Friday, August 31, 2012

Tzu Chi Free Health Clinic

We will provide Medical, Dental, and Acupuncture to the uninsured and low income population in southeast area of Fresno. 
Date:                     Sept 8, 2012
Time:                     9 AM – 3 PM
Location:              Mosqueda Center
Address:              4670 E Butler Ave, Fresno, CA 93702

Same-sex Relationship Development Study

The University of Cincinnati is conducting an online survey to learn about how same-sex relationships develop and how same-sex partners symbolize their commitment to one another. We also will examine how different relationship formation processes are related to relationship stability and emotional wellbeing of partners. The important information we gather from this survey will be used to inform policy and relationship education programs designed to help same-sex attracted individuals initiate and maintain healthy relationships.

If you are at least 18 years of age, are in a same-sex relationship that has lasted for at least 6 months, and are currently living with your romantic partner, then we would like to invite you to participate in this research study!

For more information or to participate, Click Here.

For more information about The Today’s Couples and Families Research Program, please visit their website:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

NOH8 Fresno Photos Are AVAILABLE NOW

Photos from the NOH8 photo shoot in Fresno are now available to download.

For SOLO pictures... CLICK HERE  or  CLICK HERE
For group and couple photos... CLICK HERE

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MMC LGBT Brochure - GCV Cultural Competency

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This brand new brochure is the result of our collaboration with the Marjaree Mason Center  and the Fresno Police Department. Gay Central Valley raised the money to print 2,500 of these completely original brochures, which Police Chief Dyer has committed to getting into the hands of all of his police officers. 

This is yet another step in Gay Central Valley's plan to facilitate LGBT Cultural Competency  in the Central Valley. This brochure will assist officers in dealing with the LGBT population in Fresno.

Kate Henry, board member of Gay Central Valley, who also works with the Marjaree Mason Center and sits on the Chief's Advisory Board as our LGBT voice, is to be congratulated for working from the ground up to bridge the gap between the LGBT Community, Marjaree Mason Center and the Fresno Police Department to make this happen. She totally committed to this and worked diligently to make it happen. We're very proud.

Also a great big thanks to all members of the Fresno community who donated funds to help us reach our goal of $500 to make this happen.
This brochure will also be available at the Fresno LGBT Community Center

"That's So Gay"... Has Lasting Impact

Courtesy Huffington Post...

"That's so gay" has been part of the adolescent lexicon for some time, but a new University of Michigan study has revealed the phrase could have deep consequences for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. 

Published in the current issue of the Journal of American College Health, the study reportedly examined the impact of hearing "that's so gay" among 114 LGBT students between the ages of 18 and 25, CBS Detroit is reporting

The resulting data found that LGBT students who heard the phrase frequently were more likely to feel isolated and experience headaches, poor appetite or eating problems than those who didn't. Still, the study also revealed another troubling statistic: a mere 14 respondents (13 percent) hadn't heard "that's so gay" at all throughout the duration of the survey. 

"Given the nature of gay-lesbian-bisexual stigma, sexual minority students could already perceive themselves to be excluded on campus and hearing 'that's so gay' may elevate such perceptions," Michael Woodford, an assistant professor of social work and co-author of the new study, said in a statement. "'That's so gay' conveys that there is something wrong with being gay." 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Speedos, Silliness, and A Super PAC

A bit of silliness for your Tuesday morning.

Video description: "This is a video of incredibly attractive men in Speedos intelligently parodying One Direction in order to expose all the ridiculous things about Mitt Romney's campaign. If that doesn't make you want to watch, I don't know what will."

Real quick: GCV in no way endorses any political candidate or platform. We just thought you might enjoy this One Direction parody. 

State Senate Passes Bill That Will Provide Safe And Informed Foster Homes For LGBT Youth

Big news for California's LGBT youth in the foster care system!
Assembly Bill 1856, which was designed to make foster care safer and more supportive for LGBT youth has been approved by the California state Senate!
The bill passed with a vote of 23-12. It was authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and sponsored by Equality California and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

According to LGBT Weekly, the bill "will require existing training programs for foster youth caregivers to include best practices for serving LGBT youth, including LGBT competency and sensitivity training."

Bill 1856 is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after what's being described as "a routine concurrence vote" in the Assembly.

LGBT youth face many different dangers in the foster care system from harassment and bullying to basic misunderstanding of their unique needs.

The bill provide guidelines to ensure that they're given the care that they need.

Assemblymember Ammiano says, “AB 1856 ensures that foster care providers have the necessary tools to adequately respond to the unique issues specific to LGBT youth. This bill will help to provide comfort, safety and support to LGBT foster youth while reducing harassment and discrimination.”

Congrats to all involved in pushing this necessary legislation through!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Prop 8 Updates!!!!

Trial Judge Orders Prop 8 Case Closed

The trial court judge in California who has taken over hearing the federal court case challenging Proposition 8, the state's amendment limiting marriages to one man and one woman, ordered the case closed today — which would allow same-sex couples to marry in California.

The order comes despite the fact that proponents of Proposition 8 have requested the Supreme Court to review the case because, Judge James Ware wrote today, all requests to stay the judgment in the case have been denied. The proponents made no request of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court to stay the case pending resolution by the Supreme Court.

It is not immediately clear what impact Ware's order will have or whether the proponents of Proposition 8 will seek a stay of the order with a higher court.

This comes on the heels of this weekend's announcement:

Plaintiffs in Challenge to Prop 8 Ask the Supreme Court to Decline to Review the Case

The plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, filed their opposition brief to the proponents'petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court. The plaintiffs, as expected, oppose Supreme Court review of this case, writing that "this Court's traditional standards for the exercise of certiorarijurisdiction lead inexorably to the conclusion that this Court's review is not warranted."

While suggesting that "the question whether the States may discriminate against gay men and lesbians in the provision of marriage licenses is the defining civil rights issue of our time," and that in some ways this case is "an attractive vehicle for approaching" the issue, review is nonetheless unwarranted, because the Ninth Circuit's decision does not "conflict with any decision of this Court or any decision of a court of appeals or state court of last resort." The filing also argues that the Ninth Circuit applied Romer v. Evans properly to the circumstances set out in the state of California.

They suggest that proponents' "claim of Article III standing to appeal is predicated on a novel legal theory: that a ballot initiative proponent who has suffered no injury personal to himself nevertheless may seek to vindicate the State's interests in the validity of the initiative." If the Court decides that proponents lack standing to appeal, the Court could not reach the merits of the case anyway.

Lastly, the filing argues that alternative theories would lead to the same result the Ninth Circuit reached; because denying gays and lesbians the right to marry violates both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, and because the Court may decide to apply a heightened form of judicial scrutiny to laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, Proposition 8 would be struck down in the end.

The Court could take up the petition as early as Sept. 24, and we may know as soon as the next day if they will review the case.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

FDA set to ban gay men as sperm donors

To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.

The FDA has rejected calls to scrap the provision, insisting that gay men collectively pose a higher-than-average risk of carrying the AIDS virus. Critics accuse the FDA of stigmatizing all gay men rather than adopting a screening process that focuses on high-risk sexual behavior by any would-be donor, gay or straight.

“Under these rules, a heterosexual man who had unprotected sex with HIV-positive prostitutes would be OK as a donor one year later, but a gay man in a monogamous, safe-sex relationship is not OK unless he’s been celibate for five years,” said Leland Traiman, director of a clinic in Alameda, Calif., that seeks gay sperm donors.

VIDEO: The BIG Debate - Dan Savage VS Brian Brown...Over Dinner

This debate took place on August 15th, 2012. Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, and Dan Savage, writer of the Savage Love column, met at Savage's home in Seattle for dinner and a debate over same-sex marriage and the Bible.

You want to see the obvious power in the initial shots of this video? Look at the research and preparation in front of Dan Savage and then look at what's in front of Brian Brown...hmmm...

Courtesy Huffington Post

Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) finally took Dan Savage up on his invitation for an after-dinner debate on same-sex marriage, LGBT rights and the Bible. 

Moderated by The New York Times’ Matt Oppenheimer (who penned a profile of Savage last year), the dinner debate ran for about an hour, and also touched on recent controversies including the Family Research Council (FRC) shooting, the widespread criticism of Mark Regnerus' gay parenting study and, of course, Savage's own obscenity-laced speech at the National High School Journalist Conference in Seattle, during which a number of students walked out. 

"The notion of the uniqueness of men and women is not some side thing in scripture, it's a key part of our view of humanity," Brown noted during the debate. "Even without children, the unitive nature of marriage brings together the two great halves of humanity...we will always have this view, there will be Christians who will always have this view." 

He added, "What I see attempted the notion that...those of us who know that marriage is the union of a man and a woman are deserving of treatment less than others because we are bigots and we deserve what we get. I don't think that's true." 

Savage countered, "People have a right to conclude that same-sex marriage is wrong and then they're free not to enter into same-sex marriages. If you conclude that that same-sex marriages are wrong because of your faith, you don't have a right to impose that limitation onto people who happen to disagree with you." 

"We don't want to change the institution of marriage, the fact of the matter is heterosexuals have changed the institution of marriage," Savage added. "It's not a gendered institution anymore, it's not about babies, it's about commitment and love. Marriage just isn't defined by sex roles or the presence of children. The only time we hear that marriage is defined by children, or monogamy, or faith is when gay people want to get married."