Hard to believe that the Pride Parade and Rally is less than 2 weeks away, and there are quite a few related events that weekend! Check out our calendar below. You can register for Pride at http://www.nwpapride.org/register.php?prideid=43 and NW PA Pride Alliance would appreciate if you would also check out our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/426197694115790/, so you can see which of your friends will be coming!
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Aug 13 (Tue) – LBT Women go to 8 Great Tuesdays (Liberty Park, Lawrence Pier, Erie, PA 16507) 5 PM – 8 PM. “Beans on the Bay” – Sixpence None The Richer, Pop/Rock. Bring blankets, chairs and a cooler full of sodas and snacks, and claim a spot. No alcohol can be brought into the park, but you can purchase it there. Get there early as it gets crowded fast. The Beans ( Kim and Andrea ) usually hang out towards the top of the hill and on the east side. Contact: Laurie Finch. Venue Phone: (814) 455-7557. Email: LFinch003@neo.rr.com. Browse to http://womynoferie.wetpaint.com/. Browse to venue web site http://www.porterie.org/.
Aug 16 – 18 (Fri – Sun) – JONES POND OLYMPICS – Let The Games Begin (Jones Pond Campground & RV Park, 9835 Old State Rd, Angelica, NY 14709-8729) Form your teams and get ready for the JP Olympic Games. Opening ceremony at bingo on Friday, followed by a full day of events on Saturday. Join us for the metal ceremonies at our Saturday night Dance Phone: (585) 567-8100. Email: email@example.com. Browse to http://www.jonespond.com.
Aug 16 (Fri) – Margaritaville Party (M & J’s Lounge, 124 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001) Come and check out our new dance floor lights. $5.00 Cover Charge BYOB Please NO outside Mixers, Soda, or Food. Must be a member or you can purchase a membership. Open Fri. & Sat. 9:30-2:00. Phone: (724) 602-8447. Email: JoshuaSean2009@AOL.COM. Browse to http://www.facebook.com/MandJsLounge.
Aug 16 (Fri) – Single Out Dinner Club (Roland’s Seafood Grille, 1904 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) A gay dining group in Pittsburgh that meets monthly at different restaurants in Pittsburgh area. We usually get between 20-35 people at the dinner. It’s for single men & women & the whole GLBT community. Phone: (412) 337-0701. Venue Phone: (412) 261-3401. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Browse to venue web site http://www.rolandsseafoodgrill.com/.
Aug 17 (Sat) – Toga Party (M & J’s Lounge, 124 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001) Come and check out our new dance floor lights. $5.00 Cover Charge BYOB Please NO outside Mixers, Soda, or Food. Must be a member or you can purchase a membership. Open Fri. & Sat. 9:30-2:00. Phone: (724) 602-8447. Email: JoshuaSean2009@AOL.COM. Browse to http://www.facebook.com/MandJsLounge.
Aug 17 (Sat) – LBT Women go to Field of Dreams movie on the Big Green Screen (Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA) 9 PM. $5.00. Come and help us celebrate Dee Dee Foll’s Birthday! Contact: Laurie Finch. Email: LFinch003@neo.rr.com. Browse to http://womynoferie.wetpaint.com/. Browse to venue web site http://trecpi.org/.
Aug 18 (Sun) – Michelle Michaels presents FACE (Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie, PA 16501) 11 PM. Don’t miss a fun-filled night of great entertainment with all of your favorite drag queens, new drag queens and special guests the third Sunday of the month at 11 PM. Phone: (814) 452-0125. Email: TheZoneDanceClub@aol.com. Browse to http://www.thezonedanceclub.com/.
Aug 19 (Mon) – REAL TIME (Community United Church, 1011 W 38th St, Erie, PA 16508-2540) 6 PM – 8 PM. REAL TIME IS FOR LGBTQ FRIENDS + ALLIES (ages 14-24) who reject negative labels and want to overcome difficulties in a positive way. Real Time, Real Talk, Real Friends! Everyone faces tough situations at home, at school and around town. But no one should ever be bullied or harassed for who they are. REAL TIME is about finding ways to deal with tough times. REAL TIME is about taking care of yourself + standing up for others. Fun, food, friends, FREE! Come check it out @ Persad-Erie, 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Contact: Leann Romitti. Phone: (412) 538-7862. Venue Phone: (814) 864-4429. Email: email@example.com. Browse to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youth-Services-of-Persad/372314872889919. Browse to venue web site http://www.uccwebsites.net/commuceriepa.html.
Aug 20 (Tue) – Erie Gay News folding/distribution work party (Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, 1011 Peach St, Erie, PA 16501) Help us get out the print edition of Erie Gay News. We’ll be folding and distributing the copies. All ages welcome! It is also a great way to hang out and chat with folks! You can also sign up for the Erie GLBT News and Events list at http://lists.eriegaynews.com/. Contact: Michael Mahler. Phone: (814) 456-9833. Venue Phone: (814) 452-4462 ext 117. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Browse to http://www.eriegaynews.com. RSVP/Register/Tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/506053379475650. Browse to venue web site http://www.mhanp.org/.
Aug 21 (Wed) – GEAE Third Wednesday Happy Hour (Craze Night Club, 1607 Raspberry St, Erie, PA 16502) 5 PM – 8 PM. 3rd Wednesday Happy Hour is in the back bar/patio area at Craze. GEAE will provide light snacks and a crate of water–all are welcome. GEAE is an LGBT and straight ally non-profit organization, focusing on education, service, and social opportunities. Phone: (866) 229-1974. Venue Phone: (814) 456-3027. Email: GEAEinfo@gmail.com. Browse to http://greatereriealliance.com/. Browse to venue web site http://www.facebook.com/crazenightclub.
Aug 21 (Wed) – Film Screening: Married and Counting (PACA – Performing Arts Center & Theater, 1505 State St, Erie, PA 16501) 7 PM. Contact: David M.. Venue Phone: (814) 434-0687 . Email: email@example.com. Browse to http://www.me4pa.org. RSVP/Register/Tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/361289423973677/. Browse to venue web site http://www.paca1505.com.
Aug 23 – 25 (Fri – Sun) – COWBOYS & INDIANS – 400 Block Party (Jones Pond Campground & RV Park, 9835 Old State Rd, Angelica, NY 14709-8729) “Ride ‘Em Cowboy” is the name of the game and who knows what the amazing boyz in the 400 block have in store for us this year. Extended line dancing on Friday and Saturday nights! Phone: (585) 567-8100. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Browse to http://www.jonespond.com.
Aug 23 (Fri) – Rock Star Party (M & J’s Lounge, 124 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001) Come and check out our new dance floor lights. $5.00 Cover Charge BYOB Please NO outside Mixers, Soda, or Food. Must be a member or you can purchase a membership. Open Fri. & Sat. 9:30-2:00. Phone: (724) 602-8447. Email: JoshuaSean2009@AOL.COM. Browse to http://www.facebook.com/MandJsLounge.
Aug 23 (Fri) – Erie Sisters Car Wash Benefit (Humane Society of NW PA, 2407 Zimmerly Road, Erie, PA 16506) 1 PM – 4 PM. The Erie Sisters Transgender Support group will be holding a car wash to benefit the Erie Humane Society. The benefit event is an opportunity for the Erie Sisters to raise money for the Humane Society while educating the general public to raise awareness and dispel the myths and misinformation concerning the transgender community. For more information, contact Erie Sisters president. Contact: Melanie Shubitowski. Phone: (440) 265-8191. Venue Phone: (814) 835-8331. Email: email@example.com. Browse to http://eriesisters.ning.com/. Browse to venue web site http://www.humanesocietyofnwpa.com/.
Aug 23 (Fri) – LBT Women go to The Zabawa Polish Festival (Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 2220 Reed Street, Erie, PA 16503) 5:30 PM. Meet Laurie and Janice at 5:30 in the food line for some great home cooked polish food. Afterwards we will stroll around the festival grounds for a bit. If you are coming, please e-mail Laurie at LFinch003@neo.rr.com so we can find you before we get in the food line. Contact: Laurie Finch. Venue Phone: (814) 456-0671. Email: LFinch003@neo.rr.com. Browse to http://womynoferie.wetpaint.com/.
Aug 23 (Fri) – Pride Weekend Kickoff Drag Show (PACA – Performing Arts Center & Theater, 1505 State St, Erie, PA 16501) 8 PM. Join Lovin Heart for the Pride Weekend Kick Off Drag Show at PACA! Lovin will be joined by Albany, New York’s Eva Destruction and Erie’s icon Michelle Michaels and many more fierce queens! Doors open at 8 show time is 9. $3 cover is a donation to NWPA Pride Alliance! Contact: Lovin Heart. Phone: (814) 434-0687 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Browse to http://www.paca1505.com. RSVP/Register/Tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/600936383280204/.
Aug 24 (Sat) – Color Theme-Wear Blue (M & J’s Lounge, 124 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001) Come and check out our new dance floor lights. $5.00 Cover Charge BYOB Please NO outside Mixers, Soda, or Food. Must be a member or you can purchase a membership. Open Fri. & Sat. 9:30-2:00. Phone: (724) 602-8447. Email: JoshuaSean2009@AOL.COM. Browse to http://www.facebook.com/MandJsLounge.
Aug 24 (Sat) – Pride Parade and Rally (Perry Square, W 6th and State Streets, Erie, PA 16501) 12 PM – 4 PM. We will assemble at 12:00 at The Zone Dance Club, 133 W. 18th St for the Pride March. We will step off at 1:00 PM and proceed down State Street to Perry Square at 6th and State Street for the rally. People marching unaffiliated with any particular group are also very much welcome! If you want to march, but aren’t up for marching the entire route, join us anywhere along the State Street route. The rally in Perry Square begins at 2 PM and will include speakers and performers. Please check in at the registration table when you arrive in Perry Square. The rally will include a variety of vendors and information booths. We will also have a Dunk a Drag Queen game, and will be taking a Family Portrait after the speakers and performers. As for other Pride events, we will be collecting non-perishable items for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA. You may either bring your items with you to the Zone and drop them off before you march, or bring them directly to Perry Square for the rally. Contact: Michael Mahler. Phone: (814) 456-9833. Email: email@example.com. Browse to http://www.nwpapride.org/article.php?recordid=2013paradepromo. RSVP/Register/Tickets at http://www.nwpapride.org/register.php?prideid=43.
Aug 24 (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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Browse to http://eriesisters.ning.com/. Browse to venue web site http://www.uuerie.org.
Aug 24 (Sat) – Pride Night with Kristen Becker (PACA – Performing Arts Center & Theater, 1505 State St, Erie, PA 16501) 8 PM. She’s been named Buffalo’s Best Comic four years in a row, is one of SheWired.com’s featured 21 Out Eligible Single Ladies, is one of Buffalo’s game changers, just did stand up for the whole of Bear Week in P-Town- and she is coming to Erie! Celebrate Pride night with Becker, to benefit the vital work of Equality Pennsylvania. Check her out at http://kristenbecker.com/ and come catch some laughs with your fellow LGBTQA and ally hotties Saturday, August 24th- Get EXCITED Northwest PA! Pride Night with Kristen Becker will feature Buffalo’s premier lesbian comedian, Kristen Becker, doing stand-up, followed by a night of dancing and fun. Phone: (215) 731-1447. Venue Phone: (814) 434-0687 . Email: email@example.com. Browse to http://www.equalitypa.org. RSVP/Register/Tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/432314320218231/. Browse to venue web site http://www.paca1505.com.
Aug 25 (Sun) – Lake Erie States Progressive Summit (Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, 16 W 10th St, Erie, PA 16501) 9 AM – 5:30 PM. Together, we’ll plan a progressive future for the states along Lake Erie. We’ll listen to great inspiring speakers, learn from leading activists and network across state and imaginary boundaries. All to build a movement that will win progressive victories across the region. Contact: Michael Morrill. Venue Phone: (814) 459-2220. Email: info@keystoneprogress. Browse to http://www.keystoneprogress.org/. RSVP/Register/Tickets at https://secure.actblue.com/page/lakeeriesummit. Browse to venue web site http://www.avalonerie.com.
Aug 25 (Sun) – PFLAG Butler Friendship Outings (Butler Memorial Park, 416 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001) 3 PM. Support group for parents, friends and families of lesbians, gays and transgendered people. Contact: Joshua Crawford. Phone: (724) 602-8447. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Browse to http://www.pflagbutler.com.
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The Man with nothing left to lose discovers that his toughest challenge yet might just be learning to love again
Dan Stagg is an ex-military man who fell foul of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He had a successful career with the US Marines and rose to the rank of Major, with active service in the first Gulf War, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Since 2009 he’s been back in civilian life, and is finding it very hard to adjust. Like Jack Reacher, Lee Child’s protagonist, Dan is prone to violence, always upholding what he views as justice. He has few personal ties, nearly no belongings, tries to live under the radar.
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James Lear is the nom de plume of a prolific and acclaimed novelist. As James Lear, he is the author of The Back Passage, The Secret Tunnel, Hot Valley, The Low Road, and The Palace of Varieties, which have sold over 150,000 copies, and been on gay erotica bestseller lists in both the UK and the US. He lives in London.
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Sacchi Green is a Lambda Award-winning writer and editor of erotica and other stimulating genres. Her stories have appeared in scores of publications, including seven volumes of Best Lesbian Erotica, four of Best Women’s Erotica and four of Best Lesbian Romance. In recent years she’s taken to wielding the editorial whip, editing eight lesbian anthologies, most recently Lesbian Cowboys (winner of a Lambda Literary Award in 2010),Girl Crazy, Lesbian Lust, Lesbian Cops and Girl Fever. She can be found online at sacchi-green.blogspot.com.
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