Erie GLBT News/Events

Apr 26 – 28 (Fri – Sun) – OPENING WEEKEND – Welcome Cocktail Party (Jones Pond Campground & RV Park, 9835 Old State Rd, Angelica, NY 14709-8729) Open your trailer, book your first cabin and get acquainted with old friends once again. Cozy BYOB Cocktail Party at the back of the barn Saturday at 4pm. Phone: (585) 567-8100. Email: Browse to

Apr 26 (Fri) – First Annual Festival of Community PRIDE (Promoting Respect for Individual Differences for Everyone) (The Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center, 119 West Third St., Jamestown, NY 14701) 5:30 PM. The event will begin with a Potluck Buffet at 5:30 pm and then there is a Community Discussion scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm. Many organizations will be participating: Congregation Hesed Abraham, Cornell Co-Operative Extension, Catholic Charities, Jamestown Community College, The Resource Center, YMCA Eastside and YWCA Jamestown and PFLAG. For more information, call YWCA Jamestown at 716-488-2237 Phone: (716) 488-2237 .

Apr 26 (Fri) – Marriage Equality for PA: Rally for Marriage Equality (Gov. Tom Corbett’s Erie regional office, 100 State St Suite 205, Erie, PA) 6 PM – 7 PM. There will be a rally in support of marriage equality, non-discrimination, and banning conversion therapy in our fine Commonwealth. The Governor has expressed his opposition to marriage equality and our organization wishes to show him the tremendous support that exists within our communities for the constitutional right of true equality as described in the 14th amendment. Contact: Joshua Adam Szczesny. Phone: (814) 923-3149 . Email: Browse to RSVP/Register/Tickets at

Apr 27 (Sat) – Camp Davis Opens (Camp Davis, 311 Redbrush Rd, Boyers, PA 16020-1219) Camp Opens 10 AM – No Dance – Dinner for Seasonals 5 PM Contact: Jim. Phone: (724) 637-2402. Email: Browse to

Apr 27 (Sat) – Drag Show & Miss or Mr. M&J’s Lounge Pageant (M & J’s Lounge, 124 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001) So come and vote for the New M&J’s Lounge Queen or King. Phone: (724) 602-8447. Email: JoshuaSean2009@AOL.COM. Browse to

Apr 27 (Sat) – TransFamily of Erie Support Group meets (Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, 1011 Peach St, Erie, PA 16501) 2 PM – 5 PM. TransFamily of Erie is a support group created to serve the transgender community of Northwestern PA and the surrounding region. The group provides a safe space for all who fit somewhere in the gender spectrum, or are searching. This includes all transgender subcategories, including FTM, MTF, cross dresser, genderqueer, questioning, etc. Family members of all ages, friends, parents and spouses are welcome at the meetings. Meetings are held from 2 – 5pm on the 4th Saturday of each month at Mental Health Association of Northwest PA (MHA – 1101 Peach St. Erie, PA, 16501) Meetings consist of group discussion around some topic of interest, followed by time for social interaction. Please bring some type of snack to share. Parking in the MHA parking lot is free. Contact: Caitlyn Strohmeyer. Phone: (814) 823-1969. Venue Phone: (814) 452-4462 ext 117. Email: Browse to venue web site

Apr 27 (Sat) – Erie Sisters meets (Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 New Perry Highway, Erie, PA 16508) 7 PM. Erie Sisters is a local transgender support group that provides support and encouragement for both MTF and FTM transgender individuals. The group meets for discussion the fourth Saturday of each month at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church; 7180 Perry Highway, Erie PA, followed by dinner at a local restaurant and dancing at The Zone Dance Club. Phone: (440) 265-8191. Venue Phone: (814) 864-9300. Email: Browse to Browse to venue web site

Apr 28 (Sun) – 17th Annual Buffalo Brunch (Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd, Depew, NY 14043) The Buffalo Brunch honors individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses that help celebrate and embrace the LGBT community within the greater Western New York community. Proceeds from the Buffalo Brunch are disbursed through embraceWNY in the form of community grants and sponsorships, as well as educational scholarships for local post-secondary students receiving an education locally. This year, the Buffalo Brunch will present its community service awards, with a community citation going to Jamestown City Council President Greg Rabb. Contact: Judy Dumitru. Phone: (716) 983-9212. Email: Browse to RSVP/Register/Tickets at

Apr 28 (Sun) – LBT Women go to Erie Explosion Indoor Arena Football Game (Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St, Erie, PA 16501) 2 PM. Tickets are $12 – If you are planning on attending, please get with me via e-mail ASAP, so we can make arrangements to get seats all together. Jan and I also have vouchers for a couple “Free” tickets if you would like to go but can’t afford the ticket fee. Again, give me a holler! Contact: Laurie Finch. Venue Phone: (814) 455-7779. Email: Browse to Browse to venue web site

Apr 28 (Sun) – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), NWPA Chapter Annual Meeting (La bella, 802 W 18th St, Erie, PA 16502) 3 PM – 5 PM. Join the Northwest Chapter for its annual meeting. Keynote speaker will ACLU-PA Legislative Director Andy Hoover. RVSPs are greatly appreciated: Call 881-3788 and leave your name and phone #. The title of Andy Hoover’s talk: “The State of Our Union Under the Dome, Undermining Liberties” We will also have our annual elections of board members. In addition, we will provide information about upcoming events, meetings and actions. We encourage all ACLU members to get involved, and if you want to join, you can do so at the meeting. Venue Phone: (814) 456-2244. Email: Browse to

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The Killer Wore Leather

Cormac “Mack” Steel, Mr Global Leather, has been murdered at this year’s BDSM/fetish weekend in New York City. He was found dead on the floor of his Manhattan suite wearing only a pair of frilly, yellow panties. And the suspects who could have killed him number in the thousands. Detective Rebecca Feldblum has worked murder cases before, but none quite so exotic as this one. Suddenly trapped in a world of leather and latex, masters and slaves, pups and trainers, Rebecca has only a weekend to find who killed Mack Steel—and although she doesn’t know it, she’ll discover more about the kink underworld, and herself, than she could ever anticipate. A deliciously tongue-in-cheek murder mystery,The Killer Wore Leather is a strapping invitation for readers to join Rebecca as she explores the private, erotic world of BDSM personalities and leather kinks in search of a murderer. With biting humor and keen insight, popular erotica author Laura Antoniou creates the kinkiest game of Clue worth playing.

About the Author:

Laura Antoniou authored the well-known Marketplace series of erotic novels. She has also edited the groundbreaking Leatherwomen anthologies, and writes scholarly work on BDSM. In 2011, Antoniou won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association. Her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean. With over 20 years of experience writing, teaching, and speaking about kinky sex communities, Antoniou has sold over 600,000 books and counting. She resides in Queens, New York.

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