June, 2007 News (19 Articles with 15,394 total views)

On the cover of the print edition for June, 2007 Stephanie, Ellen, Jen and Bev at the GLENDA Northwest PA bowling night on May 19. PHOTO: James von Loewe

This is the second run of Erie Gay News, which began publishing again in December of 2002. This is the current publication for the region. The co-editors are Deb Spilko and Michael Mahler , with Mike Lipiec handling graphic/ad layout.

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Calendar & Upcoming Events

Calendar of Local GLBT Events

Up to date listing of events and meetings.

Safe Net Full Moon Party

Safe Net Full Moon Party
An evening of great music, prizes and fun is planned on June 21 as SafeNet holds its Full Moon Party at Papermoon Restaurant Gallery and Jazz Club from 5:30 to 11 PM. The event benefits SafeNet Domestic Violence Network. For information visit www.safeneterie.org
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More summer events

More summer events
Even more fun GLBT summer events! Compiled by Deb Spilko.
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Local Faces and Photos

Folding/Distributing Work Party - May 2007

Folding/Distributing Work Party - May 2007
Erie Gay News is very privileged to get some wonderful volunteers every month who help with folding and distributing the issue. James von Loewe, a long time volunteer, brought his camera to the June 2007 work party and took a few photos.
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Local/Regional News

GLENDA Bowling Fundraiser on May 19 a success!

GLENDA Bowling Fundraiser on May 19 a success!
On Saturday, May 19, 2007, The NW PA Chapter of the Gay and Lesbian Neighborhood Development Association (GLENDA) had a wonderfully successful bowling fundraiser at Plaza Lanes in Meadville. About 40-50 people attended over the course of the evening. Erie Gay News staff photographer took some photos
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UU garage sale June 15-16

UU garage sale June 15-16

The annual 125+ Family Garage Sale will be held June 15 and 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 New Perry Highway. The sale runs from 9 AM - 1 PM each day, with numbers available at the door at 8 AM.

The church is located 2 ½ miles south of the Erie Zoo or ½ mile north from Exit 27 off I-90. Come see what treasures we have to offer this year - housewares, books and music, clothes and accessories, electronics and outdoor gear.

Don't forget to visit our bake sale and snack bar for extra shopping energy! For more information call 864-9300.

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Trance is now Trance Night Club

Trance is now Trance Night Club
Please note! Trance has changed its name to Trance Night Club and Oasis Patio/Martini Bar. Their web site is now http://www.trancenightclub.com .
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Millcreek's 4th of July parade

Millcreek's 4th of July parade
Anyone interested in participating in the Millcreek July 4 Parade is invited to gather 10 AM on July 4 at the vicinity of 12th St. and Marshall Ave. (the Erie Insurance building and also former site of Lizzy Bordon's.) Look for the Erie Peace and Justice banner.
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In Memoriam: Don Samples

In Memoriam: Don Samples

Many of you may have heard about Donny Samples, who died Thursday evening. Donny was an incredibly kind and outgoing person, and enjoyed hanging out with his friends and playing pool at the Zone.

The obituary from GoErie.Com is below. Please note that there are viewings Burton West Lake Funeral Home, 3801 W 26th St, Erie PA today (Saturday) from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM an also on Sunday from 7 to 9 PM. The funeral service will also be there on Monday at 1 PM.

Also on Monday, the Zone, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA, will be having a wake in Donny's memory. It was his specific request that folks wear rainbow stuff.

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2007 Pride Erie Picnic on June 2nd

2007 Pride Erie Picnic on June 2nd

The 15th Annual Pride Erie Picnic is set for Saturday, June 2, 2007 at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park, Erie PA. We are looking at a bigger and better picnic than ever! You can register here.

Volunteers are very much appreciated and needed! You can sign up to help out the picnic when you register.

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Spirituality and Religion

On Jerry Falwell

On Jerry Falwell
Links to articles about the passing of anti-gay Rev. Jerry Falwell.
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Political, Activism and Legal

National News Briefs

National News Briefs
Gay Rights Group Launches Campaign Against Religious Right; Expanded Hate Crime Bill Protects LGBT Individuals; McCain says Gay Troops Pose "Intolerable Risk"; LGBT Rights Bills Becomes Law in Oregon; Immigration Equality Bill Introduced in Congress
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Entertainment and Travel

On Stage

On Stage
Selected area cultural events that may be of interest to GLBT audiences.
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On TV in June

On TV in June
GLBT television resources for June/Pride month, compiled by Deb Spilko.
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Coffeehouses

Coffeehouses
Deb has news about what's coming up at GLBT-friendly coffeehouses in the region. Featured this month is Eclectic Etceteras in Edinboro.
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What is the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts all about?

What is the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts all about?

The 39th Erie Summer Festival of the Arts is about strolling through Pepsi Liberty Park, enjoying the juried crafters and what they have to offer, and watching the artists do art works.

You can attend various concerts on the main stage that have featured such performers in the past as: Chuck Mangione, The Four Tops, Juice Newton, BJ Thomas, Lee Greenwood and the Paul Winter Consort to name just a few.

Look at the Erie Times News Showcase on Thursday June 21, for the schedule and who will perform on the main stage. You can enjoy the professional juried art exhibit, now called the Ruth Jageman Panorama Juried Art Exhibit, after the longtime advocate of the arts. The art show is on display at Blasco Library. Have your children enjoy making a few craft items, get their faces painted, listen to story time, watch a puppet show, listen to a concert especially geared to children.... all in a safe environment!

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Letters, Columnists and Opinion

The Most Effective Form of Communication on April 18— Silence

The Most Effective Form of Communication on April 18— Silence

On Wednesday, April 18, students in every grade participated in the National Day of Silence at McDowell High School. This year, over 300 students in grades nine through 12 took a vow of silence.

The Day of Silence is a student-led day of action where people who support making anti-LGBT bias unacceptable in school are silent for a day. Participants include LGBT students and their supporters.

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Michael Dithers

Michael Dithers
Wonderful time in Meadville at GLENDA bowling fundraiser, excitement about picnic, Don Samples passing, and fun with Erie Bloggers.
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The Upper Room

The Upper Room

From Rev. Richard Moyer:

I never really liked school. So, it surprised me when I finished four years of college and then three years of seminary. This was a cause for celebration but first I needed a little peace and quiet to let it all sink in.

I decided the best place to be alone with my thoughts was the chapel. However upon entering I soon decided this was not going to be the best place. There were people talking in the corner, the custodian was sweeping the floors and the chaplain was cleaning off the alter. Since this place was not going to work, I hurried across campus and found a little room under the stairs in the dorm where all was quiet and the noise of the world was locked out.

 

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Miscellaneous

Ex-Gay Survivor's Conference

Ex-Gay Survivor's Conference

On June 26 - July 1, the Annual Exodus International Conference will be in Irvine, California, to promote the false message that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are disordered, sinful, and in need of change.

In response, Soulforce, BeyondExGay.com, and the LGBT Resource Center at the University of California-Irvine are proud to present an interactive, community-building conference featuring the powerful stories of those who have had ex-gay experiences, but now understand that their sexual orientation or gender identity can be lived in ways that are loving and life-affirming.

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