Thursday, December 10, 2015

FREE Movie Nights at Unitarian Universalist

You are cordially invited to two thought-provoking documentaries which will be screened this weekend at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, located at 2672 E. Alluvial Avenue , between Chestnut and Willow, north of Herndon. Both are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. 
Light refreshments will be served. For information, see
559-291-1590; or

First film, on Friday, December 11 at 7PM,”Mobilize” looks at the potential danger from cell phone technology. It explores the possible long-term negative health effects from cell phone radiation and the most recent scientific research and evidence regarding those risks. The corporate resistance to acknowledge any risk at all and their efforts to block any corrective legislation is also exposed.

Second film, on Sunday evening, December 13 at 6:30PM,
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?
This Changes Everything” is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana ’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Will this film change everything? Absolutely not. But you could, by answering its call to action.

Co-sponsored by the following groups: Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno’s Green Sanctuary and Social Justice Committees; Catholic Worker; Fresnans Against Fracking; Fresno Center for Nonviolence; Move to Amend; Peace Fresno; Sierra Club; Volunteers for Change; and Wesley United Methodist Social Justice Action Team.

Purposely unsettling… Ultimately encouraging”
– Variety Magazine

Please join us! Bring friends, family, neighbors.
Glenda and David Roberts and Lisa Lindsay
Members, Social Justice Coordinating Committee

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Walk Christmas Tree Lane with Kids Like Us!

Come be a part of a Fresno tradition and walk Christmas Tree Lane with Kids Like Us - this week's date is Tuesday, December 8.

We will meet at the Starbucks at Fig Garden Village at 6pm (under the canopy, outside).

If you're free and want to join us, we hope to see you there! If not, no worries, we have more exciting events ahead!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Get Out! Get Active! GetEQUAL!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

EVENT: Our Annual Holiday Party!


Mark your calendars! Food, fun, games, and Santa!

Our HOLIDAY DONATION CAMPAIGN this year is for ALL ABOUT CARE, a local HIV charity. They are seeking gift cards in amounts of $10 or more to multipurpose stores such as Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, etc. Please donate.

You can drop off your gift card donations at any time between now and the holiday party to the Fresno LGBT Community Center at 1067 N Fulton Fresno, CA 93728. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from Noon to 5pm. You can also place gift cards in an envelope and drop them in our outside
ailbox. All donations support families living with HIV & AIDS.

EVENT: Modesto Investitures

The O.E.S.C.I and the court of Glitz & Glam invite you to investitures of the 42nd Reign Saturday December 12th at Modesto Centre Plaza 1000 L. Street in the Arbor Theater room. 

Doors open at 12:00 show at 1:00

$20.00 at the door or $15.00 if you bring a new unwrapped toy for FIRE AND KOPS FOR KIDS! There will be special auction prizes to include a fully decorated Christmas tree. Emperor Rick Regur and Empress Dixie Paul hope to see you all there! We will be making our way to Stockton to participate in the "From the heart Christmas Show" starting at 6:00 pm please follow us and support I.S.J.D.E. for more information contact Empress Nichole Cola Ybarra-Rodriguez

EVENT: Toy Drive @The Painted Table

Councilmember Soria is hosting her 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive benefitting #District1's Heaton Elementary!

#District1 is proud to partner with Tower District Businesses to bring hoiday cheer to children in our community. Toys will be collected the night of the reception, bring an unwrapped toy for ages 2-11.

However, if you are unable to make the event but would like to help make a difference suring the holidays stop by the participating business and drop off between 11/25 thru 12/14!

Participating Businesses:
-Casa de Tamales
-Cafe Corazon
-Gazebo Gardens
-Sequoia Brewery


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

EVENT: AIDS Memorial Quilt @The Painted Table

It was 24yrs ago that we lost an icon in the world of music, Freddy Mercury (QUEEN). Come join us in honoring his memory and the memory of all that we have lost to HIV/AIDS. We will also have Pedro Zamora (MTV's The Real World) and Ryan Whites (Youth AIDS Activist whom the Ryan White Care Act was named after).
Join us for this emotionally moving display, listen to some music of the times and enjoy some wonderful appetizers provided by The Painted Table.
This is a free event.

EVENT: World AIDS Day March & Rally TONIGHT

Monday, November 9, 2015

EVENT: Let's Talk Immigration

In celebration of Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission 50th anniversary please join us for an open discussion on the current state of Immigration and how it impacts families and students in the Central Valley. We are thrilled to present an expert panel on the topic of immigration. Arturo Rodriquez President of the United Farm Workers is scheduled to be our Key Note speaker.

This event/forum is free to students and members of local community organizations. Please RSVP below.

We will provide refreshments

Presented by:

Fresno State University Dream Outreach Center, Radio Campesina, Fresno EOC, United Farm Workers and Education & Leadership Foundation

Hosted by: Ricardo Castorena, Movimiento Latino Show-Telemundo & Victor Gamiz, Radio Campesina Fresno

EVENT: Kids Like Us at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo

After a hugely successful Halloween Party with over 30 families - we are excited to announce our November event!

Kids Like Us will be meeting at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo to see the new African Adventure & the ever-popular Winged Wonders Bird Show!

Make plans now to bring the family out for an afternoon at the zoo! We'll meet Sunday, November 15 at 12:30pm (at the West side entrance to the zoo). We'll have lunch in the zoo and then, visit some of the popular exhibits while our kids play and parents visit.

WHAT: Kids Like Us visit the Zoo
WHERE: Chaffee Zoo
WHEN: Sunday, November 15
TIME: 12:30pm-3:30pm
COST: $6.50 for adults and $3.25 for kids

In December, we'll be walking Christmas Tree Lane together on Wednesday, December 9th

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. If you'd like to be removed from the list or want to send a families name to be added, let me know!

If you know of a family you'd like to invite, please feel free to invite them. Make sure to copy the FB link and share in your networks! As a project of Community Link, Kids Like Us is Fresno's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender parenting group. We have planned bowling nights, zoo sleepovers, water park fun days, ice skating, holiday parties, etc. We have parents, Aunt & Uncles, Grandparents, etc, that bring kids from newborns to college aged youth to our events. We have over 90 families and we are always looking for event ideas.

If you have any questions, would like to join our email list or would like to be more involved, please email - If you'd like to help with organizing, please let me know and I'll send more details.

EVENT: Modesto Coronation

EVENT: Bakersfield Center Anniversary Party

Join us to mark and celebrate another mile stone! The Center is turning 4, and like every 4 year old, we are full of energy!!! It has been an amazing journey, and the future looks brighter and brighter.

This celebration will include wine, beer, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Please RSVP to or our Facebook event page.

This is a free event, however sponsorships and donations are welcomed and appreciated. THANK YOU!

Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield
902 18th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301


The Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(3), serving the LGBT community of Greater Bakersfield.

EVENT: USP Fundraiser

United Student Pride has teamed up with Tacos Marquitos for a fundraiser held on Wednesday, November 11.

Between the hours of 1pm and 8pm, Tacos Marquitos will give USP 10% of their total sales!

We thank Tacos Marquitos for their generosity and continued support!

EVENT: Last POW of the Year!

Our next event is a fantastic opportunity to hear from two leading ladies in the LGBT movement… Lillian Faderman & Kerry Eleveld!

The afternoon will include lunch, a discussion with Lillian Faderman & Kerry Eleveld about their recently released books and a book signing. Don't miss this chance to hear from renowned observers of our movements progress -- Saturday, November 14 from 11-2pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fresno.

Click the link below to purchase tickets NOW, we believe this event WILL SELL OUT!

Join legendary author Lillian Faderman & veteran journalist Kerry Eleveld, over an afternoon lunch, as they discuss their brilliant insight in to the fight for LGBT rights.

This event is being co-organized with the support of Professional Out Women (POW), Trans-E-Motion, Kids Like Us Fresno, Fresno State Rainbow Alumni and Allies Club, United Student Pride -- All proceeds from this event will go to support The Fresno LGBT Center!

You don't want to miss this exciting event…

Tickets: $38 / $17 for students with ID

EVENT: World AIDS Day Tower March & Rally

Friday, October 16, 2015

EVENTS: Transgender Day Of Remembrance

This TDOR Event will take place at the UU church the same day as the POW fundraiser we posted yesterday. 

There will also be a TDOR March on November 20th, starting at 6PM at the Fresno LGBT Community Center. 

More details to follow...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

EVENT: IDC Ducal Ball This Weekend

Please join the Imperial Dove Court de Fresno Madera Grand Duke 41 Atown and Grand Duchess 41 for life Ivanna B Strange for Ducal Ball - Arabian Nights!

We will be investing our new Grand Duke and Grand Duchess and honoring Atown and Ivanna as they step down from an amazing year.

Location: Clovis Senior Activity Center
Ticket Price: $15 presale, $20 at the door, $10 for kids 12 and under.

Tables will be available for reservation for $200 per table.
Dinner will be served with the purchase of a ticket.

Tickets will be available at the door.

The Imperial Dove Court is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Proceeds are collected throughout the year and disbursed to other 501(c)3 non profit organizations.

Emperor 41 Robert Lujan and Empress 41 Joanna Jackson will be allocating money raised from the 41 reign to the designated charities.

EVENT: Fundraiser @Engelmann Cellars

Fundraiser for Karyn Jakobs stricken by a very rare form of Thyroid Cancer. Karyn is married to Jim Jakobs and they have 5 young children. This event is to help with their extensive medical bills and to help Karyn win this fight.

EVENT: LGBT Luncheon & Book Signing

In November…. Join legendary author Lillian Faderman & veteran journalist Kerry Eleveld, over an afternoon lunch, as they discuss their brilliant insight in to the fight for LGBT rights.

The afternoon will include lunch, a discussion with Lillian Faderman & Kerry Eleveld about their recently released books and a book signing. Don't miss this chance to hear from renowned observers of our movements progress -- Saturday, November 14 from 11-2pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fresno.

Get your tickets early, we believe this event WILL SELL OUT! (link below)

This event is being co-organized with the support of Professional Out Women (POW), Trans-E-Motion, Kids Like Us Fresno, Fresno State Rainbow Alumni and Allies Club, United Student Pride -- All proceeds from this event will go to support The Fresno LGBT Center!

You don't want to miss this exciting event…

Tickets: $37 / $17 for students with ID

Get your tickets early, we believe this event WILL SELL OUT! (link below)


EVENT: Bakersfield Pride

This is our 12th year for Bakersfield PRIDE Festival!!! 

A day of family fun, live entertainment, kid zone, food, vendors, raffles, our fabulous drag show, and so much more!!!

$7 in advance - locations and times to be announced
$10 at the gate
**Kids 10 and under are FREE

Food Vendors ~
*Mama Yoli's Tacos*
*On The Scene Cuisine*
*T's lil Espresso*
*Ben & Jerry's*
*California Hot Dog Company*
*Heavenly Treats Fruit Cocktails*
*Strongman Mini Donuts Co*

EVENT: Fresno AIDS Walk THIS Saturday


On October 17 2015, WestCare California, Inc. will be presenting the 4th annual Fresno AIDS Walk in support of The Living Room - Fresno, a project of WestCare California and Fresno's only HIV/AIDS social support center for those that are infected, affected or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our supporters, sponsors and donors, previous years’ events were a tremendous success and a wonderful tribute to those that we have lost and to those that are currently living with the virus. We hope to make this year's walk even bigger!

The walk will take place at the Park View Shelter at Woodward Park and will also feature a 5K run. Day-of registration will begin at 9am and the run will begin at 11am with the walk beginning shortly after. It is free to register and we urge you to form a team in support of the cause. Please check our official website at for more information and how you can donate, sponsor or register as a walker, runner or volunteer.

Join the #QueerOut team! March with My LGBT Plus and Gay Central Valley. Click on the link to join our team or to financially support the AIDS Walk by donating to us! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

REVIEW: Freeheld

Freeheld (in theaters now) is based on the story of police officer Laurel Hester’s battle with the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to get her pension benefits transferred to her domestic partner, Stacie, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The film is set in 2005. One thing you’re aware of right away is how very different our fight for LGBT equality was just 10 years ago. In 2005 only one state had marriage equality (Massachusetts) and dozens of others were writing laws to block the attempt at equality. Domestic partnerships and civil unions were bring written across the country to create some kind of pathway to equality for LGBT couples, but we were a long way away from not only nationwide equality, but also in terms of the acceptance of the American people. 

The acting in Freeheld is top notch. It stars Julianne Moore as Hester and Ellen Page as Stacie. They have a great onscreen chemistry and you’re taken into their story as soon as you see them. Moore plays Hester’s police officer with a reserved caution of a woman who is closeted at a time when it was almost required to be so. Page, on the other hand, playing the very much younger Stacie, wants to be open and out about who she is and struggles to deal with the closet as she gets closer to Moore. 

Eventually Moore’s character agrees to a domestic partnership. It’s an interesting scene to watch from 2015, as the county clerk stumbles to find the right forms for the couple to fill out. But even the domestic partnership doesn’t bring Moore’s character into the light. They buy a house together and continue to bump into each other’s political correctness. Then Moore’s character discovers she has terminal cancer.

Faced with little time to evolve, Moore’s character starts both chemo and the fight for equal treatment. She doesn’t want to be a voice for the community, she only wants Stacie to get her benefits, something not provided to domestic partners where she lives. As she opens up and spars with the council members of her county, word gets out and the big guns of organized power come to her aid.

The first half of the movie is slow. In fact, it feels a bit unfinished. The tone is quiet and there’s not enough action in the police sub plot to create involvement on the part of the audience, something desperately needed. It isn’t until Steve Carell’s character comes into play, more than halfway through the film, as the passionate activist to right the wrongs, that the film comes to life with any humor and action, a direct contrast to the quickly failing health of Moore’s character. 

The second half is dedicated to the fight for equality, the right for Moore’s character to pass along her benefits to her partner.

I would have liked some backstory about Moore’s character, to define her life in the closet, as well as with Page’s character, to understand how she was so open at a time when it was often unsafe to do so. And as I said before, the first half of the film desperately needs a facelift, in tone and spirit. Moore’s acting is superb as always, but her character is so reserved that when placed against a quiet and soft focused background, it was hard to feel engaged, particularly when the beginning plays against a dangerous police sub plot that should at least be thrilling to watch. One scene where Moore’s character goes after someone in a moving car and is dragged a few feet looks like a training short on how not to do a stunt in a movie.

Another glaring fault is a scene late in the film that is a victory for Moore’s character but unfortunately feels completely out of place, as if it was shot to appear much earlier in the film (for reasons you’ll see when you watch it) and then was edited in later as an afterthought. 

Michael Shannon plays Moore’s police partner in the film and is integral from start to finish. I liked his character but others have complained that the story was told too much through the eyes of the straight friend. I disagree, and find the point of the character, to bridge a gap between worlds as an ally, illustrates how valuable our allies have been to us getting the equality we deserve.

Freeheld is worth the viewing, despite the confusing tonal faults of the film. I remember when the actual story broke into the news ten years ago and galvanized millions as the lesbian couple fought for their rights at a time when everything seemed stacked against us. It’s so important that while we bask in the glow of the giant wave of equality that is sweeping the nation this year, that we remember that only ten years ago, things were very different. It’s important that we see how other battles were fought and won, because the battle for equality is indeed, far from over.

The film is based on the documentary of the same name.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

My Look At Stonewall

Written by Chris Jarvis

First there was excitement and anticipation.

There was a big screen adaptation coming to theaters called STONEWALL. This seminal moment in LGBT history was finally going to get the major, big screen treatment it deserved. This wasn’t a small independent film. This was from director Roland Emmerich, responsible for summer blockbusters like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and Stargate. Despite the obvious tonal difference, it was a major director helming a major motion picture about the moment in 1969 that is commonly referred to as the starting point of the modern gay rights movement. It was incredible news.

Then the trailer came out.

It was just a two minute trailer, but animosity immediately burst forth on the internet. A young, handsome white boy at the center of the story of Stonewall? We know that the majority of the people who frequented the bar on Christopher street where it all started were people of color, drag queens and transvestites. So why did the story apparently center around a white boy? It didn’t help that in the trailer the main character appeared to throw the first brick that incited the crowd to riot on that historic night. Apparently the director had whitewashed LGBT history, and the outrage blew up. Explanations from the director, writer and actors only fueled the fire, and a loud and constant community group of voices urged and even demanded a boycott.

I immediately started asking questions. Could we at least see the movie before we roast it? Trailers are the product of studios, rarely from the director, and are often not representative of the film. I have a real opposition to mob mentality, which is how I was perceiving it, and I have a major objection to denouncing anything that's unseen.

I remembered the same thing happening, not long ago, with the film The Imitation Game, which was about Alan Turing. People were outraged, before the film came out, and claimed that his homosexuality was written out of the film. I debated the same when that happened, asking people if we could see the film before we judged it based on a few words on the internet. No luck. People had decided the film was deserving of a boycott. I didn’t see the film until the DVD came out, but it was a beautiful film that dealt intelligently with Turing’s sexual orientation, his struggle, society’s prejudice and his eventual suicide. His homosexuality was all through the movie. It was recognized by the Academy. It's a film I think everyone should see.

Still, after many debates over Stonewall, I stopped taking people on and instead sat back and waited, hoping the film didn’t do what people were saying.

Then the reviews came out.

With very few exceptions, the reviews ravaged the film. Many were the most negative reviews I’ve ever read. Not only about the apparent whitewashing everyone had been predicting, but vicious in terms of acting and writing. I actually only read one positive review. I
t appeared the outrage was on target.

Then a friend asked if I wanted to go. I knew the film was only going to be available in Fresno for a week, and regardless of the overwhelming evidence I hate to take a stand on something I haven’t seen. So we went.

Here’s the irony. The movie isn’t about Stonewall.

The marketing team is an abysmal failure for the way this film was portrayed. It’s so not about Stonewall that the most glaring mistake is that the film is named Stonewall. I’m not sure why it is, whether it’s the name and historic recognition or not, but it's a massive failure on the part of the director, the studio, the writer, anyone who was involved in the decision to name this movie after a critically important moment in LGBT history. Of course I couldn’t have read every reaction to the film, either before or after, but I never saw anyone point out the fact that the Stonewall riots are in fact just one of the backgrounds of the film, and it’s not what this movie is about. Even the poster, with large words, WHERE PRIDE BEGAN, is very misleading. This movie isn’t about that.

People were furious that any director would change our history, and recast the real life characters in a more “acceptable” way to the general public. Ironically, if this film had been named just about anything other than Stonewall, I don’t think most of this outrage would have happened. This film is about a character and his struggle. He just happens to be in New York at the time of the riots.

It’s kind of like saying that Forrest Gump is about the Vietnam War.

Briefly, the movie is about Danny, a Midwestern white, gay teen who is thrown out of his family home after being caught with the football star in a car in the dark of night, doing you know what. The boy moves to New York because he senses safety in the big city. He doesn’t find much of it, but he does find a community of LGBT people. Most of the people he encounters are people of color, as well as drag queens and transvestites who sell their bodies in order to survive, which he does as well. He also meets the few people at the time who are beginning to fight for gay rights. The Stonewall Riots are in the film, but it’s brief. In fact, as soon as the first night of fighting is over, that story point is over and the boy leaves the city. This is Danny’s story. The riots are maybe ten or fifteen minutes of the film.

The second grave mistake by the filmmakers, after the name of the film, is that Danny, the main, white character, throws the first brick that incite the riots. Although there is no definitive truth to who was the first to throw what that night (stories differ even among those still alive that were there), it was a major misjudgment to put the first stone into the hands of a beautiful, white Midwestern boy who was simply visiting the city. The real heroes of that night were the young people of color, the drag queens and the trans community. I can see why the writer did it, because it’s an important shift for the main character, a turning point for him, but that could have been accomplished in any number of other ways (it's called writing, people) without him being the apparent spark to the fire. 

It was a really bad move.

Clearly, the ravages by the community and the critics have accomplished what they wanted. The film is a massive failure financially. I think that’s unfortunate, mostly for young people who don’t know anything about the riots. This movie, while schmaltzy in places, is not a bad film. I think it would have opened a lot of eyes as to how bad it was for gay people in the late 1960’s, when it was illegal to be gay, when films were shown in high school about the “homosexual pedophiles” lurking in parks and driving by, and the cops could beat you up just for looking at them wrong, with no one to defend you. This was before any gay rights, when we were literally labeled as mentally ill. Young people need to know what it was like, and most of the young people we talk to during history lessons through Gay Central Valley have no idea what the Stonewall Riots were. Movies like this would have provided a very accessible way to get them to at least start thinking about it.

Some of the critics have blasted the main character for certain reactions and choices. My memory is very clear of that time in history and I believed almost every bit of it. His character makes choices based on the innocence of the times. No one even talked about the LGBT community back then. There was nothing to go on. It was uncharted territory.

I don’t condone whitewashing, or rewriting history to suit the filmmaker. But this is a movie, not a documentary, and a big budget movie as well. It’s not an independent film. We can find historical inaccuracies in any number of mainstream movies. I think the problem with this one was naming it something that means a lot to a lot of people, when in fact the movie was never about that to begin with.

The end credits include photos of the real life people who were characters in the film, such as Marsha P Johnson, and provides their history after Stonewall. I wondered, though, if it was tacked on after the outrage in order to try to appease people. It felt false, and would have been appropriate if the movie had followed the stories of those involved that night, the history of the events, but again, that’s not what this movie went after.

Hopefully someone will make a big budget film specifically about the Stonewall Riots and the next couple of years when the gay rights movement came to life and started us on the path to equality. That would make an amazing and important film in the right hands. Oscar material.

But that’s not what this film is about.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

VIDEO: Ellen Page Talks LGBT Progress on Colbert

Stonewall Democrats Meeting - New Location

Just to give everyone a heads up about our latest Stonewall venue change.

Special “thank you” to Barbara Pyle Rodgers for recommending it.

Next month, Tuesday, October 13th, Fresno Stonewall Democrats will be meeting at the Santa Fe Basque Restaurant located 3110 N. Maroa Ave., on the east side of the street across from the Legends night club.

As usual, the social (dinner) hour begins at 6 p.m. with the meeting call to order at 7 p.m. We have been struggling with attendance that last few months so PLEASE come out and support the club.

Santa Fe Basque is a locally owned non-chain restaurant and full service bar.

The owner has graciously offered to waive our attendance minimum if we make it our on-going meeting place. We will have a private room off to the right of the entryway.

Curious about the menu?
They have a wide variety of menu choices from and prices start at a soup and house salad for $5.
There is plenty of parking behind the restaurant.
Just remember that at this point, Maroa is a one way street going north until Shields.

Our guest speaker will be Matt Armstrong of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) CCL is building support for a greenhouse gas emissions control policy called carbon fee and dividend (CF&D). It is a way of pricing carbon that return money to the citizens of the US and has tariff mechanisms to encourage overseas trading partners to enact similar policies. He would like Stonewall to endorse this proposal.

For more information on Stonewall contact the club president, Chuck Krugman at 559-266-9237 or

INTERVIEW: Sean Dorsey "Dance Your Story"

Sean Dorsey is an award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer, dancer and writer. Recognized as the U.S.’ first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has won audiences and accolades from San Francisco to New York with his powerful dance-theater.

Sean is bringing his dance workshop "Dance Your Story", to Fresno for the second year. If you missed it last year you have another chance to participate in this FREE workshop which is for beginners and experienced alike. Last year's event was a success and those attending locally had amazing experiences. 

I asked Sean a few questions about himself and his passion, his dance workshops, and what you can expect if you attend here in Fresno...

Attend the FREE Fresno Workshop on Saturday, October 3rd at the California Arts Academy located at 4750 N Blackstone in Fresno.

Tell us a little about your background.
I am a transgender and queer choreographer, dancer and writer - and I live in San Francisco. One of my great loves is not just creating dances and performing with my company Sean Dorsey Dance -- but also TEACHING and facilitating joyful, all-levels workshops. As a transgender person, I never imagined there was a place for me in Dance -- and so I am super passionate about creating safe and FUN space for trans and queer and LGBTQ people to move, dance, write and self-express!

What is it about dance that you feel is so inspiring?
As human beings, movement and gesture and touch are at the core of who we are, and how we express ourselves. As transgender and queer people, movement and touch can also be at the core of our pain or self-consciousness or anxiety or depression. I am so inspired to work in these workshops to allow people to find movement and gesture and writing and dance that work for THEM and THEIR unique bodies. Dance is liberating. Dance is empowering.

Do people need any experience in dance to participate in your workshops?

Not at all! Terrified beginners are ESPECIALLY welcome! Most LGBT people are made to feel unsafe or unwelcome in dance studios, yoga studios, gyms, etc. So I want everyone to know that this is a safe space! All body sizes, all ages, no experience or lots of past experience.

What can people expect who come to your free workshop in Fresno?

We will start with some quiet space and reflection and affirmations, then will do several movement exercises, a physical warm-up, do some writing exercises, and allow each other space to create! People can sit down or sit aside at any point - it's all about being comfortable. And we'll have a all-genders bathroom and changing area!

Your workshops aren't just about dance. What do you hope people will come away with?

I want people to come away feeling good about their unique and wonderful selves. To feel pride in themselves. To feel proud of their LGBTQ body. To feel they have been able to have a voice and try some new things out.

What is one of the most moving experiences that has touched you during one of your workshops?

There have been SO many beautiful moments! I love seeing people of different ages talk together and move together. I've had people say they were able to begin a healing process over a recent death of someone close to them. I've had people say they felt proud of their body - despite years of feeling they were too "big" to dance, and despite years of never seeing a body like theirs in dance. I've had people share the most beautiful writing. There has been lots of laughter and also tears. It's a FUN day. Please come join us!

Friday, September 25, 2015

LGBT Job Opportunity

Another job listing provided by UCSC...

The Community Climates Project, a research study that aims to better understand how young LGBTQ people negotiate the challenges of growing up in diverse communities in California, is looking to hire a field research coordinator and a field research assistant in the Central Valley. These positions will be an integral part of the research team, working to coordinate and support research activities in Madera and Kings Counties.

The field research coordinator will serve as a community liaison, overseeing project coordination, participant recruitment, and data collection in the Central Valley. The position is 20 hours/week with a minimum-starting wage of $18.98/hour. The duration of the position is 10 months. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume online:

The field research assistant will work to support research activities in the Central Valley including participant recruitment, community outreach, and data collection. The position is 10 hours/week with a minimum-starting wage of $16.63/hour. The duration of the position is 10 months. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume online:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

EVENT: Your True Gender Conference 2015

Your True Gender Conference 2015

2015 has been a year of raised awareness of transgender issues. Caitlyn Jenner has sparked a national discussion about being transgender, and Barack Obama became the first President in U.S. history to condemn the persecution of “people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.” And in San Luis Obispo, California, on October 9-11th the Cal Poly Pride Center in cooperation with two non-profits, Your True Gender and Tranz Central Coast, will host the central coast’s first-ever conference designed to educate and guide not only transgender individuals on their own personal gender transition journey, but also their families, allies and professional providers.

Your True Gender Conference 2015 convenes some of the world’s foremost visionary pioneers and leaders in the Transgender community for a three-day conference on this topic of cultural significance. Conference presenters will include physical and mental health providers, attorneys and activists, such as:

· Jamison Green, PhD-President of World Professional Association of Transgender Health 

· Marci L. Bowers, MD-gender affirmation surgeon for both MTF’s and FTMs

· Lin Fraser, EdD, MFT-Bay Area Gender Associates and past President of WPATH

· Jillian T. Weiss, JD, PhD-Ramapo College Law professor and owner of Weiss Law 

· Ben Hudson-Gender Health Center-Sacramento

This conference will facilitate networking and provide inspiration and education. Physical and mental health providers and attorneys who want to learn about the diverse trans communities should plan to attend as well. Early registration is available through September 23, 2015, and will close on September 29th—so please register early!

For more information, please visit

EVENT: Merced LGBT Center Grand Re-Opening

EVENT: Dance Your Story with Sean Dorsey

a FREE dance & self-expression workshop
for LGBT people & allies

3:30pm-6pm –  free!

California Arts Academy  (4750 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno CA 93726)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

EVENT: GCV Fundraiser at The Red Lantern

Sunday, October 4th @5PM at The Red Lantern


Community Fundraiser to help Gay Central Valley raise $3000.00 by the end of October to tear down a wall in the Fresno LGBT Community Center in the tower.

Doors open at 5:00pm with the Sunday BBQ provided by The Red Lantern

$5.00 donation at the door

Show will start at 6:00pm until all entertainers have performed. Tipping the entertainers are encouraged.

Variety of entertainment from around the valley. Come out and support your local community including:

Patricia de Leon (Emcee for the Evening)
Leilani Price
Brooklyn De Leon
Stevie Vanity O'Hara Santistevan
Alec Allnight ( Lynda Wilkinson )
Stephanie Solis ( Dion Espinoza )
Brandon Ltheadyhit Jackson
Venus De Carlo
Christopher Alexander Flores
Jerry McMahan
Papi De La Strapp
Priscilla McNamara

Donations can also be made at:

Sound system provided by Solid Gold Entertainment