How to celebrate Pride during a pandemic?

All around the country rallies, activities, gatherings of all sorts are cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. It is definitely a time to keep a distance and be safe, but during the month of June...Pride month...this makes celebrations tricky. GEAE is working on...

2020 GEAE Pride Scholarship

Scholarship Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO JULY 31ST Scholarships are once again open for the 2020-2021 school year. This year GEAE will award three $1,000 scholarships to  applicants between the age of 17-25. Applicants need to be residents of Erie County,...

Services and Resources for COVID-19

We have curated a list of services and resources that might be helpful during this time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders. Most are local entities, but others are regional or national. Please pass along to anyone in need. We will update the list as more...

Sponsorships available for E3 Youth Summit 2020

In the Fall of 2020 Erie will host the region’s second summit focused solely on empowering LGBTQIAA youth through engagement and education. The summit is organized by local advocates and is open to all LGBTQIAA youth, their families, and those who work with LGBTQIAA...

E3 LGBTQ Youth Summit 2020–moved to the Fall 2020

The 2nd annual E3 Summit, the first LGBTQ youth event of its kind in Northwestern PA will be held in the Fall of 2020 at East Middle School in Erie, PA. Call for presentations will be up soon. The two-day event will feature speakers, workshops, and networking...

Become a Sponsor of GEAE 2019-2020

When you become a sponsor of GEAE, you become part of a community of educators and advocates who know the importance of equality for all people, young and old. Whether you are an individual or a corporation, your sponsorship allows the work to continue and grow....

LGBTQ Training for Erie area businesses with GEAE

For the past 3 years, GEAE has piloted a training program to help businesses educate their employees on the rights of LGBTQ people in their customer base. With the help of Visit Erie and Chris Temple, GEAE board members and advisory council members have developed and...

Mission Statement

“The Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Inc. (GEAE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the region’s LGBT community and its straight allies through educational programs, social events, and opportunities for service, which are designed to strengthen our voice and improve the quality of life in northwestern Pennsylvania.”

We look forward to continuing to advance our mission to create a safe and welcoming community for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through quality educational programs, service opportunities, and social events with the funds generated from this event. On behalf of the Board of Directors and advisory council, thank you again to our donors and sponsors throughout the year!

Our 2019 Platinium Sponsor

Gold Community Sponsors

Bart Downing

Robin Scheppner

Silver Community Sponsors

Michael Tkach & William Lechner

Natalie Braddock & April Knapp

Cody Empey & Michael Pruzinsky

Leah & Ashley Manino

William J. Koehler, PhD, LCSW

Doris Cipolla

NWPA Rural AIDS Alliance

Lake Erie Counseling

National Fuel Gas

AXA Advisors

Bronze Community Sponsors

Rev. Dr. Richard W. McCarty & Mr. Ryan J. Graber

Allen Bonace & William Gonda

Mary Kwiatkowski

Heidi Oldaker

Deb Bartle & Art Martinucci

Cindy Liotta & Ann Daugherty

Brett Johnson & Friesen

Jamie and Jay Breneman

Jeffrey Hileman

Monica Masterson

Teresa’s Deli

Passport Realty

Mayer Brothers

Advanced Cleaning Systems

In-Kind Sponsors

William Lechner
Ali Scarpitti
Lake Erie Counseling
Larese Floral Design
Joel’s Flowers

GEAE’s Commitment to Erie

Commitment to Service

GEAE’s programs include service to our LGBTQ community and the wider Erie region as we strive for equality. We Give Back to multiple organizations in our region that not only help promote equality but provide a better standard of living for our residents.

Commitment to Education

GEAE has specialized training services for LGBT Competency, Bystander Training, and other business-oriented programs. We can also create a program for needs.

Commitment to Community

GEAE knows that we need to better connect to one another and provide support. Whether it is our Regional GSA for LGBTQ youth, educational events for seniors or networking opportunities with other like-minded organizations, GEAE strives to continue the conversation of equality for all.