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June 2009 Blog Posts (17)

Great interview by WITF worth listening to....


The historic mansion at 1110 North 3rd Street in Harrisburg has had a long and rich history. Built as the Hummel Mansion in the 1860's, it became the first Jewish Community Center in 1927, and in the 1950's became the home of the Harrisburg Police Athletic League. Today, it is getting a new chapter in its history as the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. The Stage On Herr performance space… Continue

Added by gary bartlett on June 30, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Congrats to the new Queen and King of Pride Festival of Central PA

The Pride Festival of Central PA congratulates the 2009-2010 winners of the Central PA Gay Pride Pageants.

Miss Central PA Gay Pride - Chynna Buffet

Mr. Central PA Gay Pride - Onyx

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 30, 2009 at 12:04am — No Comments

Pride's Got Talent Results

Our Pride's Got Talent superstars include Lizzie Beaumont (Eddie Diel), Deb Hagerty, and Troy Sturgeon. All three will appear in the parade and perform their selection on the second stage. Thank you to the staff of Brownstone Lounge for hosting the event and to Barefoot Wine for sponsoring the buffet. Dave Payne was a terrific MC and the patrons were very supportive judges. Thanks for a great event.

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 29, 2009 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Harrisburg's First Friday Art Exhibit Benefits Pride

First Friday Art Exhibit on July 3rd at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center's Stage on Herr Gallery on the Corner of Herr & Susquehanna Streets right off of 3rd St. starting at 6PM lasting until 11PM. This Art Exhibtion at HMAC is featuring 6 very special canvases commemmorating the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 which were ceated by John Bowermaster. The proceeds of all 6 pieces will be going directly to the PRIDE Festival of Central PA. Please come out to this very… Continue

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 27, 2009 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Central PA Pride Events this Weekend

Reminder about the following Pride events this weekend.

Pride’s Got Talent - Pride Festival Mixer II
Friday June 26th, 2009 from 9pm until 12mid at the Brownstone Lounge,
412 Forster St, Harrisburg, PA.

Miss Biscuit's Miss Central PA Gay Pride Pageant
June 26th, 2009 10PM
Liquid 891, Harrisburg, PA

Dame Glenda's Pride Tour 2009 - Strawberry 704
June 27, 2009 10PM
Strawberry 704, Harrisburg, PA

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 25, 2009 at 11:35pm — No Comments

Harrisburg City Council Passes Resolution

Harrisburg City Council Passed this Resolution
Resolution 31-2009 – A Resolution recognizing June 2009, as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, and encouraging all people of the City of Harrisburg to work to advance the cause of equality and towards achieving a safe community that appreciates diversity in all its forms for generations to come.

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 23, 2009 at 11:49pm — No Comments

Sen. Eichelberger's "allowing Gays to exist" remark

I hope all of you get to read or hear the Podcast of Sen. Eichelberger's remarks that "society allows Gays to exist." He and Sen. Leach debated same-sex marriage bills in PA on WHYY radio on Friday, 6/19. Call Eichelberger's office and find out which of your local senators are co-sponsoring his Protection of ?Family/Marriage bill. Quite a few Republican conservatives in this area have signed on; I know my senator has. Don't let this go unchallenged! Then call Sen. Leach to see what can be done… Continue

Added by Douglas Dockey on June 23, 2009 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

WHP Channel 21 Aired Anti-Homosexual Program

Has anyone else seen "Silencing Christians" which was shown on the evening of June 10 on WHP-TV? If you haven't, you should go to the SilencingChristiana.com site and view the hour long national program. It is a inflammatory, bigoted, discriminatory propaganda piece which is designed to stir up Christians to act up against the "Homosexual Agenda".

I fired off an e-mail to the General Manager at WHP-TV and asked if he had or will have a showing for pro-homosexual groups for them to view and… Continue

Added by Douglas Dockey on June 22, 2009 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Pride Festival of Central PA Parking

Great News! The Market Street Parking Garage will be open for the Pride Festival of Central PA from 8am until 12 mid on Saturday, July 25th at the incredibly low price of $5.00. Please be sure to park your car before 6pm as the entrance gate will close at that time. Exit gate will close at 12 mid. The other City Parking Garages will be open but will charge full price.

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 18, 2009 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Pride this Saturday! Watch the video.

Lancaster PA Pride is this Saturday, June 20
Watch & share the video on YouTube, Facebook or our homepage.


Added by Mark Stoner on June 18, 2009 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Pride’s Got Talent - Pride Festival Mixer II

Pride’s Got Talent - Pride Festival Mixer II

Friday June 26th, 2009 from 9pm until 12mid at the Brownstone Lounge,

412 Forster St, Harrisburg, PA.

Enter our first ever Pride’s Got Talent Open Mic Competition. Patrons of the Brownstone Lounge will choose the best performance. The winner will perform their selection at the second stage during the Pride Festival in July. A pre-registration fee of $15 is required and all those who register receive a Pride T-Shirt. Please register by… Continue

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 17, 2009 at 11:15am — No Comments

Register for the Parade and Festival

The Pride Festival of Central PA is right around the corner. If you have not already done so please make sure you register to participate in our parade and festival.

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 17, 2009 at 11:14am — No Comments

Harrisburg PA Proclamation declaring June Pride Month


I am writing to let you know that Harrisburg City Council will be presenting the Pride Festival of Central PA a Proclamation, declaring June Pride Month, on Tuesday, June 23rd during the City Council meeting at 6pm.


Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 16, 2009 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Please Note Updated Time - Pride Forum - Stonewall Speakers - Sun. July 26th

Pride Forum – Stonewall Speakers - Sun. July 26th

Sponsored by: Pride Festival of Central PA & Capital Region Stonewall Democrats

Location: Temple University Harrisburg, 234 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Presented by: Members of the STONEWALL Veterans’ Association and representatives of Lebanon Valley College. In commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion the STONEWALL Vets will be giving a special presentation concerning the… Continue

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 10, 2009 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Weather looks great for Sun June 7 Lancaster Pride Barnstormers Game!

This year's Barnstormer theme is COME OUT and play (really!)
Order Pride Baseball tickets here: http://alturl.com/3uj3
Enter Password: pride

Pride gets a donation and we sit together! Don't miss it tomorrow.

Added by Mark Stoner on June 6, 2009 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Award-Winning Gay Singer-Songwriter to Perform June 19

The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg (UCH) is pleased to present singer/songwriter Brady Earnhart in concert at 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 19. Admission is $5 at the door; all are welcome. The church is located at 1280 Clover Lane in Harrisburg.

Brady is a songwriter, a poet, and a professor of American Literature and Creative Writing at the University of

Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. His moving, literate, and often humorous songs have been compared to those of Paul Simon,… Continue

Added by Bart Carpenter on June 4, 2009 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Thanks for a Great Mixer

Thank you to everyone who organized, supported, and attended the Pride Mixer at Liquid 891. Also thank you to Liquid for hosting the event and thank you to Natalie Darkes and Glenda's Cabaret for the wonderful entertainment.

Pride Festival of Central PA

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on June 1, 2009 at 7:01pm — 1 Comment

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Local Author's Book Makes Top 10 Gay Non-fiction List

Called a "must read," Michael Long's book on gay pioneer Frank Kameny has been chosen as one of the Top 10 gay, non-fiction books for 2014. Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny by the Elizabethtown College professor is a "must-read for anyone interested in the history of the gay rights movement” says Publishers Weekly.

Harvard University's Michael Bronski, a staple in the world of gay history, said: “The LGBT movement has been blessed with an amazing array of passionate, provocative, colorful, dedicated, and sometimes infuriating women and men. Frank Kameny is certainly one of the most important. Michael Long’s magnificent book captures the breadth of the movement and the specificity of Kameny’s life and importance.”

Long tells Central Voice about his editing of Kameny's historically rich letters, 150 letters from 1958 to 1975, that reveal some of the early stirrings of today’s politically powerful LGBT movement. The letters are lively and colorful because they are in Kameny’s inimitable voice, a voice that was consistently loud, echoing through such places as the Oval Office, the Pentagon, and the British Parliament, and often shrill, piercing to the federal agency heads, military generals, and media personalities who received his countless letters. Long is the author and editor of several books on politics, religion, and civil rights. He is the editor, most recently, of Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball.

Central Voice: What has the response been to your work on Kameny? from the academic community? from the LGBT community?

Michael Long: The book has just been released, but the response thus far has been so positive. Kameny's close friends, like Charles Frances and Bob Witech of Washington, DC, have been generous in their praise of the book.


CV: Some advocates are outright sending the book to others?

ML: Malcolm Lazin of Equality Forum has decided to send the book to leading LGBT activists across the country. Early reviews have also been positive, identifying the book as a "must read." I'm pleased about this mostly because it helps to advance the rich and inimitable legacy of Frank Kameny. This of us who fight for LGBT rights stand on his shoulders, and the book helps us understand how incredibly broad his shoulders were. 

CV: Currently, there is lots of dialogue about the intersections of race and LGBT issues. What are your thoughts?

ML: One of the most important things about Kameny is that early on he, like Edward Sagarin and others, identified gays and lesbians as an oppressed minority. That was no small move, and it allowed him to analyze discrimination against gays and lesbians as somewhat akin to discrimination against people of color. It also helped him articulate the need for civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians early on.

CV: Wasn't Kameny an early petitioner of the US Supreme Court?

ML: His 1961 petition to the US Supreme Court--a landmark document--did exactly that while at the same time telling the justices that homosexuality was moral. It's breathtaking material. Kameny also turned to the civil rights movement for inspiration and instruction for advancing civil rights for oppressed gays and lesbians. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael are among those who influenced his deliberate efforts to politicize the homophile movement and turn it into a political power that politicians could no longer ignore. So Kameny actually helped to create the intersections of race and LGBT issues that we continue to experience today.



Things you may not know about Franklin Kameny -

*During the height of the Lavender Scare, openly fought the US government for firing him because he was gay (1958).

*Led a long campaign to force the US Civil Service Commission to permit the hiring of gays and lesbians individuals for federal jobs, including those requiring security clearances (1957 on).

*Filed first US Supreme Court petition arguing that gays and lesbians were an oppressed minority deserving equal treatment under law, and that homosexuality was moral (1961).

*Co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, the nation’s first organization dedicated solely to securing civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians (1961).

*Co-founded regional and national gay and lesbian groups designed to politicize the movement and secure and advance political power in government and civil society (1963 on).

*Organized the first White House picketing by a group seeking civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians. Similar picketing soon followed in front of the US Civil Service Commission, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and the Pentagon (1965).

*Criticized numerous leading media personalities, including Ann Landers, Johnny Carson, and Rona Barrett, for their anti-gay views (1966 on).

*Staged protests (“zaps’) for gay rights at American Psychiatric Association conventions, eventually forcing the APA to delist homosexuality as a mental disorder (1971 on).

*Became the first openly gay candidate for the US Congress (1971).

*Acted as counsel to numerous gays and lesbians facing discrimination in the US military and served as a driving force behind the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”


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