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Deadline for January 2017 print edition (issue # 254) of Erie Gay News is Monday, December 12

For the next print edition of Erie Gay News (issue # 254, cover dated for January 2017), please send in calendar events, news items, and other info for late December 2016 and beyond by Monday, December 12. We expect that the next print edition will come out on Tuesday, December 20.  This will be our 24th anniversary issue!

Third Annual Transgiving Dinner

On Saturday, November 26, 2016, TransFamily of NW PA held their third annual Transgiving potluck dinner at Crime Victim Center of Erie County, 125 W 18th St, Erie PA. Members of Erie region's transgender community and their family and friends enjoyed a delicious dinner and some great time socializing. Photos are by Melanie Shubitowski.

17th Annual Lake Erie Gala a Success!

The Erie Sisters and Brothers Transgender Support Group held their 17th Annual Lake Erie Gala on Wednesday, November 16 through Sunday, November 20 at the Bel Aire/Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 W 8th St, Erie PA. About 70 people attended the event.

NW PA Pride Alliance 2017 Pride Logo Design Contest - Win $100! Theme is 25 Years of Pride

NW PA Pride Alliance will be accepting design entries through March 1 for the 2017 Pride logo. The theme for 2017 Pride is "25 Years of Pride!" We hope that your design will include the official Pride theme. This year’s Pride Picnic will be the 25th anniversary

NW PA Pride Alliance Painting with Pride 2 at Dramashop

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, NW PA Pride Alliance and Dramashop held Painting With Pride 2, a joint fundraiser at Dramashop, 1001 State St, Erie PA. Thanks go out to Angela, our instructor, and Dickey's Barbecue Pit for the use of tables. The event was well attended and very enjoyable.

World AIDS Day event at The Zone Dance Club

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Erie Awareness Outreach organized a World AIDS Day event at The Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. The event included performances by Michelle Michaels, Misty Michaels Kall, Jill Jamison, Twerkzilla, and Shun. Special guest DJ was BlackCat from Toronto. There was also a twerking competition. In addition, Erie County Department of Health provided free, rapid HIV and syphilis testing, and Community Health Net also had testing information.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Held at Bel Aire/Clarion

Members of Erie's Transgender community and allies gathered at the Bel Aire Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 W 8th St, Erie PA on Sunday, November 20, 216 to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance with a candlelit vigil. This was the 18th annual observance nationally. The event was organized by Caitlyn Strohmeyer, president of TransFamily of NW PA.

Erie County HIV TASK Force World AIDS Day presentation at Blasco Public Library

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Erie County HIV Task Force had a presentation for World AIDS Day at the Blasco Public Library, 160 E Front St, Erie PA. The event included a display of AIDS quilt panels and other HIV-related art work. Speakers included Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Laura Beckes and Sylvia Holland of Erie County Department of Health, and Maria, a woman living with HIV. There was local media coverage by both TV news crews and Erie Times-News. Other elected officials attending included PA State Senator Elect Dan Laughlin and Erie County Councilmember Jay Breneman. The event was well-attended and well received.

Erie Insurance earns perfect score on 2017 Corporate Equality Index

ERIE, Pa., Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, Erie Insurance has received a perfect score of 100 on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmark on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. The index is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Vigil for Our Democracy in Perry Square

On Sunday Nov 13, about a hundred people attended the Vigil for Our Democracy in Perry Square, 6th and State St, Erie PA. Organizer Daniel Doubet of Keystone Progress described it as follows: "This a peaceful space for those coping with the election results. This election threatens our core values as a country, and our vulnerable friends and neighbors. And while the results were devastating, we hope to find solace by standing together for our core democratic principles. We reject hatred, and stand vigilant for those in our community who are vulnerable targets for this hatred." The vigil was not a protest against President-Elect Donald Trump, but a stand against hatred. Speakers included Pastor Harry Euell of Faith Temple Church; Rev. Dr. Rich McCarty of Community United Church, Edinboro University professor Lisa Austin, Heather Garczynski, Selena King, political activist Matthew Hatfield, and Daniel Doubet. In between speakers, Daniel encouraged people to talk--really talk--to one another.

Scholarships improve LGBTQ students' lives

Los Angeles, October 19, 2016 – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students seeking financial assistance for their undergraduate or graduate school education are encouraged to apply for a Point Foundation Scholarship. Students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply for Point's multiyear scholarship.

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December, 2016 Print Edition now out!

December, 2016 issue

Issue #253 of the print edition of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, November 22, 2016! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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