Archive for August, 2012

Community Leaders to Participate in Staged Reading of Prop 8 Play

August 31, 2012

LGBT community leaders Liz Bradbury, executive director of Pennsylvania Diversity Network, and Adrian Shanker, president of Equality Pennsylvania, will perform Sept. 8, 8 p.m. in a staged-reading of Dustin Lance Black’s 8: The Play at the Civic Theatre of Allentown.

The play chronicles the federal court trials to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which passed in 2008 as a voter referendum to ban already-legal same-sex marriages in California. The leaders will also co-lead a talk-back about marriage equality, the complexities of voter referendum for civil rights issues, and specific details about the case, following the performance.

Far right proponents of Prop 8 filed suit to disallow public viewing of trial video. Marriage equality supporters claimed they did so because marriage opponents were unable to present any expert evidence there was any merit in disallowing marriage equality. In part, the play was created to present to the public actual testimony and the historic case summation. The play was also written to show why lower courts have consistently found Prop 8 to be unconstitutional.

The performance is a fundraiser for Pennsylvania Diversity Network. Tickets: $20 online at www.civictheatre.com or 610-432-8943.

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Dame Glenda Passes, Known throughout State for Her Benevolences

August 22, 2012

Word traveled quickly that Dame Glenda passed today (August 22) after a lengthy illness and courageous fight with diabetes. She had been in the hospital the last few days, a stay that ended with a fatal stroke.

Born April 6, 1957, Glen Wagner is known throughout the state for her many volunteer fundraising efforts for many good causes, including HIV prevention and treatment, Central PA Pride Festival, and children’s funds, among other endeavors.

Glenda was featured on the cover of the 2011 Pride Guide of the Central PA Pride Festival, along with other performers.

“She gave her all. She cared. She mentored and taught and brought out the best in us all,” said one of her charges who credited Glenda with providing guidance and confidence “when I had none in myself.”

“The legacy I inherited when volunteering to chair Pride was Glenda’s year-in, year-out commitment to raising funds for our annual event,” said Brad Martin, current chair, Central PA Pride Festival.

“No matter what, Glenda stood in the wings waiting to mount her shows, some years four shows, other years six shows, and on top of that also producing fund raisers for other worthy community causes,” Martin said. “Her example to us all is one of open arms, no judgments and a loyalty to always giving back,” he said.

Friends and others are hosting a memorial fundraiser Sun., Sept. 1, 9 p.m. at Liquid 891 called “It’s Time to Give Back to Her”. The community at-large is invited to attend and participate.

Local LGBT Chamber Honored by National Chamber

August 15, 2012

On August 8 in Chicago the Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was honored for excellence in communications at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Certify Your Success National Business & Leadership Conference.

The national award for “The Power of Membership” video reflects an effort launched at the local chamber’s 2012 annual dinner held in January. The video currently resides on the organization’s web site. The national chamber recognized the Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for developing an outstanding media campaign.

“This video showcases the value of partnering with the local lgbt chamber, the quality of our members and the talent of our allied member, Derek Lau of AideM Media, who produced this video for us,” said Debra McClain, the local chamber’s president and CEO.

“In addition to raising awareness of our diversified member base, the video validates the importance of belonging,” McClain said. The local chamber saw a surge in membership upon the video’s release and continues other collaborative efforts.

Sam McClure, of the national chamber, said, “Affiliate chambers like the south central Pennsylvania chamber are leveraging every possible opportunity for businesses to grow and become strong engines that will drive their local economies. These affiliate leaders are the backbone of the lgbt business movement.”

The local lgbt chamber serves a seven-county area in the region and currently has 179 members.