Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences.
Always the weekend after Labor Day!
Kampout is a 3 day LGBTQ social, fun filled camping event held at Texas Flats up above Oakhurst, CA. The Theme for 2015: Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves. $30 per person for the entire weekend! Can't beat that anywhere! Includes 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, a whole lot of booze! Games, prizes, a hilariously fabulous drag show, did I mention booze? An all around great bunch of women to hang out with all weekend. Plus you get to dress up as a gypsy, tramp, or thief!
Check out www.kampoutfresno.com for all you need to know. Get involved with the activities, volunteer to help the Kampout Committee
Mark your calendars!!
REEL PRIDE 26's KICK-OFF PARTY will be held Friday, August 14th!
Held in the amazing venue of our Festival Partner THE PAINTED TABLE, located at 1211 N Wishon Ave. We hope to see all of our members & festival sponsors/donors. Pick up your Festival Passes; Enjoy the food stylings of THE PAINTED TABLE STAFF; Have a drink at The Reel Lounge. From 5:30pm to 9pm
The Fresno Police Department, would not confirm that "CASEY" aka Kenton Haggard was a part of the transgender community and often regards her disrespectfully as "A Man in a Dress"; that further insults and infuriates the Transgender community.
At first in looking over the unclear footage presented to the community for verification of identification; Trans-E-Motion wanted to provide concrete proof that "Casey" was in fact a member of the trans-community. In a long search, Trans-E-Motion has gone through archived records for concrete proof that Casey was in fact actively participating in our community as an authentic Transgender individual. Trans-E-Motion found a sign in sheet with "Kenton (Casey) Haggard" for one of our support groups.
**Attached you will find the sign in sheet described. We have blocked the other names for protection of our members. **
At this time we are asking The Fresno Police Department, ALL news media to acknowledge "Casey" Haggard by using female pronouns and addressing her in the proper respect she deserves under the current Death and Dignity Laws of California for Transgender individuals. Although her CA DMV license may not have reflected at the time, or any medical records which may exist. This could include having seen a therapist for being Trans, or pharmacy records for hormone therapy. These factors may not reflect now, Casey's process; but there is that possibility that she was in the begining stages of the process, and given her life was cut short was not able to complete her goals.
The Board of Trans-E-Motion
Update: According to the interview by channel 21 with Trans-E-Motion after seeing the support group document which indicated that Casey was identifying a transgender, the Fresno Police Department said last night the death in dignity law will be respected from this point forward in the investigation of Casey Haggard and it is being investigated as a Hate Crime and for everyone to be on the lookout for a Gray or Silver 2002 to 2005 Saturn Vue SUV, with a large dent in the passenger side door. If you see a vehicle that fits this description, do not approach or confront anyone. Please contact the Fresno Police Department or call crime stoppers 559-498-STOP with the information as to the location of the vehicle. Please be careful, safe, and use good judgement.
In an email sent to supporters, American Foundation for Equal Rights Executive Director, Adam Umhoefer reveals they are closing up shop. And, expresses his trust in HRC along with a note that they are sending any remaining funds to the Human Rights Campaign:
Together, we made history.
Nearly six years ago, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) was created with the specific mission of arguing for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court and to, while doing so, dramatically advance the American conversation on equality.
And we accomplished that … and so much more.
We returned marriage equality to California—our nation's most populous state—and, later, to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
With David Boies and Ted Olson as lead counsel, we smashed the partisan barrier that traditionally divided supporters and opponents of marriage equality. Namely, we brought prominent conservative voices to the debate and proved that marriage is not a partisan issue, but an American issue.
We put equality on trial. For the first time ever, a federal court heard evidence as to why denying gay and lesbian Americans the right to marry is unconstitutional. And, more importantly, for the first time, we forced our opponents to make their best cases, under oath, as to why marriage bans based on fear and hatred should stand. And we shared that story with the world.
But, perhaps, most importantly, we drew a line in the sand. We demanded that every American—whether a regular citizen, an editorial board writer, a member of Congress, or a Supreme Court justice—not only listen to the stories of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo—the brave plaintiffs fighting for justice—but that they also take a side.
The results were extraordinary. We saw Americans nationwide stand up to support equal marriage. We saw it in the opinion pages of our newspapers. We saw senators scrambling to change their public positions. And we saw it from millions of ordinary people who proudly posted the “equal sign” logo of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as their Facebook profile pictures, and turned the Internet red.
Today, because of you—and the pioneering work of organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Freedom to Marry, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, and the National Council for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)—this group of brave plaintiffs and legal teams have finished the work and won every American the right to marry who they love.
There will be a gathering at the Fresno LGBT Community Center (1067 N. Fulton) this evening, Thursday, July 30th at 6pm in memory of KC Haggard, the local transgender woman who was viciously murdered on July 23rd, as well as all other victims of transgender violence across the country.
There will be a march through the Tower District and brief speeches from local community members.
Local media will be invited to this event.
The march and speakers will take place outside, but the Center will be open with air conditioning, water, snacks and bathrooms. It's supposed to be a hot day but we'll do everything we can to make it comfortable for all.
We encourage people to wear red to signify the rates of transgender violence in the U.S. and use the hashtag #TransRemembranceRed
Everyone is invited to this event so please invite your friends.
Thanks to this video, police say they now have physical evidence from the suspect and a prostitute and pimp who'd be able to identify the suspected murderer of KC Haggard.
Thursday morning, police believe the suspect in this silver Saturn was out looking for sex. Hours later, police say he found it, at a different location.
Local transgender activists say whether fully transitioned or not, Haggard was transgender and targeted for it that morning.
Police are describing the suspect as an extremely thin 5'9", 5'10" Hispanic male in his mid to late 30s with short dark hair and tattoos on both arms. Police are describing the suspect's car as a silver Saturn SUV with a moon roof and a damaged lower right side. Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.
Health department officials suggest that anyone who isn't sure whether or not they'll test positive, should come in. The process is simple and involves a mouth swab or a finger prick and 30 minutes later your results are in.Fresno Health Officials say that positive HIV tests are up 6% percent.
Gay Fresno's Pride Month Winners & Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival
VIP membership pass, two available
Nathan G (1)
Olivia V (1)
Michael Craghead Stables
Certificate for 3 riding lessons
Certificate for Studio Session & 8x10 portrait
Starbucks - Tower district
Tumbler, bag of coffee beans, two starbucks via coffee bags
Amenities Day Spa & Salon Fig Garden
Certificate for Spa & Salon
Creme de la Cake
One dozen cupcakes
Certificate for Flowers, valued at $50
2 sets of three shot/dessert glasses
Apple Lee T
Martini Glass Set
Perfect Blend Fine Cigars
Two certificates for $20 each
Lathan F (1)
Richie’s Pizza & Hotdogs
4 pizza slice coupons