May, 2017 News (64 Articles with 103,168 total views)

On the cover of the print edition for May, 2017 TransFamily of NWPA president Caitlyn Strohmeyer announces two new initiatives.

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Logo Documentary Films Wins 2nd Emmy Award with Out of Iraq

New York, NY, May 2, 2017 – Logo Documentary Films won its second consecutive Daytime Emmy Award with "Out of Iraq," an LGBTQ love story following an Iraqi translator for the U.S. military and a solider in the Iraqi army.  The film, which won the "Best Special Class Special" category, was produced by World of Wonder.  Logo's "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" received the award in 2016.
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Logo To Exclusively Air The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in the U.S. For Second Consecutive Year

New York, NY, April 27, 2017 – Logo today announced that for the second consecutive year, the network will be the exclusive U.S. broadcast home of the Eurovision Song Contest when it airs the 62nd annual Grand Final live and commercial free on Saturday, May 13 at 3PM ET / 12PM PT.  Michelle Visage and Ross Mathews, judges on the Emmy® Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race," will serve as Logo's commentators. Throughout the three-hour live broadcast, the Logo hosts will offer background on the event and contextualize the competition for American audiences while introducing them to contestants from each of the competing countries. The 2017 Grand Final competition and winner's ceremony will also be streamed live exclusively for U.S. viewers at http://www.logotv.com/eurovision-song-contest, Logo's YouTube channel at youtube.com/logoTV and the LogoTV mobile app.
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Local and Regional News

NW PA Pride Alliance HeART Show a Success!

On April 27, 2017, NW PA Pride Alliance held thie HeArt Show fundraiser at Scotty's Martini Lounge, 301 German St, Erie PA. The art auction consisted entirely of original works from the Erie region's LGBTQIA comunity. The event raised just under $700.
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DF13 Tastes Forbidden Fruit, Again

Leading into April this year (March 30-April 2), the Erie community was home once again for the Exclusive Bear Weekend known as Drenched Fur. It was the thirteenth time the ‘Best Little Run for Fun' created a space where hundreds of men coming from the likes of Canada, California, Florida, Texas, and around the tri-state area. Erie has been annually hosting Drenched Fur for over a decade as a weekend where men who appreciate each other and their natural masculinity can let off some winter doldrums. This year's theme did a twist on the 'unlucky number 13' and revolved around the cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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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.
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11th Annual Fair Housing Seminar hosted by Erie County Human Relations Commission this Tuesday

11th Annual Fair Housing Seminar hosted by Erie County Human Relations Commission this Tuesday
The Erie County Human Relations Commission will be hosting theur 11th Annual Fair Housing Seminar on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 9AM to 4 PM at Blasco Library Hirt Auditorium, 160 E Front St, Erie PA.. Registration is at 8:15AM. The chrage is $10, which includes a continental breakfast/lunch. Continuing education credits to be determined.
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Edinboro to welcome Dr. Rachel Levine as spring commencement speaker

Edinboro to welcome Dr. Rachel Levine as spring commencement speaker
EDINBORO, Pa. – Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will deliver the commencement address at Edinboro University's undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 13.
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Parvez Sharma - A Sinner in Mecca screening at SUNY Fredonia on April 26

Parvez Sharma - A Sinner in Mecca screening at SUNY Fredonia on April 26
Fredonia, New York (April 13, 2017) – Pride Alliance of State University of New York at Fredonia will host a film screening of A Sinner in Mecca by Parvez Sharma, with a lecture/discussion with Parvez himself immediately afterwards. The event will be April 26th in McEwen 209, from 6 pm-8:30 pm. Admission is free and tickets are not required.
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Planning announced for LGBTQ Youth Program!

TransFamily of NWPA is very excited to announce that we will be creating an LGBTQ Youth Program. The goal is to create a program that offers much needed social opportunities and peer-led support to the LGBTQ youth of Erie County.
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New TransFamily Group in Titusville!

TransFamily of NWPA is very happy to officially announce our newest support group for transgender and gender nonconforming people and their loved ones! Staying true to our mission to provide support for the TG/GNC community throughout the Northwest PA region, we have developed a group in Titusville, PA to serve the communities of Titusville, Oil City, Franklin, and surrounding areas.
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Deadline for May 2017 print edition (issue 258) of Erie Gay News is Saturday, April 15

Deadline for May 2017 print edition (issue 258) of Erie Gay News is Saturday, April 15
For the next print edition of Erie Gay News (issue # 258, cover dated for May 2017), please send in calendar events, news items, and other info for late April 2017 and beyond by Saturday, April 15. We expect that the next print edition will come out on Tuesday, April 25
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Political, Activism and Legal

OutServe-SLDN statement on withdrawal of Mark Green as nominee to be Secretary of the Army

(WASHINGTON) May 5, 2017 – The nation's oldest and largest LGBT military organization today reacted to the withdrawal of Mark Green to be Army Secretary. Matt Thorn, Executive Director for OutServe-SLDN, issued the following statement announcing the campaign: "Serving as Secretary of the Army is an incredible and vital role to the success of our modern military. Mark Green did not live up to the duty and honor that is expected of an individual serving in such a role. Mr. Green has better served the Army with his withdrawal than he would have as Secretary."
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BREAKING: Anti-LGBT Mark Green Withdraws from Army Secretary Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 5, 2017 - Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military spouses and their families, released the following statement following the withdrawal of Mark Green as the nominee for Secretary of the Army. "Mark Green should never have even been considered for Secretary of the Army," said AMPA President Ashley Broadway Mack. "His vicious attacks on LGBT people should have been disqualifying from the very beginning. It took an overwhelming chorus of voices speaking out in outrage over the nomination, but we are pleased that in the end, what is best for our military families has prevailed. The U.S. Army needs leadership that will ensure all of our service members and their families have the support they need and deserve, and Mark Green was clearly not that leader."
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AVP mourns the death of a transgender woman in Chelsea, Manhattan

May 5, 2017 - AVP has learned of the death of a 59-year-old transgender woman in Chelsea. At the time of this alert, there is not much public information and we will update you online as we know more. According to media reports, a transgender woman was found unconscious with apparent head trauma last Thursday night on 7th Avenue and 29th Street in Manhattan. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she died of her injuries yesterday, May 4th, 2017. According to other media reports, her injuries do not appear to be self-inflicted or caused by a fall and police are investigating her death as a homicide.
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Retired Military Officers Call for Withdrawal of Mark Green's Nomination as Secretary of the Army

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - May 5, 2017 - 10 retired Flag and General Officers released the following statement today calling for the withdrawal of Mark Green's nomination as Secretary of the Army: "As retired Flag and General Officers, we believe Mark Green is unfit to serve as the next Secretary of the Army. State Senator Green has a history of demeaning LGBT Americans, Latinos, and Muslims, and of denying basic healthcare to women. The military we served embraces diversity as a critical component of readiness, and relies on a diverse fighting force to protect a nation founded on the principles of tolerance and inclusion.
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Equality California: House Healthcare Vote 'an enormous step backwards'

Los Angeles - May 4, 2017 – In response to today's vote by the U.S. House of Representatives repealing portions of the Affordable Healthcare Act, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: "Today, the GOP-led House voted to gut healthcare coverage for millions of Americans, a move with devastating consequences for millions of LGBTQ people who depend on the Affordable Care Act for quality, affordable healthcare. The Republican plan raises taxes on vulnerable seniors, eviscerates Medicaid, strips coverage for essential healthcare services and eliminates the ACA's mandate to cover preexisting conditions.  That move alone endangers the health and lives of people living with HIV and imperils vital coverage for transgender people.
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Equality California: 'Today's executive order offers the LGBT community no reason to feel relief.'

Los Angeles - May 4, 2017 – In response to Donald Trump's executive order today greatly expanding the ability of tax-exempt religious organizations to engage in political activity, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: "Our government was designed to respect everyone's right to follow the dictates of their faith while not favoring one religion over another. The precious freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment were never intended as a cudgel for use against anyone of whom followers of one religion or another don't approve.
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ACLU Statement on So-Called 'Religious Freedom' Executive Order

NEW YORK - May 4, 2017- After careful review of the executive order covering the Johnson Amendment signed by President Trump today, the American Civil Liberties Union has determined not to file a lawsuit at this time.
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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Mark Green as Secretary of the Army

WASHINGTON - May 4, 2017 - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today called on the Senate Armed Services Committee to reject President Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of the Army, Mark E. Green.
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Statement of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) on Today's Executive Order

May 4, 2017 - GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders Executive Director Janson Wu issued the following statement condemning the executive order signed by President Trump today: The President's declaration today is dangerous pandering to a small but vocal segment of his political base, and a disturbing sign that his administration aims to shift the longstanding balance between respect for all faiths and fundamental principles of non-discrimination and equality for all.
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Pride at Work Reacts to Religious Exemptions Executive Order

Washington - May 4, 2017 - The White House, today, issued an executive order aimed at expanding so-called "religious liberties." While this order seems to back away from the anti-LGBTQ provisions of the previous draft, the order will still provide cover for businesses that do not wish to provide birth control to their employees and will make political speech by churches and other religious institutions easier. Pride at Work executive director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement in response to the order: "The changes in this executive order since the previous draft leaked are a strong indication that the White House realizes that LGBTQ discrimination is not palatable to the vast majority of Americans. While the worst anti-LGBTQ provisions were removed, some pretty awful stuff remains that will impact our community.
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ACLU Promises Litigation on Today's Trump Executive Order

NEW YORK - May 4, 2017 - President Donald Trump today signed an executive order that would allow religious organizations to endorse political candidates and expand participation in politics. The executive order signed today also enables private employers to use religion as a pretext to deny reproductive health care to their employees.
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President Trump to Sign Religious Freedom Executive Order Allowing for Discrimination Against LGBTIQ People

May 4, 2017 - President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign an Executive Order titled, "Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom," as early as today. If signed, the Executive Order would allow for discrimination against the LGBTIQ community, among others, providing a religious or moral objection. A first draft of the bill was leaked on February 1st and was tabled after public outcry and pushback. It is understood that Vice President Pence has since continued to lobby for the adoption of a revised version of the religious exemption bill. If signed, this Executive Order would override President Obama's 2014 Executive Order which protects federal employees against LGBTIQ-based discrimination. The White House has not announced details of the order or when it will be signed.
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Faith in America To Lead Resistance Against President Trump's Newest Executive Order

Faith in America To Lead Resistance Against President Trump's Newest Executive Order
Hickory, NC - May 3, 2017 – The media is reporting that on Thursday, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order with sweeping consequences for the nation regarding religious freedom. The executive order would open the door to widespread discrimination inside America's religious-based organizations. Robert Hoffman, Co-Chair and Interim CEO of Faith in America, an organization dedicated to fighting bad players in the faith community who are against the freedoms of LGBT Americans, released the following statement: "The reported Trump executive order is not about religious freedom, but rather about political exemptions.  Exempting people from the Constitution for political favor is not an American value. This would be the most cynical and constitutionally damaging executive order ever signed by an American President. The American faith community holds a broad set of civic and political views. When our nation would protect the constitutional rights of pro-life Christians, for example, over those of pro-choice Christians, then the so-called protection is unconstitutional. And, that's what this executive order does. And, it does it across the board.
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Alabama Governor Signs Discriminatory Adoption Bill HB24 into Law

May 3, 2017 - Governor Kay Ivey has signed the discriminatory bill, deceptively named the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act, into law. Alex Smith, Board Chair of Equality Alabama said, "When she was sworn in as governor, Kay Ivey promised her administration would be a breath of a fresh air from the scandals of the Bentley era, and we hoped she wouldn't start her administration by approving shameful discriminatory legislation that ultimately does the most harm to children looking for loving homes. Unfortunately, Governor Ivey put special interests ahead of the welfare of Alabama children.
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State Rep. Dan Frankel: Trump should scrap anti-LGBT 'right to discriminate' order

State Rep. Dan Frankel: Trump should scrap anti-LGBT 'right to discriminate' order
PITTSBURGH, May 3 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chairman of the legislature's LGBT Equality Caucus, said President Donald Trump should permanently scrap reported plans to sign an anti-LGBT "right to discriminate" executive order, as he's expected to do Thursday.
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Equality PA Cautions Against Another Half-Baked Executive Order that Opens the Door to Discrimination

Harrisburg – Reacting to reports that the president plans to sign an Indiana-style religious exemption executive order on Thursday, May 4, Executive Director of Equality Pennsylvania Ted Martin released the following statement: "We are highly concerned that this Executive Order, like previous failed Executive Orders from the Trump administration, will serve only to promote government-approved discrimination against women, LGBTQ people, and vulnerable populations. We simply can't afford another half-baked, ill-conceived Executive Order that does real damage to Americans in every community across the country. In Pennsylvania, protecting people from discrimination is a popular idea—and this Executive Order would do the opposite. Under the guise of ‘religious freedom,' this action would grant a license to discriminate that flies in the face of American values of equality and fairness."
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GLSEN Statement on Reported Religious Exemptions Executive Order

NEW YORK (May 3, 2017) – Tomorrow, President Trump is reportedly poised to sign an executive order establishing a sweeping religious exemption that would allow discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) people. GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, who is available for interviews, issued the following statement in response.
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ACLU Statement on Reports of Impending 'Religious Freedom' Executive Order

NEW YORK - May 2, 2017 - Louise Melling, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will sign an executive order later this week that creates religious exemptions which open the door to discrimination: "The ACLU fights every day to defend religious freedom, but religious freedom does not mean the right to discriminate against or harm others. If President Trump signs an executive order that attempts to provide a license to discriminate against women or LGBT people, we will see him in court."
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OutServe-SLDN to Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green: 'You're on notice'

(WASHINGTON) May 2, 2017 – The nation's oldest and largest LGBT military organization today put Army Secretary nominee Mark Green on notice and announced the launch of a citizen filibuster campaign aimed at blocking the nominee from confirmation in the United States Senate. The campaign will be constituent-driven to highlight the concerns and opposition of service members, veterans and their families to Mr. Green's record and confirmation as Army Secretary. Matt Thorn, Executive Director for OutServe-SLDN, issued the following statement announcing the campaign: "Mark Green is now denying, deflecting and distracting from his prior anti-LGBT actions, but his record speaks for itself. The U.S. Army deserves a Secretary who values duty over division and honor over hatred. When it comes to progress at the Pentagon, Mark Green as Secretary of the Army will be a grenade in the tent. Mr. Green's anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-women record in the Tennessee legislature stands in stark contrast to the American values of justice, fairness and tolerance we all hold dear. He must not be confirmed.<
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Statement of GLAD Executive Director Janson Wu on the Reintroduction of the Equality Act

May 2, 2017 – LGBTQ people live in every state, city and town in the U.S. We are part of families, workplaces, and communities. And like everyone else, LGBTQ Americans want and deserve to work, be safe in public spaces, and live our lives free from discrimination.
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Rep Suzan DelBene: LGBT Americans Deserve Equal Protections Under Our Laws

Rep Suzan DelBene: LGBT Americans Deserve Equal Protections Under Our Laws
WASHINGTON, D.C. May 2, 2017 – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped reintroduce the Equality Act, a comprehensive bill that aims to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.
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Equality Act of 2017 Introduced in Congress

Washington, D.C - May 2, 2017 - A bill that would ban discrimination against LGBT people under federal law was reintroduced today in both houses of Congress. 
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ACLU Supports Introduction of LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

WASHINGTON May 2, 2017 - Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and more than 200 other members of Congress today introduced the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal bill that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people and women. In addition to providing explicit nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people, the Equality Act fills gaps in our nation's civil rights laws for women and people of color.
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Equality California: SCOTUS Rejection of Conversion Therapy Case is Good News

Los Angeles – May 1, 2017 In response to today's announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court that it will not hear Welch v. Brown, a case challenging California's ban on so-called "conversion therapy" on the grounds that it violates constitutional religious freedom protections, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: "Today's announcement is good news for thousands of LGBT youth nationwide, especially in states that do not yet ban so-called 'conversion therapy.' Homosexuality is not a condition that needs curing. However, we do know that the practice of trying to change sexual orientation not only doesn't work, but puts vulnerable LGBT young people at risk of depression, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide. It flies in the face of a consensus of respected health organizations – including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other groups – that efforts to change a young person's sexual orientation are harmful. Even so, thousands of LGBT youth are forced to submit to such programs across the country every year and thousands of 'therapists' are more than willing to take their money."
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Current and Former Military University Faculty Members Alarmed by Trump's Army Secretary Nominee

From American Military Parterns Association President Ashley Broadway- Mack:"As this statement from military professors shows, the growing consensus is that Mark Green's nomination as Army Secretary must be stopped. His vicious attacks on the LGBT community and other minorities are beyond the pale and are contrary to the military's core values. We must stand up for all of our men and women in uniform, including those Green has singled out with vile insults."
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OutRight Comments on President Trump's First 100 Days

April 28, 2017 - Saturday, 29th April, marks President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. Since becoming President of the United States on 20th January 2017, President Trump has put forth a slew of Executive Orders and made both domestic and foreign affairs decisions that have been met with pushback. Many of these policy decisions have a direct impact on LGBTIQ people in the United States and around the world.
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NCLR: Latest far-right Republican health care repeal another 'dangerous attempt to gut protections millions of Americans

(San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2017)-Despite overwhelming opposition to previous efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, far-right Republicans in Congress have come out with a new plan to gut Affordable Care Act protections, which could be put to a vote on the floor of the House as early as Saturday.
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NCAVP mourns the homicide of Chay Reed, a Black transgender woman killed in Miami, Florida

April 27, 2017 - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) mourns the death of Chay Reed, a Black transgender woman, killed in Miami, Florida on April 21st, 2017. According to media reports, she was shot while running across the street; her attacker fled the scene. Friends remembered Chay as a funny, caring friend who loved to dance and "was a light, always trying to make everyone around her happy."
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Members of Congress Speak Out Over Nomination of Mark Green As Army Secretary

WASHINGTON - April 27, 2017 -- Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military spouses and their families, praised a letter signed by thirty one members of the U.S. House of Representatives speaking out against the nomination of Mark Green as Secretary of the Army due to Green's vicious attacks on LGBT people.
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Alabama House Passes Discriminatory Adoption Bill HB24

MONTGOMERY, AL- April 25, 2017 – The Heart of Dixie has grown colder today. This afternoon, the Alabama House of Representatives passed HB24, deceptively named the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act, on a 87-0 vote with 6 abstaining. The bill now heads to Governor Kay Ivey's desk.
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Rep Suzan DelBene Helps Reintroduce Bill to Ban 'Conversion Therapy'

Rep Suzan DelBene Helps Reintroduce Bill to Ban 'Conversion Therapy'
WASHINGTON, D.C.  - April 25, 2017 – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped reintroduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which would ban the harmful practice of so-called "conversion therapy."
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GLSEN Responds To YouTube's Unblocking Of Wrongly 'Restricted' LGBTQ Videos

The following statement can be attributed to GLSEN's Executive Director, Eliza Byard: "YouTube has become a vital lifeline to information for millions of LGBTQ youth around the world. GLSEN is very pleased to report that after significant communication from us and others, they have made tremendous strides in addressing glitches in their 'restricted mode' algorithm that led to the inappropriate blocking of perfectly appropriate LGBTQ content. YouTube's ongoing efforts are helping to ensure that students can access hundreds of thousands of videos about LGBTQ people and issues in their public libraries and K-12 schools, where 'restricted mode' is often set system-wide by administrators," said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director.
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Victory Fund Endorses Eight LGBTQ Candidates; Danica Roem Could Become Only Openly Trans State Legislator

Washington, DC - April 24, 2017 – Today Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed eight candidates in state and local races. Danica Roem, running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, received a spotlight endorsement, and would become the first state legislator to win as an openly transgender candidate if elected.
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Voters Guide

Voters Guide
Candidates for Erie County Executive, Erie County Council, Erie City Mayor, and Erie City Council were asked about their positions on GLBT issues. Their responses appear here.
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Health

Squeeze the Toothpaste (just a little)

I am writing to you because I want to get some therapy, but I'm afraid to. I am a middle-aged lesbian with a great girlfriend who loves me and tells me so on a regular basis. I have a job I like (most of the time, anyway) and a solid circle of friends. What's my problem? I have so much baggage from my past that I think if I ever started to address it, I'd never finish. So why bother?
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Spirituality and Religion

Hundreds of Prominent Faith Leaders Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Measures Advancing in Texas Legislature

Hundreds of Prominent Faith Leaders Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Measures Advancing in Texas Legislature
Washington, D.C. - May 3, 2017 – Prominent faith leaders from across the country joined forces today in urging Texas legislators to oppose a series of anti-LGBTQ measures advancing rapidly through the state legislature, specifically calling out controversial anti-trans bathroom bills, HB 2899 and SB 6, and several religious refusal bills that provide businesses and government entities a license to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans. Nearly two dozen anti-LGBTQ bills are under consideration in Texas. The call for opposition was made via a letter signed by more than 100 national religious leaders from across the country, and hand-delivered to legislative offices today with another letter signed by more than 200 Texas-based faith leaders. Texas clergy also gathered outside of the House chamber to pray and to take their message opposing discrimination directly to legislators. 
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Letters, Columnists and Opinion

Coming to terms with Marsha P. Johnson

A couple of years ago, the author and director of the Academy Award-nominated "How To Survive a Plague," David France, contacted me for his next project. We chatted a few times and then he arrived at my door with a complete film crew and research staff. He was going to spend the day filming me talking about my sister from Gay Liberation Front in New York, Marsha P. Johnson. Last week, France was kind enough to ask me to the Tribeca Film Festival for a showing of that film, now titled "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson."
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Vaporizing Stonewall

This week, I'm writing about an issue that sheds new light on a subject we all think we know: Stonewall. Earlier this week, my husband Jason, who teaches creative writing at Boston University, handed me an anthology of the best science-fiction stories of 2016. The book, edited by John Joseph Adams, has a story by Sam J. Miller titled "The Heat of Us: Notes Towards an Oral History." It's literally a science-fiction account of Stonewall.
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The Amazon Trail: A Lesbian High School Student

Thanks to author Nell Stark-which seems to be something I say at least once a year-I was privileged recently to answer some questions for a lesbian high school student who was writing a paper about 1960's gay activists. Below are the young woman's questions and my attempts to answer. I am very fortunate to be able to reach across generations.
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Michael dithers

Michael dithers
Congrats to TransFamily of NW PA's Caitlyn Strohmeyer on being appointed to Erie County Human Relations Commission. Voters Guide is online, and a computer crash created a challenge for finishing this month's issue.
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Enter For A Chance To Win An Unforgettable Prize Pack!  Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller "Unforgettable" is the first film in the director's chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Focus"). Rosario Dawson (the "Sin City" films), Katherine Heigl ("27 Dresses," "Knocked Up") and Geoff Stults (TV's "The Odd Couple") star in the film. Tessa Connover (Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)-not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily. Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa's jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia's dream into her ultimate nightmar
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The Most Valuable Home Improvements

Some people decide to sell their home almost spontaneously. They will decide they want to move, put their home on the market, and sell it, more or less, as it is. They might paint and do a few basic repairs, but overall, they don't do anything to majorly change the value of their home. Other people, though, purchase homes with the intention of increasing their value. They may plan to live in the home for a certain period of time before selling it at a profit. Others buy homes for as little as possible, upgrade them, and put them back on the market.
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Is It Time to Move?

Are you starting to feel as if your home just isn't quite right for you anymore? There could be a number of different reasons why you feel that way. Sometimes, all you need to do is remodel a couple of rooms or change things around a bit. Other times, it may be time to start the house-hunting process. How can you tell the difference between when it's time to start looking at the housing market and when you should start looking for an interior decorator? Here are a few signs that likely indicate it's time to move.
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