October, 2014 News (26 Articles with 197,237 total views)

On the cover of the print edition for October, 2014 Steve Clark and Chloe at the Erie Pride Fest on Aug 23, 2014. Photo by Deb Spilko

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Annual Diversity Service on Oct 26


Annual Diversity Service on Oct 26

The Annual Diversity Service at Community United Church will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014 beginning at 11:00 AM (1011 West 38th Street).
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Erie same-sex couple married after first judge refuses

Erie same-sex couple married after first judge refuses
A same-sex couple that Senior District Judge Joseph Lefaiver refused to marry were married a week later by Erie 3rd Ward District Judge Tom Carney on Sept. 8, 2014.
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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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Breast Cancer Awareness at Zone Oct 10-12


Breast Cancer Awareness at Zone Oct 10-12

Breast Cancer Awareness at Zone will run October 10-12. So come join me and The Zone for our 9th year of raising money for a breast cancer cause.
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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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Political, Activism and Legal

Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox to light Empire State Building in purple for Spirit Day and National Bullying Prevent

New York, NY, Thursday, October 9, 2014 – On behalf of GLAAD and Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER), Emmy-nominated actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox will light the iconic Empire State Building in purple on October 16, 2014, in recognition of Spirit Day and National Bullying Prevention Month.
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms the Freedom to Marry

New York - October 7, 2014 – Today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed same-sex couples' freedom to marry in cases out of Idaho and Nevada. The ruling paves also the way for the freedom to marry in Alaska, Montana, and Arizona.
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ACLU Comment on Ninth Circuit Ruling for Marriage Equality

NEW YORK- October 7, 2014 - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in favor of marriage equality, which is expected to bring the number of marriage equality states to 35 in short order.
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GLAAD launches #spiritday app to support LGBT youth, powered by Toyota Financial Services

New York, NY, Friday, October 3, 2014 GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced the launch of the "Go Purple for #spiritday" app, powered by Toyota Financial Services. The free app provides users with anti-bullying resources, calls to action, and helps users take part in Spirit Day, the largest and most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world that supports LGBT youth. The app is available now for Apple, Andorid, and Amazon devices.
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Frankel, Sims welcome hate-crime bill's advancement to full House

Frankel, Sims welcome hate-crime bill's advancement to full House
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Brian Sims, D-Phila., welcomed today's House Judiciary Committee vote that sent an inclusive hate-crimes bill (H.B. 177) to the full House of Representatives.
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U.S. Supreme Court Action Ushers In Marriage Equality to 30 States

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 6, 2014 -- Today the United States Supreme Court denied review of seven federal appeals court decisions striking down marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Court's action clears the way for same-sex couples to marry in those states and any other state with similar bans in those circuits, bringing the total number of states with marriage equality to thirty.
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Supreme Court Lets Stand Four Appeals Court Decisions Requiring States to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

NEW YORK - October 6, 2014 – The Supreme Court of the United States today denied review in all of the marriage equality cases pending before it. As a result of the Court's action, same-sex couples in Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah will now be able to marry the partners they love. Today's orders also mean that same-sex marriage will soon become lawful in at least 30 states.
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Supreme Court Lets Marriage Wins Stand

New York - October 6, 2014 – Today the Supreme Court denied review of five cases seeking the freedom to marry, leaving standing marriage victories in several federal circuits and opening the door to the freedom to marry in many more states, while deferring for another day the national resolution that Freedom to Marry, businesses, elected officials, and families across the country had urged now. The Court's decision not to review the rulings means that soon as many as 60% of the American people will be living in freedom to marry states, with a majority of the states (30) having the freedom to marry for all.
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HDPC holds hearing on restoring LGBT protections in Pa. hate-crime law

HDPC holds hearing on restoring LGBT protections in Pa. hate-crime law
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from law enforcement officials, a legal expert, community advocates and a friend of two victims of violence about the need to restore former protections for LGBT people to Pennsylvania's hate-crime law, said state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila.
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Enter to win Nostalgia from Annie Lennox!

Enter to win Nostalgia from Annie Lennox!
Enter to win Nostalgia from Annie LennoxNOSTALGIA, the new album from the legendary ANNIE LENNOX. Featuring fresh takes on iconic American compositions including "I Put A Spell On You" and "God Bless The Child" Available October 21! iTunes - http://po.st/NostalgiaiTunes. Amazon - http://po.st/NostalgiaAmazon. Annie's Store - http://po.st/eS6Hcg. To enter the contest, fill out the form below October 17 through November 7.
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Win Studs: Gay Erotic Fiction from Cleis Press!

Win Studs: Gay Erotic Fiction from Cleis Press!
Win Studs: Gay Erotic Fiction from Cleis Press! To enter the contest, fill out the form below between October 17 and November 7.
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Win a pair of tickets to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike from Erie Playhouse!

Win a pair of tickets to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike from Erie Playhouse!
Win a pair of tickets to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike from Erie Playhouse, 13 W 10th St, Erie PA! Five lucky winners will each get a pair of tickets to this great show. Please only enter this contest if you will be in Erie for the the run of the show (November 7 & 8, 13-16, 19-23.) Winners will need to call in to the box office (814-454-2852 x0), identify yourself as a winner, to make reservations before you come in. The Erie Playhour will print out the list of winners to have here in the box office, but nothing will happen with the names until the winners call in. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 14 and November 4.
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Enter to win Heart On My Sleeve from Mary Lambert!

Enter to win Heart On My Sleeve from Mary Lambert!
Enter to win Heart On My Sleeve from Mary LambertHEART ON MY SLEEVE, the debut album from the Grammy-nominated out artist MARY LAMBERT. Featuring the hit single "Secrets" Available NOW: http://smarturl.it/HOMS. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 14 and November 4.
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Win Corpus Christi DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures!

Win Corpus Christi DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures!
Win Corpus Christi DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 14 and November 4.
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Enter to win Sirens from Gorgon City!

Enter to win Sirens from Gorgon City!
Enter to win Sirens from Gorgon CitySirens, the debut album from rising UK dance duo GORGON CITY. Featuring the hit singles "Ready For Your Love" ft. MNEK, "Here For You" ft. Laura Welsh, and "Go All Night" ft. Jennifer Hudson! Available Now: http://po.st/SIRENSdlxiT. Check out http://www.gorgoncity.com for upcoming U.S. tour dates this fall! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 10 and October 31.
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Win When She Was Good: Best Lesbian Erotica from Cleis Press!

Win When She Was Good: Best Lesbian Erotica from Cleis Press!
Win When She Was Good: Best Lesbian Erotica from Cleis Press! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 10 and October 31.
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Enter to win special Ghost remix CDs from Ella Henderson!

Enter to win special Ghost remix CDs from Ella Henderson!
Enter to win special Ghost remix CDs from Ella Henderson! "GHOST" The hit single from UK breakout ELLA HENDERSON. Available Now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/EllaGhostiTunes. From Ella's forthcoming album - Chapter One. Special remix CDs include the original track plus three remixes! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 7 and October 28,
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Enter to win Evergreen from Broods!

Enter to win Evergreen from Broods!
Enter to win Evergreen from BroodsEVERGREEN, the debut album from New Zealand's acclaimed brother-sister duo BROODS. Featuring the hit singles "Bridges" and "Mother & Father." Available Now!: http://smarturl.it/egreen. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 7 and October 28.
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Win Gone With The Whim from Stefany Holmes!

Win Gone With The Whim from Stefany Holmes!
Win Gone With The Whim from Stefany Holmes! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 3 and October 24.
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Enter to win A Perfect Contradiction from Paloma Faith!

Enter to win A Perfect Contradiction from Paloma Faith!
Enter to win A Perfect Contradiction from Paloma FaithA PERFECT CONTRADICTION, the new album from acclaimed U.K. singer-songwriter PALOMA FAITH. Featuring the hit single "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" Available NOW: http://smarturl.it/PF_PC. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 3 and October 24.
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Enter to win a DIRECTV Kingdom prize pack!

Enter to win a DIRECTV Kingdom prize pack!
Enter to win a DIRECTV Kingdom prize pack! To enter the contest, fill out the form below here October 3 and October 24.
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