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July 2009 Blog Posts (15)

Pride Thank You Party

Pride Thank You Party hosted by Liquid 891 on Saturday, August 1st at 9pm featuring Glenda and Friends along with the Pride Festival of Central PA Committee.

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 28, 2009 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Harrisburg Mens Chorus Fundraiser Tonight

Beat the heat and join the Harrisburg Mens Chorus at the Hoss's in Hummelstown for their dine out fundraiser tonight.

Added by Jeff on July 28, 2009 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Central PA PrideFest Unity Parade Results

This year's parade winner's were as follows: Best Float: Brownstone, Best Decorated Vehicle: Club XS, Best Walking Unit: Vision of Hope MCC, Community Choice Award: St Paul's United Church of Christ & PFLAG, Parade Committee Award: MCC of the Spirit, Grand Marshal Award: Brownstone, First Place Band Award: Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corp, Second Place Band Award: Bushwackers. Judges for this year's parade were Bolton Winpenny, former editor of Panzee Press, Judy Chambers, editor of… Continue

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 27, 2009 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Pride Says Thank You and Welcomes Feedback

A big thank you to all the organizations, businesses, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and to the whole community for making the 2009 Pride Festival of Central PA such a great success. Here’s to “Your Rights, Our Rights, Human Rights” and to a great Pride Season in 2010. Your feedback is greatly appreciated so we know how to better serve the community and provide you with quality events going forward. Please visit our website at http://www.harrisburgpride.org/contact/index.htm and complete the two… Continue

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 27, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Pride Fest 09

I was in Harrisburg Saturday for the Pride Fest Parade. I had a wonderful time, I marched in the parade with the TransCentralPA ladies. I think there were 17 of us marching, I was wearing jeans and a yellow top. I was the groups unofficial photographer, you probably saw me wondering around the parade taking lots of pictures.

Added by TgurlRandi on July 26, 2009 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

Bikers United

Bikers United is looking for more parade participants to join their group in the Pride Parade this Saturday. You can meet the group at the formation of the parade on 2nd and Locust Streets at 9am. For additional details please e-mail bcw@comcast.net.

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 21, 2009 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Volunteers Needed

If you know anyone who can volunteer tomorrow (Tuesday) to put up fencing please let them know to join us at riverfront park at 8am. Friday we will need help setting up the festival grounds and again we will meet at 8am.


Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 20, 2009 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Harrisburg Pride Weekend

Voices United Concert, Fri. July 24th, 8pm

Voices United is a musical celebration of all that Pride has come to mean in the Central Pennsylvania area. This year's event joins The Harrisburg Men's Chorus, Central PA Womyn's Chorus, and the Choir of MCC of the Spirit. This event will take place at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Market Square, Harrisburg, PA. Tickets are $15. All proceeds benefit Central PA PrideFest 2009.

2009 Pride Festival of Central PA , Saturday, July… Continue

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 20, 2009 at 12:22am — No Comments

Pride Shabbat Thank You

Thank you to Temple Beth Shalom for being gracious hosts and for inviting our community to take part in their Pride Shabbat Service last evening. Thank you to those who showed their support by attending the service.

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 18, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Pride Shabbat This Friday

Pride Shabbat – A Celebration of “Your Rights, Our Rights, Human Rights,”
Friday July 17th, 2009 from 7:15pm until 8:30pm at Temple Beth Shalom,
913 Allendale Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA.
An inclusive Shabbat celebration open to everybody. Celebrate all models of families, unity and tolerance with music and prayers. Light refreshments will be served. More information can be found at www.tbshalom.org.

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 12, 2009 at 11:48pm — No Comments

Take a Hike?

ISO a group or some buddies who like moderate to challenging hiking and maybe a little trail running if you don't mind waiting at the finish for the world's slowest runner. Burgers, beers, sushi or cocktails afterward but no sleeping in tents on the ground. I'm looking for athletic butch sissies or sissy butchies... Is there a compatible group around? Anyone want to get together to form… Continue

Added by Lewis Maurer on July 9, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Pride Guides Now Available

Pride Festival of Central PA Pride Guides are now available in the July/August issue of Central Voice. Please get yours today!

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 6, 2009 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Need a Volunteer for AARP Booth @ Central PA Pride

PA AARP will have an information booth at PrideFest on July 25. Since I opened up my big mouth and said AARP should do this diversity outreach, I am the person who has to be at the booth. (I'm an active PA AARP volunteer and enjoy meeting people.) Anyway, I'm looking for another person to share booth duty so we can eat, go to toilet and see rest of festival when time permits. The volunteer gets a free admission to the festival, an AARP tee shirt and lots of AARP giveaways... plus it really is… Continue

Added by Douglas Dockey on July 5, 2009 at 9:15pm — No Comments


Pride Benefit - 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… Continue

Added by Pride Festival of Central PA on July 2, 2009 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Gay-Themed Publication - Looking for Local Actors, Men/Women, Straight/Gay

I have been feeling so stifled with everyday life and projects for so many years. You take care of homes, yards, pets and parents and you find your own life is ticking away with no way to turn back the clock. You join Facebook and see people/classmates/friends from 20 years ago and wonder where the time has gone. Life goes way too fast , except if you're a child and then you think it lasts forever.

Finally, I decidced to just sit down and do some writing...let everything else go on… Continue

Added by Tom Ford on July 2, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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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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