Archive for June, 2009

SEE PHOTOS – Lancaster Pride Success Despite Rain

June 20, 2009

Lancaster Pride once again produced a successful event despite rain throughout the day. Food and business vendors, entertainers, Silent Witness, nonprofit organizations, and Lancaster police worked around the challenges of weather.

Pridefest of Central PA chair Jeff Clouser announced that for that event  Harrisburg’s Market Street Parking Garage will be open for the Festival 8 a.m. – midnight on Saturday, July 25 at the incredibly low price of $5.  Please be sure to park your car before 6 p.m. as the entrance gate will close at that time. Exit gate will close at midnight. The other Harrisburg City Parking Garages will be open but will charge full price.

Excitement Video & Toys Hosts 45 at Alternative Night

June 19, 2009

PHOTOS BELOW – With 45 in attendance, Excitement Video & Toys, 3910 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg,  hosted another successful Alternative Night. The evening was hosted by Buffy Buffington.

York certified massage therapist David Ostrowski provides free tabletop back massages for attendees. Stallions Entertainment Complex and Brownstone Lounge provide light refreshments.

EV once again had its popular dive for cash with valuable prizes redeemable right on the spot. “We offered prizes, discounts, and refreshments,” says Harrisburg manager Keith Sattizahn. The items were provided by Brownstone’s Lounge and Stallion’s Entertainment Complex.

“We’re a full-service and professional retail environment to the lgbt community,” says Kim Faubel, Excitement Video regional manager. “We want the community to know they’re welcome here.” The adult entertainment outlet offers DVD titles, toys, and quality lotions, liquids, and playful items, in association with Adult Video News.

Info: www.excitementvideo.com

Chamber & Central Voice Attend Diversity Event

June 11, 2009

PHOTOS BELOW – Central PA Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce president Russell A. Boggs, and board members William N. Krenz,EDS, an HP Company, Debra McClain, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, and Central Voice publisher and editor Frank Pizzoli attended the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity Networking Night at the National Civil War Museum June 10.

Along with representatives from other specialty chambers, Boggs briefly addressed the group of about 150 business people and entrepreneurs representing the region’s Latino, Latina, African-American, Asian and gay and lesbian communities.

Pride & Parade Seeks Volunteers

June 2, 2009

The 2009 Pride Festival of Central PA, featuring the Stonewall Veterans who participated in the historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, still needs volunteers for the Parade and the Festival July 25. Interested individuals may contact jayceebacon@yahoo.com or web site www.harrisburgpride.com.

Obama Issues Pride Proclamation

June 1, 2009

Central Voice San Francisco correspondent Michael Petrelis reports that today President Obama issued a Pride Proclamation.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 1, 2009

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the

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workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

BARACK OBAMA

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Liquid 891 Hosts Successful Pride Mixer

June 1, 2009

Liquid 891 hosted a successful Pride Mixer May 30. Glenda and her fab Cabaret thrilled the audience as did Natalie Darkes. Both perform at Pride July 24-26.