20 years ago this fall,
Voices published its first issue.
Monday evening, October 14th, 2013
at the India Pavilion restaurant.
Guests can arrive at 6pm for drinks and chat, buffet opens at 6:30pm.
The Paypal button is closed, just bring cash or check to the door.
It’s hard to believe that Voices of Central Pennsylvania will soon be twenty years old. Our first issue came out on 14 October 1993, less than three months after it was conceived. A friend told me at the time that the gestation period for a new periodical was at least six months, but our founders could not have waited so long. It began in a meeting of about sixty people who filled the old Community Room of Schlow Memorial Library on 26 July.
We were reacting to a fortnightly paper called The Lionhearted, circulating mainly in University Park and State College, that printed articles and cartoons hostile to women, gays, and lesbians. Together with the local chapter of the National Association for Women, I called that meeting, but it took many more to come up with a name for the paper, a mission statement, bylaws, a staff of editors and writers, and some office space.
As we started printing issues, we learned as we went along how to arrange our articles, raise money, sell advertising, distribute copies, recruit new staff, and run Board meetings. I doubted that the paper would last two years. Its survival is due to many energetic and talented people who have come on board just when we needed them.
Our wonderful Voices supporters, we are having a 20th An