February, 2018 News (61 Articles with 105,976 total views)

On the cover of the print edition for February, 2018 WOMEN'S MARCH 2018: A large crowd attended the Women’s March 2018, a sister event to the National Women's March. The event was held January 21 in Erie's Perry Square.

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"RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS" SEASON THREE PREMIERE IS MOST-WATCHED "All Stars" EPISODE

'RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS' SEASON THREE PREMIERE IS MOST-WATCHED 'All Stars' EPISODE
New York, NY – January 26, 2018 – On the heels of VH1's industry leading ten consecutive quarters of YoY ratings growth with P18-49, the best streak among entertainment networks in all of television, "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" season three premiere was the most-watched "All Stars" episode drawing 895K total viewers. The episode scored a .69 P18-49 L+SD rating.
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One Night Only Reading of The Boys in The Band at Buffalo United Artists on January 28

January 2018 is BUA's 26 anniversary and Buffalo United Artists is celebrating with a one night only reading of The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley, also celebrating this landmark play's 50th anniversary.  The Boys In the Band was first presented at Theatre Four in New York City on April 14, 1968. It was directed by Robert Moore. The reading will be Sunday January 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain up Alley, Buffalo NY. Tickets are $20.00. Reserve by e-mail to BuffaloBUA@gmail.com or by phone to 716/886-9239.
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Local and Regional News

DNC on Anti-Transgender RNC Resolution

DNC on Anti-Transgender RNC Resolution
February 2, 2018 - Today, the Republican National Committee at their Winter Meeting, approved a resolution calling a transgender individual "a disqualifying psychological and physical" condition and Trump's decision to ban transgender individuals from joining the military a policy "intent and prerogative to strengthen our military with sound personnel policies." In response, DNC LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta released the following statement: "Over the last month alone, the Trump-Pence administration has rolled back significant protections for the LGBTQ community, ripped apart families, and allowed health care workers to discriminate access to medical care. Today, the RNC decided to go even further and pass a hateful resolution, which only serves to subvert and further demean hardworking men and women who want to serve their country in the most honorable way they can. The RNC has proven they are more than willing to deny basic rights to LGBTQ Americans all while accepting money from an accused sexual predator and funneling money to an alleged child molester.
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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.
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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.
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Guest Judges Announced For "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Premiering January 25 on VH1

Guest Judges Announced For 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Premiering January 25 on VH1
NEW YORK, NY – January 18, 2018 – VH1 today announced the guest judges set to join Emmy® Award-winning host RuPaul on the upcoming season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars."  The diverse list of talent from fashion, music, politics and media joining the main stage panel of Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews includes Vanessa Hudgens, Tituss Burgess, Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Jacobs, Shay MitchellNancy Pelosi, Chris Colfer, Vanessa Williams, Adam Lambert, Constance Zimmer, Emma Bunton, Todrick Hall, Garcelle BeauvaisJeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Nicole Byer.  The 90-minute premiere will air Thursday, January 25th at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) End of Year Celebration

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held their annual end-of-year celebration on Monday December 11, 2017 at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center. Will Koehler, Ph.D. thanked supporters, board members, advisory council members, and sponsors for this past year. He also spoke of their accomplishments including Progress Toward Equality, an awareness event on the courthouse steps, the development of a GSA for area high school and college-aged students, improvements in their communication, an educational symposium to talk about the needs of the LGBT older population, and many outreach events. All of these action steps are to help increase Erie's Municipal Equality Index by providing more education and services for the LGBTQ community. Dr. Koehler also welcomed two new officers to the board: Leah Manino as President and Dale Allgeier as Vice President. Anyone interested in volunteering or wanting more information can contact the secretary at geaeinfo@gmail.com or sign up for their newsletter on the website: greatereriealliance.org
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Deadline for February 2018 print edition (issue # 267) of Erie Gay News is Monday, January 15

Deadline for February 2018 print edition (issue # 267) of Erie Gay News is Monday, January 15
For the next print edition of Erie Gay News (issue # 267, cover dated for February 2018), please send in calendar events, news items, and other info for late January 2018 and beyond by Monday, January 15. We expect that the next print edition will come out on Tuesday, January 23.
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Political, Activism and Legal

Republican National Committee Slanders Transgender Service Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 2, 2018 - Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) - the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military spouses, families, and allies - strongly condemned a Republican National Committee (RNC) vote passing a resolution backing President Trump's attempt to kick transgender service members out of the military and block qualified transgender recruits from entering the military. The resolution states the military should consider transgender people as having 'a disqualifying psychological and physical' condition."
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Prominent Turkish LGBTIQ Activist Arrested in His Home in Ankara

February 2, 2018 - On Friday morning, Ali Erol, a prominent Turkish human rights activist and a founder of Kaos GL Association, Turkey's first registered LGBT organization, was arrested and detained in a home he shares with his partner.
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GLAD Calls on Massachusetts to End Delay in Granting Full Legal Parentage to Non-Biological Parents

(BOSTON, MA - February 2, 2018) One year after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision in Partanen v. Gallagher establishing that children born to unmarried same-sex couples stand on equal footing with all other children, the Commonwealth has yet to implement the decision, leaving parents and their newborn babies in legal limbo.
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NEW REPORT: A Path to Victory in 2018 - HRC and the Power of the Equality Voter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 2, 2018 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a new report, A Path To Victory In 2018: The Power Of The Equality Voter, on the growing political power of the LGBTQ movement and HRC's groundbreaking work to mobilize millions of "Equality Voters" in the 2018 elections.
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#QTHEVOTE Launches New LGBTQIA+ Focused Digital Voter Registration Platform

WELLESLEY, Mass., Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- #QTHEVOTE, a digital voter registration platform for the LGBTQ community and their allies, launched today as its flagship website went live at www.qthevote.com.  #QTHEVOTE was founded by serial entrepreneur Trevor Burgess who was the first openly gay CEO of a publicly traded bank in the United States.  #QTHEVOTE leverages cutting-edge voter registration tools from vote.org and aims to register as many LGBTQIA+ Americans as possible in advance of the November 2018 elections.
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Equality California Joins Amicus Brief Urging the U.S. Supreme Court to Protect the Rights of Unions

Los Angeles - January 31, 2018  -Today, Equality California announced that it has signed onto an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief with The National Women's Law Center, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and 85 additional organizations in Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The brief urges the U.S. Supreme Court to stand by the rights of unions, who provide crucial professional and economic opportunities for workers in the United States, including for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community.
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The Leadership Conference Timeline: Trump Administration's Civil and Human Rights Rollbacks

January 31, 2018 - In its first year, the Trump administration has launched an across-the-board assault on our nation's civil and human rights. Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued a timeline of the Trump administration's rollbacks on civil and human rights.  That list is pasted below and is available here: https://civilrights.org/trump-rollbacks/
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Equality California Endorses Gavin Newsom for California Governor

Sacramento - January 30, 2018 - Today, Equality California announced its endorsement of Gavin Newsom for California Governor. Newsom is currently California's Lieutenant Governor and previously served as the Mayor of San Francisco. 
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U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals Recognizes Lesbian Firefighter's Sex Discrimination Claim Under Title VII

(Boston, MA, January 26, 2018) – The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a $700,000 jury award for Lori Franchina, a lesbian firefighter who experienced extensive unchecked harassment from her co-workers at the Providence Fire Department.
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Black LGBTQIA Migrants Respond to Trump: "What Shithole Country, This One?"

(Washington, D.C. - January 24, 2018) -- Members of the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP), a first-of-its-kind program housed at Transgender Law Center and made possible by a Open Societies Foundation Fellowship, released the following statement today in advance of BLMP's second national gathering in D.C. on Thursday.  Statement from BLMP steering committee members Nolizwe Nondabula, Ola Osaze, and Rose Berry: On January 11, 2018 the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, was quoted saying: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" while referring to Haiti, African nations and El Salvador. Since, the country has erupted in debate over whether or not the president of the most powerful nation in the world is in fact racist. The answer is undoubtedly and resoundingly yes. However, for us at the Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project and the myriad communities we represent, that is not the final conclusion that should be drawn from this current moment of high political tension. The fact is the U.S. has a fiscal, moral, and ethical responsibility to provide refuge for migrants, particularly those who are Black, Brown or poor, given the centuries of intentional harm it has done to our communities across the globe.
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Victory Fund Endorses 23 LGBTQ Candidates for 2018, Including Its First State Legislative Endorsements This Cycle

Washington, DC - January 23, 2018 – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed 23 candidates from across the nation who can help transform the political landscape in 2018. Ohio State Representative and Minority Whip Nickie Antonio and schoolteacher Tippi McCullough were awarded Spotlight Candidate status – a designation given to state or local candidates who can make history with election night wins. Antonio would become the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the Ohio State Senate if elected. McCullough would become one of just two openly LGBTQ elected officials in all of Arkansas and the only LGBTQ state legislator.
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National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects Releases "A crisis of hate: Report on LGBTQ Hate Violence Homicides in 2017

New York, NY - January 22, 2018 - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) today released their annual national research report on hate violence targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. In August 2017, NCAVP recorded the highest number of anti-LGBTQ homicides in their 20-year history of tracking and released a mid-year report to raise awareness of this disturbing increase. Since the release of that report in August of 2017, the number of reported homicides continued to increase, reaching a total of 52 reported anti-LGBTQ homicides in all of 2017 – the highest number ever recorded and an 86% increase from 2016. 
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Government Shuts Down as Trump and Senate GOP Reject Bipartisan Solution to Protect Dreamers

(WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2018)-President Trump and the Senate GOP rejected solutions to protect Dreamers, resulting in a federal government shut down at midnight. Despite broad bipartisan support for Dreamers, the Trump shutdown leaves the lives of 800,000 Dreamers-including 36,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people-hanging in the balance.
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ACLU Statement on Creation of New Division Within Department of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON - January 18, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division today, demonstrating the administration's commitment to laws that license discrimination against women, LGBT people, and others. The broad language could open the door for health care institutions and providers to refuse to treat women seeking abortions, people seeking sterilizations, and others.
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Trump's Discriminatory Health Care Exemptions Put Lives at Risk

President Trump's decision to upend Health and Human Services (HHS) rules creates a dangerous license to discriminate, and while LGBTQ people and our families along with women seeking reproductive health services are no doubt the targets of this overhaul, any person or family could be at risk of discrimination as a result.
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The National LGBTQ Task Force: HHS's new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom is about legalizing discrimination

WASHINGTON-DC - January 18. 2018: In response to Health and Human Services announcement January 18 of a Division on Conscience and Religious Liberty, Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force issued the following statement: We are not fooled: The new office announced this morning is meant to make it easier for people to discriminate, not to protect people of faith. Health professionals have a duty to care for all their patients regardless of one's gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, creed, race, political views, gender, or disability, and no one should be denied care for being who they are.
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Trump Administration Will Force Healthcare Providers to Allow Anti-LGBTQ "Religious Exemptions"

Washington, D.C.- LGBTQ Victory Institute President & CEO Annise Parker released the following statement in response to a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule that would allow health workers to refuse treatment to LGBTQ people because of supposed moral or religious objections: "Today the Trump administration opened the door to widespread discrimination against LGBTQ people seeking health services – an alarming move that exemplifies Secretary Severino's total disregard for improving healthcare in America," said Annise Parker, President & CEO of Victory Institute. "Severino is an anti-LGBTQ activist who has long fought against equality for our community, ignoring science and reality to justify his crusade. His politicization of healthcare takes us down a dangerous path that will harm not just the LGBTQ community, but other communities targeted by those opposed to equality. Yet he is just one of many anti-LGBTQ activists appointed to the Trump administration, despite almost no LGBTQ people appointed to key departments or positions. Personnel is policy, and the lack of LGBTQ perspectives and voices in this administration inevitably leads to policies that target and harm our community."
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TLC condemns illegal HHS rule granting 'license to discriminate'

(Washington, D.C. - January 18, 2018) – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Trump-Pence administration announced a new rule to allow medical providers to illegally discriminate against patients based on who they are, as long as the providers cite religion. Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people, issued the following statement from executive director Kris Hayashi: "This extreme new HHS rule will quite possibly cost lives by giving medical providers cover not to treat people they disagree with, no matter how life-threatening or urgent the medical need. The rule grants an illegal license to discriminate against transgender people who come to the doctor or emergency room for help when our lives are in danger due to sickness, violence, or injury. It's also an attack against all people, including many in the transgender community, who rely on critical care ranging from reproductive services to emergency services to HIV medication.
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New trans youth storytelling platform will connect voices and experiences across the U.S.

(Oakland, CA - January 17, 2018) – Today, TRUTH, a youth-led program housed at Transgender Law Center and GSA Network, launched a new website to build trans youth power through online organizing and storytelling. The website features an interactive storytelling guide and advice from other young people who have been thrust into the spotlight; a gallery of stories that youth visiting the site can contribute to; resources created by and for trans youth; and support for allies and families of trans youth.
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Thousands of LGBTQ Activists, Allies to Attend Creating Change Conference in Washington, DC

(Washington, DC) January 17, 2018, The National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change Conference is celebrating its 30th year and takes place Wednesday, January 24 through Sunday, January 28 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. The Creating Change Conference is the foremost political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement, convening over 3,500 LGBTQ activists from around the country to learn, connect, and resist.
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Equality SA Offers Condolences to the Family of Blaze Bernstein, Victim of a Possible Hate Crime in Orange County

Los Angeles - January 16, 2018  – Today, Equality California released the following statement regarding the murder of Blaze Bernstein, a gay college student at the University of Pennsylvania, who's death in Orange County is being investigated as a possible hate crime. "We are saddened by the horrific loss of Blaze Bernstein, who lived his life as a proud member of the LGBTQ community. We extend our deepest condolences to his family." Said Rick Zbur, Executive Director at Equality California. "We expect a thorough investigation into the claims that this was a hate-crime motivated by 'gay-panic.' We are horrified by the details emerging that this senseless act of violence may have been motivated by homophobic sentiments, and if this is in fact the case, we hope this hate crime is prosecuted at the full-extent of the law. Blaze Bernstein and his family deserve justice."
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New Report & Ad: Public Places at Heart of Fight for LGBT Equality

(Denver, January 16, 2018)-The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to issue a ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case involving a business asking the Court for a Constitutional right to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The central issue in this case is about public accommodations-places of business, public transit, taxi cabs, restaurants-and whether or not they can turn customers away just because of who they are or whom they love.
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ACLU Responds to Department of Education Dismissal of Complaints from Transgender Students

WASHINGTON - January 16, 2018 - The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has reportedly determined it does not have jurisdiction over responding to discrimination on the basis of gender identity. This approach has led the office to dismiss multiple complaints by transgender students.
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Equality California 2017 Legislative Scorecard Demonstrates Impact of Advocacy of Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Sacramento - January 11, 2018 – Equality California today released its Legislative Scorecard for 2017, rating lawmakers in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. on how they voted on Equality California's highest priority legislation.
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Pennsylvania one of six states "Building Equality" according new report

HARRISBURG - January 10, 2018 – Pennsylvania has scored in the top half of states in the 2017 State Equality Index report, moving into the "Building Equality" category for the first time.
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Equality California Applauds Senator Harris's Appointment to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Los Angeles - January 10, 2018 - Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur today issued the following statement on the appointment of Senator Kamala Harris to the Senate Judiciary Committee "Equality California is delighted that Senator Kamala Harris was appointed to the key Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.
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PFAW Statement on Judiciary Committee Hearing on Trump Nominee Howard Nielson

January 10, 2018 - In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing today on judicial nominees including Howard C. Nielson, Donald Trump's nominee for United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah, People For the American Way senior legislative counsel Paul Gordon issued the following statement: "At today's hearing, Howard Nielson did nothing to adequately address the enormous concerns that have been raised about his long record of extremism and contempt for the rule of law. This is particularly true with respect to the fears that were raised by his willingness to file a brief arguing that gay judges should be prevented from hearing cases about gay rights. All of these issues highlight profound concerns about Nielson's respect for the rule of law.
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Pennsylvania's LGBTQ Laws Rated in Human Rights Campaign's Annual State Equality Index

WASHINGTON - January 10, 2018 -- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its fourth annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBTQ equality across America and placing states in one of four categories based on their pro- and anti-LGBTQ state laws. Pennsylvania falls into the category, "Building Equality."
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Wisconsin school district to settle discrimination case with transgender student Ash Whitaker

(Kenosha, WI - January 9, 2018) – Ash Whitaker, the transgender student plaintiff in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District, and his former school district, Kenosha Unified School District ("KUSD") in Kenosha, Wisconsin, reached a settlement in Ash's discrimination lawsuit against KUSD, pending court approval. Ash graduated high school in June 2017, just days after the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling that KUSD illegally singled him out for discrimination because he is transgender. As a condition of the settlement, KUSD agreed to withdraw its appeal of that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The settlement, which remains subject to court approval, will also enjoin KUSD from discriminating against Ash in the future should he return to campus as an alumnus.
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Paducah Passes LGBT Fairness Ordinance; 9th Kentucky City with LGBT Discrimination Protections

(Paducah, KY - January 9, 2018) With a vote of 4-1 tonight, Paducah (population 25,145) became the ninth Kentucky city to adopt a Fairness Ordinance, prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. More than 250 residents packed city hall for the vote, which makes Paducah the only city in Western Kentucky with LGBT discrimination protections
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The Leadership Conference Opposes the Confirmation of Howard Nielson to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

January 9, 2017 - Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate urging opposition to the confirmation of Howard Nielson to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah The letter is pasted below, and is also available here: https://civilrights.org/oppose-confirmation-howard-nielson-u-s-district-court-district-utah/.
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Florida's Broward County Passes Ordinance to Protect LGBTQ Youth From Conversion Therapy by Unanimous Vote

(FORT LAUDERDALE, January 9, 2018)-Today, by unanimous vote, Florida's Broward County voted to enact an ordinance to protect LGBTQ youth and prohibit the use of conversion therapy on minors. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) submitted testimony to Broward County on the urgent need to stop harmful, dangerous conversion therapy and worked alongside Equality Florida and the Southern Poverty Law Center to push the ordinance forward. More municipalities in Florida have enacted ordinances prohibiting conversion therapy than in any other state.
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Pennsylvania Equality Project Announces 2017 Equality Award Winners And Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Equality Project (PEP) proudly announce the winners of this year's Equality Awards. Jason Landau Goodman, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress; Caitlyn Strohmeyer, Facilitator, Transfamily of NW PA; David Moore, President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Equality Project. Furthermore, the Board proudly announces that Janice Rael is the winner of this year's PEP Lifetime Achievement Award for her advocacy and activism in the LGBTQ community in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1992.
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Health

Global Fund and Partners Launch HER

DAVOS, Switzerland - January 24, 2018– The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and partners pledged support for HER – HIV Epidemic Response – an initiative to build private sector support for programs that address HIV in 13 African countries where adolescent girls and young women face disproportionate risk.
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What I learned on my Book Tour

I've just finished six months as an openly gay author out there in the – overwhelmingly straight – publishing world talking about my book: "The Gay Man's Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage".
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Letters, Columnists and Opinion

The Kardashian-ization of Chelsea Manning

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column stating that all we needed to do to resist Donald Trump is to be united and vote in 2018. Seems simple, doesn't it? The most important part of that statement is "united." Maybe I should have added the importance of being united with those who have been part of the resistance and supported our community. Then maybe I should have added that this is no time to split the community, or our vote.
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Is North Korea gay-friendly?

from Mark Segal of Philadelphia Gay NewsWith the North Korea situation being in front of the news, the answer to that question is simple: No. But it gives us an opportunity as a community to look at how the U.S. and our community are dealing with other nations and their LGBT policies.
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The Amazon Trail: Zipline Vegas

She's going on a zipline in Las Vegas. That's what my sweetheart announced this morning. It gets worse. She said the zipline goes over city streets and buildings-and here I was envisioning a sweet pastoral zip across raging river rapids and sharp rocks. Now I only have to worry about her colliding with concrete, metal, and glass. Head first. Seems you have options; she plans zip to belly down, like a diving bird, a Peregrine falcon perhaps, which can reach speeds up to 200 mph.  
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Steve Bannon, Trump Campaign and LGBT Media

Want to hear a presidential campaign secret? Well, it's been a year so guess I can tell this strange story. I'll leave some names out for obvious reasons. During the presidential election, every newspaper worth its weight in newsprint attempts to get interviews with the principals in the race. Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) received unprecedented access on the Democratic side. We interviewed almost every principal from campaign manager Robby Mook to vice presidential candidate Tim Kane. We even had interviews with the leaders of Congress and the Senate: Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer. No one else in LGBT media has ever been granted this much access in one election cycle before, unless you count the coverage we did from Denver eight years earlier. You'd think we'd be very pleased and rest on our laurels. You know us better. 
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Contests

Win The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka!

Win The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka!
Win The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, February 18 and Friday, March 9.
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Enter to win DVDs of All Three Seasons of Eastsiders!

Enter to win DVDs of All Three Seasons of Eastsiders!
Enter to win  DVDs of all three seasons of the hit Netflix series, Eastsiders, courtesy of Wolfe Video! To enter the contest, fill out the form below between Tuesday, February 13 and Tuesday, March 6.
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Enter to win a signed copy of Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art from the Underground by Matthew Chojnacki!

Enter to win a signed copy of Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art from the Underground by Matthew Chojnacki!
Enter to win a signed copy of Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art from the Underground by Matthew Chojnacki! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, February 9 and Friday, March 2.
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Enter to Win And God Belched autographed paperback by Rob Rosen!

Enter to Win And God Belched autographed paperback by Rob Rosen!
Enter to win And God Belched autographed paperback by Rob Rosen!To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 27.
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Enter to win Thirsty DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures!

Enter to win Thirsty DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures!
Enter to win Thirsty DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, February 2 and Friday, February 23.
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Enter to win a digital download of Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars!

Enter to win a digital download of Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars!
Enter to win a digital download of Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, January 30 and Tuesday, February 20.
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Enter to win Vampire's Kiss e-book from Riverdale Avenue Books!

Enter to win Vampire's Kiss e-book from Riverdale Avenue Books!
Enter to win Vampire's Kiss e-book from Riverdale Avenue Books! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, January 30 and Tuesday, February 20.
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Enter to win a Boxers NYC-PHL Calendar!

Enter to win a Boxers NYC-PHL Calendar!
Enter to win a Boxers (Gay Sports Bar) NYC-PHL Calendar! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, January 26 and Friday, February 16.
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Enter to win the My Love EP from Ria Mae!

Enter to win the My Love EP from Ria Mae!
Enter to win the new EP My Love, from out indie-pop artist Ria Mae. Ft. the hit single "Bend" Out now for streaming and download: http://smarturl.it/ria-mylove. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, January 26 and Friday, February 16.
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Enter to win Blue Madonna from BORNS!

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Enter to win Blue Madonna from BORNS! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, January 23 and Tuesday, February 13.
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Enter to win Ultraviolet from Justine Skye!

Enter to win Ultraviolet from Justine Skye!
Enter to win Ultraviolet from Justine SkyeUltraviolet, the debut album from singer, songwriter, fashionista and actress, Justine Skye. Featuring the hit single "Don't Think About It" Out NOW: https://t.co/ZoEJ8Ov9Lq. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, January 23 and Tuesday, February 13.
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Miscellaneous

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.
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Sexuality Equality with National Park Service

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Sexuality Equality with National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) and the National Park Foundation (NPF) invite scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate to apply for a two-year National Park Service Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral fellowship, potentially renewable for one additional year. The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Sexuality Equality will begin in September 2018. This fellowship is made possible by support from the National Park Foundation through a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, visit: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000397434-01
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Twelve Projects to Add Value to Your Home and Make It Easier to Sell

It's the beginning of the year, the time many people make resolutions that they may or may not successfully keep. If one of your resolutions is to sell your home, there's no better time than the present to start adding extra value to your house. Even if you're not planning to sell until summer or even until the end of the year, doing these small projects slowly will help you avoid the rush in the days and weeks before you sell. Best of all, you can do many of these projects at any time of the year. While we're setting these twelve projects at one per month, you can rearrange this calendar to fit your particular needs or compress it by doing one of these projects every two weeks.
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