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Mercy Center for Women names honorees

March is Women's History Month, and the Mercy Center for Women celebrates by honoring 11 women this year. The presentation is at Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Founder and president of TransFamily of NWPA Caitlyn Strohmeyer was among those being recognized. Honorees in alphabetical order: Sister Mary Paul Carioty; Amy Danzer; Asia Horton Dickerson; Jodie Farbotnik; Jenny Weigold Geerston; Barbara Lewis, RN; Luchetta Manus; Victoria Merski; Reganne O'Brien; Juanita Smith; Caitlyn Strohmeyer.

GEAE at Otters Night Mar 3

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

Tables at Pride Fest on June 30

NW PA Pride Alliance invites you to participate as a table at this year's Pride Fest! The event will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 1 to 4 PM in Perry Square at W. 6th and State, Erie PA. Set-up will begin at 11AM. PLEASE NOTE: step off for the parade and the start of Pride Fest are 1 hour earlier this year than previous years! 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 in January, and table registration for everyone else begins on March 1.

Pennsylvania Equality Project - Ban Conversion Therapy Efforts

Pennsylvania Equality Project (PEP) is counting on Erie County, and our US Congress to take action that our General Assembly in Harrisburg has failed to address. We seek a ban on the use of conversion therapy on minors by health care professionals in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Ideally, a ban would exist statewide.

Become a 2018 NW PA Pride Donor!

This year the Northwest Pennsylvania Pride Alliance Inc is already hard at work to make 2018 special for the entire community. We look forward to having our Pride Fest on June 30, the Pride Picnic on August 11, and other events planned throughout the year. 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 2018 as we celebrate Pride in NWPA. Donors like you make it possible for the Alliance to organize, sponsor, and/or host events such as the Pride Festival and the Pride Picnic. The Alliance also participates in various community events to promote awareness of LGBTQIA issues, and supports the efforts and activities of other groups dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQIA community.

Rebecca Mae's Drag Brunch on February 25 at Metropolitan Event Center

On Sunday, February 25, 2018 from noon to 4 PM, come sip on some bottomless mimosas and eat some delicious food at Rebecca Mae's Drag Brunch, to be held at Metropolitan Event Center, 144 W 13th St, Erie PA, while Rebecca Mae and her monthly guests whirl and twirl for you! This month's Drag Brunch will feature Ariel Versace, Siren Kelly, Evon Michelle and Erie's Icon, Michelle Michaels. Don't miss the FIRST EVER DRAG BRUNCH for Erie, PA! Tickets are $35 and are available at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/rebeccamaesdragbrunch/133643.

NW PA Pride Alliance 2018 Pride Logo Design Contest - Win $100! Theme is "Remember the Past, Create the Future."

NW PA Pride Alliance will be accepting design entries through March 1 for the 2018 Pride logo. The theme for 2018 Pride is "Remember the Past, Create the Future." We hope that your design will include the official Pride theme.

Flaming Hearts Valentines Dance at Mercyhurst

Mercyhurst LGBTQIA Equality Club Flaming Hearts Dance, held on Feb. 14, drew Valentine ravers from Mercyhurst and Edinboro University.

Bears Do Dinner at Sneaky Pete's

About 12 guys enjoyed dinner and friendly conversation at the monthly Bears Do Dinner at Sneaky Pete's, 6116 Swanville Rd, Erie PA, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Bears Do Dinner is held at a different eatery every month. Dinner is on your own. Dates and locations are announced in the EGN calendar.

The UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion Presents Hearts on Hold

Pittsburgh, PA – The UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion presents Hearts on Hold, a new play created and performed by Dreams of Hope's theatriQ Youth Performance Ensemble, the weekend of March 17-18 at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Friendship neighborhood.

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Erie Gay News gets congratulatory letters from Sen. Bob Casey and Gov. Tom Wolf, fun time at Flaming Hearts Valentines Day Dance at Mercyhurst, looking forward to Drenched Fur!

Bisexual Resource Center Celebrates 5th Annual Bisexual Health Awareness Month in March

Boston, MA – The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) will celebrate its 5th annual Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) with the launch of a social media campaign beginning March 1st, 2018. BHAM aims to both motivate the bisexual community to make changes to improve their health and also inspire friends of the bi+ community to play an active role in improving the health of their bisexual friends, family, and community members. This year, the campaign "BHAM's 5-Year Bi-ography" will reflect on progress of the recent past and highlight actions needed for more substantial change in the future.

2018 LEAGUE Foundation Application Period Is Now Open!

Every student has the right and the potential to excel. The LEAGUE Foundation provides financial resources for America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer high school seniors entering their first year of institutions of higher learning. The scholarship application opens annually in January and closes in April with awards distributed in the summer of each year.

Scott A. Gunder, MD, DCMS Presidential Scholarship Offered Through Foundation

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Scott A. Gunder, MD, DCMS Presidential Scholarship, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is offering one $1,500 scholarship to a Pennsylvania resident attending Penn State College of Medicine as a second- year student Application period is Jan. 1 through April 15, 2018.

Alliance Medical Education Scholarship Offered Through Foundation

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is offering one $3,000 scholarship and multiple $2,500 scholarships to Pennsylvania residents attending an accredited Pennsylvania medical school full-time as a second or third-year student. Application period is Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2018.

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Equality Federation Statement: License to Discriminate Passes in Georgia Senate
The Leadership Conference Opposes the Confirmation of Ryan Bounds to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Equality CA Announces 2018 Sponsored Legislation, Focusing on the Health and Well-Being of California's LGBTQ Community
NAACP Releases Legislative Report Card for 2017 Congress
Victory Fund Endorses 19 More LGBTQ Candidates for 2018; Congressional Candidates Key to Electing Pro-Equality Congress
Banning Transgender Service is Unconstitutional
ACLU of South Carolina Comment on Bill to Undercut Marriage Rights of Same-Sex Couples
Bisexual Resource Center Celebrates 5th Annual Bisexual Health Awareness Month in March
Pennsylvania Equality Project - Ban Conversion Therapy Efforts
BREAKING NEWS: Lehigh County Bans Discrimination for County Employees and Contractors
State of CA sues San Francisco for discriminating against transgender woman 
Wolf Administration Continues to Advocate for the LGBTQ Community
Statement: Education Dept. Won't Listen to Transgender Students' Discrimination Complaints
California Leads Country with Bill to Protect Transgender Youth in Foster Care
Virginia Lawmakers Block LGBTQ Equality
Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Sessions Not Attorney General 'For All People'
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Committee Approval of Nielson
Turkish LGBTIQ Activist Released, But Prosecution Continues
California Court Denies Child's Wrongful Death Claim for Parent Tasered by Police
ACLU Sues Alabama for Discrimination Against Transgender People
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Labor Department to Allow Workers to Keep their Tips
Transgender Woman in Men's Prison Seeks Preliminary Relief in Doe v. Massachusetts Department of Correction
Republican National Committee Slanders Transgender Service Members
Prominent Turkish LGBTIQ Activist Arrested in His Home in Ankara
GLAD Calls on Massachusetts to End Delay in Granting Full Legal Parentage to Non-Biological Parents
NEW REPORT: A Path to Victory in 2018 - HRC and the Power of the Equality Voter
#QTHEVOTE Launches New LGBTQIA+ Focused Digital Voter Registration Platform
Equality California Joins Amicus Brief Urging the U.S. Supreme Court to Protect the Rights of Unions
The Leadership Conference Timeline: Trump Administration's Civil and Human Rights Rollbacks
Equality California Endorses Gavin Newsom for California Governor

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March, 2018 Print Edition now out!

March, 2018 issue

Issue #268 of the print edition of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, February 20, 2018! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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