Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (140 Articles with 302,104 total views)

Incorporated in 2006 as Erie Gay Pride, Inc., the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Inc. (GEAE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the region's LGBT community and its straight allies through education, open dialogue and public visibility.

January, 2024

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality End Of Year Celebration

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality End Of Year Celebration
On Wednesday, December 13, 2023, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held its annual End Of year Celebration at Room 33 Speakeasy, 1033 State Street, Erie, PA. The evening featured appetizers, a live band, and great fun.
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July, 2023

Community Spotlight #7: Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)

Community Spotlight #7: Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)
What began as Erie Gay Pride. Inc in 2006 evolved in 2011 to become the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality. Under the leadership of Bob Howden and Patrick Smith, with the new name came a new focus as well.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality on Recent HRC Declaration

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality on Recent HRC Declaration
On June 6, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) officially declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people in the United States. As we all try to take this information in, we know many are feeling various emotions. Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Inc. (GEAE) is continuously dedicated to supporting the region's LGBTQ+ community and its allies through educational programs, social events, and service opportunities designed to strengthen our voices and improve the quality of life in northwestern Pennsylvania.
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Twelfth Annual Afternoon for Equality by GEAE on June 4

Twelfth Annual Afternoon for Equality by GEAE on June 4
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) hosted its 12th signature annual event, Afternoon for Equality, at the Watson-Curtze Mansion at the Hagen History Center on Sunday, June 4. This annual event was moved back to June to kick off Pride Month! Guests and sponsors of GEAE gathered together for friendship and equality amongst spring and summer flowers by Potratz Floral Shop & Greenhouses while being treated to heavy Italian/Mediterranean hors d'oeuvres by Make It Fabulous Catering, music by the Stephen Trohoske Trio, and an open bar. GEAE's board of directors, Cody Empey, president; Kyle Hannon, vice president; Kim Moscatello-Seastone, secretary; and directors Marsha Dietrich-McLean, Darrin Kinander, April Knapp, Carol Rodgers, and Evan Tucker, host this event as a significant fundraiser that helps empower GEAE to support the region's LGBTQ+ community and its allies through educational programs, social events, and service opportunities. These programs and events strengthen our voice, improve the quality of life in northwestern Pennsylvania, and propel us toward our mission to create a safe and welcoming community for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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June, 2023

Afternoon for Equality is Sunday, June 4, 2023 - and GEAE needs your help!

Afternoon for Equality is Sunday, June 4, 2023 - and GEAE needs your help!
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)'s Afternoon for Equality is a significant source of funding that helps empower GEAE to support the region's LGBTQ+ community and its allies through educational programs, social events, and service opportunities. These programs and events strengthen our voice, improve the quality of life in northwestern Pennsylvania, and propel us toward our mission to create a safe and welcoming community for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This year's Afternoon for Equality is Sunday, June 4 from 5-9 PM at the Hagen History Center, 356 W 6th WSt, Erie PA, 16607. The event features an open bar with food, and music by the Stephen Trohoske Trio.
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January, 2023

GEAE and LGBTQ Funds Host Holiday Celebration

GEAE and LGBTQ Funds Host Holiday Celebration
On Wednesday, December 7, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) and the LGBTQ Funds of the Erie Community Foundation hosted an end-of-year reception at Room 33 in downtown Erie. This is the first time the two organizations have hosted a collaborative holiday event.
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July, 2022

GEAE Afternoon for Equality on August 21

GEAE Afternoon for Equality on August 21
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is excited to announce its 11th annual Afternoon for Equality will be Sunday, August 21, 2022, at the Erie Yacht Club! Join GEAE at 5 PM as we celebrate moving towards LGBTQ+ equality while enjoying food, wine, beer, and music.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Leadership Announcement

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Leadership Announcement
The Board of Directors of the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is very pleased to announce the appointment of a new president of the Board: Cody Empey, formerly treasurer and director of the Finance Committee for six and a half years.
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April, 2022

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Scholarship Applications Due by July 1

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Scholarship Applications Due by July 1
GEAE is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 school year. This year, GEAE will award several $1,000 scholarships to applicants 17+. Applicants must be residents of Erie County, Pennsylvania. This application is open to those who are seeking scholarship money to any university, community college, technical school, art school, or para-professional program. Applicants can be currently enrolled in their program. Any eligible candidate who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community is invited to apply. Current board members, advisory members, and their families are not eligible for this scholarship.
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January, 2022

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Year-End Celebration on Dec 8

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Year-End Celebration on Dec 8
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality hosted their annual Year End Celebration on December 8, 2021. The event took place at Room 33 Speakeasy, located at 1033 State Street, in downtown Erie. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, specialty drinks and entertainment from solo musician Jesse James Weston.
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December, 2021

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Year-End Celebration on Dec 8

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Year-End Celebration on Dec 8
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) will hold their Year End Celebration on Wednesday, December 8 from 6 to 9 PM at Room 33 Speakeasy, 1033 State St, Erie PA. Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar. Entertainment is by Jesse James Weston. Tickets may be purchased at GreaterErieAlliance.com. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test with 72 hours of the event is required.
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September, 2021

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) 10th Annual Afternoon for Equality on Aug 15

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) 10th Annual Afternoon for Equality on Aug 15
On Sunday, August 15, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality held their 10th Annual Afternoon for Equality at the Erie Yacht Club. President Leah Manino thanked board members and supporters for the past year. GEAE was proud to sponsor and also partner with other organizations for several initiatives including a virtual youth conference, a back to school drive, a food drive and more. GEAE also presented 4 area students with a $1.000 scholarship for continuing education at college or trade school.
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LGBTQ+ Youth Programs Resumes with Art Wellness Group Sep 9

LGBTQ+ Youth Programs Resumes with Art Wellness Group Sep 9
The LGBTQ+ youth programs sponsored by Greater Erie Alliance for Equality have been taking a break this summer. Monthly programming will resume soon with an Art Wellness group on September 9th. Head to: https://atraumainformedlife.com/resources/lgbtq/youth/ to register and meet our new program director and youth advocates. Sign up for the newsletter to see what else is happening
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August, 2021

GEAE 10th Annual Afternoon for Equality on August 15

GEAE 10th Annual Afternoon for Equality on August 15
Join Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) on Sunday, August 15 from 4 to 8 PM at the Erie Yacht Club, 1 Ravine Drv, 16505, as we celebrate our 10th year of Afternoon for Equality, moving towards LGBTQ equality. In times like these it's important we stand up for LGBTQ rights and dignity. There will be friends, speakers, scholarship awards, updates on GEAE's work, and news on upcoming events. Enjoy food, wine, beer, and cool jazz by the Stephen Trohoske trio. Tickets are $60. There is strength in numbers. NOW is the time to show your support! Get your ticket today.
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GEAE LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit Winners

GEAE LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit Winners
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) presented an LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit, which ran all of Pride month, June 1 - 30 at Blasco Library Supported by a grant from Erie Arts & Culture, the exhibit featured 58 artworks by 28 LGBTQ artists from northwestern PA. There was a variety of styles, subjects, and media in the exhibit, including painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, pastels, drawing, and mixed media.
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LGBTQ+ Youth Programs On Break for the Summer

LGBTQ+ Youth Programs On Break for the Summer
The LGBTQ+ youth programs organized by Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Journey to a Trauma-Informed Life, and Compton's Table are taking a break this summer. Monthly programming will resume in the fall. It is expected that there should be a whole school year calendar rolled out in mid-August.
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June, 2021

2021 LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit at Blasco Library, June 1 - 30

2021 LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit at Blasco Library, June 1 - 30
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) has curated a 2021 LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit, which runs all of Pride month, June 1 - 30, on the 2nd floor of Blasco Library. Supported by a grant from Erie Arts & Culture, the exhibit features over 50 artworks by 25 LGBTQ artists from northwestern PA. There is a variety of styles, subjects, and media in the exhibit, including painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, pastels, drawing, fine jewelry, and mixed media.
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Cybersecurity Workshop on May 13

Cybersecurity Workshop on May 13
On May 13, 2021, organizations including Erie Gay News, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Lake Erie Counseling, LBT Women of Erie, Northwest Alliance, NW PA Pride Alliance, Pennsylvania Equality Project, Safe Harbor, SafeNet, and TransFamily of NW PA partnered on a Zoom presentation on cybersecurity by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Security. George Dillman, Consumer Outreach Specialist for PA Department of Banking and Securities, presented ways to keep safe online and to avoid scamsWe will continue to pursue collaborative opportunities to keep our local LGBT community informed, safe, and healthy!
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May, 2021

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Scholarships - Deadline to Apply is July 15

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Scholarships - Deadline to Apply is July 15
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year. This year, GEAE will award up to three $1,000 scholarships to applicants between the age of 17-25. Applicants must be residents of Erie County, Pennsylvania. This application is open to those who are seeking scholarship money to any university, community college, technical school, art school, or para-professional program. Applicants can be currently enrolled in their program. Any eligible candidate who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community is invited to apply. Current board members, advisory members, and their families are not eligible for this scholarship.
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April, 2021

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Call for Entries for Juried LGBTQ Art Exhibit Due April 30

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Call for Entries for Juried LGBTQ Art Exhibit Due April 30
Greater Alliance for Equality (GEAE) will be presenting an LGBTQ juried art exhibit from June 1-30 at Blasco Library Art Gallery, 160 E. Front St., Erie, PA, and they are issuing a call for entries with a deadline of April 30, 2021, at 11:59 PM. LGBTQ artists, 18 years of age or older, from the Northwest PA region are eligible. All art mediums will be considered (for example: painting, drawing, distills, inks, pencil, sculpture, encaustic, photography, mixed-media, digital art. You will be notified of drop-off dates if your work is accepted.
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May 13 Cybersecurity Workshop

May 13 Cybersecurity Workshop
On Thursday, May 13, at 7 PM, the PA Department of Banking and Securities will be presenting a virtual workshop - Cybersecurity - Keeping Yourself Safe Online. To register for the event and get the Zoom link, fill out the form at http://bit.ly/cyberworkshopreg.
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Queer Youth Events on Fourth Thursday of the Month - Virtual Connect Chat & Chill

Queer Youth Events on Fourth Thursday of the Month - Virtual Connect Chat & Chill
On the fourth Thursday of each month, from 6:00-7:30 pm, Compton's TableGreater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) and Journey to a Trauma-Informed Life will be hosting a virtual connect for queer youth. Come join us for a night of community, laughter, and chill. No real agenda, just a safe, virtual space. The next two Teen Chat and Chill events will be on March 25 and April 22. Preregistration is required to ensure a safe, affirming environment.
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March, 2021

Food Drive on March 20

Food Drive on March 20
On March 20th from 10 am-2 pm, NWPA Pride Alliance and Greater Erie Alliance for Equality will continue their Give Back Events with Food Drive Benefiting the Second Harvest Book Bank of NWPA. They have also teamed up with Erie Gay News and Northwest Alliance, and other Erie LGBTQIA+ groups for this event. A donation of non-perishable food items can be made by just driving up to the parking lot of Greater Erie Alliance for Equality at 301 W 10th Street in Erie. (corner of W10 and Myrtle) If you are unable to donate and would rather make a monetary donation, please visit https://nwpafoodbank.org
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February, 2021

Coat and Boot Drive on Dec 21

Coat and Boot Drive on Dec 21
On Monday, December 21, 2020, The Greater Erie Alliance, NW PA Pride, and NW Rural AIDS Alliance joined forces to hold a warm coat and boot drive to benefit individuals served by the Ryan White Program. The drop off site was hosted by the Gem City Dinor, 3545 West 12th Street in Erie. Owners Elaine Reed and Rich Hodges were happy to open their doors to host the coat/boot drive.
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January, 2021

2021 Vision Card Workshop for LGBTQ+ 12-15 year olds on December 30

2021 Vision Card Workshop for LGBTQ+ 12-15 year olds on December 30
Journey to A Trauma Informed Life and Greater Erie Alliance for Equality are proud to present a vision card workshop by guest presenter Eric Reiche for LGBTQ+ 12-15 year olds on Thursday, 12/30, 3-5 pm. Vision cards are mini vision boards with a twist. Eric Reiche is a queer-identifying grad student studying art therapy at Edinboro University.. You must register to attend, via Google meet link or in-person (provided it is safe). Limit 8 people in-person.
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Ray/Rachel Lohr, LSW Health Presentation for LGBTQ+ 15-18 year olds on December 17

Ray/Rachel Lohr, LSW Health Presentation for LGBTQ+ 15-18 year olds on December 17
Journey to A Trauma Informed Life and Greater Erie Alliance for Equality are proud to present a health and wellness program by guest speaker Ray/Rachel Lohr, LSW for LGBTQ+ 15-18 year olds on Thursday, 12/17, 4-6 pm.
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URGENT Coat and Boot Drive on December 21 at Gem City Dinor by GEAE and NW PA Pride Alliance

URGENT Coat and Boot Drive on December 21 at Gem City Dinor by GEAE and NW PA Pride Alliance
There is an urgent need for warm boots and coats in our community! On Monday, December 21 from 3:30 to 7:30 PM Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, NWPA Pride Alliance and Gem City Dinor are coordinating the effort to gather these items. Donations will go to individuals living with AIDS/HIV. Used items in good condition are welcome. DROP OFF DONATIONS AT GEM CIT, 3545 W 12th St, Erie PA 16505! Each donor will receive a voucher for a free pint of soup from Gem City Dinor!
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December, 2020

Blanket and Sock Drive for Ryan White Program on Oct 29

Blanket and Sock Drive for Ryan White Program on Oct 29
On October 29, 2020 NW PA Pride Alliance and Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) teamed up to host at Blanket and Socks drive. Thanks to the support of the Erie LGBTQIA+ community over 200 blankets and dozens of pairs of socks were donated to the local individuals served by the Ryan White Project. Both organizations hope to continue partnering on Giving Back events into 2021.
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November, 2020

Blanket and Sock Drive for Ryan White Program on Oct 29

Blanket and Sock Drive for Ryan White Program on Oct 29
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, NWPA Pride Alliance, and Transfamily are gathering warm blankets and socks to benefit individuals served by the Ryan White Program. There is a great need in our community for these items. This is the third year we have gathered donations- past support has been tremendous and we hope we can count on a great turnout this year! Donations can be dropped off on October 29 from 2:30 to 7:30 at 301 West 10 Street, in the GAEA office parking lot. located at the corner of 10th and Myrtle Streets.
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E3 Youth Summit November 20-21

E3 Youth Summit November 20-21
The E3 Youth Summit will be held November 20 though 21, and is free to attend! The theme is "Healing in Community." This year our summit will be held virtually, but don't worry. We will still have plenty of things for you to do, see, enjoy! The Summit kicks off Friday night with a drag show by Rebecca Mae and will include some special friends. Participants of the Summit will hear from speakers, attend workshops, and experience musical events. Participants include Gaxella, Ryan Cassata, and Rebecca Mae.
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Letter Opposing Supreme Court Justice Appointment from LGBTQ Groups Across PA

Letter Opposing Supreme Court Justice Appointment from LGBTQ Groups Across PA
On October 14, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and other LGBTQ groups across the Pennsylvania sent a letter to US Senator Patrick Toomey opposing the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court to fill the vanacy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The text of the letter appears here.
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Mourn the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living on Zoom Oct 29

Mourn the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living on Zoom Oct 29
The LGBTQ community knows pain and challenge. 2020 is nothing we can't handle together. We are experts in making our own worlds fully imbibed with social change, joy, and love. Now more than ever we must envision the world we want and need. Join Jessica Halem as she reflects on 25 years of LGBTQ movement work and what lies ahead for us. Bring your sorrow and optimism to this high-energy session where we will manifest our future together. The session is called Mourn the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living, and will be held on Zoom on October 29 at 7 PM. The Zoom meeting ID is 832 7531 6862 and the password is 957519
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October, 2020

Allyship in Motion Workshop on Oct 6

Allyship in Motion Workshop on Oct 6
This summer many joined in protests highlighting police brutality against black bodies across the nation. Allies are being called upon to learn how they can be true, antiracist agents of change. On October 6 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM, the Allies on Motion workshop will help queer youth come together and learn how they can create safe, affirming spaces for all members of the LGTBQIAA community. We will do this by answering: What does it mean to be ally? How do white queer youth support Black, Latinx, Indigenous, queer youth?
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) 5K On Sep 12

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) 5K On Sep 12
60 runners and walkers joined GEAE for their first Virtual 5K, Fun Run & Walk held on September 12. Registrants and other community members also purchased chances at raffle baskets donated by GEAE board members, Natalie Braddock and Lake Erie Counseling.
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September, 2020

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Youth Program

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Youth Program
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) has paired with Centerlink to provide an online space for LGBTQA teens. The schedule and link can be found at: http://greatereriealliance.com/gsa-program/
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Local LGBT Nonprofits Benefit From The Region's Generosity

Local LGBT Nonprofits Benefit From The Region's Generosity
Tuesday, August 11, was the annual Erie Gives Day which raised $6,287,202, surpassing last year's record of $5,569,161. The amount will be shared among 422 nonprofits from around Erie County. Our own LGBT community will benefit from gifts that were given for Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)- $10,465, LGBT Community Foundation- $5,814, and NW PA Pride Alliance- $970.
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August, 2020

Businesses Flying/Displaying Pride flag 2020

Businesses Flying/Displaying Pride flag 2020
For the 3rd year, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality was happy to have area businesses and organizations fly the LGBTQIA+ Pride flag for the month of June. Because of COVID-19, some businesses weren't open for June or had limited staff and were unable to respond.
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GEAE E3 Summit and Scholarship

GEAE E3 Summit and Scholarship
Plans for the E3 Summit are still underway for this fall. Please check out the Greater Erie Alliance website and social media for continuing updates. The scholarship program is still viewing applications until July 31st. Go here to apply for this $1000 award toward schooling.
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GEAE Queer Youth Art Exhibit "I Am" Reception & Online Exhibit

GEAE Queer Youth Art Exhibit
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) in collaboration with the Erie Art Gallery was able to hold a reception for the Queer Youth Art Exhibit entitled "I Am" on Friday, June 19th. The exhibit showcased 19 pieces of art from 11 different youth artists in various mediums. While the pandemic halted the original opening and reception, the exhibit still remains virtually at Erie Art Gallery website. We would like to thank the supporters, volunteers, and especially the youth artists for lending their voices to this first-of-its-kind exhibit. The goal is to make this a yearly event
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GEAE Virtual 5K Fun Run and Walk on Sep 12

GEAE Virtual 5K Fun Run and Walk on Sep 12
Join the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality on September 12 from 8AM to 2 PM for the 2020 GEAE Virtual 5K, Fun Run and Walk.
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July, 2020

"I Am" Youth Queer Art Show at Erie Art Gallery

The Erie Art Gallery is holding an online exhibit displaying the works of young artists. "I Am" Youth Queer Art Show can be viewed here There will also be a display outside the gallery, created by Jon Box. Erie Art Gallery is located at 24 W 8th St, Erie, PA.
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Erie Apparel donates Pride Collection proceeds

Erie Apparel donates Pride Collection proceeds
Erie Apparel has graciously contacted Greater Erie Alliance for Equality to donate proceeds from the sale of this year's Pride Collection to GEAE. Erie Apparel is at 2309 W 12th St, Erie, PA Visit erieapparel.co and find on Facebook.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Scholarship Deadline on June 30

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Scholarship Deadline on June 30
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality's Pride Scholarship application is still open! College students and incoming freshman are welcome to apply for this $1000 award paid to the college or trade school of your choice! No fee! Due date is June 30th, 2020. Application is at greatereriealliance.com
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Mental Health Awareness and the LGBTQ Community on June 30

Mental Health Awareness and the LGBTQ Community on June 30
Join Melanie Dunbar, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for a discussion on Mental Health Wellness & the LGBTQ+ community to be hosted on Zoom on June 30 from 6:30 to 8 PM. Proactive mental health wellness is vitally important. What does it mean to have mental health wellness? What exactly is it? What makes it up?
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June, 2020

GEAE Updates - GSA Zoom meetup and scholarships

GEAE Updates - GSA Zoom meetup and scholarships
The GSA Zoom meet-up will continue for May. The next meeting is May 28th at 6 pm. Interested teens should contact geaeinfo@gmail.com or margolwolfe@gmail.com for the meeting link. GEAE is once again offering three $1,000.00 scholarships for students 17-25 years of age. Online application is at http://greatereriealliance.com/2020/04/24/2020-geae-pride-scholarship/. Deadline for applications is June 30th.
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April, 2020

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Update

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Update
Please note that all Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)-sponsored activities, including the Regional Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) that had been held at Blasco Public Library and also the Queer Youth Art Exhibit which would have been held at Erie Art Gallery, are currently on hold due to COVID-19 concerns.
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March, 2020

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)'s Queer Youth Art Exhibit

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)'s Queer Youth Art Exhibit
GEAE is proud to present the first Queer Youth Art Exhibit! Any identifying LGBTQ+ youth 12-21 may submit to this first-of-its-kind exhibit at the Erie Art Gallery, 24 W 8th St, Erie PA. The theme is "I Am"
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Registration Now Open for E3 Summit May 8 & 9

Registration Now Open for E3 Summit May 8 & 9
Registration for youth and adults is open for the May 8 and 9th E3 Summit. Vendors may also apply to table the event. Schedule, performers, and speakers to be announced soon. Notice venue change: due to construction at Collegiate Academy, East Middle School, 1001 Atkins St, Erie PA will host the event.
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February, 2020

Registration Open for E3 Summit May 8/9

Registration Open for E3 Summit May 8/9
The 2nd annual E3 Summit, the first LGBTQ youth event of its kind in Northwestern PA will be held on May 8 and 9, 2020 at East Middle School in Erie, PA. Call for presentations will be up soon.
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January, 2020

Erie Regional GSA Update

Erie Regional GSA Update
The Erie Regional GSA (a partnership between GEAE and Blasco Library) hosted a Friendsgiving for the LGBTQ youth to celebrate and give a safe space to young people while enjoying a holiday meal. Twelve young people attended, enjoyed food, brought desserts, and met new friends, that was hosted by the Erie Day School. Meetings for the GSA will continue throughout the winter with the addition of movie nights and some other special events. Check out the calendar for all updates: http://greatereriealliance.com/gsa-program/
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of Year Celebration on December 5

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of Year Celebration on December 5
December 5, 2019 The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality hosted their annual year end celebration. The celebration is an evening spent with member of the LGBTQ community, allies, and supporters for good food, music and friendship. This year the celebration was held at Room 33 Speakeasy & Cafe. Approximately 70 guests enjoyed the night together with entertainment by Max Schang's Jazz Trio. GEAE President, Leah Manino, made brief remarks to thank supporters, the Board of Directors and Advisory Council for their dedication and the community's combined efforts to advance equality in our region. Donations of warm socks and blankets were also collected from guests that go to support the Ryan White Program in Erie County.
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December, 2019

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of the Year Celebration on Dec 5 at Room 33

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of the Year Celebration on Dec 5 at Room 33
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) will be holding their End of the Year Celebration on Thursday, December 5 from 5 to 8 PM at Room 33 Speakeasy & Cafe, 1033 State St, Erie, PA . Tickets are available now for $25.00. Dress is business casual. Ticket includes delicious food. Music by Max Schlang's Trio of Blues. Full cash bar available. At the event, we will collect socks and blankets for the Ryan White Program at Community Health Net.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Intersections of Equality Symposium on Nov 16

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Intersections of Equality Symposium on Nov 16
November 16, 2019: Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) presented the Intersections of Equality Symposium at the Black Conference Center, Penn State the Behrend College. Attendees included regional advocates, allies, and LGBTQ community members from the tri state region. The theme of the day was LGBTQ Advocacy and Equality through Education. Rich McCarty facilitated the symposium and guided attendees through broad range of diverse topics for discussion that included a health care panel, LGBTQ and the Arts and Art Therapy, the state of LGBTQ Affairs, Alliances and Partnerships: State, City, Corporate and Cultural.
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LGBTQ Youth Friendsgiving Event on November 30

LGBTQ Youth Friendsgiving Event on November 30
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and Erie County Regional GSA are hosting our first ever youth Friendsgiving ages 13-18. There is no cost to any participants, but registration is required so we know how much food to get. Saturday, November 30th at Erie Day School from 1:30-4 pm. Adults are welcome to donate or help prepare/serve food. Message geaeinfo@gmail.com for more information. Please join us and pass the word! Register for Friendsgiving
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November, 2019

GEAE Update for Erie Regional GSA meeting on November 7

GEAE Update for Erie Regional GSA meeting on November 7
The Erie Regional GSA will meet at the Blasco Library, 160 E Front St, Erie PA, on Thursday, November 7th from 6-8 pm in the Teen Space. All LGBTQ youth and allies ages 13-18 are invited to attend. Topics include self-care, advocacy in our schools, and networking. Snacks provided. Sponsored by Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and the Erie County Public Library.
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Intersections of Equality Symposium on Nov 16

Intersections of Equality Symposium on Nov 16
The 2019 GEAE Intersections of Equality Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 16 at the Black Conference Center at Penn State Behrend. Panels will include LGBTQ health care (LECOM), Art therapy, state legislative education by Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (our first openly gay legislator of color in PA), HIV/AIDS education, queer art (reflecting gender, ability, sexuality, and cultural mythology), and local and state allies in the business, government, and non-profit sectors--and more! Student tickets are $15. Early registration is $25. Those who register by October 23 for $35 can receive a special two-for-one ticket for the symposium and the November Rufus Wainwright performance at Mercyhurst University. Tickets after October 23 will be $35 for the day. Penn State Behrend will offer professional continuing education units for an additional fee of $35. Register today! All registrations include a continental breakfast and boxed lunch. Limited vendor tables are available by contacting GEAE.
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October, 2019

Intersections of Equality Symposium on Nov 16

Intersections of Equality Symposium on Nov 16
The 2019 Intersections of Equality Symposium will be at the Black Conference Center on the campus of Penn State Behrend, on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Panels will address LGBTQ issues at the intersections of health care, art, therapy, legal rights, and alliances with government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Featured speakers include LECOM medical students and faculty, Heather Denning, Program Director of Art Therapy at Mercyhurst Univesrity, the artists MANDEM, a Cleveland based trio whose work was featured at the LGBT Art Show this summer, Renee Lamis (Erie Mayor's Chief of Staff), Tesha Nesbit Arrington (Director, Diversity and Inclusion and Community Outreach, Erie Insurance), and Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, one of Pennsylvania's openly gay elected officials. Plenary speakers will be announced by the end of September. CEUs will be availble through Penn State for professionals at the cost of $35 for the day. Registration and symposium fees will be listed on the GEAE webpage and social media when we launch admission. Organizations interested in staffing a table fair should contact GEAE, as space is limited (and will go fast).The 2019 Intersections of Equality Symposium will be at the Black Conference Center on the campus of Penn State Behrend, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Panels will address LGBTQ issues at the intersections of health care, art, therapy, legal rights, and alliances with government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Featured speakers include LECOM medical students and faculty, Heather Denning, Program Director of Art Therapy at Mercyhurst Univesrity, the artists MANDEM, a Cleveland based trio whose work was featured at the LGBT Art Show this summer, Renee Lamis (Erie Mayor's Chief of Staff), Tesha Nesbit Arrington (Director, Diversity and Inclusion and Community Outreach, Erie Insurance), and Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, one of Pennsylvania's openly gay elected officials. Plenary speakers will be announced by the end of September. CEUs will be availble through Penn State for professionals at the cost of $35 for the day. Registration and symposium fees will be listed on the GEAE webpage and social media when we launch admission. Organizations interested in staffing a table fair should contact GEAE, as space is limited (and will go fast).
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Speakeasy Singalong on August 21

Speakeasy Singalong on August 21
THANK YOU to EVERYONE who helped make Greater Erie Alliance for Equality's Speakeasy Sing-Along Part 2 on August 21 at Room 33 Speakeasy & Cafe, 1033 State St, Erie PA, a VERY FUN, SUCCESSFUL evening! The event could not have taken place without the help & commitment of GEAE's Board of Directors (especially the Events Committee) & Advisory Council, the guest bartenders, the businesses that generously made donations for the raffles, the volunteers who worked the evening, DJ Josh Walters, and everyone who attended! Your support is overwhelming & greatly appreciated! Thanks to the bartending team - The Schroeck Sisters + 1 (Renee Schroeck Schlosser, Natalie Schroeck Kreidinger, Laura Bishop, Suzanne Schaaf Lichtenwalter)
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September, 2019

GEAE Welcome Reception Held for PA Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Council

GEAE Welcome Reception Held for PA Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Council
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) hosted a Welcome Reception at Room 33 Speakeasy Cafe, 1033 State St. Erie PA on Friday, August 9 for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, which held their quarterly meeting in Erie that day, as well as for the Mayor's LGBTQ+ Advisory Council. The event was also open to the greater community. There were appetizers and a cash bar, as well as a great chance for advocates from across the state to meet local community members.
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Greater Erie Alliance Thanks for Afternoon for Equality?

Greater Erie Alliance Thanks for Afternoon for Equality?
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) would like to thank everyone for another successful Afternoon for Equality. The LGBTQ community and allies enjoyed music, food, laughter and celebrated new scholarship awards for 2019 at the beautiful Erie Yacht Club. We are most thankful for all our sponsors, who are listed on our website. Special thanks to our Platinum sponsor, Highmark, for their continued support.
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Intersections of Equality Symposium on Nov 16

Intersections of Equality Symposium on Nov 16
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)'s 2019 Intersections of Equality biannual symposium will take place on Saturday, November 16, from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Black Conference Center on the campus of Penn State Behrend. PSU will offer CEUs for the event, and will have a separate registration table and fee schedule for those credits. Topics will cover LGBTQ people and access to health care, legal rights/state of LGBTQ Affairs in the United States, stakeholder voices at the Intersections of race, ability, and economics; and LGBTQ engagement with the arts.
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August, 2019

9th Annual Afternoon for Equality by GEAE Held at Erie Yacht Club

9th Annual Afternoon for Equality by GEAE Held at Erie Yacht Club
On Sunday, July 14, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held their 9th Annual Afternoon for Equality at the Erie Yacht Club, 1 Ravine Drive, Erie PA. The event featured great good, great fellowship, and the presentation of scholarships to 2 area students.
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July, 2019

GEAE Afternoon for Equality on July 14 at Erie Yacht Club

GEAE Afternoon for Equality on July 14 at Erie Yacht Club
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) will host its 9th annual signature fundraising event, Afternoon for Equality at a new location. Please join us Sunday, July 14th from 4-7 pm at the Erie Yacht Club for smooth jazz with the Steve Trohoske Trio, delectable foods, and cool drinks as we honor our 2019 scholarship award recipients. Tickets are $55 each and are available for purchase at greatereriealliance.com GEAE also welcomes sponsorships at all financial levels. Sponsorships help us to fund all of our educational and advocacy programs throughout the year. This includes our scholarship program for LGBTQ high school seniors, the Regional GSA, competency training, and Intersections for Equality. Please consider becoming a sponsor of these programs.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) LGBTQ Art Show Opening at Erie Art Gallery

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) LGBTQ Art Show Opening at Erie Art Gallery
On Saturday, June 1, 2019, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held an opening reception for their juried regional LGBTQ art show at Erie Art Gallery, 24 W 8th St, Erie PA. Jurors were Sharon Louden, Artistic Director of Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, and Hrag Vartanian, art critic, editor-in-chief, and co-founder of the online art magazine, "Hyperallergic." Exhibit hours are Wednesdays thru Saturdays, noon-6 p.m through June 30. There will be a closing reception on June 30 from 2 to 5 PM.
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Over 100 Businesses and Organizations Participate in Pride Flag Display for June

Over 100 Businesses and Organizations Participate in Pride Flag Display for June
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality's Steve Huefner was able to distribute over 100 Pride flags that Erie area businesses and organizations displayed during June for Pride month, which more than tripled last year's inaugural initiative that had around 30 businesses.
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June, 2019

"Boy Erased" at Bourbon Barrel Jun 19

On Thursday, June 19, Bourbon Barrel, 1213 State, Erie PA will show "Boy Erased" as part of their Film Grain Dinner and a Movie series. The event is sponsored by Greater Erie Action for Equality (GEAE).
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Erie Regional GSA meeting to plan for Pride parade and festival June 6

Erie Regional GSA meeting to plan for Pride parade and festival June 6
Erie Regional GSA will meet at Blasco Memorial Erie County Public Library, 160 East Front St.Erie, PA on Thursday, June 6 from 6 PM - 8 PM. We will be finalizing our plans for the Pride parade and rally on June 29.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality After Pride Party June 29

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality After Pride Party June 29
Bourbon Barrel, 1213 State St, Erie, PA will be hosting an After Pride Party from 4:00 pm to 7:00 on June 29th with entertainment provided by Rebecca Mae! Sponsored by Greater Erie Alliance for Equality.
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Regional LGBTQ Art Exhibit Throughout June Sponsored by Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) at Erie Art Gallery?

Regional LGBTQ Art Exhibit Throughout June Sponsored by Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) at Erie Art Gallery?
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is pleased to present a juried LGBTQ art exhibit during Pride month, June 1-30, 2019, at the Erie Art Gallery. The exhibit includes works by LGBTQ artists from Erie, Cleveland, Akron, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and areas between and beyond. Jurors were Sharon Louden, Artistic Director of Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, and Hrag Vartanian, art critic, editor-in-chief, and co-founder of the online art magazine, "Hyperallergic." The exhibit will be a first for the Erie region. GEAE is proud to sponsor the exhibit and grateful to Erie Arts & Culture and SafeNet for their support. Erie Art Gallery is located at 24 West 8th St., Erie, PA. Exhibit hours are Wednesdays thru Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Please contact the gallery if you have any questions at (814) 246-3111 or email info@ErieArtGallery.com. The opening reception is June 1, 7-10 p.m. Free and open to the public.
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Report: E3 Youth LGBTQA Summit on April 12-13

Report: E3 Youth LGBTQA Summit on April 12-13
The E3 Youth LGBTQA Summit took place on April 12-13, 2019 at Strong Vincent Middle School. The event was possible because of the two prime sponsors Community Care Behavioral Health and Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, as well as several other local donors (Systems of Care, Erie Education Association, Giant Eagle, and State Farm). The focus of the Summit was to strengthen the supports for LGBTQA Youth in the community through engagement and education. The event kicked off with a free concert on Friday evening with opening act DreamStates, a duo based in Akron, Ohio taking the stage before the headliner, award-winning Ryan Casatta, a California-based musician.
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May, 2019

Free Smoking Cessation Classes starting May 8 & May 10

Free Smoking Cessation Classes starting May 8 & May 10
Greater Erie Action for Equality (GEAE) is hosting two separate smoking cessation groups, which will meet at 301 W. 10th, Erie. Programming made possible by Erie County Department of Health. Classes are both six weeks long; Group 1 begins May 8, Group 2 begins May 10. For information and to sign up contact Rachel Lohr geaeinfo@gmail.com FB: Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)
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April, 2019

The E3 Youth LGBTQA Summit converges April 12-13

The E3 Youth LGBTQA Summit converges April 12-13
This spring Erie, PA will host the region's first summit focused solely on engaging and empowering LGBTQA youth. The summit is organized by the local advocates and is open to all young LGBTQA youth, their families, and those who work with LGBTQA youth. The target age range of the youth will be 12 to 21 years old. E3 is designed to connect and engage LGBTQA youth, and those in their world, so that we can create a more supportive, safe, and empowered community. The Summit will take place at Strong Vincent Middle School in Erie. Schedule of events is here.
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March, 2019

GEAE Scholarships Deadline May 3

GEAE Scholarships Deadline May 3
Greater Erie Alliance is once again offering scholarships to LGBTQ high school seniors continuing their education in the fall of 2019. Application materials and additional information are available here. All applications must be postmarked by May 3.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Juried Art Exhibit in June at Erie Art Gallery - Deadline to Submit is April 12

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Juried Art Exhibit in June at Erie Art Gallery - Deadline to Submit is April 12
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is pleased to announce that it will hold a Regional Juried LGBTQ Art Exhibit at Erie Art Gallery during Pride month, June 1-30. For further information and details about how to submit work by the April 12 deadline, fill out the call for entries here.
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Regional GSA Meets March 7

Regional GSA Meets March 7
The Regional GSA will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 7th from 6-8 pm at the Blasco Library teen center, 160 E Front St, Erie PA. We welcome all LGBTQA youth from 12-17 who wish to work with other teens on advocacy projects and educational programming. This month's meeting will focus on the E3 Summit planning and planning for Pride month in June. Message Margo at geaeinfo@gmail.com for additional information.
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Update on E3 Youth LGBTQIA Summit April 12-13

Update on E3 Youth LGBTQIA Summit April 12-13
E3 Summit (Empowering LGBTQA youth through Education and Engagement) will be held on April 12-13, 2019 at Strong Vincent High School and is free to youth ages 12-21. Parents, teachers, and counselors are also welcome to attend for a small fee. We are excited to announce that Ryan Cassata will be performing a concert on Friday evening. Ryan Cassata is an award-winning singer-songwriter and LGBTQ activist. You can find musical information at.ryancassata.com Registration for the concert is here and registration for the summit is here.
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January, 2019

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) intern positions

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) intern positions
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is looking to fill two intern positions for the spring and summer. Interested students in Marketing/Communications, Event Planning, or Social Work should send an email of inquiry to geaeinfo@gmail.com.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Scholarship applications

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Scholarship applications
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Scholarship application is now available. If you are a LGBTQA senior who wishes to apply or you know of someone who would like some extra financial assistance, scholarship application is at http://greatereriealliance.com/2018/12/10/2019-geae-scholarship-application-is-now-open/. For additional information or questions, please contact Leah at geaeinfo@gmail.com
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December, 2018

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) supports LGBTQA youth

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) supports LGBTQA youth
One of the more recent initiatives of Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is to sponsor scholarships for youth continuing on to college or trade school. Research shows that supporting LGBTQA youth is one of the best tools we have in preventing drug use and suicidal attempts. Please check out our overview on why we need to continue to support and nurture our youth through scholarship programs: greatereriealliance.com
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November, 2018

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Hosts Promoting LGBTQ Heath with Dr. Capriotti

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Hosts Promoting LGBTQ Heath with Dr. Capriotti
On Saturday, September 22, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) hosted a presentation at Calamari's Squid Row, 1317 State St, Erie PA, by Dr. Matthew Capriotti on promoting LGBTQ health: "Out of the Bars and Into the Data." The event included an informative presentation on blending community action and science to promote LGBTQ health, appetizers, and socializing
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October, 2018

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) New Board Members

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) New Board Members
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality would like to formally welcome Jennifer Kubiak and Steve Huefner to the board and welcome back Rich McCarty from the advisory council. All three new board members jumped right in and have been actively planning educational and fundraising events for the organization and the greater LGBTQ community. Please give them a warm welcome.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Wins Charity Challenge

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Wins Charity Challenge
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) would like to thank everyone who came out on August 14, 2018 and supported our Charity Challenge with Room 33, 1033 State St, Erie PA last month. A ridiculous number of people showed up, sang, and bought raffle and 50/50 tickets, winning glorious entertainment packages and treats from local businesses. Talented and energetic celebrity bartenders, including Mayor Schember, rounded out the evening. On the evening of Erie Gives where the support continued online, it is not hard to see how much the Erie community loves to work together for a greater cause and enjoy a fun evening. We especially would like to send a special thank you to Room 33 for hosting this ongoing event, to all our sponsors, and, of course, to all our guests and fellow charity challengers.
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August, 2018

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Pride Day Rainbow Flags

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Pride Day Rainbow Flags
Rainbow flags were flying high on June 30th during the Pride Celebration, organized by NW PA Pride Alliance. Greater Erie Alliance for Equality was happy to support by encouraging over 30 businesses along the parade route to display the rainbow flag.
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Room 33 hosts Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) for a Charity Challenge Event

Room 33 hosts Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) for a Charity Challenge Event
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) and Room 33 Presents Show Tune Sing-Along at the Speakeasy Tuesday, August 14, 5:00-8:00 PM, Room 33 (11th & State, Erie PA)
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July, 2018

Greater Erie Alliance (GEAE) 3rd Annual After-Pride Celebration at Bourbon Barrel on June 30

Greater Erie Alliance (GEAE) 3rd Annual After-Pride Celebration at Bourbon Barrel on June 30
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) presents the third annual After-Pride celebration on June 30 at the Bourbon Barrel, 1213 State Street, Erie PA. Pride attendees and friends are welcome to continue their celebration with us after the rally. No cover required for entrance. Free food buffet begins at 4:30 and runs until 7 (or until the food runs out!). For more information, contact GEAE at geaeinfo@gmail.com.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) 8th Annual Afternoon for Equality a Success, Awards Scholarships

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) 8th Annual Afternoon for Equality a Success, Awards Scholarships
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) wishes to thank our generous supporters and the 80 guests that attended the 8th Annual Afternoon for Equality, held on June 10, 2018 at 21 La Rue Dix, 21 W 10th St, Erie PA. Afternoon for Equality (AFE) is our largest annual fundraiser and it was a great success! Record attendance from the LGBT community and allies signifies strong support from the Erie community. Support raised at AFE provides funds to continue GEAE’s mission in Erie which is to support the LGBT community and its straight allies through educational programs, social events and opportunities for service. $3,000 in scholarship money was awarded to LGBT high school students for continuing their educations. In addition to the regular award, an additional scholarship was added, named the Tanner-Cipolla Award for an LGBTQ student focusing their studies in social services, education, art, music, or social studies. This was the 2nd year GEAE offered a scholarship. GEAE is delighted to have several students apply again this year and hopes to continue this recognition program for our youth.
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June, 2018

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Afternoon for Equality June 10

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Afternoon for Equality June 10
Tickets are still available for Greater Erie Alliance for Equality's (GEAE) delightful summer fundraiser Afternoon for Equality, now in its eighth year. The event will be held Sunday, June 10 at La Rue Dix in downtown Erie. We'll have speakers, scholarship awards, an overview of GEAE's year, and announcements about upcoming events. Plus, there will be delicious food, wine, beer, cool jazz music by Stephen Trohoske, and lots of friends and allies on hand Tickets are $50. Buy online at www.greatereriealliance.com or email geaeinfo@gmail.com your reservation.
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April, 2018

Afternoon for Equality June 10

Afternoon for Equality June 10
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality will hold their annual fundraiser Afternoon for Equality at 21 La Rue on June 10 from 3-7 pm. Tickets available at our website. Cool jazz, great food, and warm conversation. We will also be presenting our scholarships for high school students. In times like these, it's so important we join together and stand up for our human rights and dignity. A great way to do that is by taking part in GEAE's 8th Annual Afternoon for Equality.
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Erie Regional GSA for Youth 12-20 meets on March 27

Erie Regional GSA for Youth 12-20 meets on March 27
The Erie Regional GSA for youth ages 12-20 is meeting regularly for social events, networking, and training. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6 pm. Our office is located at 301 W 10th Street. Email Margo with any questions or transportation issues-- erieregionalgsa@gmail.com.
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March, 2018

GEAE at Otters Night Mar 3

GEAE at Otters Night Mar 3
Join Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) on March 3 on the upper deck of Erie Insurance Arena, for dinner, conversation, and some local excitement as the Erie Otters meet the Peterborough Petes. Buffet opens at 6:30 and game begins at 7 pm all on the upper deck. Buffet includes: Smith hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, arena chips and dip, cookies. Tickets that include the game seat and the buffet are $37. Cash bar is also available. Info: (866) 229-1974. GEAEinfo@gmail.com greatereriealliance.com Erie Insurance Arena is at 809 French St, Erie, PA.
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February, 2018

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of Year Celebration

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of Year Celebration
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held their annual end-of-year celebration on Monday December 11, 2017 at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center. Will Koehler, Ph.D. thanked supporters, board members, advisory council members, and sponsors for this past year. He also spoke of their accomplishments including Progress Toward Equality, an awareness event on the courthouse steps, the development of a GSA for area high school and college-aged students, improvements in their communication, an educational symposium to talk about the needs of the LGBT older population, and many outreach events. All of these action steps are to help increase Erie's Municipal Equality Index by providing more education and services for the LGBTQ community. Dr. Koehler also welcomed two new officers to the board: Leah Manino as President and Dale Allgeier as Vice President. Anyone interested in volunteering or wanting more information can contact the secretary at geaeinfo@gmail.com or sign up for their newsletter on the website: greatereriealliance.org
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January, 2018

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Thanks For 2017

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Thanks For 2017
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality would like to thank all of our sponsors, advocates, allies, and friends for another successful year. We were able to continue our commitment to the LGBTQ community by providing educational opportunities and services, begin new programs, and forge partnerships throughout Erie city and county. Our 2017 annual report is posted on our website (www.greatereriealliance.com) and we encourage everyone to keep in touch by signing up for our regular newsletter and connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 2018 brings exciting possibilities and we hope that you will join us in those endeavors. May the new year bring you peace and joy.
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October, 2017

GEAE hosts LGBT senior care professional symposium

GEAE hosts LGBT senior care professional symposium
Tickets are now available for the 2017 Greater Erie Allaince for Equality Intersections of Equality professional development Symposium: Increasing LGBT Competency in Care for Seniors. The event will bring together health professionals and allies whose work in professions seeks to improve the lives of older adults in our communities. Both days will be held at the Manufacturers Association Conference Center.
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Regional GSA Meetings Begin This Month

Regional GSA Meetings Begin This Month
We hear it in the news almost every day. Young people struggling with discrimination and bullying due to their gender identification or sexual orientation. They need support and help to advocate not only for themselves, but for their friends and family. GEAE is hoping to help meet that need by providing a safe and enjoyable learning environment where they can network and learn from leaders in the community and from their peers. We have developed a regional GSA that is open to all high school and undergraduate students in the Erie area. Students from public, parochial, private, and homeschool environments are welcome.
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September, 2017

GEAE Intersections of Equality Symposium on Oct 12-13

GEAE Intersections of Equality Symposium on Oct 12-13
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) will host the 2017 Intersections of Equality professional development Symposium: Increasing LGBT Competency in Care for Seniors, on Thursday and Friday October 12-13. The event will bring together health professionals and allies whose work seeks to improve the lives of older adults in our communities. Through the professional development portion of the symposium on Friday from 8am-5pm, GEAE will educate professionals on the unique perspectives needed when working with older adults with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations as they approach retirement, enjoy their golden years, and prepare for estate planning, long-term care, and end of life decisions. The Thursday evening segment of the symposium will be a community-orientated event that will include a screening of the documentary Major! and a panel discussion of area professionals. Both days are priced separately. The symposium will be held at the Manufacturers Association Conference Center 2171 W 38th St, Erie, PA. GEAE will regularly update our page with meeting times and activity schedules. Tickets will be available at the end of August at greatereriealliance.com
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Regional GSA set to begin this school year

Regional GSA set to begin this school year
Thanks to two generous grants from Erie Insurance and Erie Community Foundation, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is set to start a new program for LGBTQ youth. Students from area high schools and colleges are invited to participate in the Regional GSA Project hosted by GEAE and area professionals.
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July, 2017

7th Annual GEAE Afternoon for Equality

7th Annual GEAE Afternoon for Equality
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality held its 7th annual Afternoon for Equality on Sunday June 12, 2017 at 21 La Rue Dix in downtown Erie. The fundraiser featured great foods, local wine and music, and a celebration of GEAE's accomplishments over the past year. President Will Koehler thanked their many sponsors and presented scholarships to five area high school graduates who will be furthering their education, most at local universities. GEAE's next two major projects will be the development of the Regional GSA and the Intersections of Equality in October, highlighting services for LGBT seniors.
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GEAE Progress for Equality

GEAE Progress for Equality
On Sunday, June 11, 2017, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality held a Progress Towards Equality Rally on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse, 140 W 6th St, Erie PA. About 50-60 people attended, and there was local TV coverage. This was organized in conjuction with similar events in Washington DC and across the US. The event featured a presention of a timeline on local, state and national progress on LGBT Equality starting with the Stonewall riot of June 29, 1969. There was also a large banner with the slogan "This is what Equality looks like" that people could write their name, a message, or leave a colorful handprint. This banner will be in display with opportunities for other people to add their mark at future events including Pride Fest on June 24th in Perry Square.
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June, 2017

GEAE Afternoon for Equality on June 11

GEAE Afternoon for Equality on June 11
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality will host their signature event, Afternoon for Equality 2017 on Sunday June 11th starting at 2 pm at 21 La Rue Dix, 21 W. 10th St., Erie. Each year, LGBT Community Progress Awards are given to companies or people whose work has advanced LGBT equality and understanding. This year, the fundraiser will focus on the LGBT family, and in addition to the community recognition, GEAE will award scholarships to students entering college or technical school in the fall. Tickets for Afternoon for Equality are $50 and can be purchased here.
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GEAE Progress Towards Equality on June 11 at Erie County Courthouse

GEAE Progress Towards Equality on June 11 at Erie County Courthouse
Progress Toward Equality: An educational event in solidarity with the National Pride March movement. This free and open-to-the-public event is being organized by Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and will highlight the progress made right here in Erie, PA, and what we are still working to gain. Please join us on Sunday, June 11 on the Erie County Courthouse steps (140 W 6th St, Erie PA) from 11AM -1 PM. This event will kickoff a month's worth of events throughout the city.
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April, 2017

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) announces new scholarship program for LGBT high school seniors

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) announces new scholarship program for LGBT high school seniors
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is delighted to offer scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Any LGBT student in Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties is eligible. If you are enrolled in an accredited university, college, vocational, or technical school for the 2017-2018 academic year full-time or part-time, please check out this opportunity.
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March, 2017

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Hockey Night on February 18

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) Hockey Night on February 18
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held their annual GEAE Hockey Night on February 18 at Erie Insurance Arena There was a yummy buffet and good times with friends and supporters.
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February, 2017

GEAE needs assessment survey

GEAE needs assessment survey
In 2015, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) developed a needs assessment survey for the LGBT community to determine what perceptions were regarding services available in the Erie area. 184 people participated in this survey.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of Year Celebration

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of Year Celebration
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held their annual end-of-year celebration on Monday December 12, 2016 at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center, 7794 Peach St, Erie PA, to thank partners, sponsors, donors, and volunteers for their work this past year. GEAE president Will Koehler spoke of the organization’s accomplishments and events for 2016, including several awareness fundraisers, continuing education and trainings, a new office location, Intersection of Equality held at Penn State Behrend, and an improved website. In 2017, GEAE plans to continue their focus on raising the Municipal Equality Index for the Erie city and surrounding areas, and provide more services for LGBT seniors and youth.
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October, 2016

GEAE After Pride Party


GEAE After Pride Party

The GEAE After Pride Party, held Aug. 27 at The Bourbon Barrel, 1213 State St, Erie PA, attracted over 100 people, who enjoyed free food and mechanical bull rides from 4:00-7:00PM. 
Photos are by Elaine Crandall and Erie Gay News co-editor Deb Spilko
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September, 2016

Greater Erie Alliance and Bourbon Barrel hold Love for Orlando Benefit

Greater Erie Alliance and Bourbon Barrel hold Love for Orlando Benefit
On Friday, July 22, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and the Bourbon Barrel jointly held a Love for Orlando Benefit for the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting. The fundraiser was held at Bourbon Barrel, 1213, State St., Erie PA. Over 200 people attended and over $2,500 was raised that night.
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August, 2016

2016 Afternoon for Equality Recap

2016 Afternoon for Equality Recap
On Sunday, June 26th, over 100 people gathered for the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality's 6th Annual Afternoon for Equality. This year, the signature fundraiser for equality in Erie was held at the beautiful Sunset Inn, 1990 Lakeside Drive, Erie PA, with a special focus on celebrating pioneers in the local equality movement. LGBT Community Progress Awards and personalized letters of commendation from U.S. Senator Bob Casey were presented to community advocates Doris Cipolla and Harry Miller. Participants celebrated the work of GEAE over the past year and listened to a compelling talk from Peter Steward about growing up as a gay man in England in the '60s. An announcement was made regarding the up-coming opening of GEAE's center for equality, a place to conduct the organizations activities. GEAE's events coming up in the next few months were also announced.
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GEAE After Pride Party

GEAE After Pride Party
The Erie annual Pridefest is always an exciting time for the local LGBT community. This year, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is adding to the celebration on August 27 with an After Pride Party at the Bourbon Barrel, 1213 State St, Erie PA from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. GEAE is providing a wide variety of free food for three hours (or until it's gone!), as well as free mechanical bull rides; with a cash bar available. As Pridefest winds down, the After Pride Party will begin! GEAE and the staff at the Bourbon Barrel are enthusiastic about this party, and so we hope that everyone will stop by to continue the celebration of Pride in Erie!
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July, 2016

GEAE 'Love For Orlando' Benefit at Bourbon Barrel on July 22

GEAE 'Love For Orlando' Benefit at Bourbon Barrel on July 22
On Friday, Juy 22, 2016 at 5 PM, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) and Bourbon Barrel will present Love for Orlando, a benefit for Orlando Pulse Nighclub victims at Bourbon Barrell, 1213 State St, Erie PA. The charity event will include celebrity bartending, a mechanical bull riding competition, and raffles with prizes all night long. 100% of donations and %10 of food purchases will benefit a verified charity for Orlando Pulse Nighclub victims.
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June, 2016

2016 Intersections of Equality Symposium Recap

2016 Intersections of Equality Symposium Recap
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Inc. (GEAE) would like to thank those who sponsored the highly successful Intersections of Equality Symposium on April 30, 2016 at Penn State Behrend. Special thanks to our major sponsor, Erie Insurance! Additional generous donors were; Penn State Erie, Highmark, Northwest Savings, UPMC Health, and Sunset Inn. Table sponsors included Lake Erie Counseling, the Cultured Purl, Safe Net, Safe Harbor, Erie Gay News, and NWPA Pride Alliance.
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Announcing the 6th Annual Afternoon for Equality


Announcing the 6th Annual Afternoon for Equality

For the past five years, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality has hosted our signature fundraising event: An Afternoon for Equality in honor of the advancements in equality for the LGBT community throughout the greater Erie area and beyond. Last year, we initiated an LGBT Community Progress Award, given to two Keystone allies in addressing issues of equality in the greater Erie community; Erie Insurance and GE Transportation.
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April, 2016

Erie LGBTQIA Groups Join Together for March for Babies

Erie LGBTQIA Groups Join Together for March for Babies
On Sunday May 1st, several Erie-based organizations that serve the LGBTQIA community are joining together to help another organization, March of Dimes. The team, which will consist of members from NWPA Pride Alliance, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, LBT Women of Erie, Erie Brothers and Sisters, The Table, and TransFamily of Erie are excited to help March of Dimes, which helps improve the health of babies. Everyone is encouraged to wear either their organization’s shirts or rainbow colors.
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GEAE Erie Otters Hockey Night

GEAE Erie Otters Hockey Night
On Saturday, February 27, 2016, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held a very enjoyable Erie Otters Hockey Night at the Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St, Erie PA. There was a delicious buffet and a fun game.
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Intersections of Equality Symposium

Intersections of Equality Symposium
We are pleased to invite you to Greater Erie Alliance for Equality's Second Biennial "Intersections of Equality" Symposium co-sponsored by Penn State Behrend.
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LGBT Roundtable meets

LGBT Roundtable meets
Members of the LGBT Roundtable met Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Maennerchor Club, 1607 State St, Erie PA. A major goal of the Roundtable is to unite the various organizations serving different members of our LGBT community in order to provide a platform for communication and collaboration. The Roundtable will be meeting later this year.
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March G2H2 at Bourbon Barrel

March G2H2 at Bourbon Barrel
On Friday, March 4, 2016, there was another enjoyable G2H2 at the Bourbon Barrel, 1213 State St, Erie PA. The group meets the first Friday of the month from 6 to 8. The location will be moving around to different locations each month starting in May.
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March, 2016

GEAE Otters Night Feb 27

GEAE Otters Night Feb 27
Join Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) for an evening of hockey, good food, and time with friends at Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St, Erie, PA. Buffet and cash bar is open at 6:30 PM. Game begins at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $40 and include a seat in the heated club area and the buffet. The menu includes Garden Salad, Ranch & Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fried Chicken, Homestyle Mac n Cheese, Smothered Green Beans, Biscuits and Dessert. (866) 229-1974. GEAEinfo@gmail.com. greatereriealliance.com
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January, 2016

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of Year Celebration

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of Year Celebration
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held an End of Year Celebration on December 14, 2015 at the Hemingway Ballroom at the Ambassador Conference Center, 7794 Peach St, Erie PA, to thank their partners, supporters and board. GEAE President Will Koehler spoke of the organization's accomplishments and events for 2015, and also the plans for the future, including raising Erie PA's Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Municipal Equality Index (MEI) from its present and first time rating of 57 to 100 by the year 2020.
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December, 2015

GEAE Gives Back to PACA recap


GEAE Gives Back to PACA recap

On October 14th, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality hosted our last GEAE Gives Back! event of 2015. About 35 people came out to give back to PACA - the Performing Artists Collective Alliance at 1501 State Street. PACA will soon be opening a performing arts program for youth. To help out with this, those who attended were able to donate about $600 and a ton of art supplies. GEAE provided some great food from the Zodiac Diner, and PACA staff and volunteers opened the facility to the public, gave a tour of the amazing space they've created, and provided some special performances of Rocky Horror numbers.
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November, 2015

Intersections of Equality Symposion Postponed to April 30, 2016

Intersections of Equality Symposion Postponed to April 30, 2016
Due to circumstances beyond Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)'s control in Harrisburg, the Intersections of Equality Symposium, scheduled for November 7, has been postponed until April 30. Dr. Rachel Levine will still be the keynote speaker. We regret any inconvenience to reservation holders, whose registration payment for the November 7 event will be refunded.
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October, 2015

GEAE Celebrates PACA


GEAE Celebrates PACA

It's time for our last GEAE Gives Back! event of 2015. Please join the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality from 6:30 – 9 pm on October 14th at PACA - the Performing Artists Collective Alliance (1505 State St., Erie PA) for a chance to help GEAE give back to this excellent organization! PACA will soon be opening a performing arts program for youth. To help out with this, we are asking for you to bring donations of art supplies, musical instruments, and dance/character shoes among other much needed items. GEAE will match the donations of supplies, instruments, and shoes up to $300. Catering will be provided through Zodiac Dinor and PACA will be sharing with us about their program and providing some entertainment (special performances of Rocky Horror numbers!) to help make this an evening of education, service, and fun! Head to our GEAE Gives Back! Facebook event page for a list of needed items Info: www.facebook.com/GreaterErieAlliance

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September, 2015

5th Annual Afternoon for Equality Recap

5th Annual Afternoon for Equality Recap
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Inc. (GEAE) would like to thank those who helped make its fifth annual Afternoon for Equality social and fundraiser the most successful one to date. On July 19th, Erie community members gathered at 21 La Rue Dix to celebrate this year's advances and advocates for the LGBTQ community from the historic SCOTUS decision on marriage equality in June to the local trans-youth that have emerged as their own advocates in area schools. This year, GEAE was proud to present the first local LGBT Community Progress Awards to two long-standing corporate allies: GE Transportation and Erie Insurance. At the event, GEAE Board President, Will Koehler, presented GEAE's 5-year vision to work with local allies in order to increase Erie's Municipal Equality Index (MEI) from its current rating of 57/100 to 100/100 by 2020 (Human Rights Campaign, 2014). His address highlighted the first phase of this vision which is to conduct a multi-phase LGBT community needs assessment. This assessment includes working with NWPA Pride Alliance to form a community roundtable discussion group and working with Edinboro University's Social Work Department to conduct a needs assessment survey. Over 80 people participated in the Afternoon including State Representative Ryan Bizzaro, City Council Member Bob Merski, and founding Board member, Bob Howden. We are grateful to this year's Hosts, Friends, Partners, and Equality Advocates that enabled us to raise over $10,000 towards our efforts to improve Erie's MEI! We look forward to working with these resources to complete our needs assessment, offer quality educational programing such as the 2nd Biennial Intersections of Equality on November 7th, and other service opportunities and social events throughout the remainder of 2015 and beyond. Please visit our website GreaterErieAlliance.org to take our survey, learn more about us, and to donate to our 2020 vision.
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July, 2015

Invitation to 5th Annual Afternoon for Equality July 19

Invitation to 5th Annual Afternoon for Equality July 19
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality invites you to participate in our 5th Annual Afternoon for Equality on Sunday, July 19 at 21 La Rue Dix, 21 W 10th St, Erie PA.
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Needs Assessment Survey for the Greater Erie LGBT Community

Needs Assessment Survey for the Greater Erie LGBT Community
In conjunction with the Edinboro University Social Work Department, we are conducting a Needs Assessment Survey for the greater Erie LGBT community. Your opinion and experiences (whether you identify as LGBT or are a valued ally) are needed to help us have an accurate understanding of what it is really like for the LGBT community in the greater Erie area. Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey. You can find it online at here or at one of the many LGBT events taking place in our area throughout the summer! Survey results will be used to address the needs and service gaps identified in the survey. For further information, you can contact Dr. Hilary Copp at hcopp@edinboro.edu or Will Koehler, LCSW at wkoehler@edinboro.edu.
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June, 2015

GEAE event series honors local icons and allies


GEAE event series honors local icons and allies

On April 15, 2015, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held the first of four GEAE Celebrate Nights for 2015, honoring LGBT Icons and Allies of Erie, at Calamari's Squid Row, 1317 State St, Erie PA. At the inaugural Celebrate Night, Michael Mahler was honored for his many years of activism.
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May, 2015

GEAE Gives Back! to the MHA

GEAE Gives Back! to the MHA
On March 21, 2015, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held their first quarterly "GEAE Gives Back!" event of 2015 at the Erie Maennerchor Club, 1607 State St, Erie PA. This family-friendly event was held in order to benefit the Mental Health Association of NWPA's warming center and second-chance computers programs. Participants were encouraged to make donations of new underwear, all-weather boots, and used laptops. More than 50 people stopped by to share pizza, play duck-pin bowling, meet people from the MHA and GEAE, and have a lot of fun. Donations filled five large "lawn and leaf" bags with hundreds of pairs of underwear, about two dozen pair of boots, and five laptops.
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Report on LGBT Roundtable Project

Report on LGBT Roundtable Project
Over the past two months, a steering committee from the Northwest PA Pride Alliance (NWPAPA) and the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) has organized and held two LGBT Roundtable discussions. The committee invited leaders from various LGBT organizations from Erie and the surrounding counties.
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March, 2015

The New Black at Edinboro Mar 3


The New Black at Edinboro Mar 3

Join Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) in watching The New Black, an award-winning documentary followed by a panel discussion with Rev. Dr. Parris Baker, Rev. Dr. Richard McCarty, and Rev. Sonny Concepcion. The documentaary will be shown Tuesday, March 3rd. at the Pogue Student Center at Edinboro University from 6:30-8pm, followed by a panel discussion from 8:15-9pm. The New Black tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights.
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January, 2015

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Announces New Board Members and Officers

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Announces New Board Members and Officers
The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Inc. (GEAE) is proud to announce new members and officers of our Board of Directors in 2015. In December, 2014, GEAE welcomed Caitlyn Strohmeyer, Tyler J. Titus, and Margo Wolfe to serve on the Board of Directors, each for a two year term. In January, Will Koehler will begin serving as President, Leah Manino as Vice President, and Tyler J. Titus as Secretary of the Board. Brandon Whitten will continue to serve as Treasurer through 2015. Finally, our President from 2011 – 2014, Rich McCarty, will be assuming the position of Chair of the Advisory Council.
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September, 2014

4th Annual Afternoon for Equality

4th Annual Afternoon for Equality
On Sunday, July 27, 2014, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality held its 4th Annual Afternoon for Equality at 21 la rue dix, 21 W 10th St, Erie PA. This is the major fundraising event for the group. About 70 people attended. Major donors ($1,000+) included Erie Insurance, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the McCain Foundation. In addition to the major donor gifts, approximately $9,000 more was donated through sponsorships and individual ticket sales for the fundraiser itself. Plans announced for the remainder of 2014 include a national speaker for the fall (November 30), Cleve Jones, who is the founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and was an associate of Harvey Milk before his assassination. GEAE also announced that they will be hosting a health workshop this fall with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; they will also provide a national LGBT youth specialist for an Erie Public School District teacher/administrator in-service (November 4); continue their monthly third Wednesday service project at Calamari's; and pending final fundraising for the year, make a $10,000 LGBT educational gift back to the larger Erie community. Photos are by Michael Mahler, co-editor for Erie Gay News.
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November, 2013

Intersections of Equality Symposium


Intersections of Equality Symposium

On Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) is sponsoring "Intersections of Equality: An Educational Symposium" at the Black Conference Center on the campus of Penn State Behrend. The symposium will take place from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. The symposium is co-sponsored by Penn State Behrend and the D&I Department of Erie Insurance.
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September, 2012

The Beans go to LGBT Night at the Erie Seawolves

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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October, 2011

Local Organization Adopts New Name

Local Organization Adopts New Name
With a new vision and a new direction, Erie Gay Pride, Inc. now has a new name – Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE). Originally incorporated in 2006 GEAE is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the region's LGBT community and its straight allies through education, open dialogue and public visibility. As the organization evolved, the Board of Directors realized that the group needed to broaden its mission and its role in the community. To that end, this summer the Board voted to reincorporate Erie Gay Pride, Inc. under a new name – Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Inc.
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January, 2010

IRS Grants Erie Gay Pride Tax Exempt Status

IRS Grants Erie Gay Pride Tax Exempt Status
Erie Gay Pride, Inc., Erie's official GLBT community organization, has been granted federal tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In granting the organization's request for tax-exempt status, the IRS recognized Erie Gay Pride's mission of providing educational programs and services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in the Erie region. As an official 501 (c) 3 organization, donations made to Erie Gay Pride, Inc. are tax deductible on federal income tax returns. The status was officially granted effective Sept. 11, 2009.
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September, 2009

Hundreds Celebrate at Erie Pride Weekend

Hundreds Celebrate at Erie Pride Weekend
Gay pride celebrations continue to grow in Erie as more than 250 people attended this year’s Pride Parade and Rally on July 25.
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August, 2008

2008 Erie Pride March/Rally

2008 Erie Pride March/Rally
On Sunday, June 29, 2008, Erie Gay Pride, Inc held a March/Rally. About 125 stepped off from the Zone Dance Club and marched down State Street, culminating in a rally in Perry Square. About 200 people were at the Rally. Photos were taken by James von Loewe, Niko and Michael Mahler. Image cleanup by Deb Spilko.
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October, 2007

Pride Rally was a Big Success

Pride Rally was a Big Success
Erie's LGBT community showed its pride Saturday, Aug. 25, as nearly 200 individuals participated in this year's Erie Gay Pride March/Rally.
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July, 2007

Casino Night at Trance Raises Money for Erie Gay Pride Inc.

Casino Night at Trance Raises Money for Erie Gay Pride Inc.
The money was flowing and the high-stakes action "intense" at times, but the June 3 Casino Night at Trance was all in fun and all for a good cause. Sponsored by Erie Gay Pride, Inc., the Casino Night raised $915 which will be used to support this year's Erie Gay Pride March/Rally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25.
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November, 2006

Erie Shows its Pride

Erie Shows its Pride
The Erie community showed its pride Saturday, Sept. 30, as an estimated 150 people participated in the Erie Pride March and Rally. The event was organized by Erie Gay Pride, Inc. with the support of the Erie chapter of PFLAG and SHOUT Outreach of Gaudenzia.
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June, 2006

Trance Casino Night is a Big Success

Trance Casino Night is a Big Success
A little piece of Vegas was alive and well here in Erie on June 11. SHOUT Outreach and Trance Dance Club sponsored a Casino Night Fundraiser to benefit Erie Pride Inc.
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