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Candidate Forum on April 26

On Wednesday, April 26, there will be a Candidate Forum at the H.O. Hirt Auditorium at the Blasco Public Library, 160 East Front St, Erie PA, The event begins at 6:30 PM and is free and open to the public. When arriving, audience members are invited to place written questions in the areas of poverty/mental health, LGBTQ rights, and other topics (health care, election reform, etc) in jars. There will be a moderator, who will ask questions from the jars of candidates for Erie County Executive, Erie County Council, Erie City Mayor, and Erie City Council. Time permitting, candidates for other offices who attend will be given two minutes each to speak. The forum is a joint effort with Keystone Progress Erie, Mental Health Association of NW PA and Erie Gay News.

Become a 2017 NW PA Pride Donor!

This year the Northwest Pennsylvania Pride Alliance Inc is already hard at work to make 2017 and the 25th year of Pride special for the entire community. We look forward to having our Pride Fest in June of 2017 during the traditional PRIDE month, and we have the Pride Picnic and other events planned throughout the summer and fall. The support of individuals and organizations in our community has been the catalyst for furthering the Alliance's mission: Improving the visibility of the LGBTQIA community and facilitating communication and collaboration between groups and individuals. We are asking for your support in 2017 as we celebrate 25 years of Pride in NWPA.

HIV & STD Testing at Drenched Fur 13 - Get a FREE Gift Card!

As part of Drenched Fur 13, HIV and STD testing services will be provided to local men as a great option on Saturday April 1st between 10am and 2pm. These free and confidential testing services are being provided by the Erie County Department of Health and Community Health Net in the Ambassador Meeting Room at the Bel Aire Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 W 8th St, Erie PA. Even better, individuals getting HIV tests will receive a Country Fair gift card. Guys can use this web link to choose their testing time at the online version OR you can show up between 10am and 2pm to get tested! Tests provided include rapid HIV (saliva sample), rapid syphilis (blood sample) and also chlamydia and gonorrhea (urine sample).

Drenched Fur 13 is Gonna Time Warp Again

This year's installment of Drenched Fur is looking forward to enjoying the fun of celebrating their theme inspiration with the cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, during the weekend of March 30th thru April 2nd, 2017 The weekend of activities for the bear community and its friends is sold out for full weekend packages. YET there are individual events available for ala carte pricing/choices. For information about these events visit www.drenchedfur.com. Contact: Gary Snyder. (814) 446-2327. info@drenchedfur.com. Note: Drenched Fur events are for adult males 21 and older.

NWPA Pride Alliance HeART Show April 27

HeART Show is an art auction consisting entirely of original works from the Erie region's LGBTQIA community. It will be held at Scotty's Martini Lounge, 301 German St, Erie PA on Thursday, April 27 at 8 PM. The donated works will be auctioned off and all proceeds go to helping us here at the NW PA Pride Alliance make Pridefest and all this years events even bigger and better. The event is free and open to the public, the venue is 21+. Please have ID, in accordance with PA state regulation

Equality PA Town Hall on LGBT Issues on March 27!

Save the date for the Erie Town Hall, one in a series of meetings across Pennsylvania being organized by Equality PA about issues facing the LGBT community in 2017. Find out ways to get involved so that you can support LGBT people and take action locally and statewide The event will be at the Crime Victim Center of Erie County, 125 W 18th St, Erie PA on Monday, March 27th at 6:30pm.

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) announces new scholarship program for LGBT high school seniors

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is delighted to offer scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Any LGBT student in Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties is eligible. If you are enrolled in an accredited university, college, vocational, or technical school for the 2017-2018 academic year full-time or part-time, please check out this opportunity.

Tables at Pride Fest on June 24

NW PA Pride Alliance invites you to participate as a table at this year's Pride Fest, to be held on Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 4 PM in Perry Square at W. 6th and State, Erie PA. Set-up will begin at noon. All tables are expected to remain set up until the end of the festival. Registering for tables for those who had a table at last year's Pride Fest began on February 1, and table registration for everyone else begins on March 1. The cost to participate is $15 per table and must be paid in full by Thursday, June 1. 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.

Theology on Tap at Andy's Pub

The Table will be hosting Theology on Tap on Thursday, April 13 at Andy's Pub, 3866 Peach St, Erie PA from 7-9pm. People of all faith backgrounds (and non-faith backgrounds!) are welcome to come and share their thoughts on life, God/Universe, how the world works and human response as we learn from each other and enjoy our favorite beverages. Topics of discussion are raised by participants or generated randomly. This event is open to those 18 and older, but those under 21 may not order alcohol.

LBT Women of Erie Leader Nominated for Woman of the Year

Erie, PA - We're happy to share that Kim Conti, one of the current leaders of LBT Women of Erie, is one of five finalists for the Women's Roundtable of Northwest PA Woman of the Year Award. The Women's Roundtable is a networking organization that helps women grow personally and professionally. The annual award recognizes women who go above and beyond to make a positive impact in the Erie community-especially to help other women. Kim was nominated in recognition of her tireless advocacy, activism, mentoring, and volunteer work in the Erie and Erie LGBT Community.

March for Babies on April 30

On Sunday April 30th, several Erie-based organizations that serve the LGBTQIA community are joining together for a second year to help another organization, March of Dimes. The team, which will consist of members from NWPA Pride Alliance, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, LBT Women of Erie, Erie Sisters and Brothers, The Table, and TransFamily of NWPA are excited to help March of Dimes, which helps improve the health of babies. This event is family friendly for all ages. Everyone is encouraged to wear either their organization's shirts or rainbow colors. Anyone interested can visit the event page at March of Dimes. If you are unable to walk, donations will be accepted. If you are unable to donate, please considering walking.

Pennsylvania LGBTQA Health Conference June 14-15, 2017 in Cranberry, PA

We would like to invite you to attend the free LGBTQA Health Conference June 14th and 15th in Cranberry Pennsylvania!  The Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and  Dr. Scout, director of LGBT Healthlink, will serve as keynote speakers for the 2 day event.  We have limited space so please RSVP at the link below as soon as possible

Announcing the Sixth Annual Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference!

We are proud to announce that the Sixth Annual Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference will take place May 19-22, 2017 in Downtown Harrisburg! This year, the YAC will be dedicated to "Securing Economic Opportunity for Young LGBTQ Pennsylvanians." The conference will focus on issues around economic justice for LGBTQ youth including: access to quality jobs, non-discrimination in employment, poverty (across rural, suburban, and urban communities), housing instability, and LGBTQ youth homelessness.

2017 LEAGUE Scholarship Application Period is Open

We are pleased to announce the 2017 LEAGUE Foundation LGBT Scholarship Program is now open for high school senior student applicants online at http://www.leaguefoundation.org/apply/. The application deadline for scholarships is midnight April 30, 2017 Eastern Time and awards will be dispersed in the summer of 2017. Full applicant qualifications are detailed online.

Call for Entries - 94th Annual Spring Show at Erie Art Museum

February 14, 2017, Erie, Pennsylvania – The Erie Art Museum is pleased to announce the call for entries in the 94th Annual Spring Show. The deadline for entries is April 1st at 5 p.m. Detailed entry information and receiving dates are available on the Museum's website at  http://erieartmuseum.org/call-for-entries/

Nominations now being accepted for 2017 Class of Real Men Wear Pink

The American Cancer Society is now accepting nominations for 2017 Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.  In its second year, The Real Men Wear Pink campaign supports the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event in Erie PA.

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