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Rainbow Families of Erie group forms

from Rainbow Families We are a new group that is going to plan monthly outings that are family oriented and focus on our kids forming bonds and friendships with families like theirs! Focus is on LGBT families and their children. Families with mommies and daddies, children of all ages and those who wish to begin the journey into parenthood are welcome :) There will be a get-together on Saturday, September 19 at 12 noon at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park, Erie PA. For more information, please visit email or visit You can also sign up for the email list at

Young LBT Group starting up

from Amy Hey all you young LBT women! Is anyone else out there looking for a group of women to go out and do things with? We are looking to form such a group of ladies ages 21-40 and would love to hear your ideas and types of things folks would like to do. We will be having our first meeting at 2 PM on Sunday Sept. 13 at the Presque Isle Gallery coffee house, 35 Peninsula Dr. I will buy coffee for anyone who would like it. The original LBT group meets at 1PM and we can socialize with them for a little bit before we begin our meeting. Any questions? email Amy at amyterrizzi75@gmail. com or call (814) 806-7664. You can also sign up for the email list at

Dreams of Hope Poetry on Web

from Dreams of Hope Have you wanted to join Dreams of Hope but not on the stage? Have an itch to write but haven’t found the right spot? Don’t worry! Web Poets is the place for queer youth to show off their talent with words. Any and all poets welcome, whether you do poetry slams or write classic epics. Here you can workshop your stuff with

Erin, Mike, Misty, Jan and Laurie at the Erie Gay News table at the Erie Jazz & Blues Festival. Look online for more photos from the Jazz Fest. Photo: Deb Spilko other young poets, get advice from published poets, and, most important, share and improve your work. All levels, all genres, all themes are welcome! Anyone can read, but you must be under 24 to post. Visit and click on “Programs”

ACS launches Adopt-a-Family

from Susan Fiedler for AIDS Community Services of WNY We are getting an early start this year! AIDS Community Services’ Holiday Adopt A Family has been very successful because of support from friends like you. Our clients need your help this year more than ever. The economy remains unstable, and many people continue to struggle, both financially and emotionally. Individuals or organizations can adopt a family or a single person or perhaps more than one single – our greatest need – and provide them with a holiday to remember. (These are residents of the ChautauquaAllegheny region). Just contact us for a form and get it back to us by October 23. We will then send you a personalized wish/ (continued on page 3)

In This Issue...

“Out in the Silence” update ............................6 Where to watch “Out in the Silence”...............6 Calendar............................................................7 In Concert.........................................................10 On Stage...........................................................11 National briefs..................................................12 Taking the Wrong Bus......................................13 Screen................................................................14 APA: Insufficient evidence that sexual orientation change efforts may cause harm and are not effective................................................15 LBT Women news............................................17 Win Prizes from Erie Gay News . ....................17 Hundreds Celebrate at Erie Pride Weekend....18 Erie Pride Photo Gallery...................................19

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Sing for Change

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Community News Great Nationwide Kiss-In

by Michael Mahler On Saturday, August 15, 2009, Erie PA participated in the Great Nationwide Kiss-In, which occurred on about 50 cities, mostly in the US. The local event was held on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse. 140 W 6th St, Erie PA. This was part of a nationwide reaction to three couples who had been targeted by security and/or law enforcement personnel for simply kissing in public. The event was suggested by David Mailloux and David Badash. The total attendance here in Erie was maybe 2024. Typically, many sites had a relatively small turnout - Denver had 25. There is/will be a photo gallery and video posted to the Erie Gay News site. Both WJET TV 24 (ABC)and the crew for WSEE TV 35 (CBS) and WICU TV 12 stopped by to film. The Erie Times News had an article in their Monday, August 10 edition.We have a link to that article at The LBT Women’s group ( and the UnitarianUniversalist Congregation of Erie (http://www.uuerie. org) were particularly supportive. I simply cannot say

enough good things about either group! Even though it was small, I believe that we all felt wonderful about the experience! Celebrate Erie was going on in Perry Square, half a block away. I think I saw a straight couple with two small children stop to look. They seemed friendly. Great job everyone and thanks so much! For more information about the national event and other local events, browse to For more information about Erie Gay News, browse to

Free stop smoking class

from Northwest PA Tobacco Program The Northwest PA Tobacco Program is pleased to offer a free stop smoking class. This six-week program provides participants with tools and information needed to break the addiction and habits of tobacco use. The class facilitator provides individualized encouragement and support. Classes will be at Millcreek Community Hospital, 5515 Peach Street, Erie, PA from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Erie County Department of Health at 814-451-6709. Learn to overcome your nicotine addiction and start enjoying a healthier life. Free, interactive classes, small group setting. Materials provided. Tuesdays August 4-September 8 from 6pm-7pm at : Millcreek Community Hospital 5515 Peach Street Erie, PA Tuesdays September 8-October 13 from 6pm7pm Blasco Library (Admiral Room) 160 East Front Street Erie, PA

Vertigo moves again!

About 25 people of varied sexual orientations showed up at the Erie County Courthouse for the Great Nationwide Kiss-In on August 15. Photo: Kim 4

from Kirsten I couldn’t believe we had to move again, but the building sold, so I had to move within a week, I found a place near the Pillow street address. The new address is 564 W Cunningham St. Parking is wherever you find a spot. This new place reminds me of the old Keg bar—-Butler’s only gay bar, which was around for a long time. We will be making changes (slowly) to the place so bear with us. Starting in September, Vertigo will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No more wondering if we’re open! It’s what I have wanted for

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Youngstown Coming Out Day events

from Youngstown Pride Here is some information about Youngstown national coming out day activities. The Mahoning Valley Pride Center in Youngstown is planning a number of activities around National Coming Out Day. All events are free and open to the public. The schedule has not been finalized, but here is how it stands now (as the date nears, check with the Center at or visit www. Oct 10- Lunch with a legislator at the the Pride Center 1523 Poland Ave, Youngstown,OH. Please RSVP Oct 11- Panel on law enforcement and LGBT, followed by a showing of short films, and then a mixer. Beverage and snacks provided. 18 and over Monday Oct 12-- Documentary “13 Stories” will be shown at Youngstown State University. Oct 13- Documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So” to be shown at First Federated Church, North Jackson OH. Oct 14- Movie night at the Pride Center. Title TBA. Oct 15- “The Law and LGBT Family Issues.” A panel discusion with local attorneys. 6:00-10pm. at the Stonewall Pride Center. Afterwards we will move things to theSplit Level Night Club for a night of music and Come Out as a Drag Queen show (a chance for people who have never done drag to try it out). Oct 16- The Cocoa Mocha Youth Open Mic Night followed by a dance/party. Open to all ages. this is to be held at the Unitarian Church at Elm and Indianola in Youngstown. Oct 17- Wine and Cheese Reception to be held at the Pride Center. DEADLINE for next issue is September 14 © 2009 EGN

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“Out in the Silence” update from Out in the Silence The documentary film Out in the Silence will begin screening locally in the coming months. Out In The Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfolds when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in Oil City, the western Pennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson’s journey illustrates the universal challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it.

The Film’s Community Engagement Campaign

The aim of the Out in the Silence Film & Community Engagement Campaign is to expand public awareness about the struggles GLBT people face in rural and small town America and to promote dialogue and action in communities around the country that will help strengthen the struggle for fairness and equality for all. The campaign is structured around public television broadcast, a discussion guide and action tool-kit, and online networking activities. The most important aspect of this work involves an extensive community screening and discussion series that will help to break the invisibility, isolation and powerlessness of GLBT people in rural and small town America and bring people together to catalyze new ways of making resources and support available for those interested in working for change in the places where it is needed the most. In Pennsylvania, where the Campaign is being piloted with the support of a major institutional donor, local and statewide grassroots groups are helping to set up facilitated events in small towns and rural communities that do not have the resources or capacity to organize and host such community-building efforts on their own. The goal is to raise GLBT visibility in each of the state’s 67 counties and to use such events to engage and encourage local participation in ongoing grassroots work and in important policy debates now on the agenda. 6

Kathy Springer’s (right) appeal to filmmaker Joe Wilson on behalf of her son CJ helped to inspire the making of “Out in the Silence.” PBS broadcast will launch in Pennsylvania on WPSU-TV (State College, PA) on September 11. and across the Pennsylvania Public Television Network in fall 2009, and be available to the entire PBS system for a two-year period. In conjunction with and following broadcast, community screenings will be coordinated with outreach partners across the country to facilitate dialogue on the issues and inspire organizing and social action aimed at promoting fairness and equality for all Similar efforts are in-the-works in Iowa,Oregon, and other states, and the foundation is being laid for a national campaign to help strengthen the long-term movement for fairness and equality for all.

Where to watch “Out in the Silence” Out in the Silence comes to the local region on September 12 at 6:00PM at the Rainbow Connection weekend at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua NY. Phone: (716)761.6052 Future screenings and broadcast dates will be publicized in EGN and subscribers to the Erie GLBT list will receive notification by email. You can also get on the Out in the Silence email list by visiting www. To request a screening in your area, contact Joe Wilson at or 202-588-5785. The official website is at

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Calendar This calendar is also online at calendar.html Aug 27 (Thu) - Informational Meeting for those interested in a PFLAG chapter in Butler Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 174 S Main St, Slippery Rock, PA. 7:30 PM - 9 PM. Join us for the second meeting of people who’ve expressed an interest in a Butler chapter of Parents, Friends, Families of Lesbians and Gays. If you cannot come to the meeting please know your voice is very important. Write me with anything that crosses your mind about this effort and I‘ll include your thoughts in the meeting. The important thing is that you have a way to participate. Contact: Joe Tomlinson. Phone at the Church: (724) 738-0777. Email: Aug 28-30 (Fri-Sun) - Wimfest (Chillicothe OH) Women’s International Music Festival. www.wimfest. com Aug 28-30 (Fri-Sun) - Jones Pond: Cowboy Weekend Jones Pond Campground & RV Park, 9835 Old

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Business Alliance email list at http://lists.eriegaynews. com. Browse to php?gid=54742829807. Sep 11 (Fri) - Watchfire Alliance meets (Contact for location) 7 PM. Social group in Chautauqua County. Meets 2nd Friday each month location to be determined. Contact: Bethany. Phone: (716)499-4817. Email: com/group/watchfirealliance/. Sep 11-13 (Fri-Sun) - Jones Pond: Family and Friends Weekend 9835 Old State Rd, Angelica, NY. No nudity; Octoberfest; Yard Sale; Talent Show Phone: (585) 567-8100. Email: Browse to Sep 12-13 (Sat-Sun) - Rainbow Connection Weekend at Chautauqua Institute Saturday: Lunch, Workshops, Wine & Cheese Reception, Dinner, Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus Concert, followed by dancing and cash bar and Late movie. Sunday: Breakfast, cumenical Worship Service, Political rally, Lunch. Also art show. Info: Pat at (716) 761-6052 or email gavanim@juno. com or (Conference attendees must be 18+) Sep 12 (Sat) - Camp Davis: Pajama Party 311 Redbrush Rd, Boyers, PA 16020-1219) Contact: Jim. Phone: (724) 637-2402. Email: Browse to Sep 12 (Sat) - Zone Back to School Party! 133 W 18th St, Erie, PA. Come dressed as a naughty school girl, hot teacher, ditzy cheerleader, brainy nerd, or hot jock, wear sexy football, baseball, wrestling or basketball uniforms! Prize for sexiest student body! Wear Black & Red Zone school colors & uniforms. Cheerleading try-outs and pep rally at Midnight! Try

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Calendar a Phone: (814) 452-0125. Browse to Sep 13 (Sun) - LBT Women of Erie meets See page 17. Sep 14 (Mon) - Deadline for EGN October 2009 print edition (Erie Gay News, 1115 W 7th St, Erie, PA 16502-1105) Please have all articles, ads, and submissions in by this date. This issue will be released the evening of Sep 22. For a complete list of upcoming deadlines and release dates, check the print edition schedule here. Contact: Michael Mahler. Phone: (814) 456-9833. Email: Browse to Sep 14 (Mon) - PFLAG Erie/Crawford County meets (Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 New Perry Highway, Erie, PA 16508) 7 PM - 8:30 PM. Support group for parents, friends and families of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people. Phone: (814) 454-1392 (John). Email: pflag. Sep 18 - 20 (Fri - Sun) - Jones Pond: Halloween Weekend 9835 Old State Rd, Angelica, NY. Horror in the Woods; 10PM - Costume Party & Contest; Categories for Weekend Guests and Seasonals Phone: (585) 567-8100. Email: Browse to Sep 19 (Sat) - Rainbow Families of Erie Get Together (Playground at Rotary Pavilion, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA 16505) 12 PM. Focus is on LGBT families and their children. We are a new group that is going to plan monthly outings that are family oriented and focus on our kids forming bonds and friendships with families like theirs! Families with mommies and daddies, children of all ages and those who wish

to begin the journey into parenthood are welcome. Email: Browse to Sep 19-20 (Sat - Sun) - Ohio Lesbian Festival Music, workshops, poetry/spoken word, merchants, more. Camping included in 2-day pass. Sep 19 (Sat) - Craze Night Club: Retro Night 1607 Raspberry St, Erie, PA. It’s another retro night!! Join the gang at CRAZE for RETRO night as DJ Joe spins the hits of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s! Phone: (814) 4563027. Browse to Sep 19 (Sat) - Camp Davis: Dance to the 80’s Weekend 311 Redbrush Rd, Boyers, PA . Contact: Jim. Phone: (724) 637-2402. Email: Browse to Sep 20 (Sun) - Michelle Michaels Presents.... FACE! 133 W 18th St, Erie, PA 10:30 PM. Don’t miss this month’s drag show! Come see some of your old favorite performers and also this month’s new performers! Show time is shortly after 10:30 pm! Phone:

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In Concert

(814) 452-0125. Web: Sep 22 (Tue) - Erie Gay News folding/distributing work party (Zone Dnace Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA) 7 PM. Help us get out the print edition of Erie Gay News. We’ll be folding and distributing the copies. 21 and over, please. It is also a great way to hang out and chat with folks! Contact: Michael Mahler. Phone: (814) 456-9833. Email: info@eriegaynews. com. Browse to Sep 25-27 (Fri - Sun) - Jones Pond: Closing Weekend 9835 Old State Rd, Angelica, NY .“Until Next Year” Potluck Phone: (585) 567-8100. Email: info@ Browse to Sep 26 (Sat) - Camp Davis: Rocky Horror Picture Show 311 Redbrush Rd, Boyers, PA. Contact: Jim. Phone: (724) 637-2402. Email: Browse to 645-2787. Oct 9-11 (Fri-Sun) - Buffalo Bear Trap V Bear event in Buffalo NY. Info

Gay Christian music duo Jason and deMarco perform in Cleveland on September 27 With the international release of their latest album Safe and the rave reviews that their award-winning Showtime film, “We’re All Angels,” is receiving, Jason & deMarco have become familiar names to music fans around the world. The feel-good melody and catchy chorus of their first single, “It’s Okay” earned Top 40 status on the Billboard Charts and was recently selected as an Abercrombie and Fitch In-Store Playlist favorite across the nation. With the release of SAFE, Jason & deMarco step into the mainstream with their new moody and chilled-out delivery of new music as well as recordings that appear in We’re All Angels. Known to loyal fans for their beautiful harmonies, uplifting lyrics and empowering messages, Jason & deMarco take this opportunity to have their voices heard by a new audience. Jason & deMarco and their band have created their own signature sound combining their haunting melodies and breathtaking harmonies with strummy guitar acoustic pop/folk arrangements of covers as well as their original hit songs. On the night of the concert, they will be featuring music from their most recent release Safe, which includes their current Top 40 hit “It’s Okay” and music from and inspired by their documentary-film We’re All Angels. While Jason & deMarco tour internationally in numerous venues, they also share their music and message aligning with organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, to name a few. Erie Gay News will be giving away 10 copies of the Jason & deMarco CD! Check out the contest at beginning September 18.


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In Concert “We believe that music is perhaps one of the most powerful methods of speaking and reaching others. Music is the window to the soul. It seems to break down walls, barriers, and allows people to escape the craziness of the world, if only for the length of a song. Through our music we can share our stories and lives with the world, hoping to be an inspiration to those who listen,” says Jason & deMarco. Jason & deMarco are independent artists and songwriters who have spent the last seven years touring the U.S. and abroad performing over 100 concerts per year. They are not only a musical duo, but they are also a real-life couple. Jason & deMarco feel that it is important to be honest from the start about who they are, both as people and as artists, to honor those who have paved the way for them and to spearhead a new understanding and truth. Their music focuses on every day challenges, relationships, and the kind of struggles that we all identify with; yet they have the courage to write from a personal place, unapologetic and proud of who they are, without compromising their principals. Jason and deMarco are paving the way for others to be valued for their talent and contribution while being authentic. Jason & deMarci perform Sept 27 at 7 pm at the Franklin Circle Christian Church, 1688 Fulton Rd, Cleveland OH. (216)781‑8232, Visit www.

Jeremiah Clark in Concert at Craze Night Club on Sat, Aug 29

Area singer/songwriter Jeremiah Clark will be performing at Craze Night Club, 1607 Raspberry St, Erie PA on Saturday, August 29 at 10 PM. The concert is free! Jeremiah performed at Presque Isle Gallery Coffeehouse this past April and also at the Pride Rally held in July. His web site is http://www. From Jeremiah: This is my debut performance at Craze Night Club on Raspberry Street, where I’ll be playing a night mixed with originals, covers and conversation. Please join me to hear songs from the forthcoming album as well as some old favorites. I couldn’t do it without your support.

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Sep 12 (Sat) - Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus at Chautauqua 8PM $15 visit www.rainbowprideconnection. net (716) 761-6052 Sep 27- Jason and deMarco Gay Christian music duo. 7 pm, Franklin Circle Christian Church, 1688 Fulton Rd, Cleveland OH. (216)781‑8232, Oct 1 - Speaker: David Sedaris University of Buffalo, Center for the Arts. 8:00 p.m. (716)645-2787. www. Nov 22- Liza Minelli Holiday Concert University at Buffalo Center for the Arts for a special Holiday Concert to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo.(716) 645-2787. © 2009 EGN

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National briefs

Headlines and briefs of significant news stories. To read more, visit online version of this feature for links to full news items. Browse to July 27 - US Senator Gillibrand Announces Senate Hearing on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing that the Senate Armed Services Committee is agreeing to hold a Senate hearing on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy in the Armed Forces this fall. According to a report from the Center for American Progress released last month, since President Barack Obama took office, 265 men and women have been dismissed from the Armed Forces because of the DADT policy. Aug 12 - Harvey Milk, Billie Jean King, Sen Edward Kennedy among those receiving Medal of Freedom President Obama today honored 16 individuals the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The honorees included gay rights activists, political leaders, athletes, scientists, civil rights leaders and actors. The full list of honorees: Nancy Goodman Brinker; Pedro Jose Greer, Jr.; Joanne Kemp, accepting award on behalf of her deceased husband, Jack Kemp; Kara Kennedy, accepting award on behalf of her father, Senator Edward M. Kennedy; Billie Jean King; Reverend Joseph Lowery; Joe Medicine Crow - High Bird; Stuart Milk, accepting award on behalf of his deceased uncle, Harvey Milk; Sandra Day O’Connor; Sidney Poitier; Chita Rivera; Mary Robinson; Janet Davison Rowley; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; Muhammad Yunus; Stephen Hawking.



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Aug 17 - White House opposes anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) “ Administration believes that the Act is discriminatory and should be repealed by Congress. I have long held that DOMA prevents LGBT couples from being granted equal rights and benefits. While we work with Congress to repeal DOMA, my Administration will continue to examine and implement measures that will help extend rights and benefits to LGBT couples under existing law.” Although the Department of Justice is defending the law, the brief states the president’s position regarding DOMA: “With respect to the merits, this Administration does not support DOMA as a matter of policy, believes that it is discriminatory, and supports its repeal.” Aug 19 - Evangelical Lutherans formally adopt inclusivity The biennial assembly of the Lutheran Church in America adopted Social Statement on Human Sexuality, “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust.” By a 2/3 majority the church has supported families of all kinds and has acknowledged without judgment the wide variety of views within the ELCA regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion. The document recognizes the ministries of congregations which conduct blessings of same gender relationships and same gender marriages where such marriages are legal. The social statement is tolerant of our differences both in scriptural interpretation and practice. The social statement supports our unity without requiring uniformity. Visit Aug 21 - Evangelical Lutherans accept gay clergy The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America removed the 20-year-old ban against ministers in samegender relationships. At the same time, the church has demonstrated an understanding of the necessity for the bound consciences of its members to be respected by all. Congregations that wish to call a qualified minister in a committed, long-term, same gender relationship may do so without hindrance. And, congregations that do not wish to do so cannot be required to ever do so. Visit

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Taking the Wrong Bus By Rev. Richard A. Moyer Pastor, Community United Church A young woman who has been attending our church was recently in my study for the first time. She noticed a portrait hanging on the wall, and she asked me about it. I told her that the picture was of Harry Emerson Fosdick, the founding minister of The Riverside Church in New York City. Riverside Church has long been the “cathedral” of Protestant Liberalism. It was originally financed by the Rockefeller Family, and it has been a flourishing church in Upper Manhattan since its beginning in the 1930’s. One of Fosdick’s most famous sermons was titled, “On Catching the Wrong Bus.” In the introduction to the sermon, Fosdick tells the true story about a man who accidentally boarded the wrong bus and traveled for hundreds of miles in the wrong direction before he realized his mistake. Fosdick used that incident to remind his congregation that, at times, the church has “taken the wrong bus,” misrepresenting the Gospel and the teachings of Jesus. In May, in his second guest editorial in the Erie Times-News, James F. Drane, a professor emeritus of bioethics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, also makes the point that the church can get off track and head the wrong direction. His article has the sub-title: “Catholic Vision.” So, Drane, as a practicing Roman Catholic, is writing primarily to his church. But he also speaks to Protestants. Here is a portion of what he wrote: “Catholics and Protestants both have to be strong enough to permit discussion and debate within their communities and with secular believers. Some Catholics don’t want to bother with tough reflection and stressful debate. They take their moral stands from church authorities. For them, authorities are never wrong and the church never changes.” To me, the truth in what Drane writes is obvious: The church of Jesus Christ must be strong enough to permit discussion and debate. In my experience the church has often shown weakness in this area. Good church people become unreasonable and often act ignorantly when faced with a controversial issue, homosexuality being one

among many. I don’t understand how decent and normally kind people can suddenly experience a personality change when it comes to debate in the church. Are we really so insecure that we cannot listen to what someone else has to say? Are we so paranoid in the church that we immediately feel threatened when someone else has a view that is different than ours? I don’t have the answers to those questions, and I continue to be baffled by those who claim to be Christian, not always perfect in their own lives, yet ever so anxious to judge the lives of others! What I do know is that none of us has all the truth. We need to speak to one another so that the discussion can continue! The Community United Church is an open and affirming congregation and is is a member of United Church of Christ and Church of the Brethren denomination. . It is located at 1011 W38th St. in Erie. Services are Sunday at 11am. (814) 864-4429. The pastor is Richard A. Moyer and his assistant

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APA: Therapy won’t change sexual orientation, may cause harm Practitioners Should Avoid Telling Clients They Can Change from Gay to Straight from American Psychological Association during which a task force presented a report that in part TORONTO—The American Psychological Asexamined the efficacy of so-called "reparative therapy," sociation adopted a resolution Wednesday stating that or sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE). mental health professionals should avoid telling clients "Contrary to claims of sexual orientation change that they can change their sexual orientation through advocates and practitioners, there is insufficient evitherapy or other treatments. dence to support the use of psychological interventions The "Resolution on Appropriate Affirmative to change sexual orientation," said Judith M Glassgold, Responses to Sexual Orientation Distress and Change PsyD, chair of the task force. "Scientifically rigorous Efforts" also advises that parents, guardians, young older studies in this area found that sexual orientation people and their families avoid sexual orientation treatwas unlikely to change due to efforts designed for this ments that portray homosexuality as a mental illness or purpose. Contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners developmental disorder and instead seek psychotherapy, and advocates, recent research studies do not provide social support and educational services "that provide evidence of sexual orientation change as the research accurate information on sexual orientation and sexumethods are inadequate to determine the effectiveness ality, increase family and school support and reduce of these interventions." Glassgold added: "At most, rejection of sexual minority youth." certain studies suggested that some individuals learned The approval, by APA's governing Council of how to ignore or not act on their homosexual attracRepresentatives, came at APA's annual convention, (continued on next page)

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continued from previous page tions. Yet, these studies did not indicate for whom this was possible, how long it lasted or its long-term mental health effects. Also, this result was much less likely to be true for people who started out only attracted to people of the same sex." Based on this review, the task force recommended that mental health professionals avoid misrepresenting the efficacy of sexual orientation change efforts when providing assistance to people distressed about their own or others' sexual orientation. APA appointed the six-member Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation in 2007 to review and update APA's 1997 resolution, "Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation," and to generate a report. APA was concerned about ongoing efforts to promote the notion that sexual orientation can be changed through psychotherapy or approaches that mischaracterize homosexuality as a mental disorder. The task force examined the peer-reviewed journal articles in English from 1960 to 2007, which

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included 83 studies. Most of the studies were conducted before 1978, and only a few had been conducted in the last 10 years. The group also reviewed the recent literature on the psychology of sexual orientation. "Unfortunately, much of the research in the area of sexual orientation change contains serious design flaws," Glassgold said. "Few studies could be considered methodologically sound and none systematically evaluated potential harms." As to the issue of possible harm, the task force was unable to reach any conclusion regarding the efficacy or safety of any of the recent studies of SOCE: "There are no methodologically sound studies of recent SOCE that would enable the task force to make a definitive statement about whether or not recent SOCE is safe or harmful and for whom," according to the report. "Without such information, psychologists cannot predict the impact of these treatments and need to be very cautious, given that some qualitative research suggests the potential for harm," Glassgold said. "Practitioners can assist clients through therapies that do not attempt to change sexual orientation, but rather involve acceptance, support and identity exploration and development without imposing a specific identity outcome." As part of its report, the task force identified that some clients seeking to change their sexual orientation may be in distress because of a conflict between their sexual orientation and religious beliefs. The task force recommended that licensed mental health care providers treating such clients help them "explore possible life paths that address the reality of their sexual orientation, reduce the stigma associated with homosexuality, respect the client's religious beliefs, and consider possibilities for a religiously and spiritually meaningful and rewarding life." "In other words," Glassgold said, "we recommend that psychologists be completely honest about the likelihood of sexual orientation change, and that they help clients explore their assumptions and goals with respect to both religion and sexuality." A copy of the task force report may be obtained from APA's Public Affairs Office or at http://www.apa. org/pi/lgbc/publications/therapeutic-response.pdf. WHYY Radio had an program about the APA’s decision For a direct link to that interview, visit this article online at

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LBT Women news Win Prizes from from Laurie Finch Upcoming events (details about events at http:// Erie Gay News )

Aug 28 Stull Nature Center at for Native American Folklore and Stories of the night sky from 8-10PM. There will be a fire on the beach! Free. Aug 29 - Tom Ridge Environmental Center 3 PM Movies (2 for $10), exhibits, gift shop, café, observation tower, maybe watch sunset. (Jan and Laurie) Sep 12 - Erie Heritage Festival at Liberty Park on the Bayfront. ...Time TBA Sep 13 - Monthly meeting Presque Isle Gallery and Coffeehouse 1PM Sep 13 - Young LBT Women Meet at Presque Isle Gallery and Coffeehouse 2PM (See article in “Community News” Info Amy at or call (814) 806-7664. Sep 16 - Andy’s Billiards near 38th and Liberty. After 6 PM all women play pool free! Come on time. Note: This is a WOMEN ONLY event! Sep 26 - Wine Festival at North East, PA (Gravel Pit Park). Meet Laurie and Janice inside the entrance at 6:30. Sep 27 - Native American Festival at Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm, Edinboro PA. This event is an open for adoption! If you would like to be the contact person and set the meeting time e-mail Laurie at LFinch003@ Everyone is welcome to attend LBT Women events (friends or family), and we do encourage you to let us know you are coming. We will give you contact information for that event and be on the lookout for you as well. There are two new groups forming. RainbowFamlies Erie for gay or lesbian parents, partnered or not. Also another spin-off from LBT Women of Erie is the YLBT Women of Erie. Y as in young. This group is specifically for gals between the age of 21 and 40. (See more about both groupson the front page of this issue. ) Remember to give us a heads up by letting us know you will be attending an event. You can e-mail me or leave a message on our website at Check us out online at Links to our new Myspace and Facebook pages are at the that site on the home page. © 2009 EGN

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from Erie Gay Pride Gay pride celebrations continue to grow in Erie as more than 350 people attended this year’s Pride Parade and Rally on July 25. The Pride Parade, which kicked-off from The Zone on West 18th Street and followed State Street north to Perry Square, was the biggest ever. There were additional floats, plenty of marchers and representation from such groups as General Electric Transportation GLBTA Alliance, Erie Gay Pride, Inc., Erie Gay News and the Log Cabin Republicans. Also marching in the parade was Linda Judson, Democratic judicial candidate for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in the November elections. Judson also spoke at the Pride Rally in Perry Square, underscoring the importance of the upcoming judicial elections and urging the audience to vote. This year’s Pride Rally featured a variety of vendors and some great entertainment. The featured performer was singer/songwriter Tom Goss from Washington, DC. Also performing was singer Jeremiah Clark from Pittsburgh and local singer Devin Redinger. Miss Erie 2009, Miss Vanatae, and several past Miss Erie winners entertained the crowd with their musical numbers. Buddy Dobson, the “glow sorcerer,” served as Master of Ceremonies. Pride weekend continued on Sunday, July 26, with a special church service at Erie Community United Church, followed by the first annual Gay Day at Waldameer Park. This year’s Pride Weekend, which was sponsored by Erie Gay Pride, Inc., was chaired by Don “DC” Craig with assistance from a committee of more than 15 individuals. Watch for more information as plans are unveiled for next year’s Pride Weekend.

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