Wednesday, March 23, 2016

EVENT: Professional OUT Women

Professional OUT Women's March mixHER is set for Friday, 3/25 from 6pm-until at The Republican located in Downtown Fresno! Help us as we continue to support the Downtown revitalization projects that are currently happening in Fresno!

Make plans now to enjoy a full evening of drinks, dinner and socializing!

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.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The 2016 San Francisco PRIDE BUS

Gay Central Valley announces the
2016 San Francisco Pride Bus
Sunday June 26th 2016
 Depart Fresno to San Francisco
(more locations to be announced)
Party all day at the 2016 SF Pride Parade & Festival
Depart San Francisco for a safe trip home
Event goes 
Friday March 18th 2016

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Alabama Court Decision


Courtesy The Advoate
In a ruling that will protect LGBT parents across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sharply rebuked the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to recognize a Georgia adoption by a lesbian mother, our client. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in our case was unusual in three ways. First, it reversed the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision “summarily”— that is, without any briefing or oral argument, relying solely on the initial petition asking the court to hear the case. Second, the decision was attributed to the entire court, not to any individual justice. And third, it was unanimous, with no dissenting opinion from any justice. Taken together, these three factors send the strongest possible message rejecting the Alabama Supreme Court’s attempt to unsettle the stability of adoptions by LGBT parents.

The facts in this case are typical of those in many other families. A lesbian couple had children through donor insemination. The nonbiological mother adopted the children in Georgia to ensure that both parents had legal recognition. Years later, when the couple’s relationship ended, the birth mother argued that Alabama, where the couple lived, did not have to recognize the adoption. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the adoption was void because it believed that Georgia law should not have allowed an unmarried same-sex couple to adopt.

From a family law perspective, that Alabama ruling was unprecedented, marking the first decision by a state supreme court in our nation’s history refusing to honor an adoption from another state based on disagreement with the other state court’s interpretation of its own state law. If the U.S. Supreme Court had permitted that decision to stand, it would have caused unimaginable instability and chaos for our families, giving state courts permission to disregard the parental rights of adoptive LGBT parents. Instead, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision. In no uncertain terms, the court held that the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution requires states to honor adoptions granted in other states. As the U.S. Supreme Court explained: “A State may not disregard the judgment of a sister State because it disagrees with the reasoning underlying the judgment or deems it to be wrong on the merits.”

Read the whole story HERE

Saturday, March 5, 2016

EVENT: Merced LGBT Center Fundraiser Dinner

Click HERE to get tickets online

EVENT: The Rogue Festival



The 15th Annual Rogue Performance Festival will be March 3-12, 2016 in Fresno.

Audiences can purchase tickets to shows online in advance or purchase at the door on arrival. The Rogue’s format is designed to give maximum choice to audiences and performers. All Rogue Festival box office sales go directly to the performers.

Rogue Festival performances are held in rapid rotation – no show is longer than 1 hour, intermissions between shows are only a half-hour, and most Rogue shows cost $10 or less. Shows also start exactly on-time. Always.

One of the biggest performing arts events held in the state of California, Rogue Festival is among several “Fringe Festivals” found all across the world, celebrating the independent artist rather than established arts institutions. Rogue audiences will see every kind of art and entertainment – theatre, music, dance, independent film, spoken word, performance art, puppetry, physical theatre, and magic acts. Many of the acts are originally written and developed by the artists performing them, which means audiences enjoy art of a kind they’ll never experience anywhere else.

The Rogue Festival is also a non-juried festival, meaning that organizers don’t decide in advance what is presented. Performance slots are assigned on a first-come-first served basis and there are no prizes given or judging of content. The audience decides for itself what it likes and doesn’t like, so the Rogue Festival encourages word-of-mouth and online reviews from attendees.

After 15 years of growth and acceptance, the Rogue Festival has become one of the largest Fringe-style festivals west of the Mississippi.


The Box Office goes to performers, not the festival: The festival pays 100% of the ticketed prices to participating artists. In 2014, Rogue Festival performer payouts totaled over $55,800.

The Muse Contest: Each year a work of art is selected by Rogue organizers to be the Muse, or the “face of the festival”. Calling on local artists to submit an image to represent the festival, the chosen work is used on Rogue Festival’s programs, posters, tee shirts, and web-presence, giving the artist increased exposure. The artist is also awarded an exhibit at the Rogue Gallery during the festival.

Venues: The venues at the Rogue Festival are a combination of local clubs and theatres, coffee shops, art galleries, and businesses with a patio that can be converted to a performance area. This year, the Festival will have 9 venues. Venues always start shows on-time.

Supporting Local Business: Local Businesses in Fresno’s Tower District have the option of partnering with the festival for promoting their services, restaurants and shops to the approximately 3,000 attendees expected over 10 days.

Non-Juried Festival: The Rogue Festival is an annual, non-juried performance festival, which means all performer slots are booked on a first-come-first-served basis with no adjudicating of content or style. 2015 applications were booked within 90 minutes. The non-juried rule allows artists to be free with their chosen subjects and allows audiences to decide for themselves what they like and don’t like.

Community Events: The Rogue Festival also holds several community events during its run including The Annual Rogue Teaser Show in which a variety of acts from the Festival give a two minute preview of their show to curious audience members. Also: The Germ at Rogue, a one night short film festival organized in association with The Germ at Windsong Productions, and the Rogue/Creative Fresno Bartender Challenge, which raises money for Rogue Festival and for murals in Downtown Fresno. Kid’s Rogue, a Sunday performance for and by children, will also continue for its 3rd year.

Attendance and Participation: Over its 10-day run in 2015, the performance festival issued over 9,400 tickets to 68 performers of 294 shows. Comparatively, the first year’s festival in 2002 had 12 performers with 48 shows, and in 2005 the Festival had 40 performers with 120 shows and 4,800 tickets sold.
Origins: Rogue Festival was the brainchild of Marcel Nunis. The first festival was located at Fresno’s Sanctuary Youth Center. The festival was so popular, it had to be moved to the Tower District to accommodate more performers and a wider variety of audiences.



MEETING: Fresno Stonewall Democrats

Thursday, March 3, 2016

EVENT: Rogue Festival "Play It Like Virgil"

Play It Like Virgil, Rogue Festival 2016
Narrative and Musical Performance by Tony Imperatrice
One of the most unique and powerful musicians of the 20th century, Virgil fox left an indelible mark on the world of classical music. Loved by his fans and hated by critics, Virgil took the organ from church to rock concert arena. Through narrative and live musical performance, Tony Imperatrice brings Virgil’s story of triumph and tragedy to life. An engaging presentation that will bring joy to your heart and tears to your eyes.
4 Shows
Saturday March 5at 7:00 PM
Sunday March 6 at 2:30 PM
Wednesday March 9 at 7:00 PM
Friday March 11 at 5:30 PM

Cal arts Academy
1401 N Wishon
Fresno CA 93728

Advanced Tickets Available At

Gerald Palladino
Don't miss Tony's organ recital. Last year was a triumph. If you missed it, you have another chance this year. I am going again. Virgil Fox was an organist renowned and my friend Tony is second to none. Don't miss him.

Review by Terrance McArthur
Tony performs some of the Bach pieces that Fox was known for, playing a Rogers organ, the same company that made Fox’s favorite instrument, the “Black Beauty.” The sound is powerful, ranging from crystalline trebles to filling-loosening notes from the pedals. Tony rides the organ bench like it’s a wild mustang, pours his soul into the keyboards like the Phantom of the Severance, and creates a wall of sound that makes Phil Spector seem like a kid with a kazoo.
If you don’t know who Virgil Fox was, you will be enlightened. If you think Johann Sebastian Bach is boring, you will be surprised. If you are a Fox fan who loves the roar of the pipes, you will be as happy as a spider who just found a fly carnival.


Fresno Pride Needs Your Help


Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival

For the first time ever, the City of Fresno, California, is requiring extra barricades and extra police presence to block traffic on Olive Avenue for our 26th Annual LGBT Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival, on June 4, 2016!! This new requirement will increase our costs by $5,000!! 

The Pride Parade Committee is asking you to donate in order to HELP US BLOCK THE STREET!!! 

Check out the GoFundMe page HERE

VISALIA EVENT: Roller Derby! This Saturday!

The first home bout of the year for V Town Roller Derby will be on Saturday, March 5th, at Roller Towne in Visalia. Come cheer on V Town at this double header! Doors open at 5:00pm and wheels roll at 5:30pm with the Darlings taking on the Wasteland Derby Dames. Then at 7:30pm, the Dames battle it out against B.A.D. ShEvil DEAD. There will be a raffle to benefit The Joshue Ray Smallwood Foundation. And of course, there will be a beer garden (for the 21+). Tickets are only $10 presale, $12 at the door and kids 10 and under are always FREE. Tickets can be purchased at Roller Towne, The Crystal Barn, The Loft Thrift Store (Fresno), any skater, or from Brown Paper Tickets.


EVENT: Art Hop at FAB Tonight

Join FAB in March for ART HOP happy hour with LIVE painting by Shaenna Dixon 

Appetizers and music will be provided.

Join us for a drink! THURSDAY MARCH 3RD 6PM


EVENT: POW Professional OUT Women This Saturday


Join Professional OUT Women for a safe, fun and productive POW workOUT!

This POW workOUT is planned for Saturday, March 5 from 10-1130am. Join one of the Central Valley's best personal trainers, as she organizes a morning workout strictly for the ladies of POW. We'll meet at Railroad Park, at the NE corner of Peach and Alluvial, from 10-11:30am. You'll need water, mat, pair of dumbbells, kettlebell and $15 (if you don't have both the dumbbells or kettlebells the first time, no worries). The trainer can work with all levels, so don't miss this great opportunity to work out with a group of friends.

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.