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Published: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

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Equality California Commends the Second Preliminary Injunction Halting Transgender Military Ban

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Los Angeles, November 21, 2017 —Today, Equality California applauded U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis in the District of Maryland as he issued a preliminary injunction in Stone v. Trump, a case brought by the ACLU challenging Trump's transgender military ban. This new ruling affirms the nationwide preliminary injunction issued in Doe v. Trump on October 30.



Trump administration appeals Doe v. Trump, "digging in its heels" on transgender military ban

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

(WASHINGTON, D.C., November 21, 2017)—Today, the Trump administration filed an appeal in Doe v. Trump, the first lawsuit filed to stop Trump's transgender military ban. On October 30, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted the National Center for Lesbian Rights' (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders' (GLAD) motion for preliminary injunction, placing a nationwide halt on the ban. Earlier today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ruled in Stone v. Trump, another of the four federal lawsuits filed challenging Trump's ban, and issued a second preliminary injunction. NCLR and GLAD issued the following statements in response to today's Trump administration appeal:









Lambda Legal Brings Together 40 Other LGBT Orgs to Oppose Nomination of Gregory Katsas to Powerful D.C. Circuit

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Washington, DC - November 20, 2017 – Today, Lambda Legal and 40 other national, state, and local LGBT organizations sent a letter to the United States Senate urging members to oppose the confirmation of Gregory Katsas to the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, citing his central role in the anti-civil rights efforts of the Donald Trump administration, including "morphing the trans military ban from tweet to policy," as well as his record outside the administration of "litigation seeking to dismantle legal protections for LGBT people," all of which together make it impossible for him to be viewed as a fair and impartial judge.



Enter to win Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged Reissue by George Michael

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Enter to win Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged Reissue by Goerge Michael! To enter the contest, fill out the form below between Tuesday, November 21 and Tuesday, December 12.



Michael dithers

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

What a busy past few months! It was fun walking with the Edinboro students and NW PA Pride in the Homecoming Parade. Two weeks later, I went down to march with Crawford Area LGBT+ and several Allegheny Colege students in the Meadville Halloween Parade. Randy, the organizer for our unit, had said that it was going to be wet and suggested that folks wear a poncho or something. I must admit that I tend to not be very good at costuming, but I picked up both a red ponco and a red clown nose, and told folks that I was Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Raingear. Speaking of costumes, there were some terrific costumes at the Identity/EUP HalloQueen Ball, and also some wonderful performers at the Penn State Behrend Drag Show.



Marshall Blount creates series of asexuality videos

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Photographer and artist Marshall Blount is creating a series of videos offering support and raising awareness around asexuality. Check them out on his YouTube Channel: Marshall John Blount.



Crawford Area LGBT+ new public page

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Crawford Area LGBT+ now has a public facing page for the group. This page will be for public events where we will want to get the broader community involved so that these events can more easily be shared by others. I will keep the current group closed for meetings and group only events.



Holiday Sale benefit for PERSAD Center Dec 1-3

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Persad Center - western Pennsylvania's leading human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities-is having a fundraiser just in time for Holidays. The event will be held Dec 1-3 at Riverside Design Group Warehouse, 3485 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA. This year will be the biggest sale in Riverside's history as the warehouse is moving early next year and they want to clear the shelves! and come help make this our biggest fundraiser ever.



Over 40?...So What!

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

The social support group Aging With Pride has been renamed. The group will now be known as Over 40?...So What! Meetings will continue to be held the 2nd Sunday of the month from 4pm to 6pm. The next meeting will be held December 10th . The location will remain the same at Lake Erie Counseling Inc. 301 West 10 th Street, Erie The group strives to be a warm, welcoming space for LGBT individuals age 40 and over to socialize, meet friends, finds support and discuss issues of importance to those of us in the prime of our lives.



NW PA Pride Thanks 2017 Donors

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Thanks to donors and supporters , 2017 was a great year for the NW PA Pride Alliance. We celebrated 25 years of pride this year and embraced this milestone as our theme. With this added focus on the history of the local LGBTQIA community, we honored six groups and one individual with Visibility Awards at Pridefest for their work over the past 25 years. With accessibility in mind, the board made changes to our marquee summer events, moving Pridefest to the last weekend in June and the Pride Picnic to the final weekend in August. In addition to the new date, Pridefest had a new location-the freshly renovated Perry Square. Because of these changes, we attracted roughly 750 people, the largest pride event in NWPA history. And for the second year in a row, Erie Pridefest was covered by MIC Media as part of the Google-sponsored "Small Town, Big Pride" series.



Dr Ashley Sullivan interview about LGBT children on YouTube

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Ashley Lauren Sullivan, Ph.D., MSW was interviewed on Ask the Expert - Quality Early Learning Radio Show Program #76 9-1-17. Dr. Ashley Sullivan, professor of Early Childhood Education at Penn State-Erie, the Behrend campus. In the interview she discusseds her research on social justice and equity, as it relates to working with LGBT children as well as her soon to be released book, Voices of Transgender Children in Early Childhood Education: Reflections on Resistance and Resiliency. Dr. Sullivan was also included in Erie Reader's 2017 edition of the top 40 professionals in the Erie area having an impact under the age of 40.



"It's Just One Big, Ambiguous Mess"

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

My book "The Gay Man's Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage" came out in June. Ever since, I have been getting new clients whose relationships are similar to the couples I talk about in the book: "if you write about it, they will come".



Trump Human Rights - LGBT Disaster

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Much has been made of the lack of attention to human rights by President Trump on his recent excursion to Asia. This, by and of itself, represents the United States giving up the mantel on this subject since we first gained prominence on the issue during the Jimmy Carter administration in the 1970s. We were the international leader for this proud cause, and president after president - regardless of being a Democrat or a Republican - raised it on foreign trips. We are told that Trump mentioned the topic of human rights only in passing to the president of the Philippines during this trip. This is a warning sign for many in the LGBT community throughout the world. Recall a nation called Uganda: If it were not for the intervention of the United States, its legislature would right now have a "Kill the Gays" law.



Lambda Legal: Senate Judiciary Must Set New Hearing for Federal Bench Nominees Brett Talley and Thomas Farr

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:57 -0700

Washington, DC - November 17, 2017 – Today, Lambda Legal joined the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund in calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold additional hearings on two district court nominees: Brett Talley, nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, and Thomas Farr, nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Talley, who was already deemed "not qualified" to become a federal judge by the American Bar Association, has since made news for failing to disclose directly relevant information to the Committee. Farr appears to have misled the chamber about his role in a campaign to intimidate black voters, according to media reports. Both nominees should require new hearings on their nominations to lifetime appointments on the federal bench.