Tuesday, April 25, 2017

GCV Welcomes Brooke Schmidt

Gay Central Valley is pleased to announce the addition of Brooke Schmidt to its Board of Directors.

Brooke grew up in the Central Valley and moved to the Bay Area where she found a passion for volunteer work. She has volunteered in many different capacities for many different organizations throughout the years including Glide Memorial (which opened their doors to the LGBT community in the 1960s), the Castro Country Club (a non-profit dedicated to the recovery community), the San Francisco LGBT Center (where she helped with their first LGBT youth prom), and Project Open Hand (which provides meals and groceries to those suffering from HIV/AIDS).

Shortly after returning to Fresno, Brooke reached out to the Fresno LGBT Center and began as a Staff Volunteer where she has been an instrumental part of recruiting and training new volunteers. Brooke is currently attending college while caring for her elderly father. She plans to continue her education with a focus in counseling/therapy.

As a trans woman, Brooke wanted to join the Board and work on some out-reach initiatives including updating the Center's clothing closet to include professional work clothes and basic toiletries as well as outreach within the sex work / survival sex community providing condoms, HIV/STD Testing information, and an open ear and a helping hand to those involved in sex work or without adequate access to toiletries, housing, and clothes.

"I think we can do more for those that are often overlooked, I want to take to the streets, open our hearts and our hands to those who need it most. It is important for us to be on the ground within our community. I know what it's like to be homeless and feel like no one is rooting for you. I want our homeless and LGBT sex worker community to know we see you, we love you, and we are here to help."

Brooke joins President Chris Jarvis, Treasurer Bobbie Mendez, and Secretary Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong on the Gay Central Valley Board of Directors. GCV is a 501c3 organization committed tocontributing to and enriching the cultural life and expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, their families, friends, and supporters through awareness and education of the diversity and history of the LGBT community in California’s Central Valley.

Current Gay Central Valley projects include The Fresno LGBT Community Center, the Transgender Clothing Closet, the Rainbow Delegation, the GCV blog, and ongoing Cultural Competency Seminars. To find out more about GCV and their work, visit www.gaycentralvalley.org

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