November, 2014 News (50 Articles with 286,707 total views)

On the cover of the print edition for November, 2014 Michelle Michaels performs at the Pink FACE Breast Cancer Weekend drag show at The Zone. Michelle organizes the annual benefit, and announced that this year’s event had raised $2,047 for StringsforaCURE.
Photo by David Reese

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Young Adult Relationships and Intimate Partner Violence

Young Adult Relationships and Intimate Partner Violence
ERIE, Pa. – Nov. 10, 2014 – Intimate partner violence is most prevalent among young adults, but what causes this serious — but preventable — health problem to develop?
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Support the Warming Center at Bob Evans Restaurants

Support the Warming Center at Bob Evans Restaurants
Bob Evans' Restaurants partner with the Mental Health Association of NW PA (MHA) to raise funds for the Warming Center at MHA on Friday, November 14, Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16.
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9th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend at the Zone

9th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend at the Zone
The 9th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend was held October 10-12, 2014 at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. The event included a bake sale, a ribbon sale, a Pink Party on Saturday and a special Pink FACE Breast Cancer Weekend drag show on Sunday. Michelle Michaels organizes the annual benefit, and announced that this year's event had raised $2,047 for StringsforaCURE. 
Photos by David Reese
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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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2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Nov 23

This year, at 1pm on Sunday, November 23rd, the TransFamily of Erie and Erie Sisters transgender support groups are proud to host a candlelight vigil in the Avalon Hotel courtyard to honor those who were lost during the past year to the horrendous violence that our community continues to endure around the world as a result of transgender- or prejudice-based hate.
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Lake Erie Gala Nov 19-23

The annual Lake Erie Gala will be held Nov 19- Nov 23 at the Avalon Hotel in Erie.
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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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Drenched Fur 11 Video News Update

It's here! The first of our run news video updates has posted on our YouTube channel and we're happy to give you an update on a couple of things regarding when run registration and hotel booking will begin. Also we're announcing our theme for Drenched Fur 11. The DF Committee is excited to host another weekend of fun and looks forward to providing news update videos over the coming months on the most recent information regarding Drenched Fur activites, host hotel details, and more!
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All Saints Day at Community United Church, Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap, hosted by Community United Church, 1011 W 38th St, Erie PA, will be held on Tuesday, November 11, from 7-9 PM at Calamari's.  Come grab the drink (or dinner) of your choice, relax, and share your experience and insights or ask your theological/spiritual questions!  As the conversation flows, we will challenge, encourage and teach one another without a set curriculum, reading assignments or the pressure of "finding the right answer."  Though CUC is a Christian congregation, people of all faiths are welcome to come and share.  Our goal is conversation not conversion!
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Trans* 101 with Dr. Helen Boyd

Trans* 101 with Dr. Helen Boyd
On Thursday, October 23 at 7 PM, Behrend will present Trans*101 with Helen Boyd at the Autditorium in the Reed Student Union Building. Professor Helen Boyd is an award-winning writer, speaker, and professor. Author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married, both of which are about being partnered to a trans person, she has appeared on a variety of media in including PBS, the Dr. Keith Ablow Show, and Dan Savage's "Savage Love" podcast.  Boyd has been blogging on trans issues for a decade.  Currently, she teaches gender studies at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. Her talk is free and open to all!
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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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Political, Activism and Legal

Sixth Circuit Rejects Legal Challenges to Bans on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

(Cincinnati, OH, November 6, 2014)—In a 2-1 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled today that state bans on the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in four states—Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio—do not violate the U.S. Constitution. Judge Martha Craig Daughtry dissented from the decision, which was authored by Judge Jeffrey Sutton.
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ACLU Reaction to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturning Lower Court Decisions that had Struck Down Marriage Bans

NEW YORK- November 6, 2014– The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today reversed the district court rulings of six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. In each of these states, a federal judge had ruled in favor of marriage for same-sex couples and all six rulings were appealed to the 6th Circuit. Today's ruling essentially upholds marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky and denies same sex couples the right to marry or have their marriages recognized in these states.
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Wrong Side of History: 6th Circuit Rules Against the Freedom to Marry, Creating Split in Circuits

New York - Nov 6, 2014 – Today the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati became the first federal appellate court in over a year to rule against the freedom to marry. The ruling overturned lower court decisions out of Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan, all of which found that denying marriage to gay couples is unconstitutional. The 6th Circuit's decision is in conflict with favorable marriage rulings in virtually every court up until this point, including the 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th circuits and a strong majority of the American people.
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New Report: Inconsistent Marriage Laws Cost Businesses $1.3 Billion Annually

SAN FRANCISCO, November 6, 2014 — Today Freedom to Marry and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates released a new report estimating that the remaining patchwork of marriage laws for same-sex couples across the United States costs businesses in the private sector $1.3 billion every year. Over the next five years, the private sector is expected to spend $6.6 billion in order to accommodate laws that allow same-sex couples to marry in some states, but prohibit them from marrying in others.
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Judge Affirms the Freedom to Marry in Missouri

New York - November 5, 2014 – Today St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in Missouri is unconstitutional.
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Federal Judge Affirms the Freedom to Marry in Kansas

New York - November 4, 2014 – Today U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Kansas.
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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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Arizona Becomes 31st State with Same-Sex Couples' Freedom to Marry

New York - October 17, 2014 – Today Arizona Republican Attorney General Tom Horne announced that he will not appeal a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, which held that Arizona's law denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. Arizona is now the 31st state where same-sex couples can marry, up from 19 at the beginning of October.
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ACLU of Arizona Celebrates Decision Striking Down State's Marriage Ban

PHOENIX - October 17, 2014 – The ACLU of Arizona is celebrating District Court Judge John W. Sedwick's ruling this morning finding the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional.
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Federal Judge Hears Marriage Equality Case in Wyoming

(Casper, WY, October 16, 2014)—Today, U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of the District of Wyoming heard argument in the challenge to the State of Wyoming's refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry and to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. Judge Skavdahl said that he will issue his ruling by 5:00 PM, Monday, October 20th.
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ABC Family To Join Millions in 'Going Purple' For Spirit Day in United Stand Against Bullying

New York, NY, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – ABC Family cast members from across all of the network's original series Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Chasing Life, Switched at Birth, Melissa & Joey, Baby Daddy and Young & Hungry, as well as the network's staff are among the millions that will 'go purple' for Spirit Day on October 16 in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, GLAAD announced today.
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Task Force welcomes Vatican discussion on LGBTQ people

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 13, 2014- Today the Vatican issued a discussion paper called "Relatio" where it proposes a new position on LGBTQ people.
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Federal Appeals Court Enters Order Permitting Idaho Couples to Marry Beginning Wednesday

(San Francisco, CA, October 13, 2014)—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit entered an order requiring the State of Idaho to permit same-sex couples to marry beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Wednesday morning. The court's order came in response to a request by the plaintiff couples who successfully challenged Idaho's marriage ban for an order allowing couples to marry as soon as possible. 
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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Tenth Circuit Decision Striking Down Utah's Marriage Ban, Permits Victory to Stand

(Washington, DC, October 6, 2014)—The United States Supreme Court today declined to review the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Utah's marriage ban for same-sex couples, thereby permitting that decision to stand, as well as a similar decision from Oklahoma. The Court also denied review of decisions by the Fourth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, which had struck down marriage bans in Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin.   
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Health

Great American Smokeout at the Millcreek Mall

Great American Smokeout at the Millcreek Mall
Erie, PA has one of the highest tobacco use rates in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Let’s make Erie tobacco-free for a day! The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity to prove to yourself that you can quit for the day and for life. Join the Northwest Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Program at the Community Booth at the Millcreek Mall on November 20th between 4:00-7:00PM to sign a pledge to quit smoking for the day or to remain smoke-free for life. All participants will be entered into a drawing for one of many gift cards donated by local organizations to help us support the Great American Smokeout. We will have activities for the kids as well as trained tobacco cessation facilitators to help you decide which resources will be most helpful to you during your quit. Remember to set your quit date for November 20th and together we can make our community tobacco-free. Begin your holiday season with a healthier choice. You-CAN beat tobacco!
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Hooked On Twinks?

I am 38 years old, handsome and successful.  My problem is that only young guys turn me on.  I like them between 21-24. Guys over 27 do nothing for me. Unfortunately, the guys I like are too young for a long-term relationship, so I've had a series of short relationships. But I want a long-term relationship.  Am I doomed to be hooked on twinks as I get older and older? And why does the thought of being with someone my age terrify me? I'm ready to grow up (I think).  Help!
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Letters, Columnists and Opinion

The Amazon Trail: Cheetos and Chipmunks

Married life is all it's cracked up to be. For which I am very grateful since my sweetheart became my wife four years ago on 10/10/10. Next year, for our fifth anniversary, we'll have a huge party: the two of us, our cat, our dog and maybe a bag of Cheetos.
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Contests

Enter to win Holiday Wishes from Idina Menzel!

Enter to win Holiday Wishes from Idina Menzel!
Enter to win Holiday Wishes from Idina Menzel! Enter to win Holiday Wishes, the new album from the voice of Elsa in "Frozen" and Tony Award winning star of "Wicked", "Rent", "Glee," & "If/Then," the legendary Idina Menzel! Featuring 12 holiday classics including "All I Want For Christmas Is You", and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Michael Bublé! Available Now: http://smarturl.it/IdinaHWishes. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 21 and December 12.
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Win Men of the Manor: Erotic Encounters between Upstairs Lords and Downstairs Lads PDF ebook by Rob Rosen!

Win Men of the Manor: Erotic Encounters between Upstairs Lords and Downstairs Lads PDF ebook by Rob Rosen!
Win Men of the Manor: Erotic Encounters between Upstairs Lords and Downstairs Lads PDF ebook by Rob Rosen! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 21 and December 12.
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Win Ball of Confusion download from Jason Walker!

Win Ball of Confusion download from Jason Walker!
Enter to win Ball of Confusion download from Jason Walker! To enter the contest, fill out the form below between November 18 and December 2. See Jason Walker LIVE in Pittsburgh when he performs Kierra Darshell presents A Night of Songs Starring Jason Walker, December 6, Cabaret at Theater Square (655 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh). Tickets are $12.  Doors open at 9:30 PM.  Showtime is 10:30 PM. 
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Win Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon from Cleis Press!

Win Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon from Cleis Press!
Win Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon from Cleis Press! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 18 and December 9.
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Win The Room: The Definitive Guide from Applause Books!

Win The Room: The Definitive Guide from Applause Books!
Win The Room: The Definitive Guide from Applause Books! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 14 and December 5.
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Win The Talk Show by Joe Wenke!

Win The Talk Show by Joe Wenke!
Win The Talk Show from Joe Wenke! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 11 and December 2.
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Enter to win a copy of Nick Jonas' self-titled album!

Enter to win a copy of Nick Jonas' self-titled album!
Enter to win a copy of Nick Jonas' self-titled album! NICK JONAS, The new self-titled album from the multi-talented musician featuring "Jealous" and "Chains!" Available November 10: http://smarturl.it/NJNickJonas. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 7 and November 28.
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Win Grydscaen by Natsuya Uesugi!

Win Grydscaen by Natsuya Uesugi!
Win Grydscaen by Natsuya Uesugi. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 7 and November 28.
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Enter to win Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics!

Enter to win Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics!
Enter to win Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics! ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS, The new album from the incomparable "Queen of Soul" featuring Aretha's take on classics including Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," a mash up of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Destiny's Child's "I'm A Survivor," and more! Available Now: http://smarturl.it/ArethaSingsiT. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 4 and November 25.
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Enter to win Motion from Calvin Harris!

Enter to win Motion from Calvin Harris!
Enter to win Motion from Calvin HarrisMOTION, the new album from CALVIN HARRIS. Featuring triple-platinum hit "Summer" and new smash singles "Blame (Feat. John Newman)" and "Outside" ft. Ellie Goulding plus collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Haim & more! Out NOW: http://smarturl.it/CHMotion. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 4 and November 25.
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Win Southern Baptist Sissies from Breaking Glass Pictures!

Win Southern Baptist Sissies from Breaking Glass Pictures!
Win Southern Baptist Sissies from Breaking Glass Pictures. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between November 4 and November 25.
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Enter to win HERCULES on DVD!

Enter to win HERCULES on DVD!
Enter to win HERCULES on DVD! HERCULES - Global superstar Dwayne Johnson delivers an unforgettable performance as the mighty Hercules in this rollicking, action-packed epic. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 31 and November 21. When a terrifying new enemy threatens the innocent, Hercules and his fearless team of warriors must lead their army in a battle against overwhelming odds in a thrilling story of strength, courage and heroism. HERCULES will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, and DVD November 4 from Paramount Home Media Distribution! Available now on Digital HD.
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Enter to win IT'S THE GIRLS! from BETTE MIDLER!

Enter to win IT'S THE GIRLS! from BETTE MIDLER!
Enter to win IT'S THE GIRLS! from BETTE MIDLERIT'S THE GIRLS!, the stunning new album from the legendary BETTE MIDLER. Featuring a collection of some of the greatest harmonies performed by girl groups such as The Ronettes, The Boswell Sisters, The Andrew Sisters, The Chiffons as well as Motown acts like Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, and The Marvelettes, among others. To enter the contest, fill out the form below between October 31 and November 21.The album effortlessly showcases Midler’s distinctive and versatile vocal range while honoring the timeless classic melodic harmonies on musical gems such as "One Fine Day," "Mr. Sandman" and "You Can't Hurry Love!" Available November 4: http://smarturl.it/ItsTheGirls
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Win An American Queer: The Amazon Trail from Lee Lynch!

Win An American Queer: The Amazon Trail from Lee Lynch!
Win An American Queer: The Amazon Trail from Lee Lynch. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 31 and November 21.
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Enter now for your chance to win a digital copy of 1989 from Taylor Swift!

Enter now for your chance to win a digital copy of 1989 from Taylor Swift!
Enter now for your chance to win a digital copy of 1989 from Taylor Swift1989, the new album from Global superstar & 7-time GRAMMY winner TAYLOR SWIFT. Featuring the hit single "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space." Available NOW: http://smarturl.it/TS1989. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 28 and November 18.
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Enter to win France from Owlle!

Enter to win France from Owlle!
Enter to win France from OwlleFRANCE, the debut album from "dream-pop" singer OWLLE. Featuring the international smash single "Ticky Ticky" and "Creed." Available October 28: bit.ly/100jCsq. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 28 and November 18.
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Win Money Sucks, Friends Rule from DJ Dillon Francis!

Win Money Sucks, Friends Rule from DJ Dillon Francis!
Win Money Sucks, Friends Rule from DJ Dillon Francis. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 28 and November 18.
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Win Heterosexual Jill from Ariztical Entertainment!

Win Heterosexual Jill from Ariztical Entertainment!
Win Heterosexual Jill from Ariztical Entertainment. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 28 and November 18.
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Enter to win a Burning Up Remix CD from Karine Hannah!

Enter to win a Burning Up Remix CD from Karine Hannah!
Enter to win a Burning Up Remix CD from Karine Hannah! "BURNING UP", the new dance floor anthem from rising artist KARINE HANNAH. Available Now on iTunes: http://bit.ly/1w7x0F1. Special remix CDs include several hot remixes of "Burning Up!" To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 24 and November 14.
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Win Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions from Cleis Press!

Win Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions from Cleis Press!
Win Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions from Cleis Press! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 24 and November 14.
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Win Adrian and the Tree of Secrets from Arsenal Pulp Press!

Win Adrian and the Tree of Secrets from Arsenal Pulp Press!
Win Adrian and the Tree of Secrets from Arsenal Pulp Press! The Young Adult novel is is written by Hubert and illustrated by Marie Caillou (translated by David Homel). To enter the contest, fill out the form here between October 21 and November 11.
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Miscellaneous

Rural Transgender Survey

Individuals who identify as transgender and currently live in a rural area (defined as a non- metropolitan area with less than 50,000 inhabitants) are sought for participation in an anonymous academic study aiming to explore the experiences of transgender men and women living in rural areas.  If you identify as transgender, live in a rural area, and are age 18 or over, please take time to visit this website to complete an anonymous online survey.  If anyone that you know identifies as transgender and lives in a rural area, please take time to share the link for them to participate in the survey.  Participants have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon Gift Cards.
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