Archive for February, 2010

Help Pride by Attending Spring Fling April 17

February 28, 2010

Pride Festival of Central PA and Pride Parade is the largest annual gathering of lgbtga people in the region. The event this year is July 23-25 and draws about 5,000 individuals annually.

Spring Fling is a Smoke Free Event.

The all-volunteer organization producing the event needs your help.

“Spring Fling and Silent Auction” is scheduled for April 17 at Four Points Sheraton, Harrisburg. Funds raised will defray the costs of producing Pride and the Parade.

Projected 2010 cost for both the Parade and Pride is $80,000. Costs include Pride and Parade expenses, police protection, street blocking, permits, decorations, sound systems, marching bands, awards, administrative fees, toilets, tent, stage, chair rentals, fencing, entertainment, and insurance. That’s about $17,000 for the Parade, $63,000 for Pride, according to the organization.

To date, the event is 1/4 of the way to their goal of selling 150 tickets.

Buy tickets now to the “Spring Fling and Silent Auction” benefiting Pride. $35 ticket includes 1 Comp Drink, hors d’oeuvres and dance hits by DJ Steve, 6 p.m.- 10 p.m., Sat., April 17 at Four Points Sheraton, Harrisburg.

Mail your ticket request and payment to PFCP, PO Box 12083, Harrisburg, PA 17108, e-mail, or call 717-801-1830.

Any Vets Want to Talk to Central Voice?

February 22, 2010

Central Voice is interested in hearing from veterans for an upcoming story on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. You can be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, straight, or questioning. It’s not your sexuality that counts, it’s your point of view, your experiences, your voice. Interested parties, please email

Gay USA News Magazine for Feb. 12-18

February 15, 2010

Gay USA News Show: Gen. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, comes out of the closet its support gays and lesbians in the armed forces; President Obama and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton come out against the Ugandan bill against homosexuality at the National Prayer Breakfast; the commissioner of the Internal Revenue rules that gender reassignment surgery is tax deductible; the pros and cons of Utah postponing its LGBT reform laws; and the state of Hawaii this week postponed civil unions. “Gay USA” is a weekly news-hour, offering comprehensive news and analysis by and about the LGBTQ community with hosts Ann Northrop and Andy Humm.

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Gay USA News Magazine for Feb. 4

February 4, 2010

With Chris Cooper sitting in for Ann Northrop this week with Andy Humm: The defense has opened in the Proposition 8 trial in federal court; a discussion of what might happen to LGBT rights in the wake of the Massachusetts election and Supreme Court decision on corporate free speech; Portland mayor Sam Adams is facing a second recall effort; and in N.J. firefighters who engaged in anti-gay actions are asking to be reinstated. “Gay USA” is a weekly news-hour that offers comprehensive news and analysis by and about the LGBTQ community and features lively repartee between hosts Ann Northrop and Andy Humm and interviews with special guests.

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Deborah Cox Headlines Black & White Party

February 3, 2010

Deb Cox, May 7, Black & White Party, May 7

Superstar Deborah Cox headlines the May 7 Black & White Party at Club XS.

See Black & White Video for background on the event.

“Cox is the highest level of entertainment ever offered by Club XS. We’re glad that the event brings her here to help us raise money to fight HIV/AIDS,” says benefit lead organizer Charles Oswald. Cox’s appearance is expected to draw people from Maryland, Delaware, and far outside the south central Pennsylvania region.

Cox’s song “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (14 weeks), a record held for nearly eight years. The Canadian superstar has achieved ten number-one hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Her song “Beautiful UR” is the number one work out song for 2010 according to Marie Claire magazine.

“Our board of directors and volunteers are pumped!” exclaims Oswald, originator of what has been called “the best party you’ll ever attend”. Man Behind the Curtain Productions is helping The Black and White Party, Inc to produce the entertainment this year.

In its fourth year, The Black and White Party is Friday, May 7, 6 p.m. to closing at York’s Club XS, where Oswald is manager. This year’s theme is “Alice in Boogie Wonderland” which sets the pace for the event’s talked-about inside and outside entertainment settings.

All funds raised support HIV/AIDS programs in the region through York’s Family First and The AIDS Fund of South Central Pennsylvania, which funds programs throughout the entire region.

To date, the event has raised $52,000 to support local programs. The AIDS Fund is also affiliated with the National AIDS Fund (NAF) which provides matching dollars to the funds raised locally. The AIDS Fund is the only such endeavor in Pennsylvania with a “matching funds” relationship with NAF. “When you purchase a ticket or make a donation, you dollar goes a long way with our fundraiser,” Oswald says.

The event draws in dozens of volunteers each year to staff the indoor and outdoor entertainment.

“Chris Quigley, who directs the inside entertainment, and Chad-Alan Carr who will direct the outside entertainment, are ready to wow the pants off of you! Plus we always have a big name act to top off the evening,” Oswald says. Past performers have included RuPaul, CeeCee Peniston, and Sarah Bernhardt.
The popular event is as well-produced outside Club XS as inside the establishment.

Outside there will be tents and stages and costumed characters reflecting the theme. Partygoers stroll through a Silent Auction, sample food provided by dozens of local restaurants, and enjoy outside stage entertainment – all part of the ticket price which also includes Cox’s appearance.

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