July, 2020 News (19 Articles with 24,894 total views)
On the cover of the print edition
for July, 2020 Mayor's LGBTQIA+ Advisory Councilmembers in front of Erie City Hall at a peaceful protest in support of Black Lives Matter on Thursday, June 4. (L-R) Rose Surma, Michael Mahler, Rev. Dr. Rich McCarty, Ali Scarpitti, Leroy Oglesby, Alex Sphon, and Tammie Johnson. Contributed photo. Not pictured: Melina Harden.
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On Saturday, June 13, Cheyenne Moore organized at No Pride Without Black Lives rally in Perry Square. About 70 people attended, and there was local media coverage. In recognition of the Stonewall riots initiated by Black LGBTQ+ people in direct response to police brutality. people came together to peacefully honor, mourn, and advocate for the queer Black people who have been victims of homophobia/racism/police brutality. Speakers included Marty Nwachukwu of Erie County United, Zeila Hobson, and Niecey Davis. The event also included an impromptu march from Perry Square to Dobbins Landing and back.
The Department of Aging is committed to ensuring that Pennsylvanians of all sexual orientations and gender identities are able to grow older with access to resources and services that are inclusive, culturally sensitive, and LGBTQ-affirming. In the past year and a half, our department has taken steps to increase our capacity to serve members of the LGBTQ community more effectively. As we develop our State Plan on Aging for 2020-2024, we are identifying strategies to continue to meet the growing needs of the commonwealth's diverse population of LGBTQ older adults. We invite you to join us for a Virtual Town Hall on LGBTQ Aging
on Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Fenton History Center
has recently been awarded grant funding through the New York State Council on the Arts and Greater Hudson Heritage Network to begin collecting archival materials with the intention to develop an exhibit highlighting the history and personal experience of members of the LGBTQIA+ community of the Greater Jamestown Area.
Marshall John Blount has a page on Facebook for a fundraiser
for Asexual Outreach
, a non-profit organization working to build a national advocacy movement to strengthen communities and change lives. Thank you for the love and support and cheers! Be safe and have cake!
Jamie Hibbs passed away March 20, 2020. Jamie was a friend to the local LGBTQ+ community. She strongly believed in human rights and in fair and just treatment to all, and cared deeply about animals. Sincere condolences to Dok and the Hibbs family in their loss.
As this issue of Erie Gay News
went to print, it was announced that Erie County would be going to Green status as of June 26. We had paused some of our drop offs and event listings because of closures under Yellow status. We will be updating the list. If you have been a distributor or hosted events that were closed previously, we ask that you email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that you are open again. (And new distributors/events are welcome as well!)
Join Melanie Dunbar, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for a discussion on Mental Health Wellness & the LGBTQ+ community to be hosted on Zoom on June 30 from 6:30 to 8 PM
. Proactive mental health wellness is vitally important. What does it mean to have mental health wellness? What exactly is it? What makes it up?
NW PA Pride Alliance will be hosting 2020 Virtual Pride Fest
on Saturday, June 27 beginning at 2 PM. The link to the Zoom webconference will be at the event page
on their Facebook page
and also the event will be posted to Facebook after it is over. Expected speakers/presenters include US Sen. Bob Casey Jr, County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Leroy Oglesby, and Erie City Mayor Joe Schember. Live performers in the webcast include Misty Michaels Kall, Lovin Heart, Rebecca Mae, Priscilla Godzilla, Debbie, and Austin Kulyk. Pre-recorded performers include Snarebear, Porshaa Lejayy, and various performers from the Erie Playhouse.
Harrisburg, PA? – A new book that chronicles the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in central Pennsylvania will debut in June. ?Out in Central Pennsylvania: The History of an LGBTQ Community, by William Burton with Barry Loveland is being published by Penn State University Press.
PACA and LGBT Community Endowment at hosting a fun and unique project - the Toaster Oven Art Challenge. The deadline to submit entries has been extended to August 1.
For the next edition of Erie Gay News
(issue # 296, cover dated for July 2020), please send in online events, news items, and other info for late June 2020 and beyond by Monday, June 15. We expect that the next edition will come out on Tuesday, June 23. PLEASE NOTE! We have resumed having a print edition.
These days, a lot of my conversations with clients and friends include talking about acceptable levels of risk (aka, "ALOR"). As things open back up, what kinds of risk are you comfortable with? Are you comfortable going to a restaurant? A bar? A barber shop? How about a gym or nail salon? A private party at someone's house? When you're out and about, how much distance do you need between yourself and other people to be comfortable?
Enter now for your chance to win a vinyl of Bloodline,
the new album featuring the single "Lay Me Down
" from alt-pop artist Ben Hazlewood
! To enter the contest, fill out the form below between Friday, July 3 and Friday, July 24.
Enter now for your chance to win an Our Love Is Resistance
prize pack celebrating the new EP from biracial glam pop-rock duo and real-life couple Fab The Duo
! To enter the contest, fill out the form here
between Friday, June 26, and Friday, July 17.
Enter now for your chance to win an autographed photo of Alaska Thunderfuck celebrating the release of her song new song "Leopard Print (Drew G Remix)"! To enter, fill out the form here
between Tuesday, June 16 and Tuesday, July 7.