Archive for June, 2012

Out & Active: Summer Programs for LGBT Community

June 26, 2012

Alder Health Services believes that to improve individual and community health outcomes, individuals must have the ability to participate in a host of programs and activities designed to engage their minds, bodies and spirits.

Each quarter (every three months) a new schedule of programs, forums and activities will be published in which members of the community will be encouraged to participate.

While any member of the community is welcome to participate in all of the programs and services of Alder Health, the Out and Active Programs are specifically designed and created to meet the unique needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to create an opportunity for members of the community to interact and engage with one another in a healthy, active and supportive environment.

To download the Out & About Activity Guide and/or and register for programs running July to September 2012, go to

Harrisburg City Leaders Challenge Receiver Law

June 26, 2012

Thems Fighting Words: Harrisburg City Leaders Challenge Receiver Law

* Claim Law Violates 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause in Federal Constitution
* Claim Law Ignores State Constitution

This morning members of the Harrisburg City Council, City Controller Dan Miller and City Treasurer John Campbell jointly filed suit in U.S. Federal Court arguing that the statute passed by the state legislature creating a receiver for the City of Harrisburg violates The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The Equal Protection Clause provides that “no state shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” and protects rights from abridgment by state leaders and governments. The suit alleges that the U.S. Constitution guarantees that no person or class of persons shall be denied the same protection of the law that is enjoyed by other persons or class of persons in like circumstances and that with the appointment of a receiver Harrisburg is being treated differently than all other fiscally distressed Pennsylvania municipalities.

As plaintiffs, the elected leaders also argue that the state legislature violated Article II, sec. 1, of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which places the power to make laws exclusively within the province of the state legislature. The law provides that one branch of government can’t authorize another entity to exercise the power or function which it is constitutionally authorized to exercise itself.

In short, the legislature can’t transfer its law making power to any other hands and therefore improperly delegated its constitutional responsibility to the Governor. Act 47 as passed by the legislature does not allow the state’s executive branch to simply seize the policy-making power of the local governing body.

“This suit is not simply an academic exercise,” said Council President Wanda Williams.

“It goes to the heart of democracy and the rule of law. Neither the Governor nor the Republican controlled legislature has the right to impose their will on the City of Harrisburg just because they disagree with the position of the democratically elected city council. It sets a dangerous precedent that will allow the Commonwealth to overrule decisions made by local elected officials if and when state leaders disagree with those decisions. Every local official should be concerned about the implications of this fundamental departure from the democratic process,” Williams said.

Bethlehem Area School District Approves Same-Sex Partner Benefits

June 20, 2012

June 18 Bethlehem Area School Board member Basilio Bonilla announced publically that the district would begin offering domestic partner benefits to same-sex partners of school district employees.

Equality Pennsylvania’s President Adrian Shanker said of the move “This policy is really about one thing: Equal pay for equal work.” The school district has employees with same-sex spouses who are unable to legally marry in Pennsylvania, a step that might otherwise enable them to participate in sharing benefits.

“They deserve to be treated with equality by this school district regardless of whether the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania treats them with equality,” Shanker said. He previously led the successful effort to win partner benefits for municipal employees in Allentown and Easton.

The school district’s action follows other recent advances for relationship recognition in the state, including marriage equality endorsements from the Mayor of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

Ted Martin, executive director of Equality Pennsylvania, noted, “The Bethlehem Area School District should be applauded for doing the right thing by their LGBT employees. There are people who really need these benefits, and thanks to commonsense school district leaders, they will get it.”

Pride in the Park: 1st Annual “Gay Day” at Hershey Park

June 13, 2012

Pride in the Park
First Annual “Gay Day” at Hershey Park

Enjoy a day at HersheyPark with friends old & new!

Alder Health Services, The Black and White Party and Central Voice invite you to celebrate Pride with us on Sunday, July 22. Ride the rides, and see the shows, but save some room for a fantastic picnic luncheon.

During the Day:

Exclusive Pride in the Park Welcome Tent – Stop by and pick up your tickets and T-shirts -9:30AM to Noon

Pride in the Park Picnic – Noon to 1PM

Ticket to the Park – $40
Ticket to the Park and a Pride in the Park T-Shirt – $46
Ticket to the Park, and the Pride in the Park Picnic – $51
Ticket to the Park, Pride in the Park Picnic and T-Shirt – $56

You can have it all for less than regular admission to Hershey Park ($56.95).

For more information please call Alder Health Services (1.800.867.1550) or email Pride in the Park.

Purchase Tickets online by visiting: Pride in the Park Tickets

Event Sponsors: Alder Health Services, The Black and White Party and Central Voice.

Event Supporters: Capital City Bears, Susquehanna Valley Bears, The Central PA LGBT Community Center Coalition, The Pennsmen, Family First Health, MCC Vision of Hope, Pride of Central PA, Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus, TransCentral PA

NEW Pride Festival Web Site Up!

June 6, 2012

See new web site up for
Pride Festival of Central PA

SAVE the Date – Sat., July 28
Parade – 11 a.m.
Festival – Noon-6 p.m.

2012 Sponsor