December, 2022 News (48 Articles with 21,100 total views)
On the cover of the print edition for December, 2022 NW PA Pride Alliance board members and supporters in the Meadville Halloween Parade on October 29, 2022. Photo by Michael Mahler.
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On Friday, October 28, 2022, Identity, PennWest Edinboro's LGBTQIA+ student group, held a delightful Halloqueen Dance in the Franklin G. Pogue Student Center. The event also included a costume contest, musical chairs, and pumpkin painting.
On Saturday, October 29, 2022, NW PA Pride had an entry in the Meadville Halloween Parade. The parade had a theme this year of "Under the Big Top." The Meadville Halloween Parade is the largest nighttime parade in Pennsylvania.
Erie Gay News has been working hard on expanding our distribution. We are proud that we now have more distributors than ever before! However, due to increased postage and printing costs, we need to adjust our rates for 2023. The new rates will take effect with the issue that comes out on January 24, 2023, and ad sizes will remain the same.
The United Way of Erie County is currently looking hire a Community Schools Support Manager and a Community Impact Coordinator. A resume and cover letter addressing required questions must be submitted for consideration. Apply at https://www.unitedwayerie.org/get-involved/careers/
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Since I began Pride Journeys 5 years ago, I have had the incredible opportunity to visit dozens of destinations around the world. Some destinations I visited once, while others left such an impression, that I was yearning to return. Oklahoma City is one of those destinations.
On Wednesday November 30, 2022, the National Trans Bar Association ("NTBA") Co-Chair Kristen Browde will step to the podium at the United States Supreme Court and move the admission of a group of ten attorneys to the group of those admitted to practice before the Supreme Court. Then ten, all members of the NTBA, will be the first ever cohort of ten openly transgender attorneys ever admitted to practice before the nation's highest Court.
The State of LGBTQ+ Equality in 10 Pennsylvania Municipalities Detailed in Human Rights Campaign Index - Erie Gets 100/100!
WASHINGTON - November 30, 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, in partnership with The Equality Federation, released its 11th annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only assessment of LGBTQ+ equality regarding municipal policies, laws and services in 506 cities across the nation, including 10 in Pennsylvania.
The ID Divide: New MAP Report Examines How Barriers to ID Harm Different Communities and Impact Everyone
Identity documents (IDs) like driver's licenses are keys that unlock virtually every aspect of daily life, but there are many barriers to obtaining ID, affecting everyone but impacting different communities in different ways. A complicated patchwork of policies, combined with unnecessarily high fees and ongoing discrimination, mean that millions of people are unable to access some of the most basic needs and services or to participate in everyday life, simply because they don't have a valid ID.
In the Face of Rising Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation in States, A Record 120 U.S. Cities Excel in Protecting LGBTQ+ Rights; Achieve Top Score on Human Rights Campaign
WASHINGTON - November 30, 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, in partnership with The Equality Federation Institute, released its 11th annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only nationwide assessment of LGBTQ+ equality in the areas of municipal policies, laws and services. This year, a record-breaking 120 cities earned the highest score of 100, up from 11 in 2012's inaugural index, the MEI's inaugural year, illustrating the striking advancements municipalities have made despite some being in states that have seen increased extremist-led anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and legislation.
WASHINGTON - November 29, 2022 - In a historic step forward for the rights of LGBTQ families, the U.S. Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act on a bipartisan vote. The bill ensures federal recognition of marriage regardless of the sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of either spouse and requires all states to respect valid marriages entered into in other states. The bill does not, however, codify the right of same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states, as the Supreme Court held in 2015 in Obergefell v. Hodges is constitutionally required. It would not prevent states from outlawing or otherwise restricting marriage by same-sex couples in the event Obergefell is overturned.
Trailing Warnock Late In The 4th Quarter, Walker Dials Up Anti-LGBTQ+ Hail Mary with Transphobic Ads and Campaign Surrogates
GEORGIA - With a new AARP poll showing his campaign trailing Senator Raphael Warnock by four points ahead of the December 6th U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia, Herschel Walker is reaching deep into an outdated playbook and running a desperate Hail Mary play running anti-transgender ads, attacking LGBTQ+ people in vicious terms and campaigning with an anti-LGBTQ+ extremist just days after a gunman killed five people and injured at least 25 more at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs.
Movement Advancement Project (MAP) is grateful to have partnered with CenterLink since 2008 to publish a biennial report of LGBTQ community centers around the country. The 2022 report was finalized prior to the mass shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs. This tragedy underscores the importance of LGBTQ community centers and for advocacy to ensure that every LGBTQ person can live free from violence, harassment, and discrimination.
HRC Responds to Tragic Fatal Shooting at LGBTQ+ Nightclub in Colorado Springs; Calls Attention to Rise in Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate & Senseless Gun Violence
Colorado Springs, CO - November 20, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, responded to media reports of a fatal shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, a nightclub serving the local LGBTQ+ community. The club was hosting a drag performance that evening and was hosting events in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance on the morning following the shooting. Police reported a long rifle was used in the shooting.
Human Rights Campaign Thanks House Majority Whip and Champion of LGBTQ+ Equality Jim Clyburn For Decades of Leadership
WASHINGTON - November 17, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, responded to the news that House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives, will be stepping down from his position as whip.
NEW POST-ELECTION POLL: Equality Voters Stopped the Red Wave in Pennsylvania, Rejecting Trump-Backed Candidates' Extremism and Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks
PENNSYLVANIA - November 18, 2022 - New polling in Pennsylvania released today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization - shows that the 2022 election defied pre-election predictions of a massive "red wave" in no small measure because Equality Voters pushed back against extremism and voted to protect commonly held values and our democracy.
Human Rights Campaign Thanks House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for His Decades-Worth of Congressional Leadership and Championship of LGBTQ+ Equality
WASHINGTON - Nvember 17, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, responded to the announcement of U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's plan to not seek reelection to congressional leadership, commending his longtime work in advancing the rights of LGBTQ+ Americans and other marginalized communities as a stalwart public servant.
WASHINGTON - Equality California, the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on the U.S. House floor Thursday that she will continue to represent San Francisco in Congress but will not seek re-election to Democratic Leadership: "From her first floor speech in 1987 to today's, Speaker Pelosi has been an indefatigable champion for LGBTQ+ civil rights, reproductive freedom and the health and well-being of all Americans. She is, without question, the most effective Speaker in history, and we are eternally grateful for her service.
NEW POST-ELECTION POLL: Equality Voters Stopped the Red Wave, Rejecting Extremism and Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks
WASHINGTON - November 17, 2022 - New polling released today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization - shows that the 2022 election defied pre-election predictions of a massive "red wave" in no small measure because Equality Voters pushed back against extremism and voted to protect commonly held values and our democracy.
This year, SAGE, partnering with organizations across the state, will host a virtual event to discuss LGBTQ+ elder housing advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania. The virtual event, Creating Home: A Roundtable to Discuss LGBTQ+ Elder Housing in Pennsylvania, will be hosted on December 7th from 9am-12pm, Eastern Time.
RESPECT FOR MARRIAGE ACT: What It Does, How It Interacts With the Obergefell Ruling, and Why They're Both Essential to Protecting Marriage Equality
WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 17, 2022 - This week, the U.S. Senate is poised to pass the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) - a bill that will codify federal marriage equality by guaranteeing the federal rights, benefits and obligations of marriages in the federal code; repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); and affirm that public acts, records and proceedings should be recognized by all states. By doing so, it protects the status quo that exists following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark rulings in Loving v. Virginia (1967), Windsor v. United States (2013) and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) - decisions that together made equal marriage the law of the land.
Campus Pride Releases "The Changing Nature of Gender in the 21st Century: How Trans and Nonbinary Students Applying to College Today Self-Identify"
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In advance of Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, Campus Pride today published a new report titled "The Changing Nature of Gender in the 21st Century: How Trans and Nonbinary Students Applying to College Today Self-Identify," a research project analyzing the largest body of data on the gender identities of incoming college students that has ever been available. The report is produced by Campus Pride and written by Dr. Genny Beemyn (they/them), Coordinator of Campus Pride's Trans Policy Clearinghouse and Director of the Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst, who was given exclusive access by the Common App to analyze the data on gender identity and pronouns - and the intersections with racial identity and first-generation status - of more than a million students who filled out the application during the Fall 2022 college admissions cycle.
WASHINGTON - November 17, 2022 - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization - called upon leaders of the House of Representatives in the upcoming 118th Congress to uphold LGBTQ+ equality and to work with their colleagues in the Senate on behalf of all Americans.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation Marks Ten Years of Tracking Violence Against Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, Recording 32 Fatalities in 2022
WASHINGTON - November 16, 2022 -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released "An Epidemic of Violence: Fatal Violence Against Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People in the United States in 2022" a report honoring the lives of at least 32 transgender and gender non-conforming people killed in 2022 and shining a light on data that HRC has continued to collect on the epidemic of violence.
U.S. Senate Invokes Cloture for Bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act 62-37, with every Democrat and 12 Republican Votes; Vote Moves to Senate Floor
WASHINGTON - November 16, 2022 - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization - today celebrated the bipartisan vote to invoke cloture on the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) in the U.S. Senate, a vote which requires 60 Senators' 'yea' votes to overcome a filibuster and allow the Senate to consider the legislation.
Human Rights Campaign Denounces Trump's 2024 Bid for President, Vows to Work to 'Ensure Trump Forever Remains a One-Term President'
WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 15, 2022 - The Human Rights Campaign - America's largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization - released the following statement in response to former President Donald Trump's announcement that he will run for a second presidential term. "We in the LGBTQ+ community have watched over the past seven years as Donald Trump's hateful language and discriminatory policies have emboldened waves of bigotry, disinformation and violence," said Human Rights Campaign Interim President Joni Madison. "Even as Republican voters have become increasingly supportive of LGBTQ+ people - registering majority approval of nondiscrimination projections and marriage equality - he and his extremist MAGA supporters have worked tirelessly to try to slander and demonize us, our relationships, and our families. His time in office saw a relentless onslaught of unconscionable executive orders that made it harder to live as an LGBTQ+ person in this country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 14, 2022 - Today, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the U.S. Senate will vote on the Respect for Marriage Act this week. In response, Human Rights Campaign Interim President Joni Madison issued the following statement: "We thank Majority Leader Schumer and Senators Baldwin, Collins, Feinstein, Portman, Sinema, and Tillis for their leadership on this vital bipartisan legislation that will officially strike the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act from our nation's laws and help secure nationwide marriage equality. Because of their leadership spearheading the Respect for Marriage Act, the U.S. Senate has the opportunity to right a historic wrong, creating an inclusive law that reflects the will of the vast majority of Americans - 71% of whom support marriage equality - and eases the minds of those who may worry what the impact of the Dobbs decision could mean for their marriages. It's time to pass the Respect for Marriage Act and we strongly urge all Senators to do so."
WASHINGTON, D.C - November 12, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization - celebrated as the reelection of HRC-endorsed U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada guaranteed that a pro-equality majority will maintain control of the U.S. Senate in the 118th Congress when it begins in January.
Human Rights Campaign Celebrates New Pro-Equality Majority in Pennsylvania State House of Representatives
HARRISBURG - November 9, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization - celebrated the newly elected pro-equality majority in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.
Human Rights Campaign Congratulates Senator Raphael Warnock, Pledges Continued Support as He Heads to December Runoff Election
ATLANTA - November 9, 2022 - With the news that Georgia's U.S. Senate election now heads to a December 6 runoff between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker, the Human Rights Campaign PAC pledges to continue its efforts mobilizing Equality Voters, a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality.
Washington, DC - November 9, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization - hailed the victory of at least 10 pro-equality, openly LGBTQ+ members of the House of Representatives Equality Caucus, a record. Those members are Becca Balint (VT-1), David Cicilline (RI-1), Angie Craig (MN-2), Sharice Davids (KS-3), Robert Garcia (CA-42), Chris Pappas (NH-1), Mark Pocan (WI-2), Eric Sorensen (IL-17), Mark Takano (CA-39), and Ritchie Torres (NY-15). When the new congressional term begins in January, these House members will join openly LGBTQ+ Senators Tammy Baldwin and Kyrsten Sinema in Congress. Votes are still being counted in CA-41 and OR-5, where openly LGBTQ+ Will Rollins and Jamie McLeod-Skinner are in close races.
Lambda Legal to Challenge Discriminatory Military Service Policy Preventing People Living with HIV from Enlisting in U.S. Armed Forces
(Washington, D.C., November 10, 2022) - Today, Lambda Legal filed a legal challenge to the U.S. Military policy that prevents people living with HIV from enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces. The discriminatory policy requires that applicants for appointment and enlistment, as well as individuals being inducted into military Services, be screened for HIV and denied entry if they test positive.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 9, 2022 - Below is a statement from Joni Madison, the Interim President of the Human Rights Campaign, on the 2022 midterm elections. "While we likely won't know the full outcome of the election for several days - we do know a few things right now. We know that extremist candidates didn't generate the tsunami they were betting on, thanks to the historic turnout of pro-equality, pro-democracy, and pro-choice voters, who showed up to the polls in record numbers to make their voices heard. In some of the most consequential and bellwether races in key battleground states, voters sent a strong message: Extremists, conspiracy theorists, and far-right radicals won't be readily handed the keys to our democracy - and certainly won't prevent the gears of progress from turning.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - November 10, 2022 - LGBTQ+ Californians will see historic representation in Sacramento, when the state's new legislature is sworn in on December 5. With the re-election Tuesday of four openly LGBTQ+ Assemblymembers and the election of at least four new out LGBTQ+ legislators, California is on track to become the first state in the nation to achieve 10% LGBTQ+ representation in its state legislature. California's four out LGBTQ+ Senators are all serving terms through 2024.
SALEM - November 9, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, hailed the victory of HRC-endorsed Tina Kotek in her bid to become the governor of Oregon. Tina Kotek joins Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey as the first lesbian governors elected in the United States.
Human Rights Campaign Celebrates Maura Healey's Historic Election as First Lesbian Governor in the Nation
WASHINGTON - November 8, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, hailed the victory of HRC-endorsed Maura Healey in her bid to become governor of Massachusetts. Healey will become the country's first lesbian governor - pending results in Oregon, where Tina Kotek could share in that honor - and Massachusetts' first LGBTQ+ governor.
HARRISBURG - November 9, 2022 -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) -- the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization -- congratulated HRC-endorsed Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman on his election to the US Senate from Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Equality Project in cooperation with the Meadville Public Library is hosting #FreeShop2022. PA Equality Project will be gathering donated items such as non-perishable canned food items, clothing, blankets, books, CDs, DVDs, and small furniture items such as desk lamps, toasters, mixers, and other kitchen items and making them available to the public for free. While contributions are not required, cash and personal check donations on site are welcome. Checks should be made payable to "Pennsylvania Equality Project." Use of debit and credit cards, and PayPal should be made through our website. The #FreeShop runs from 9 AM until 5 PM, and we will be taking donations until 5 PM on November 28.
HARRISBURG - November 8, 2022 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization - hailed the victory of HRC-endorsed Attorney General Josh Shapiro in his bid to become governor of Pennsylvania.
[ERIE, Nov. 21, 2022] - As many gather for Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends, the American Red Cross urges donors to shake up their holiday traditions and plan a time to give blood or platelets in the coming weeks.
On Thursday December 1, 2022, the Erie County HIV Task Force [ECHTF] will present this year's World AIDS Day program at the H.O. Hirt Auditorium inside the Blasco Library at 160 East Front Street, Erie PA 16507. Doors will open at 5:30pm followed by the program beginning at 6pm. This year's focus is on achieving equity for treatment and testing in the Erie region. The program will include a memorial segment for those no longer with us due to HIV / AIDS. If you would like a loved one to be recognized, you can submit their name via email to Gary Snyder, the chair of the Erie County HIV Task Force at email@example.com. Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be loaned for display at the event as part of a small portion of the world's largest mobile visual project which recognized over 100,000 lives ended prematurely by HIV. Red ribbons for awareness will be provided to wear in conjunction with red ribbons with names written upon them will be displayed on the library lobby windows for the month of December.
In the midst of the messy fun of preparing breakfast, I managed to answer the buzzing phone. The caller identified herself as Joy. A friend of my ex-partner Alan. She got straight to the point. Explaining it was a matter of life and death. I was the only person who could keep Alan alive.
The first week of November 2022, PA Governor Tom Wolf signed a new law making it a felony to pass on a communicable disease when individuals 'should have known' the already had it. The law, known as HB 103, punishes people with 7 years in prison and $15,000 in fines for 'expelling' saliva, blood, or another bodily fluid onto a police officer. This law also charges people with a second-degree felony if they knew or 'should have known' they had a communicable disease after transmission to another person. The offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Communicable diseases under this new law would include HIV as well as hepatitis, influenza, chickenpox, and COVID-19. Yes, if you have COVID-19 and do not know it but infect another person unintentionally, you could be in prison for a decade. Got your attention now?
In 2017, a group of community leaders met to discuss the idea of building an LGBTQ-friendly housing community. Five years later, Persad Center is excited to share that Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has received critical funding needed to build the first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing community in Pittsburgh!
Throughout the 2022 year, the Pennsylvania HIV Planning Group (HPG) [a collaboration between stakeholders and the PA Department of Health (PADOH)] worked toward developing the new 2022-2026 Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan. This document is a comprehensive plan presented by PADOH to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as guidelines for the work to be completed in the coming years. The Integrated Plan has built off of decades of work by many PA residents to improve the lives of persons living with HIV along with reducing HIV infections within the commonwealth. Between September and November, provided the new plan for review internally and HPG received notice that the new five-year plan has been submitted to the CDC prior to the December 9th deadline.
Joe Biden was the big winner in last week's election. So was our community. Let's look at Joe Biden's win and LGBT wins and examine what they have in common. We'll also learn why Joe Biden's age was a major factor in both wins.
There might not have been a red wave in the midterms, but there certainly was a rainbow wave. There are so many takeaways from the midterms on what drove the result. Mainstream media is fixated on how poorly Republicans did, how Trump candidates failed, and how Trump wound up being the big loser. Abortion rights won across the nation where it was on the ballot, and it became a major issue as some predicted.