Friday, July 25, 2014

EVENT: Macy's Shop For A Cause!

Gay Central Valley is joining up with Macy's River Park this year for their
 SHOP FOR A CAUSE event on Saturday, August 23rd

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Macy’s will host its 9th annual Shop For A Cause benefiting charities nationwide. Since 2006, Shop For A Cause has raised more than $48 Million for charities across the country. This is your opportunity to be part of the excitement.
How Does My Organization Benefit?
All participating non-profit organizations receive special savings passes to sell for $5 each. You keep 100% of the proceeds.
How Does the Customer Benefit?
When your guests Shop For A Cause on Saturday, August 23, 2014, they'll receive 25% off* on regular, sale and clearance merchandise, including designer brands you love, throughout the store, as well as 10% off electronics, furniture, mattresses and area rugs. And, they will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary.
* Exclusions and restrictions apply. See shopping pass for details.

Fresno! can purchase a SAVINGS PASS at the Fresno LGBT Community Center or at The North Tower Circle...passes are $5 each and get you admitted to this fabulous day of savings at Macy's, River Park. Passes are only valid in the store and not online. Gay Central Valley gets to keep the full $5 from each pass and you enjoy great savings, all while helping a valuable, local nonprofit. 

Macy's Shops at River Park 7890 N. Blackstone Ave Fresno, CA 93720 559-451-3333


Monday, July 21, 2014

EVENT: Fundraiser This Friday

VIDEO: President Signs Executive Order on Workplace Discrimination

Fresno LGBT Center Fundraiser LIGHTS 2

A Teaser for the next FUNDRAISER for the Fresno LGBT Community Center...only at The North Tower Circle and brought to you by Orange Hat Productions...!

Reel Pride Concessions By Gay Central Valley

 Returning for a second year, Gay Central Valley will be handling the concessions at this year's Reel Pride Film Festival, which starts on September 17th and runs through September 21st
Come visit us in the lobby of the Tower Theater before all films screening at that venue! 
All proceeds from sales go to Reel Pride, while all tips and donations support Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center. You can also donate to our NEW LGBT Community Center in Merced

Stay tuned here for regular updates and news about the Reel Pride Film Festival...!
 See you at the movies!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Florida Judge Rules Marriage Ban Unconsitutional

Courtesy TIME 

MIAMI (AP) — A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.

The ruling was issued Thursday by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia and applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. The lawsuit contended that the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008 violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. The judge says licenses could be issued starting Tuesday.

Attorney General Pam Bondi and ban supporters argued that the referendum vote should be respected and that Florida has sole authority to define marriage in the state. The Florida amendment defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.


VIDEO: Michael Sam Recieves Arthur Ashe Award

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional in CA

Courtesy Huffington Post

A federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty system is unconstitutional. 

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution's 8th Amendment. 

"California's death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out against only a trivial few of those sentenced to death," Carney writes. "For all practical purposes then, a sentence of death in California is a sentence of life imprisonment with the remote possibility of death -- a sentence no rational legislature or jury could ever impose."

Carney continues: "Inordinate and unpredictable delay... has resulted in a system in which arbitrary factors, rather than legitimate ones like the nature of the crime or the date of the death sentence, determine whether an individual will actually be executed. And it has resulted in a system that serves no penological purpose. Such a system is unconstitutional." 

The ruling also vacated petitioner Ernest Dwayne Jones' death sentence. Jones was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 1995.

Capital punishment was ruled unconstitutional by the state's Supreme Court in 1976, but was reinstated by the state legislature the following year. Since then, 13 inmates have been executed in California, most recently Clarence Ray Allen in 2006. An analysis by the Los Angeles Times found that the state spent $308 million on each execution.

STUDY: Less Than 3% of Americans Are Gay

A new study says that less than 3 percent of Americans are gay, lesbian or bisexual. For years we've been fighting debates over what our actual numbers are. The problem with all these studies is that an accurate number will never be known until the stigma of being gay is gone, and even then it might be sketchy, particularly as we move into an era when so many people are choosing not to identify...

Courtesy The Washington Post

Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.

The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey. An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were “something else.”
The figures offered a slightly smaller assessment of the size of the gay, lesbian and bisexual population than other surveys, which have pegged the overall proportion at closer to 3.5 or 4 percent. In particular, the estimate for bisexuals was lower than in some other surveys.

Read the full article HERE

Fundraising for LGBT Flim


EVENT: Summer of Brown Boi Fresno

More information on this event can be found HERE

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Minister Sets Himself On Fire

Courtesy Tyler Morning Telegraph

GRAND SALINE – A 79-year-old Methodist minister who died after setting himself on fire on a busy street in this town of about 3,100 residents left behind a suicide letter asking the community to repent for its racism.

Charles Robert Moore, who had addresses in Allen and Sunnyvale, drove to Grand Saline on June 23, parked his vehicle in a Dollar General lot in the 500 block of East Garland Street, doused himself in gasoline and committed self-immolation, Police Chief Larry Compton said Tuesday.

“I have never seen anything like this in my entire career in law enforcement, which includes my years as an arson investigator for the Mesquite Fire Department," the 66-year-old chief said. 

Horrified witnesses ran to the man and tried to put out the fire. Another witness then arrived with a fire extinguisher. 

"They got the fire put out, and the man was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where he later died of his injuries," Compton said.

Moore put a typed suicide note on his car windshield before he set himself on fire, the chief said.

In the note, which Compton provided to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Moore – who is white - stated he was born in Grand Saline and grew up around racial discrimination.

His letter claimed that the community shunned blacks and resorted to violence, including hangings, burnings and decapitations.

"I will soon be 80 years old, and my heart is broken over this,” Morris wrote. 

“America, and Grand Saline … have never really repented for the atrocities of slavery and its aftermath.  What my hometown needs to do is open its heart and its doors to black people as a sign of the rejection of past sins.”

Read the whole story HERE

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bay Area Reporter Talks Merced LGBT Center

Courtesy The Bay Area Reporter

LGBTs in the Central Valley are working to establish a community center in Merced.

Gay Central Valley, which already operates a center in Fresno, is working with the LGBT group Merced Full Spectrum to open a space.

The California Endowment is granting $20,000. Chris Jarvis, Gay Central Valley's board president, said that most of that money would go toward programming in Merced, which has about 81,000 residents. The funding is "not going to be spent in Fresno at all," said Jarvis. 

California Endowment spokesman Jeff Okey said the grant is meant "to support the health, safety, and success" of LGBT Merced high school students. The one-year grant was made to Gay Central Valley, of which Merced Full Spectrum is listed as a project. The funding started June 1 and ends May 31, 2015.

Read the full article HERE