- Written by Jim Forston
Let me start by saying that this should be fun, but informative. My idea is to get our community united, in one mind set, and that mindset is to UTILIZE that grey matter that we all are notorious for NOT using. Relying instead on the easy, social media related BS to cloud our own thoughts. So, BIG idea from a small man.
Let’s just get this out of the way; I am a married Gen X’er who chose to marry a Millennial. Most of my Gen X family might find that a little crazy. I however, found this to be most enlightening. I have learned some things about these crazy little millennials; they DO NOT believe what the mainstream media tells them about politics, they rely on other ways of finding answers. They search for the truth, they do not believe everything they see or hear. They DO NOT trust our generation or our mothers and fathers generation, the Baby Boomers.
Now, to be fair, they are still a little whiney, still a little in need of constant recognition, at least that’s what I tell my husband anyway! In all seriousness, they actually are more progressive, more “human” than some of the rest. I admire their ability to process through the bull and come out with the truth. It’s a quality my generation is all of the sudden lacking. No more imagination, no more truth.
So you ask yourself, “O.k. Jim, what’s the point?” Well I am getting to that; I am a Gen X’er who believes in long winded point making! The point is I hope to show you through this next election cycle some humor, some candidates, some policy, and a LOT of TRUTH.
Let’s get through this and get our country back!
Editor's note: Welcome Jim! (pictured right) Can't wait to read your upcoming pieces.
Take an hour long guided walking tour through Baldassare Forestiere's creation.
- See a hand-built network of underground rooms, courtyards and passageways reminiscent of the ancient catacombs.
- Unique fruit producing trees, shrubs, and vines growing underground - some over 90 years old!
- Ancient Roman architecture - arches, vaults and stone-built walls.
- Underground micro-climates - temperature variations of 10 to 30 degrees!
- Underground home of Sicilian visionary and self-taught artist/builder Baldassare Forestiere.
May 11th 11:00am You should arrive and pay entrance fee no later than 11:10 am. Tour will start promptly at 11:15am. Because the Gardens are generous enough to share this offer of a private tour event with us we will have a discount tour price for this time and day only. Babies 4 and under are always free, Kids $8 and Adults $16.
There is so much history and you can find that here.
Kids are welcomed. No pets allowed, unless certified.
50 YEARS OF IMPACT FROM NEW YORK TO FRESNO
MONDAY, MAY 6
SMITTCAMP ALUMNI HOUSE
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Food and Drinks will be served
Parking Code: 629978
Please join us for a celebration and reflection of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots with a screening of the acclaimed documentary Stonewall Uprising followed by a panel of distinguished activists and community leaders.
June 1st 2019 - Parade @ 10AM - Festival @ 11AM
Parade is FREE to attend @ 10AM. Olive Ave, beginning at Palm and ending at Moroa.
Festival, 11AM-3PM, $5 admission located on N. Fulton Ave.
This year's theme is "2GETHER". With a record breaking attendance last year, let's make 2019 Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival bigger than ever!
Vendor and Parade Entries still being accepted! All ads and payments must be submitted by May 17th. Booth applications and payments will not be accepted after May 17th, 2019.
Parade enteries will be accepted up to the start of the parade.
Presented by Community Link
Friends of Pride come 2gether to bring you the last dinner and show fundraiser benefiting Fresno Pride 2019! Always a sold out event. All ages. Come for the food, stay for the entertainment.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7 PM
1772 E Barstow Ave, Fresno
Tickets available at the door. Tickets are limited, please arrive early. Dinner begins at 7PM. Show 8:30PM. $15 Dinner and Show. $10 Show only.
- Written by Andrea
Are you ready to volunteer with us during the Fresno Pride Parade on June 1st, 2019?! We sure hope you're ready!!! You are invited to our fun, informational Pre-Pride Volunteer Party sponsored by Bobby Salazar's on May 21st from 5:30-7pm, at their Tower District location. You will have the chance to make new friends, pick your volunteer position and sign-up for volunteer slots and times. Appetizers will be provided by Bobby Salazar's. There will be waitstaff for your additional food and drink purchase needs. We would like to thank our current volunteers and look forward to working with more of you within our community. We are a 100% volunteer based non profit organization. We currently have on-going open positions available to you at https://www.lgbtfresno.com/
The Central Valley should be proud!
Congratulations to three, local LGBT NonProfits.
With your help we were able to receive a $1500 grant!
COMMON SPACE received $2500 and
The Source LGBT+ Center received an incredible $10k
- Written by Bryan T. Clark
What better way to start off Spring than with the introduction of my new book, Escaping Camp Roosevelt!
If you enjoyed my previous four books containing stories brimming with real emotions and real-life situations filled with realistic life challenges and where vibrant character experience personal growth, and, of course, love, you are going to love my new book! Escaping Camp Roosevelt is an emotional and touching story of two young men, who, for very different reasons, find themselves on the streets, struggling to survive in a homeless encampment.
Eighteen-year-old Tucker Graves loves two things---his darling little sister and the thrill of playing baseball. He never dreamt that he’d be homeless, but after a series of misfortunes, he, his mother and his sister find themselves living in a dilapidated homeless encampment called Camp Roosevelt.
Homeless for six years, Dancer has mastered the tricks of living on the streets as a sex worker. The quiet, reclusive and calculating ways of this twenty-year-old help him to survive although he has learned to trust no one. When Tucker and Dancer meet, neither man can deny the attraction he feels for the other. Both men, struggling with their own emotional pain, question whether falling in love is even possible, especially when survival is on the line?
Above all else, Escaping Camp Roosevelt is about finding your truth, and the ability to forgive even when the wounds are deep.
One Book Can Make a Difference
LGBT Fresno will participate in Give OUT Day, the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ community. The 24-hour online fundraising event brings together the LGBTQ communities and their allies across the United States. Give OUT Day 2019 takes place on April 18, 2019, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm Eastern. Last year, Give OUT Day raised nearly $1 million to support LGBTQ nonprofits.
The marathon event, which began in 2013, sees thousands of people making gifts to support a diverse cross-section of LGBTQ nonprofits across the country, leveraging social media for support and outreach. The technology platform is provided for free and hundreds of nonprofits have leveraged it to attract new donors, motivate their boards and other supporters, and raise their visibility.
Come play board games, and enjoy some snacks with us! No outside food, please. You can play with library board games, or bring your own. LGBTQ+ and Allies of all ages with positive and friendly competition views are welcome. See you there! ♥
Games in photo are not guaranteed. We might play as a group, or have individual games depending on participant wants. Join us and play Dominos, Exploding Kittens, Incan Gold, Tsuro, Sushi Go or a fast, fun game called, “We Didn't Playtest This at All"
The 2019 Transgender Day of Visibility, Hosted by Trans-E-Motion and Alliant International University, SATURDAY (APRIL 6TH) FROM 12PM TO 4PM at Alliant International University 5130 E. Clinton Way (across from the Yosemite Airport).
The theme for this year is TRANSparency: Living, Laughing, Loving Visibly!
Join us at this free family-friendly to celebrate transgender existence and accomplishments in our community. Resource and Vendor Fair! Face Painting! Door Prizes! Art display! Speakers and live entertainment! Educational workshops! Food!
Alliant International University Fresno
5130 E Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727
Cross Cultural and Gender Center is hosting an LGBTQ+ prom on campus on Saturday, April 6. There will be a photo booth, photographer, food, a professional DJ, and drag performances. Tickets are on sale NOW! Visit the Cross Cultural and Gender Center in the Thomas Building Rm 110 to purchase yours! Tickets will not be sold at the door this year so don't forget to pick up yours before Saturday, April 6th. We will be offering solo, double, and group ticket fees this year for your convenience ALL ARE WELCOME (students and community members!)
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