Archive for October, 2010

Black and White Party Seeks Volunteers

October 26, 2010

With plans for the 5th Annual Black & White Party well under way, organizers for the May 14 event have been receiving requests from people online offering to volunteer for the popular event. Organizers are asking for more volunteers to come forward.

To date, the event has raised about $70,000 for The AIDS Fund of South Central Pennsylvania, which provides grant funds to local HIV organizations, and York’s Family First Health’s HIV Program.

“I’m thrilled that so many people have signed up to volunteer on our website,” said Charles King, originator of the event. Last year, about 200 volunteers came forward to help staff the event. “We have community theatre professionals helping us every year as well as community service groups and businesses,” King said. Each year Starbucks sends a cadre of staff and local restaurants provide tasty free food during the pre-show portion of the benefit.

The venue moves this year to Zembo Shrine Auditorium and Event Complex in Harrisburg.

“The Zembo is a beautiful, historic space that will allow us to grow even more,” King said. He also explained that York’s Club XS, home to the benefit from 2007-2010, “has been very generous to us in the past, but we have outgrown our space there.”

Although the club did not charge for its space, King said the benefit will see savings from the move. The “party” has also moved on the calendar to the second weekend of May and is scheduled for May 14.

Each year the audience is dazzled with originally-stage numbers, original choreography and the staging of popular songs and themes. Chad Alan-Carr is directing the Main Stage Show with the assistance of several assistant directors and a talented new artistic team assembled for 2011.

Chris Quigley, who directed the indoor stage shows for all prior years, is directing the first half of the event’s entertainment on formal stage separate from the Main Stage Show.

The Artistic Committee is keeping this year’s theme secret for a while longer. Rumor has it that there MIGHT be a high-stepping kick-line.

How you can help:
•Planning Committee
•New Guest Services Plan/Check In
•Experience with Salesforce.com needed
•Marketing/Public Relations Committee
•Social Media Marketing Strategy (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
•Restaurant Recruiters and Coordinators
•Silent Auction
•Logistics
•Performers
•Stage Crew, Stage Managers
•General Volunteer Coordination
•Security
•Sponsorship Committee
•Floral Designing, helping find designers
•Decor
•Assistant, Head Costume Designer
•Assistant, Hair and Make-Up
•Hair and Make-Up artists

Info: c.king@theblackandwhiteparty.com, 717-814-8862.

Equality PA Releases Voters’ Guide

October 25, 2010

Equality PA released “2010 Pennsylvania Progressive Voters Guide,” a General Election guide supported by 12 Pennsylvania progressive organizations.

The guide lists candidates’ support of LGBT issues and progressive values. In addition to lgbt-specific endorsements by Equality PA, the guide also includes recommendations of organizations representing education, environment, reproductive choice, and labor and working families.

Online: http://www.paprogressivevotersguide.org

Breaking: Judge Issues Injunction Against DADT Enforcement

October 12, 2010

BREAKING: An injunction ordering the Dept. of Defense to halt investigations and discharges related to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was issued today by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips. Her ruling effectively bars enforcement of DADT at this point in the ongoing appeals process.

The case that won the injunction, Log Cabin Republicans vs. United States of America, was originally filed in 2004. Just last month, and after a two-week trial in July, Judge Phillips issued her final ruling in the case, finding that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law was unconstitutional on first and fifth amendment grounds. She also indicated her intent to issue an injunction barring further discharges in light of that finding.

Jill Sobule at Midtown Scholar Bookstore Oct. 21

October 11, 2010

Since last “kissing a girl,” full-of-energy Jill Sobule appears in solo concert Oct. 21, 8 p.m at Harrisburg’s Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. $20 general admission.

The Denver-born Sobule last appeared in the region at a benefit for AIDS Community Alliance at Lancaster’s Chamelion Club. Hear her iconic “I Kissed a Girl” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4r41vPTF8k

Her solo show is a combination of music and social commentary. “I don’t have a set list of issues I cover. My social commentary varies, depending on what’s on my mind or what’s in the news. The thing I will say is when making political or social commentary, I don’t lecture or get all righteous. I think with a bit of humor you can be way more subversive,” Sobule said.

As will be reflected in her local performance, Sobule belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. Over five albums and a decade of recording, the Denver-born songwriter, guitarist, singer has tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. And love – found, lost, wished for and taken away. No sloganeering flag-and-fist waving here, but rather story songs about human beings, real and imagined, which allow us to step back from the issue, be it personal or social, and relate to it as we would a close friend.

Sobule has made four critically acclaimed albums, Happy Town, Pink Pearl, Underdog Victorious, and 2009’s California Years, which Jill released on her own record label, Pinko Records, after collecting over $85,000 from fans who funded the project. “California Years” is 14 songs of cities and experiences there, full of Sobule’s humorous take on life. Hear “San Fransisco” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N_r0Ka765E

As usual, she’s busier than ever.

“I am working on the musical, “Times Square”. We will be doing a reading the end of November at the Public Theater in New York City,” Sobule says. She’ll be releasing “The Jill and John Doe” by December. “I’m working on a new record with lyric collaborations by some of my fav authors – David Hajdu, Rick Moody, Luc Sante, Michelle Tea, others.” She’s also trying “to eat better, which is hard on the road, and exercise at least once a month,” Sobule said.

Tickets: Advance purchase highly recommended. Tickets are nonrefundable and will be held in purchaser’s name at the door. 717-236-1680 (hours Wed-Sat 9-9, Sun 12-7) or online at midtownscholarbookstore.com. The City of Harrisburg requires a 10% amusement-tax ($2) be collected, whether tickets are purchased in-store or online. This fee will be included in the “shipping” charge when you checkout online.

Song samples at http://www.JillSobule.com.

Black and White Party Benefit Needs Singers, Dancers

October 6, 2010

The 5th Annual Black And White Party, May 14, 2011 needs singers and dancers. The fundraising event which benefits The AIDS Fund of South Central PA and York’s Family First HIV Program, will be held at Harrisburg’s Zembo Shrine. Interested in auditioning?
Send an email to THEchadalan.Carr@gmail.com (Chad-Alan Carr)

Equality PA Needs Harrisburg Volunteers

October 5, 2010

Equality PA Needs Harrisburg Volunteers

Local Harrisburg GLBTA folks are gathering at the hottest spot in town,

the SEIU Office, to call other GLBTA folks!

No, this isn’t the beginning of a new chat line. We are making calls to remind people to vote
in the upcoming elections & to encourage them to vote for candidates that support our rights.

This will also be your opportunity to meet our new Statewide Organizer, Allyson Diane Hamm.

Free pizza & beverages will also be available for volunteers.

Come on out to :
SEIU
1500 North 2nd Street
on Tuesday, October 12
from 6 – 9 pm
RSVP : allyson@equalitypa.org

FAB Oct. 16 – Donna Rose Special Quest

October 5, 2010

The LGBT Community Center announces that special guest Donna Rose will be joining FAB as a speaker.

Over the past ten years, Donna has established a reputation as a nationally respected leader, spokesperson, and advocate for lgbt rights and dignity, and for a broader sense of community based on recognition that all fair-minded people are in this together.

That reputation has been forged by involvement at all levels of lgbt rights work – as the first transgender Board Member for organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Donna is directly responsible for some of the workplace policy standards which form the foundation of lgbt workplace best practices in this country and affect the lives of thousands of lgbt workers each and every day, and has worked at the grass-roots level with activists from across the country to coordinate, communicate, and educate.

Donna’s efforts have been featured in DiversityInc, USA Today, Fortune, Pink Magazine, the Advocate, Investors Business Daily; on CNN and Entertainment tonight; and in any number of national and local media.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2010 FAB Award honoring those who have made important contributions to the economic, political, cultural, spiritual and social progress of LGBT causes within our region. This year’s FAB Award Recipients are:

Paul Foltz – Harrisburg
Theatre Harrisburg Master Costumer and designer with over thirty years of service to the LGBTQ community

Carol and Bill (deceased) Sizemore – Dover
PFLAG of Central PA

Ashley McLaughlin – Lancaster
President of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance at Millersville University

This year’s event will feature a Red Carpet entrance leading attendees into an atmosphere reminiscent of a 1940s Supper Club. The ambience in the VIP lounge will have the feel of a classic lounge like the Club El Morocco of 1940s New York City. A Standards Band, featuring lead vocalist Lindsay Bretz, will delight the crowd with sounds from the era. Soft lighting, graceful flowers, and sensual music in a hazy atmosphere will transform the Great American Hall at the Hershey Lodge into an elegant 1940s Supper Club experience.

The VIP Reception will begin at 6:30. The Classic Reception will begin at 7:00 in the Lobby of the Great American Hall. Dinner is scheduled for 8:00 followed by dancing to the sounds of a high energy DJ until 1:00 a.m. The entire evening will include fine dining, great wine, and FABulous music. It promises to transport you back to a time when clubbing was the ultimate experience!

Mike Greenwald, formerly of WITF, will emcee the program for the evening. It will include testimonials from participants involved with Common Roads, the youth programming arm of the Center. Rachel Watson, senior at Central York High School and founder of the school’s GSA; Jesse Egner, student at Lampeter-Strasburg High School and founder of the school’s GSA; and Ashley McLaughlin, President of Allies at Millersville University and past presenter at the GSA Leadership Summit will all be sharing how Common Roads program has impacted their work as community leaders.

Tickets: http://www.FAB2010.org

VIP Ticket, $200 per person, includes:
* VIP Reception
* Swag Bag (≈$100 value, limited to first 125 VIP ticket-holders)
* Silent Auction
* Complimentary Drink Tickets
* Main Event & Dinner
* After-Party

Classic Ticket, $100 per person, includes:
* Classic Reception
* Silent Auction
* Complimentary Drink Ticket
* Main Event & Dinner
* After-Party

2010 sponsors: McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, Sam’s Club, Capital Blue Cross, Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Dasher Services Inc., Equality PA, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, Members 1st, MyCommunityTickets.com, Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall, LLP, Wachovia, Hilton Harrisburg, Kades-Margolis Corporation, Pennsylvania State Education Association, and Central Voice.