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David B. Cook Memorial Fundraiser 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:11:16 PM


This year's event will be held on Saturday, August 9th at 10 p.m. and Sunday, August 10th at 7 p.m. at Tear-Ez. For 19 years, Tear-Ez has raised more than $68,000 for our agency through The David B. Cook Memorial Fundraiser, and so we are grateful for the combined efforts of our sponsors who have tirelessly worked to continue this tradition. We are also proud to be partnering with Mr. Gary Reams, Mr. Steve Harger, Ms. Rosita Estefen, and Ms. Nicole Summers, who have graciously donated their time to coordinate this year's event. 

In addition to the two evenings of entertainment, there will be a silent auction and raffle held during the Sunday festivities. Any donations to help make this event a success are greatly appreciated, and will serve to benefit the Community AIDS Network/ Akron Pride Initiative's programs.

For more information please call CANAPI @ 330-252-1559

The Game Change Educational Conference 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:41:13 AM


We are pleased to announce the Game Change Educational Conference to be held in Akron, Ohio Wednesday August 13, 2014.  The Game Change conference will provide professional development opportunities through the exploration of LGBTQ issues in sports and culture in the 21st Century with an emphasis on LGBTQ elder, youth, and transgender issues. The conference will be held during the 2014 Gay Games taking place in Akron and Cleveland.  

The Game Change conference is a hallmark event that will draw professionals from around the world who represent education, research, sports, and social services among others.  Attendees will experience an exciting mix of learning, policy development and face-to-face networking. The conference is designed to develop professional competencies, challenge perspectives on LGBTQ issues, and influence practices. The conference will explore and challenge our theories, methods and perspectives.  

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Game Change Educational Conference Committee is a collaboration of Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI), Jewish Family Services, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation (GCEF), Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network of Northeast Ohio (GLSEN),The University of Akron (UA) and the Federation of Gay Games (FGG).


 August 13, 2014

Registration 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Conference 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Networking Reception 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The University of Akron

Student Union

$20.00 per registrant



The Great American Trail Park Christmas Musical 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:05:39 AM


It’s Christmas in August as we present this sequel to “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” which was performed as the ATFGC / CAN benefit in 2009 – but you’ll enjoy this holiday romp whether you saw the original or not!  Betty, the manager of Armadillo Acres trailer park, is back, with her friends Lin and Pickles, and they’re getting ready for Christmas…but neighbor Darlene Seward wants no part of it.  She and her greedy fiancé, restaurant mogul Jackson Boudreau, say “Bah, humbug!” to the Christmas celebrations, until Darlene is accidentally electrocuted by holiday lights and loses her memory -- and her Scrooge-like attitude.   As visions of sugarplums dance in her head, Darlene finds herself spending time with Rufus, the redneck in the next trailer over…and Jackson finds himself confused by everything that’s going on.  With three ghosts, a magic Christmas tree, a drunken drugstore Santa, and a lot of holiday tunes, Betty, Lin and Pickles help Darlene sort out her life, her relationships, and her feelings about Christmas – just in time for the holiday!

 The performance will be a staged concert production; it will be performed in costume with some props, but will not feature sets, lighting effects, etc.  The show is performed in two acts with an intermission.

The show was written (music and lyrics) by David Nehls, with a book by Betsy Kelso.

“The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” is not suitable for children.  Not only does it contain adult situations and language, it also casts doubts on the existence of Santa Claus.

Tickets Available at www.weathervaneplayhouse.com/the-great-american-trailer-park-christmas-musical-2014-08-18

Directed by:  Curt Arnold

Music Direction by:  Jordan Cooper

2014 Gay Rodeo 

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Call or email the Ohio HIV/STD Hotline for free, anonymous and confidential answers to your questions and concerns.

The Hotline is staffed by trained volunteers and AIDS Resource Center Ohio Prevention and Education staff and operates Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm. 1-800-332-2437  OR  hotline@arcohio.org


GAY GAMES 2014 (GG9) 

Friday, January 06, 2012 8:53:30 AM

Learn how you can participate in the upcoming Gay Games to be held in the Akron-Cleveland area in 2014. Officially, these games are known as GG9. Click here for the GG9 website   http://www.2014gaygamescleveland.com/

New Pride - New Location 

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 2:45:37 PM


CANAPI offers a support group for individuals who are going through the coming out process. The group is targeted at people 18 and over, and at any stage of coming out whether it is for the first time, coming out to friends and family, or coming out at work. This is a place to find support and what you can do when you come out. Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 pm at the Highland Square Public Library, 807 West Market Street in Akron.  For more information, email info@canapi.org


Friday, February 04, 2011 12:00:00 AM

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HIV Testing 2014 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 11:17:15 AM


Free HIV testing will  be held every Tuesday, at Adam’s St.Bar (In the back) 5-7p


Check out our Event Calendar for more test dates and locations!


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