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GEAE Progress Towards Equality on June 11 at Erie County Courthouse

Progress Toward Equality: An educational event in solidarity with the National Pride March movement. This free and open-to-the-public event is being organized by Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and will highlight the progress made right here in Erie, PA, and what we are still working to gain. Please join us on Sunday, June 11 on the Erie County Courthouse steps (140 W 6th St, Erie PA) from 11AM -1 PM. This event will kickoff a month's worth of events throughout the city.

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.

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.

GEAE Afternoon for Equality on June 11

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality will host their signature event, Afternoon for Equality 2017 on Sunday June 11th starting at 2 pm at 21 La Rue Dix, 21 W. 10th St., Erie. Each year, LGBT Community Progress Awards are given to companies or people whose work has advanced LGBT equality and understanding. This year, the fundraiser will focus on the LGBT family, and in addition to the community recognition, GEAE will award scholarships to students entering college or technical school in the fall. Tickets for Afternoon for Equality are $50 and can be purchased here.

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.

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!

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.

Erie Gay News new ad rates

First and foremost, we want to thank everyone who has ever advertised with Erie Gay News! The support of our advertisers has been what has enabled us to keep our region's community informed about LGBT news and events for almost 25 years now and we are deeply grateful for being a part of making that possible. We are glad to inform our community about the great news and events of our community. We are one of only three community LGBT print publications in Pennsylvania, the other two being Philadelphia Gay News and Central Voice PA from the Harrisburg area. Cleveland and Pittsburgh no longer have LGBT print publications, so Erie Gay News takes a lot of pride in informing our region. Erie Gay News has had the same rates for ads since December of 2002, and rising printing and postage costs necessitate that we need to update our rate to reflect those realities.

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

The Erie Art Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museums

May 20, 2017, Erie, Pennsylvania – The Erie Art Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

FREE Dental Clinic at Gannon University June 16-17

No insurance required! The (MOM-n-PA) is a large-scale dental clinic where dental treatment is provided at no cost to individuals who are unable to afford dental care. Treatment is provided first-come, first-served and it is expected that several hundred individuals will be attending this year's event, so please come early! Patients do not preregister. The event will be held on June 16 and June 17 at Gannon University's Recreation and Wellness Center, 130 W. Fourth St., Erie, Pa.and doors open at 6AM each day.

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June, 2017 Print Edition now out!

June, 2017 issue

Issue #259 of the print edition of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, May 23, 2017! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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