Archive for July, 2010

Grand Opening: Laguna Pointe Salon & Day Resort

July 29, 2010

The grand opening of Laguna Pointe Salon & Day Resort happens Sat., July 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 950 Woodland St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Telephone – 717-458-5096.

Entrepreneur/owner Patsy Lilly welcomes the lgbt community to her top notch and top shelf service.

Jonal Gallery Presents Margaret Dowell

July 26, 2010

Jonal Gallery, 653 Locust St., Columbia, PA. presents an exhibit “Visual Commentaries” featuring the works of Margaret Dowell, an award winning artist and educator. Dowell is also co-editor of the recently released book, “Addiction and Art” (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Dowell paints, specializing in social commentary works addressing issues such as gender, hate, addiction and violence. She works in large scale, oils on canvas. Her work is representational in aesthetic. Dowell holds an MFA in Sculpture (Installations) and a Ph.D. in education.

“Visual Commentaries” opens Aug. 7, running through Aug. 29. The galley hours are Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m., and “Fourth Fridays”, 5-9 p.m. Dowell is available at the gallery during the following events:

“Meet the Artist Opening Reception” – Aug., 7, 5-9 p.m.

“A Night at the Gallery with Margaret Dowell” – Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. Dowell will do a power point presentation and discussion on her new book, “Addition and Art”. Autographed copies of her book will be available. This presentation is free to the public, but due to limited seating, reservations are required and can be obtained by calling the gallery, in advance.

“Closing Weekend Artist Reception” – Fourth Friday, Aug., 27, 5-9 p.m.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Due to subject matter, this event is presented as an adult exhibit, children and young adults under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Info: Reservations for “A Night at the Gallery” or upcoming shows, 717-681-9400,

Program Revamp Creates 4 Job Openings

July 19, 2010

Ready to work independently as a community health professional?

A planned revamp of HIV Prevention and Education Services at AIDS Community Alliance has created four job openings. “We’re excited about the opportunity to create new programs and new jobs,” says Phil Goropoulos, ACA CEO and president.

ACA seeks applicants for the following new positions that require Prevention Project Coordinators.

• Prevention with Positives Project Coordinator – Position leads the Agency’s prevention efforts working with HIV-infected individuals and their partners. Provides group-level and individual-level interventions. Must be comfortable with diverse populations and working in both a community and a medical setting.

• Men Who Have Sex With Men Prevention Project Coordinator (2 positions) – Positions lead the Agency’s prevention and health programming for men who have sex with men. The program works in bars and other social settings as well as on-line through internet strategies. The coordinators must have a high level of comfort with the gay community and gay culture. Experience with chat and social networking web sites is preferred. Must have the ability to lead group and individual interventions and coordinate testing and screening services.

• Injection Drug Users Prevention Project Coordinator – Position leads the Agency’s prevention and health programming targeting individuals who use injection drugs. The program operates in multiple communities throughout the region. Candidate must be comfortable offering individual and group interventions as well as screening services for a highly diverse and hard to reach population. Must have a high level of comfort working within communities where drugs are present and with people who may be active in their addiction.

All openings require: a high school diploma or GED (BA/BS preferred). An understanding of HIV and behavioral science theory. Reliable transportation. Valid PA Driver’s License.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to AIDS Community Alliance,100 N. Cameron Street, Suite 301-East, Harrisburg, PA 17101 or email . Deadline for applications is 8/6/2010. EOE

5th Anniversary of Gay Teens Hanged in Iran

July 19, 2010

5th Anniversary of Gay Teens Hanged in Iran
By Michael Petrelis
Central Voice San Francisco Correspondent

It was five years ago on July 19 that Mahmoud Asgari, blindfolded left, and Ayaz Marhoni, blindfolded right, two gay teenagers, were executed by hanging in the main square of Mashad, Iran. A handful of small demonstrations took place in 2005 in Europe and the U.S. over the deaths, and in 2006, activists in more than 19 cities around the globe, including Tehran, staged commemorative vigils and speak outs.

From those horrific hangings on July 19, 2005, sustained worldwide condemnation deplored the Islamic Republic of Iran for killing Asgari and Marhoni, and inside the country, gays bravely took further steps underground to organize and memorialize the executions. Please give a moment’s contemplation on behalf of the cruelties faced by gay Iranians and gay people around the world.

Lancaster Plans 2 Rallies to Save County Human Relations Commission

July 16, 2010

This communication originated with and was sent by Adanjesus Marin, Executive Board Member, SEIU Healthcare Pa and Chair, Human Relations Commission, City Of Lancaster

It is hard to imagine what Commissioners Martin and Stuckey expected to happen when they proposed to threaten the Civil Rights of all the residents of Lancaster County by eliminating the Lancaster County Human Relations Commission. What that threat has provoked, is the coming together of the broadest possible coalition in defense of Civil Rights. Their threat to everyone’s Civil Rights has served to foster tremendous unity.

This list is still in formation and we expect to be able to announce a number of other key partners tomorrow. It is with great pleasure that we would like to inform you of some of the organizations which have united in the Committee to Defend Civil Rights in Lancaster County:
ACLU of Pennsylvania
Congregation Shaarai Shomayim
Equality Pa
Crispus Attucks Community Center
Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs
Lancaster City Human Relations Commission Board
Lancaster City Human Relations Commission
Lancaster Coalition for Peace and Justice
Lancaster County Council of Churches
Lancaster County Democratic Committee
Lancaster LGBT Organizing Committee
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania
Vision of Hope MCC

We would also like to announce the partial list of speakers for the 7/29 Unity Rally (we will have the speakers list for the 7/24 rally in the next day or so):

Cobbie Burns, President Lancaster NAACP*
Norman Britol-Colon, Executive Director, Governor’s Advisory Council on Latino Affairs
Louise Williams, President Lancaster City Council*
Rev. Randy Riggs
Pastor Lou Butcher
Stephen A. Glassman, Chairperson, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

In order to make the Unity Rallies successful there is much to be done. Please find attached a .pdf of the rally flier, which is ideal for blasting to your list, please let us know if you would like copies of the flyer to distribute. If you would like to volunteer to promote the Unity Rallies please email: . If you would like to volunteer to be a marshal at either rally, please email: . If you would like to add your organization to the list of endorsers, or to request a pdf of the flyer advertising the Unity Rallies, please email: .

In Solidarity,
Adanjesus Marin
Executive Board Member, SEIU Healthcare Pa and Chair, Human Relations Commission, City Of Lancaster

Government Drops Charges Against Choi & Pietrangelo

July 14, 2010

At the Last Minute, Government Drops Case Against Lt. Choi and Cpt. James Pietrangelo II

Prosecutor: “I was ready,” Arresting Officers Present

Get EQUAL reports that although the prosecution was ready to move forward and the
arresting officers were present in courtroom
120 of DC Superior Court this morning, the government decided at the last minute today to drop the charges against Lt. Dan Choi and Cpt. James Pietrangelo II.

Apparently, Prosecutor Christine Chang was unaware of the government’s decision as she stated, “I was ready,” and wasn’t able to explain the last-minute decision not to prosecute.

“Today, truth was the victor against a demeaning, discriminatory law known
as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” said Lt. Dan Choi. “We won’t stop pressing for repeal and pressuring those standing in the way until the day comes when not one more gay or lesbian servicemember is fired. And, as of today, the President refuses to tell us when that day will actually come.”

“It is clear that the government was embarrassed and we were prepared to make them defend this antiquated and homophobic law. The government is afraid of having to defend this issue,” said Cpt. James Pietrangelo II.

“The subpoena was an embarrassment for them, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is an
embarrassment for them and, after three months of discovery and preparation, the government dropped the case because they know it’s an embarrassment.”

“Civil disobedience won today,” said Robin McGehee, co-founder and co-director of GetEQUAL. “We’re thrilled today that Dan and Jim’s actions have been validated and that non-violent civil disobedience has been proven again to be effective in combating prejudice. We are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Dan, Jim and other LGBT active-duty servicemembers who are taking action to end this discriminatory policy.”

Lt. Choi and Cpt. Pietrangelo were both facing two charges each of Failure to Obey a Lawful Order, pursuant to DC Municipal Regulations (18 DCMR 2000.2 (1995). The charges stemmed from the two men’s arrests on March 18 and April 20th when they chained themselves to the White House gate, in an act of non-violent civil disobedience, to protest the President’s
lack of leadership on repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“We were ready to put ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ on trial today, but it was clear the government was embarrassed to defend an indefensible policy,” said Mark Goldstone, lawyer for Lt. Choi’s and Cpt. Pietrangelo’s defense team. “Did the White House make a last-minute call to prevent this embarrassment from continuing? Clearly, someone did.”

Goldstone continued, “All fair-minded people should continue to agitate for actual and immediate repeal of this unjust, unfair policy. This is a big win for non-violent resistance to unjust policies and proves if you speak truth to power, good things can happen.”

“They declined to prosecute because the case would embarrass the government,” said Ann Wilcox, lawyer for Lt. Choi’s and Cpt. Pietrangelo’s defense team. “The President said it was important to pressure leaders
like himself, and that is exactly what Lt. Choi and Cpt. Pietrangelo did before and intended to do again today.”

CORRECTED DATE: Stallions After-Pride Party Is July 24

July 14, 2010

The correct date for Stallions Entertainment Complex After-Pride Party is July 24 (not July 31 as published in the ad in the current Pride Guide).

The Bar opens at 6 p.m. The Dance Floor opens at 9 p.m.

Look for their booth at Pride for your FREE NO COVER wristband.

Midtown Scholar Bookstore Speaker Highlights E.M. Forster

July 14, 2010

Join Wendy Moffat, Professor of English at Dickinson College, for a reading from her new book, “A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster” Wed., July 28, 6-8 p.m.

Moffat will speak about the difficulty in researching gay history, read from the book, and answer questions. Light refreshments will be provided. $5 suggested donation to support Common Roads, youth programming arm of the LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA.

Program on Lesbian Health Challenges Aug. 11, 7 p.m.

July 12, 2010

Program on Lesbian Health Challenges Aug. 11, 7 p.m.

The next health program in a running series is “Lesbian Health Challenges” Aug. 11, 7 p.m. at
MCC of the Spirit, 2973 Jefferson Street, Harrisburg, PA.

Join AIDS Community Alliance for a discussion of the unique health needs of lesbian women. The discussion will be facilitated by The Mautner Project’s Leslie Calman and D Magrini.

Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs appreciated but not required. For more information on the program or to RSVP please call 1.800.867.1550 or email

The Lesbian Health Challenges discussion is presented as a part of the community education series of AIDS Community Alliance’s LGBT Health Initiative.

The LGBT Health Initiative works to assure and promote high-quality health services, screenings and health education programs designed to meet the unique needs of the LGBT Community of South Central Pennsylvania.

For more information on information on the LGBT Health Initiative, please visit or call 1.800.867.1550.

PRIDE Picnic 2010 at Knoebels Grove Aug. 14

July 9, 2010

PRIDE Picnic 2010 at Knoebels Grove Aug. 14

The 16th Annual Pride Picnic at Knoebels Grove is Aug. 14. Knoebels Grove Amusement Resort is located in Elysburg PA. The picnic is held in Pavilion T10.

The popular events which draws hundreds is gathering of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and allies who celebrate with food, friendship and community.

Started as a small group of friends 16 years ago, the picnic has grown to several hundred picnic enthusiasts. Closer to being a family reunion, many bring friends and relatives as well a first timers to this great day of roller coasters and water rides.

Everyone should bring a covered dish to share. Something hot in a crock pot is a suggestion. A chicken, beef or pork dish would be great. There are electrical outlets. The picnic provides utensils, tableware and napkins. There will be a raffle. Registration starts at 11 a.m. The meal is served at 3 p.m.

Questions and directions: Mike and Mike – 717-572-9111, Cameron –, Matt –

Pride Picnic is not sponsored by Knoebels Grove Amusement Resort.