from community members. COLORS 2 BIG events for each year are the Annual Picnic and Annual Christmas Party. Both events were pretty successful last year...but we would love to see more people and expand our membership. We are hoping to add more events as we grow...Membership fees are $12/single; $20/couple per year. Contact COLORS at [email protected] for more information on becoming a member.
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Federal Court in Florida Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 21, 2014 -- Today, a federal district court in Tallahassee, Florida ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. Florida's Attorney General is expected to appeal the decision. As such, the federal judge issued a stay on the case.
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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Announces Support of the Freedom to Marry

New York - August 21, 2014 - Today Nashville Mayor Karl Dean became the first Tennessee mayor to join Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition of nearly 500 mayors who are making the case for marriage for same-sex couples in their communities.
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Supreme Court Stays Virginia Marriage Case

New York - August 20, 2014 - Today the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the Fourth Circuit's July 28 ruling, which held that Virginia's denial of the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The Fourth Circuit had declined to stay, or freeze, its decision, but today's procedural action by the Supreme Court means that same-sex couples will continue, for now, to be denied the freedom to marry in Virginia as the case makes its way through the appeals process.
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ACLU and Lambda Legal Ask Supreme Court to Reject Motion to Delay Virginia Marriages

Richmond, Va - August 18, 2014. - Today, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Virginia, and Lambda Legal will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg seeking to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia's discriminatory marriage ban.
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Win I Am Happiness on Earth from Breaking Glass Pictures!

Win I Am Happiness on Earth from Breaking Glass Pictures!
Win I Am Happiness on Earth from Breaking Glass Pictures! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between August 19 and September 9.
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Task Force Calls for Thorough Probe into Possible Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson, Missouri

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 15, 2014 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is calling on the President and the Justice Department to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, last Saturday. As a result of Michael's death, local community activists initiated protests, in which local police responded with alleged excessive force and illegally arresting members of the media.
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New Victory Congressional Fellow is Sole Transgender Staffer in U.S. House

WASHINGTON- August 14, 2014 – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute today announced the appointment of Ben Panico as a Victory Congressional Fellow for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.  The appointment makes Panico the only openly transgender person working in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first openly transgender person to serve as a Victory Congressional Fellow. 
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Cincinnati Mayor Urges 6th Circuit to Strike Down Marriage Ban

New York - August 14, 2014 - On the heels of oral arguments in two Ohio marriage cases presented before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last week, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley today urged the appeals court to strike down the state's marriage ban, on behalf of his gay and lesbian constituent
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Body Electric Massage Workshop Coming to Cleveland October 11-12

The Body Electric School has announced that it will be offering its introductory men's massage workshop in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 11-12. The Celebrating the Body Erotic (CBE) workshop will return to Northeast Ohio for the first time in more than a decade in downtown Cleveland. This will be a full two-day workshop, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, featuring experienced Body Electric teacher Craig Cullinane from New York as faculty.
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Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment
The Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment period for 2015 will run from Nov 15, 2014 through Feb 15, 2015. The Outreach and Enrollment Department at Community Health Net was established to assist anyone in need of assistance with their questions about the Affordable Care Act, and to assist anyone who needs help navigating the website and the enrollment process. The Outreach and Enrollment Department is located at 1611 Peach St, Suite 425 and can be reached at (814) 314-0055 and is open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm. and weekend hours by appointment.
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Pride Shirts Now Available Online!


NW PA Pride Alliance is happy to announce our new online store for getting Pride Shirts! This helps make Pride possible. We have both the new V-neck shirts as well as tank tops. V-neck shirts are sizes small to 3XL, and tank tops are sizes small to 2XL. On the back of the shirt are all of the sponsors helping to being Pride to you this year, and a listing of the great events happening in our community! If you didn't get the chance to pick up a shirt at the Pride Picnic and want a shirt to wear at Erie Pride Fest on August 23 (or just for looking fabulous whenever you'd like!) then be sure to check our store at https://squareup.com/market/nw-pa-pride-alliance-inc.
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The Amazon Trail: The Last Holiday

Why are we celebrating the obligation to toil most of our lives? Seriously, why is Labor Day an American holiday? Is it an excuse for one last blowout before - before what?
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Straight But Not Narrow, The Trevor Project and human I-T partner for 'Power On'

August 8, 2014 (Los Angeles) — Today, Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN), The Trevor Project and human I-T announced an initiative called "Power On," (#PowerOn) to provide LGBTQ youth access to computers and important online resources.  From today through "LGBT Spirit Day" on October 17, 2014, the organizations will work to encourage individuals to donate their laptops, tablets and/or smart phones through the campaign to be distributed to LGBTQ resource centers across the US, so that LGBTQ teens can gain instant access to online resources. Technology donated through the campaign will be refurbished by human I-T to provide the latest up-to-date security and open-source technology, and will specifically include resources for LGBTQ youth. Donation information is available at TheTrevorProject.org/poweron and human-i-t.org/ally.
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6th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in 6 Marriage Cases

New York - August 6, 2014 – Today the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments in marriage cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, seeking both the full freedom to marry and in-state respect for legal marriages of same-sex couples.
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Win for equality: effort to repeal Houston Human Rights Ordinance fails

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 5, 2014 -- Yesterday, opponents of Houston's Human Rights Ordinance failed to garner enough signatures to get the ordinance on the ballot.
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From paper to practice

From Philadelphia Gay News - Who would have thought that a broken arm would lead anyone to appreciate marriage equality?
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4th Annual Afternoon for Equality

On Sunday, July 27, 2014, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality held its 4th Annual Afternoon for Equality at 21 la rue dix, 21 W 10th St, Erie PA. This is the major fundraising event for the group. About 70 people attended. Major donors ($1,000+) included Erie Insurance, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the McCain Foundation. In addition to the major donor gifts, approximately $9,000 more was donated through sponsorships and individual ticket sales for the fundraiser itself. Plans announced for the remainder of 2014 include a national speaker for the fall (November 30), Cleve Jones, who is the founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and was an associate of Harvey Milk before his assassination. GEAE also announced that they will be hosting a health workshop this fall with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; they will also provide a national LGBT youth specialist for an Erie Public School District teacher/administrator in-service (November 4); continue their monthly third Wednesday service project at Calamari's; and pending final fundraising for the year, make a $10,000 LGBT educational gift back to the larger Erie community. Photos are by Michael Mahler, co-editor for Erie Gay News.
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Erie Transgender Community Included in Trans Across America Documentary

Erie Transgender Community Included in Trans Across America Documentary
Erie Sisters President, Melanie Shubitowski, and Erie Sisters member, Chelsea Jones, were recently honored to be selected for an upcoming documentary entitled "Trans Across America".  Trans Family of Erie founder, Caitlyn Strohmeyer, and Melanie's fiancé, Julie Flagella, were also appearing in this segment of the upcoming film which was filmed at Melanie's home in Conneaut, Ohio. The documentary is headed by Chloe Prince, founder of the PinkEssence Transgender network, and her friend, April Wilks, and is to include multiple stops across America showing selected transgenders throughout the country. The film is being produced by Hollywood producer, T. Smith III, and should be out for viewing in film festivals around the country in late Summer or early Fall. At each filming location along the journey, Chloe and April are doing a bigger, better trade up with participants, where the participants are trading an item acquired for something bigger, better and of more value. At the end of the tour, Chloe and April will donate the final item collected to charity. Look for "Trans Across America" later this year in your area.
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