Monday, June 30, 2014

VIDEO: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

VIDEO: Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Birth Control Coverage


Message From PFLAG Merced

After months of deliberation and careful thought, the current PFLAG Board has decided to stop hosting our monthly meetings at the United Methodist Church in Merced.
 
We will be having our annual summer BBQ on Tuesday, July 8th to celebrate the last 9 years at UMC. Event starts at 630pm. We will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, and drinks. If you'd like to help bring food, we are asking that people with last names starting A-R bring a side dish, S-Z a dessert (or whatever your little heart desires).
 
UMC has been a great ally and supporter of our efforts as an organization from day one, almost 9 years ago. And we have enjoyed and greatly appreciated their support of the LGBT community, as a whole. They are one of the only congregations in Merced that has stood up to say to the LGBT community that we are welcome at their church, as we are. Their efforts to create a reconciling congregation that includes the LGBT community within their doors has been an heroic act and for their bravery, we applaud them.
 
As many of you may know, PFLAG Merced has seen many transitions throughout the years, including shifts in leadership, membership levels, and varied levels of active participation as a group and within the community.
 
Here is a recap of some of the things that we accomplished throughout the years:
 
Summer, 2005: a small group of individuals, prompted by Dave Hetland, started a conversation about beginning a PFLAG chapter in Merced. I remember attending the second "steering committee" meeting and feeling the air of excitement and trepidation: how would the greater Merced community respond to us?
 
Fall, 2005: PFLAG Merced becomes officially incorporated, and elected their first board with their first President, Lisa Cascia.
 
Lisa did many things for the group including a trip to San Francisco for the "Until there's a Cure" Giants game dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness. The Giants celebrated their 20th year of hosting the "Until there's a Cure" game just last year. Lisa set a great tone for the group with her calm and cool leadership skills. Her partner, Jamie S., was also a fundamental contributor in the beginnings of the group taking on the position of treasurer, which was a very big role at that time, getting all of our ducks in a row as a legitimate non-profit.
 
Jamie S. later coordinated the first World AIDS Day event which was held out at UC Merced.
 
Fall, 2006: PFLAG Merced was lucky enough to have a parent step up into the presidency. Karen Pivirotto brought a loving presence to the group, which many members appreciated. She was our "PFLAG Mom". She stayed on as president for two terms, sharing her second term as a co-president with Eileen Vidales.
 
Together Eileen and Karen were able to create a presence for PFLAG Merced in the greater Merced community with many events that advocated for the LGBT community.
 
We began walking in local parades, including the Veteran's parade and the MLK Jr. march. We hosted table across the county, distributing informational packets for family and friends of the LGBT community. Some locations included: downtown Merced, UC Merced, Atwater, Modesto Pride, and at the fairgrounds. We also walked in the SF Pride parade with the PFLAG contingency, one of the most well-loved and well-received groups by the crowd up there.
 
Feb, 2008: PFLAG accompanied one of our lesbian couple's to the County Clerk's Office asking for marriage certificates. Even though they were denied, the effort help gain local publicity and support, with coverage even on the evening news. I believe we may have gone to the courthouse the year before, only to be denied, as well. This annual Valentine's event was originally advocated for by the California and Marriage Equality movements. 
 
Summer, 2008: We led the local campaign for "No on Prop. 8" including distributing yard signs, and other materials, standing on street corners holding signs, canvasing neighborhoods, and gaining local publicity. We had supporters from the local Democratic office who steered people our way that wanted yard signs and to help our efforts.
 
Spring/Summer/Fall, 2008: Several couples in our PFLAG community were able to get married during the short window of time the same-sex marriage was legal in California.
 
We also hosted the PFLAG regional conference at the United Methodist church which included workshops and over 50 people in attendance from across the state.
 
Fall, 2008: Christina Borges took over the role of presidency.
 
2009: Jeane Hetland stepped in to hold her first of three terms as president. She brought a new and fresh energy to the group, reviving the original spirit of our group that also included straight allies.
 
By this time, PFLAG was hosting some amazing speakers for out programming including Marc Adams with Heartstrong, speakers from Marriage Equality and California Equality, authors, religious leaders, and parents.
 
Summer/Fall 2010: hosted a comedy night at the Multi-Cultural Arts Center.
 
Jeane also began some great fundraising efforts for the group and in later years began to host and coordinate a chicken dinner at the church.
 
By this time, we had held bowling nights, movie nights, and game nights because the LGBT community needed a place to hang out and socialize.
 
Fall, 2010: Jamie Bradley came on as our president and began integrating a much needed transgender support system and presence.
 
Fall, 2011-Fall,2013: Jeane Hetland served two more terms as our president.
 
Spring 2013: Hosted speakers Davina Kotulski (writer and marriage equality advocate) and Rick Jacobs from Courage Campaign at UC Merced. Participated with UC Merced for the Pride week.
 
There have been many events, programs, and happenings during our time as a group, some of which I was not around to witness. So please forgive me if I have forgotten an important event, program, or happening from our past.
 
This last year I took on the presidency in an effort to keep PFLAG Merced in tact. This is my fourth term on the PFLAG Merced board and have truly enjoyed watching the community change and embrace the LGBT community, as a whole. I can remember a time in our early years when we carried fear surrounding our participation in some local events, fearing rejection or even retaliation. I have to say, however, that I have been extremely surprised and delighted to see how our small community right here in Merced has embraced change.
 
The PFLAG Board has been discussing, for more than a year, whether or not PFLAG was needed any longer here in our community. We asked our membership to rise up into leadership roles, so that the group could continue doing its work here in the community. In the past year, we have cut costs in an attempt to maintain the group because we, in fact, do still provide a lot of support to the community, and parents or family who are struggling with a loved one coming out.
 
I am excited to say that another local LGBT group in Merced has begun the process of opening an LGBT Community Center! Right here in Merced!!!! Merced Full Spectrum is currently in the process of making this happen, although an opening date has not been released at this time. In return, PFLAG Merced has decided to stop hosting our monthly meetings for the time being, mainly because of a lack of new leadership, and lack of attendance. We will continue to maintain an online presence for people needing individual support. We will hold a meeting in the Fall inviting any membership to attend in order to evaluate the future of PFLAG Merced.
 
I urge you to join us for our last meeting at the United Methodist Church this coming TUESDAY, JULY 8th at 630pm. Our annual BBQ!!! We are hoping that in the coming months, someone may feel called to take on the group in order to begin hosting meetings at the new LGBT Community Center. If you might be interested, feel free to shoot me an email, and I'd love to meet with you. Or if you're interested in joining the local efforts to open the LGBT Community Center please contact Marissa at marissa_merced@gaycentralvalley.org.
 
Thank you so very much for your continued support over the years.
 
Leslie Johnston
PFLAG Merced, President
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PFLAG Merced 
Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm, at the United Methodist Church in Merced
899 Yosemite Parkway, Fireside Room, (use the Cypress St. parking lot)

PO Box 2446 - Merced, CA - 95344
209.341.2122 (leave a message and someone will return your call)
see our website at pflagmerced.org

We offer support for parents, families, and friends who are dealing with issues regarding an LGBT loved one. Join us for support! Or refer us to someone who may need it.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

PROMO: Menopause The Musical DISCOUNT Tickets & Raffle !


Title:
Menopause The Musical®
 
Description:
Menopause The Musical® features four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 13 years!
 
It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
 
Date:
July 27
 
Performances:
Sunday at 2 PM
 
Location:
The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts
815 E. Olive Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728
 
Tickets:
The 20% off discount code is, “HEAT”. Patrons can enter that code using the ticket URL below.
 
Price:
$50-65
 
Phone:
559-485-9050
 
Group Sales:
888-686-8587 x5

Gay Central Valley will be raffling off a pair of tickets to the show...sign up for our monthly email newsletter on the main page of our blog and stay tuned for more information!

PROMO: Jersey Boys Fresno Discount Tickets


Merced LGBT Community Center


lgbtmerced.org

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Major Milestone in Marriage Equality


This was a major day in the goal of marriage equality across the United States as a federal judge ordered it was unconstitutional to deny gays and lesbians the rights of marriage. This decision involves six states, but was, of course, immediately put into an appeal (but we all know how on top of that WE are). On top of that, today it was ruled that the ban on same sex marriage in Indiana is unconstitutional. Our goal of national marriage equality took a HUGE step forward today...

Courtesy Huffington Post...

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they choose a partner of the same sex.

The court dismissed as "wholly illogical" the notion that allowing gays to wed could somehow undermine traditional marriage.

The decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower-court ruling that struck down Utah's gay marriage ban. It becomes law in the six states covered by the 10th Circuit: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. But the panel immediately put the ruling on hold pending an appeal.

The Utah attorney general's office planned to appeal, but it was assessing whether to go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court or ask the entire 10th Circuit to review the ruling, spokeswoman Missy Larsen said.

Wednesday's decision "takes us one step closer to reaching certainty and finality," the office said in a statement.

Read More HERE

VIDEO: Utah Cannot Ban Same Sex Marriages


VIDEO: GOP Senator Will Stick With Voters


VIDEO: Judge Strikes Down Indiana's Marriage Ban


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Normal Knowledge

"In my own words..." is a platform for our community members to share essays, poetry, art, reviews, commentary, etc. “In My Own Words” is not the opinion of Gay Central Valley, but rather the person who submits the article. If you would like to submit something, please email GCV at info@gaycentralvalley.org

Normal Knowledge
Written by Chris Jarvis (this article was originally published in News Link)

“The Normal Heart” has made a big splash, most importantly to so many people who didn’t live through that part of history and face it first-hand. The film shares the glaring reality of the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the early 1980’s, and more specifically how Larry Kramer faced it, aggressively, and started the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City. It’s currently playing on HBO and will be out soon on DVD.


It’s not an easy film to watch for a lot of reasons. It’s graphic in its depiction of what AIDS looked like in the early days. It’s such a departure from AIDS today that people have come to me and asked if they exaggerated it for the sake of drama. It wasn’t really that bad was it? Lesions all over the body? Doctors and nurses not wanting to go near patients? Medicine not available? Politicians refusing to speak its name? Yes, it was that bad and much worse. The first 15 years of the AIDS crisis was nothing short of a war zone. Those of us that managed to survive it could talk forever about the devastation.

So why are so many young people so misinformed, or worse, uninformed about HIV and AIDS to this very day?

Through my position at Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center, I talk to young people all the time, about a wide variety of issues. One thing I tend to always land on is the very thing they’re holding in their hands that they can’t stop looking at every few minutes through any conversation, their cell phone. How is it that we all hold such a powerful tool for information in the palm of our hands and yet we don’t know anything that’s going on outside of Facebook or Snap Chat? I’ve asked young people point blank, how many news stories have you looked at today? None is usually the answer. No, there are too many interesting meme’s out there to share with each other.

Complacency is a terrible thing. It can allow all sorts of tragedy into your life. Every time I’m asked “How do you get it?” or “You can’t get it from one unsafe encounter, can you?” or “Is it okay to use your tongue when kissing?” I’m surprised all over again. In the early 80’s and into the 90’s information was hard to come by, answers were almost nonexistent. Today information is a couple of clicks away, but a Beyonce video is more important. Today, they lack the fear of what we had to go through, waiting 2 weeks for a test result as you watched your friends die all around you. I don’t wish fear on anyone, but let’s face it, it kept many of us alive.

The other amazing thing I hear is that “if you get it, you just have to take a pill”. They’re not interested in the cost of treatment, the side effects of treatment or the emotional toll it takes on you every day as you’re judged by your HIV status and rejected because of it. There’s also the internal struggle as an HIV positive person has to restructure their lives in order to survive. It’s not just a pill, your whole life will change.

The information is available. Don’t know where to start? Then go to Facebook and look for the “Central Valley HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness” group. It’s an open group that anyone can join and there’s a lot of information, news and links to HIV & AIDS websites where the information never stops. Don’t like the price of condoms and lube? Then get them FREE at the Fresno LGBT Community Center and most of the gay bars in town. There are more health links at www.gaycentralvalley.org under resources where you can find the Fresno County Dept of Public Health, The Living Room, Westcare and links to other local resources. FREE testing is available at the Fresno County Dept of Public Health and twice a month at the LGBT Community Center. www.fresnolgbtcenter.org If you don’t have a computer visit the LGBT Community Center and we can give you information on paper and direct you to local resources. The answers are right in front of you.

So get the information, get tested and play safe. And watch “The Normal Heart”. If you’re too young to have been there for the war, pretend you were as you watch. Get enlightened. There are consequences to complacency. So many of us didn’t survive the war, but many of us did, and you can too.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Merced LGBT Community Center to Open

An important part of Gay Central Valley's founding goals is coming to fruition...We will officially be opening our second Central Valley LGBT Community Center in the town of Merced.

This has been a joint effort between Gay Central Valley and our Merced division, Merced Full Spectrum. We are all very proud to make this announcement and look forward to all the important work we will be doing with the underserved community in Merced, particularly with the LGBT Latino youth in the area.

We have found a great space and location, and will be finalizing those details in the next couple of weeks. We hope to have the Merced LGBT Community Center open in August, and will keep you updated on all the details. 

We are looking for staff members for the Center. If you are interested please contact Merced Full Spectrum through their Facebook page or email Merced Full Spectrum Marissa Chavez at marissa_merced@gaycentralvalley.org or contact Gay Central Valley at info@gaycentralvalley.org

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

National Gay Blood Drive Coming To Fresno

The National Gay Blood Drive is coming to Fresno...location to be announced...Join the Facebook Page to stay on top of information...it all happens on July 11th...

Obama At LGBT Fundraiser in NY



Courtesy The Los Angeles Times

President Obama got two sustained standing ovations at the annual LGBT gala in Manhattan on Tuesday night -- one for promising an executive order the group has long wanted and one just for walking into the room.
After taking the stage at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser, Obama had to wait for at least a minute for the shouting to die down before he could start speaking.

A few minutes later, he delivered in person the news his team made public earlier in the week: that he has ordered them to draft an executive order aimed at federal contractors and banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

If some lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Democrats had been dismayed with the president for his long wait before issuing the order, they were over it Tuesday.

"Sometimes you guys were a little impatient," Obama joked. "Sometimes I had to say, 'Will you just settle down for a second?' "But the country doesn't benefit when we're "leaving talent off the field," he said. "That's why I've directed my staff ... " he went on, as the crowd's applause drowned out most of the rest of his promise to issue the executive order.

The order doesn't mean that advocates should let up the pressure on Congress, Obama said. The order covers a few million. Federal law would affect all employees.

"We've got to keep working for equality in the workplace," Obama said. Every day millions of people go to work knowing they could lose their jobs, he said, not because of something they did "but because of who they are."

Read More HERE

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

VIDEO: ENDA Discussion


Lambda Legal Applauds Confirmations

Courtesy Lambda Legal
 
Date: 
06/17/2014
 
(New York, June 17, 2014) - Today, the U.S. Senate made judicial history by confirming Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and Staci Yandle to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, marking the first time that two openly gay judicial nominees have been confirmed to the federal bench on the same day.

Lambda Legal released the following statement from Fair Courts Project Manager Eric Lesh:

"President Obama has already nominated more African-American judges and openly gay and lesbian judges than any of his predecessors. With this historic confirmation, Darrin Gayles will become the nation's first openly gay African-American man to serve on the federal bench, while Staci Yandle becomes the second openly lesbian African-American woman to be confirmed in the 20 years since President Clinton nominated Deborah Batts to the Southern District of New York.

"Today, it is more important than ever that our courts reflect the growing diversity of our country, but we have a long way to go. There are nearly 900 federal judges in the U.S., and most are white men. Federal courts are charged with providing everyone with equal access to justice, and yet justice has not always been a reality for some. A diverse judiciary serves not only to improve the quality of justice, but to boost public confidence in the courts."

Monday, June 16, 2014

EVENT - Protect Our Children


President Moves Forward on ENDA for Federal Workers



With ENDA (the Employment Non Discrimination Act) stalled in the House, President Obama has taken the matter into his own hands, to the extent that he is able, to protect federal workers, an estimated 16 million people.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has directed his staff to draft an executive order that would ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors, a White House official told The Huffington Post.

The move is the clearest indication to date that the administration is prepared to take action on LGBT rights where Congress has fallen short. Notably, the official would not say whether the president will sign the order into law on Monday -- suggesting the White House is leaking the news to warn lawmakers that they have a limited window to pass more sweeping workplace discrimination legislation before he acts without them.

"The president’s intentions are clear," the official said, when asked whether Obama would sign the order. "We will keep you posted."

Read the whole story HERE

True Blood -

The HBO series TRUE BLOOD starts it's final season on Sunday June 22nd...The series, acknowledged as a metaphor for gay rights, will highlight that fact even stronger in it's last season...Don't miss it...

Friday, June 13, 2014

WWE Legend Comes Out

Trans Acitivist Found Dead


Donate to funeral expenses HERE


Family and friends were mourning the loss of a well-known community activist and transgender woman who was found dead under suspicious circumstances behind a Dairy Queen in Anaheim Thursday.

The body was discovered around 10:50 a.m. in a parking lot in the 200 block of North State College Boulevard, Anaheim Police Department Lt. Bob Dunn said.
Friends identified the victim as Zoraida Reyes, 28, as an immigrant transgender woman who worked with community groups such as the Orange County Dream Team, DeColores Queer Orange County and Familia.

Police had not confirmed the victim's identity as of Friday morning.
Reyes was born in Michoacan, Mexico and attended high school in Santa Ana, her friend Rafael Solorzano said. She went on to UC Santa Barbara where she explored her passion for activism.

“She started organizing in 2007 and 2006 for the DREAM Act," Solorzano said. "She educated young people and adults about the importance about giving access to immigrants.”

A vigil was scheduled for Reyes Friday in Santa Ana. Friends and family were expected to meet at the Santa Ana Plaza at the corner of 4th and French streets at 5:30 p.m.

"It's a difficult day for all of us," Solorzano said. 

Solorzano added that the vigil would “celebrate her how she celebrated herself daily."

The cause of the death has not been established. It has not yet been ruled a homicide.

Fresno Is ON THE MAP

Fresno is #27...!
No one has really talked about Fresno much since the California Raisins grooved across TV in the late ’80s. Yet this central Cali outpost—part of the No. 1 agriculture county in the nation—has been slowly attracting families for its good schools, temperate weather and plethora of outdoor activities. It has the most lakes of any county in California, and it sits at the base of three national parks. Still, boozing options could use a little work, even if quickies are pretty available. Good thing San Francisco is only about 200 miles away.

Over the past few years, the momentum of Pride has changed. Radically. Opposition to marriage equality at state and federal levels has been crumbling in the courts and the court of public opinion. Anti-discrimination laws are being revised to include LGBT individuals. And for the generation of people in their 20s and 30s, coming out is legitimately getting better.

Still, for all the gains in rights and acceptance, it ain’t all rainbows. Let’s face it: A great many places across America are still not that welcoming of the LGBT community. But there are beacons of hope—as well as cities quietly changing—and hence, the Queer Index was born.

Coinciding with national LGBT Pride Month, we used a unique combination of data sets to provide a picture of LGBT life, real life, across the country. To determine the top 35 queer-friendly cities in the U.S., Vocativ started with the 100 most populous metropolitan areas, according to 2013 census data, and analyzed a trove of state-and city-level information, as well as open Internet sources such as Facebook, Craigslist and GayCities.

In total, our Queer Index used 32 data sets to measure 16 different factors, from livability indicators like same-sex marriage laws and the rate of hate crimes, to lifestyle metrics like the concentration of out singles and the availability of hookup opportunities. (While we tried to be fully inclusive, we were limited by available numbers on bisexual and trans folks for some of our categories.)

Tied together, the Queer Index paints a rich picture of modern LGBT life across America. And the results are a surprising—and fun—look at which U.S. cities are striding with pride. Des Moines, anyone?

Source

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

All The Dirt on Fresno Pride

DATE & LOCATION
The 24th Annual Fresno Pride Parade & Festival takes place on Sat, June 7th in the Tower District. The theme for this year is "Live & Love Proudly". 
 
 PARADE
   
The parade starts at 10am at Olive and Palm and proceeds east to Olive and Fulton. The parade is FREE to everyone, however Olive avenue will be closed at 9am so you'll have to park outside of that area and walk in. People will line the entire parade route. The announcers for the parade will be stationed in front of Irene's Cafe, so if you want to hear about all the parade entries, you'll need to be near that area in the route. There will be approximately 50 entries in the parade this year. If you have not already secured your place and paid the entry fee you can do so up until and on the day of the event. Visit www.fresnorainbowpride.com or call 559-486-3464 for more information. On the day of the event only cash will be accepted as payment. All parade entries must report to the corner of Palm and Olive at least an hour prior to the start of the parade to register and get their place in line. Awards for parade entries include Largest Contingent, Most Festive, Best Float and CEO Award. 

THE FESTIVAL
  
Immediately following the Pride Parade is the Pride Festival, a street festival at Fulton and Alhambra. You enter the festival off of Olive Avenue and the entry fee remains at a low $5.
The Pride Festival runs from 11am - 3pm.
Gay Central Valley will have an entry in the parade as well as booths at the Festival. For the parade this year, our theme is "Riot At Pride". We will be paying tribute to the Stonewall Riots which happened 45 years ago this year in New York, setting off the modern gay rights movement. If you'd like to ride and march with us, we welcome everyone to do so. More information is available at the bottom of this page...
VENDORS
     
There will be a wide variety of vendors at the festival, everything from nonprofit organizations to retail vendors to food booths to activities. At the Fresno Pride Festival you'll have access to more organizations and other vendors that at any other LGBT event in the Central Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
  
Your entry to the festival also includes a wide variety of entertainment including the Unison Dance Tent with various local DJ’s and GoGo dancers. On the main entertainment stage you can see acts from Fresno and around the state. This year the main entertainment stage will have four local hosts…Leilani Price, Patricia DeLeon, Justin Cider and Victoria De La Manana. Live singers, band and drag performers make up the performances this year and include the Raging Grannies, Damon Pardo of Rocky Horror, the Tiny Kites Band and live band Santa Mira. Local drag performers include Charm Alina, Alec Alnight, Cookie Cutter, Justin Cider, Hazzard Strange, Leilani Price, Patricia DeLeon, Cara Coronado, Emma Berry, Giselle O’Ell, A Town,  and Andy Rogenous.  
FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
 
 Wesley Methodist Church is running a carnival for the kids, with games and activities. There will be bounce houses as well as goodie bags this year to the first 75 kids. Goodie bags will have a variety of items, with juice boxes, water, snack and a toy. The SPCA and the Hope Animal Shelter will be on hand with animals for adoption.
VOLUNTEERING
 
Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the parade and festival. The main need this year is for safety monitors and festival attendants. Parade safety monitors stand at designated places on the parade route to remind people to stay on the sidewalk and out of certain streets and areas. Volunteers can pair up with friends if they like. Festival attendants offer a wide variety of services including information and direction, set up and tear down, etc. All volunteers receive a free Pride tshirt to make them known to the crowd, as well as free festival admission, along with the pride of knowing you're helping your community.
To volunteer visit fresnorainbowpride.com or call 559-486-3464 or 559-266-LINK
DONATIONS
 
Community Link operates the Pride Parade and Festival, and is an official 501c3 nonprofit organization. Given that, they are always in need of financial donations before, during and after the event. All fees charged for the parade and festival, as well as program advertising, go toward the cost of the event. You can also donate independently by mailing a donation to Community Link, PO Box 4959, Fresno, CA 93744.
On the day of the event funds are raised through the Beer & Wine Garden as well as the drink station run by Community Link inside the festival and a dessert booth run by the youth group. During the parade, the youth group will march the big rainbow flag down the street and you can toss in money to donate to the cause. Remember that you can also drop a donation off directly at any of the Community Link booths during the festival. This event needs community support to stay strong!
FRESNO RAINBOW PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL



There are no more food vendor licenses available for the festival. Other Festival Applications and payments should be received before 11:59pm on June 1st, 2014. Some applications may be accepted after the deadline, but fees will need to be paid in cash and will depend on available space. Parade entries will be accepted up to the start of the parade (cash only on the day of the event).

Volunteer Information Click HERE

Make a Donation HERE  
Sponsorship Information HERE
 
Check the website Fresno Rainbow Pride for all other information.
Phone: 559-486-3464 or 559-266-LINK

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
JEFF ROBINSON OF COMMUNITY LINK ON FRESNO PRIDE & MORE...
 




JOIN US!
 
 
 
JOIN Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center in our parade entry as we ride and march down Olive Avenue on Saturday, June 7th, 2014! Our theme this year is the Stonewall Riots (June is the 45th anniversary of the seminal riots that started the modern day gay rights movement).

Ride in our paddy wagon or march alongside us and protest the police raid that sparked the riots! We welcome everyone!
Please visit our Facebook page for more details.
Paddy wagon and protest signs will be made available to you, just come and participate!
We encourage period clothing (really easy...jeans, shorts, tshirt, etc).
For questions you can email us at info@gaycentralvalley.org
or call the LGBT Community Center at 559-325-4429
 
We'll gather at the corner of Palm and Olive at 9am the day of the Parade. The Parade starts at 10AM. Stay tuned to our blog at Gay Central Valley Blog for local news, information and updates!

 
Click on the link above or HERE for our Facebook Event Page
Gay Central Valley is an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Our main project is the Fresno LGBT Community Center , located at 1055 N Van Ness Avenue Suite A, Fresno, CA 93728. The Community Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday Noon - 5PM, and available 7 days a week for organization meetings and various social and support groups. The Center has been open since January of 2011, has expanded twice in that time, and is the only LGBT Community Center between Bakersfield and Sacramento. All our board members and staff are volunteers, and we are supported solely through individual and group donations. All proceeds go to operating costs and back into the community, including grants to other individuals and organizations, events, etc.
Make a one-time donation or become a monthly contributor by clicking HERE
 Advertise with us and reach the LGBT Community in Fresno...CLICK HERE
 Support The Rainbow Delegation, a project of Gay Central Valley
  
INTRODUCING THE 2014-15
BULLDOG PRIDE FUND SCHOLARS.
 
The Bulldog Pride Fund, an endowed scholarship established under the auspices of the Fresno State Alumni Association, has announced its scholars for the 2014-15 academic year, sharing $12,000 equally:
Jaclyn Young – a junior from Fresno majoring in liberal studies;
Justin Kamimoto – a junior from Clovis studying public relations and advertising;
Levi Landon – a junior from San Diego majoring in political science;
Moses Menchaca – a senior from Patterson studying political science;
Raven Kapphahn – a senior from Porterville majoring in sociology; and
TimeOut – a student whose identity is kept a secret.
 
Each scholar receives a $2,000 scholarship made possible by donors to the Bulldog Pride Fund’s $315,000 endowment. Since 2006, the Bulldog Pride Fund has provided 34 scholarships valued at $61,000.

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GIVE TODAY. FOR TOMORROW AND BEYOND.
www.bulldogpride.org