July, 2018 News (36 Articles with 118,113 total views)

On the cover of the print edition for July, 2018 STEP OUT AT PRIDEFEST 2018 - Pridefest & Parade will take place on Saturday June 30. Step off is at noon (note new time) from Zone parking lot at 133 W. 18th. Festival at 1PM in Perry Square.

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CMI's 12th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey Report is Now Released

CMI's 12th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey Report is Now Released
San Francisco, CA, June 26, 2018 -  Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) has released its 12th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey report.  40,460 respondents from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities in 151 countries participated in the 12th annual survey. 200+ LGBTQ media, events and organizations worldwide partnered with CMI in this year's study, helping to gain wide representation from across the community. This survey was fielded in English, Spanish, French and Hungarian languages.
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Gender Identity Now Protected in Erie County

Gender Identity Now Protected in Erie County
On May 29, 2018, Erie County Council voted 7-0 to amend the Erie County Human Relations Commission ordinance to include gender identity, as well as criminal background and source of income. Sexual orientation has been included since March 8, 2002. The new policy went into effect immediately. This covers discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations.
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Gene Robinson to Moderate Interfaith Fridays at Chautauqua Institution

Gene Robinson to Moderate Interfaith Fridays at Chautauqua Institution
Rt Rev V Gene Robinson will moderate " Interfaith Fridays" at Chautauqua Institution, One Ames Ave, Chautauqua NY.. He will also be speaking on Sunday, August 26 at 10:45 AM in the Amphitheatre. Robinson was the first openly gay elected Bishop in a Christian faith. Info chq.org 800-836-ARTS
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5th Annual Pride Night at Erie Seawolves on July 23

NW PA Pride Alliance is excited to bring you Pride Night at the Seawolves for its 5th year! This year, it will be held on Monday July 23rd at UPMC Park, 110 E 10th St, Erie PA, Game starts at 7:05pm. To get your $8 tickets, just print the voucher here and submit it to the box office no later than one week before the game (Monday, July 16th) and your tickets will be waiting for you at Will Call.
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Governor Wolf Proclamation for June 2018 as Pride Month

Governor Wolf Proclamation for June 2018 as Pride Month
Gov. Tom Wolf has issued a proclamation declaring June 2018 as Pride Month. You can see a video here from Gov. Wolf and you can also see a PDF of the proclamation here. The text of the proclamation is below.
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Pride Day at Waldameer August 12

We had so much fun last year, we're doing it again! NW PA Pride Alliance will be hosting Pride Day at Waldameer Park and WaterWorld on Sunday, August 12, the day after the Pride Picnic. End your Pride Weekend with unlimited rides and slides at a discounted price!
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26th Annual Pride Picnic on Aug 11

The Pride Picnic is free and open to the public, so bring your buns down to the beach and see what’s cooking! NW PA Pride Alliance would like to invite you to join us for the 26th Annual Erie Pride Picnic on Saturday, August 11th at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle (near Beach 7) from 1 to 6 PM.
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Painting with Pride 4 on July 12 at Dramashop

NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc. and Dramashop team up to present a joint fundraiser, Painting With Pride. The event, hosted by instructor Angela Howell, will be held on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30 PM) at Dramashop (Renaissance Center – 1001 State St – Second Floor). This event is "bring your own drinks and snacks" (a limited selection of non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase). Tickets are $35 (plus service charge), which includes all painting supplies, are available here and MUST be purchased prior to 12:01am on July 10. Put an end to your ordinary day and sip your way to a masterpiece.
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Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) 8th Annual Afternoon for Equality a Success, Awards Scholarships

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) wishes to thank our generous supporters and the 80 guests that attended the 8th Annual Afternoon for Equality, held on June 10, 2018 at 21 La Rue Dix, 21 W 10th St, Erie PA. Afternoon for Equality (AFE) is our largest annual fundraiser and it was a great success! Record attendance from the LGBT community and allies signifies strong support from the Erie community. Support raised at AFE provides funds to continue GEAE’s mission in Erie which is to support the LGBT community and its straight allies through educational programs, social events and opportunities for service. $3,000 in scholarship money was awarded to LGBT high school students for continuing their educations. In addition to the regular award, an additional scholarship was added, named the Tanner-Cipolla Award for an LGBTQ student focusing their studies in social services, education, art, music, or social studies. This was the 2nd year GEAE offered a scholarship. GEAE is delighted to have several students apply again this year and hopes to continue this recognition program for our youth.
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TransFamily of NW PA Between the Shades Film Screening Pride Kickoff on June 29

On Friday, June 29, TransFamily of NWPA is very proud to present a free screening of the film, Between the Shades to kick off our Pride Fest weekend! The screening begins at 6 PM at the Erie Movie House, 3424 West Lake Rd, Erie PA.
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Greater Erie Alliance (GEAE) 3rd Annual After-Pride Celebration at Bourbon Barrel on June 30

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) presents the third annual After-Pride celebration on June 30 at the Bourbon Barrel, 1213 State Street, Erie PA. Pride attendees and friends are welcome to continue their celebration with us after the rally. No cover required for entrance. Free food buffet begins at 4:30 and runs until 7 (or until the food runs out!). For more information, contact GEAE at geaeinfo@gmail.com.
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Deadline for July 2018 print edition (issue # 272) of Erie Gay News is Friday, June 15 - Will be at Pridefest on June 30

Deadline for July 2018 print edition (issue # 272) of Erie Gay News is Friday, June 15 - Will be at Pridefest on June 30
For the next print edition of Erie Gay News (issue # 272, cover dated for July 2018), please send in calendar events, news items, and other info for late June 2018 and beyond by Friday, June 15. We expect that the next print edition will come out on Tuesday, June 26. PLEASE NOTE: this issue will be at Pride Fest on June 30 in Perry Square.
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Entertainment and Travel

Pride Journey: Philadelphia

Pride Journey: Philadelphia
The first time I visited Philadelphia was for last year's NLGJA conference and to be perfectly honest, I really didn't think much of the city. The main reason for my feeling was mostly because I was stuck in a hotel conference room most of my stay. Apart from brief visits to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and The 'Rocky Stairs', aka, the Philadelphia Art Museum, I really didn't have the opportunity to explore the city.
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VH1 Greenlights New Seasons of Emmy Award Winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" and "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" Aftershow

NEW YORK, NY – June 13, 2018 – VH1 today announced that Emmy® Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race," has been greenlit for a new season, bringing viewers more sickening queens and killer lip syncs. The new season will follow a record-breaking season 10, which is currently the most watched in franchise history. Additionally, the network renewed the Emmy® Award-nominated aftershow, "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked," which provides an intimate look into the conversations between the queens as they await to learn their fate behind the mainstage.
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Political, Activism and Legal

National LGBTQ Task Force condemns the shameful decision by SCOTUS to uphold Trump's latest Muslim ban

WASHINGTON-DC: On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States of America (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from seven countries, almost all of which are predominantly Muslim, in Trump v. Hawaii. The National LGBTQ Task Force condemns the decision as an outright attack on freedom and liberty for Muslims. In addition, it jeopardizes the lives of LGBTQ people who may be fleeing hostile governments.
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NCLR and GLAD Filing Argues the Court Should Permanently Stop the Trump-Pence Ban Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 23, 2018 -The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today filed their reply in support of their Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment in Doe v. Trump-the first lawsuit filed to stop the Trump-Pence transgender military ban. If Judge Kollar-Kotelly rules in favor of the plaintiffs, that decision would permanently block the Trump-Pence transgender military ban from ever taking effect. Today's filing rebuts the administration's attempt to "blinker reality and recast the Mattis Plan as something other than what it plainly is: a blueprint to ensure that no transgender individuals serve in our Nation's Armed Forces 'in any capacity.'"  The plaintiffs' reply is the last in a series of filings that must occur before Judge Kollar-Kotelly determines whether she can issue a permanent ruling blocking the ban.
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OutRight Reacts to the United States Withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council

June 19, 2018 - Today, at a press conference held at the State Department, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley announced the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The withdrawal marks the latest announcement in a concerning trend of US divestment from United Nations institutions and multilateral agreements including the 2017 defunding of the UN Population Fund and the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation.
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When LGBT Elders Have No Place to Call Home

[New York, NY] In more than half the country, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans still live in fear of being fired from a job, turned away from a business, or being denied a place to live – all because of who they are. A New ad depicts man turned away from nursing home because he is gay.
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In First-of-its-kind Ruling, Federal Judge Sides with Transgender Woman Incarcerated in Men's Prison

June 15, 2018 - Yesterday, the federal court for the District of Massachusetts ruled in favor of a transgender woman wrongly incarcerated in a men's prison, allowing her claim challenging mistreatment by the Department of Corrections (DOC) under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to move forward. In the first-of-its-kind ruling, the court found that interpreting the ADA to exclude transgender people would be unconstitutional.  
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NCLR Statement re Atty General Sessions' Decision to Exclude Domestic Violence and Gang Violence as Grounds for Asylum

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 11, 2018 -U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions imposed stringent new limitations on asylum claims brought by those fleeing domestic or gang violence. This decision will imperil the lives of thousands of women and LGBT people who have suffered extreme violence in their home countries.
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Health

Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer, Non-binary or Something else?

I recently met a new client, a man who identified as bisexual. He asked me, at our first session, "Do you believe in bisexuality?" I admit I was a bit stunned by the question. "Of course, I do", I replied. He said, "My previous therapist told me that bisexuality doesn't exist." I kept my mouth from dropping wide open, but, inside, it did the drop. "How can this be?" I thought to myself, "How could anyone be so ignorant?"
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2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

Students are making better decisions about sex and drugs, according to CDC's latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey, but far too many remain at risk for HIV and STDs.
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Letters, Columnists and Opinion

Talk is not cheap

From Philadelphia Gay News: Ah, summertime - the living is easy. We toss our cares to the wind, head for a little R&R and, for many, that great summer vacation. So it should be a time to relax, lay back and enjoy the sunshine. But wait, we're five months from an election. Here's where I can envision you saying, "Mark, why are you bringing this up now?"
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Amazon Trail: Remember Summer?

I mean serious summer. When the season was all fireflies and sandcastles, ice cream trucks and taking the train to visit relatives for two whole weeks. It was hours of reading, amusement parks, and hitting tennis balls against the apartment building next door for hours. It was the public swimming pool and cool sheets for sunburns and the ice cream truck. It was freedom.
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Contests

Enter to win Male Shorts: International V1 DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures!

Enter to win Male Shorts: International V1 DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures!
Enter to win Male Shorts: International V1 DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, July 20 and Friday, August 10.
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Enter to win Seen It All EP from Shea Diamond!

Enter to win Seen It All EP from Shea Diamond!
Enter to win Seen It All EP from Shea Diamond! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, July 17 and Tuesday, August 7.
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Enter for a chance to win Bebe Rexha's EXPECTATIONS!

Enter for a chance to win Bebe Rexha's EXPECTATIONS!
Enter for a chance to win Bebe Rexha's EXPECTATIONS! Enter now for a chance to win EXPECTATIONS, the new album from chart topping pop sensation Bebe Rexha! EXPECTATIONS features the global smash hit "Meant to Be." EXPECTATIONS is available NOW! Stream/download here: beberexha.io/expectations. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, July 13 and Friday, August 3.
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Enter to win Hooked DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures!

Enter to win Hooked DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures!
Enter to win Hooked DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 31.
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Enter for a chance to win Rita Ora's 'GIRLS' remix!

Enter for a chance to win Rita Ora's 'GIRLS' remix!
Enter for a chance to win Rita Ora's 'GIRLS' remix!  "Girls" is the new  smash song from global pop sensation Rita Ora, featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, and Charli XCX. Enter for a chance to win remixes by Steve Aoki and Martin Jensen. Available now! Stream/download here: http://atlanti.cr/girls. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, July 6 and Friday, July 27.
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Enter for a chance to win a Blockers Blu-ray!

Enter for a chance to win a Blockers Blu-ray!
Enter for a chance to win a Blockers Blu-ray! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 24.
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Enter for a chance to win Returning to the Land of the Morning Calm by Hans M. Hirschi!

Enter for a chance to win Returning to the Land of the Morning Calm by Hans M. Hirschi!
Enter for a chance to win Returning to the Land of the Morning Calm by Hans M. Hirschi! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, June 29 and Friday, July 20.
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Enter for a chance to win a download of Michael Blume's EP, Cynicism & Sincerity!

Enter for a chance to win a download of Michael Blume's EP, Cynicism & Sincerity!
Enter for a chance to win a download of Michael Blume's EP, Cynicism & Sincerity! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, June 26 and Tuesday, July 17.
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Enter for a chance to win Betty Who's EP, BETTY PT. 1!

Enter for a chance to win Betty Who's EP, BETTY PT. 1!
Enter for a chance to win BETTY PT. 1, the highly anticipated EP from pop phenomenon Betty Who!  BETTY PT. 1 features the sultry summer jam "TASTE." Available now! Stream/download here: bettywho.lnk.to/bettypt1. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, June 22 and Friday, July 13.
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Enter to win Twin Shadow's CAER!

Enter to win Twin Shadow's CAER!
Enter for a chance to win the new album from innovative alt pop artist, Twin ShadowCAER features "Too Many Colors" and "Sympathy."  Available now!  Stream or download CAER here: https://twnshdw.net/caer. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, June 19 and Tuesday, July 10.
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Enter to win Stainless CD from Dynamos!

Enter to win Stainless CD from Dynamos!
Enter to win Stainless CD from Dynamos! To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, June 15 and Friday, July 6.
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Miscellaneous

LGBTQ Students Awarded Point Foundation Scholarships

LOS ANGELES, JUNE 20, 2018 - Point Foundation (Point), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students, today announced its 2018 scholarship recipients. The 20 LGBTQ students were chosen to be Point Scholars from more than 2,000 applicants. Point is also welcoming 25 LGBTQ students to its Community College Scholarship Program.
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