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2017 Pride Shirts Now Available!

NW PA Pride Alliance is proud to announce that the 2017 Pride shirts are here! Hot off the presses in your choice of black or antique red, both colors are available in both t-shirt and tank top styles in a cool, comfortable lightweight cotton just in time for spring and summer. This year's shirt commemorating 25 years of Pride events in Erie was designed by Alexandra DeSanti, our contest winner.

Voters Guide

Candidates for Erie County Executive, Erie County Council, Erie City Mayor, and Erie City Council were asked about their positions on GLBT issues. Their responses appear here.

LGBT Community Survey - Let your voice be heard and enter a drawing to win $50!

Erie Gay News would like to invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBT perspective. You can also enter a drawing to win a $50 cash prize just for filling out the survey! There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.

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.

2017 Erie PrideFest Celebrates 25 Years of Pride in NW PA

Pridefest will take place this year on Saturday, June 24, in the traditional Pride month. We will gather at The Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA from 12-1 and step off to march to Perry Square at 1. Once at Perry Square, we will have info tables and vendors along with entertainment including drag performers and many more. For the fourth consecutive year, we will also have HIV and STI testing provided by the Erie County HIV Task Force.

Parvez Sharma - A Sinner in Mecca screening at SUNY Fredonia on April 26

Fredonia, New York (April 13, 2017) – Pride Alliance of State University of New York at Fredonia will host a film screening of A Sinner in Mecca by Parvez Sharma, with a lecture/discussion with Parvez himself immediately afterwards. The event will be April 26th in McEwen 209, from 6 pm-8:30 pm. Admission is free and tickets are not required.

Planning announced for LGBTQ Youth Program!

TransFamily of NWPA is very excited to announce that we will be creating an LGBTQ Youth Program. The goal is to create a program that offers much needed social opportunities and peer-led support to the LGBTQ youth of Erie County.

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

Pride Day at Waldameer Park & Waterworld on Sunday, June 25

We had so much fun last year, we're doing it again! NW PA Pride Alliance will be hosting Pride Day at Waldameer Park and WaterWorld on Sunday, June 25, the day after PrideFest. End your Pride Weekend with unlimited rides and slides at a discounted price!

Edinboro to welcome Dr. Rachel Levine as spring commencement speaker

EDINBORO, Pa. – Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will deliver the commencement address at Edinboro University's undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 13.

New TransFamily Group in Titusville!

TransFamily of NWPA is very happy to officially announce our newest support group for transgender and gender nonconforming people and their loved ones! Staying true to our mission to provide support for the TG/GNC community throughout the Northwest PA region, we have developed a group in Titusville, PA to serve the communities of Titusville, Oil City, Franklin, and surrounding areas.

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.

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Congrats to TransFamily of NW PA's Caitlyn Strohmeyer on being appointed to Erie County Human Relations Commission. Voters Guide is online, and a computer crash created a challenge for finishing this month's issue.

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.

DF13 Tastes Forbidden Fruit, Again

Leading into April this year (March 30-April 2), the Erie community was home once again for the Exclusive Bear Weekend known as Drenched Fur. It was the thirteenth time the ‘Best Little Run for Fun' created a space where hundreds of men coming from the likes of Canada, California, Florida, Texas, and around the tri-state area. Erie has been annually hosting Drenched Fur for over a decade as a weekend where men who appreciate each other and their natural masculinity can let off some winter doldrums. This year's theme did a twist on the 'unlucky number 13' and revolved around the cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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

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.

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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May, 2017 issue

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