Saturday, December 6, 2014

My LGBT Plus Christmas Tree Lane Walk!


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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10TH

6PM Meet at Starbucks in Fig Garden Village to grab a warm drink and wait for everyone to arrive

630PM Walk down Christmas Tree Lane BEGINS!

Minnesota High School Approves New Trans Policies

Courtesy The Advocate...
The Minnesota State High School League Thursday approved a list of guidelines for including trans students in school sports, facilities, and activities, despite ongoing right-wing protest, reports Twin Cities TV station KARE.
The decision came three days after the Department of Educationclarified its stance under Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 that schools "generally must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity" in single-sex activities and spaces.
With the MSHSL's decision, Minnesotan trans students in the nearly 500 public and private high schools that are members of the league will be allowed — once they submit a confidential written request to their school — to participate in single-sex activities and use the restrooms, locker rooms, and showers that accord with their affirmed gender, starting with the 2015-2016 school year. The policy passed nearly unanimously, with 18 voting in favor, one opposed, and one abstention.
Read More HERE

Friday, December 5, 2014

Goodbye to Jessica!


 Gay Central Valley doesn't want to, but we're forced to say goodbye to Jessica Graves, one of our board members. Jessica is moving to Sacramento for a new and exciting job opportunity. She will be missed by all. She brought energy and insight to the GCV board and was always there to help us with our events and fundraisers, particularly the fundraising parties at the North Tower Circle over the years. 

Best of luck! 
Watch out for a road trip from us at Gay Central Valley!

Kings Tulare County Homeless Survey


Monday, December 1, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thank You!

A Huge THANK YOU to all of our community who came froward and donated to our recent "The Center Matters" fundraiser. We met our goal and are very excited at the next chapter of the Fresno LGBT Community Center.



Of course there is still a lot to do... and we are still in need of monthly donors, but in this month of Thanksgiving, we wanted to say how touched we were by the generosity and support of our community.

Thank you!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

EVENT: Last Call - Closing Night @The North Tower Circle

 The North Tower Circle is closing it's doors after a 13 year run in Fresno! 
Our last night will be Saturday November 15th. 
NO Cover Charge
Drink and Shot Specials
DJ Chris
Surprise Performances and More
Come join us and say Goodbye to the North Tower Circle!

Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center would like to say THANK YOU to the North Tower Circle for their amazing support of us over the years. We've held many, many fundraisers at the club and they've never said no to our fundraising! They have been invaluable to helping us financially for many, many years. We also know that they have generously done the same for many, many nonprofits and organizations over the years. They will be truly missed as an LGBT landmark in Fresno. 

EVENT: Last SHE BAR @North Tower Circle


OUR LAST SheBar AT NORTH TOWER CIRCLE

Join the Fresbians Drag Kings at North Tower Circle as they bring you Disney stories as told by the Princes. Come relive your favorite Disney songs and see some Disney interpretations of new songs. Bust out those Elsa costumes you wore on Halloween and help us bring some Disney Magic to North Tower Circle.

In the true spirit of November's Thanksgiving, The Fresno Fresbians have decided to give back to our community and in celebration of November's Trans Day of Remembrance, we will be donating our proceeds to Trans-E-Motion.

Come out, have a great time, and help us give back to our community.

Performances by: Atown Dragking, Ben Doverr, MaXx Decco, Clint Torres DK, and Leilani Price

Hosted by: Leilani Price

Doors open 9pm, Show starts at 10:30pm
21+ only
$5 Cover

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

VIDEO: People Arrested For Feeding Homeless

EVENT: Boys & Girl's Club REBEL Fundraiser


Missouri's Ban On Marriage Equality Ruled Unconstitutional


(Reuters) - Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a St. Louis circuit judge ruled on Wednesday, adding momentum to efforts in states across the country to legalize gay nuptials.

The decision comes a day after a federal judge ruled that neighboring Kansas also was violating the U.S. Constitution by refusing to allow same-sex marriages. More than 30 U.S. states permit same-sex couples to marry.

"Marriage equality is now the law of the land in the state of Missouri," said Winston Calvert, the city attorney for St. Louis, who argued against the state's same-sex marriage ban. "This decision finally enforces that constitutional guarantee of equality for gay and lesbian couples." 

In his ruling, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said that "the freedom to marry is a fundamental right and liberty deeply rooted in the history of the United States." He found that the state ban on same-sex marriage was not tied to a "legitimate government interest."

Read the whole story HERE

GCV Certified Enrollment Counselors






Gay Central Valley is part of a Covered California grant through the Health Access Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to reach out to the underserved LGBT community in the Central Valley regarding health insurance and get them signed up through Covered California. While the focus of this particular grant is the LGBT population, we are able to sign up anyone for health insurance coverage.

We will be working on this project starting on November 15th, when open enrollment for 2014 begins. Open enrollment runs through February 15th, 2015. During open enrollment, Californians can sign up for health insurance through the health exchange. Certified Enrollment Counselors are able to assist those in the process, introducing them to the details and walking them through the process. 

We are reaching out, seeking locations throughout the enrollment period which will allow us access to those requiring assistance. This could be an event, a health fair or something more location based, such as a health organization or business. Our Certified Enrollment Counselors are paid through the grant, so there is no cost to you or the people we assist.

Please let us know if there is any way we can assist you by providing this valuable service. It is vital that people are made aware of the value that health insurance provides and are granted access to personalized assistance. 

Our Certified Enrollment Counselors are Kayleia Southard and Chris Jarvis. You can call us at 559-325-4429

Email: 
Chris Jarvis at chris@gaycentralvalley.org or 
Kayleia Southard at kayleia@gaycentralvalley.org
 
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you meet the needs of Californians signing up for insurance in 2014-2015.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Time to VOTE! Tuesday November 4th

 


Tomorrow, November 4th is Election Day
Gay Central Valley hopes that everyone will exercise their constitutional right and VOTE!

Click on the following link for information on how and where to VOTE in Fresno

Thursday, October 30, 2014

VIDEO: Riverdale High Supports Fresno LGBT Community Center

video

Please support Gay Central Valley 

We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization that operates the Fresno LGBT Community Center, the Merced LGBT Community Center, the Rainbow Delegation, and so much more...

We are being forced into moving the Fresno LGBT Community Center and are faced with a 70% increase in monthly rent...

Please visit us at Gay Central Valley or check out our emergency fundraiser HERE

Friday, October 24, 2014

Auction and Raffle Items!

(This page will be updated often, so check back regularly!)

Local Creations Auction and Raffle Event





Silent Auction Items Available for Pre-Event-Purchase:

(To purchase in advance at the BUY IT NOW price,
please contact us directly at 559-325-4429)


Hand Made Rainbow Scarf
(Shiny's Knits) 
   


100% Peruvian Wool / Pattern: Ojos de los Dios
Actual Value: $45
Starting Bid: $30 (bid increase $5)
or BUY IT NOW for $60!


Gift Certificate for 2 Dozen Specialty Cupcakes -42 Nerdy Inspired Flavors to chose from-  
(Fandom Cakes)  
  

Actual Value: $40
Starting Bid: $30 (bid increase $2)
or BUY IT NOW for $65



"Curl Up Reading Basket"
(includes 3 books, hot cocoa, mug, cookies, warm socks)


Actual Value: $30
Starting Bid: $15 (bid increase by $5)
or BUY IT NOW for $40



"Dragonfly" Framed Picture Poster (24 by 36)
(Eric Platzek Photography)

Actual Value: $30
Starting Bid: $20 (bid increase by $5)
or BUY IT NOW for $45



Treat Yourself Gift Basket
(Lotion, hair care, nail care, and bathing products)

 

Actual Value: $25 
Starting Bid: $20 (bid increase by $2) 
BUY IT NOW for $30 


Custom Made Dress by Leilani Price

Custom made one of a kind Sapphire Blue couture gown, perfect for your next ball, formal event, or very special occasion.
Seamstress Leilani will work with you to create a one of a kind masterpiece just for you!

Actual Value: $60
Starting Bid: $45 (bid increase by $5) 
 BUY IT NOW for $80 

More items will be showcased at the event including

"Pigeon Point" b/w framed 12 by 18 framed print from Kenneth Westphal Photography, 


Artwork from local artists,

Personal Training Gift Certificate,

Gym Membership,

Horseback Riding,

Wine Tasting Package,

Wine Barrel Art,

Holiday Wreaths,

Holiday Decorations

"Mommy Survival Mystery Kit" (contains alcohol)

And much much more!!!




Raffle Items Available at the Event...


Rainbow Surprise Gift Bag
(full of goodies!) 



It Works Basket



Jersey Boys Coffee Table Book

Foster Freeze Gift Certificates



More Raffle items coming soon! 
 

Our Latest EMAIL BLAST

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GCV & LGBT Center are MOVING

Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center will be moving in the next 30 days to a bigger location just down the street. We will be only available in the NEW location starting on November 24th. Until then, we will be moving between the two locations. Stay tuned for more info! Please help us by contributing financially to our nonprofit organization at www.gaycentralvalleyblog.comGay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center will be moving in the next 30 days to a bigger location just down the street, at 1067 N Fulton Avenue. We will be exclusively in the NEW location starting on November 24th. Until then, we will be moving between the two locations. Stay tuned for more info! Please help us by contributing financially to our nonprofit organization at www.gaycentralvalleyblog.com

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy Spirit Day!

Millions go purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag.



To GO PURPLE
 
From your web browserUse GLAAD's Spirit Day tool to turn your profile picture purple, and then spread the word by posting to Twitter and Facebook.

 From your smartphone: GLAAD and Toyota Financial Services have launched the "Go Purple for #spiritday powered by Toyota Financial Services" app for iPhone and Android. The app provides users with anti-bullying resources, calls to action, and a tool that can turn photos purple and share to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The free app is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.


Let us know if you take part!  

Show off your Purple Pic on our Facebook Page!