Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wizard of Oz on The Big Screen at Warnor's

Do you love The Wizard of Oz? Have you only seen it on the small screen? Now is your chance to see it on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen, here in Fresno...

Warnor's Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, July 16th at 7PM.

Get Tickets HERE

Back by popular demand!

Released in 1939, this whimsical best selling book series turned blockbuster has been enchanting audiences for over 75 years. Our showing last July brought out an astounding 1,200 patrons to see the film on the big screen, many in costume. Even if you came to the showing last year, this year is sure to be even more fun with special kid sized treats at concessions, a pair of ruby slippers on display, and our special guests theValley Animal Center.

The VAC will be out front of the theatre with their mobile adoption unit, showcasing some of their most adoptable pets hoping to find thier fur-ever homes! Come prepared to fall in love and bring home your very own Toto!

The doors to the theatre will open at 6:00pm with a pipe organ concert at 6:30pm. The program begins promptly at 7:00pm. Arrive early to beat the lines!

Ticket Info:
Anyone dressed as a character in for FREE!
*Children 12 and under are FREE
All others are $5 each

And with that...
We'll see you in the theatre!

Facebook Event Page HERE

Merced LGBT Community Center Announcement

It is with regret that Gay Central Valley announces our ceasing operations of the Merced LGBT Community Center. Daily operations will end today, July 1st 2015. We are are seeking someone else to take over the project and keep the Merced LGBT Community Center alive.

The Merced LGBT Center was opened in the fall of 2014. Gay Central Valley entered into an agreement with Merced Full Spectrum, an existing LGBT organization in Merced, to oversee and operate the Community Center.

Gay Central Valley worked with Merced Full Spectrum for over a year before the Merced LGBT Community Center opened. Our goal was to build the foundation of Merced Full Spectrum so that a local group in Merced would be behind the operations of the Center while Gay Central Valley would stand as the nonprofit organization and financial manager of the space. Gay Central Valley’s goal, from the beginning, was to get behind Merced and provide the structural foundation to support the local efforts to open, operate and sustain an LGBT Community Center.

Unfortunately, after opening the LGBT Center in Merced, the team we had in place in Merced began to choose other paths. Many involved in Merced Full Spectrum left to pursue other avenues and the group began to lose its members. Merced Full Spectrum has now closed down it's group completely. This left Gay Central Valley in the unfortunate position of trying to operate the Merced Center from a distance, which was never our intention.

Gay Central Valley has always had the goal of establishing a presence across the Central Valley but only in as much as those in the various communities are the ones to staff and sustain those entities. While Merced has willing and able volunteers staffing the space, daily operations were crippled by a lack of local management.

We are an organization of volunteers. No one who works for Gay Central Valley is paid, including the board of directors. This means that everyone has a “day” job and other obligations. When we are unable to find people that have the ability and the passion to support a daily community center while maintaining other obligations, it becomes difficult to keep the doors open. Additionally, we cannot sign annual leases if we are not supported by financial contributions that can sustain those costs.

That being said, we would like to see the Merced LGBT Community Center survive. We are seeking another organization to take over the space. Our lease ends August 1st and the property management company would like to have another tenant take over the space at that time. Three of the current offices are under sub-leases, which helps with monthly operating expenses. We ask that any other organization that would be willing to step up and take over the funding and daily operations contact us as soon as possible. There may be funding sources still available in Merced should a group step up to take over the project. We can connect you with those sources.

We put our heart and souls into this project and were able to establish the first ever LGBT Community Center in Merced. We are very proud of that. While that may be ending, it also gives us hope. It’s important that we maintain and expand our presence of community centers across the Central Valley of California. Marriage equality is not the end of our battle, it’s just the next step. We need spaces where those rejected and disenfranchised can walk through the door and know they are acknowledged.

We would like to thank all former members of Merced Full Spectrum and all the volunteers who have kept the center up and running for the last year. Remember, stay visible and active in your community. You are making a difference!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Facebook Continues Name Policy Controversy

Courtesy The Advocate...
As marriage equality celebrations echoed throughout the country Friday, a trans woman who at one time helped Facebook reflect users' gender diversity said she was still a target of discrimination: her profile was removed because the social media site deemed her name not "real" enough.
The woman, who goes by the name "Zip" online, posted her experiences to her Medium blog, saying:
"I always knew this day would come. The day that Facebook decided my name was not real enough and summarily cut me off from my friends, family and peers and left me with the stark choice between using my legal name or using a name people would know me by. With spectacular timing, it happened while I was at trans pride and on the day the Supreme Court made same sex marriage legal in the US."
And then she pointed out her situation's most ironic "twist," saying, "I used to work there. In fact, I’m the trans woman who initiated the custom gender feature. And the name I go by on Facebook? That’s the name that was on my work badge."
Facebook's continued policy requiring users to register with their "authentic" name and to provide identification if asked — lest they risk being locked out of their accounts — has come down especially hard on members of LGBT communities who may go by nicknames or pseudonyms for safety, as well as trans people who use names different from the one assigned them at birth to reflect their authentic selves.

The debate over Facebook's the real-name policy first flared up last year, as drag queens and other LGBT community members were locked out of their accounts after a single user reported hundreds of people as having "fake names." 

In My Own Words: An Appology

"In my own words..." is a platform for our community members to share essays, poetry, art, reviews, commentary, etc. “In My Own Words” is not the opinion of Gay Central Valley, but rather the person who submits the article. If you would like to submit something, please email GCV at

Today we want to point you to a blog entry submitted by local community member Kipp Swanson.

Here is the tease:

I wasn’t outspoken or an activist, and I never “gay bashed” or anything. I never directly harmed any LGBT people, but I was on the wrong side of history. I supported and/or was part of organizations that did harm LGBT people.

To read more, click here.

Marriage Equality Opponents Start Their Parade

It's happened with virtually every civil rights victory since the country was founded. There are those that refuse, as soon as the ruling is released, to abide by it. Look at it historically and you'll see these minor bumps in the road don't really matter. They were bound to happen and they'll resolve over time as those that came before them did. This is just one of the latest...

Courtesy The Advocate...

A county clerk in Arkansas is resigning effective Tuesday rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Associated Press reports.
Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey told the AP she met with Judge Jerry Holmes today and informed him she would resign because she had a moral objection to granting licenses for same-sex marriages.
“It is definitely a moral conviction for me,” she said. “I didn’t announce anything publicly or on social media or anything because I didn’t want my decision to be seen as hateful. I know some people will look at it like that, but this wasn’t easy. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. And I do not hate anybody.”
Holmes has “called an emergency meeting of the Cleburne County Quorum Court for Tuesday to address the resignation and discuss interim options,” the AP reports. Guffey has held the elected position of county clerk for 24 years.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Friday directed government offices in the state to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson made it clear Monday that he expects county clerks to follow the law. This is in contrast to neighboring Texas, where Attorney General Ken Paxton said county clerks and their staffs may opt out of licensing same-sex marriages if they have faith-based objections, although he allowed that it would be problematic if all the employees in a given county clerk’s office object to granting the licenses.

VIDEO: Marriage News Watch Post Victory...

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