Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FREE Suicide Prevention Workshop


This event takes place at the Fresno LGBT Community Center at 1067 N Fulton in the Tower District

Seating is limited for this event

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

In two hours you will learn warning signs, common misconceptions, reasons why the suicide event occurs, how to help yourself or a friend, and how to persuade them to get help, along with resources for help.

Leann Gouveia, Executive Director of Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss, has been teaching this course for 13 years as a certified trainer with the Q.P.R. Institute.

This is a FREE workshop

Monday, April 27, 2015

Merced LGBT Center Workshop


The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about student rights and possible violations of these rights. Also, we’ll look to see how many students in Merced County self-identify as LGBT?

Summer Rainbow Bowling League

EVENT: Expression Not Suppression THIS SATURDAY


Calling all Central Valley Young People!

Join us for Expression Not Suppression (ENS) on:
May 2, 2015 at the Big Red Church of Fresno
(2131 N. Van Ness Blvd, Fresno, CA 93704)
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

ENS is an annual conference bringing together more than 100 LGBTQ youth and straight allies who are dedicated to creating safer schools for all, defeating homophobia and transphobia in Central Valley schools. At ENS, you will learn about youth activism, leadership and how to make your school safer for all in a fun, respectful environment.

This is a free conference and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner are included in your registration. After a day of workshops, we will have a dance/social to meet other young people at other Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs.

This event is youth-planned and youth-led. Middle school students, high school students, teachers, school administrators, parents and local nonprofit organizations will be in attendance.

ENS aims to promote a deeper understanding of LGBTQ issues in a fun, yet respectful, environment. All attendees are expected to maintain a respectful attitude towards each other and be sensitive to the issues presented at the conference.

EVENT: Stockton LGBT Youth


Over the past few months the SJPC LGBT Youth Stakeholder Committee has been convening and discussing what actions we could take to make all the school's throughout San Joaquin County safer for LGBT youth. Now is the time we reach out to the general public and ask for your help with our work.

The Youth Stakeholder Committee is comprised of staff representing Stockton Unified, Lincoln Unified, Linden Unified, Tracy Unified and parents and students from all over San Joaquin County. What we've discovered is that there are four laws currently on the books that require/encourage safe school climates for LGBT youth and yet not a single district in San Joaquin County is compliant with all aspects of these laws. These unfunded mandates are the result of budget shortages and in some cases the lack of political will. However, because of Local Control Funding Formula our local school districts have more say over how they spend their education dollars and that's opened up an opportunity for us to demand for the funding of proven programs that make our schools safer for LGBT youth. Let us make this clear: Other community demographics have been organizing for months demanding funding for programs they believe will help their constituents. We can not let our LGBT youth be ignored!!! We only have weeks left to be heard.

Please join us this Tuesday at the San Joaquin Pride Center at 6 pm to learn how you can help us fight for our LGBT youth. This meeting and this opportunity is the most important thing any of us can do to protect our LGBT youth for generations to come. Please join us in this fight. Without you, we don't have a movement.

EVENT: Rainbow League Bowl-A-Thon

EVENT: Fresno Stonewall Democrats Fundraiser

 You are cordially invited to the Fresno Stonewall Democrats
High Tea
Saturday, May 2, 2015
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Figmore Estate
The home of Dr. Richard Jennings
& Dr. Peyton Bryars
2067 West Alluvial Ave.
Fresno, CA 93711
Suggested donation: $25
RSVP to Jay Hubbell
(559) 292-4905

Thursday, April 23, 2015


STUDY: LGBT People of Color

A new report details the financial, relationship and educational hardship faced by LGBT people of color. It contrasts the circumstances of LGBT people of color with the white LGBT people and the general population at large.

Courtesy The Advocate...

The report details the discrimination that LGBT people of color face in employment, housing, health care, and other aspects of their lives. “Disproportionate numbers of LGBT people of color live in places that lack any explicit state-level protections for LGBT people,” says Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project. “This means that LGBT people of color face a high risk of economic harm from anti-LGBT laws. Based on the connection between poverty and an individual’s race or ethnicity, many LGBT people of color are less able to absorb the financial penalties created by anti-LGBT laws when compared to white LGBT people.”

Also, LGBT people of color are more likely to be raising children than white LGBT people, often in states without marriage equality or legal recognition of parenting ties, the report notes. And young LGBT people of color frequently encounter bullying or harassment in school, making it harder for them to obtain the type of education that can lead to better economic opportunities.

Read more HERE

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Merced LGBT Center Workshop

At Merced LGBT+ Center
Hosted by: CRLA
The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about student rights and possible violations of these rights. Also, we’ll look to see how many students in Merced County self-identify as LGBT?
Open to the public, no cost


Eddie Izzard Fresno Tickets On Sale



A Midsummer Night's Dream at the California Arts Academy


Fresno, CA – California Arts Academy presents Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in an original story ballet format. There are total five shows (including a school show) being performed between April 24 – April 26 at the Warnors Center for The Performing Arts (1400 Fulton Street).

Our dancers bring to life Shakespeare's gripping comedy. A Midsummer Night's Dream is a story about love lost and gained through a magical summer night. The theme of love is explored through comical events and characters as a royal wedding looms in the backdrop. Let the fairy kings, queens and Indian princes take you on a magical journey. The story only becomes more exuberant and lively when performed as a story ballet.

There are over 100 excellent Central Valley dancers who come together to bring to life this timeless comedy. Daniel Chavez Jr, a Broadway trained theater artist and the artistic director of California Arts Academy, directs this Ballet theater. Margaret Hord is the assistant director. The play is produced following a long 40 year old tradition of producing Garden Ballet. The play is performed in complete dance format without any spoken words. However, there are many styles of dance, such as Jazz, Irish, Contemporary that are used for the play, along with Ballet.

Tickets for this event are priced at $16 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. However, if bought in a group of 10 the tickets are $14 and $10, respectively. For the School Show on Friday (April 24th) at 10am, the tickets are priced at $6 (if bought in a quantity of 10 or more) to encourage more school-goers to attend. The tickets may be purchased through the Brown Paper Tickets website: or at the door. Seats are reserved, and seating is assigned on a first come first serve basis.
You can find more info at our website: or at

Ticketing information is available at:

California Arts Academy • 4750 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno 93726
Cal Arts Academy – Severance • 1401 N. Wishon Ave., at Floradora, Fresno 93728
(559) 222-6539 •

CONTACT: Shamara Elkins, 559-222-6539,
Sandip Roy, 559-250-5269,