Friday, April 17, 2015

Trans-e-motion Local Transgender Support Groups


Saturday is Spring Fling!




National Day Of Silence

About GLSENs Day of Silence Visit the website HERE

GLSENs Day of Silence is a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

History

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.




Organizing for Day of Silence

Organizing a Day of Silence (DOS) activity or event can be a positive tool for change-both personally and community-wide. By taking a vow of silence, you're making a powerful statement about the important issue of anti-LGBT bullying, and when you organize others to join you that message becomes stronger. Discover ways of organizing your event here.

Your Rights

While you DO have a right to participate in GLSENs Day of Silence between classes and before and after school, you may NOT have the right to stay silent during instructional time if a teacher requests for you to speak. According to Lambda Legal, "Under the Constitution, public schools must respect students' right to free speech. The right to speak includes the right not to speak, as well as the right to wear buttons or T-shirts expressing support for a cause." However, this right to free speech doesn't extend to classroom time. "If a teacher tells a student to answer a question during class, the student generally doesn't have a constitutional right to refuse to answer." We remind participants that students who talk with their teachers ahead of time are more likely to be able to remain silent during class. Find more Lambda Legal advice here.

Legal Help: Report It!

If you think your rights are not being respected, or want to report your experience of resistant administration, click here to report it. GLSEN and Lambda Legal will review your situation.

The Truth about the Day of Silence

As GLSENs Day of Silence continues to grow, some people have confused the mission and goals of the Action. Clear up any misinformation by reading The Truth about the Day of Silence.     

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EVENT: Under The Night Sky



Stanislaus State Love Evolution presents, Under the Night Sky, its fourth annual Rainbow Prom on April 30th from 8pm-11pm in the Event Center at CSU Stanislaus. The night starts off with local professional drag queens educating the audience on the art of drag with their sickening performances! Music will be mixed by DJ 50 Caliber! Feel free to enjoy our photo-booth to capture this beautiful memory. Appetizers and dessert will be provided. Admission is free and everyone of all ages are welcome to attend this spectacular night! Parking permit is required for on campus parking lots.

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25 Years of Fresno Pride!



Help SUPPORT Fresno Rainbow Pride!

The Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival is on Saturday, June 6th 2015 and it marks the 25th year of this event! 

This is the one of the largest LGBT events of the year. The event is run by Community Link, a local nonprofit organization. Being a nonprofit, they need help from the community to make this work every year. Those working to pull off the Pride Parade and Festival do so as volunteers...their passion is what makes the event work.

The other thing that makes this event work is YOUR SUPPORT. It takes a lot of money to pull off an event like this and they need you to make it happen.

There is currently a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for this year's event. You can contribute to that campaign HERE. You can also attend meetings and volunteer to help out in a variety of ways.

Much more news and information about Fresno Pride 2015 is coming your way. We will be featuring much more on this blog as well as through our Facebook pages. 


25 years is a monumental accomplishment for the Fresno Pride Parade and Festival. Given the importance of this year's event, we are looking for your stories.

If you are interested in sharing your stories about Fresno Pride in year's past, we are now accepting those by submitting to us at info@gaycentralvalley.org. We will be featuring those stories here on our blog prior to this year's event on June 6th.

Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Earth Day Fresno 2015




EARTH DAY FRESNO 2015

Fresno, CA, April 14, 2015– Earth Day Fresno will be held on Saturday, April 25th at Radio Park from 10am to 4pm. This free community event will feature something for everyone! Visitors will learn about recycling, composting, reducing air pollution, solar energy and lots more. There will be hands-on exhibits and vendors of Earth-friendly goods and services.  For the first time, Earth Day Fresno will have a bike show featuring commuter and family bikes which are great alternatives to cars. The Fresno County Bicycle Coalition is leading a bike ride to the event. Cyclists will enjoy free valet bike parking by I Bike Fresno.  Pedal Junkies will give kids free cargo bike rides. Car buffs will see the latest in renewable energy technology, including Teslas, a  plug-in hybrid an electric school bus and other unique clean energy vehicles.
No Earth Day festival is complete without live music and delicious food provided by popular local food vendors.  There will be lots of children’s activities including games, crafts and the Fresno County Library Bookmobile. Free recycling will be provided for used pens and broken or outdated electronic devices.  The entire event will be powered by the clean, quiet energy of the sun. 
Earth Day Fresno is made possible by many generous donors. The event is underwritten by  AgWell Solar, The Fresno Bee, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, and the Valley Air District. 

Educate! Collaborate! Celebrate!

For more information or event updates, please visit our website www.earthdayfresno.org and Facebook page.
                                       
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Esperanza Richart by email at publicity@earthdayfresno.org.