Archive for May, 2012

Obama Video Speaks Directly to Community

May 25, 2012

The Obama campaign has released a video narrated by actress Jane Lynch where the president speaks directly to the LGBT community and allies. The video addresses his accomplishments to date and work that still ahead. Link below.

Obama Pride Effort Kicks Off

May 24, 2012

By Frank Pizzoli

Seventeen individuals kicked off the 2012 Obama Pride effort May 23 at the Harrisburg campaign headquarters, 10 S. 3rd St., 717-793-0120.

Lead in a discussion of upcoming activities by Obama campaign organizers Russell Cox and Jennifer Storipan, the group enthusiastically talked about the main ways members of the lgbt community can engage in the campaign:

* Assist with voter registration given the more stringent guidelines that take full effect for the November presidential election

* Help make calls from phone banks

* Attend gay events with campaign organizers and volunteers

* Volunteer in general for the many tasks that a presidential campaign involves.

In Lancaster, campaign organizer Sully Pinos can direct individuals to the same activities discussed tonight in Harrisburg.

“In the long run, we’re looking to create sustainable, democratic and inclusive communities around all our campaign activity,” explained Cox. “We want all segments of the community involved, not only the lgbt community, for the long haul,” said Storpian.

One volunteer referred to Central Voice as “the region’s lgbt newspaper that is read like the Bible” in reference to where to find current information on political and election activities and other current events relating the lgbt and broader community.

Lancaster Pride Newsletter

May 23, 2012

Lancaster Pa Pride 2012 – May Newsletter

Upcoming Events
Bingo Night
Benefit Show
Pride Pageant
Story Hour
Pride Festival

About Us – Lancaster Pride is a Festival & Celebration for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersexed, Questioning Folks and Their Allies. This year’s Pride will be held on Saturday, June 18th at Buchanan Park from Noon – 6 PM

Pride Partner – Lancaster Pride is a project of the LGBT Center Coalition

Thanks to everyone who turned out to support Lancaster PA Pride & Alder Health Services for our Living OUT Loud party! Suzanne Westenhoefer put on a great show as did all of the drag queens! Thanks also to Chameleon Club for hosting the event and to all of our sponsors!

Check out the photos taken by Dennis Studio throughout the night! Go to LOL Photos, click on “View Your Event” on the top menu, and then enter pride as the username and 2012 as the password. If you want to order any prints, have your order in by June 8th!

The Lancaster Pride Youth Outreach will host its’ next Bingo Night on Monday May 28th from 7 PM to 9 PM at Carmen & David’s Creamery. Bring your kids & teenagers along to a family-friendly evening out! It’s free, there are lots of fun prizes to win, and ice cream & drink are available for purchase. Don’t miss out on this popular event!

Isaac’s Downtown will host a fundraiser for Lancaster Pride on Wednesday May 30th from 5 PM to 9 PM by donating 25% of your food and alcohol purchase to our group. Bring your friends and family to enjoy great food and great company while supporting our festival. Alternative folk musician Vin Fischer will be performing from 7 PM to 9 PM

Be sure to print the coupon out and bring it along, show it on your phone, or mention that you are there for Pride.

Come see your favorite drag queens perform on Saturday June 2nd! Join us for the Lancaster PA Pride Benefit Show at the Moose Lodge 299. The show is from 7 PM to 11 PM, is 21+, and is $5 cover.

The Miss & Mr Lancaster PA Pride 2012 Pageant takes place at the Tally Ho on Sunday June 10th at 9 PM. The show is 21+ and a $5 cover. Come vote for this year’s winners!

Lancaster Pride Youth Outreach will hold its next Story Hour on Monday June 11th from 7 PM to 8 PM at Winding Way Books at Gallery Row. Bring a pillow, bring the family, and enjoy a night out!

Winding Way Books will also donate 25% of the sale of books made throughout the day to Lancaster Pride Youth Outreach so even if you don’t make it to Story Hour, drop in and buy a book. And be sure to tell them it is in support of Lancaster Pride!

Save the date – Pride Festival & Celebration will be held on Saturday June 16th. It is from 12 PM to 6 PM at Buchanan Park. Pride is a celebration of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersexed, Questioning Folks and their Allies in the Lancaster Community. The family-friendly outdoor festival features live entertainment; varied vendors offering arts & crafts, Pride regalia, & more; full menu of food offerings; & children’s activities. $5 entrance fee, 12 & under are free.

Hope to see you at the events and at Pride!

Bingo Night
Monday, May 28
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Carmen & David’s Creamery
25 N. Prince St.
Lancaster, PA 17603

Isaac’s Downtown
Wednesday, May 30
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Isaac’s Downtown
25 N. Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17603

Benefit Show Saturday, June 2
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Moose Lodge 299
132 N. Water St.
Lancaster, PA 17603

Miss & Mr Lancaster PA Pride Pageant Sunday, June 10
9:00 PM
Tally Ho Tavern
201 W. Orange St.
Lancaster, PA 17603

Story Hour Monday, June 11
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Winding Way Books at Gallery Row
106 W. Chestnut St.
Lancaster, PA 17603

2012 Pride Festival & Celebration
Saturday, June 16
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Buchanan Park
905 Buchanan Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603

LGBT Community Center Poised to Move

May 16, 2012

Needs your financial help!

“We’re on the move!” Louie Marven, executive director of the LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central Pennsylvania today told Central Voice. The center is a readying to move on June 1 to their new home at 1306 N. Third Street in Midtown Harrisburg.

Their new location is across from the popular and well-traveled daytime venue Broad Street Market as well as Midtown Scholar Bookstore open seven days a week in the later evening hours. The new space is being made ready for handicap accommodations. “We’ll be working to keep the space flexible and multi-use as well as using the Midtown Scholar Bookstore community facilities as needed,” Marven said.

“We’ll need help with moving expenses,” Marven explains. The center will need to raise $6,000 for the impending move. Check out a short YouTube video on the center’s progress. Central Voice will be keeping readers updated on center developments.

Donations can be made at

Join Local LGBT Marketplace Survey!

May 16, 2012

Central Voice is participating in a Survey of LGBT Individuals in the south central Pennsylvania region. The survey is not a survey of our faithful readers but a general survey of the region’s LGBT Market. Participation is anonymous and when you choose to fill out the survey you go directly to the survey itself. Central Voice is provided a copy of the results as “aggregate” data meaning all responses are combined to protect your confidentiality. We have no way of knowing who fills out the survey.

Help us make LGBT History and complete the survey by clicking on the LINK on the left-hand side of Page 1 of our web site. Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation! The more we know as a group about LGBT residents, the better we can all be of service.

Gallop Poll on Gay Marriage; Comments from PA Stakeholders

May 10, 2012

With the news cycle spinning in every direction on gay marriage, Central Voice presents a Gallop Poll (May3-6, 2012) on the hot topic of the day.

Although the nation as a whole remains split on the touchy issue – with the number of those “against” loosing ground to a growing number who “support” gay marriage, there is clear demarcation when the issue is looked at by political affiliation.

Gallup Poll – Support for legal same sex marriage, by political subgroup:
% Should be legal vs. % Should not be legal
Democrats: 65% vs. 34%
Independents: 57% vs. 40%
Republicans: 22% vs. 74%

In Pennsylvania, Diane Gramley, American Family Association of Pennsylvania, said, “I know the homosexual activists had been put increasing pressure on him. There was a hastily arranged news conference. I thought he would fall in the ditch with the rest of them. He has been the most pro-homosexual president in history.”

Ted Martin, Equality Pennsylvania, said, “I think, quite frankly, the president has just come to the conclusion that millions of Americans have: This is the fair and right thing to do. I think we need to thank the president. He was thoughtful about this. He did this because he got to know people. He saw that people in same-sex committed relationships face the same joys and challenges as everyone else.”