Sunday, May 31, 2015

DRAG Yourself Out for Katya - Special Ticket Price


President Declares June Pride Month



LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2015

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities -- that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us -- and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.


Across our Nation, tremendous progress has been won by determined individuals who stood up, spoke out, and shared their stories. Earlier this year, because of my landmark Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, protections for Federal contractors went into effect, guarding against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Federal Government is now leading by example, ensuring that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love. And I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.


In communities throughout the country, barriers that limit the potential of LGBT Americans have been torn down, but too many individuals continue to encounter discrimination and unfair treatment. My Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors because the overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that it can cause substantial harm. We understand the unique challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities -- especially transgender and gender non-conforming individuals -- and are taking steps to address them. And we recognize that families come in many shapes and sizes. Whether biological, foster, or adoptive, family acceptance is an important protective factor against suicide and harm for LGBTQ youth, and mental health experts have created resources to support family communication and involvement.


For countless young people, it is not enough to simply say it gets better; we must take action too. We continue to address bullying and harassment in our classrooms, ensuring every student has a nurturing environment in which to learn and grow. Across the Federal Government, we are working every day to unlock the opportunities all LGBT individuals deserve and the resources and care they need. Too many LGBTQ youth face homelessness and too many older individuals struggle to find welcoming and affordable housing; that is why my Administration is striving to ensure they have equal access to safe and supportive housing throughout life. We are updating our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better address the disproportionate burden HIV has on communities of gay and bisexual men and transgender women. We continue to extend family and spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. And because we know LGBT rights are human rights, we are championing protections and support for LGBT persons around the world.


All people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue our work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Barack Obama

Friday, May 29, 2015

EVENT: Pride Fundraiser at Tacos Marquitos Saturday


FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE
 
Join us for a fun filled show full of your favorite local Kings and Queens as we help raise money for Fresno's 25th Annual Rainbow Pride Event.

Hosted by Tacos Marquitos.

$6 admission
8pm Showtime
Food and drinks available for purchase
All Ages event

Raffle Prizes!!!

All proceeds will help cover the cost of the Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival.

STARRING:
Leilani Price
Alec Allnight
Priscilla McNamara
Richie Acosta
MZ. hazzard strange
MaXx Decco

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Girl Scouts Stand Tall for Inclusion


Earlier this week the President of the Boy Scouts called for an end to the ban on gay scout leaders. Now the Girl Scouts have re-stated their already proven support for transgender rights and inclusion when the American Family Association put out false, inflammatory rhetoric about the group...

Courtesy The Advocate

Girl Scouts of the USA has long welcomed transgender girls in its troops. But after the anti-LGBT American Family Association recently targeted the organization, Girl Scouts leadership doubled down on their trans-inclusive stance.

Earlier this month, the American Family Association (which is classified as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center) launched a petition inaccurately claiming "a new Girl Scouts of America policy states it will extend members to boys who identify as girls." The petition, which had more than 38,900 signatures at press time, urged supporters to "stop this nonsense by rescinding this dangerous policy."

It went on to allege that transgender girls, incorrectly identified as "boys in skirts" and "transgender boys" would "put young innocent girls at risk." The language evoked repeatedly debunked, transphobic arguments that equate trangender people with sexual predators — even though studies show transgender women, especially, are the most at-risk of verbal and physical harassment when using gender-segregated spaces like restrooms and locker rooms, compared to their cisgender (nontrans) counterparts.

Girl Scouts leadership, however, responded in a way that simultaneously rejected AFA's fear-mongering while refusing to dignify the group's scare tactics with a direct address, notes LGBT blog The New Civil Rights Movement.

In a statement published on the official Girl Scouts website May 14, Girl Scouts USA Chief Girl Expert, Andrea Bastani Archibald clarified the organization's intent in "serving all girls."

"There is not one type of girl. Every girl's sense of self, path to it, and how she is supported is unique," wrote Archibald. "Our mission to build 'girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place' extends to all members, and through our program, girls develop the necessary leadership skills to advance diversity and promote tolerance."

VIDEO: Dan Savage on the Duggar Scandal

TONIGHT: Be The First For A Chance To Win BIG!

Be the FIRST to enter the Gay Central Valley
HIGH FIVE campaign TONIGHT at The Phoenix!

We will be there starting at 8PM to offer discounted drinks and entry to our ticket giveaway contest. Winning tickets will be drawn at the conclusion of the Fresno Pride Festival on Saturday June 6th. 
$3 buys you in to the discount drink program tonight at The Phoenix and for just an extra $2 you can be the first to enter our ticket giveaway...with the chance to win tickets to the Fresno event of your choice...

ARIANA GRANDE
EDDIE IZZARD 
THE BOOK OF MORMON
KATYA SMIRNOFF SKYY @The Painted Table
THE 2015 REEL PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL


Marriage Equality WINS in Ireland


A BIG win in Ireland for marriage equality...!

Courtesy Huffington Post

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.

As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the "yes" margin of victory from Friday's vote would be. Analysts said the "yes" support was likely to exceed 60 percent nationally when official results are announced later Saturday.

Gay couples hugged and kissed each other amid scenes of jubilation at counting centers and at the official results center in Dublin Castle, whose cobblestoned central square was opened so thousands of revelers could sit in the sunshine and watch the results live on big-screen televisions.

"We're the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality. So it's a very proud day to be Irish," said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland's conservative Catholic constitution.

"People from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Ireland are a minority. But with our parents, our families, or friends and co-workers and colleagues, we're a majority," said Varadkar, who watched the votes being tabulated at the County Dublin ballot center.

"For me it wasn't just a referendum. It was more like a social revolution," he said.

Read More HERE

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

EVENT: Professional OUT Women's mixHER


Professional OUT Women's May mixHER is set for Friday, 5/22 from 6pm-8pm at Sequoia Brewery, located at the Northeast corner of Champlain & Perrin! Please, make plans now to enjoy an evening of drinks, dinner & socializing!

Sequoia Brewing Co, 1188 E Champlain, Suite 107 -- You can make reservations by calling, 559-434-2739.

This mixHER is sponsored by Rainbow Lock & Safe & friends:
Noa Kristi, Anna Lopez, Carol Ann Rubin & Kathy Adams

Last month, with your help, our April mixHER was able to help raise over $14,000 to help contribute to the current expenses for Stacey Hubbard & her family. Thank you to all of you who attended that event and who have helped to organize to support their family.

Make sure to copy the FB link and share in your networks! Professional OUT Women (POW) is a community of women that gather at monthly events, happening at rotating locations, for networking and socializing. Our goal is to be inclusive without gender boundaries and accepting of women who self identify on a wide continuum of sexual expression.

If you have any questions, would like to join our email list or would like to be more involved, please email Robin@GetEQUAL.org or carol.dltrr@gmail.com

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

EVENT: Harvey Milk Ice Cream Social PLUS Movie





FREE Community Ice Cream Social and 
Milk Movie viewing with discussion to follow.

Open to ALL Ages.

Ice Cream and Toppings Bar to be provided by

Come see a film with other community members.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WEDNESDAY! Last Chance to Dine Out For Pride!


Please come out and support Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival at our last Dine for Pride during the pride season tomorrow Wednesday May 20 at Tacos Marquitos at Bulldog Plaza on the Northwest corner of Barstow and Cedar, 1772 E. Barstow, phone: 447-5569. Great Mexican Food! Great Prices! Supportive Gay Owned Business! For your LGBT Pride Celebration! Tacos Marquitos is opening for all your gay pride grubbing from 7am -9pm. Please turn out to support us, Fresno Rainbow Pride and Tacos Marquitos.

Monday, May 18, 2015

"High Five" Campaign Kicks Off At The Phoenix


Be the first ones to enter the ticket giveaway contest sponsored by Gay Central Valley. 

For $3 you can buy in to drink discounts all night at the bar. For an extra $2 you can also enter the contest we are running at the Pride Festival this year when we will be giving away sets of tickets to the following Fresno events...

Ariana Grande
Eddie Izzard 
Katya Smirnoff Skyy
The Book Of Mormon
Reel Pride Film Festival Passes
Winners will be drawn after the Fresno Pride Festival
on Saturday June 6th

We will be at The Phoenix on 
Saturday May 23rd at 8pm

Come support Gay Central Valley 
and The Phoenix!

EVENT: Pride Fundraiser at Club Legends


5 Year Anniversary Party for Visalia Pride Lions


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

VIDEO: A New Manchester Center

Katya at The Painted Table!


BIG Win for Truth In Clovis Schools



Clovis has lost the battle over accurate and fair information. A judge has ruled that the cirriculum did not meet state law and it must be changed...

Courtesy the ACLU...


A Fresno County Superior Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought against the Clovis Unified School District was justified because the District’s sex education curriculum was out of compliance with California state law. The suit, American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. v. Clovis Unified School District, was brought on behalf of parents, physicians and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network by the ACLU of California and pro bono counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

In the first-ever ruling on California’s 2003 sex education law, Judge Donald S. Black created a legal precedent that California students have a right to sex education that is complete, medically accurate, and free of bias. This historic ruling is the first to find that abstinence-only-until marriage instruction is unlawful on the grounds of medical accuracy and bias.

“Teens deserve complete, accurate health information, which they’ll need at whatever point in their life they become sexually active. This ruling is huge victory for students,” said Phyllida Burlingame, Reproductive Justice Policy Director for the ACLU of Northern California.

In his ruling, Judge Black ruled that “access to medically and socially appropriate sexual education is an important public right.” The court specifically noted that the curriculum used by Clovis Unified School District violated the law “by failing to include the required STD and pregnancy prevention information, by promoting and reinforcing bias in gender and sexual orientation, and by containing medically inaccurate information.”

The lawsuit, first filed in 2012, charged that Clovis Unified School District was failing students and providing misinformation that put young people’s health at risk. In a county where teens account for nearly a third of chlamydia cases and a quarter of gonorrhea cases, the district’s high school curriculum provided no information about how to prevent sexually transmitted infections. It taught abstinence as the only means of preventing pregnancy and included a video that compared a woman who was not a virgin to a dirty shoe. In its promotion of abstinence-only until heterosexual marriage, the curriculum also included bias against gay and lesbian students.

Read More HERE

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Q & A With Leilani Price


How long have you lived in the Central Valley?

All my life

Married/Single/Relationship Status?

Why isn't widow an option? 

When did you come out as LGBT, or as a straight ally?

2002 in flaming cape and heels.

Something you like about yourself?

My sassy ass mouth 

Something you dislike about yourself?

My sassy ass mouth lol jk.  The one thing that I dislike about myself is that I am too passionate about myself and the community.

Character trait in others that you most admire?

Honesty 

Character trait in others that you most dislike?

People who can't separate themselves from their alter egos. 

What is your biggest regret?

No regrets here, I just believe in lessons learned. 

What are you most passionate about?

Being better than my yesterday. 

Favorite thing to do in your free time?

Sleep! It doesn't happen often enough for me! 

What aggravates you the most?

People who are given things without working hard for them.  It annoys the shit out of me! 

What makes you the happiest?

Knowing that I've done all that I can do for someone. 

What are you, quite frankly, over?

Black onsies, lol jk ummm people who can't be true to themselves and express themselves! 

What is your biggest challenge?

Math! No my biggest challenge is being my worst critic. 

What was your favorite decade so far?

This decade? Nah I love the 70's.  I'm a disco lover. 

Who is your favorite person to talk to?

My sister Angie.  She always brings me back to reality, not to mention she has the mouth of a sailor which is where my shit winning attitude comes from. 

Name a person you know personally who has had the biggest impact on you?

Mom

Name a person you don’t know who has had the biggest impact on you?

God

The most important lesson you’ve learned so far?

Love is never the answer, it's the only solution when two people love one another. 

Besides a phone, what piece of technology can you not live without?

Wifi! I would totally be over my data usage on my phone plan. 

What superpower would you most like to have? 

Telekinesis

Who would you like to play you in a movie about your life?

NOT JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT! I think Wilmer Valderama or possibly Pharrell.  

What is the best part of your day?

Dinner time Lol

What is your proudest moment?

When I was able to put on both my lashes on in the car! Lol jk when I was able to move out on my own and not depend on anyone. 

Who did you overlook in your past?

My ex LOL 

What have you overcome?

SO MUCH!! Still overcoming, still coming :-) 

Where your ideal place to live?

In a home!  I don't think I could live anywhere else. 

What words do you live by?

Your perception is your reality, so believe it! 

Monday, May 11, 2015

MEETING: Fresno Stonewall Democrats


Reminder: Fresno Stonewall Democrats meets tomorrow, this Tuesday evening, May 12th at, Yosemite Falls Café
 
5123 N Blackstone Ave (on the west side a short ways north of Shaw Ave.) Fresno, CA
(559) 225-6800
 
The social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting calls to order at 7 p.m.
 
There will be an accounting of the success of our High Tea fundraiser as well as discussion of our plans for the 25th annual Pride Parade and Festival.
 
For more information contact Chuck Krugman at (559) 266-9237 or visit our website at www.fresnostonewalldemocrats.org
 
We hope to see you there.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Win TICKETS at Our Booth This Year

Visit the Gay Central Valley / Fresno LGBT Community Center booth at this year's Pride Festival on Saturday June 6th for the chance to win FABULOUS prizes!

MORE to come!

Click HERE for more information on this year's event

Click HERE to donate to the Pride Parade & Festival







Gay Central Valley's Pride Booth

Get ready for your Close Up
at our Fresno Pride Festival Booth





Wonder Valley Ranch - LGBT Friendly Wedding Facility



Since wedding season is upon us and LGBT couples have the right to legally marry in California, it's important that we highlight LGBT friendly venues so that couples can make an informed choice. 

I asked Gena Bettencourt, Sales and Marketing Director, a few questions about their facility.

Wonder Valley Ranch is one of our sponsors at Gay Central Valley. You can visit their website HERE and check out their wedding packages HERE

http://wondervalley.com/

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Tell us about the history of Wonder Valley Ranch

History of Wonder Valley
A respite for Native Americans, Outlaws, and City-Dwellers

The Yokut Tribe made Wonder Valley its home in the 1800s. At Indian Rock, located a short walk from the ranch, the depressions remain from the days when the indigenous women ground grain and washed clothes as they watched their children playing in the cool waters of Mill Creek.

On display in the Dalton Lodge, you’ll find many Native American blankets, rock specimens, earthenware, horse tack, posters, vintage ads, and of course, a gallery of images dating from as early as 1849.

In 1891, Wonder Valley became a refuge for the Dalton Brothers Gang, an infamous group of outlaws that specialized in bank and train robberies. Their hideout was on a mountainside at the east end of the valley where they kept a watchful eye out for any in pursuit.

By the early 1900s, rancher George Pierson began the guest ranch tradition in California by allowing friends to stay at his ranch to help with the cattle “for the fun of it.” This evolved into the Pierson Guest Ranch, established in 1911 and in operation until the mid-1940s when the Webb family purchased the property. They established Wonder Valley Dude Ranch, which during the 1950s became a refuge for city dwellers and Hollywood types.

The Wonder Valley Equestrian Center provides horses for trail riding, educational horsemanship classes, private lessons, and seasonal specialty camps with trained staff capable of guiding riders of all skill levels.

In 1973, the Oken family purchased the property. The ranch became known as Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center. The family continues to operate the ranch today, as they have for more than four decades.

Are you welcoming and open to LGBT couples and can they feel safe choosing your facility?

Yes. Our facility fosters a sense of inclusiveness by creating an environment where LGBT’s feel comfortable. For example, we host R Family Vacations, which is committed to the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered parents and their families through mutual support, community collaboration, and understanding.

We reinforce our commitment by educating staff about Wonder Valley’s promise to all clients, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, and other differences.

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What services do you offer?

Besides providing unforgettable retreats and conferences for companies and organizations of all types, we offer an unforgettable wedding experience. It can be a challenge finding the perfect wedding venue for any wedding; specifically looking for gay-friendly venues. If you're looking for a wedding venue that is willing, well-equipped, and able to cater to events that celebrate same-sex unions, Wonder Valley is the right place.

The Sierra foothills add scenery from all directions; our beautiful Gazebo overlooks the lake. The Lakeview Garden has both waterfall and fountain features and our reception hall, Legacy Lodge, has a fountain courtyard patio next to the lake, which guests enjoy while having hors d'oeuvres. One wall of the lodge is all windows with glass doors that open to the gorgeous views.    

Ceremonies for indoor winter weddings are at the lovely stone fireplace in our Lakeshore Lodge, followed by a reception in the Legacy Lodge.

Wonder Valley has overnight lodging available and offers a variety of rehearsal dinner packages which make it convenient for everyone.

Our wedding package includes:
·         A Wedding Facility Coordinator
·         Wedding Rehearsal (Rehearsal Dinner not included but can be added at an additional cost)
·         Ceremony and Reception Locations
·         An absolutely gorgeous facility for the most amazing photographs!
·         Dressing Rooms
·         Six Hours of Event Time
·         Tables and Chairs
·         Linens (tablecloths and napkins)
·         China, Flatware and Stemware
·         Hors D'oeuvres Reception
·         Full Catered Meal with Serving Personnel
·         Dance Floor
·         Cake Cutting and Serving 
·         Sparkling Cider Toast (Champagne can be added for an additional cost)
·         Set-up and Clean-up of both ceremony and reception
·         An Overnight Cottage for the newlyweds. 

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http://wondervalleyweddings.com/photos/gallery/receptions/

Why should an LGBT couple choose your venue for their wedding?

We know it is important for everything to be perfect for your special day and we will make sure to create a fantastic celebration, whether you are looking for something budget beautiful or opulent and grand. 

From who will marry you to what you both will wear, our list of vendors can help resolve issues such as these and offer you suggestions. Reception planning, non-traditional processions, wording of announcements, wording of invites - you will find guidance and useful advice about all of this. Wonder Valley is here to make your wedding dreams come true.