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Gratification in Volunteering

With President Obama's call to service with the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy National Act. I had to admit that I was putting off some kind of volunteer work. Guess I was caught up in a form of I'm too busy (so I thought). No intentions of any sort of glory or having any kind of special skills. Just a couple of hours of helping out on the Capital Area Greenbelt. The gratification of making our planet a little greener to me was more valuable than that green dollar bill could ever buy. Wether… Continue

Added by mike peters on May 5, 2009 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Birthday Boyz and upcoming summer events





PLACE: Tuplehocken Hotel, Bernville ... then dessert at a private reidence

PLEASE RSVP BY : Monday MAY 19 2009

2nd Qtr B-Boyz to… Continue

Added by Gentlemen of Berks and Beyond on April 23, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Dinning in Harrisburg

This past Saturday evening I meet with three lovely T-gurls who were visiting from the Philly area. They had heard about what a great place Harrisburg is and wanted to come and visit. I agreed to meet at 7:30 and have dinner at Carley's. We meet had a wonderful conversation and did not leave Carley's till after 9:00. We then walked to Suba's where we meet two other members of TranscentralPA group. We all had a great time, everyone was so friendly the drinks and music was great. But what made… Continue

Added by TgurlRandi on April 13, 2009 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Maryland House Bill 474

For our friends and family living in Md have a chance to make transgender discrimination illegal. House Bill 474 would add "gender identity" to existing protections from employment, housing, etc. Further information at www.unionvoice.org.

Added by mike peters on March 19, 2009 at 5:46pm — 2 Comments

Pride at Work

I was reading a informative webite, Pride at Work wich is a news site for LGBT issues especially with labor issues. Their website is www.prideatwork.org.

Added by mike peters on March 12, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Local Amtrak Stations

In recent days news articles about the possible closings of the Middletown and Elizabethtown Amtrak stations because of not being compliant with American with Disabilies Act (ADA). Not being compliant is a form of discrimination. People who have mobility issues do have the right to have accessibilty to services like Amtrak. I encourage our local elected officials to look at this and work together to find and implement solutions to this instead of allowing these stations to close.

Added by mike peters on February 11, 2009 at 2:57am — No Comments

Should PA enact legislation to legalize same-sex marriage/civilunions?

Take the poll;

In September a statewide poll showed that more than 70% of Pennsylvanians now support some recognition of same-sex couples in Pennsylvania.

There is no legislation currently pending to allow for either marriage or civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in Pennsylvania.

What do you think? Is it time for Pennsylvania’s General Assembly to enact equality for Pennsylvania's gay and lesbian couples?

Take our poll today.…


Added by Michael Morrill on February 9, 2009 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

New gurl to the club


I would like to take a minute or two here and introduce myself. Please call me Randi, I'm genetically male, however I consider my self to be more of a woman. Hint, my member name TgurlRandi. I'm a very active member of TranscentralPA a local active transgender group of ladies. You will not find a nicer or more supportive group of ladies. You will find me out with other members of the group on the first Saturday of the month. We usually meet and have dinner somewhere in the downtown… Continue

Added by TgurlRandi on February 5, 2009 at 4:54pm — No Comments

My Morning Jacket New Years Eve show .... Madison Square Garden 2009 NYC

2008-the year of the economic crash, Prop 8 and the goodbye to GWB (thank God!!-don’t let the White House door hit you in the ass as you leave) and hello to a new beginning with the election of Barack Obama. It was also the year that the band My Morning Jacket graduated to the big time. A top 10 album, appearance on Saturday Night Live and to cap things off an “intimate” New Yrs Eve performance in front 15,000+ fans at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

To say the concert was great… Continue

Added by djSpike on January 19, 2009 at 10:02pm — No Comments



Added by Wiltonman on January 13, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Critical Updates We all have to use the same letter and signature page so that they can be joined together and sent to President Obama as one cohesive piece. If you are not using the letter that is c…

Critical Updates

We all have to use the same letter and signature page so that they can be joined together and sent to President Obama as one cohesive piece. If you are not using the letter that is currently posted, your signatures will not be sent in. The deadline for mailing the signature pages is January 12 for us to get them to Barack Obama on his first day in office.

Please mail to:

Join The Impact

PO Box 141491

Columbus, OH 43214…


Added by Dennis Biancuzzo on January 4, 2009 at 8:18am — No Comments

Wellness In Giving

Wellness In Giving:

No matter what you celebrate, Hanukah, Christmas, or any other Holiday where gift giving plays a big part of the day, you can get through it feeling really good inside.

This Holiday season does not have to be all about buying more stuff. Shopping in crowded department stores can leave a person feeling empty and stressed. Fighting to get the last parking space at the mall causes your blood pressure to rise and your middle finger to follow at the windshield. No one… Continue

Added by Sharon Muzio on November 21, 2008 at 9:12am — 2 Comments


The word Wellness brings to mind many different things to many different people. To connect us all on the same page, when I speak of wellness I mean all of the things that a person can do to stay healthy. In our GLBTQ community many of us do not take actions to keep ourselves healthy.

I do know all of this does not apply to everyone, all of the statements I am making are generalizations.

I am very interested in prevention as the first step in a wellness journey. I feel that it is much… Continue

Added by Sharon Muzio on November 5, 2008 at 5:36pm — 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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