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The NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. works to improve visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersexed and Ally/Asexual (LGBTQIA) community. It also facilitates communication and collaboration between groups and individuals within the region's LGBTQIA community and the greater region's community, while respecting individual and group identity.

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December, 2017

NW PA Pride Thanks 2017 Donors

NW PA Pride Thanks 2017 Donors
Thanks to donors and supporters , 2017 was a great year for the NW PA Pride Alliance. We celebrated 25 years of pride this year and embraced this milestone as our theme. With this added focus on the history of the local LGBTQIA community, we honored six groups and one individual with Visibility Awards at Pridefest for their work over the past 25 years. With accessibility in mind, the board made changes to our marquee summer events, moving Pridefest to the last weekend in June and the Pride Picnic to the final weekend in August. In addition to the new date, Pridefest had a new location-the freshly renovated Perry Square. Because of these changes, we attracted roughly 750 people, the largest pride event in NWPA history. And for the second year in a row, Erie Pridefest was covered by MIC Media as part of the Google-sponsored "Small Town, Big Pride" series.
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Painting with Pride Dec 21

Painting with Pride Dec 21
NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc. and Dramashop team up to present a joint fundraiser, Painting With Pride. The event, hosted by instructor Angela Howell, will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 PM) at Dramashop (Renaissance Center – 1001 State St – Second Floor). This event is "bring your own drinks and snacks" (a limited selection of non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase). Tickets are $35 (plus service charge), which includes all painting supplies, and are available here and MUST be purchased prior to 12:01am on December 20. Put an end to your ordinary day and sip your way to a masterpiece.
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November, 2017

LGBT Walking Unit in Edinboro Homecoming Parade

LGBT Walking Unit in Edinboro Homecoming Parade
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, board members of NW PA Pride Alliance marched with members of Identity, Edinboro University's LGBTQIA+ student group in Edinboro University's annual Homecoming Parade. The theme was Superheroes.
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October, 2017

25th Annual Pride Picnic recap

25th Annual Pride Picnic recap
On Saturday, August 26, 2017, about 250 people attended the 25th Annual Erie Pride Picnic held at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. The family-friendly event was organized by NW PA Pride Alliance Elected officials attending included Erie County Councilmember Kathy Fatica. Local TV news crew WICU/WSEE covered the event. Organizations represented at info tables at the event included ACLU of PA, Children’s Aid Society of Mercer County, Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Drenched Fur, Erie County HIV Task Force/Erie County Department of Health, Erie County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Families United Network, Inc., Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE), Lake Erie Counseling Associates, LBT Women of Erie, Pennsylvania Equality Project, Persad Center, PNC Bank, Safe Kids Erie, SafeNet Center, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, The Cocoa Exchange, TransFamily of NWPA Transgender Support Group, and Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie.
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Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc

Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc
NWPA Pride Alliance is looking for applicants to fill positions with our board of directors. NWPA Pride Alliance is seeking to diversify its membership to best address the needs of the LGBT community, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identifications, marital status, ethnic backgrounds and educational experiences are welcome to apply. All positions are unpaid, volunteer positions. We are looking for people who want to become more involved with the LGBT community, working with our members to extend outreach to the community as a whole.
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September, 2017

NW PA Pride Alliance has LGBT info table at Blues and Jazz Fest

NW PA Pride Alliance has LGBT info table at Blues and Jazz Fest
NW PA Pride Alliance once again had an LGBT info table at the Erie Art Museum's Blues and Jazz Fest, which was held August 4-6, 2017,in Frontier Park, Erie PA. This year was the 25th for the popular festival, which draws thousands. NW PA Pride Allliance board members and volunteers had a great time talking with people stopping by.
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Pride Alliance Contingent in Edinboro Homecoming Parade info

Pride Alliance Contingent in Edinboro Homecoming Parade info
Please note that NW PA Pride Alliance will have a walking contingent in Edinboro University 's Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 14. This year's theme is "Superheroes." If you would like to march with us, please get in touch with Michael Mahler at mmahler@nwpapride.org.
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August, 2017

25th Annual Pride Picnic on August 26

25th Annual Pride Picnic on August 26
This event is free and open to the public, so bring your buns down to the beach and see what's cooking! NW PA Pride Alliance would like to invite you to join us for the 25th Annual Erie Pride Picnic on Saturday, August 26th at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle (near Beach 7) from 1 to 6 PM. Please note that this year's picnic is in August rather than in June.
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NW PA Pride Alliance 4th Annual Pride Night at the Erie Seawolves

NW PA Pride Alliance 4th Annual Pride Night at the Erie Seawolves
On Monday, July 17 2017, NW PA Pride Alliance held their 4th Annual Pride Night at the Erie Seawolves at UPMC Park (formerly known as Jerry Uht Park) 110 E 10th St, Erie PA.
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NW PA Pride Alliance hosts Painting with Pride at The Zone Dance Club

NW PA Pride Alliance hosts Painting with Pride at The Zone Dance Club
On Monday, July 10, 2017, NW PA Pride Alliance held another Painting with Pride fundraiser. The venue was The Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. Participants led by instructor Angela Howell had a great time painting a beach scene.
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Pride March & Fest Record Turnout

Pride March & Fest Record Turnout
On June 24, 2017, Erie celebrated 25 years of Pride events with the 2017 Erie Pride March and Fest. It is estimated that about 750 people attended the festivities. Both local TV crews as well as the Erie Times News covered the event. MIC.com was back again this year to cover Erie Pride as part of the "Small City, Big Pride" series for Google.
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Support Pride in Erie on Erie Gives Day, August 8

Support Pride in Erie on Erie Gives Day, August 8
The NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc. is committed to providing public events to increase visibility, awareness and a sense of community to the LGBTQIA population of the Erie, PA area. We're hoping you'll help us continue to bring you free and low cost events by supporting us on Erie Gives Day. August 8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Eriegives.org.
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July, 2017

4th Annual Pride Night at Erie Seawolves on July 17

4th Annual Pride Night at Erie Seawolves on July 17
NW PA Pride Alliance is excited to bring you Pride Night at the Seawolves for its 4th year! This year, it will be held on Monday July 17th at Jerry Uht Park, 110 E 10th St, Erie PA, Game starts at 7:05pm. To get your $8 tickets, just print the voucher here and submit it to the box office no later than one week before the game (Monday, July 10th) and your tickets will be waiting for you at Will Call.
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Painting with Pride at Zone Dance Club on July 10

Painting with Pride at Zone Dance Club on July 10
Painting with Pride, hosted by instructor Angela Howell, will be held on Monday July 10th at 7pm at The Zone Dance Club 133 West 18th St., Erie, PA. All proceeds benefit Northwest PA Pride Alliance. We'll be painting a breezy beach, perfect for summer. There's no need to bring your own drinks and snacks this time, the fully stocked bar and kitchen will be open! Tickets are $35 and include all painting supplies, and are available here at the provided link and MUST be purchased prior to 12:01am on July 5th. Take some of the Monday out of your Monday and sip your way to a masterpiece.
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US Senator Casey congratulates Erie on 25 years of Pride

US Senator Casey congratulates Erie on 25 years of Pride
From US Senator Bob Casey, Jr: I'd like to congratulate the NW PA Pride Alliance and the broader Northwestern Pennsylvania LGBTQ community on 25 successful years of Pride events I want you to know that you have a voice and an ally in Washington. I am here and I am fighting for you. From equality to safety, I'll continue to make sure that every Pennsylvanian, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or race, is represented. We must not leave anyone behind.
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June, 2017

2017 Erie PrideFest Celebrates 25 Years of Pride in NW PA

2017 Erie PrideFest Celebrates 25 Years of Pride in NW PA
Pridefest will take place this year on Saturday, June 24, in the traditional Pride month. We will gather at The Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA from 12-1 and step off to march to Perry Square at 1. Once at Perry Square, we will have info tables and vendors along with entertainment including drag performers and many more. For the fourth consecutive year, we will also have HIV and STI testing provided by the Erie County HIV Task Force.
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Pride Day at Waldameer Park & Waterworld on Sunday, June 25

Pride Day at Waldameer Park & Waterworld on Sunday, June 25
We had so much fun last year, we're doing it again! NW PA Pride Alliance will be hosting Pride Day at Waldameer Park and WaterWorld on Sunday, June 25, the day after PrideFest. End your Pride Weekend with unlimited rides and slides at a discounted price!
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May, 2017

2017 Pride Shirts Now Available!

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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NW PA Pride Alliance HeART Show a Success!

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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April, 2017

March for Babies on April 30

March for Babies on April 30
On Sunday April 30th, several Erie-based organizations that serve the LGBTQIA community are joining together for a second year 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 Sisters and Brothers, The Table, and TransFamily of NWPA are excited to help March of Dimes, which helps improve the health of babies. This event is family friendly for all ages. Everyone is encouraged to wear either their organization's shirts or rainbow colors. Anyone interested can visit the event page at March of Dimes. If you are unable to walk, donations will be accepted. If you are unable to donate, please considering walking.
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NWPA Pride Alliance HeART Show April 27

NWPA Pride Alliance HeART Show April 27
HeART Show is an art auction consisting entirely of original works from the Erie region's LGBTQIA community. It will be held at Scotty's Martini Lounge, 301 German St, Erie PA on Thursday, April 27 at 8 PM. The donated works will be auctioned off and all proceeds go to helping us here at the NW PA Pride Alliance make Pridefest and all this years events even bigger and better. The event is free and open to the public, the venue is 21+. Please have ID, in accordance with PA state regulation
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March, 2017

Become a 2017 NW PA Pride Donor!

Become a 2017 NW PA Pride Donor!
This year the Northwest Pennsylvania Pride Alliance Inc is already hard at work to make 2017 and the 25th year of Pride special for the entire community. We look forward to having our Pride Fest in June of 2017 during the traditional PRIDE month, and we have the Pride Picnic and other events planned throughout the summer and fall. The support of individuals and organizations in our community has been the catalyst for furthering the Alliance's mission: Improving the visibility of the LGBTQIA community and facilitating communication and collaboration between groups and individuals. We are asking for your support in 2017 as we celebrate 25 years of Pride in NWPA.
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Tables at Pride Fest on June 24

Tables at Pride Fest on June 24
NW PA Pride Alliance invites you to participate as a table at this year's Pride Fest, to be held on Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 4 PM in Perry Square at W. 6th and State, Erie PA. Set-up will begin at noon. All tables are expected to remain set up until the end of the festival. Registering for tables for those who had a table at last year's Pride Fest began on February 1, and table registration for everyone else begins on March 1. The cost to participate is $15 per table and must be paid in full by Thursday, June 1. The cost includes one 8-foot table and two chairs. Checks should be made payable to: NW PA Pride Alliance and mailed to PO Box 11448, Erie PA 16514. The festival will be held outdoors and will take place rain or shine. You may bring a canopy up to 10 x 10 for shade. Electricity is unavailable to tables for this event.
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February, 2017

NW PA Pride Alliance new board and officers

NW PA Pride Alliance new board and officers
NW PA Pride Alliance board now includes Andrew Caswell, Kyle Hannon, Steve Wadsworth, and Jodi Shay. Officers are President Alex Sphon, Vice President Season Crannell, Secretary Daniel Thomas and Treasurer Michael Mahler. Advisory board has also added Christine Temple, Ashton James Smitham and Brittany Arment. You can see a complete list of NW PA Pride Alliance board members here.
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January, 2017

NW PA Pride Alliance 2017 Pride Logo Design Contest - Win $100! Theme is 25 Years of Pride

NW PA Pride Alliance 2017 Pride Logo Design Contest - Win $100! Theme is 25 Years of Pride
NW PA Pride Alliance will be accepting design entries through March 1 for the 2017 Pride logo. The theme for 2017 Pride is "25 Years of Pride!" We hope that your design will include the official Pride theme. This year’s Pride Picnic will be the 25th anniversary
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NW PA Pride Alliance Painting with Pride 2 at Dramashop

NW PA Pride Alliance Painting with Pride 2 at Dramashop
On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, NW PA Pride Alliance and Dramashop held Painting With Pride 2, a joint fundraiser at Dramashop, 1001 State St, Erie PA. Thanks go out to Angela, our instructor, and Dickey's Barbecue Pit for the use of tables. The event was well attended and very enjoyable.
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NW PA Pride Alliance Thanks 2016 Donors & Supporters

NW PA Pride Alliance Thanks 2016 Donors & Supporters
This year was a year of firsts for NW PA Pride Alliance. This was our first full year of being a 501c3. Many things remained the same, but together with the support of our donors and the Erie community, we added even more visibility to the LGBTQIA community. In addition to our Pride Picnic on June 4 and our PrideFest and March on August 27, we added a Painting with Pride night in the spring and early winter, partnered with the Erie Seawolves for our 3rd annual Pride Night, partnered with the Zone Dance Club for a Pride Kickoff party the night before Pridefest, and also partnered with Waldameer Park and Water World for the first Pride Day at the Park the day after PrideFest.
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December, 2016

Painting With Pride 2 on Tues, Dec 6

Painting With Pride 2 on Tues, Dec 6
NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc. and Dramashop team up to present another joint fundraiser, Painting With Pride 2. The event, hosted by instructor Angela Howell, will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30 PM) at Dramashop (Renaissance Center – 1001 State St – Second Floor). This event is "bring your own drinks and snacks.". Tickets are $35 (plus service charge), which includes all painting supplies, are available here and MUST be purchased prior to 12:01am on December 4th. Put an end to your ordinary day and sip your way to a masterpiece.
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November, 2016

NW PA Pride Alliance, Identity in Edinboro Homecoming Parade

NW PA Pride Alliance, Identity in Edinboro Homecoming Parade
On Saturday, October 8, members of NW PA Pride Alliance and Identity, Edinboro University's LGBTQIA student group, marched in the Edinboro Homecoming Parade. The theme this year as Level Up - Classic Video Games. Season Crannell made themed decorations for the contingent to carry. The parade went through the campus of the university and the streets of Edinboro and was well-received.
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October, 2016

Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc

Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc
NWPA Pride Alliance is looking for applicants to fill positions with our board of directors. NWPA Pride Alliance is seeking to diversify its membership to best address the needs of the LGBT community, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identifications, marital status, ethnic backgrounds and educational experiences are welcome to apply. All positions are unpaid, volunteer positions. We are looking for people who want to become more involved with the LGBT community, working with our members to extend outreach to the community as a whole.
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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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Pride Weekend recap


Pride Weekend recap

Pride Weekend was held August 26-28, 2016 in Erie PA. The weekend began with a Pride Kick-Off Drag Show held at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. Performers at the drag show were Michelle Michaels, Misty Michaels Kall, Lovin Heart, Jill Jameson and Vicky Bendme.Saturday began with the March to Pridefest organized by NW PA Pride Alliance. The step off was at the Zone Dance Club. Parade units included NW PA Pride Alliance, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, Temple Anshe Hesed, LBT Women of Erie, Erie Democratic Coordinated Campaign, General Electric Transportation GLBTA Alliance, Ladyfest Erie, Northwestern High School GSA, Eerie Roller Girls, TransFamily of NWPA Transgender Support Group, and Community United Church. There were 152 people in the parade.
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September, 2016

FREE Rapid testing by Erie County HIV Task Force at Pridefest on August 27

FREE Rapid testing by Erie County HIV Task Force at Pridefest on August 27

The Erie County HIV Task Force will be offering FREE rapid HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis testing at Pridefest from 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Pridefest is sponsored by NW PA Pride Alliance. Look for the testing tent sponsored by the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality.  Thank you Community Health Net and the Erie County Department of Health for providing the testing.  SAME DAY RESULTS AND IT'S FREE!

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LGBTQ Info Table at Blues and Jazz Fest

LGBTQ Info Table at Blues and Jazz Fest
On Saturday, August 6 through Sunday, August 7, members of NW PA Pride Alliance, LBT Women, TransFamily of NW PA, Erie Sisters and Brothers Transgender Support Group, Erie Gay News, as well as individuals staffed an LGBTQ info table at the Erie Art Museum's Blues and Jazz Fest in Frontier Park at W 8th St and Bayfront Highway in Erie PA. The purpose was to help infrm the general community about LGBTQ resources anmd events and part of NW PA Pride Alliance's mission to increase visibility and awareness. People stoppig by the table were friendly and this was a great opportunity to engage with people on a direct, personal level. There has been an LGBTQ table for several years now. Photos are by Andrea Shaffer. The Erie Art Museum has been kind enough to allow us to have a table at the event for several years now.
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August, 2016

Dazzling LGBT Float in 51st Annual Millcreek 4th of July Parade

Dazzling LGBT Float in 51st Annual Millcreek 4th of July Parade
NW PA Pride Alliance had a float in the 51st Annual Millcreek 4th of July Parade, held on Monday, July 4, 2016 along W 12th St in Erie, PA. Friends from TransFamily of NW PA and other members and supporters of the LGBT community also rode on and walked in the contingent. About 20,000+ people typically show up to watch the parade. There has been representation from the LGBT community in every Millcreek 4th of July parade since 2006. The response from spectators was overwhelmingly positive.
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Erie PrideFest on August 27

Erie PrideFest on August 27
NW PA Pride Alliance will be presenting Erie Pridefest on Saturday, August 27th. The day's events will begin with the Pride March. As always, assembly for the march begins at noon at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, and step off is at 1 PM with the march ending down at the Festival in Griswold Park. Pridefest will begin at 2 PM and will feature performers, speakers and entertainers; as well as vendors and information tables. The Facebook event page is here.
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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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Miss Erie Pageant a Great Night!

Miss Erie Pageant a Great Night!
On Sunday, June 26, the Miss Erie Pageant was held at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. The two contests were Danyel Vasquez and Jill Valentine Jamison. Miss Erie 2016/17 is Danyel Vasquez and 1st runner up is Jill Jamison.
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Pride Day at Waldameer on August 28!

Pride Day at Waldameer on August 28!
We can't think of a better way to finish your Pride Weekend than with discounted tickets to rides and relaxation at Waldameer Park and Water World! To join us on Sunday August 28th for some family fun at the 10th oldest amusement park in the US, you just need to Use the handy ticket link below to get your discounted day passes to the main park and newly expanded water park. (You can also reserve your passes with us at Erie Pridefest, August 27th in Griswold Park) Tickets at the discounted rate are $24.50 per person.Then just stop by our reserved pavilion, Coaster 1, to pick up your passes. Enjoy your day in the park with friends and family
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Remember NW PA Pride on Erie Gives Day, August 9

Remember NW PA Pride on Erie Gives Day, August 9
The NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc. is committed to providing public events to increase visibility, awareness and a sense of community to the LGBTQIA population of the Erie, PA area. We’re hoping you’ll help us continue to bring you free and low cost events by supporting us on Erie Gives Day. August 9, 2016 • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Eriegives.org.
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July, 2016

24th Annual Pride Picnic Recap


24th Annual Pride Picnic Recap

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, over 230 people attended the 24th Annual Erie Pride Picnic held at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. The event was put on by NW PA Pride Alliance.
 Organizations with tables at the event included Canine Partners for Life, Community United Church, Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Erie Sisters & Brothers Transgender Support Group, French Creek Counseling Services, Iadeluca Chiropractic Center, Lake Erie Counseling Associates, LBT Women, Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Monacella Massage & Kinesiology, Peace Corps, Persad Center, Sam's Club, TransFamily of Erie Transgender Support Group, Whispering Lake Grove
. Photos are by Andrea and Erie Gay News photographer Deb Spilko.
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Candlelight Vigil for Orlando Pulse Night Club Shooting at Zone Dance Club at 8 PM Tonight

Candlelight Vigil for Orlando Pulse Night Club Shooting at Zone Dance Club at 8 PM Tonight
NW PA Pride Alliance and other area groups and individuals will be holding a candlelight vigil tonight, Sunday, June 12 at 8 PM in front of the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, in memory of the vicitms of the Orlando Pulse Night Club shooting.
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Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Orlando Pulse Club Shooting Held at Zone

Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Orlando Pulse Club Shooting Held at Zone
On Sunday, June 12, about 75-100 members of Erie's LGBT community and their supporters gathered at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA, to mourn the tragic deaths of 50 people killed in the Orlando Pulse Night Club shooting, considered to be the worst mass shooting in US history. The event was organized by NW PA Pride Alliance. Speakers included Alex Sphon, president of NW PA Pride Alliance; Rev. Dr. Rich McCarty, senior pastor of Community United Church; Michael Mahler, co-editor of Erie Gay News; and Bob Merski, Erie City Councilmember. Other elected officials attending included Erie County Councilmembers Andre Horton and Jay Breneman.
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Mercyhurst to hold prayer vigil for victims of Orlando tragedy

Mercyhurst to hold prayer vigil for victims of Orlando tragedy
In remembrance of the many victims of last weekend's tragedy in Orlando, including recent high school graduate Akyra Murray who was to attend Mercyhurst North East in the fall, Mercyhurst University will hold a prayer vigil on its Erie campus, 528 E 38th St, Thursday, June 16.  The vigil will be held in Christ the King Chapel at 7 p.m.  Employees and students are encouraged to join to pray for peace and healing.  The public is also invited to attend.
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Open Call for Pride Fest 2016 Entertainment


Open Call for Pride Fest 2016 Entertainment

NWPA Pride Alliance is currently seeking entertainment acts for our 2016 PrideFest, being held Saturday August 27th at Griswold Park.
 Anyone interested should contact Tony, Entertainment Coordinator, by emailing entertainment@nwpapride.org.
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Parade units for March to Pride Fest on August 27


Parade units for March to Pride Fest on August 27

Pride Fest will be held on Saturday, August 27. PrideFest and the Pride March are organized by NW PA Pride Alliance. We will begin assembling at noon in the parking lot of the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie. Step off is promptly at 1 PM. We will go over 18th Street to State Street, down State Street to 13th Street and then into Griswold Park (14th & Peach If you are not marching with a contingent, please feel free to join our NW PA Pride Alliance contingent as we march to Pride Fest We also invite you to be part of the Family Portrait that will be taken in Griswold Park at the end of the march. There is no cost to participate in the March, but contingents are requested to notify us by Saturday, August 20, the week before the event. If you want to be a unit in the March to Pride Fest, please email tables@nwpapride.org.
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Pride Night at the Erie Seawolves on July 18

Pride Night at the Erie Seawolves on July 18
NWPA Pride Alliance is excited to bring Pride at the Seawolves for its 3rd year! This year, it will be held on Monday July 18th at Jerry Uht Park, 110 E 10th St, Erie PA, Game starts at 7:05pm. It's Buck Night, so grab your friends and family and enjoy $1 hot dogs, popcorn, 12oz Pepsi products, and select draft beers while we cheer on our Seawolves as they take on the Harrisburg Senators. To get your voucher or if you have questions contact president@nwpapride.org or call (814) 314-9075. Check out the Facebook event page here. To get your tickets, just print the voucher here and take it to the box office!
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Tables at Pride Fest on August 27


Tables at Pride Fest on August 27

NW PA Pride Alliance invites you to participate as a table at this year's Pride Fest, to be held on Saturday, August 27 from 2 to 4 PM in Griswold Park at W. 14th and Peach, Erie PA. Set-up will begin at noon. All tables are expected to remain set up until the end of the festival. The cost to participate is $15 per table and must be paid in full by Saturday, August 20, the week before the event. The cost includes one 8-foot table and two chairs. Checks should be made payable to: NW PA Pride Alliance and mailed to PO Box 11448, Erie PA 16514. The festival will be held outdoors and will take place rain or shine. You may bring a canopy up to 10 x 10 for shade. Electricity is unavailable to tables for this event.
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June, 2016

24th Annual Pride Picnic on June 4

24th Annual Pride Picnic on June 4
This event is free and open to the public, so bring your buns down to the beach and see what's cooking! The Northwest Pennsylvania Pride Alliance, inc. would like to invite you to join us for the 24th Annual Erie Pride Picnic on Saturday, June 4th at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle (near Beach 7) from 1 to 6 PM. Please note that once again this year's picnic is the first weekend in June, rather than the second. You can see the Facebook event page here.
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Donations at Pride Picnic for Food Bank of NW PA

Donations at Pride Picnic for Food Bank of NW PA
As we gather to celebrate Pride on Saturday, June 4, we ask attendees to bring non-perishable donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA At all major Pride events, NW PA Pride Alliance has collected items to help those less fortunate, and we ask your help to keep this tradition going. You may drop off your donations when you check in at the registration table upon arrival at the Pride Picnic at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. The picnic runs from 1 to 6 PM.
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Erie LGBTQIA Team in March for Babies

Erie LGBTQIA Team in March for Babies
On Sunday, May 1. 2016, representatives from various LGBTQ & affiliated groups, including NW PA Pride Alliance, LBT Women of Erie and The Table participated in the March of Dimes fundraiser, March for Babies, which was held at Penn State Behrend. In addition to walking in the march, members of the community donated over $300. Everyone had a good time and was glad to help out a worthy cause!
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Get your 2016 Pride Shirt!

Get your 2016 Pride Shirt!
We here at the Northwest PA Pride Alliance, Inc. are so glad that you like the contest winning new design for this years Erie Pride shirt. The response has been so great that they're selling out fast, so if you want to have yours in time for Pride Month, now is the time!
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Help keep Pride events in Erie free!

Help keep Pride events in Erie free!
We'd like to thank you, each and every one of you who have helped us grow into who we are today.   As the Northwest PA Pride Alliance, Inc. heads into our 5th season of Pride events we want to thank you form the bottom of our rainbow hued hearts for all the love and support you've shown us.
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Info Table deadline for Pride Picnic is May 28

Info Table deadline for Pride Picnic is May 28
Does your group or organization want to have an info table at the 24th Annual Pride Picnic on Saturday, June 4? The deadline for info tables is Saturday, May 28 and the Pride Picnic will be at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. The picnic runs from 1 to 6 PM. Please note that selling from tables is not permitted. There is no charge for having a table, but we request that you bring your own table and chairs. To request a table, you may email tables@nwpapride.org, call (814) 314-9075 or fill out the online registration form and request a table here.
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May, 2016

In Memoriam: Matthew William Robison


In Memoriam: Matthew William Robison

Matthew Robison of Erie, passed away while camping in Idaho. He was 42. Matthew was a strong advocate for human rights. One way that he demonstrated this was his concern for LGBT rights, serving on the Board of NW PA Pride Alliance.
 He was a photographer and artist, and contributed his creative talents to NW PA Pride Alliance and elsewhere.
 He loved nature and the environment, and was kind and compassionate to people and animals alike. The world has lost a gentle and beautiful soul.
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Keystone Pride Conference Roundtable


Keystone Pride Conference Roundtable

On March 20, the Keystone Pride Conference brought together ten pride organizations from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. NW PA Pride Alliance was represented by board president Alex Sphon and entertainment coordinator Tony Gressley. TransFamily of Erie was represented by their organization's president, Caitlyn Strohmeyer.
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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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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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Painting with Pride

Painting with Pride
On March 9th, 2016, NW PA Pride Alliance partnered with Dramashop for their first-ever Painting with Pride fundraiser. They are looking forward to another Painting With Pride event this fall. Dramashop is located at Renaissance Centre, 2nd Fl., 1001 State Street, Erie PA 16501
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March, 2016

LGBTQ Pennsylvania Steering Committee Meeting


LGBTQ Pennsylvania Steering Committee Meeting

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, groups from across the state met at Project Silk in Pittsburgh for the inaugural LGBTQ PA Steering Committee. The event was convened by Jason Goodman of PA Youth Congress and moderated by Shaashawn Dial-Snowden of LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania (Harrisburg) and Voycetress Media.
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NW PA Pride Alliance and Dramashop Unite For Joint Fundraiser

NW PA Pride Alliance and Dramashop Unite For Joint Fundraiser
NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc. and Dramashop team up to present a joint fundraiser, Painting With Pride. The event, hosted by instructor Angela Howell, will be held on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 PM) at Dramashop (Renaissance Center – 1001 State St – Second Floor). This event is "bring your own drinks and snacks" (a limited selection of non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase). Tickets are $45 (plus service charge), which includes all painting supplies, are available here and MUST be purchased prior to 12:01am on March 8th. Put an end to your ordinary day and sip your way to a masterpiece.
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February, 2016

Become a 2016 Pride Donor!

Become a 2016 Pride Donor!
As the Northwest PA (NW PA) Pride Alliance begins its first full year as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we are delighted to see how much we have grown. The support of individuals and organizations in our community has been the catalyst for furthering the Alliance's mission: Improving the visibility of the LGBTQIA community and facilitating communication and collaboration between groups and individuals. We are asking for your support in 2016 as we enter with a unified theme of "Invite, Unite, Ignite!"
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Board members and officers for NW PA Pride Alliance


Board members and officers for NW PA Pride Alliance

NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc has begun 2016 with the announcement of its board of directors and officers. Returning to the board this year are Diana Ames, Season Crannell, Chris Dye, Finu Lukose, Michael Mahler, Michael Mooney, Melanie Shubitowski, Alex Sphon and Daniel Thomas.
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Suggestion box email for NW PA Pride

Suggestion box email for NW PA Pride
It's a brand new year for us at the Northwest PA Pride Alliance. We are committed to providing the best experience to all our community members as well to as our visitors . So to help us better serve you as a community, we'd like a little input from you. What do you like about our events and resources? How could we improve? Anything you'd like to see us add to our events or website? If you don't usually attend our events, why not?
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January, 2016

Update on 2016 Pride Logo Design Contest - Win $100!


Update on 2016 Pride Logo Design Contest - Win $100!

As mentioned previously, NW PA Pride Alliance will be accepting design entries through February 29 for the 2016 Pride logo.The theme for 2016 Pride is "Invite. Unite. Ignite!" We hope that your design will include the official Pride theme. 
There is no limit to the number of entries per person that can be submitted, nor is there an age limit. Please also note that the shirt fabric has alternated between black and ash gray from year to year. If your design requires a specific color for an element, please be sure to include that color in your design. That is, elements that should be/are intended to be white should not be transparent in your design. The design we select will receive a free shirt and a $100 Visa gift card. The template for the logo design, as well as our organization's logo is on NW PA Pride Alliance's web site at www.nwpapride.org. The preferred format is an Adobe Illustrator Vector File (or something we can convert to that format), 300 dpi, with the canvas size being a maximum of 9 1/2" wide by 15" tall.
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December, 2015

2016 Pride Logo Design Contest - Win $100!


2016 Pride Logo Design Contest - Win $100!

Who wants $100 and a free shirt? You do! But how?
 All you have to do is get creative: We're looking for a new T-shirt design for 2016, and we want to see what you've got. The NW PA Pride Alliance will be accepting your design entries from Dec. 1 through Feb. 29. The design we select will receive a free shirt and a $100 Visa gift card. But first, there are a few rules. Your design must be on the front of the shirt, in the area indicated on the little shirt template we'll provide. You can download the template as a PDF (here), as a PSD (here), or as a TIF (here for Windows or here for Mac). We will also be glad to provide you with our logo to use (or not, it's up to you) (logo is here in color or here in black and white), but you do have to use the colors in the logo in your design. The preferred format is an Adobe Illustrator Vector File (or something we can convert to that format), 300 dpi, with the canvas size being a maximum of 9 1/2" wide by 15" tall. Shirt colors have alternated between black and gray from year to year. If your design has an element that needs to be white, please make it white rather than transparent. There is no limit on the number of entries from a submitter, nor is there an age limit on submitters. Please note! The theme for 2016 Pride is "Invite. Unite. Ignite!" Bonus points for including the theme in your design!
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LGBT Roundtable update


LGBT Roundtable update

LGBT Roundtable Project: Over the past year, a steering committee from the Northwest PA Pride Alliance (NWPAPA), the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE), and Transfamily Support of Erie have organized and held three LGBT Roundtable discussions. The committee invited leaders from various LGBT organizations from Erie and the surrounding counties. The roundtable project is off to a great start with about 15 different groups participating!
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November, 2015

Archive documents Charlotte LGBTQ history

Archive documents Charlotte LGBTQ history
Archivist and University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) Prof. Joshua Burford stresses that the LGBTQ archive he spearheaded is not a complete history. It is growing, and a complete history of anything is, of course, an impossible task.
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Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc

Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc
NWPA Pride Alliance is looking for applicants to fill positions with our board of directors. NWPA Pride Alliance is seeking to diversify its membership to best address the needs of the LGBT community, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identifications, marital status, ethnic backgrounds and educational experiences are welcome to apply. All positions are unpaid, volunteer positions. We are looking for people who want to become more involved with the LGBT community, working with our members to extend outreach to the community as a whole. The deadline to apply is Saturday, November 21, 2015,
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Joe Lobdell: tragedy and triumph of a 19th-century transition

Joe Lobdell: tragedy and triumph of a 19th-century transition
When Joseph Israel Lobdell passed away in 1912 at the Binghamton State Hospital, his death went largely unnoticed. Joe, as he was known, was 82 and had been confined to mental institutions since 1880. In the intervening decades, his siblings had predeceased him.
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NW PA Pride Alliance Celebrates 2015 Accomplishments


NW PA Pride Alliance Celebrates 2015 Accomplishments

The Northwest PA (NW PA) Pride Alliance will soon begin its sixth year, and is delighted and proud to share 2015 accomplishments and activities in its annual report. In May, the Alliance achieved an important milestone in the growth of the organization—obtaining 501(c)(3) status. A non-profit status and the generosity of the community will help the Alliance to expand the scope and focus of work in the LGBTQIA community. Other 2015 highlights include the Pride Picnic, Pride Festival, sponsorship of the Miss Erie Pageant, Pride Night at an Erie Seawolves home game, the Millcreek 4th of July Parade, a Marriage Equality celebration, and attendance at the Pennsylvania State Pride Conference.
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Three decades ago, AIDS activists set up camp in SF plaza

Three decades ago, AIDS activists set up camp in SF plaza
Thirty years ago this month, two San Francisco men, fed up with government inaction as AIDS decimated the gay community, chained themselves to a federal building within sight of City Hall.
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October, 2015

'The Women of San Quentin' comes amid historic changes

'The Women of San Quentin' comes amid historic changes
A new book chronicling the lives of nine transgender women across the country who have been incarcerated comes amid historic progress for such prisoners.
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Dick Leitsch: History is unavoidable

Dick Leitsch: History is unavoidable
For my friend Dick Leitsch, the last president of the Mattachine Society of New York, who last May turned 80, history was unavoidable. I met Dick in two different periods of my life. At 20, I attended my first and only meeting of the New York Mattachine Society, at the old Wendell Wilkie House near Bryant Park in New York City. He moderated, handsome, stylish, with a soft-spoken Kentuckian polished air. I was turned totally off: Mattachine was strictly out of my world as, new to New York, I struggled to make sense of myself. Two years later, a few months after Stonewall, I joined the Gay Liberation Front. GLF offered me a valid political understanding of why queers were being destroyed in American society, and what we had to do, often rowdy as we were, to change it. Both Dick and Mattachine were loathed by many of my young GLF brothers and sisters, some of whom had been in it and, like unruly kids, resented their dowdier parents.
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Lawyer who defeated DOMA to speak at Free Library of Philadelphia

Lawyer who defeated DOMA to speak at Free Library of Philadelphia
Edie Windsor, charismatic, stylish and articulate, found herself widowed just shy of her 80th birthday. She hadn't yet been married two years to her spouse, Thea Spyer, who died of complications from a heart condition on Feb. 5, 2009.
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LGBT History Month - Angelina Jolie - Actress

LGBT History Month - Angelina Jolie - Actress
Angelina Jolie is an Academy award-winning actress whose films include "Girl, Interrupted," "Changeling" and "Maleficent." She is among the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, having cemented her international success portraying such diverse characters as a video game heroine in the "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" franchise and an HIV-positive supermodel in "Gia." She made her directorial debut with the "Land of Blood and Honey," a drama set during the Bosnian war. She also wrote and produced the film.
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LGBT History Month - Antonia Pantoja - Educator and Activist

LGBT History Month - Antonia Pantoja - Educator and Activist
Dr. Antonia Pantoja was an educator and activist dedicated to the improvement of Latino communities through education. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Pantoja spent much of her life living and working in New York City. In 1957, after receiving her master's degree from Columbia University, she founded the Puerto Rican Forum (originally called the Hispanic American Youth Association, or HAYA), which helped promote economic equality.
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LGBT History Month - Arthur Dong - Filmmaker

LGBT History Month - Arthur Dong - Filmmaker
Arthur Dong is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker best known for chronicling Asian-American history and LGBT life. He earned an Oscar nomination in 1984 for "Sewing Woman," about his mother's immigration to America from China, which he produced as film student at San Francisco State University. As a result of the film's success, he founded DeepFocus Productions to produce, direct and write projects close to his heart.
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LGBT History Month - Barbra Siperstein - Transgender Advocate

LGBT History Month - Barbra Siperstein - Transgender Advocate
Barbra "Babs" Siperstein is the first openly transgender at-large member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Born Barry Siperstein, she transitioned when she was nearly 50 years old. She legally changed her name in 2007. Siperstein is currently a member of the DNC's executive committee. She serves as deputy vice chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and is the political director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey.
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LGBT History Month - Clive Davis - Record Producer

LGBT History Month - Clive Davis - Record Producer
Clive Davis is a record producer who has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was the president of Columbia Records from 1967 to 1973 before founding Arista Records in 1975. He created J Records in 2000 and is currently the chief creative officer at Sony Music Entertainment.
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LGBT History Month - Dusty Springfield - Singer

LGBT History Month - Dusty Springfield - Singer
Dusty Springfield was an English singer and record producer best known for her sultry, soulful sound. Born Mary Isobel Bernadette O’Brien in London (she got the nickname Dusty for playing football with the boys), Springfield was one of the most successful British female performers in history, with six top 20 singles in the United States and 16 in Europe. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame.
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LGBT History Month - Edie Windsor - Marriage Equality Hero

LGBT History Month - Edie Windsor - Marriage Equality Hero
Edith "Edie" Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, a landmark legal victory for marriage equality.
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LGBT History Month - Edna St. Vincent Millay - Poet

LGBT History Month - Edna St. Vincent Millay - Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for her feminism and social activism. From an early age, she spoke out against injustices against women, often rebelling against authority at home and at school. She published her first poems when she was 15. By the time she enrolled in Vassar College, which was then exclusively female, she was having affairs with her classmates. Her poem "The Lamp and the Bell" is about the love shared between women.
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LGBT History Month - Elaine Noble - Politician

LGBT History Month - Elaine Noble - Politician
Elaine Noble served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for two terms starting in 1975, becoming the first-ever openly gay candidate elected to a state office. Noble says that during her controversial, groundbreaking campaign, her windows were shot out, her car was vandalized, and she and her staff suffered ongoing harassment. She still managed to win the election.
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LGBT History Month - Elsie de Wolfe - Interior Designer

LGBT History Month - Elsie de Wolfe - Interior Designer
Elsie de Wolfe, later known as Lady Mendl, introduced the world to the art of interior design. She saw the home as a medium for self-expression.
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LGBT History Month - Emery Hetrick & Damien Martin - Educators

LGBT History Month - Emery Hetrick & Damien Martin - Educators
In 1979 Dr. Emery Hetrick and Dr. Damien Martin founded the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a nonprofit organization in New York, originally named the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth. The doctors created the institute to advocate for at-risk youth aged 13 to 21. The idea came after hearing about a 15-year-old boy who had been beaten and thrown out of an emergency shelter because he was gay.
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LGBT History Month - Evan Wolfson - Marriage Equality Advocate

LGBT History Month - Evan Wolfson - Marriage Equality Advocate
Evan Wolfson is the founder of Freedom to Marry, a group that advocates for samesex marriage rights in the United States. He is one of the first attorneys to publicly champion marriage equality and the author of the book "Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry." Wolfson was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. As a lawyer, he argued Boy Scouts of America v. Dale before the Supreme Court.
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LGBT History Month - Frances Perkins - U.S. Cabinet Member

LGBT History Month - Frances Perkins - U.S. Cabinet Member
Frances Perkins was the first woman appointed to the U.S. cabinet, serving as U.S. secretary of labor under Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1945—longer than anyone else who held the post.
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LGBT History Month - Frank Mugisha - Ugandan Activist

LGBT History Month - Frank Mugisha - Ugandan Activist
Dr. Frank Mugisha is one of the most famous and outspoken advocates for LGBT rights in Uganda, a country where being gay is a criminal offense. He is the executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and advocates on behalf of LGBT Ugandans who face prison or even death for being openly gay. He has received both the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for his work.
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LGBT History Month - Jack Nichols - Gay Pioneer

LGBT History Month - Jack Nichols - Gay Pioneer
In 1961, along with Frank Kameny, Jack Nichols cofounded the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., the the first gay civil rights organization in the nation's capital. Four years later, Nichols and other members of the organization conducted the first gay rights protest at the White House.
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LGBT History Month - Jackie 'Moms' Mabley - Comedian

LGBT History Month - Jackie 'Moms' Mabley - Comedian
Born Loretta Mary Aiken, Jackie "Moms" Mabley was one of the first, most successful women to work in comedy. Mabley appeared on popular television variety shows like 'The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." A veteran of the African- American vaudeville tradition known as the Chitlin' Circuit, the comedian overcame a tragic childhood (her parents were killed and she was raped) to become one of the raunchiest, most beloved comedians of her generation.
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LGBT History Month - Jason Collins - Basketball Player

LGBT History Month - Jason Collins - Basketball Player
Jason Collins is a retired professional American basketball player who played for 13 seasons with the NBA. During the 2012-13 season, Collins came out in Sports Illustrated before signing with the New Jersey Nets, making him the first openly gay athlete to play on any professional sports team in North America.
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LGBT History Month - Laverne Cox - Transgender Actress

LGBT History Month - Laverne Cox - Transgender Actress
Laverne Cox is an American actress, producer and LGBT advocate best known for her role as a transgender prison inmate in the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black." She is the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award for acting and the first to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
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LGBT History Month - Michael Sam - Football Player

LGBT History Month - Michael Sam - Football Player
In 2014 Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL. The defensive end was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and spent time on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes in 2015, but stepped away from the team just months later, citing "personal reasons."
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LGBT History Month - Mick Jagger - Rock Star

LGBT History Month - Mick Jagger - Rock Star
Mick Jagger is the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, a British rock band whose popularity has spanned more than 50 years. As one of the most influential and charismatic front men in history, Jagger has received many awards and accolades. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and was knighted in 2003. Rolling Stone magazine names him among the top 20 on its List of 100 Greatest Singers.
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LGBT History Month - Miriam Ben-Shalom - Soldier

LGBT History Month - Miriam Ben-Shalom - Soldier
Miriam Ben-Shalom is the first openly lesbian service member to be reinstated by the U.S. Army after she was discharged in 1976 for being gay.
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LGBT History Month - Richard Blanco - Inaugural Poet

LGBT History Month - Richard Blanco - Inaugural Poet
Richard Blanco is the youngest, the first Latino and the first openly gay person to be named a U.S. inaugural poet. He read his poem "One Today," written soon after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, at President Barack Obama's second inauguration. He describes the poem as "a unique snapshot of where we are as a country."
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LGBT History Month - Robin Roberts - TV Broadcaster

LGBT History Month - Robin Roberts - TV Broadcaster
Robin Roberts is an award-winning broadcast journalist and co-anchor of ABC News' "Good Morning America." She became an outspoken advocate for cancer research, after being diagnosed twice with the disease. She won a 2012 Peabody Award for her reporting on the issue.
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LGBT History Month - Sahaykwisa - Transgender Native American

LGBT History Month - Sahaykwisa - Transgender Native American
Sahaykwisa was a female Mohave Indian shaman (a healer with supernatural powers), who specialized in the treatment of venereal diseases. Scholars have limited information about her life. She was a gender-nonconforming lesbian, or hwame (a female who choses to live as a male), and often told people she had been turned into a man by white man's magic. Sahaykwisa was also a hunter and an industrious farmer— jobs typically performed by men.
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LGBT History Month - Samuel Delaney - Author

LGBT History Month - Samuel Delaney - Author

LGBT History Month - Staceyann Chin - Poet/Performer

LGBT History Month - Staceyann Chin - Poet/Performer
Staceyann Chin is a spoken-word poet and performance artist dedicated to LGBT rights. She has been out since 1998, soon after co-writing and performing in the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway. She has also appeared in one-woman Off-Broadway shows and at the famed Nuyorican Poets Café. Her work has been featured in more than 21 publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Born in Jamaica, Chin is of Chinese- and African-Jamaican descent, a subject she has written about often. She appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss what it was like growing up gay in Jamaica.
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LGBT History Month - Tim'm T. West - Performer

LGBT History Month - Tim'm T. West - Performer
Tim'm T. West, born Timothy Terrell West, is a hip-hop performance artist, poet, activist and educator. He has produced nine albums, written extensively about hiphop culture and has been a spokesperson for a new generation of openly gay musicians.
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LGBT History Month - Tom Stoddard - Equality Attorney

LGBT History Month - Tom Stoddard - Equality Attorney
Tom Stoddard was a lawyer who helped advance LGBT rights in America. He served as an early executive director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York from 1986 to 1992, where he fought against discrimination in employment, housing, health care and the military. Under his leadership, Lambda became one of the most important LGBT legal organizations in the country.
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LGBT History Month - William 'Big Bill' Tilden II - Tennis Champion

LGBT History Month - William 'Big Bill' Tilden II - Tennis Champion
Bill Tilden is considered one of the greatest men's tennis champions in history. He was the No. 1 player in the world for six years, from 1920 to 1925. During that time, he became the first American to win Wimbledon.
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LGBT History Month - William Rufus King - U.S. Vice President

LGBT History Month - William Rufus King - U.S. Vice President
William Rufus King was the 13th vice president of the United States for six weeks before he died of tuberculosis, making him the shortest-serving vice president in American history. He was the third vice president to die in office.
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LGBT History Month for October

LGBT History Month for October
Erie Gay News is proud to once again participate in LGBT History Month, a project of Equality Forum. This project is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015.
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P.L. Travers: A spoonful of speculation

P.L. Travers: A spoonful of speculation
P.L. Travers, author of "Mary Poppins," was born Helen Lyndon Goff on Aug. 9, 1899 in the city of Maryborough, in Queensland, Australia, (not in England, as many assume). She moved to England in 1924, and used the name P.L. Travers, an abbreviation of her pseudonym Pamela Lyndon Travers, which she used in her days as a dancer and Shakespearean actor on the Australian stage. Reportedly, her wealthy relatives did not approve of Travers performing, so, being independent-minded, she moved to England where she forged a career as a writer.
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Pride Fest Recap

Pride Fest Recap
Downtown Erie blazed rainbows on Saturday, August 29, as over 300 members of the LGBT community and their allies celebrated at the Pride Fest and Parade organized by NW PA Pride Alliance.
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Transgender Forward

Transgender Forward
As the gay and lesbian community celebrates marriage equality across the United States, the transgender members of the LGBT community continue to work diligently to place their civil rights front and center, as we move into the next chapter of LGBT equality. To many, it seems as if the transgender movement has come from nowhere in the last decade, but the reality is that transgender Americans have been fighting for civil rights right along with the lesbian, gay and bisexual members of our community for decades. Here are a few key high- lights of transgender people within the tableau of American LGBT civil-rights history:
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September, 2015

20th Anniversary Family Portrait To Be Taken at Pride Fest on August 29

20th Anniversary Family Portrait To Be Taken at Pride Fest on August 29
It's hard to believe, but 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the first ever LGBT Family Portrait. To celebrate this milestone, everyone is invited to be in the Family Portrait that will be taken at the start of Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St, Erie PA. The day will begin with assembling beginning at noon for the Pride Parade from the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th S, step off for 1 PM. The parade will end up in Griswold Park. As we arrive in Griswold, anyone who wants to be in the Family Portrait should gather in front of and facing the stage. A photographer will take the Family Portrait from the stage, and that will then kick off Pride Fest at 2 PM.
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Billy Winn performs at Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29

Billy Winn performs at Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29
Among this year's performers at Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 in Griswold Park, we're pleased to welcome Pop/Electronic/Dance - Urban Electro recording artist and Pittsburgh native Billy Winn.
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CANCELED - Fall Candidate Forum on September 23 at MHA of NW PA

CANCELED - Fall Candidate Forum on September 23 at MHA of NW PA
PLEASE NOTE! Due to the state budget impasse, the candidate forum originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by the Mental Health Association (MHA) of NW PA and NW PA Pride Alliance at the Mental Health Association of NW PA, 1101 Peach St, Erie PA has had to be canceled. Our respective organizations apologize for any inconvenience. Erie Gay News will still be publishing a Voters Guide in issue #240, to be released the night of October 20.
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Donations at Erie Pride Fest for Erie Food Bank

Donations at Erie Pride Fest for Erie Food Bank
As we gather to celebrate Pride this Saturday, August 29, we ask attendees to bring non-perishable donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA At all major Pride events, NW PA Pride Alliance has collected items to help those less fortunate, and we ask your help to keep this tradition going. You may bring your donations to the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, between noon and 1 PM, before the Parade steps off at 1 PM. You may also bring your donation to Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St, where Pride Fest will be held from 2 to 4 PM.
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Free Health Screening at Pride Fest on August 29

Free Health Screening at Pride Fest on August 29
The NW PA Pride Alliance is pleased to offer FREE health screenings again at this year's Pride Fest!  Pride Fest will take place on Saturday, August 29th, from 2 PM until 4 PM in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St, Erie PA.  Blood pressure and BMI screenings will be provided by Great Lakes Institute of Technology (GLIT).  HIV testing will be provided by the Erie County Department of Health and Community Health Net.  In addition to OraSure tests (oral swab; results in 2 – 3 weeks),  OraQuick rapid testing will be available (small finger stick; results in 30 minutes).  The newest addition to our health and wellness efforts is chair massages, courtesy of GLIT.  NW PA Pride Alliance is proud to help everyone in our LGBTQ be happy, healthy, safe, and relaxed!  Looking forward to seeing all of you at this year's Pride Fest!
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Pride Shirts Discounted for Pride Weekend

Pride Shirts Discounted for Pride Weekend
Didn't get a chance to get your shirt for Pride yet? You're in luck! NW PA Pride Alliance still has Pride shirts available and they are discounted for Pride weekend! V-neck shirts in sizes small to XL are $13, tank tops in sizes small to XL are $15, and V-neck shirts in sizes 3XL and 3XL. There are also tote bags for $12 and 26 oz metal sports bottles for $15. You can get them at our online store OR you can get them in person at either the Pride Kickoff Show at the the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA this Friday or at Pride Fest this Saturday at 2 PM in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th. Pride merchandise helps NW PA Pride Alliance keep Pride events free! Thanks for your support!
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Win Billy Winn The Remixes, The Revisit, & The Unreleased EP!

Win Billy Winn The Remixes, The Revisit, & The Unreleased EP!
Win Billy Winn The Remixes, The Revisit, & The Unreleased EP! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between August 25 and September 15. Please note! You can see Billy Winn perform live and in person at Erie Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 in Griswold Park, Erie PA!
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August, 2015

Dr. Rachel Levine to be Pride Fest Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rachel Levine to be Pride Fest Keynote Speaker
Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Physician General, will be the Keynote Speaker at 2015 Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 Dr. Levine is the first openly transgender appointee to be confirmed to state office.
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Erie County rally celebrates Marriage Equality Ruling

Erie County rally celebrates Marriage Equality Ruling
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court issued their opinion in Obergefell v Hodges, which resulted in marriage equality becoming the law of the land. Several organizations held a celebration called Love Wins on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse, 140 W 6th St, Erie PA that night. Organizations represented included NW PA Pride Alliance, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE), ACLU NW PA, NW PA National Organization for Women (NOW), Pennsylvania Equality Project, Community United Church, Keystone Progress, The Table, LBT Women of Erie, and Erie Gay News. Both local TV news crews as well as Erie Times News covered the event for local media. At least 90 people attended the event.
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Erie Pride Fest on Sat, August 29

Erie Pride Fest on Sat, August 29
NW PA Pride Alliance will be presenting Erie Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29. The event will begin with the Pride Parade. Assembly for the parade begins at noon at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, and step off is at 1 PM. The parade will proceed to the Pride Fest, which will be in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St. If your group or organization would like to have a unit in the Parade, please let us know by August 21 by emailling mmahler@nwpapride.org ]

Individuals are very much welcome to be in the parade as well!

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Millcreek 4th of July Parade recap


Millcreek 4th of July Parade recap

About 17 people participated in NW PA Pride Alliance's float in the Millcreek 4th of July Parade. This was the 50th anniversary of Millcreek's parade and the 10th year that it has included an LGBT contingent. The theme this year was Launching Bottle Rockets in the Backyard and was designed by NWPAPA Vice-President Season Crannell. Float participants helped build the float. Many thanks to Roxanne of Lake Erie Sisters and Brothers Transgender Support Group for the use of the trailer, to Ginger for the use of the truck, as well as for Candy and Steve for driving the truck.
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Mobile App for PrideFest for iOs and Android

Mobile App for PrideFest for iOs and Android
New for this year's PrideFest is a special app that we are developing that will have updates, info and even photos from YOU! You can install the app onto both iPhones/iOs and Android phones and tablets by browsing to http://my.yapp.us/PRIDEFEST814 on your mobile device.
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NWPA Pride Alliance Participates In Its First Erie Gives Day

NWPA Pride Alliance Participates In Its First Erie Gives Day
The Northwest PA (NWPA) Pride Alliance is delighted to participate in its first Erie Gives Day on Tuesday, August 11th!  The support of our community has helped us to sponsor and/or host events such as the Pride Rally/Festival, Candidate Forums, and the Pride Picnic.  Alliance members also participate in various community events to promote awareness of LGBTQIA issues, and support the efforts and activities of other groups dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQIA community.
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Parade Units and Info & Vendor Tables at 2015 Pride on August 29

Parade Units and Info & Vendor Tables at 2015 Pride on August 29
The NW PA Pride Alliance invites you to march as a parade unit for the Erie Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29, 2015. We will start assembling at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA at noon, with and step off at 1 PM. All are welcome to march, even if you don't have a float. There is no charge to march or have a float in the parade. The Parade Unit agreement is available as a PDF and as a Word document. Perry Square is currently being remodled. The festival will take place in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St, Erie PA starting at 2 PM. We invite organizations to participate with information tables. We also invite handmade crafters, direct sales, and other vendor types to participate. The cost of one table and 2 chairs is $15 for both info tables and vendors. The Info Table agreement is available as a PDF and as a Word document.
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Pride Fest to be held in Griswold Park

Pride Fest to be held in Griswold Park
Because of remodeling to Perry Square, NW PA Pride Alliance will be holding this year's Pride Fest on Saturday, August 29 at 2 PM in Griswold Park, 150 W 14th St, Erie PA. We will still be assembling for the Parade at noon at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, and stepping off at 1 PM. Only the location for Pride Fest is being changed for this year.
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July, 2015

23rd Annual Erie Pride Picnic recap


23rd Annual Erie Pride Picnic recap

NW PA Pride Alliance held the 23rd Annual Erie Pride Picnic on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. About 230 people total attended and enjoyed a day in the sun with great food and friends old and new.
 There was a tragic auto accident at about 8 AM that morning near Beach 5. The 17 year old passenger was killed and the 21 year old driver was seriously injured. Access to the park was restricted/unavailable for several hours and the start of the picnic had to be delayed until 3 PM.
 Staff and volunteers worked very hard to make this a great event for all in probably the most challenging set of circumstances that a local Pride event has faced yet. People who made the Pride Picnic happen include Season Crannell, Chris Dye, Daniel Thomas, Alex Sphon, Kelly Kidd, Melanie Shubitowski, Julie, Collis Allen, Kim and Andrea, Jodi, Gary Snyder, Jeremy Snyder, Jeff Hill, Audrey, Johauna, the group of women who helped free the U-Haul when it got stuck in sand, Matthew Robison, and Deb Spilko.
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Decision Day Rally and Victory Celebration TONIGHT at 7 PM

Decision Day Rally and Victory Celebration TONIGHT at 7 PM
The US Supreme Court has made marriage equality legal nationwide!!! Please join us tonight for a Decision Day Rally and Victory Celebration on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse, 140 W 6th St, Erie PA! A program of speakers is planned. Please feel free to bring banners.
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National HIV Testing Day this Friday, June 26!

National HIV Testing Day this Friday, June 26!
Know your status! Community Health Net (1202 State Street, Erie PA) is pleased to share its National Testing Day event on Friday, June 26th. Testing will be available from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Get tested and receive a 5 gift card (while supplies last). Rapid testing is available! For questions or more information, call 814-455-7222 x477
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NW PA Pride is now 501(C)(3)


NW PA Pride is now 501(C)(3)

NW PA Pride Alliance has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to ahave 501(C)(3) status. The effective date of exemption is May 30, 2015. Donations made to NW PA Pride are now tax deductible. NW PA Pride wishes to thank our treasurer, Alex Sphon, for completing the forms and handling the submission for this.
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Pride Night at the Erie SeaWolves

Pride Night at the Erie SeaWolves
NWPA Pride is having a Pride Night at the Erie Seawolves in Jerry Uht Park, 110 E 10th St, Erie PA 16501 on Wednesday, July 8. We will have our own section and welcome any one to come out for a family and friends night at the ball park! A portion of the ticket costs will go directly to NWPA Pride and help us with future events. Tickets will be $9 and you must get a voucher from NWPA Pride prior to purchasing your ticket. Please note that this will also be a special Wednesday Buck Night. If you have any questions please contact Mike Mahler at president@nwpapride.org

See you there!

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June, 2015

23rd Annual Erie Pride Picnic

23rd Annual Erie Pride Picnic
Join us for the 23rd Annual Erie Pride Picnic on Saturday, June 6 at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle (near Beach 7) from 1 to 6 PM. Enjoy a great day with friends—it's free! Please note that this year's picnic is the first weekend in June, rather than the second. Start your Pride off right, and then enjoy Pittsburgh Pride or Youngstown Pride the weekend following Erie Pride Picnic
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Get Your Pride Shirts and more!


Get Your Pride Shirts and more!

NW PA Pride Alliance is very excited to bring you this year's Pride shirts, as well as some new Pride merchandise! This helps make Pride possible. This year, we will again have V-neck shirts. V-neck shirts are sizes small to 3XL ($18 for sizes small to XL, $20 for t-shirts 2XL & 3XL), and tank tops are sizes small to 2XL ($19 for tank tops sizes small to XL, and $20 for tank tops size 2 XL.) On the back of the shirt are all of the sponsors helping to being Pride to you this year, and a listing of the great events happening in our community! Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted for payment. Shirts can also be ordered online at www.nwpapride.org.
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Remembering Ben Heggy

Remembering Ben Heggy
Those of you who saw Erie's Perry 200 Parade or have been to the Millcreek 4th of July parade or the NWPA Pride Alliance's annual Pride Parade the last few years have probably noticed that we had a pretty good sized float rolling down the street behind a big, grey truck. What you may not know is that we had that float because NWPA Pride put out a call for trucks or trailers or pretty much anything that could be decorated and trotted out. The universe answered that call with a message from a man from Seven Springs, PA named Ben Heggy.
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May, 2015

Primary Candidate Forum Recap

Primary Candidate Forum Recap
On Thursday, April 16, NW PA Pride Alliance Inc and the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA (MHA) jointly held a candidate forum at MHA's office, 1101 Peach St, Erie PA. The forum addressed both LGBT and mental health related issues. Candidates attending included Elvage Murphy for Erie County Court of Common Pleas, John Morgan for Millcreek Supervisor, and Nathaniel Strasser for Magistrate, 5th Ward, as well as Erie City Council candidates Sonya Arrington, Gary Grack, Bob Merski, Rebecca Styn, Richard Wagner, and Jon Whaley. Trish Catalano, candidate for Erie County Council District 5, also participated. About 30 voters attended.
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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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There's Power in Our Pride! Annual LGBT Community Survey

There's Power in Our Pride! Annual LGBT Community Survey
We would like to invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBT perspective. There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.
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Voters Guide

Voters Guide
Candidates for Erie County Council and Erie City Council were asked about their positions on GLBT issues. Their responses appear below.
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April, 2015

Become a 2015 Pride Donor!

Become a 2015 Pride Donor!
As the Northwest PA (NW PA) Pride Alliance begins its fifth year, we are delighted to see how much we have grown. The support of individuals and organizations in our community has been the catalyst for furthering the Alliance's mission: Improving the visibility of the LGBTQIA community and facilitating communication and collaboration between groups and individuals. We are asking for your support in 2015.
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Candidate Forum on April 16

Candidate Forum on April 16
NW PA Pride Alliance Inc and the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA will be co-sponsoring a Spring candidate forum at the Mental Health Association at 1101 Peach St, Erie PA 16501 on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30 and parking is available on street and in the Toni & Guy parking lot. Candidates for Erie City and Erie County councils will be invited. Candidates will be asked questions by a moderator and attendees are encouraged to provide questions for the moderator. The event provides constituents the opportunity to meet local politicians and hear their views on topics concerning the LGBTQ, mental health and Erie City & County communities as a whole.
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February, 2015

NW PA Pride New Board & Officers


NW PA Pride New Board & Officers

NW PA Pride Alliance is delighted to welcome our 2015 board members. Our newest board members are Kathy Czarnecki-Smith, Finu J Lukose, and Michael Mooney. They join continuing board members Diana Ames, Season Crannell, Chris Dye, Kelly Kidd, Michael Mahler, Melanie Shubitowski, Alex Sphon, and Daniel Thomas. Officers are Michael Mahler (President), Season Crannell (Vice President), Finu Lukose (Secretary) and Alex Sphon.
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December, 2014

NW PA Pride Annual Report


NW PA Pride Annual Report

As the Northwest PA (NW PA) Pride Alliance begins its fifth year, we are delighted and proud to see how much we have grown in such a short amount of time. We are pleased to share this success by providing our 2014 Annual Report. This report highlights some the accomplishments and activities involved in continuing our mission of improving the visibility of the LGBTQIA community and facilitating communication and collaboration between groups and individuals.
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Web Server Crash


Web Server Crash

The websites of NW PA Pride and Erie Gay News experienced a web server crash on October 3. Here is what was lost, recovered, and not affected:
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November, 2014

Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc

Board Members sought for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc
NWPA Pride Alliance is looking for applicants to fill positions with our board of directors, as well as establish a volunteer corps to assist with event set up and advisory panel. NWPA Pride Alliance is seeking to diversify its membership to best address the needs of the LGBT community, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identifications, marital status, ethnic backgrounds and educational experiences are welcome to apply. All positions are unpaid, volunteer positions. We are looking for people who want to become more involved with the LGBT community, working with our members to extend outreach to the community as a whole.
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Candidate Night update

Candidate Night update
About 30 people attended the Oct. 2 "Meet the Candidates" night organized by NW PA Pride Alliance. Candidates attended included Patrick Harkins (PA State House District 1 D-Incumbent), Juanita Shutsa (PA State House District 6 - D) and Chris Mitchell, representing Curt Smith (PA State House District 4 - D.)
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Panel Discussion on LGBT Rights at Edinboro University on October 23

Panel Discussion on LGBT Rights at Edinboro University on October 23
One Campus Experience presents a panel discussion on LGBT Rights in Pennsylvania and the US: How Far Have We Come, and How Far Do We Have to Go? The event happens Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Butterfield Hall 134 at Edinboro Univesity, Edinboro PA. Panelists: include Reverend Shanea Leonard, Head of Equality Pennsylvania for Western Pennsylvania; T.J. and Wendy Titus, A married couple from Erie who have filed a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's marriage laws; and Dr. Robert Rhodes, Professor Emeritus of Edinboro University, representing ACLU Erie. Moderator: Dr. Gerald Hoffman, Professor of Chemistry. Sponsors:  President’s Commission on the Status of LGBTQIA and the student organization, Identity. One Campus Experience is program of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education Committee of the President’s University Diversity Council
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Voters Guide

Voters Guide
Candidates for US Congress PA-3 and PA-5, PA State Senate and PA State House were asked about their positions on GLBT issues. Their responses appear below.
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October, 2014

Erie Pride Fest a Fun Day for All!


Erie Pride Fest a Fun Day for All!

On Saturday, August 23, NW PA Pride Alliance held Erie Pride Fest. The day began with the Pride parade from the zone down to Perry square. About 150 people participated in the parade. Parade units included Erie Gay News, NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc., ACLU NW PA, Amisha Tribal Belly Dance, Marriage Equality for PA, Erie Sisters & Transgender Alliance of Western NY, Glass Growers Gallery, PFLAG Erie and Crawford Counties, PFLAG Butler, M & J's Lounge, Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, LBT Women of Erie, Jamestown Pride Society, and Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition.
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Web Site Crash and Recovery

Web Site Crash and Recovery
On Friday, October 3, 2014, Erie Gay News and NW PA Pride Alliance had a web crash on their shared server. We are working to rebuild the site, and we ask for your patience as we work on this. Many thanks for your support over the years!
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September, 2014

LGBT table at Blues and Jazz Fest

LGBT table at Blues and Jazz Fest

On August 2, 2014, NW PA Pride Alliance was proud to once again staff an LGBT info table at the Annual Blues and Jazz Fest in Frontier Park. The Blues and Jazz Fest is organized by Erie Art Museum and other organizations and is attended by over 20,000 people.

The table also had info from Erie Sisters and Mental Health Association of NW PA, as well as cards from Equality PA in support of HB 300/SB 300 for Equality PAs campaign to pass anti-discrimination legislation at the state level.

Thanks go out to Brian Davies, Johauna, Melanie Shubitowski, Julie Flagella, Alex Sphon, Daniel Thomas, Will Koehler and Rex Apps.

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August, 2014

NW PA Pride Alliance float in Millcreek 4th of July Parade

NW PA Pride Alliance float in Millcreek 4th of July Parade
About 17 people rode on NW PA Pride Alliance's float in Millcreek's 4th of July parade. There were about 110 units in the parade and about 20,000 people saw the parade.
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July, 2014

22nd Annual Erie Pride Picnic

22nd Annual Erie Pride Picnic
On Saturday. June 14, NW PA Pride Alliance organized the 22nd Annual Erie Pride Picnic at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park.Members of the LGBT community and their friends, family and supporters enjoyed a fun day with a great potluck.
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June, 2014

2014 Pride Shirts Are Available

2014 Pride Shirts Are Available
NW PA Pride Alliance is proud to announce that 2014 Pride shirts are in! We have both V-neck and tank tops. V-necks are $18 in sizes S-XL, tank tops at $19 in S-XL and V-necks 2XL and 3XL and tank tops 2XL are $20. Help support Pride! Cash and debit/credit cards are accepted.
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Decision Day Rally in Erie

Decision Day Rally in Erie
With less than 24 hours' notice, almost 200 people turned out in Perry Square on Tuesday, May 20 to celebrate Judge John E Jones III striking down Pennsylvania's so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Marriage equality is now the rule of the land in Pennsylvania, and Governor Corbett has said that Pennsylvania will NOT appeal the federal ruling. Speakers included Mike Mahler of Erie Gay News and NW PA Pride Alliance; Atty. Richard Ruth, legal director for ACLU NW PA; Kathy and Christina Czarnecki-Smith, who married in New York state; Rich McCarty, senior pastor at Community United Church and president of Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and who also read a supportive statement from State Sen. Sean Wiley; Rev. Steve Aschmann of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie; David Moore, founder and president of Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania; Doris Cipolla, who had lost her partner Char to cancer 9 years and 1 month before and who was glad that other PA couples will not have to have similar experiences; Susan Woodland, President of NW PA NOW, and Joshua Szczesny, secretary and co-founder of Marriage Equality for PA. Also in attendance were Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, proud mother of a gay son and also Erie County Councilmember Jay Breneman. Erie Sisters Transgender Support Group also turned out in support. Kathy Dahlkemper announced that a same sex couple had already applied for a marriage license that day. The couple was Michael Tkach, board member of Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and Bill Lechner, who have been together for 29 years. Also in the crowd were attorneys Jason Owen and Alison Scarpitti. Alison is legal counsel for Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and also served as attorney for Wendy and TJ Titus, who drove to Montgomery County to obtain a marriage license when that county was allowing same sex couples to get licenses earlier this year.
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May, 2014

Primary Candidate Forum

Primary Candidate Forum
On Wednesday, April 16, NW PA Pride Alliance and other co-sponsoring groups presented a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 PM at First Niagara Bank Community Room, 27 people attended, including candidates Thomas Tarantella (US Congress PA-3 - D), Michael T Muha (PA State Senate 50 - D), Flo Fabrizio (P State House 2 D-Incumbent), Curt Smith (PA State House 4 - D), Juanita Shutsa (PA State House 6 - D) and Wayne Hanson (PA State House 17 - D,) Additionally, Rob McCord (PA Governor - D) sent Jordan and Graham and Ryan Bizzarro (PA State House 3 - D-Incumbent) sent Linda McCabe. There was also coverage by both local TV news crews.
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January, 2014

Erie Participates in Buffalo LGBT Community Pride Tree

Erie Participates in Buffalo LGBT Community Pride Tree
In The Loop in Buffalo NY announced a first ever LGBT Community Pride Tree, which was open to individuals and organizations in not only Buffalo, NY, but also nearby areas. Several Erie PA area groups chose to participate. NW PA Pride Alliance Vice President Season Crannell made holiday ornaments for NW PA Pride Alliance, Erie Gay News and PFLAG Erie and Crawford Counties, which were included on Buffalo's tree.
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December, 2013

Drag Queen Bingo fundraiser a fun time!

Drag Queen Bingo fundraiser a fun time!
On November 9, NW PA Pride Alliance held Drag Queen Bingo at Erie Clown Hall, 512 Kelso Drive in Erie. Many thanks to the Erie Clowns for being so friendly and welcoming, particularly Doodles and Mr. Donut, who prepared yummies. Thanks also to our drag perfomers who gave 110 percent: Michelle Michaels, Velvet Lace, Lovin Heart, and Misty Kall. Thanks to our volunteers, Amy Terrizzi, Erin Moll Terrizzi, Chris Dye, Preston Blood and Christine H! Photos are by Michael Mahler, NW PA Pride Alliance president and also co-editor for Erie Gay News.
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November, 2013

Bread Box Award for NW PA Pride Alliance

Bread Box Award for NW PA Pride Alliance
On Thursday, October 17, 2013, NW PA Pride Alliance board members Season Crannell, Chris Dye and Michael Mahler attended the 25th Annual Bread Box Awards luncheon at the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA, 1507 Grimm Drive, Erie PA. The luncheon recgnizes schools, churches, organizations, individuals, small businesses and large businesses that donate to the food bank. NW PA Pride Alliance is glad to give back to our community!
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Meet the Candidates Night

Meet the Candidates Night
On Thursday, October 3, NW PA Pride Alliance and other co-sponsors held a Meet the Candidates Night at the Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, 16 W 10th St, Erie PA. The event was organized as an informal mixer, and about 50 people total attended. Campaigns and candidates attending included Kathy Dahlkemper (D) for County Executive, Andre Horton (D) and Ned Smith (R) for County Council District 1, Eddie Whiteman (R) for Erie County Sheriff, Joe Sinnott (D-Inc) for Erie City Mayor, David Brennan (D-Inc), John Evans (R-Inc) and Kaz Kwitowski (D) for Erie City Council, and Angela Euell-McNair (D) for Erie City School Director. Co-sponsoring groups included NW PA Pride Alliance, Drenched Fur, Erie Gay News, Erie Sisters, LBT Women of Erie, LGBT Erie, Marriage Equality for PA, Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition, Persad Center, PFLAG Erie, TransFamily of Erie Support Group and Trigon. WICU TV 12/WJET TV 24 covered the story for the evening news. NW PA Pride Alliance wants to thanks the wonderful volunteers who made this possible and the people who turned out to support this event.
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October, 2013

Pride Parade and Rally

Pride Parade and Rally
On Saturday, August 24, about 300 people attended the Pride Parade and Rally put on by NW PA Pride Alliance.
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August, 2013

NW PA Pride Float in Millcreek 4th of July Parade

NW PA Pride Float in Millcreek 4th of July Parade
About 15 people rode on the float that NW PA Pride Alliance had in the Millcreek 4th of July Parade, which drew around 20,000 people. Although there has been an LGBT contingent for a total now of 8 years, this is the first year that we were all on a float. Many thanks to Ben Heggy from Seven Springs for bringing up his truck and driving it, as well as for help in decorating. Many thanks to Season Crannell for float design and to Season, Chris, Alex, Preston, Melanie, Julie and others for setup and tear down. We had a wonderful time, and the crowd was incredibly supportive and friendly!
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Supreme Court Victory Celebration in Perry Square

Supreme Court Victory Celebration in Perry Square
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a 5-4 decision, which prohibited same-sex couples legally married in their own state from reciving federal benefits. Also, Prop 8 in California was dismissed for lack of standing, effectively setting the stage for marriage equality to return to California. The Supreme Court did not rule on the substance of whether same-sex couples could be singled out by state law. These two landmark victories were celebrated by about 30-35 people, who assembled in Perry Square in Erie that evening. Both local news crews and also a photographer from the Erie Times News stopped by to cover the event.
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July, 2013

Erie Pride Picnic a fun time for all

Erie Pride Picnic a fun time for all
On Saturday, June 16, about 215 people got together for food, folks and fun at the 21st Annual Erie Pride Picnic Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. New this year was ox roast to go with the traditional hot dogs.
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NW PA Pride float in Perry 200 Parade

NW PA Pride float in Perry 200 Parade
On Saturday, May 25, NW PA Pride Alliance participated in the historic Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade. The parade marked the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie, which was part of the War of 1812. There were about 10-12 people on the float, and the spectators were friendly and supportive! There were tens of thousands of spectators and 10,000 people participated in the parade. Special thanks go out to Ben Heggy for providing the truck and vehicle and to Season Crannell for creating the lovely lighthouse logo. Also thanks to Chris Dye for setup and teardown, and to Alex Bolla and Preston Blood for teardown. Photos are by Michael Mahler, co-editor for Erie Gay News.
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June, 2013

Candidate Forum a Success

Candidate Forum a Success
On Thursday, April 18, NW PA Pride Alliance held a candidate forum at the Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, 16 W 10th St, Erie PA for candidates for Erie County Executive, Erie County Council (Districts 2, 4 and 6), Erie City Mayor and Erie City Council. Candidates from both major party were invited. WICU TV 12 covered the event as part of their broadcast that night. About 70 people attended overall.
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November, 2012

LGBT Unit in Edinboro Homecoming Parade

LGBT Unit in Edinboro Homecoming Parade
On Saturday, October 6, 2012, there was an LGBT unit in the Edinboro Homecoming Parade. The unit was organized by NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. and included members from Erie Sisters. The reaction from the spectators was positive and affirming.
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NW PA Pride Alliance Candidate Forum

NW PA Pride Alliance Candidate Forum
About 40 people attended the candidate forum co-sponsored by Erie Gay News and NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc on Sunday, October 14 at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. Joshua Atkinson moderated the presentation. Candidates present included Pat Harkins, PA State Rep - 3 (D); Sean Wiley, candidate for PA State Senate 49 (D); Missa Eaton, candidate for US Congress PA-3 (D); Jason Owen, candidate for PA State Rep District 3 (R) & Kathy Fatica, representing Ryan Bizzarro, candidate for PA State Rep District 3 (D); and Jason White, candidate for PA State Rep District 5 (D). Both local news crews covered the event. Thanks to Joe Totleben, VJ for the Zone, Michael Morrill of Keystone Progress who took video of the event, Michael Coleman for taking photos and NW PA Pride Alliance board members Season, Chris, Amy and Erin.
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October, 2012

Pride Parade and Rally a Fun Time!

Pride Parade and Rally a Fun Time!
On Saturday, August 25, over 250 people attended the Pride Parade and Rally. The day’s events were organized by NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. There were three floats and about 14 units in the parade, which stepped off from the Zone Dance Club, went down State Street to Perry Square. The rally in Perry Square had 23 info tables and vendors. Speakers and performers included Rhiannon Angelina, current reigning Miss Erie; Laurie Finch of LBT Women of Erie, who was also celebrating her 11th anniversary with her wife Janice Hanusik that day, Michelle Michaels, local drag icon; singer Collis Allen; Melanie Shubitowski, President of Erie Sisters; Misty Kall, 2011 Miss Erie; Ebony Davis, board member of Greater Erie Alliance for Equality; Lake Erie Belly Dance; Michael Mahler, for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. and Erie Gay News; singer/guitarist Bob Bearfield; Rich McCarty, board member of Equality PA; and singer/guitarist Jay Bones. Once again, the Dunk a Drag booth was a crowd favorite. NW PA Pride Alliance thanks all of the donors and volunteers who made the event such a success! A special thanks to Ben from Seven Springs, PA for providing and driving the lead float in the Parade!
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September, 2012

Pre-Pride Parade Performance Party at PACA

Pre-Pride Parade Performance Party at PACA
On Friday, August 24, several drag performers put on a well-received show to a packed house at the Performing Arts Center & Theater, 1505 State St, Erie PA. Performers included Destiny Divine, Rhiannon Angelina, Michelle Michaels, Nicolai Chase featuring Aiden, and Buffy Lynn Hayes. Thanks to DJ Lunchbox for sound, Michael Coleman for taking photos and Jason for help. The event was a wonderful kickoff for the Pride Parade and Rally the next day, which was organized by NW PA Pride Alliance.
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August, 2012

Millcreek 4th of July Parade

Millcreek 4th of July Parade
For the 7th year in a row, there was an LGBT contingent in the Millcreek 4th of July parade. The parade typically draws around 20,000 spectators and is one of the largest in the region. NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc was the principal organizer. Other groups participating included Erie Gay News, Erie Sisters, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and PFLAG -Erie/Crawford County. There were also a number of individuals who marched with us who weren't particularly affiliated with a group, including openly gay Jamestown NY City Council President Greg Rabb, Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus co-founder Michael Bardo, Mike & Merideth Paff, a young straight couple who brought their 2 sons in a stroller, and LGBT friends from Oil City. About 25 people marched in the LGBT contingent, and the response was quite positive. Special thanks to Michael Coleman for taking photos.
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July, 2012

20th Annual Pride Picnic Sets Record

20th Annual Pride Picnic Sets Record
On Saturday, June 18, 2012, the NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. presented the 20th Annual Erie Pride Picnic at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle, The event drew over 400 attendees, which sets an all-time record. WICU/WSEE news covered the event. The weather was wonderful and it was a great time for visiting with friends old and new.. Thanks to everyone who made the day such a success!
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Drag Queen Bingo raises over $1,000

Drag Queen Bingo raises over $1,000
On Saturday, May 19, the NW PA Pride Alliance held a very successful Drag Queen Bingo at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie to raise money for Pride events. About 72 people attended, and everyone had a great time! Over $1,000 was raised. Our drag performers included Michelle Michaels, Rhiannon Angelina, Misty Kall and Velvet Lace. Thanks go out to our volunteers: Jeff, JR Snyder, Ryan McKane, Eric Linster, Ivy for kitchen duty; Erin Moll, Amy Terrizzi, Mark Hoovler, Preston Blood, Eric Rogers, Shakira Nakelle, DJ Lunchbox, Season Crannell, Chris Dye, Ernie Staaf and Kristen for running the event.
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December, 2011

Bread Box Award from Erie Food Bank for Picnic donation

Bread Box Award from Erie Food Bank for Picnic donation
On Wednesday, October 26, members of the Pride Planning Committee attended the 2011 Bread Box Awards at the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW Pennsylvania at 1507 Grimm Drive, Erie PA. Donations had been collected at the 19th annual Erie Pride Picnic held on June 11. This is the 8th year that donations had been collected at the Pride Picnic.
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November, 2011

Erie GLBT Contingent in Edinboro Homecoming Parade

Erie GLBT Contingent in Edinboro Homecoming Parade
On Saturday, October 8, 2011, several members of Erie's GLBT community marched as a unit in the Edinboro University Homecoming Parade. This was the first time for the LGBT community to participate, and we had been invited to march by the University. The parade went through the campus and also through the streets of Edinboro PA. The crowds were friendly, and we got quite a few smiles and waves. Photos are by Michael Mahler, co-editor of Erie Gay News, with editing by Deb Spilko.
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October, 2011

Erie Pride Parade & Rally a Great Time!

Erie Pride Parade & Rally a Great Time!
On Saturday, August 27, about 230 people participated in the Erie Pride Parade & Rally. This year’s Pride events were organized by the Pride Planning committee, which is an informal coalition of groups and individuals.
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September, 2011

LGBT Table at Blues and Jazz Fest

LGBT Table at Blues and Jazz Fest
On August 6 & 7, Erie Gay News and LBT Women of Erie for the 3rd year staffed a local LGBT community info table at the 19th Annual Blues and Jazz Fest in Frontier Park in Erie PA. This was a great opportunity to reach out to those not aleady in touch with the community. Photos are by Erie Gay News co-editor Deb Spiko and LBT Women of Erie coordinator Lauie Finch, with photo editing by Deb Spilko. The Blues and Jazz Fest is organized by the Erie Art Museum and other resources.
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Zone Diva Benefit for Erie Pride 2011

Zone Diva Benefit for Erie Pride 2011
On August 14, 2011, The divas of The Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA, put on a special benefit FACE drag show to support Erie Pride 2011 events. Over $250 was raised, and the Pride Planning Committee is very grateful to all of the performers and volunteers who gave of their time to help make Pride events in Erie possible! Photos are by Pride Planning Committee member Danny Tingley, with photo editing by Erie Gay News co-editor Deb Spilko.
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August, 2011

Millcreek 4th of July Parade

Millcreek 4th of July Parade
On Monday, July 4, 2011, about 20 people marched in the LGBT contingent of the Millcreek 4th of July Parade. The parade is one of the largest in Erie County, PA and the spectactors were overall friendly and supportive. This is the 6th year that there has been such a contingent, and it ties with previous year's record. Marchers included both individuals and groups including Erie Gay News, Erie Sisters. LBT Women of Erie, and PFLAG of Erie and Crawford Counties. Photos are by Deb Spilko, co-editor of Erie Gay News. Special thanks to Caitlyn for providing the convertible and decorations for same and Melanie of the Erie Sisters for help with decorating.
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July, 2011

19th Pride Picnic Wrap-Up and Thanks!

19th Pride Picnic Wrap-Up and Thanks!
The 19th Annual Erie Gay News Family Pride Picnic, held Saturday, June 11 at the Rotary Pavilion was a great success! This year, Pride events are being coordinated by the Pride Planning committee, which is a coalition of groups and individuals.
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February, 2011

2011 Pride Events planned and scheduled

2011 Pride Events planned and scheduled
About 16 people attended the first planning meeting for 2011 Pride events on January 16. The group was enthusiastic and a lot of groups and individuals were represented.
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Pride Planning Meeting

Pride Planning Meeting
About 16 people attended the first planning meeting for 2011 Pride events on January 16.. The group was enthusiastic and a lot of groups and individuals were represented.
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September, 2010

GLBT Table at Blues and Jazz Festival

GLBT Table at Blues and Jazz Festival
For the second year, Erie's GLBT community had a table at the Erie Art Museum's Blues and Jazz Fest. Thanks go out to Ed for help with set up. Among the people helping to staff the table were Laurie Finch, Robert, Jerry McCumber, Paul, Mags, Will Koehler and Charlene Newport. Available at the table were copies of Erie Gay News, as well as info about LBT Women of Erie, Family United Counseling, and the new GLBT Parents group being started, A few people also stopped by to have face photos taken. Virtually all of the interaction was positive and friendly!
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Love Is Not A Crime: Project Mugshot

Love Is Not A Crime: Project Mugshot
On Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the 18th Annual Erie Gay News Family Pride Picnic held at Presque Isle State Park in Erie PA, people were encouraged to participate in the Love Is Not a Crime photo project. GLBT people and their friends, families and supporters were all welcomed to have their photo taken. Crystal and other volunteers took photos. Photo editing is by Deb Spilko, co-editor of Erie Gay News.
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August, 2010

4th of July Parade sets record

4th of July Parade sets record
Over 20 people marched as a part of the GLBT community in the Millcreek 4th of July Parade, which was held on Saturday, July 3. Although this was the fifth year that there was a GLBT presence, previously, we had marched as part of the peace and justice contingent. The organizers for the parade were unfailingly gracious and supportive. Quite a few groups were represented, including Erie Gay News, LBT Women of Erie, PFLAG - Erie and Crawford Counties, Erie Gay Pride, and members, friends and supporters of the community.
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July, 2010

Thanks to all who made another great picnic!

Thanks to all who made another great picnic!
The 18th Annual Erie Gay News Family Pride Picnic, held Saturday, June 12 at the Rotary Pavilion was a great success! About 330 people, equal to last year's all time record, enjoyed a day of friends, food and fun. We also collected 127 pounds of food and $30 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA. Thanks so much for everyone's generosity!
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September, 2009

Great Nationwide Kiss In includes Erie

Great Nationwide Kiss In includes Erie
On Saturday, August 15, 2009, Erie PA participated in the Great Nationwide Kiss-In, which occurred on about 50 cities, mostly in the US. The local event was held on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse. 140 W 6th St, Erie PA. This was part of a nationwide reaction to three couples who had been targeted by security and/or law enforcement personnel for simply kissing in public. The event was suggested by David Mailloux and David Badash.
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LGBT Table at Blues & Jazz Fest

LGBT Table at Blues & Jazz Fest
On the weekend of August 1 & 2, 2009, the Erie Art Museum presented the Jazz and Blues Festival in Frontier Park, Erie PA. Many community-based groups had info booths. There was a GLBT booth staffed by Erie Gay News and LBT Women of Erie. The LBT Women of Erie also had a great time socializing in the field. The GLBT booth was between the political progressive booth staffed by Erie Peace Initiative and Health Care for all, and also the United NeoPagan Council of Lake Erie booth. We all had a wonderful time enjoying the great music and wonderful company!
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August, 2009

Marching in the Millcreek 4th of July Parade

Marching in the Millcreek 4th of July Parade
On Saturday, July 4, 2009 the Erie Peace and Justice Center marched in the Millcreek 4th of July Parade. Also marching were Erie Gay News and Erie Gay Pride. Photos by Deb Spilko.
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July, 2009

17th Annual Picnic biggest yet!

17th Annual Picnic biggest yet!
On Saturday, June 13, the 17th Annual Pride Picnic set a record for attendance. We estimate a minimum of 330 people joined us for a day of good friends, food and fun!
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December, 2008

Erie joins national day of protest against Proposition 8

Erie joins national day of protest against Proposition 8
On Saturday, November 15 about 80 people stood at the Erie County Courthouse to protest Proposition 8.
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August, 2008

2008 Millcreek 4th of July Parade

2008 Millcreek 4th of July Parade
On July 4, 2008, several groups marched with the rest of the annual Millcreek Fourth of July Parade. Groups included the Green Party of Erie County, Erie Peace and Justice Center, United NeoPagan Council of Lake Erie, Erie Gay News and PFLAG-Erie and Crawford County
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Pride Picnic recap

Pride Picnic recap
The 16th Annual Pride Picnic held on June 28 was a wonderful success! We had about 300 people join us, which ties with the all-time record for a local GLBT event that was open to the general public.
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April, 2008

Voters Guide

Voters Guide
Candidates for US Congress (PA - 3rd District) PA State Senate and PA State Representative were asked about their positions on GLBT issues. Their responses appear below.
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July, 2007

270 enjoy food and fun at Pride Picnic

270 enjoy food and fun at Pride Picnic
Under warm sunny skies, the 15th Annual Pride Erie Picnic took place June 2 at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. About 270 people representing many different aspects of the gay community and their supporters attended this year's event.
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4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade
The GLBT community and its allies have been invited to participate in the Millcreek July 4 Parade. Everyone interested is invited to gather at 10 AM on July 4 around W. 12th St. and Marshall Ave. (the Erie Insurance building and also former site of Lizzy Bordon's.) Look for the Erie Peace and Justice banner, as well as the Erie Gay News banner and the big rainbow banner. The parade will be marching to Erie International Airport.
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August, 2006

Marching in Millcreek 4th of July Parade

Marching in Millcreek 4th of July Parade
At the invitation of Tim Reim of the Erie Peace and Justice Center, GLBT folks and their supporters were invited to march with the progressive political contingent in the Millcreek 4th of July Parade. The parade typically draws a few thousand observers.
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July, 2006

People Show their Pride at Picnic

People Show their Pride at Picnic
Under bright blue skies with a cool breeze blowing off Lake Erie, some 270 people attended this year's Gay Pride Community Picnic at Presque Isle State Park on June 10. The festive environment help foster friendships as people of all ages enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and a host of excellently prepared side dishes.
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November, 2005

Erie Pride 2005 March & Rally

Erie Pride 2005 March & Rally
On Saturday, October 15, 2005, the Gay Male/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender and Allied communities of Erie County came together to celebrate the successes of the past year and the challenges of the upcoming year. Fall pride events have been held most years since 1998, and picnics have been held since 1992. The organizer this year was Dan Burdick, a faculty member in the music department at Edinboro University. The March included 60-75 people representing such diverse groups as PFLAG, Allegheny College, Penn State - Behrend, Edinboro University, the Erie County Health Department, and many others. Erie City Police led the March down State Street from the Zone to Perry Square. The crowd at Perry Square for the rally was estimated at 125 people. The Rally opened with moving comments by event co-sponsor and organizer, Patty Puline of the Erie County Department of Health about Jeff Grego, LGBT community leader who was recently killed in a plane crash. The keynote was given by Lee Edmondson - co-owner of Trance. Lee focused on speaking about positive changes that have happened in Erie in the last 40 years and gave specific examples of how to move forward. Other speakers included event organizer Michael Mahler - co-organizer of the rally and co-editor of the Erie Gay News, Zach - the first openly gay Homecoming candidate at Edinboro University, Kate Ebersole, CPCC, LCSW, of Authentic Lives Coaching, and Mark - the President of PFLAG. Two other featured speakers were Joy Greco - Republican member of the Erie County Council who is also running for Millcreek Supervisor. She spoke about how the County Council has supported the civil rights of all the citizens in the county. She has been instrumental in the changes enacted by the County Council. Brava to Joy! Another featured speaker was Joe Giles(D), Chair of the Erie County Council. He spoke about how the County Council has put into place budgetary and administrative details to make the Human Rights Commission possible. Again, great work by Joe and the Council! Also speaking was Kahan Sablo, Dean of Students at Edinboro University of PA (EUP) who read a supportive letter from EUP President Frank G Pogue
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August, 2005

Pride Picnic wrap up

Pride Picnic wrap up
Huge thanks to everyone who made the 2005 Erie Pride Picnic such a wonderful success! We had about 300 people attend, about the same/slightly down from last year. This year's Picnic was held on the 4th Saturday, due to a scheduling issue. Next year we will be back to the 2nd Saturday in June. There was a wide diversity of members and friends of the community represented. And keeping up a 13 event streak, we once again had beautiful weather! All 3 local TV news stations reported on the event.
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November, 2004

Pride March & Rally

Pride March & Rally
About 120 people showed up for the Erie Pride March/Rally on Sunday, October 3. About 100 met on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse for the Family Portrait. The first ever Family Portrait was taken at that location in October 1995. All 3 local TV news stations had coverage of the March and Rally. The Erie Times News also had a front page story the next day about the Rally. Among the chants that marchers used while walking up State Street were: "What do we want? Equal Rights! When do we want them? Right now!", as well as other chants opposing George W. Bush being elected as President. When the March passed by Kerry/Edwards Headquarters at 10th and State, staff stepped out to greet the marchers.
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July, 2004

Pride Picnic 2004 Recap

Pride Picnic 2004 Recap
Huge thanks to everyone who made the 2004 Erie Pride Picnic such a wonderful success! We had well over 300 people attend, a new record over last year's record of 270. There was a wide diversity of members and friends of the community represented. Volunteer Dave Amy remarked that Mother Nature had to be a lesbian as in the 12 years we have been having picnics, we have always had clear and beautiful weather.
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October, 2003

Erie Pride 2003

Erie Pride 2003
"We had bigger speakers and more drag queens in Perry Square downtown, so people tended to stick around a little longer," Erie Pride organizer Abbey Atkinson said in an interview with the Gay People's Chronicle. "More businesses sponsored us this year, and more came out to the park and participated."
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July, 2003

Pride Picnic 2003 Recap

Pride Picnic 2003 Recap
About 270 people, an all time record, came together to celebrate the 11th annual Pride Erie Picnic at Presque Isle, Beach 11 on June 14, 2003. Once again, we had hot dogs and hamburgers and folks brought a yummy assortment of dishes. There were about 225 people at last year's picnic, which was the previous record amount for attendance.
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September, 2002

2002 Pride Weekend a Huge Success!

2002 Pride Weekend a Huge Success!
The first Pride Erie weekend was a tremendous success! Many thanks to all those who made it possible. This was the first large scale multiple event/venue weekend and was held September 6-8. The primary organizers were Abbey Atkinson and Trigon, as well as Maureen Koseff PFLAG of Erie/Crawford County.
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June, 2002

Pride Erie Picnic 2002 a huge success!

Pride Erie Picnic 2002 a huge success!
Many thanks go out to everyone who made the 2002 Pride Picnic a phenomenal success! There were approximately 220 people who came, which is an all time record. (There were about 125-150 people at last year's Picnic.) As in years past, people came from Erie, the tristate area and farther. Folks came with their partners, children and family members. We also had a very diverse representation of the GLBT community and our allies.
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October, 2001

2001 Pride March and Rally

2001 Pride March and Rally
On October 6, 2001, Abbey Atkinson of Trigon/Penn State Behrend organized a Pride March and Rally. This was Erie's first Pride March. The marchers walked down the side of Peach St from the Village Supper Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. The rally was held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 Perry Highway, Erie PA and included speakers and info tables.
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June, 2001

2001 Pride Erie Picnic Wrap-Up

2001 Pride Erie Picnic Wrap-Up
Between 125, and 150 people attended the 2001 Pride Erie Picnic on Saturday, June 30, 2001 at Presque Isle Beach 11 Pavilion. This was the 9th annual picnic at Presque Isle. They have been held every year since 1992, with the exception of 1993. Most people were from Erie county, but friends from other parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Maryland and even Florida joined us.
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July/August 2000

2000 Erie Pride Picnic

2000 Erie Pride Picnic
About 60 or so people attended the annual Pride Erie Picnic on Saturday, June 10, at the Beach 11 pavilion. The picnic has been held every year at Presque Isle since 1992, with the exception of 1993. Our friends from western New York and Ohio joined us for an afternoon of food, folks and fun.
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November, 1999

Erie's Second Pride Rally 10/9/99

Erie's Second Pride Rally 10/9/99
About 150 people gathered on Saturday, October 9 for Erie's second Pride Rally. The event opened with an inclusive prayer by Rev. Terry Kime of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie. A color photo of Rev. Kime was featured in the Erie Times News article on the front page of the local section the next day. Other speakers included Robin Green of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Erie; Dr. Sal Parco of Citizens Against Racism in Erie (CARE); Gary Horton, speaking on behalf of Mayor Joyce Savocchio; Dan Hawes of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), who flew up from Washington DC; and Bob Cogan, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Erie Chapter. There were more performers this year than last year. HAG Theater of Buffalo presented a scene from a one woman show "The Second Coming of Joan of Arc", local musical favorites 2 Girls Alone and Chris Miller performed, and Clumsi Clemsi, Bobbi B and Sharon Sharalike presented "Bosom Buddies", a drag/clown performance. We also had our traditional family portrait!
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July, 1999

Pride Picnic 1999 a success

Pride Picnic 1999 a success
First of all, many thanks to everyone who helped make the Pride Picnic a success. I am missing names here, but thanks to Brian and Dave for cooking and cleanup, Tina for helping with cooking, Helen and Georgia for clean up and running the 50/50, Coca-Cola for donating pop, Uniflow/Coldraft for donating ice, Tops-Eastside for making a donations towards groceries, and my husband Micheal Miller for stuff too countless to name. There were many people who helped with clean up, set up, and who made donations whose names I did not catch. Many thanks to the 100-120 people who attended and made the day such a pleasure!
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November, 1998

Erie's First Pride Rally a Huge Success

Erie's First Pride Rally a Huge Success
Over 300 people showed up for Erie's first ever Pride Rally Saturday, October 10th from noon to 4PM on Perry Square. This was the first public gathering of GLBT people and their families, friends and supporters in local history.
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July, 1998

1998 Pride Erie Picnic

1998 Pride Erie Picnic
We had a great turnout this year for the annual Pride Picnic at Presque Isle, despite some potentially unfriendly looking clouds.
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July, 1997

1997 Pride Picnic Wrap up

1997 Pride Picnic Wrap up
First and foremost, we should thank all the folks who made Pride Erie '97 such a success. Elaine Hill, coordinator of PFLAG-Erie, gave tirelessly of her time, energy and her own funds. Dave Mulholland helped with planning and setup. Marilyn Borawski, who moved back to Erie after 20 years, called me up a week or two before the event asking what she could do to help0 and dove right in. You go, girl! Thanks to Quality Markets-East Grandview, Wegman's-Peach Street, Tops-26th Street, Giant Eagle-26th and Peninsula and Coca-Cola for donating food and drink. Thanks to Clemens Zehender ("Clumsi Clemsi" the clown) for putting on a thoroughly delightful performance. (Clemens donated this to our community.) Many thanks to the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie for having a beautiful and deeply moving Interfaith Pride Service. Special Thanks to Rev. Terry Kime of the UU and Sr. Mary Louise St. John of the Benedictine Sisters for putting together the Order of Service and to Elaine Hill and Lyta Seddi for their contributions to the service. Kudos to Jeff Hill for cooking at the picnic (and dealing with the Burger Turner of Death.) Thanks to Eric Hetz for giving a ride to a young member of our community. Thanks to my husband, Micheal Miller for making signs, decorations, setup, clean up and putting up with me. Thanks to Deb Spilko for staying at the cabin when the site had to be moved to let others know of the change. Thanks to Marilyn Borawski, Paul Grubbs, Chris Young, and Dave and everyone who helped clean up after the picnic. And you know, as long as the list is, I am certain that there are people that I am still overlooking to thank, for which I apologize. I would like to thank everyone from out community who showed up and celebrated.
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July, 1996

PRIDE Growing in Erie

PRIDE Growing in Erie
An estimated 125 lesbigays, supporters, and their families attended the 1996 Celebrate Pride! Picnic, making it the most successful pride event in Erie to date.
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December, 1995

1995 Family Portrait

1995 Family Portrait
The picture you see on this page was taken on Saturday, October 28, 1995 on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse. The portrait was taken by Jay Pees of Impact Photography in Warren, PA and was open to all lesbigay people and our friends, families and supporters. A copy was buried in the Erie PA Bicentennial Time Capsule in 1996, which will be opened again in 2095.
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July, 1995

Pride Picnic a Great Time

Pride Picnic a Great Time
The League of Gay and Lesbian Voters (LGLV) organized the 3rd annual Erie Pride Picnic at a cabin near Beach 6 on Saturday, June 10, 1995. The principal organizers were Greg Valiga and Elaine Hill. This was a few weeks after the GLBT float that was in the Erie Bicentennial Parade. The flat had been vandalized and rebuilt, and pieces from the float were on display at the picnic.
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June, 1995

GLBT Float in 1995 Erie Bicentennial Parade

GLBT Float in 1995 Erie Bicentennial Parade
It's January (1995) and I'm reading an article in the Erie Times about this huge parade the bicentennial commission is creating. Heidi Streich and Larry Sawdy think the community should build a float. The idea has some merit, but I surely do not want to be on any float committee-work with the League keeps me busy enough. I try to kill the idea by mentioning the possibility of violence and I use an old standby-we can't find someone to work with the media when the news breaks. After discussing the idea, Heidi eventually convinces me. I reluctantly agree to call the commission for guidelines and to get a sense of their position.
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July, 1994

1994 Pride Picnic

1994 Pride Picnic
The Bridges Picnic on June 11th was a very pleasant, low-key affair. We did have some folks come all the way from Bradford. Folks had a good time. We had a volleyball game that had to be seen to be believed. It might have appeared to have been a mass tryout for the Athletically-Challenged Olympics. Most important was that we all had great fun, sort of what I heard about the Gay Games-the point is to enjoy the activity and the friendship, and not necessarily to be the Jock from Hell.
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January, 1993

1992 Pride Picnic

1992 Pride Picnic
In June the Pride Picnic was held. The picnic was scheduled for June because that is the month when gay and lesbian pride marches and other observances take place around the country and internationally.
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