February, 2011 News (66 Articles with 173,701 total views)

On the cover of the print edition for February, 2011 Daniel and Season check out Chris’s winter headware after the planning meeting for the 2011 pride events. Photo by Deb Spilko

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.

Local Faces and Photos

LBT Women Wine and Cheese party

On Sunday, January 16, 2011, the LBT Women of Erie had a delightful Wine and Cheese party at the home of Barb and Robin. Afterwards, they went to hear Voices for Change sing at the Presque isle Gallery Coffeehouse. Photos are by LBT Women coordinator Laruie Finch.
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LBT Women go to Mercyhurst Lady Lakers Ice Hockey Game

On Saturday, January 15, the LBT Women of Erie had a fun time at the Mercyhurst Lady Lakers vs BrownIce Hockey Game a Mercyhurst College, 501 E 38th St, Erie PA. Photos are by LBT Women coordinator Laruie Finch.
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LBT Women Day Sail

On Saturday ,September 18, 2010, the LBT Women of Erie went on a fun day sail on Lake Erie aboard the Flagship Niagara. Photos are by Stacey, Janice Hanusik, Laurie Finch and Andrea of LBT Women.
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Michelle Michaels FACE Show at the Zone Dance Club

Michelle Michaels FACE Show at the Zone Dance Club
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.
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Johnny Weir Book Signing at Erie Book Store

Johnny Weir Book Signing at Erie Book Store
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.
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Birthday Bash for Diva D'Vyne

Birthday Bash for Diva D'Vyne
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.
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Local/Regional News

Imam and Activist To Present Multiple Events at Allegheny College

Imam and Activist To Present Multiple Events at Allegheny College
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Feb. 7, 2011 – Activist Imam Daayiee Abdullah, who is visiting Allegheny College as a diversity scholar in February, will present several public events during his residency at the college. His presentations are part of Allegheny’s Year of Global Citizenship, a series of events and activities aimed at enhancing the campus and community’s understanding of what it means to be a citizen in an increasingly globalized world.
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Drenched Fur Coordinator on Bear Podcast

Drenched Fur coordinator Gary Snyder recently was on Bear Podcast with hosts Nard and Ray. From Bear Podcast's site: Gary joined us to talk about Drenched Fur 7 on April 7-10. Nard and Ray recommend Spartacus: Gods of the Arena on Netflix.
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Gay-Straight Alliance in Butler

From PFLAG-Butler: It’s happening! A major hope for us has been the  establishment of a Gay Straight Alliance of students at Butler Area High School and we have good news! Damon Schnur reports that a faculty sponsor has been identified! It’s all up to the students now and we have full confidence in them to make this a reality. Of course, we have all the support ad resources available for them to do so. Just think of the legacy they are leaving behind them! Check out this great resource http://gsanetwork.org/about-us

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19th Annual Pride Picnic

19th Annual Pride Picnic
Once again, the Erie Gay New Family Pride Picnic will be held at Presque Isle State Park at the Rotary Pavilion. As is usually the case, it is being held the SECOND Saturday in June (June 11) and we will run from 1 PM to 6 PM. You can now register online before the event and not have to fill out the paper registration form when you arrive! We will have a hard copy of everyone who registered online, so all that you have to do is give us your name. Easy!
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Equality Forum 2011 Web Site Launched

The 19th annual Equality Forum, with over 40 programs, 25 panels, nine parties and seven special events is the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit. There is no registration fee and all panels are free. Information can be found at www.equalityforum.com.
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Erie Sisters Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank at Jeckyll and Hyde's Gastropub

The Erie Sisters Transgender Support Group, in conjunction with Jekyll & Hyde’s Gastropub, will hold a charitable event to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank, 1507 Grimm Avenue in Erie.  On Friday, February 25, members of the Erie Sisters will be waiting on tables at Jekyll and Hyde’s from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.  All tips collected by the Erie Sisters will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.  Jekyll and Hyde’s Gastropub is located at 8 eEast 10th Street in Erie PA.   For more information, contact Jekyll & Hyde’s at (814) 456-0072 or e-mail Melanie at [email protected]. You can read more about the Erie Sisters at http://eriesisters.ning.com/, more about Jekyll and Hyde's Gastropub at http://www.jekyllandhydeserie.com/ and more about the Second Harvest Food Bank at http://www.eriefoodbank.org.
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2011 Pride Events planned and scheduled

2011 Pride Events planned and scheduled
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.
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Erie Gay News is assigned international library indexing number

Erie Gay News is assigned international library indexing number
Erie Gay News has been assigned an ISSN (2159-1792) by the US ISSN Center at the Library of Congress. The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an eight-digit number which identifies periodical publications as such, including electronic serials. This is a universal way of cataloging serials/periodicals. In February 2008, Erie Gay News was selected for inclusion in the EBSCO Publishing LGBT Life® with Full Text index. This index is marketed to the library marketplace. All current and past issues are now included.Archive copies of both runs of the print editions are also in the collections at Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto, Gerber/Hart Library in Chicago, Homodok-LAA/IHLIA in Amsterdam, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, The Pat Parker/Vito Russo Center Library in New York City, and Sexual Minorities Archives in Florence, MA.
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Benefit for Presque Isle Gallery owner Feb 26

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. If you have items to donate for the silent auction, or need information on the benefit, you can contact Josh at the PIG. Details are still being worked out, so stay tuned. (Avoid contacting him at lunchtime, though, as it gets pretty busy then).
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The Rainbow Delegation

In response to bullying of LGBT youth, the Rainbow Delegation is a FACEBOOK driven effort to call attention to the problem and how we can respond. They are sending us 100 rainbow wristbands because that's whay they do to help visually remind us all of the struggle GLBT youth face every day. They will be at the PFLAG Butler meeting at the Butler Public Library on February 10th. If you'd like to check them out or to make a donation to them go to http://www.rainbowdelegation.org/
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Lead With Love: On-line Film for Parents of LGBTs

Lead With Love is a 35-minute documentary created to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their honest reactions to hearing that their child is gay, including the intense emotions, fears, and questions that it raised. Interviews with psychologists, teachers, and clergy provide factual answers to parents' most commonly asked questions, as well as concrete guidance to help parents keep their children healthy and safe during this challenging time. Free and available right now just by clicking here.
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2nd Annual Valentineís Day Single Ladies Night!

2nd Annual Valentineís Day Single Ladies Night!
Hey Single Ladies! Are you dreading Valentine’s Day? Fear not! The Young Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Women of Erie are hosting a Valentine’s Day Ladies Singles Night, on Friday, February 11th, from 7:30-10:30pm. Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, at 506 State Street, Erie, PA 16501, had once more offered their upper room for our Single Ladies Night. The cost is a mere $10. That cost includes appetizers, games, party treats & possible door prizes! All you have to do is buy a drink for yourself.... or if you meet someone special, buy a drink for her, too! Hope to see you there! If you have any questions or concerns, email the YLBT at [email protected] or call (814) 464-3204 and ask for Erin.
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Adagio Health annual Erie Jeans Day on March 17

If you, your mother, daughter, wife, family member, or friend has been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer then you know the importance of early detection and treatment.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health in 2007, more than 1000 women in Erie County were diagnosed with breast cancer; 224 of those were in the late stage.  We also lost 52 women to this disease.  While fewer women were diagnosed with cervical cancer, there were 4 needless deaths due to this disease that is preventable with regular screening.
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Spirituality and Religion

Going to Church After the Holidays

I was speaking to the pastor of Community United Church this past week when he commented that attendance has been quite low this month. When I asked if this was typical of January/February in general, he indicated that it was, but this year seems particularly sparse. As I thought about this, I wondered about possible reasons for this.
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Political, Activism and Legal

On Valentine's Day, Same-Sex Couples Re-Engage in National Marriage Counter Actions

On Valentine's Day, Same-Sex Couples Re-Engage in National Marriage Counter Actions
Washington, DC - On Valentine's Day, February 14, same-sex couples will once again request marriage licenses at their local County Clerk's offices in cities all over the country. These actions will not only draw attention to the lack of marriage equality between heterosexual and LGBT Americans, but it will also raise awareness about the harms and the impact that the inability to marry causes on LGBT families.
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Hawaii Legislature Again Passes Civil Union Bill, Governor to Sign It Into Law

(New York, NY, February 11, 2011) – Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, on the passage of a bill that once approved by the State Senate would create civil union for same-sex couples in Hawaii.  Wolfson was co-counsel in the landmark Hawaii marriage case, Baehr v. Miike, which in the 1990s launched the current nationwide conversation around the freedom to marry.
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Zach Wahls Speaks About Family

Zach Wahls Speaks About Family
Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers, and came to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa.
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Freedom to Marry Launches $10 Million Public Education Campaign on Valentine's Day

(New York, NY, January 9, 2011) – Today, Freedom to Marry announced the launch of “Why Marriage Matters,” the largest-ever national public education campaign aimed at increasing majority support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
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UNH Survey Center: Little Support for Repeal of Gay Marriage; Support for Parental Notification

UNH Survey Center: Little Support for Repeal of Gay Marriage; Support for Parental Notification
DURHAM, N.H. -- New Hampshire adults favor passage of a bill that would require minors to notify their parents before they could get an abortion. New Hampshire, including Republicans, is largely pro-choice. There is little support for repealing the recently passed law that legalized same-sex marriage in New Hampshire.
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Immigration Equality Announces Record Number of Asylum Victories

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Immigration Equality, a national organization that helps obtain asylum for individuals persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV-status, announced today that its legal and pro bono teams won a record 101 cases in 2010.  An overwhelming number of those wins – 38 – were for clients from the Caribbean, with 28 of those for individuals from Jamaica.  Other cases included 24 asylum seekers from Central and South America; 16 from Eastern Europe (including seven Russian clients); nine from the African continent and five from the Middle East.
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Equality Ohio Announces Appointment of New Executive Director

January 31, 2011 (Columbus, Ohio) - Today, the Equality Ohio boards of directors announced the selection of Ed Mullen as the organization’s third Executive Director. Mr. Mullen was chosen following a national search which was initiated in November 2010. He will lead Equality Ohio after spending the last three years as civil rights attorney at Access Living, an Illinois nonprofit which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities.
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Poll Affirms New Yorkersí Support for the Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples

(New York, NY, January 24, 2011) – Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, Founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, on today's Quinnipiac poll affirming that a majority of New Yorkers, 56 percent, support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
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Japan: Governor Should Retract Homophobic Comments

(Tokyo, February 1, 2011) – The governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, should immediately retract his recent statements denigrating lesbians and gay men, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Equality Pennsylvania Inaugurates New Board Members

Harrisburg- Continuing in its efforts to reorganize and grow, Equality Pennsylvania doubled the size of its Board of Directors by voting to add seven new members at its recent winter meeting held in Pittsburgh on January 23, 2011.
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AJWS Asks American Jews to Stand in Solidarity with Uganda's LGBTI Community

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development and human rights organization, has issued a call for members of the Jewish community to stand in solidarity with Uganda's LGBTI community in the wake of Ugandan LGBTI activist David Kato's murder in Kampala earlier this week.
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Equality Forum Mourns the Brutal Murder of Leading Ugandan Gay Activist David Kato

On January 26th, David Kato, the leading gay activist in Uganda, was bludgeoned to death in his home outside Kampala, the nation’s capital. While police conjectured that robbery was the motive, leaders of the Ugandan gay community are calling the murder a hate crime.
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Servicemembers United Statement on Pentagon Plans Regarding Training, Certification, and Implementation of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, issued the following statement today regarding the Pentagon's press conference on its plans for training, certification, and implementation of the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law: 
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Josephs: Republicans obstructing reform because of homophobia

Josephs: Republicans obstructing reform because of homophobia
HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 -- State Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Phila., said she thinks she knows why House Republican leaders abruptly ended session this week and set plans into motion to penalize House Democrats: bigotry.
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Defense Department Says It Will Deny Full Separation Pay For Gay And Lesbian Service Members Honorably Discharged Under Donít Ask, Donít Tell

NEW YORK– The Department of Defense (DOD) today issued a memo stating that it will not offer any type of compensation, including full separation pay, for any service members discharged under the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Under DOD policy, anyone discharged for being gay has been only entitled to half of the sum paid to other honorably discharged service members to ease their transition into civilian life. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico filed a lawsuit in November seeking full compensation for those discharged under the policy over the past six years.
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You Belong (In your legislator's office): Advocacy Training

Come and learn how each and every person can make a difference! Equality Partners of Western PA will present Advocacy Training on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 Perry Highway, Erie PA, 16509. With Harrisburg firmly under the conservative's control, progress made on LGBT issues could be lost unless we talk to our legislators. In fact we are likely to see a backlash against many progressive issues. Time to work for progress starts now. You’re needed!
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Amnesty International Demands Investigation Into Killing of Gay Rights Activist in Uganda

(London) -- Amnesty International today demanded that Uganda conduct a credible investigation into the “appalling” attack that killed David Kato, a gay activist who successfully sued a national newspaper that pictured him in an article among “100 Top Ugandan Homos.”
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GLSENís No Name-Calling Week Brings Message of Respect to Thousands of Schools This Week

GLSENís No Name-Calling Week Brings Message of Respect to Thousands of Schools This Week
NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2011 – Thousands of schools across the country will participate in GLSEN’s eighth annual No Name-Calling Week this week, a week of educational activities designed to address bullying and name-calling of all kinds.
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Jason Landau Goodman, University of Pennsylvania Student, Receives Local, State and National Awards for Progressive LGBT Community Activism

Philadelphia, PA (January 20, 2011) -- Easily recognized as one of the preeminent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) youth leaders in the nation, 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania senior Jason Landau Goodman will be honored this Saturday, January 22 in Pittsburgh with Keystone Progress “Young Progressive Award.”  Selected for being considered the #1 progressive youth throughout the state, Goodman will receive this distinction at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by Senator Daylin Leach. That evening, the keynote address will be delivered by Reverend Jesse Jackson where other notable dignitaries including United States Senator Robert Casey and former United States Representatives Joe Sestak and Patrick Murphy will be in attendance.
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Ceremony Finalizes Adoption Process For Family That Challenged Florida's Ban on Gay People Adopting

MIAMI – After a successful fight to overturn Florida’s ban on adoption by gay men and lesbians, the two young brothers adopted by Martin Gill participated in an adoption ceremony in Judge Cindy Lederman's chambers in Miami-Dade County Juvenile Court today, marking the final step in their adoption process. Gill and his partner had served as foster parents to the two brothers for six years. Gill worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to fight for the right to adopt them by challenging Florida’s 33-year-old ban on gay people adopting. As a result of the ACLU lawsuit on behalf of Gill, the ban was ended last year.
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Equality Pennsylvania Wins Grant Awards from State Equality Fund and the Service Employees International Union

Harrisburg – Equality Pennsylvania begins 2011 with the announcement of two new and exciting grants to the organization.  With a combined total of $120,000, the two grants will greatly assist the organization in its efforts to win equality for Pennsylvania’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens.
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Health

Quotes to Help

I would like to discuss the last episode of the Bachelor, the merits of what makes a great deep dish pizza, and the upcoming Lady GaGa concert tour. However, it is time to focus on my workout to maintain my health and fitness. I get a push in the right direction and stay on the path by reading from my list of motivational quotes that I have jotted down in a notebook.  Here’s sharing some of those with you kid!
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Self-Love

I have clients who tell me that it's painful for them to walk down the main street in their town and see lots of (allegedly) happy couples.  "It makes me feel so lonely and unwanted", they say.  When you're single, and people around you "appear" (and I use that word deliberately) to be much happier than you, so in love, arm-in-arm with their gorgeous partner, it's tough not to compare your lonesome solitary self and feel you're lacking.  Feeling alone and unloved is common to us all, coupled or not. If you live the Hallmark card life - you have a wonderful, perfect partner and the two of you regularly enjoy sunsets on the beach and great sex by the fireplace, followed by hours of hugging and kissing  - then this column is not for you.  For the rest of us, who live in a place called Reality, feeling alone and isolated is all-too-common.  The remedy?  Self-love.
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Rescuing your New Yearís Resolution: Willpower

No goal is met without willpower. But willpower is one of those little nasties that make us cringe, like patience and toenail fungus. But, if you want to achieve true success in life, or love,  or anything, you need it. (Willpower, I mean- not toenail fungus.)
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Entertainment and Travel

GLAAD Launches Media Institute For LGBT People of Color

New York, NY, February 8, 2011The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today announced the launch of its People of Color Media Training Institute as a part of the organization's National People of Color Media Initiative. The Media Training Institute, funded by the Arcus Foundation and created specifically for people of color who are LGBT or LGBT allies, will develop a group of passionate and visible leaders to speak in national media outlets about issues that impact the lives of LGBT people and their families.
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Logo Announces Nominees for Fourth Annual 'NewNowNext Awards' 2011

Logo Announces Nominees for Fourth Annual 'NewNowNext Awards' 2011
NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Logo, the entertainment network for gays, lesbians and their families and friends announced today the nominees for the 2011 "NewNowNext Awards."  Now in its fourth year, this influential awards show will not look at the year that passed, but will instead focus on what is up-and-coming in popular culture in 2011 and beyond.  To that end, the "NewNowNext Awards" gathers icons and stars-on-the-rise to crown the next "big things" in TV, music, film, print and new media long before they hit the mainstream.  Starting Today, February 7th, visitors to NewNowNext.com can review the nominees and vote for their favorites.
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Statement of Equality Pennsylvania: Saturday Night Live Misses the Humor

Harrisburg Equality Pennsylvania (EQPA) joins our colleagues at GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) in condemning the dangerous and inflammatory anti-transgender segment on the January 29, 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live. This segment ridiculed transgender individuals and degraded their lives and experiences. In an age in which hate crimes against LGBT individuals continue to occur and we have seen the suicide of numerous LGBT youth, this type of dehumanizing broadcast is unacceptable.
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Logo Joins Wolfe's Anti-Piracy Fight

Logo Joins Wolfe's Anti-Piracy Fight
San Jose, CA — February 1, 2011Logo, the world’s leading ad-supported cable, satellite, online, mobile and digital entertainment network from MTV Networks, for gays and lesbians, their families and friends, today launched online support for the Wolfe "Pay to Play" anti-piracy public service announcement (PSA) campaign by giving exposure to a series of star-studded PSA’s on the network's Just Cause website platform and across the channel’s many online properties — including leading gay and lesbian entertainment news sites, AfterElton.com and AfterEllen.com.
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Boonies Film Festival Accepting Film Submissions, Sponsors and Donations

The Boonies International Film Festival at Warren, Pennsylvania, USA, is now open for business!  The inaugural film festival will take place August 17-20, 2011 and the festival is now accepting film submission, sponsors and donations.
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Vermont is For Lovers

I woke up disoriented, holding a plaid-clad teddy bear.  It was unusually quiet as I reached for the moose-embellished bedside lamp.  Click. My brain finally connected the dots, and as I emerged from the fog of a deep sleep at Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, Vermont, I was greeted with a blanket of white outside my window. A broad sea of white, actually, it seemed soft and fluffy like a quilted pillow top. The flakes were still falling fast, like opaque marbles rolling vertically down the window.
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Logo Acquires More Jaw-Dropping Questions and Answers for Its Late-Night Lineup with Pickup of Second Season of Provocative Talk Show '1 girl 5 gays'

Logo Acquires More Jaw-Dropping Questions and Answers for Its Late-Night Lineup with Pickup of Second Season of Provocative Talk Show '1 girl 5 gays'
NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Logo announced today that it has acquired the rights to air the second season of MTV Canada's cult hit talk show, "1 girl 5 gays."  Not for the bashful or faint at heart, "1 girl 5 gays" pushes the envelope in a series of quick fire, roundtable question and answer sessions with the namesake "1 girl and 5 gays" that would make most people blush.  In this "Hot Topics for 20-Somethings," our adorable straight girl host throws out outrageous questions of sex, love and life to a rotating panel of take-no-prisoners and tell-it-like-it-is gay boys.  Not your typical late-night "interview couch," think of it as an adult version of "Truth or Dare," without the dares.  Largely unedited for content and definitely not safe for daytime, "1 girl 5 gays" will continue to anchor Logo's weeknight, late-night lineup where the first season increased ratings in its Midnight time slot +55% compared to the network's Q4 2010 average for that time period.  The first of the second season's 40 episodes premieres on Monday, February 7th at Midnight.
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Telemundo Nominated for Six GLAAD Media Awards in Four Categories

Telemundo Nominated for Six GLAAD Media Awards in Four Categories
MIAMI – January 24, 2011 - Telemundo, a leading producer of high-quality content for Hispanics in the U.S. and audiences around the world, has received six GLAAD Media Award nominations in four categories. The 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 19, 2011 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square; in San Francisco on May 14 at San Francisco Marriott Marquis and in Los Angeles (dates to be announced).
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GLAAD Congratulates 2011 Golden Globe LGBT Winners, Nominees

Los Angeles, CA, January 17, 2011 - The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today congratulated the LGBT winners and nominees of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards
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Logo Greenlights More Drama With a Second Season of Hit Docu-Reality Series 'The A-List: New York'

NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pop the champagne, touch up your spray tan and pick a cute outfit, Logo's much talked-about docu-reality series "The A-List: New York" is returning for a second season beginning in the fall, 2011.  Season one of "The A-List: New York" quickly became one of the most talked-about series of 2010.  It currently ranks as the second most-watched series in Logo's history.  Production is slated to begin shortly on 11 new, 1-hour episodes.  The new season will pick up where the volatile first season left off, following provocative storylines like Reichen and Rodiney's relationship, Austin's attempts to stir the pot and Ryan and his partner's struggle to adopt a child.  The drama returns this fall on Logo.
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Buffalo United Artists: Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins

From Buffalo United Artists: A coming of age comedy by Brian Christopher Williams,directed by: Chris Kelly. The play stars Catlin Coleman, Marie Costa, J.R. Finan, Timothy Patrick Finnegan ,Wendy Hall, John N. Kaczorowski, Matthew Nerber and Justin Ryan. It's 1977, and 15 year-old Horace Poore is trying to make sense of the tumultuous events surrounding him -- and the tumultuous events within him. Horace's sexual awakening is hastened by images of Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz and former pageant queen/orange juice promoter/anti-gay crusader Anita Bryant in this unconventional look at a young man's coming-of-age.
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Letters, Columnists and Opinion

Commentary - LGBT Leadership, Politics 101

From Philadelphia Gay News: Unfortunately, many so-called political leaders and journalists in our community seem to not understand the political system, but insist on commenting on it anyway. That alone would be OK, but when viewed by veteran politicos of the opposition (read: conservatives), it gives them the belief that we’ll never accomplish our goals. And gives them a roadmap to block our attempts at equality — especially if we are fighting each other. We need to start that dialogue internally.
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Michael Dithers

Michael Dithers
Trip to Jamestown NY, Drenched Fur coming up, youth activities, Pride planning off to a great start!
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Old Dykes, Old Faggots

Old Dykes, Old Faggots
I thought I’d freak on my 58th birthday. It’s that kind of year: creeping up on 30, on 40, on 50, on --. Well, maybe I’m a little freaked, but only by the number, because lemme tellya, 58 is filled with new beginnings for me and I am elatedly surprised at how very ready I am for them.
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Contests

Win Vigil by ZA Maxfield from MLR Books

Win Vigil by ZA Maxfield from MLR Books
Win Vigil by ZA Maxfield from MLR Books. We are giving away 5 e-books (Winner's choice of format - PDF, Kindle, Nook, Sony reader) of this gay gothic romance. To enter the contest, fill out the form here from February 25 through March 18.
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Win Foxe Tail by Haley Walsh from MLR Books

Win Foxe Tail by Haley Walsh from MLR Books
Win Foxe Tail by Haley Walsh from MLR Books. We are giving away 5 e-books (Winner's choice of format - PDF, Kindle, Nook, Sony reader) of this gay mystery novel. To enter the contest, fill out the form here from February 18 through March 11.
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Win Pump It from DJ Blaine and Barona featuring Lane McCray from Fresh Music LA!

Win Pump It from DJ Blaine and Barona featuring Lane McCray from Fresh Music LA!
Win Pump It from DJ Blaine and Barona featuring Lane McCray from Fresh Music LA! Erie Gay News is giving away 5 CDs of this slamming dance mix! To enter the contest, fill out the form here from February 15 through March 8.
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Win Queer Questions Straight Talk by Abby Dees

Win Queer Questions Straight Talk by Abby Dees
Win Queer Questions Straight Talk by Abby Dees. We are giving away 2 copies of this helpful and informative guide for creating dialog between the LGBT and straight communities. To enter the contest, fill out the form here from February 11 through March 4.
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Win The Perils of Praline by Marshall Thornton from MLR Books

Win The Perils of Praline by Marshall Thornton from MLR Books
Win The Perils of Praline by Marshall Thornton from MLR Books. We are giving away 5 e-books (Winner's choice of format - PDF, Kindle, Nook, Sony reader) of this witty novel about the amorous adventures of a Southern gentleman in Hollywood. To enter the contest, fill out the form here from February 4 through February 25.
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Win VSS: Nemesis Rising from Blue Water Productions

Win VSS: Nemesis Rising from Blue Water Productions
Win VSS: Nemesis Rising from Blue Water Productions. We are giving away 20 copies of this high-impact thriller graphic novel. To enter the contest, fill out the form here from January 28 through February 18.
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Crime Victim Center - Identity Theft Awareness Programs

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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Erie Taxpayer Assistance Center to Open on Saturday, January 29 and February 5, 2011

Erie Taxpayer Assistance Center to Open on Saturday, January 29 and February 5, 2011
PHILADELPHIA -The Internal Revenue Service wil open its Erie Taxpayer Assistance Center on Saturday, January 29 and February 5, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. The Taxpayer Assistance Center is located at 1314 Griswold Plaza. The additional hours will expand service to area taxpayers eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The extra days and hours are being added to the IRS walk-in office schedule to help lower–income taxpayers who may not be able to seek assistance during the work week. In addition, a number of community partners will also open their doors to assist taxpayers who want to claim the EITC. 
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