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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.

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

VisitErie Including LGBT section in Hello Erie App

VisitErie has added an LGBT section to our Hello Erie mobile app (available on Android and iTune)! It has the same content as the LGBT web page on VisitErie.com. VisitErie has over 21,000 downloads of this app and they promote it heavily throughout the year.

The Ninth Annual Keystone Conference: A Celebration of Gender Diversity

TransCentralPA is proud to announce that the ninth Annual Keystone Conference is scheduled for March 22 -26 2017, at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey, at 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg PA. The conference exists to provide vital information to those that identify as transgender as well as an opportunity to connect them with health care and other service providers. Added this year are two new features, a Family and Youth Program and a program in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Medical Society to train health care professionals on the methods of opening a medical practice to transgender patients.

Shiver with Antici....pation for Drenched Fur 13

Drenched Fur is about to host their 13th year here in Erie PA during the weekend of March 30th thru April 2nd, 2017. And this year, their theme inspiration is the cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show The weekend of activities for the bear community and its friends is nearly sold out for full weekend packages. BUT there are several 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.

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

Erie Sisters and Brothers Transgender Support Group Cabin Fever Weekend Feb 24-26

Erie Sisters & Brothers Transgender Support Group’s Cabin Fever Weekend will be held February 24th through the 26th at the Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel, 2800 W 8th Street in Erie. The event coincides with the annual Bar Stool Open in Erie. For more info or to register a team to participate in the Bar Stool Open, visit www.mecaerie.org. For reservations at the Clarion, call (814) 833-1116.

Michael Dithers - 25 Years of Pride and more

Erie is celebrating 25 years of Pride in 2017. Also, Erie County HIV Task Force continues to distribute FREE condoms at 25 locations across Erie County. FREE HIV screenings at Drenched Fur on April 1 at the Bel Aire Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.

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.

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The Ninth Annual Keystone Conference: A Celebration of Gender Diversity
Equality California Condemns Backdoor Effort to Strip Planned Parenthood of Federal Funding
NCLR Condemns ICE Arrest of Survivor of Domestic Violence
Advocates demand immediate release of undocumented transgender woman and survivor of domestic violence
Washington State Supreme Court Rules Florist Discriminated Against Same-Sex Couple by Refusing Wedding-Related Service
GLSEN to DeVos: Protect Crucial LGBTQ Youth Protections from Department of Education Cuts
Victory! Puzder Withdrew Nomination for Labor Secretary
SPLC: Hate Groups Increase for Second Consecutive Year as Trump Electrifies Radical Right
NCLR, Ropes & Gray Challenge AR Decision Denying Rights of Same-Sex Couples to Both Be Listed on Children's Birth Certif
NCAVP mourns the homicide of JoJo Striker, a Black transgender woman killed in Toledo, OH
EQCA Statement on DOJ Failure to Defend Transgender Student Guidelines
CA court issues nonbinary gender change to Transgender Law Center client
Equality Federation Statement on Jeff Sessions Confirmation as Attorney General
Equality Federation Statement on Jeff Sessions Confirmation as Attorney General
Equal Justice for All Americans Endangered by Confirmation of Sessions as Attorney General
'Pastor Protection Act' Rushes Through Ohio Legislature
GLSEN Statement on Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education
Outserve-SLDN dismayed that White House VA listening session did not include veteran's advocates
Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Gloria Announce Bill to Modernize Discriminatory HIV Criminalization Laws
Report: Hostile Laws & Lack of LGBT Protections Leave Trans People at Risk
SAGE Stands Firmly Against Possible Executive Order Promoting Anti-LGBT Discrimination
Senator Wiener Introduces EQCA-Sponsored LGBT Seniors Long-Term Care Bill of Rights
Pride at Work Reacts to Leaked Religious Exemptions Executive Order Draft
GLSEN Statement on Religious Exemptions Executive Order
Equality Federation Statement on Leaked Trump Possible Religious Exemption Executive Order
OutRight Reacts to Confirmation of Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State
Anti-LGBTQ Zealot Jerry Falwell Jr. Appointed to Education Task Force
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Outpouring of support for transgender student Ash Whitaker in the 7th Circuit
Senator Wiener Announces EQCA-Sponsored Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage of Medical Procedures for Long-Term HIV Surviv
NWLC Files Amicus Brief in Support of 16-year-old Male Trans Student Barred from Using Boys' Bathrooms at His Wisconsin
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February, 2017 Print Edition now out!

February, 2017 issue

Issue #255 of the print edition of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, January 24, 2017! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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