Thursday, September 26, 2013

EVENT: September POW mixHER

Professional OUT Women's September mixHER is set for Friday, 9/27 from 6-9pm at The Standard, located at 9455 North Fort Washington Road. If you'd like to make dinner reservations, please call 559-434-3638
A HUGE thank you to our September mixHER sponsors: Andrea Ohanesian, Stacey Smith, Rose Marquez, Dana J Fidinger & Sharon Rold!
Please, copy the FB link and share in your networks! Professional OUT Women (POW) is a community of women that gather at monthly events, happening at rotating locations, for networking and socializing. 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 or

FREE HIV Testing FRIDAY at the Fresno LGBT Center

Tomorrow, Friday, September 27th 2013 is National Gay Men's HIV / AIDS Awareness Day. In honor of that day, the Fresno Department of Public Health will be offering FREE HIV testing at The Fresno LGBT Community Center from Noon-4PM. The Center is open Noon-5PM.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

California Health Insurance Update


On October 1, California's online health insurance marketplace, known as Covered California, will open enrollment and begin connecting residents with new, affordable health insurance options. This marketplace was created as a result of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and has the potential to drastically improve health disparities among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Equality California Institute educates LGBT people and the public at large about issues impacting our community, and barriers to health care has been one of the Institute's central focuses this year. That's why we launched our "Health Happens with Equality"/"La Salud Ocurre Con La Igualdad" campaign to connect thousands of LGBT Californians with the resources needed to make informed health insurance decisions. 
Click here to sign-up to receive reminders about enrollment or to get enrollment assistance.
The passage of Obamacare will mean more protections for the LGBT community. The new law creates affordable options, bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and guarantees coverage even if you have a preexisting condition such as HIV/AIDS or mental health concerns. 
Learn more about your health insurance options in one of the following ways:
  • Sign-up with Equality California Institute to receive a reminder once enrollment opens or to receive enrollment assistance. 
  • Visit Covered California's "Shop and Compare" tool to learn more about the various insurance options available to you. 
  • Need care now? These California clinics will help regardless of your insurance or documentation status.
Do you know someone who's uninsured or underinsured? Forward them this email so that they can get the coverage they need!
In Solidarity,
John O'Connor
Equality California
Executive Director

EVENT: Fresno Pride Lions Charter Party Dinner & Dance

If you can't make the Charter Party Dinner this Friday, September 27th...
($35 per person, Details below)...

you can come at 9PM for the dance for only $10...

The Fresno Pride Lions are only the FOURTH LGBT Lions Club in the nation!

Please SUPPORT them...!

In My Own Words: My Experience at Reel Pride 2013

"In my own words..." is a platform for our community members to share essays, poetry, art, reviews, commentary, etc. If you would like to submit something, please email Kaylia at or Chris at
Written by Alberto Duron for Gay Central Valley
Being an intern for Gay Central Valley, as well as attending for the purpose of fundraising at the Reel Pride Film Festival this past weekend has given me so much exposure and information about the LGBTQ community. As an added bonus I was able to watch different LGBTQ movies from around the world, such as Spain, Cuba, Russia, and the United States. Not only was this my first time attending the Reel Pride Film Festival, but it was also the first time I had stepped into the beautiful Tower Theatre as well. I was happy I could experience both the theatre and the festival at the same time. As a member of the LGBTQ community I have never been able to see this side of our community. However, attending and fundraising by working concessions at the Reel Pride Film Festival has allowed me to see exactly who our community is and the passion that they had for this festival. It was interesting to find out that everyone I saw or met at the festival were people I had never seen before. People cared to donate to Gay Central Valley and Starbucks just as much as they cared to buy snacks. 

The films that I was able to watch were amazing. La Partida (The Last March) shows us a true description of the struggle for someone to be closeted with a family, living in poverty, while at the same time falling in love.  Free Fall (made in Russia) gives us some insight into the oppression and discrimination of LGBTQ individuals that is currently occurring in Russia. Two German police cadets fall in love and soon find their love affair to get in the way of their careers and personal relationships. Heterosexual Jill, which was made in the United States, was a hilarious comedy about lesbians who try to find their way out of the “lesbian life,” but soon find out that natural attraction and love is hard to run away from. I personally thought my favorite movies were La Partida and Heterosexual Jill, because of the plot and story in La Partida and by how outrageous and funny Heterosexual Jill was. Although this experience was new to me, the movies that showed how culture in the LGBTQ community is were very real. The movies had struggles of love, drug use, partying, and being hidden in a discriminatory society. Of course in some way or another audience members could relate to the film, even members who did not classify themselves as LGBTQ.  What was shown in these movies depicts what happens in the real world, all around the world. The same issues that affect the LGBTQ community in the United States affect the same members worldwide. Being able to go to the Reel Pride Film Festival showed me not only our community here in Fresno but LGBTQ communities around the world and much of the struggles and triumphs that they go through. Due to the fact that we are different in a way that most members of our society cannot seem to understand, we are all facing discrimination and oppression. 

The Reel Pride Film Festival showed us the lives of LGBTQ individuals around the world and issues that they face in everyday life, and how those issues are not so different, no matter where we are.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

SUNDAY at the Reel Pride Film Festival (Final Day)

Visit Reel Pride's Official Website for more festival information and to view trailers of these screenings…


12:30pm :: Sunday, September 22
$10.00 -
Marta Cunningham
89 minutes; USA, 2013
At the height of the bullying scandal that rocked the U.S. in 2008, a 15-year-old boy named Larry King asked another boy to be his valentine in a suburban schoolyard in California. The next day Larry was dead, shot in cold blood by his 14-year-old crush Brandon McInerney. At turns shocking, devastating, and outrageous, VALENTINE ROAD bores deeply into the homophobia, sexism, racism, and class-struggle that inform everyday American life—and reveals an American justice system that is utterly unprepared to deal with the realities of teenage crime and punishment. World premiered at Sundance 2013, this film will both break your heart and fire you up into action.


2:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
$10.00 -
Ivan Silvestrini
2012; Italy; 97 mins. in Italian with English subtitles
Mattia’s new life in Madrid revolves around a perfect job and a perfect boyfriend. But before he goes off to this new chapter of his life, he must wrap up the old: coming out to his family in Italy. Divorced, bickering parents and a feisty, fertile sister don’t afford much time or safe space, so Mattia puts it off until his going-away dinner. But a surprise visit from Mr. Perfect (oblivious to Mattia’s closeted status) may derail either the dinner or the trip. Maybe with the help of his doting best friends and a few happy accidents, all will go well? The backdrop of beautiful Italy accents this genuine and heartwarming rom-com with some pleasant surprises.


2:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
$10.00 -
Del Shores
138 minutes; USA, 2013
Cast: Leslie Jordan, Dale Dickey, Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, Ann Walker, Emerson Collins, Mathew Scott Montgomery, Luke Stratte-McClure, and Willam Belli
A live filming of the GLAAD Award-winning theatrical production by Del Shores (Sordid Lives), Southern Baptist Sissies is a emotive journey following four gay childhood friends as they come of age in a church that condemns their identity. Including performances from Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace), Dale Dickey (True Blood, Winter’s Bone), and Willam Belli (RuPaul’s Drag Race), the story explores complicated emotions from different perspectives: childhood confusion, the teenage struggle to accept or deny being gay, and the angry or damaged adult. Beautifully capturing the intimacy of a live performance, Southern Baptist Sissies confronts hypocrisy and exposes emotional damage while ultimately offering hope to those who’ve lived a similar story.


3:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
$10.00 -
Bruno Barreto
2013; Brazil; 118 min.
Cast: Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, Treat Williams
This sumptuous English-language ‘50s period piece recounts the mid-life years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (played by MirandaOtto, Lord of the Rings) when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janiero — where she would also fall in love with well-off architect Lota de Macedo Soares (butched up to the hilt by beautifully handsome Brazilian TV star GlóriaPires). Initial hostilities between the pair make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. From renowned Brazilian director Bruno Barreto (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands), Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.
Audience Award for Best Feature: Frameline, Outfest


4:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
$10.00 - 
Gay Central Valley is proud to sponsor this screening
Program Run Time: 82 min
From adventures in the Australian outback to local stories originating from right here at home, these revealing short films present a wide and wonderful world of trans and genderqueer people and experiences.


5:30pm :: Sunday, September 22
$10.00 -
Yen Tan
80 minutes; USA, 2013; English & Spanish with English subtitles
Adult language and situations
Cast: Bill Heck, Marcus Deanda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Alfredo Maduro, Corby Sullivan, Bailey Bass, Heather Kafka, Richard C. Jones, Jonny Mars, Yesenia Garcia
In a world outside the urban gay experience, director Yen Tan thoughtfully explores the complex and challenging lives of gay men living in the remote reaches of small-town America. Construction contractor Gabe is recuperating from an affair with a married man, while on the other side of town, Ernesto is dealing the departure of his younger lover by focusing on an ailing ex. Both men have nearly given up on looking for love, but with time and heartfelt nuance they make intriguing discoveries about themselves and each other, and begin to build something neither expected to find in their own backyard.


6:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
$10.00 -
Sophie O’Connor
90 minutes; Australia, 2013
Adult language and situations
Cast: Lily Hall, Christina Hallett, Kevin Dee
For athletic college student Jordan, life on campus brings the promise of new experiences and a chance to break away from the pressure to pursue a career as an elite swimmer. Through newly discovered passions, including her sexy academic tutor, Angie, Jordan opens her eyes to the possibility of a new path, one that she herself controls. And while her bi best friend Lucas accuses her of being an over-achiever, not even Jordan can control everything. A surprise rejection and chance encounter soon leads her into a spiral of dangerous behavior within a subculture of fetish and anonymous sex. To resurface and survive, she must reclaim control by freeing herself from fear of failure.
Winner – Best Performance By An Actress – L.A. Downtown Film Festival


6:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
$10.00 -
Simon Savory
94 minutes; USA, 2013
Cast: Miles Szanto, Ashleigh Sumner, Barrett Crake
Running away from her life, Earlene is swigging booze out of a paper bag on Venice Beach when she encounters Bruno, an androgynous street kid from Australia. They instantly feel like lifelong buddies. Earlene quickly stumbles onto a couple of Bruno’s secrets and forcibly rescues him from making a bad youthful decision via a zany road trip. This modern Western makes an intentional and loving tribute to Thelma & Louise with an entertaining stopover at Bagdad Cafe. Gingerly peppered with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert campiness, it all makes for an irresistibly fun and ultimately meaningful journey.


8:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
$10.00 -
Rodney Evans
87 minutes; USA, 2013
Adult language and situations
Cast: Leroy McClain, Sorel Carradine, Charlie Barnett, Cameron Scoggins, Maria Dizzia, Sue Jean Kim, Jamie Harrold, Michael Nathanson
Two parallel New York City hipster couples experiment with seeing other people. Marcus and Aaron decide to have an open relationship in an effort to make their six-year long commitment stronger. Meanwhile, flighty Annie experiences her routine six-month itch and drives away young, sensitive musician Stan. To alienate him, she claims to be having a lesbian affair with her friend and fellow elementary school teacher, Mandy (bravely bared into exquisite vulnerability by Tony-nominated Maria Dizzia of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and HBO’s The Newsroom). While both couples fumble and eventually stumble into each other, rules are decreed, reevaluated, and broken. Twenty years later, Kurt Cobain’s observation still rings true: “Everyone is gay,” and ultimately self-centered. As polyamory in the new millennium explores its rhythms, these characters can only love to the beat of their own hearts, creating a genre in progress.  

The CLOSING NIGHT GALA takes place after the final film, at THE PAINTED TABLE.