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25th Annual Pride Picnic

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, about 250 people attended the 25th Annual Erie Pride Picnic held at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. The family-friendly event was organized by NW PA Pride Alliance Elected officials attending included Erie County Councilmember Kathy Fatica. Local TV news crew WICU/WSEE covered the event. Organizations represented at info tables at the event included ACLU of PA, Children’s Aid Society of Mercer County, Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Drenched Fur, Erie County HIV Task Force/Erie County Department of Health, Erie County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Families United Network, Inc., Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE), Lake Erie Counseling Associates, LBT Women of Erie, Pennsylvania Equality Project, Persad Center, PNC Bank, Safe Kids Erie, SafeNet Center, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, The Cocoa Exchange, TransFamily of NWPA Transgender Support Group, and Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie.

GEAE Intersections of Equality Symposium on Oct 12-13

The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) will host the 2017 Intersections of Equality professional development Symposium: Increasing LGBT Competency in Care for Seniors, on Thursday and Friday October 12-13. The event will bring together health professionals and allies whose work seeks to improve the lives of older adults in our communities. Through the professional development portion of the symposium on Friday from 8am-5pm, GEAE will educate professionals on the unique perspectives needed when working with older adults with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations as they approach retirement, enjoy their golden years, and prepare for estate planning, long-term care, and end of life decisions. The Thursday evening segment of the symposium will be a community-orientated event that will include a screening of the documentary Major! and a panel discussion of area professionals. Both days are priced separately. The symposium will be held at the Manufacturers Association Conference Center 2171 W 38th St, Erie, PA. GEAE will regularly update our page with meeting times and activity schedules. Tickets will be available at the end of August at greatereriealliance.com

Pride Alliance Contingent in Edinboro Homecoming Parade info

Please note that NW PA Pride Alliance will have a walking contingent in Edinboro University 's Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 14. This year's theme is "Superheroes." If you would like to march with us, please get in touch with Michael Mahler at mmahler@nwpapride.org.

Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc

NWPA Pride Alliance is looking for applicants to fill positions with our board of directors. 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.

Family of trans man sues Sharon Police Department over shooting death

SHARON, Pa.-- A federal judge has ordered mediation in the civil rights lawsuit over the officer-involved shooting death of Sean Hake, 23.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Ashtabula office

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center announce the opening of a new Ashtabula Office, located at 5021 State Road. While this is located in Ohio, we are able to serve clients from Pennsylvania as well. The new Ashtabula Office will offer survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Ashtabula County with an option to access specialized services including counseling, victim assistance and support groups close to home.

Greg Rabb running for re-election as Jamestown City Council Member at Large

Greg was first elected as an openly gay candidate for Jamestown City Council in 2007. On January 1, 2008 he was chosen by his colleagues to be the President of that body. Now after five two year terms he is running again for re-election as the only openly gay elected official in the eight counties of WNY.

The Crucible at All An Act

All An Act Theater presents "The Crucible." This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society."The Crucible" won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This production is directed by J. D. Mizikowski and runs September 29 to October 15. Starring Nicholas Emmanuele, Emily Olszewski, Chad Santos, Audrey Ward, Nicholas Carver, Jade Mitchell, Sue Hansen, Karl Seman, Dennis Karle, Victor Kuehn, Joseph Butoryak, Peggy Brace, Natalia Abbott, Benjamin Robson, Aaron Holman, Lexi Gilchrist, Marie Glaser, Brittney Shaw, Giovanni Ciminella. See "The Crucible" Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sept 29, 30, Oct 6, 7, 13, 14. Sundays at 3:00 PM October 1, 8, & 15.

General McLane High School Senior Named Semi-Finalist

Edinboro, PA (September 15, 2017) – General McLane High School senior Alex Lofgren has been named a semi-finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Erie Art Museum Presents Afro-Peruvian Jazz Concert

September 15, 2017, Erie, PA The Erie Art Museum presents the Gabriel Alegría Afro- Peruvian Sextet. Fusing contemporary American jazz with the ancient rhythms of his native Peru, Gabriel Alegría will bring his unique form of world jazz to the Museum's stage on Sunday, October 29, at 3:00pm. Suggested donation is $20/per person, $15 for Museum members.

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