May, 2018 News (40 Articles with 99,225 total views)
On the cover of the print edition for May, 2018 Gender Discussion event put on by TransFamily of NW PA at Blasco Public Library on March 27.
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Candidates for US Senate, US Congress PA-16, PA Governor, and PA State House were asked about their positions on GLBT issues.
For the next print edition of Erie Gay News (issue # 270, cover dated for May 2018), please send in calendar events, news items, and other info for late April 2018 and beyond by Sunday, April 15. We expect that the next print edition will come out on Tuesday, April 24. Please note that this edition will feature our Voters Guide!
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, TransFamily of NWPA held a community discussion on gender at the Blasco library. To recognize International Transgender Day of Visibility, the library also had a display filled with books with trans topics and memoirs available to patrons. Tyler Titus shared his personal experiences, including poetry. Two youth, Jewels and Eli also moved the audience with their stories. About 25 people were in attendance.
Buffalo, New York --- For one performance only on Monday, April 30 at 7:30pm, the national touring company of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will partner with Alleyway Theatre to present a benefit concert to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and as part of the fundraising efforts of the WNED/WBFO Artie Awards to benefit ECMC's HIV/AIDS and Immunodeficiency Services.
May 2, 2018 - In a bipartisan 14-10 vote, the New Hampshire Senate today passed HB 1319, a bill that will provide explicit comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in employment, housing, and public spaces. The House passed HB 1319 in March by a strong bipartisan vote and the bill now goes to Governor Sununu for his signature. Once the bill is signed into law, New Hampshire will join 18 other states, including every state in New England, in providing comprehensive protections for transgender people.
SAN DIEGO - May 2, 2018 – The ACLU Foundation of Southern California; ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties; and law firm Nixon Peabody LLP today moved to join a state lawsuit on behalf of Christynne Wood, a transgender woman denied use of women's bathrooms and locker rooms at a Crunch Fitness gym in El Cajon.
SAN FRANCISCO - May 1, 2018 -Dykes on Bikes today announced that founding member Soni Wolf, "an inspiring mother of the movement for lesbian pride and dignity" died on Wednesday, April 25 of natural causes at the age of 69. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Brooke Oliver Law Group represented Dykes on Bikes in an action to register its name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which had initially rejected the application on the grounds that the term "Dykes on Bikes" is disparaging to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. On July 11, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a final ruling affirming the group's trademark of the name "Dykes on Bikes."
San Francisco, CA - April 30, 2018 - As reported in a New York Times editorial this morning, a panel of retired military Surgeons General and Palm Center scholars has released a report refuting the Pentagon's rationale for reinstating ?the? ban on transgender military service. The 55-page report finds that the Defense Department made "a series of erroneous assertions and mischaracterizations about the scientific research" on the health and fitness of transgender people, conducting a "selective review of the evidence" and "distorting the findings of the research it cites."
Cynthia Nixon announced March 19 that she would be running for New York governor, challenging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in this year's Democratic primary. The 51-year-old actress has never served in office before, and will be running against an established encumbent. She is running as a progressive. Cynthia is married to longtime education organizer Christine Marinoni.
On March 20, Rachel Levine was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate as Governor Tom Wolf's Secretary of Health. She will remain the state Physician General. Three other women were approved: Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller, Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith and Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman.The appointment makes Rachel Levine the highest ranking transgender government official in Pennsylvania.
Join the ACLU of Pennsylvania's Legislative Director Liz Randol for a round-up of the General Assembly's latest legislative session and what's ahead. Learn more about the legislative session and how it affects civil liberties in PA. Hot topics will be discussed, including transgender equality, immigration, reproductive rights, and criminal justice reform. The event is at La bella Restaurant and Catering, 802 W 18th St, Erie, PA, Sunday, May 6 from 3 PM - 5 PM, and is free and open to the public. Light Refreshments will be provided. RSVP is requested to RSVP call 877-424-2258 or send an email to email@example.com and include your name and number of seats requested.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - April 19, 2018 - Legislation to ban efforts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, sometimes called "conversion therapy" or "reparative therapy," passed in the California Assembly this morning with a bipartisan vote of 50-14 (pending additional votes from members who were not present in the chamber at the time of the initial tally). Assemblymember Evan Low's AB 2943, cosponsored by Equality California and the Trevor Project, would make California the first state in the nation to ban these widely discredited practices from being performed on both children and adults.
HRC Exposes "The Real Mike Pence" -- From His History of Anti-LGBTQ Fanaticism to His Assault on American Institutions
WASHINGTON - April 19, 2018 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, launched "The Real Mike Pence," a comprehensive campaign -- including a scathing report and microsite -- exposing the vice president's long history of anti-LGBTQ animus and shining a spotlight on the inordinate influence he and his inner circle wield in the administration. As part of the campaign, HRC will also be launching a series of videos exposing Mike Pence's record; today The Real Mike Pence campaign launches with a look at his career of attacks on LGBTQ people: WATCH.
WASHINGTON - April 16, 2018 – Today, civil rights leaders and Louisiana advocates held a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump's nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Wendy Vitter to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Equality Ohio: South Euclid is the 20th Ohio municipality to enact LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination law
SOUTH EUCLID, OH - April 9, 2018 ––At tonight's council meeting, South Euclid, Ohio passed LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections in a unanimous vote.
WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights joined 54 other civil and human rights groups in urging U.S. Senate opposition to the confirmation of Secretary of State nominee Michael Pompeo. The groups noted Pompeo's troubling history of statements and policy positions, which imperils his ability to represent all in America and to promote human rights abroad.
WASHINGTON - April 5, 2018 -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and state lawmakers renewed calls for the passage of SB 613, the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. "We welcome these renewed calls to pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would extend equal and comprehensive non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Pennsylvanians," said HRC Pennsylvania State Manager Allison Van Kuiken. "But Governor Wolf and the bill's cosponsors cannot drive progress alone. For too long, lawmakers in the General Assembly have refused to take action to protect the thousands of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians at risk of losing their jobs or being denied services simply because of who they are. Make no mistake, come November, the overwhelming majority of Pennsylvania voters who support equality will hold their lawmakers accountable at the ballot box. No matter who they are or whom they love, all Pennsylvanians deserve to be able to live, work and thrive in their communities free from unfair and unjust discrimination."
HARRISBURG, April 5 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, is welcoming Gov. Tom Wolf's renewed call to strengthen Pennsylvania's non-discrimination law. Frankel is the lead House sponsor of the Pennsylvania Fairness Act (H.B. 1410), which would include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the types of discrimination banned statewide in the workplace, housing and public accommodations.
New campaign to elevate voices of trans people living with HIV in national conversation about health care
(Oakland, CA - April 30, 2018) -- Transgender Law Center's Positively Trans project today launched #ACApositive, a campaign to shift the conversation about health care and the Affordable Care Act towards a focus on the life-or-death stakes for transgender people living with HIV. Launching just a week after news broke that the Trump administration plans to attack the Affordable Care Act's protections for transgender people, the campaign seeks to amplify the experiences and voices of transgender people of color living with HIV in federal health care policy.
I've been married for 5 years and it's a sham. I want to come out, but, I'm scared to death that everyone I know will turn against me. I have two young kids – a 6-month-old baby girl and a 3-year-old boy – who I love more than anything, and I'm afraid my wife would keep me from ever seeing them again. I read in your column last year that it's mentally healthy to come out, but is it really worth all the pain it causes? Please help me make my decision.
From Mark Segal of Philadelphia Gay News: This week I had a great honor. While we in the United States are concerned with the state of our struggle for equality, and worry each day how the Trump administration wants to dismantle the gains we've made, I had the opportunity to meet this week as part of a program from the U.S. State Department called the International Visitor Leadership Program. Seventeen future leaders from central and South America visit the United States, and what the program does is try to show young future leaders of various countries how the U.S. political system operates. Part of that is community involvement, including the LGBT community. The fact that this is still being done under Trump makes me wonder how long before Mike Pence pounces on it.
When I objected, starting around the age of four or five, to commercials on the radio, I had no idea what the future of marketing would hold for us all. Why, I asked, was "The Lone Ranger" interrupted to sell Silvercup Bread? Was it because of his silver bullets? Well, yes, it was considered a terrific marketing tie-in. I hated ads then and I hate them now when the once open internet has become a mammoth shopping mall for which we pay with our privacy.
from Mark Segal of Philadelphia Gay News: Last week, the LGBT medical clinic in Philadelphia, Mazzoni Center, which serves more than 35,000 clients, announced that the board had appointed a new CEO. Lydia Gonzalez Scirarrino, it turns out, is not LGBT, and that seemed to distress some people in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. How could a non-LGBT person head an organization that has a majority of its clients from the LGBT community?
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If you're preparing to buy your first home, you're probably not very familiar with the mortgage process. When you go in to get pre-approved or to apply for a loan, you may be surprised at the amount of paperwork and information needed. Additionally, you may also not be clear on the amount of down payment required or any other issues that can come up with a mortgage. These tips will help you be more prepared for applying for a mortgage and for avoiding some of the pitfalls that many first-time homebuyers run in to.
Buying a house is a major financial commitment. You want to be certain you're getting the best mortgage rate and terms, and that you will be able to afford your mortgage payment now and into the future. Unfortunately, some people don't really shop around or look at their mortgage options when buying a home. Someone who may spend hours researching and comparing prices for technology or a new car will take the first loan offer they receive.
Ithaca, NY - April 9, 2018 - A new analysis conducted by researchers at the What We Know Project, an initiative of Cornell University's Center for the Study of Inequality, reviewed more than twenty-five years of scholarship on transgender mental health and found a strong consensus that undergoing gender transition can improve transgender well-being. The year-long review screened over 4,000 studies and identified 56 that assessed whether gender transition improves the mental well-being of transgender individuals. The analysis concluded that 93% of the studies found positive effects of gender transition, indicating "a robust international consensus in the peer-reviewed literature that gender transition, including medical treatments such as hormone therapy and surgeries, improves the overall well-being of transgender individuals."