Wednesday, April 24, 2013

EVENT: It's ON For Pride 2 - Sat @North Tower Circle

VIDEO: Zach Wahls Debates Boy Scout Policy on CNN

EVENT: POW! Professional OUT Women's mixHER

Professional OUT Women's April event will be held at the Toledo's at Mission Village Center on Friday, April 26 from 6-until. This pre-Cinco de Mayo no-host mixHER will happen at Toledo's (on the patio). If you'd like to make reservations for dinner at Toledo's, please call... (559) 224-0975 for you and your party.
Also, please follow the FB link, join the event and help us share the event with others who you think might be interested in attending. This event is monthly, rotating locations, for the lesbian community. Our goal is to be inclusive without gender boundaries and accepting of women who self identify on a wide continuum of sexual expression.
If you have any questions, would like to join our email list or would like to be more involved, please email

VIDEO: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode #12

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Boy Scouts Propose Lifting Ban on Gay Youth

Courtesy Hanford Sentinel

HANFORD — Under pressure over its long-standing ban on gays, the Boy Scouts of America is proposing to lift the prohibition for youth members while continuing to exclude gays as adult leaders.
The Scouts announced Friday that the proposal would be submitted to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20.

Gay-rights groups have demanded a complete lifting of the ban, while some churches and conservative groups want it maintained in its entirety, raising the likelihood that the new proposal will draw continued criticism from both sides.

Local gay rights advocate groups had mixed reactions to the announcement.

“I’m happy, but then I’m not happy,” said Melissa Ballard, president of Hanford Rainbow Pride and co-division leader of Gay Hanford. “If anything, I feel torn. I feel this is a step toward progress, but it’s still not enough. There needs to be inclusion for all members of the organization at all age levels.”

Chris Jarvis, president of Gay Central Valley, had a less positive reaction to the proposal.

“This is still not the right course of action for the Scouts,” Jarvis said. “This idea they have only further perpetuates a negative stereotype about the influence gay adults have on youth. It’s not fair.”

Friday, April 19, 2013

EVENT: Day Of Silence 2013

Take the time this afternoon/evening to double check your to-do list with your GSA advisor and/or fellow organizers. Make sure you haven’t put anything off until the last minute because once you get to school you will want to be able to hit the ground running in order to make the biggest impact.

Here are some things to remember as you finalize your arrangements for your Day of Silence event:

LIST: Make a to-do list of final tasks and think of people who could take on some of those tasks for you. Get started with the items on this list!

REGISTER: If you haven’t already, be sure to CLICK HERE to register your participation in the Day of Silence and be counted among the hundreds of thousands of other students nationwide participating in the Day of Silence.

CONNECT: The night before your event call, email or text all of the people helping you organize to make sure everyone is on the same page. Also make sure to stay connected on social media, like facebook and Twitter!

PRINT: Be sure you have all the materials you need, and extras to hand out, such as: Speaking Cards, Lambda Legal: Freedom to Speak (Or Not) 2013, ACLU: Letter to Principal or Educator, Stickers, and cut, fold, or label these materials as needed.

GATHER: Get all Day of Silence items and materials in one place to ensure that they are clean and organized (shirts, buttons, stickers, pamphlets, speaking cards, posters, etc.)

CHARGE: You want to take pictures, right? Text? Tweet? Make sure your camera, phone and computer batteries are all charged up and ready to go in the morning!

DOUBLE CHECK your to-do list: It never hurts to be extra careful!

REST: You’re gonna need it for your exciting day of taking action!
We are so excited to hear about how your day goes! Don’t forget to post your pictures and thoughts on facebook, Twitter or via e-mail. We love to hear from you.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

EVENT: Local Author Reading & Signing

Local Author book reading and signing THIS FRIDAY! The authors include our own Kaylia Metcalfe, a board member with Gay Central Valley.

Featured Authors: Rob Swart, James Tyner, and Kaylia Metcalfe. Head to The Coffee Lounge at 4626 N First Street, Fresno, CA 93726. 

This is a FREE event. 10% off Italian Cream Sodas.


Directed by J. Daniel Herring
Fri. Eve. April 19th
Woods Theatre • Fresno State

Featuring Cast Members:Leonel Barajas • Beth Hall • Mitchell Lam Hau • Samantha Hyde
Aaron J. McGee • Nick “Phoenix” Rodriguez • Kia Vassiliades • Dillon Morgan
One Performance Only • Limited Seating • Free Parking

6:00 PM*
– Pre-performance wine and cheese reception with the Bulldog Pride Fund scholars.
7:00 PM – Performance of five scenes with eight cast members.
8:00 PM – Post-performance dessert and coffee reception with director and cast members,

Tickets:$25 – General seating. Includes post-performance dessert and coffee reception with director and cast members.
$50* – General seating. Includes pre-performance wine and cheese reception with the Bulldog Pride Fund scholars, plus post-performance dessert and coffee reception with director and cast members.
$100* – VIP Reserved seating. Includes pre-performance wine and cheese reception with the Bulldog Pride Fund scholars, post-performance dessert and coffee reception with director and cast members, plus special gift bags.

A Benefit for the Bulldog Pride Fund • • 559.278.4669

VIDEO: “Outside” Doc about LGBT Homelessness

Watch the entire documentary, here, for FREE…

Courtesy Human Rights Campaign
“Outside,” a powerful independent documentary now available on, seeks to understand LGBT homeless youth, who make up 40 percent of the homeless population.

The film, which Natalie Avery independently produced and directed, follows four gay homeless youth over the course of four years as they navigate daily life on the street.

“Outside,” which won Regional Emmy for Best Documentary in the topical category in 2009, explores the reasons why LGBT youth have a higher risk of homelessness, the role society may play in placing them at risk and how LGBT youth may endanger themselves.

At HRC, we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBT youth.

As we uncovered in our groundbreaking study in 2012 of LGBT youth, the deck is stacked against young people growing up LGBT in America. With an increase in public awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment and the strikingly high number of LGBT youth who are homeless, in foster care or living in high-risk situations, it is critical that we better understand the experiences, needs, and concerns of all LGBT youth.

In June, HRC President Chad Griffin and civil rights leader Dr. Julian Bond visited a youth homeless drop-in shelter for young men and women here in Salt Lake City. Though we have made tremdendous strides on the path to equality, we must do more to help LGBT youth who continue to struggle to live openly and safely.

Watch the award-winner film, "Outside," in its entirety here and visit to learn more about HRC’s study “Growing Up LGBT in America.”