September, 2012 News (69 Articles with 157,883 total views)

On the cover of the print edition for September, 2012 Stacie and Kim at the LBT Women 4th Annual Picnic August 18, held at Kim & Andrea's place.

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.

History

Equality Forum announces the 31 Icons for LGBT History Month 2012 in October

“The 217 Icons, including the 31 Icons for 2012, demonstrate the impressive and diverse international impact of the LGBT community,” stated Malcolm Lazin, founder of LGBT History Month and Executive Director of Equality Forum.
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Local Faces and Photos

4th Annual LBT Women Picnic

On Saturday, August 18, the LBT Women of Erie (AKA The Beans) held their 4th Annual Picnic at Kim and Andrea's home. It was a fun event, and there was a lot of great food and great friends! At one point, several folks lined up for photos referring to Grant Wood's famous painting, American Gothic, which was redubbed American Gaythic. Photos are by Laurie Finch, coordinator for LBT Women of Erie.
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The Beans go to LGBT Night at the Erie Seawolves

On Wednesday, July 8, the LBT Women of Erie (AKA The Beans) went to LGBT Night at the Erie Seawolves. Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and Erie Seawolves organized the event. In additions to the opening pitch being thrown by and the national anthem being sung by members of the LGBT community, several organizations had info tables, including Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Persad Center, PFLAG of Erie/Crawford Counties, Erie Gay News and NW PA Pride Alliance. Photos are by Laurie Finch, coordinator for LBT Women of Erie.
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The Beans take a cruise on The Chautauqua Belle

On Saturday, July 21, the LBT Women of Erie (AKA The Beans) took a cruise aboard The Chautauqua Belle in Jamestown, NY. Photos are by Laurie Finch, coordinator for LBT Women of Erie.
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3rd Annual Butler PFLAG Rainbow Community Picnic

On Sunday, July 15, 2012, PFLAG Butler and Persad Center held the 3rd Annual Rainbow Community Picnic in Alameda Park in Butler PA. Everyone had a wonderful time. Approximately 60 people attended. Photos are by Michael Mahler, co-editor and webmaster for Erie Gay News.
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The Beans go to Greek Fest

On Sunday, July 8, the LBT Women of Erie (AKA The Beans) went to the 20th Annual Greek Fest in Erie PA.. Photos are by Laurie Finch, coordinator for LBT Women of Erie.
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The Beans go to Pontoon Boat Ride at Presque Isle

On Sunday, August 19, the LBT Women of Erie (AKA The Beans) had a fun time at the pontoon boat ride at Presque Isle State Park on Erie PA. Photos are by Laurie Finch, coordinator for LBT Women of Erie.
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Local/Regional News

Upcoming Pride Events

Pride Parade and Rally on August 25, Edinboro Homecoming Parade on October 6, Candidate Night at the Zone Dance Club on October 14.
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Pre Pride Parade Performance Party Aug 24 at PACA

Pre Pride Parade Performance Party Aug 24 at PACA
Come join us at PACA—Performing Arts Center & Theater, 1505 State St, Erie PA on Friday, August 24th as we kick-off Erie Gay Pride—Royalty Style!
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State Senate Candidate at PFLAG - Erie Meeting in September

On Monday, September 10, PFLAG Erie/Crawford Counties has invited Democratic candidate for Senate, Sean Wiley to speak at their meeting. The meeting is located at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 Perry Highway, Erie, PA 16509 and begins at 7:00 pm. Please come meet Mr. Wiley and learn about his stand on the issues relative to Erie and the surrounding areas. Note: Republican candidate, Janet Anderson has also been invited and expressed interest in attending but has not yet committed at press time. Info: Jayne May. Phone: (814) 397-7133
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Mercyhurst screens groundbreaking movie about GLBT seniors Sept 14

Mercyhurst screens groundbreaking movie about GLBT seniors Sept 14
What would you do if you were old, disabled or ill—and the person feeding you put down the spoon and said that you are going to hell unless you change your sexual preference?
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Edinboro Homecoming Parade

Erie's GLBT Community has been invited to participate in Edinboro University's annual homecoming parade on October 6, which draws thousands of spectators. If your group has a banner with your name, feel free to bring it. Look for the NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. banner. The 2012 the will be Sports/Games: Edinboro Homecoming 2012, Get Your Game On!" Parade line-up is scheduled for 9 AM with step off beginning at 11 AM along the route traversing through town. (Darrow to Meadevile to Waterford to High to Normal to Scotland to Scot/) This is a great way to promote local GLBT visibility by participating in this cherished tradition at Edinboro University.. I will have my cell phones on me (814) 746-9281. Feel free to ask me any questions. Don't miss out on an uplifting way to be a part of the community. You can optionally RSVP at the Facebook event page.
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Resources and Links

Resources for GLBT seniors

Resources for GLBT seniors
A variety of resources in various areas for LGBT seniors.
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Political, Activism and Legal

Sunday, 9/16: Daniel Radcliffe to Talk Live about Suicide Prevention on Google+ Hangout Part of The Trevor Project's Talk to Me Campaign for National Suicide Prevention Month

West Hollywood, CA (September 13, 2012)  On Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. E.D.T., Daniel Radcliffe will participate in a live online discussion to raise awareness about preventing suicide through The Trevor Project s  Talk to Me  campaign. This live conversation on Google+ Hangout will feature questions submitted by young people online and posed by members of The Trevor Project s Youth Advisory Council. The event will be moderated by Shira Lazar of the Emmy -nominated live, online interactive show, "What's Trending with Shira Lazar," and will be broadcast through www.TrevorTalkToMe.org and on The Trevor Project s YouTube and Google+ pages.
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Barney Frank's statement about the Log Cabin Republicans

Barney Frank's statement about the Log Cabin Republicans
WASHINGTON, September 11, 2012 – Congressman Barney Frank today released the following statement as a follow-up to his recent comments during the Democratic National Convention about the Log Cabin Republicans.
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Human Rights Groups Urge Public Officials Not to Attend Values Voter Summit, Avoid Legitimizing Anti-LGBT Extremism

New York, NY, September 11, 2012 - A coalition of human rights groups is calling on public officials not to attend the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., because its host, the Family Research Council, has spread demonizing lies about the LGBT community, and because one of its co-sponsors, the American Family Association, has linked homosexuality to the Holocaust.
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Friend-of-the-Court Briefs to Be Filed in Support of DOMA Challenge

NEW YORK – More than fifteen parties – including New York City, three states, members of Congress, civil rights groups and religious organizations – plan to file briefs today in support of Edith “Edie” Windsor’s constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
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GLAD Gears Up for Supreme Court Showdown

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is gearing up for an historic year in which one of its two challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Gill v. Office of Personnel Management or Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management will likely be heard at the United States Supreme Court. Legal observers have called Gill a “blockbuster”, “game-changer”, and the “the case to watch” in the drive to knock out DOMA.
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Freedom to Marry Applauds Democratic Party’s Endorsement of Marriage in National Platform

Charlotte, NC – Freedom to Marry applauded the Democratic Party’s endorsement of same-sex couples’ freedom to marry in the official 2012 National Party Platform, which delegates unanimously adopted today. The campaign to win marriage nationwide also praised President Obama for his moral leadership in speaking out in support of the freedom to marry this spring, helping set the stage for the party's strong commitment today.
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The Trevor Project Announces Campaign for Conversation

West Hollywood, CA (September 4, 2012, 6:00 A.M. E.T.)– Throughout September, The Trevor Project’s National Suicide Prevention Month, people nationwide are invited to join “Talk to Me,” the campaign for conversation. “Talk to Me” is rooted in research[i] that indicates improving both help-seeking behaviors and access to care can have a dramatic effect on suicide prevention. By making it ok to offer help and being willing to connect a person with life-saving resources, with only 3 simple words, a person can help save a life.
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CA State Assembly Passes Landmark Bill to Protect LGBT Youth From Dangerous Psychological Abuse

CA State Assembly Passes Landmark Bill to Protect LGBT Youth From Dangerous Psychological Abuse
(San Francisco, CA, August 28, 2012)—The California Assembly voted 52 to 21 in favor of a bill that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from dangerous and abusive treatments by mental health practitioners who falsely claim to be able change their sexual orientation or gender expression. Authored by Senator Ted Lieu, Senate Bill 1172 is co-sponsored by Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gaylesta, Mental Health America of Northern California, Lambda Legal, and the Courage Campaign. The bill will return to the Senate for a vote to concur in amendments made in the Assembly before proceeding to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
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GLAD Gives Tips for Married Couples to Preserve Rights Under Social Security Until DOMA is Overturned

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders is pleased to announce a new publication aimed at helping married same-sex couples preserve their rights under Social Security while the organization continues its efforts to overturn Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
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Vermont Resort to Pay Fine and Revise Policies to Settle Discrimination Lawsuit by Lesbian Couple

MONTPELIER, Vt. – A Vermont resort that was sued last year for refusing to host a lesbian couple’s wedding reception and violating Vermont’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act finalized an agreement to resolve the lawsuit on August 23. As part of the settlement, the resort will pay $10,000 to the Vermont Human Rights Commission as a civil penalty and will place $20,000 in a charitable trust to be disbursed by the couple.
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Young Conservatives and Log Cabin Republicans Call for Freedom to Marry in Full-Page Ad in Tampa

Tampa – With the Republican National Convention in full swing, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and Log Cabin Republicans will be running an ad in Wednesday’s Tampa Tribune calling on the GOP to support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples.
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San Francisco 49ers become first NFL team to make 'It Gets Better' video after online petition

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco 49ers have become the first NFL team to join the It Gets Better Project, an online video project where thousands of videos condemning anti-gay bullying are curated. The 49ers’ video comes after a successful petition drive, led by fan Sean Chapin, who rallied more than 16,000 people to sign his petition on Change.org encouraging the 49ers to make a video.
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In Ad to Air During RNC, Republican Mayor Of San Diego Advocates Marriage for All

Washington, DC - In an ad set to air in the Tampa area during the Republican National Convention next week, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders speaks out about his support for the freedom to marry and encourages others in his party to do the same.
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Plaintiffs Challenging Proposition 8 Urge Supreme Court to End Marriage Inequality

Washington, DC – Today, Plaintiffs challenging California’s Proposition 8 filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court defending the landmark federal appeals court ruling in Perry v. Brown (now Hollingsworth v. Perry) that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional.  Proposition 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry.  Plaintiffs’ brief calls marriage equality “the defining civil rights issue of our t
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GLAD Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Pedersen DOMA Challenge

Today, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) asked the Supreme Court to review Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, a lawsuit challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits federal recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples. GLAD is representing six married couples and a widower, from Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire, who have all been denied critical federal benefits because of DOMA.
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Conservatives in Support of Marriage Respond to RNC Draft Platform Language

Washington, DC - The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry have released the following statement in response to the language on marriage approved by the platform committee of the Republican National Convention today:
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Freedom to Marry Criticizes RNC Draft Language Limiting Marriage

New York – Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, strongly criticized the Republican National Convention's draft platform language attacking the courts, the president, and the support for the freedom to marry now embraced by a majority of Americans, as reported earlier this evening.
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Conservatives in Favor of Same-Sex Couples' Freedom to Marry Urge RNC for Support

Washington, DC – Members of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee sent a letter to the Platform Committee of the Republican National Committee today asking it to resist adding language to the Republican Party platform opposing the freedom of same-sex couples to marry.   
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LGBT Organization Issues Statement in Response to Wednesday's Shooting at Family Research Council

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to a shooting incident in the lobby of the building occupied by the Family Research Council, GetEQUAL -- a civil rights organization working toward the full federal equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans -- issued the following statement on behalf of its community of organizers and upon deep reflection:
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Freedom to Marry Launches Minnesota TV Ad on Why Marriage Matters

Saint Paul, MN – Freedom to Marry unveiled a television ad campaign in Minnesota today as part of its public education efforts designed to spark conversation about the meaning of marriage across the nation.
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ACLU Demands South Carolina County Sheriff’s Office Stop Unlawful Sting Operations

Undercover stings to crack down on prostitution are snaring individuals engaged in consensual, legal activities and should be stopped, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of South Carolina contend.
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Fired gay Boy Scouts camp employee delivers 70,000 petition signatures asking for reinstatement

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, former Camp Winton Program Director Alex Hayes and 22-year-old gay Eagle Scout Tim Griffin delivered more than 70,000 signatures to the Golden Empire Boy Scouts Council from a popular petition on Change.org, urging the California-based council to reinstate Griffin and reject the Boy Scouts of America’s policy barring gay Scouts and leaders. Hayes and Griffin were joined by fellow camp employees who resigned in protest after Griffin was fired allegedly because of his sexual orientation.
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Record 477 of FORTUNE 500 Provide Sexual Orientation Protection

Philadelphia – Equality Forum, a national and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization reported that a record 477 (95.4%) of the 2012 FORTUNE 500 Companies voluntarily include sexual orientation in their employment non-discrimination policies.  Starting in 2004, Equality Forum in collaboration with Professor Louis Thomas, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Ian Ayres, William K. Townsend Professor, Yale Law School has made the business case to FORTUNE 500 CEOs, HR Directors and members of their Board of Directors as well as made the shareholder case to their largest institutional shareholders.  In 2004, there were 323 (64.6%) of the FORTUNE 500 Companies that provided sexual orientation workplace protection.
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Federal Court Victory for Ocala Gay-Straight Alliance

OCALA – A federal judge on Tuesday, August 14 signed a consent decree and order that compels Marion County Superintendent Jim Yancey to comply with federal law and allow the Vanguard Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), a student organization at Vanguard High School in Ocala, Florida, to form and operate on campus. The consent settlement reached by the parties now has the force of law and resolves a months-long battle by members of the GSA along with the ACLU of Florida to allow the organization to form, meet, and be recognized at Vanguard High School. The consent decree and order was signed today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
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Freedom to Marry Investment in State Campaigns Reaches $3 Million

NEW YORK, NY – With its latest $500,000 pledge to match donations to the campaign for marriage in Washington State, Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, has met its initial 2012 goal of raising and investing $3 million in three key states where marriage is on the ballot in November. Freedom to Marry now intends to continue working to raise more funds toward the more than $10 million still needed by the three campaigns.
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Equality Pennsylvania Executive Director Elected to National LGBT Board

Harrisburg – On August 11, 2012, Executive Director Ted Martin was elected to the Boards of Directors of the Equality Federation and the Equality Federation Institute.  Both Boards provide support for independent state LGBT advocacy organizations and the Equality Federation overall is the only organization in the country dedicated solely to winning LGBT equality at the state level.  The election took place at the Federation’s annual Summer Meeting in Portland, Maine.  Martin’s term is two years, and he will serve through 2014. 
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Freedom to Marry Plank Finalized for Ratification by Dems in Charlotte

Detroit – Today, the Democratic Party Platform Committee unanimously approved language to include a plank supporting marriage for same-sex couples in the official 2012 National Party Platform. The platform will be ratified at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, this September.
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Health

A Broken Heart

Who among us hasn’t has our heart broken, at least once?  It’s impossible to get through life without it.  People are unpredictable, they hurt us despite their best intentions.  Pets, partners, beloved friends and relatives die.  We fall in love with someone who doesn’t feel as we do.  And when it happens, we’re surprised how much it hurts.  Sometimes all we want to do is stay home and cry into our pillows…but what can we do to heal when our heart is broken? 
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Parents of Transgender Research Study

Parents of Transgender Research Study
From Kristen Benson, PhD, LMFT, CFLE: I am reaching out to you in hopes that you might be willing to share the following information. I am a family studies researcher and a licensed family therapist who is committed to supporting families with transgender or gender nonconforming members. As you know, these families often experience discrimination and could benefit from support. Additionally, families of gender nonconforming people are underserved and understudied.
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All Dogs Go To Heaven... or the Dog Park

Your dog will help you live a longer and healthier life than if you didn’t have him. Pet ownership can improve your overall wellness just like an apple a day. Let’s try to reward Fido for what he’s done for you. Start pushing for a dog park in your section of town if you don’t already have one. Dog parks enrich the lives of man’s best friend. Dog parks bring communities together. Dog parks enhance the aesthetic value of our neighborhoods. There are some individuals who are staunch opponents of creating such a park and here they come with pitchforks and torches in tow.
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Entertainment and Travel

Logo Announces Guest Panelists for 'NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes' Election Specials

NEW YORK, NY – September 6, 2012 – Logo, today announced the list of panelists joining host Wanda Sykes for the first of two previously announced  “NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes” election specials for the network.  Representing both sides of the political spectrum, Wanda’s guests will educate, enlighten and entertain viewers while shining a spotlight on the state of national politics through an LGBT lens.  The first of two, one-hour specials will air four days after the Democratic National Convention, Monday, September 10th at 10PM ET/PT followed by the second special on election-eve, Monday, November 5th 10:30PM ET/PT on Logo.
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IN THE LIFE Releases 'The Truth Comes Out'

New York, September 5, 2012 – This month, the award-winning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) newsmagazine, IN THE LIFE, travels to the Midwest for a look at the critical alliance between labor unions and the LGBT movement, followed by an exposé of reparative therapists who say LGBT people can “pray the gay away.”
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Edie Windsor Petitions Supreme Court to Rule on The Defense of Marriage Act

NEW YORK, NY, August 23, 2012 – In The Life Media, producer of the most honored and respected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) journalism on television and online, continues its coverage of the real-life impact of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) with “Edie Takes on DOMA.” The web-exclusive short features 83-year-old Edie Windsor, a lesbian widow whose case challenging DOMA could determine the future of the law.
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KSL-TV Executives Meet With Local LGBT Families and Release Joint Statement With Equality Utah and Utah Pride Center

LOS ANGELES, CA, August 31, 2012 GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center announced plans  to host a panel discussion and screening of upcoming NBC series The New Normal for Utah residents following Salt Lake City, Utah NBC affiliate KSL-TV’s decision to not air the series. The New Normal follows a gay couple’s efforts to start a family with the help of a surrogate.
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TLC named inclusive, while History Network fails in presenting LGBT people in Sixth Annual GLAAD Network Responsibility Index

Los Angeles, CA, August 30, 2012 - GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today released its sixth annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on television. Primetime programming on the five broadcast networks was evaluated as well as original primetime programming on 10 major cable networks.
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Logo Announces New Documentary Series 'WHAT!? Logo Documentaries'

NEW YORK, NY, August 28, 2012 – Logo will have viewers exclaiming “WHAT!?” this fall with the launch of their new documentary series, “WHAT!? Logo Documentaries.” Set to engage and possibly enrage viewers, the “WHAT!? Logo Documentaries” explore unusual worlds, people, and experiences outside the everyday and sometimes outside our comfort zone.  It’s a riveting peek behind the curtain exploring hidden worlds where unusual and fascinating individuals break new ground every day.  The “WHAT!?” factor derives sometimes from fascination, and sometimes from outrage, at times joyous, at times raucous, always outside the ordinary, and never boring.  The series kicks off with the world premiere of Loving Large on Tuesday, October 2nd at 10 PM ET/PT.

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'Be Good Johnny Weir' - Tune In - New Season Premieres Monday, Sept. 17th on Logo

Whether you love or loathe his bad boy ways, there’s one thing everyone can all agree on – Johnny Weir is 100% outrageous.  This fall, go behind the sequins and catch up with the outrageous and always outspoken three-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion and World Medalist, Johnny Weir, for the second season of his docu-series Be Good Johnny Weir.”  Comprised of ten, thirty-minute episodes, “Be Good Johnny Weir” premieres on Monday, September 17th at 10PM ET/PT on Logo.
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GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project Highlights History of Anti-Gay Activists in Minnesota

New York, NY, August 28, 2012 - GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, on Tuesday announced the addition of several Minnesota-based anti-LGBT activists to the Commentator Accountability Project (CAP). The project aims to educate the media about the extreme rhetoric of many of those who are often interviewed or quoted in opposition to LGBT people and the issues that affect their lives, especially in stories about marriage equality. CAP gives journalists critical context and information about these voices.
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OUT DESTINATION: LAS VEGAS

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…unless you’re a journalist and have to write about it! My first trip back to Sin City in over 12 years proved to be a memorable one.  Not only was I surprised by its enormity, but I was also shocked to see how upscale and chic the city has become.  40-story glass towers line the strip from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere.  New hotels are everywhere, from the gigantic City Center compound to my residence for the stay, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay.
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Wanda Sykes to Host Live Political Specials for Logo

NEW YORK, NY – August 16, 2012 – The past few years have seen tremendous progress for the LGBT community: the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” marriage equality continues to gain momentum, and the widespread integration of gays into the mainstream.  But as we head into election season, many gays and lesbians and their allies are wondering where the Presidential candidates stand on all the issues that matter most to the LGBT community.  Who will best represent them in the next four years?
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RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race Sets Premiere Date, Complete Cast and Guest Judges Announced

NEW YORK, NY, August 9, 2012 – They come armed with stilettos, feathers and sequins, prepared for a battle where one false move—or eyelash—could spell doom.  They are the best-of-the-best, the top queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Seasons 1-4, and they’re ready to lip-synch for their lives to determine which All-Star will walk away with $100K and a spot in the “Drag Race Hall of Fame.”  Join RuPaul as he welcomes back the most celebrated queens of the past for Logo’s new series “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” -- the wildest, most jaw-dropping, and outrageous Drag Race yet.  Comprised of six, one-hour episodes, “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” premieres Monday, October 22 at 9 PM ET/PT on Logo with a special “Rupersized” episode containing 10 bonus minutes.  And don’t forget to stay “tucked in” for a whole new season of backstage bitchiness with the premiere of companion series “Untucked: All Stars” immediately following “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” each week.
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Letters, Columnists and Opinion

The Amazon Trail: Gaily Creaking

My next birthday is closing in on me. I barely remember the skinny, dark-haired kid I was. Back then I’d stay up all night playing and get to work at 5:00 A.M. Now, when I’m up late, it’s called insomnia and I take a pill for it. I used to catch boxes of groceries off a truck. Now I use a home shopping cart to wheel a half dozen of my sweetheart’s Diet Cokes from our garage to our kitchen. I’ve had one knee replaced and the other one’s going. Something’s narrowed in my back, but if I do my exercises it doesn’t hurt too badly. What I’m learning is that while my time is running out, aging itself gobbles time like a Ms. Pac-Man.
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Self-respect and voting

From Philadephia Gay News: As you read this, I’ll be preparing for my trip to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. For me, this is an emotional trip since I’ll be joined by 12 other out LGBT delegates in the Pennsylvania Delegation, and we’ll be joining up with over 530 out delegates representing every single state in the nation. We’ll also be voting on the most LGBT-inclusive platform ever endorsed by the Democratic Party.
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The Amazon Trail: Butch Pockets

Is it just me, or do all butches, soft or otherwise, carry alotta stuff in their pockets? My sweetheart has chronically empty pockets. I don’t understand how anyone can live that way. I guess I’m one of many dykes who took our Girl Scout motto to heart: I’m always prepared.
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Contests

Win Gay Days 9 Download by DJ Randy Bettis!

Win Gay Days 9 Download by DJ Randy Bettis!
Enter to win the Gay Days 9 CD by DJ Randy Bettis! 20 lucky winners will get a download of this exciting dance compilation. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between September 21 and October 12. You can listen to sample tracks here.
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Enter to win KATHY GRIFFIN: Pants Off and Tired Hooker on DVD!

Enter to win KATHY GRIFFIN: Pants Off and Tired Hooker on DVD!
Enter to win KATHY GRIFFIN: Pants Off and Tired Hooker on DVD! KATHY GRIFFIN: Pants Off and Tired Hooker double feature. UNCENSORED! Two hysterical Bravo TV specials including the Emmy-nominated "Tired Hooker"!   To enter the contest, fill out the form here from September 18 through October 9! 
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Win Pride 12 Download by DJ Corey Craig!

Win Pride 12 Download by DJ Corey Craig!
Enter to win the Pride 12 CD by DJ Corey Craig! 20 lucky winners will get a download of this terrific dance compilation. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between September 14 and October 5. You can listen to track samples here.
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Enter to win Romy and Michele's High School Reunion on Blu-ray™!

Enter to win Romy and Michele's High School Reunion on Blu-ray™!
Celebrate the 15th Anniversary Blu-ray™ release of the hilarious hit comedy ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between September 11 and October 2.
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Enter to win a Bachelorette party survival kit!

Enter to win a Bachelorette party survival kit!
Enter to win a Bachelorette party survival kit! RADIUS-TWC presents BACHELORETTE Starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden, Kyle Bornheimer, Rebel Wilson and Adam Scott. To enter the contest, fill out the form here September 7 through September 28.
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Enter to win a Mary Marie on DVD from TLA Releasing!

Enter to win a Mary Marie on DVD from TLA Releasing!
Enter to win a Mary Marie on DVD from TLA ReleasingMary Marie is a dazzling, inventive take on the intimacy that develops between two women. To enter the contest, fill out the form here from September 7 through September 28.
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Win Heart Strange Euphoria Box Set

Win Heart Strange Euphoria Box Set
Epic Records and Legacy Recordings proudly announce the release of Strange Euphoria, the first definitive career-spanning, multi-label boxed set retrospective chronicling the seminal American rock band Heart, personally curated by Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson. One lucky winner will receive the Strange Euphoria Box Set. To enter the contest, fill out the form here from September 4 through September 25.
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Enter to win a For A Good Time, Call… prize pack!

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Enter to win a For A Good Time, Call… prize pack! Focus Features Presents For A Good Time, Call. . . Starring Ari Graynor & Lauren Anne Miller. Lose Your Hang-Ups. Find Your Calling. To enter the contest, fill out the form below August 31 and September 21.
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Win Patience: A Gay Man's Virtue by Jed La Lumiere!

Win Patience: A Gay Man's Virtue by Jed La Lumiere!
Enter to win Patience: A Gay Man's Virtue by Jed La Lumiere! Erie Gay News is giving away copies to 5 lucky winnesr! To enter the contest, fill out the form here from August 31 through September 21.
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Win The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabakov by Paul Russell!
Enter to win The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabakov by Paul Russell! The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabakov. Erie Gay News is giving away copies to 2 lucky winner! To enter the contest, fill out the form here from August 28 through September 18.
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Enter to win Dance Again…The Hits from Jennifer Lopez!

Enter to win Dance Again…The Hits from Jennifer Lopez!
Enter to win Dance Again…The Hits from Jennifer Lopez! Dance Again…The Hits, the first-ever greatest hits package from global superstar JENNIFER LOPEZ including two new hits “Dance Again” feat. Pitbull and “Goin’ In” feat. Flo Rida. Available July 24. To enter the contest, fill out the form here from August 24 through September 14.
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Miscellaneous

Joint Statement regarding shooting at Family Research Council (FRC) from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations

We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers.
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