Monday, April 10, 2017

GLAAD Awaards Vote Now: Comedy Series

The ceremoney isn't until May, but we can agure about our favorites right now!

We already talked about which movie should win 

Next up: Outstanding Comedy Series! 

Sound off in the comments... which show deserves the win?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Grace and Frankie

Modern Family

One Mississippi

The Real O'Neals

Steven Universe

Survivor's Remorse

Take My Wife

Scholarship Opportunities for LGBT Students

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The Point Community College Program inspires LGBTQ community college students to fulfill their ambitions of attending a four-year college or university.

Students accepted into the program will receive up to a $3,700 tuition scholarship, admissions counseling, coaching and financial education at the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles, and access to the Point Foundation network of LGBTQ scholars, more than 300 alumni, and many others dedicated to seeing LGBTQ students succeed.


Point Foundation requires the following for applications to be considered:

Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited community college in based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2017
Must be in the final year of community college and intending to transfer to a four-year college or university for fall 2018 admission
Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community

We consider many factors when evaluating scholarship applicants, including:

Financial need or independence
Personal history
Academic achievement
Community involvement and work experience (The Fresno LGBT Community Center always needs interns and volunteers!)

Friday, April 7, 2017



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Summer 2017: Trauma & Healing
Recent data indicates bi+ women experience significantly higher rates of intimate partner and sexual violence than either straight- or lesbian-identified women. What’s going on? Help us learn more about the impact of intimate partner and sexual violence on bi+ women and how to address it – through opinion pieces, research, personal stories, poetry, fiction, artwork and photography.
Submissions for this issue are due by May 1st.

Fall 2017: Coming Out Stories
“Speaking of bisexuality (which we weren’t), that’s how I identify. Please pass the salt.” Please share – through prose, poetry, artwork or fiction – a coming out story. Funny, poignant, tragic, surprising, or heartwarming stories – all are welcome!
Submissions for this issue are due by August 1st.

Submission guidelines (and current and back issues of BWQ can be found at

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Texas, A "Stolen" Presidency, and Divrsity

Deep in the heart of Texas.... controversy about a student body election.

Here is the breakdown of facts.

Texas A&M student Robert McIntosh won the election by more than 750 votes, but he was disqualified by the school's election commission over accusations that he neglected to include a donation of glow sticks in his campaign finance report.

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The mishap handed the victory to junior Bobby Brooks, who became the school's first openly gay student body president.

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According to his lawyers, McIntosh has filed a petition to investigate the reasons for his disqualification.

Here is why this is national news.

Rick Perry, our country's Energy Secretary, former Texas governor, and Texas A&M alum, took time off from trying to dismantle the EPA and recently wrote a detailed column criticizing the student election.

In his column, Perry said he was initially proud to see an openly gay man elected but later concluded the election was "stolen."

"Brooks' presidency is being treated as a victory for 'diversity.' It is difficult to escape the perception that this quest for 'diversity' is the real reason the election outcome was overturned," Perry wrote, going on to ask if the outcome would have been the same had McIntosh "been a minority student instead of a white male."

Why would a US Cabinet member care so much about a student election? Some point to McIntosh's father, Republican fundraiser Alison McIntosh while others just see this as yet another circus of distraction in an already controversal presidental term.

For his part, Brooks was suprised by the attention, "There’s very consistently election-related drama at all universities around this nation," Brooks said. "I’m just very curious as to why Secretary Perry would decide to weigh in for the first time on an election that involved the first openly gay [student body president]."

Brooks has also responded with an open invitation to Perry for a sit down to discuss higher education since he apparently has so much extra time on his hands.

Alsomst 3400 people have signed a letter of support asking perry to meet with Brooks through a petition on GLAAD's website.

Source 1 and Source 2

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Barry Manilow: Out at 73.

At the age of 73, Barry Manilow has come out as gay acknowlding his over 40 year relationship with his manager. The wo married in 2014.

Congradulations Barry! Welcome to the Rainbow.

For those of you wondering who Barry is...

Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus; June 17, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, and producer with a career that has spanned over 50 years. He is best known for a long string of hit recordings such as "Mandy", "Can't Smile Without You", and "Copacabana (At the Copa)".

He has recorded and released 47 Top 40 singles, including 12 that hit number one and 27 of which appeared within the top ten, and has released many multi-platinum albums. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records) and Billboard magazines, and Rolling Stone crowned him "a giant among entertainers… the showman of our generation."[2][3] Manilow has been praised by several well-known entertainers, including Sinatra, who was quoted in the 1970s saying, "He's next." In 1988, Bob Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, hugged him and said, "Don't stop what you're doing, man. We're all inspired by you."[4]

As well as producing and arranging albums for other artists, including Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, Manilow has written songs for musicals, films, and commercials. From February 2005 to December 2009, he was the headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton, performing hundreds of shows before ending his relationship with the hotel. Since March 2010, he has headlined at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.[5]

Note: When and IF you come out, always remember your safety is priority number one. GCV is here to help, visit the Fresno LGBT Community Center or give us a call. 

Calling All LGBT Businesses!

Gay Central Valley is proud to be working with the California Department of Insurance, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, and the Insurance Diversity Task Force to support our Fresno/Clovis/Central Valley LGBT owned businesses and business organizations / associations/entities who advocate and support the LGBT community.

Is that you? We want to work with you, add you to our resources, and partner together to provide a growing community of visability and empowerment to the Central Valley LGBT+ community. Please contact us to find out how we can best work together.

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Community Awareness!

SB 488 (authored by Senator Bradord and sponsored by the EQCA, was introduced in February of 2017. It expands existing law to include LGBT-owned and veteran-owned businesses as diverse categories, codifies the governing board diversity survey, and extends the survey to January 1, 2025.

We will continue to update you on laws and that affect you!

would appreciate a letter of support for SB 488 (authored by Senator Bradford and sponsored by EQCA) from your organization and from any Fresno-Clovis Area LGBT owned businesses, Veteran owned businesses, and the business organizations/associations/entities who advocate and support them.

Moving Ahead with LGBT Protections

Breaking News from our friends at Freedom For All Americans

In a major victory for the LGBT non-discrimination movement, last night the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals became the highest court in the nation to ever find that discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal under federal law!

It’s one of the most significant wins for LGBT equality in years – and it’s based on the increasing understanding held nationally that discriminating against someone because of who they love or who they are is wrong.

This case was brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of Kimberly Hively, a brave woman who shared her story and took her employer to court after being fired for kissing her then-girlfriend in the parking lot of where she worked.

Thank You Kimberly

Only twenty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico have statutes that protect against both sexual orientation and gender identity discriminationin employment in the public and private sector. Hopefully this ruling will help protect LGBT citizens in the more than half the states that offer no such protections.

To learn more and find out how you can help, visit FFAA here.