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LGBTQIA+ Travel

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LGBTQ+ Travel in Erie

Love and equality is for everyone! 

The Erie region celebrates and supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersexed and Ally/Asexual (LGBTQ+) community.
Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or are an ally, ALL are welcome!  

In Erie, we strive to be a welcoming, equitable, inclusive community where we celebrate our rich diversity of cultures. Everyone has their own individual set of talents, skills, and perspectives. We believe that the color of your skin, the language you speak, the part of the world you come from, the faith you practice, your customs, your sexual orientation, and your gender preference, all make you the unique person you are and that each and every person brings value to our community.

Plan a trip to Erie Pennsylvania and experience a relaxing, stress-free getaway filled with love and acceptance.  

We are so proud to welcome you to our shores!

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Upcoming Events 

Pride month and every month have many events focused on celebrating and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. We welcome everyone to join us!  For a year-round list of LGBTQIA+ related events and happenings, you can also visit the NW PA Pride Alliance, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality or Erie Gay News calendars.  Photos credit: Erie Gay News and F. Strumilia

December 1: 2022 World AIDS Day ProgramThe program will include a memorial segment for those who have passed on due to HIV / AIDS, panels from the AIDS memorial quilt and more.  

December 2 - 18:  Dramashop presents "The Crumple Zone", a hilarious Off-Broadway hit, set in a run-down apartment on Staten Island, concerns three gay roommates coming to a crisis during one frantic Christmas weekend.

December 3: Christmas BINGO with the Queens at the Saga Club.  

December 4: Drag Brunch at The Zone Dance Club

Saturday, December 17: Drag Pre-Show Christmas Party. Celebrate The Holidays with Dramashop before THE CRUMPLE ZONE with a drag pre-show, hosted by Tony Gressley, featuring four fabulous local queens! It all starts at 6:30 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, with drag performances at 7 p.m., followed by THE CRUMPLE ZONE at 8 p.m. Wear your ugliest sweater or most fabulous holiday outfit, and BYOB! Tickets are $25 and are available here.

Bi-Monthly Drag BINGOThe first Wednesday of every other month (the next date is December 7) from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Voodoo Brewing. 

Bears Do Dinner - Each month this group picks a new location around the area to enjoy a social dinner. The places and dates/times are based on a group majority and establishment hours of operation. Interested in learning more? Request to join the Facebook group and post a message for information and answers to questions.

Annual Events 

Erie Pride Fest and Parade (Saturday June 24, 2023)

Drive Your Pride at Presque Isle State Park (Sunday June 25, 2023)

Erie Pride Picnic at Presque Isle State Park (Saturday August 12, 2023) 

Erie Pride Day at Waldameer Park & Water World (Sunday August 13, 2023)

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Get Involved!

Supporting your LGBTQIA+ family and friends is so much more than rainbow flags and colorful parades. It is also about recognizing and remembering the struggles that the LGBTQIA+ community have faced to achieve equal justice and opportunities. There are a number of local, regional and national organizations that advocate and provide a variety of services.  These groups do everything from fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights and offering health services, to providing educational programs and managing emergency helplines.  
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Erie PA LGBTQIA+ Resources

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