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Regional GSA set to begin this school year

Thanks to two generous grants from Erie Insurance and Erie Community Foundation, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is set to start a new program for LGBTQ youth. Students from area high schools and colleges are invited to participate in the Regional GSA Project hosted by GEAE and area professionals.

Zone Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend Oct 13-15

Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend will take place October 13-15 at The Zone, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. Baked goods and and action Friday, Saturday, and early Sunday before the show! Times TBA

Erie County Suicide Prevention Task Force (ECSPTF) Annual Prevention Conference on September 6

Do you know someone who is depressed, having thoughts of suicide? Have you lost a family member, colleague, friend, client or student to suicide? Have you always wanted to learn more about the topic? Erie County Suicide Prevention Task Force ECSPTF is proud to announce our 4th annual Erie County Suicide Prevention Conference with a focus on LGBTQ and youth suicide. The event is on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Center, 7794 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16509. You can register to attend the event by filling out and returning the form here by September 1. If you would like to sponsor or vend at the event, fill out the form here. The morning begins with our plenary speaker - -Michaila Devore -  a 17 year old student at Saegertown High School. She holds the title of Miss Moraine State Outstanding Teen 2016 and Miss Laurel Highlands 2016. Michaila will explain her program "Powerless to Powerful" where she talks openly about bullying and its connection to suicide among teens and youth.

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

Sneakers reopens after fire

Sneakers, a longtime gay bar in Jamestown NY, reopened on August 15, a month after a fire inside the bar. The owner believes that this was NOT a hate crime. The fire was contained on the first floor, and did not affect the apartments on the second floor. Sneakers is at 100 Harrison Street, Jamestown NY. (716) 484-8816

Transgender to the Table: Setting the Tone for Change Community Discussion at PACA Aug 23

The ACLU of Pennsylvania is looking to learn more about the issues facing members of the trans community. You are invited to brainstorm with us at Transgender to the Table: Setting the Tone for Change Community Discussion on Wednesday, August 23 from 6 to 8 PM at PACA, 1505 State St, Erie PA about what policy changes could make a real difference for trans people in Pennsylvania in 2017 and how we can work together to make these changes happen. Dinner provided for all attendees. Gift cards for the first 10 people who join us! Please RSVP to https://action.aclu.org/transgender-table-erie-pennsylvania

Erie County HIV Task Force hosts HIV Awareness Walk

On Monday, July 31, 2017, Erie County HIV Task Force hosted an HIV Awareness Walk. The event was attended by about 30 people and stepped off from the parking lot of the Erie Bayfront Convention Center, 2 Sassafras Pier, Erie PA, to the Bicentennial Tower at the foot of Dobbins Landing and back. The event included kids and people with their dogs. Everyone had a great time!

PFLAG Butler Holds Annual Rainbow Community Picnic

On Sunday, July 30, PFLAG Butler held their annual Rainbow Community Picnic at Alameda Park Pavilion #3, Butler PA, Friends enjoyed a delicious potluck buffe, great times, a pinata for the kids, and wonderful friends. The chapter meets the second Thursday of the month at Butler Area Public Library from 5 to 7 PM.

TransFamily of NW PA Celebrates Five Years with Picnic at Erie Zoo

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, TransFamily of NW PA celebrated their five year anniversary with a picnic at the Erie Zoo, 423 W 38th St, Erie PA. The event featured a potluck picnic and great times with members and allies. Local TV News stopped out to cover the event.

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.

NW PA Pride Alliance has LGBT info table at Blues and Jazz Fest

NW PA Pride Alliance once again had an LGBT info table at the Erie Art Museum's Blues and Jazz Fest, which was held August 4-6, 2017,in Frontier Park, Erie PA. This year was the 25th for the popular festival, which draws thousands. NW PA Pride Allliance board members and volunteers had a great time talking with people stopping by.

25th Annual Pride Picnic on August 26

This event is free and open to the public, so bring your buns down to the beach and see what's cooking! NW PA Pride Alliance would like to invite you to join us for the 25th Annual Erie Pride Picnic on Saturday, August 26th at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle (near Beach 7) from 1 to 6 PM. Please note that this year's picnic is in August rather than in June.

Daily Beast Does feature on Tyler Titus

National news and opinion site Daily Beast did a feature article on Tyler Titus, entitled "How Tyler Titus Became a Transgender Hero," published on August 15, 2017. Tyler would be the first openly transgender elected offical in the Commonwelath of Pennsylvania if he is successful in his run for Erie City School Board this fall. Tyler is a native of Titusville, PA and currently is a licensed professional counselor in Erie PA.

Date for Common Ground Changed to Sep 23

Whispering Lake Grove, ADF invites you to join us September 23rd at St. Nick’s Grove, 5131 Old French Rd, Erie PA in Erie, PA for "Common Groundquot;. We are celebrating our religious diversity while honoring our community. We will feature workshops, presentations of ritual, food, vendors, music, and more! Gates open at 10:00am and continue until 9:00pm. Any donations made through our auctions will benefit local organizations such as Orphan Angels Cat Sanctuary and Adoption Center. Check us out online at www.wlg-adf.org or contact us at grollwynn72@hotmail.com.

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August, 2017 Print Edition now out!

August, 2017 issue

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