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Spoil your dinner with us! Reading Pride Celebration proud to partner with The Children's Home of Reading to bring the first annual "Desserts for Dinner" event to Reading.
Join us for this FUN AND FREE social event that's perfect for the whole family and inclusive for all types of families and community members. There will be delicious desserts, family fun, carnival-style games, and prizes! Guests will have an opportunity to meet CHOR staff and learn about the services we offer to the community.
RSVP is not required, but will help to ensure that we have enough food for everyone!Read More
“Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay”
July 14th, 7:30 pm at the Double Tree, Reading PA
Tickets are $20 and available on our FB page, website and on Eventbrite
This one-of-a-kind show based on Jacobs’ five published memoirs combines hilarious stories with a personal narrative covering LGBT and relationship issues plus the nationwide march toward marriage equality – and what has been happening since.
At it’s core, is the author’s insistence that nothing is ever so horrible if it’s worth the story you can tell. The event has Fay’s signature humor and relatable stories of our community tackling life, liberty and the aging process.
Fay has performed up and down the East Coast, with standing ovations at The Duplex Cabaret in New York City, at Women’s Week in P-Town, on an Oliva cruise, and in Asheville, New Orleans, Carefree Resort, St. Pete, Allentown, Mt. Airy, Rehoboth Beach and more.
So, come along for the ride as Fay and her wife Bonnie share life in one boat, two condos, two houses, and an RV, loving a succession of Schnauzers, and being domestic partnered, civil unioned and married. From zip lines to skunk sprays, lesbian invisibility to marriage equality, join Fay Jacobs for the journey. You’ll laugh and be moved.
The Double Tree will provide a cash bar; if you’re interested in coming early and having dinner, please notify the Double Tree for information regarding a discount.
All proceeds will benefit the LGBT Center of Greater Reading: 1501 N. 13th Street, Reading, PA 610-741-3923
www.lgbtcenterofreading.com; FB: thelgbtcenterofgreaterreading
The LGBT Center of Greater Reading is excited to announce a few additions to the festivities for the Picnic in the Park scheduled 6/24/18 from 1-6pm, at Laurel Run Park.
Check out some of our awesome Silent Auction items.
There's still time to get your tickets!
KU ALLIES TO HOST ANNUAL DRAG SHOW BENEFITTING LOCAL LGBTQ YOUTH CHARITIES
KUTZTOWN, Pa., March 30 – Allies of Kutztown University will present its annual Allies Drag Show on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. This year’s show, sponsored by the Association of Campus Events, will feature Alyssa Edwards and special guests Elektra Fearce St. James, LeKross DeAire and Aida Stratton. The show will also feature many other professional and student drag performers. The event is open to the public.
All donations collected at the event will benefit Valley Youth House and Lambda Legal.
Elektra Fearce St. James is from Bethlehem, Pa., and was Miss Gay Pennsylvania 2009 and East Coast All American Goddess 2017.
Valley Youth House provides homes for vulnerable, abused and homeless youth, partnering with thousands of individuals to build a solid foundation for young people and their families.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
from the desk of the President …
This Saturday, March 24th students from all over the country are marching in Washington, D.C. for the “March for Our Lives” to improve school safety and reform gun laws. This does not just affect the students in schools but everyone including those at concerts, night clubs, churches, malls, etc. In reality there is no safe place. Remember Pulse Night Club! Sadly, the American Flag seemly flies at half-staff following each tragic multiple event more than fling full staff, it’s a sad tribute to our society. This does not include the 96 Americans a day average that are murder victims of domestic violence, robbery and other violent crimes with guns. So what we claim to use as protection can also be used as a murder weapon. Like all things licensed there are rules and regulations to make it safe. One is licensed and registered to drive a car, a doctor to practice medicine, a lawyer to practice law, and yes, you need one to fish and hunt. Each area is regulated and if you do not follow the rules, you lose the privilege.
These students are taking on a fight that the rest of us has been complacent of, that is calling out the gun lobbyist and the politicians that have accepted “30 pieces of silver” to support gun lobbyist views. A single life is worth much more than what gun lobbyist paid out 419 million of dollars to many elected officials and campaign advertising last year. After each horrific violent event, the call for preventive action fell on deaf ears of many elected lawmakers. This time is different, the students organized, even defying some school officials who tried to prevent the right of free speech instead of providing a lesson in civics. No one wants to take away the Second Amendment, but the military weapons of war should be used only for war, and ownership of guns need better licensing procedures and regulations.
“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” On Monday, March 19th at the General Meeting of the Reading PRIDE Celebration voted unanimously to support the students and encourage members of the LGBTQ community to also “March for Our Lives” in solidarity and support of the students who also feel disenfranchised.
Call to Action: “March for Our Lives” On Saturday, March 24th in City Park, Reading PA at intersection of Rose Garden Road and Constitution Boulevard at 1:30 PM. Let us join the students, their families and teachers in solidarity and support in our effort to make a difference in decreasing gun violence and increasing safety. “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”
Benedict M. Renkus, President