February, 2011 News (13 Articles with 6,239 total views)
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On Sunday, January 16, 2011, U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir was doing a book signing at the Erie Book Store. Some of the folks at the Pride planning meeting headed over after the meeting for autographs and browsing. Weir's book-a memoir- is entitled "Welcome to My World." Photos by Deb Spilko, co-editor for Erie Gay News.
On Sunday, January 16, 2011, Michelle Michaels, Buffy Lynn Hayes, Celine Dashawn and Misty Kal presented another FACE drag show at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. FACE occurs the 3rd Sunday of every month. Photos are by Michael Mahler, co-editor of Erie Gay News with editing by Deb Spilko, co-editor for Erie Gay News.
On Sunday, December 19, 2010, Zone Night Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA devoted their monthly FACE Drag Show to benefiting Toys for Tots. $365 and about 20 toys were collected. Fundraising efforts included performers and support staff auctioning Barbie Dolls to look themselves. Performers included show organizer Michelle Michaels, Buffy Lynn Hayes, Mistress Vanitay, Celine Dashawn, Jill Jamison, Diva D'Vyne, Angelica Redd, and Siren, Lady of the Lake. In addition, stage manager Season auctioned a Barbie doll that included her signature clipboard with spikes and a riding crop. Erie Gay News co-editor Michael Mahler took photos.
Every 3.2 seconds someone in the United States becomes a victim of Identity Theft. It is the nation's fastest growing crime. Unfortunately, seniors are easy targets. In 2007, 22% of victims were ages 60 and older. Anyone can be a victim from the very young to the deceased. According to the Social Security Administration, seniors, the critically ill, and the deceased are appealing targets because of their significant assets, their good credit, and federal entitlement checks.
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About 16 people attended the first planning meeting for 2011 Pride events on January 16. The group was enthusiastic and a lot of groups and individuals were represented.
Laurie Edwards, owner of the Presque Isle Gallery and Coffeehouse (PIG), is presently receiving extensive treatments for cancer. A benefit for Laurie will be held at the PIG Saturday February 26 from noon until 6PM. There will be live music and a silent auction.
On Monday, January 3, 2011, 10+ perfomers including Buffy Lynn Hayes, Celine Dashawn, London Lust, Lola and more turned out for Craze Night Club's Birthday Bash for Diva D'Vyne. Photos are by Michael Mahler for Erie Gay News. Craze is located at 1607 Raspberry St, Erie PA.
Please do encourage Erie Gay News readers to regularly report homophobic incidents to PHRC. Please explain to them that though sexual orientation and gender identity are not currently protected classes under the PA Human Relations Act (the state's civil rights law) or under Ethnic Intimidation (the state's hate crimes law), there are strong efforts underway to amend both of those laws. Having reports on the nature and frequency of homophobic incidents is key in supporting those efforts. Tell your readers to call the PHRC's Pittsburgh Regional Office at 412/565-7560 or PHRC's Central Office at 717/783-8438.