September, 2022 News (52 Articles with 36,003 total views)

On the cover of the print edition for September, 2022 Bear meets Otter. NW PA Pride Alliance kitchen staff Gary Snyder with Erie Otters mascot Otto at the 29th Annual Erie Pride Picnic on August 13, 2022, at the Rotary Pavilion. Photo by Andrea Shaffer.

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SisTers PGH is Hiring a Project T Coordinator

Project T is Pittsburgh's Trans-Led Transitional Housing program, a project of SisTers PGH for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color who also identify as Trans, non-binary, and other gender-nonconforming individuals (TGNC) those among the most likely to experience housing insecurity because of discrimination, housing affordability, transphobia, and the barriers of access disparity. These issues were apparent prior to the COVID19 pandemic; however, the prevalence of these barriers has heightened as a result of the pandemic's consequences regarding housing, health, and safety. Project T - a radical vision of self-determination and housing justice.
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Miss Erie Pageant 2022

And we have a winner! 2022 Miss Erie Pageant was held on August 19th and crowned native Erie drag performer, Debbie. The 2022 Miss Erie Pageant welcomed contestants, Debbie, Snarebear, Tammy Joe Hammertoe, and Alysin Wonderland, and were judged by the distinguished panel of talent, Michelle Michaels, Molli Jane Norman, Moe Ferrara, Patrick Hiller and Justin Kelso. Sponsors for the event included Northwest PA Pride Alliance, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) and of course, The Zone Dance Club.
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TransFamily celebrates with annual summer picnic

The afternoon of Saturday, August 20th was a beautiful time for Erie's TransFamily of NWPA to celebrate their 5th annual summer picnic. The picnic, held at the Glenwood Park, also served as a way to celebrate the ten years TransFamily has been working to support the transgender community of northwestern Pennsylvania, as well as those who are questioning, their loved ones, family members, and aliens. They work towards a greater understanding of people who are transgender though advocacy, education and community engagement.
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Local LGBTQ+ nonprofits benefit from Erie Gives Day 2022

The Erie Community Foundation’s 12th Annual Erie Gives Day capped off another record breaking year for local nonprofits on Tuesday, October 9. Over 7.9 million dollars was raised which was more than just over 7 million last year.
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29th Annual Erie Pride Picnic

Friends, Families and Supporters of Erie’s LGBTQIA Community concluded a day of fun at the Rotary Pavilion on Erie’s Presque Isle. Attendees contributed by bringing a dish to share which accompanied food and drinks provided by the Pride alliance. On August 13th, 200 attendees enjoyed fellowship and laughs amongst the parks many amenities
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LGBTQ+ Coalition of Ashtabula County Drag In The New Year

LGBTQ Coalition of Ashtabula County will present Drag in The New Year on December 31, 2002 from 7 PM to 1 AM at the Norman D Banquet Center, 2720 Carpenter Road, Ashtabula OH. The celebration is a formal affair to benefit the outreach and education program, and will be hosted by Mona Lotz, with music by Jeremy James. Tickets are $65 per person or $120 per couple and include dinner, dessert, open bar, dancing, DJ and drag show, door prize entry, 50/50, and 12 AM champagne toast. Tickets can be requested from LGBTQ Coalition of Ashtabula County web site.
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Erie Chapter of Free Mom Hugs Reactivated

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Erie chapter of Free Mom Hugs has been reactivated. Free Mom Hugs is a nonprofit organization that was started in Oklahoma City in 2014, by mom Sarah Cunningham. After her son came out, Sarah noticed that many LGBTQIA+ youth were being ostracized by their families. Sarah wanted to do something tangible to help and, as a result, Free Mom Hugs was born. After our debut at Erie Pride 2022, we are now available to bring hugs to your LGBTQIA+ supporting organization. If you have an event or activity that you would interested in having Free Mom Hugs attend, please send an email to Kim Perrine, chapter co-coordinator, at mswchick@yahoo.com. You can also reach us on Facebook through the Erie Chapter of Free Mom Hugs group page.
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Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Protect LGBTQIA+ Pennsylvanians from Conversion Therapy

Harrisburg, PA August 16, 2022 - Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2022-2 to protect Pennsylvanians from conversion therapy.
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Journey to a Trauma Informed Life Official Statement on Child Sexual Abuse

Journey to a Trauma Informed Life reaffirms our position against abuse of children, specifically childhood sexual abuse, molestation, grooming, or any activity bringing harm to a child in this (or any other) manner. Abuse of children in any form is damaging; however sexual abuse is a deeply personal trauma that, if left untreated, leaves survivors with a lifetime impact. Journey was founded on - and continues to dedicate its entire existence to helping people heal from trauma. We are unwavering in this purpose, particularly when it comes to trauma endured by the most vulnerable.
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Lake Erie GALA celebrates 23rd year

Lake Erie GALA will be held November 16-20 at the Sheraton in Erie. Now in its 23rd year, the Lake Erie Gala attracts crossdressers, transgender persons and their loved ones from across North America.
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Deadline for September 2022 print edition (issue #322) of Erie Gay News is Monday, August 15, comes out Tuesday, August 23!

Deadline for September 2022 print edition (issue #322) of Erie Gay News is Monday, August 15, comes out Tuesday, August 23!
For the next Erie Gay News (issue # 322, cover-dated for September 2022), please send in-person and online events, news items, and other info for late August 2022 and beyond by Monday, August 15. We expect that the next edition will come out on Tuesday, August 23.
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Entertainment and Travel

Pride Journey: Orlando

Orlando has always been a place close to my heart. Back in 2002, I attended graduate school there as well as worked in the music industry for a company that launched the careers of Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, O-Town and other stars. I even managed a boy band of my own around that time. Needless to say, I really enjoyed living in Orlando. It was also the place where I finally admitted to myself that I was gay, although I didn't officially come out to my family until a few years later
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Susie Blue & the Lonesome Fellas Sultry New Video "How Could I Help but Love You" - A Tango with Howard Levy

Susie Blue & the Lonesome Fellas Sultry New Video 'How Could I Help but Love You' - A Tango with Howard Levy
Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas has just released a sultry new video "How Could I Help but Love You" featuring harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy, from their new release BLUE TRAIN
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Erie Art Museum Brings Chautauqua Artist Work to Erie in New Exhibition

ERIE, Pa. - The Erie Art Museum will feature a new exhibition, Chautauqua Artists in Residence 2022, opening Aug. 25th, 2022. The exhibition includes select artists who participated in the Chautauqua School of Art residency program at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. The prestigious residency program presents the most contemporary artists, whose practices involve various media such as video, ceramics, fiber works, drawing, painting and more. Curated by Laura Domencic, Executive Director of the Erie Art Museum, this exhibition promises a display of the most cutting-edge art work in the country.
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VH1 greenlights new seasons of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" and "RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked"

New York, NY - August 15, 2022 - On the heels of an impressive 11 Emmy® Award nominations across the franchise, VH1 today announced that RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked have been greenlit for new seasons. The record breaking competition series, RuPaul's Drag Race, will introduce a new group of sickening queens for a highly anticipated 15th season which will also include the landmark 200th episode. The Emmy® Award-winning after-show, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked also returns, airing each week after brand new episodes of Drag Race.
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Political, Activism and Legal

ICYMI: HRC Condemns Threats Against Boston Children's Hospital, Other Pediatricians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Septe,ber , 2022 - In the wake of escalating, often violent rhetoric against physicians and hospitals providing best-practice, age-appropriate, medically-necessary gender affirming care - including recent violent threats against Boston Children's Hospital - HRC's Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training, Jay Brownspoke with PBS NewsHour about the current moment where violent, extreme-right rhetoric is threatening parents, young people, and medical providers.
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In ACLU Case, Virginia Judge Rejects Obscenity Proceedings Against Gender Queer and A Court of Mist and Fury

August 30, 2022 - In a challenge brought by the ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia on behalf of local booksellers, a judge rejected an effort to label two books as obscene and illegal to sell or lend in the state of Virginia.
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OutRight Action International Welcomes Repeal of Anti-LGBTQ Law in St. Kitts and Nevis

New York, New York - August 29, 2022 - OutRight Action International, a global human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people, today welcomed a ruling from St. Kitts and Nevis' High Court of Justice striking down Section 56 and 57 of the Offences Against The Person Act. This colonial-era law criminalizes same-sex relations between consenting (adult) men making them punishable with up to ten years of imprisonment with potential for hard labor. While Sections 56 and 57 are seldom enforced, it has served as a form of government-endorsed discrimination, contributing to harassment and violence against sexual and gender minorities. This decision, stemming from a constitutional challenge filed by St. Kitts and Nevis Alliance for Equality, comes on the heels of a similar case in Antigua and Barbuda in which that country's "buggery" law was declared unconstitutional in July.
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Legal Advocates Urge Court to Block Florida Law Known as "Don't Say Gay"

(Orlando, FL, August 26, 2022) - Today, Lambda Legal, Southern Legal Counsel (SLC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and private counsel Baker McKenzie urged a federal district court to halt implementation of enacted Florida House Bill 1557, commonly referred to as the "Don't Say Gay" law, which bans discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3 and restricts such discussions for students through grade 12 based on undefined standards of appropriateness. The law, which effectively silences and erases LGBTQ+ students and families that went into effect July 1, 2022, requires school districts to implement it and empowers any parent to directly sue the school district if they are dissatisfied with its implementation of the law. The legal advocates filed a lawsuit challenging the law on July 25, 2022.
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Federal Court Upholds Preliminary Injunction Against Arkansas Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - August 25, 2022 - In a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction blocking enforcement of Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming health care for transgender adolescents. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four transgender youths, their parents, and two Arkansas doctors.
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Human Rights Campaign Condemns Texas School Board for Sweeping Set of Attacks on Transgender Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 25, 2022 - This week, the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District voted to approve a series of bans and policies taking aim at the existence of open dialogue regarding race, gender identity, and the rights of transgender and gender fluid students. In response, Human Rights Campaign Texas Field Organizer Preston Knight issued the following statement criticizing the decision and its implications for the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth:
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National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund Statement on Florida Primaries: Organization to Continue 'Queer the Vote' Campaign Through Midterm Elections

August 24, 2022, Washington, D.C - With staff and canvassers on the ground in Lakeland and Hillsborough Counties the past several weeks, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund released the following statement following last night's primary results. The following statement can be attributed to Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, Deputy Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund: "It was difficult, as someone who grew up in Lakeland and Central Florida, to see non-partisan races sullied by intense partisan politics. At a time where young people have been the target of bills and rhetoric that do everything BUT keep them safe, we will all need to redouble our efforts following last night's primary.
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ACLU and ACLU of North Carolina Urge Court to End Health Care Delays Faced by Incarcerated Transgender Woman

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - August 23, 2022 - Today, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina urged a federal district court to grant preliminary relief to Kanautica Zayre-Brown, a transgender woman currently denied adequate health care while held in a North Carolina state prison. Following today's hearing, the judge will review the case and issue a decision on the preliminary injunction.
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Change the Pattern: Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Honoring Black and Brown Lives Lost to AIDS will Travel throughout the South

ATLANTA (August 22, 2022) - The National AIDS Memorial is bringing sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to communities throughout the Southern U.S to highlight and honor Black and Brown and lives lost to HIV and AIDS as part of Change the Pattern, a new initiative to reimagine the response to the epidemic in the region.
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Legal Advocates Urge Supreme Court to Reject Effort Seeking Unprecedented Exemption from Anti-Discrimination Law

WASHINGTON - August 19, 2022 - LGBTQ civil and legal rights advocates today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm long-standing precedent that preserves equal access to the commercial marketplace for all. They warned that granting the unprecedented "free speech exemption" sought by petitioners in 303 Creative v. Elenis would inevitably lead to increased discrimination based on the religious or other beliefs of the service provider, not only related to LGBTQ people or weddings but across the population.
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Utah Court Halts Law Barring Transgender Girls From Playing on Girls' Sports Teams

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - August 19, 2022 - Today, the Third District Court of Utah issued an order blocking enforcement of a newly enacted law, H.B. 11, that barred all transgender girls from playing on girls' sports teams. The court held that the new law likely violates the equality guarantees of the Utah Constitution by singling out transgender girls and barring them from competing on girls' teams regardless of their individual circumstances. After a two-day hearing, the court concluded that "the Defendants do not offer persuasive reasons to categorically ban all transgender girls from competing on girls' teams."
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Human Rights Campaign Commends White House for Hosting Summit to Combat Extremist Violence

WASHINGTON - August 19, 2022 - Today, the White House announced it would host the "United We Stand Summit," an event to combat the spread of extremist violence and misinformation. The Summit comes at a time when hate-driven violence against people of color and LGBTQ+ people is on the rise. In just the last few months, 10 Black people were killed at a shooting in Buffalo, New York; white nationalists targeted a Pride event in Idaho; Proud Boys crashed Drag Queen story hour at a local library in California to shout homophobic and transphobic slurs; and Boston Children's Hospital's patients and providers have found themselves the targets of violent threats following a campaign of disinformation on Twitter.
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Parents, Medical Experts, Faith Groups and 21 States Urge Appeals Court Not to Reinstate Alabama Law Criminalizing Healthcare for Transgender Youth

ALABAMA - August 18, 2022 - Parents of transgender children have filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to uphold the injunction against S.B. 184. The Alabama law, blocked by a federal judge in May 2022, would criminalize doctors and parents for ensuring their transgender children can access necessary medical care. Medical experts, faith groups, and 21 U.S. states also filed briefs urging the Appeals Court to keep the bar on S.B. 184 in place.
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Human Rights Campaign Foundation Releases New Data Highlighting the Ongoing Impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ Community

WASHINGTON - August 18, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released new data highlighting how the LGBTQ+ community, particularly Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and Latinx LGBTQ+ adults, have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across various facets of life.
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Human Rights Campaign Calls for Equitable Monkeypox (MPV) Response Amidst Disturbing Reports of Vaccine Disparities

WASHINGTON - August 12, 2022 - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, has been closely monitoring the monkeypox (MPV) outbreak in the United States and tracking equity in overall public health response. Concerning reports have been released this week with demographic data that shows in some areas, Black and Brown people within the men who have sex with men (MSM) community are most impacted by the virus, yet they are receiving a fraction of the limited vaccines in comparison with their white peers.
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LGBTQ and Health Groups Denounce Florida's Adoption of Anti-Transgender Health Care Rule

(Tallahassee, FL -- August 11) Lambda LegalSouthern Legal CounselFlorida Health Justice Project, and National Health Law Program today issued the following statement in response to the adoption of an anti-transgender healthcare rule by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which oversees Florida's Medicaid Program, that will deny Medicaid coverage for all medically necessary gender-affirming care for both youth and adults: "Ignoring thousands of public comments and expert testimony, Florida's AHCA has finalized a rule that will deny Medicaid coverage for all medically necessary gender-affirming care for both youth and adults. This discriminatory and medically unsound rule will take effect on August 21, 2022, putting transgender people in jeopardy of losing access to critical gender-affirming health care services.
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Anti-LGBTQ+ Grooming Narrative Surged More Than 400% on Social Media Following Florida's 'Don't Say Gay or Trans' Law

WASHINGTON - August 10, 2022 - In the wake of the passage of Florida's discriminatory "Don't Say Gay or Trans" bill, extremist politicians and their allies engineered an unprecedented and dangerous anti-LGBTQ+ misinformation campaign that saw discriminatory and inflamatory "grooming" content surge by over 400% across social media platforms, according to a new report released today by the Human Rights Campaign and the Center for Countering Digital Hate. The report - Digital Hate: Social Media's Role in Amplifying Dangerous Lies About LGBTQ+ People - reveals that the average number of tweets per day using slurs such as "groomer" and "pedophile" in relation to LGBTQ+ people surged by 406% in the month after the Florida bill was passed, resulting in a sharp spike in online homophobia and transphobia that social media platforms not only failed to crack down on, but also profited from.
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LGBTQ Equality Maps Updates for August 2022

MAP's Equality Maps provide a detailed snapshot of the current state of LGBTQ laws and policies in the country and a comprehensive LGBTQ equality profile for each state. These are the state and local policy updates as of August 2022.
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ABA House reaffirms longstanding support for reproductive rights among other new policies

CHICAGO, Aug. 9, 2022 - The American Bar Association's policymaking body, the House of Delegates (HOD), adopted a series of resolutions during its two-day meeting Aug. 8-9 that seeks to expand protections for individuals and entities involved in the discussion and delivery of reproductive rights as well as protect other privacy rights.
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BACKGROUNDER: "Back To School As You Are" Campaign Supports LGBTQ+ Students, Families, Educators Amidst Wave of Disturbing Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

WASHINGTON - August 9, 2022 - Across the nation, LGBTQ+ students of all ages are returning to school under an unprecedented and hostile political climate. An uptick in discriminatory legislation and rhetoric targeting LGBTQ+ youth - particularly transgender and non-binary youth - in recent months has created a sense of hopelessness and fear for many. Students' safety is being compromised as elected officials seek to attack them for political gain. From anti-trans sports bills to book bans to curriculum censorship legislation, LGBTQ+ students are seeing their rights attacked and identities erased.
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National LGBTQ Task Force Statement on Griner Sentencing: "Excessive and Wrong...Bring Brittney Home"

August 4, 2022 - The following can be attributed to Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force: "This sentence is both excessive and wrong. We have watched for months as Brittney Griner has been used as a political pawn, even as she has made clear that she did not intend to break any laws. Her case has mobilized millions of people - not just fans but anyone concerned with human rights.
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Human Rights Campaign Commends the Biden Administration's Monkeypox (MPV) Public Health Emergency Declaration; Calls for Swift Federal Action

WASHINGTON - August 4, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, commended the Biden Administration for declaring the monkeypox virus (MPV) outbreak a national public health emergency while noting that more needs to be done to ensure equitable access to vaccines and treatment.
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Advocates Urge Florida Board of Medicine to Reject Anti-Transgender Health Care Guidance

(Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 5, 2022) - Today, the Florida Board of Medicine (the "Board") at its full board meeting is to consider a request by Florida's State Surgeon General for the Board to promulgate a rule prohibiting the provision by medical professionals of gender-affirming medical care. The State Surgeon General's biased and politically-motivated petition, however, runs counter to well-established medical guidelines for the treatment of gender dysphoria, such as those published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the Endocrine Society, and the overwhelming medical consensus in the United States and internationally, and would in effect deny essential, medically necessary, and often life-saving care to transgender people, including transgender youth.
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Human Rights Campaign Announces Lawsuit Against Tennessee's Anti-Transgender Student Bathroom Bill

WASHINGTON - August 4, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, joined by the law firm of Linklaters, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Williamson County Board of Education and the Tennessee Department of Education in the District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee challenging a discriminatory law that denies transgender students, faculty, and staff access to the bathroom, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity.
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Victory! Court Rules for Transgender West Virginia Medicaid Participants Denied Health Care Coverage

(Charleston, WV, August 3, 2022) - The federal District Court Judge Robert C. Chambers ruled yesterday that West Virginia's Medicaid program could no longer discriminate by excluding coverage for gender-confirming surgical care for transgender West Virginia Medicaid participants.
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Human Rights Campaign Commends White House Monkeypox (MPV) Coordinator Appointments; Calls for Greater Federal Response

WASHINGTON - August 2, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, commended the Biden Administration for appointing Robert Fenton and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis to serve as White House coordinator and deputy coordinator, respectively, to combat the spread of Monkeypox (MPV), while calling for more immediate action on the part of the federal government. Fenton helped lead FEMA's COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign as FEMA's acting administrator and Dr. Daskalakis is the director of the CDC's HIV prevention division who also serves as an expert on issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community.
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Fetterman Blasts Oz for Ties to Conversion Therapy on 9 Year Anniversary of Becoming First Western PA Elected to Marry Same-Sex Couple

Fetterman Blasts Oz for Ties to Conversion Therapy on 9 Year Anniversary of Becoming First Western PA Elected to Marry Same-Sex Couple
Braddock, PA - August 5, 2022 -- Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman on Friday released the following statement celebrating the 9 year anniversary since he officiated the first same-sex marriage in Allegheny County in defiance of Pennsylvania's ban. Despite the threat of legal action from former PA Governor Tom Corbett, Fetterman became the first public official in western Pennsylvania to marry a same-sex couple:
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Health

National Preparedness Month: Red Cross Urges Everyone to Get Ready Now for Emergencies

[ERIE, AUG. 23, 2022] - People everywhere are feeling the impacts of climate change with more frequent and intense weather events threatening our communities. September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania urges everyone to get ready for these emergenc
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HHS Secretary Becerra Announces More Than $20 Million in Funding to End HIV Epidemic

August 23, 2022 - Today, at the National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced more than $20 million in fundingto expand HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services at health centers nationwide. The funding - awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to 64 health centers - is part of HHS' Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative, which aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90 percent by 2030.
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Give us your feedback regarding HIV prevention and care in Pennsylvania

If you or someone you love has been affected by HIV, the PA Department of Health and the HIV Prevention and Care Project at the University of Pittsburgh needs your input.
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New CDC Data Reveal Less Than a Third of People Diagnosed with Hepatitis C Receive Timely Treatment for the Deadly, yet Curable, Infection

A new CDC Vital Signs report finds that too few people diagnosed with hepatitis C are being treated, despite availability of medications capable of curing this viral infection.
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Give blood or platelets for chance at year's supply of gas

[Aug. 9, 2022] - Did you know about 62% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood? But, only about 3% does. By making an appointment to help save lives with the American Red Cross in August, donors can pump up the blood supply and keep it from falling to shortage levels. Platelet donors are especially needed now.
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Letters, Columnists and Opinion

A week in Chicago and Canada

August isn't supposed to be busy, but as we've all learned, this year seems to have lots of surprises. Last week was no exception for us. It was a learn and share week with stops in Chicago and Ottawa, Canada, and in addition to all the new experiences, it was even better because I got to travel with my husband Jason.
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Contests

Enter to win Desire Lines

Enter to win Desire Lines
Enter to win Desire Lines by Cary Alan Johnson. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, September 6, and Tuesday, September 27
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Enter to win Queer Theory, Gender Theory

Enter to win Queer Theory, Gender Theory
Enter to win Queer Theory, Gender Theory by Riki Wilchins. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, August 30, and Tuesday, September 20.
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Enter to win The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen

Enter to win The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen
Enter to win The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen by Gary Eldon Peters. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Friday, August 16, and Friday, September 16.
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Enter to win The Ozarks Druid

Enter to win The Ozarks Druid
Enter to win The Ozarks Druid by Courtney Lanning. To enter the contest, fill out the form here between Tuesday, August 23, and Tuesday, September 13.
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