Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Facebook Continues Name Policy Controversy

Courtesy The Advocate...




As marriage equality celebrations echoed throughout the country Friday, a trans woman who at one time helped Facebook reflect users' gender diversity said she was still a target of discrimination: her profile was removed because the social media site deemed her name not "real" enough.

The woman, who goes by the name "Zip" online, posted her experiences to her Medium blog, saying:

"I always knew this day would come. The day that Facebook decided my name was not real enough and summarily cut me off from my friends, family and peers and left me with the stark choice between using my legal name or using a name people would know me by. With spectacular timing, it happened while I was at trans pride and on the day the Supreme Court made same sex marriage legal in the US."

And then she pointed out her situation's most ironic "twist," saying, "I used to work there. In fact, I’m the trans woman who initiated the custom gender feature. And the name I go by on Facebook? That’s the name that was on my work badge."

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Facebook's continued policy requiring users to register with their "authentic" name and to provide identification if asked — lest they risk being locked out of their accounts — has come down especially hard on members of LGBT communities who may go by nicknames or pseudonyms for safety, as well as trans people who use names different from the one assigned them at birth to reflect their authentic selves.

The debate over Facebook's the real-name policy first flared up last year, as drag queens and other LGBT community members were locked out of their accounts after a single user reported hundreds of people as having "fake names."

Read More HERE...

In My Own Words: An Appology

"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


Today we want to point you to a blog entry submitted by local community member Kipp Swanson.

Here is the tease:


I wasn’t outspoken or an activist, and I never “gay bashed” or anything. I never directly harmed any LGBT people, but I was on the wrong side of history. I supported and/or was part of organizations that did harm LGBT people.


To read more, click here.


Marriage Equality Opponents Start Their Parade

It's happened with virtually every civil rights victory since the country was founded. There are those that refuse, as soon as the ruling is released, to abide by it. Look at it historically and you'll see these minor bumps in the road don't really matter. They were bound to happen and they'll resolve over time as those that came before them did. This is just one of the latest...

Courtesy The Advocate...


A county clerk in Arkansas is resigning effective Tuesday rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Associated Press reports.
Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey told the AP she met with Judge Jerry Holmes today and informed him she would resign because she had a moral objection to granting licenses for same-sex marriages.
“It is definitely a moral conviction for me,” she said. “I didn’t announce anything publicly or on social media or anything because I didn’t want my decision to be seen as hateful. I know some people will look at it like that, but this wasn’t easy. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. And I do not hate anybody.”
Holmes has “called an emergency meeting of the Cleburne County Quorum Court for Tuesday to address the resignation and discuss interim options,” the AP reports. Guffey has held the elected position of county clerk for 24 years.
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Friday directed government offices in the state to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson made it clear Monday that he expects county clerks to follow the law. This is in contrast to neighboring Texas, where Attorney General Ken Paxton said county clerks and their staffs may opt out of licensing same-sex marriages if they have faith-based objections, although he allowed that it would be problematic if all the employees in a given county clerk’s office object to granting the licenses.

VIDEO: Marriage News Watch Post Victory...

Fresno Pride Lions Fireworks Booth


Monday, June 29, 2015

Love > Stigma, A Social Experiment




A historic win last week in terms of marriage equality.. but we still have hurdels to cross until we as a community can live, breath, and be truly equal. Part of our struggel is the pervasive stigma that makrs us and nothing epitomizes that stigma more than HIV.

An HIV-positive man named Janne conducted a social experiment to see if the negative stigma attached with HIV/AIDS still exists.

The Finnish native stood on the street with his eyes closed and arms out next to a sign that read, “I’m HIV-positive, touch me.”

No sound needed for this video.




Love is louder than hate or stigma.

Positive Life: An HIV Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at the Fresno LGBT Community Center

Friday, June 26, 2015

What the Decision Means

In the midst of celebrating, here are some fact you need to know.





 
IS THIS THE FINAL WORD ON THE ISSUE?

Yes, for all intents and purposes. The states that oppose gay marriage could ask the justices to reconsider, but that's unlikely. That means June 26, 2015, will be marked in future history books as the moment gay marriage was declared legal across the United States.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE 14 STATES THAT STILL BAN GAY MARRIAGE?

The Southern and Midwestern states must lift their bans and allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Marriage licenses were already being issued Friday in many of these states. The court gave the losing side roughly three weeks to ask for reconsideration, but some state officials and county clerks are opting to go ahead and begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The 14 states that had banned gay marriage are Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, most of Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee.

DOES ANYTHING CHANGE IN THE 36 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THAT ALREADY ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE?

No. The ruling ensures that the wave of lower-court decisions that legalized gay marriage across most of the West and East in the last 1½ years stand. The Supreme Court ruling prevents state officials and county clerks from being forced to determine how to deal with thousands of marriages already issued. LGBT advocates and married gay couples celebrated in these states, expressing relief and joy that the movement's remarkable winning streak in the courts stretched to the end.

DOES THIS MEAN CHURCHES MUST CONDUCT GAY MARRIAGES?


No. Religious organizations are exempt from this ruling. They can still make their own decisions about whether clergy will conduct gay marriages in their places of worship. Southern Baptists, Mormons and other conservative churches that believe God intended marriage to be a union only between a man and a woman said the ruling won't change their decisions not to allow same-sex marriages in their churches. Some religions already allow gay marriage, such as the United Church of Christ, and more could follow. Episcopalians are set to decide next week at an assembly in Salt Lake City whether to change church laws so religious weddings can be performed for same-sex couples.

WERE THE JUSTICES UNANIMOUS IN THEIR DECISION?

No. The ruling narrowly passed 5-4. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by the court's four more liberal justices, saying the stories of the people asking for the right to marry "reveal that they seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honor their spouses' memory, joined by its bond." The four dissenting justices each filed a separate opinion explaining his views, but they all agreed that states and their voters should have been left with the power to decide who can marry. "This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.

(Side note: Gay Central valley never endorses a political candidate but we can encourage our community to vote, and to vote wisely. The Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the President of the US, another reason Presidential campaigns matter. While we don't know who will be running in 2016, we do know that there will be the need for new justices in the coming years.)

Fresno Marriage Celebration TONIGHT!



FRIDAY JUNE 26TH 2015 6PM
SCORE SPORTS CAFE AND LOUNGE
737 E Olive Avenue Fresno, CA
In The Tower District

Marriage Equality Made The Law Nationwide


Courtesy Huffingtonpost

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.

The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in the lower courts. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states ban these unions, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide.

The justices found that under the 14th Amendment, states must issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that were legally performed in other states. Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

The lead plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges is Ohio resident Jim Obergefell, who wanted to be listed as the surviving spouse on his husband's death certificate. In 2013, Obergefell married his partner of two decades, John Arthur, who suffered from ALS. Arthur passed away in October of that year, three months after the couple filed their lawsuit.

Obergefell was joined by several dozen other gay plaintiffs from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee who were fighting both to be able to marry and to have their marriage recognized in every state in the country.

The country's views of same-sex marriage have transformed since 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay couples to wed. In 2013, the Supreme Court began chipping away at the country's legacy of discrimination against same-sex couples when it struck down part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples whose marriages were recognized by their home state from receiving the hundreds of benefits available to other married couples under federal law.

President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to support marriage equality when he came out in favor of it in 2012, the same year that the Democratic Party made it part of its platform for the first time. The Republican Party and its slate of 2016 presidential aspirants, however, remain opposed to same-sex marriage. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) support a constitutional amendment protecting states that want to ban marriage equality.

Some conservatives have advocated for a civil disobedience effort against a Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage. However, officials in red states told The Huffington Post recently that they are prepared to implement the decision, going so far as to ready gender-neutral marriage licenses and set later office hours. Gerard Rickhoff, who oversees marriage licenses in Bexar County, Texas, said that if same-sex couples are discriminated against elsewhere in the state, "Just get in your car and come on down the highway. You'll be embraced here."

Thursday, June 25, 2015

#TransLivesMatter: 9th US Trans Woman Slain This Year

Mercedes Williamso, 17 years old at the time of her murder.




"I miss how she flipped her hair. I miss the crooked teeth with that beautiful smile ... I can smell her. I just keep wanting her to walk through the door ... I'll never have nobody like her again. That is barely something that crosses people's lives anyway. She was the most beautiful person." Jeanie Miller, surrogate mother.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2015/06/18/6283387_alabama-teen-identified-as-victim.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy


Williamson is the ninth reported trans woman that we know of has who been murdered this year. The facts of her murder are just now being revealed because of misgendering by local media.

These are the names of the trans women we have lost in 2015. Remember their names and their lives, taken too soon: Papi Edwards, 20, Louisville, KY; Lamia Beard, 30, Norfolk, VA; Ty Underwood, 24, Tyler, TX; Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, Los Angelos, CA; Taja de Jesus, 36, San Francisco, CA; Penny Proud, 21, New Orlean, LA; Kristina Grant Infiniti, 47, Miami, FL; London Kiki Chanel, 21, Philadelphia, PA; Mercedes Williamson, 17, Theodore, Al. There is also Bri Golec, 22, Akron, OH, who may have been a tenth murdered transgender woman (reports from friends are unclear).

This is what an epidemic of violence against trans women looks like.

At the inaugural National Trans Anti-Violence Convening this past March, Lourdes Hunter of the Trans Women of Color Collective stated, “Last year, 12 trans women of color were (reported) brutally murdered in a 6 month time span as our nation’s largest LGBT organizations celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion now known as Pride. This year, there have been at least 8 (reported) murders of trans women of color and 6 (reported) deaths by suicide of trans youth. Now more than ever, our communities are in need of healing, fellowship, to be held and to come together to address the physical and structural violence we face every day.”

As we celebrate Pride across the U.S., let us honor the names of those who have been murdered. Let’s remember that the gay pride movement was built on the backs and literal bodies of trans women of color. Let’s do more than say their names. Let’s stand collectively and say that this must stop.

Reporting from Autostradle and the Sun Herald

Fair Housing Act WINS



Courtesy The Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Thursday that housing policies and practices with discriminatory outcomes can be challenged under the Fair Housing Act, even if there was no intent to discriminate.

At issue in the case, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, was the validity of a theory known as disparate impact, and specifically its application under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, passed just a week after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Though the FHA protects against many forms of discrimination, disparate impact is seen by fair housing advocates as a particularly vital tool for fighting racial inequality, as it permits lawsuits to be brought against policies that disproportionately affect people of color, even when no overt racial motive can be proven.

The case stemmed from a disparate impact claim filed by the ICP, a Dallas-area nonprofit that promotes racially and economically diverse communities. The group discovered that between 1995 and 2009 the TDHCA had been allocating almost all affordable-housing tax credits to developments in poorer minority neighborhoods, while denying credits to those in wealthier white neighborhoods. The ICP argued that this had the effect of preserving racial segregation by preventing low-income, largely minority residents from moving to white communities.


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No Decision Today


No marriage decision today...stay tuned...only two Day of Decision dates left...
Friday June 26th and Monday June 29th

Affordable Care Act Has Big Win



Courtesy NBC News

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the reach of the Obama health care law, rescuing the program from a potentially fatal legal challenge for the second time since Obamacare's inception.

By a 6-3 vote, the justices said consumers qualify for a subsidy that lowers the cost of premiums whether they buy their coverage through federal or state exchanges.

More than six million lower-income Americans who get their health insurance through the federal marketplace or exchange — HealthCare.Gov — depend on the subsidies, reducing their premiums an average of 72 percent, saving an average of $270 a month.

Opponents of the law claimed that the actual wording of the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress made subsidies available only to insurance customers who bought their policies through "an exchange established by the state" where the policyholders live.

If the challengers had prevailed, customers who bought their insurance on the federal exchange — by far the majority of those insured by Obamacare — would have lost the subsidies. Only 16 states now have their own health exchanges up and running.

The health insurance industry had warned that if the challenge succeeded, the Affordable Care Act would have entered a "death spiral" — with costs rising for a shrinking number of participants, eventually causing the system to collapse.

Among the law's provisions are requirements that insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions and that nearly all Americans obtain health insurance. Congress knew that those components of the health care system would not work, the Obama administration had argued, if the subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of people were available only on state exchanges.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Judge Throws Out Initiative For Execution Of Gay People

From The Huffington Post
CALIFORNIA CAPITOL

A California judge has ruled against a proposed ballot initiative authorizing the execution of gay and lesbian people, calling the suggested measure "unconstitutional on its face."

The proposed Sodomite Suppression Act calls for "any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method." The measure also would outlaw advocating gay rights to minors, punishable by 10 years in prison and permanent expulsion from California.

While the measure was publicly ridiculed and stood little chance of collecting more than 365,000 signatures necessary to appear on the 2016 ballot, California Attorney General Kamala Harris was required by state law to circulate the proposed initiative because its backer, attorney Matt McLaughlin, paid a $200 filing fee ahead of the February deadline. In March, Harris asked for legal permission to toss out the initiative.

"As Attorney General of California, it is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States Constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians," Harris said in a statement after filing the request for declaratory relief. "This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society."

Superior Judge Raymond M. Cadei on Monday sided with Harris, ruling that the attorney general has no obligation to issue a title and summary for the measure.

"The proposed initiative ... is patently unconstitutional on its face," Cadei wrote. "Any preparation and official issuance of a circulating title and summary for the Act by the Attorney General would be inappropriate, waste public resources, generate unnecessary divisions among the public, and tend to mislead the electorate."

Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin praised the order in a statement on Tuesday.

"Lest there was any doubt, a heinous California ballot initiative seeking to put gay people to death has been found unconstitutional," Griffin said. "HRC thanks Attorney General Kamala Harris for her continued leadership in standing up for the rights and dignity of LGBT Californians, and Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei for recognizing that this barbaric initiative has no place on a ballot in California or anywhere else."

McLaughlin did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

Read the order below:

Order on Sodomite Suppression Act

Hopeful Hint at Coming Supreme Court Decision?

From Slate




Early Monday morning, the Supreme Court refused to stay a federal judge’s order invalidating Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. In doing so, the justices immediately set up a constitutional crisis between the state’s lawless chief justice and the federal judiciary. They also effectively admitted what court-watchers have suspected for months: The court is preparing to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality at the end of this term.


Here’s how Monday’s decision reveals the justices’ intention to strike down gay marriage bans across the country. Typically, the justices will stay any federal court ruling whose merits are currently under consideration by the Supreme Court. Under normal circumstances, that is precisely what the court would have done here: The justices will rule on the constitutionality of state-level marriage bans this summer, so they might as well put any federal court rulings on hold until they’ve had a chance to say the last word. After all, if the court ultimately ruled against marriage equality, the Alabama district court’s order would be effectively reversed, and those gay couples who wed in the coming months would find their unions trapped in legal limbo.


But that is not what the court did here. Instead, seven justices agreed, without comment, that the district court’s ruling could go into effect, allowing thousands of gay couples in Alabama to wed. That is not what a court that planned to rule against marriage equality would do. By permitting these marriages to occur, the justices have effectively tipped their hand, revealing that any lower court’s pro-gay ruling will soon be affirmed by the high court itself.


Don’t believe me? Then ask Justice Clarence Thomas, who, along with Justice Antonin Scalia, dissented from Monday’s denial of a stay. (Oddly—and perhaps tellingly—Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, two other foes of marriage equality, didn’t bother to join Thomas’ dissent.) The court’s “acquiescence” to gay marriage in Alabama, Thomas wrote, “may well be seen as a signal of the Court’s intended resolution” of the constitutionality of gay marriage bans. Thomas and Scalia meant this to be a grave warning. The rest of us, however, should take it as a white flag—and a cause for celebration.

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No matter which way the decision goes, Gay Central Valley will be hosting an event at The Painted Table.

Monday, June 22, 2015

EVENT: Day Of Decision At The Painted Table





THE DATE OF THIS EVENT IS UNKNOWN AS WE WILL NOT KNOW WHEN THE DECISION IS HAPPENING UNTIL THE DAY OF THE DECISION. READ BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS.

Join the community as we come together to mark the US Supreme Court decision on national marriage equality.

The Painted Table has graciously agreed to open their doors to host the community on this historic day. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the restaurant. We will have a few minutes of local speakers. We will gather starting at 6pm. Local media will be present.

The US Supreme Court will issue what may possibly be the final marriage equality ruling this June. While the decision can go either way we fully expect the decision to result in the legalization of same sex marriage across the entire country. Rather than the typical gathering outside City Hall, we have decided to come together at The Painted Table in the Tower District. Our hopes are that we will gather in celebration of an historic victory!

In June, the Supreme Court releases opinions every Monday at 10:00am. However, the Court often adds additional opinion days. While those could fall on any day of the week, in past years they've been often begun adding Thursdays first then adding more days as needed. We'll know ahead of time when the Court adds a decision day, though we won't know in advance whether the marriage case is being announced on any given day (unless we get down to the last day).

The most likely days the decision will be handed down are Monday, June 22nd, Thursday, June 25th, Monday June 29th or Tuesday June 30th. June 18th has been added as a possible decision day but we think it will happen on a date in the two last weeks of June.

As soon as a decision is handed down we will notify you here and in an email blast. If you'd like to be added to our email blast list please email us at info@gaycentralvalley.org

Friday, June 12, 2015

Enjoy and Support the LGBT Center!


Don't miss the show!
At The Painted Table
Saturday June 13th 8pm
A Fundraiser for the 
Fresno LGBT Community Center 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Arte Americas

 
 
FROM TEX-MEX TO TRADITIONAL:  ARTE AMÉRICAS TO PRESENT TWO UNIQUE CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN FRESNO

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Arte Américas, the largest Latino cultural center in Central California, will continue its concert season this weekend with two unique concerts at the venue.  On Friday night, the annual "Nights in the Plaza" series will feature the South Valley band "Califas" in the center's outdoor concert space.  On Saturday, Carmencristina Moreno will perform inside one of the building's art galleries. Her setlist will be made of of songs that were written by, and about women.

The popular "Nights in the Plaza" concert series takes place on Friday nights from May through September, with sixteen concerts in total.   This week the popular Texas-style, bilingual genre known as "Tex-Mex" will be showcased under the stars.   "There are a lot of Tejanos (Texans) in the Valley, and not a lot of places to hear Tejano music," said Arte Américas Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Caraveo.  "This group hails from Visalia and have a huge following of folks who enjoy this style of dance music," she added.
Admission to the Califas concert is open to all ages, and tickets are $10 for general admission seating or $8 for Arte Américas members.  Taco trucks will be on-site as well as a shaved ice vendor, full bar, and refreshment stand with cold drinks. 
"There aren't a lot of family-friendly places where people can go out to hear music, dance, and not have to call a babysitter," said Arte Américas Board President René Moncada.  "We're very proud to be able to provide a cultural experience that grandkids, teenagers, college students, and grandparents can each enjoy," said Moncada.
Saturday night from 6pm-8pm, guitarist/vocalist Carmencristina Moreno will perform her show "The Seasons of Life" inside one of the cultural center's art galleries. The program is comprised of songs written by women, and when woven together tell one woman's tale of triumph and trajedy.

Moreno was awarded the nation's highest folk art honor when she was named a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow in 2003.  Moreno was also the recipient of the coveted Bess Lomax Hawes Award, and was recognized for her lifelong contribution to Mexican American musical heritage through songwriting, performing, and teaching.

Tickets to the event are $8 and will be available at the door.
"Her voice and singing ability rivals singers the caliber of Joan Baez and Linda Ronstadt,"says music historian Mark Guerrero. "She’s also a fine songwriter and accompanies herself brilliantly on acoustic guitar...has achieved many things in her career, but like most Chicano musical artists, has not received the commercial success and mainstream attention she deserves," Guerrero added.  
Moreno is known for spontaneously bursting into song during interviews and comes from a family of talented musicians.  Her parents were pioneering Mexican-American singers in the Los Angeles area during the late 1930s and '40s, performing as El Dueto de Los Moreno. Inspired by her parents and their friends, she also decided to pursue a career in music and performance.
Now, at close to 75, Carmencristina Moreno is not slowing down, though she’s survived breast cancer and is nursing a shoulder injury after 60 years of holding an acoustic guitar. She wrote a book about her father’s experience in the Mexican Revolution (which includes 2 CDs) and lives in a house surrounded by raisin vineyards and almond trees, still composing and playing guitar every day.

SHOWS:   FRI JUNE 12 CALIFAS - 7pm-10pm  $10
                  SAT JUNE  13 - CARMENCRISTINA MORENO - 6p-8p  -- $8
PLACE:   ARTE AMÉRICAS - 1630 VAN NESS, FRESNO CA  93721
INFO:   WWW.ARTEAMERICAS.ORG   or  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ARTEAMERICAS
CONTACT:    frankD@arteamericas.or

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

TONIGHT...Eddie Izzard At The Saroyan


This Saturday...Katya @The Painted Table



Katya Smirnoff Skyy will be appearing LIVE this Saturday at The Painted Table in the Tower District. Get your tickets now for this amazing 
ONE NIGHT ONLY event. 
Drinks and menu items available.




Special pricing for the Drag Community...
come to the show in Drag 
and pay only $20 at the door



Sunday, June 7, 2015

Congratulations to our Winners!


Our ticket giveaway at the Fresno Pride Festival was a big success! 
Thank you to everyone that entered and donated to our cause.

The winners of our Pride Ticket Giveaway are...

Ashleigh Dipiero - Eddie Izzard @The Saroyan

Matt Schwartz - 2015 Reel Pride Film Festival @The Tower Theater

Art Mendoza - Katya Smirnoff Skyy @The Painted Table

Julio Orozco - Ariana Grande @SaveMart Center

James Walls Lopez - The Book Of Mormon @The Saroyan

Friday, June 5, 2015

WIN Big at Gay Central Valley's Pride Booth!


Visit our booth at this year's Pride Festival for the chance to win TWO TICKETS to these amazing Fresno events...

ARIANA GRANDE @SAVEMART
EDDIE IZZARD @SAROYAN
THE BOOK OF MORMON @SAROYAN
KATYA SMIRNOFF SKYY @THE PAINTED TABLE
REEL PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL @TOWER THEATER

Latest Fresno Pride UPDATE



Check out our latest


The Pride Parade and Festival is
 THIS SATURDAY, June 6th starting at 10AM

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New OSHA Restroom Guidelines



Courtesy Transgender Law Center...

Yesterday, the Department of Labor’s Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) released a best practices guide for employers regarding restroom access for transgender workers. The guide recommends that all employees should be permitted to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity and recommends providing additional options such as all-gender restrooms.

You can read the “Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Employees” here or below. This guide follows a historic decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in a case brought by Transgender Law Center, which confirmed that it is unlawful discrimination to deny transgender employees access to the restroom consistent with their gender identity. If you’re experiencing similar discrimination at your job, check out our guide to filing a complaint with the EEOC.

Nice work OSHA!

VIDEO: Caitlyn Jenner Photo Session

Monday, June 1, 2015

EVENT: Super Size Mixer for Pride



FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE
 
Join the MEN'S MIXER and the PROFESSIONAL OUT WOMEN as both group meet simultaneously at Veni Vidi Vici -- located in heart of Fresno's Tower District.

Come celebrate with our LGBTQ+ Community, Friends and Allies on the eve of Fresno's 25th Annual Pride Parade & Festival.

Bring a friend. Stay for dinner.

• PARTICIPATE + VOLUNTEER. -- http://www.fresnorainbowpride.com/newsite/index.html
• DONATE ONLINE. -- http://www.gofundme.com/ot7690

PHONE: 226-5510
ONLINE: http://www.venividivicirestaurant.com/