From an engagement at NYC's Pride March to a professional athlete announcing "I'm gay," here are some of NBC Out's top good news stories of 2018. Including a local story from right here in Clovis!
In the midst of the march— which included tens of thousands of participants and an estimated 2 million onlookers — Trudy Bermudez, an FDNY emergency medical technician, proposed to her girlfriend, FDNY paramedic Tayreen Bonilla.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Martin said his teammates already knew that he was gay before he came out publicly. “It was so comfortable for me to then let them know that I wanted to take another step,” he said.
Category is: Washington realness. Nancy Pelosi will be appearing as a guest judge in an upcoming episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars."
The Big Gay Cabaret is back and it’s BIGGER and GAYER than ever
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 3 PM – 5 PM
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Fresno, CA
2101 N Fruit Ave, Fresno, California 93705
We're raising money for Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival in June by showing off our own Pride! Come witness some of Fresno's most talented LGBTQ+ performers, along with a few of our favorite allies, as we sing and dance and act our hearts out, in order to raise money for a great cause.
Donations accepted at the door.
Performers include Alec Allnite, Logan Cooley, Lia Dewey, Michael C. Flores, Miguel Gastelum, Juan Guzman, Regina Harris, Christy Hathaway, Jeremy Hitch, Teya Juarez, Bill Knezovich, Terry Lewis, Nia Luchau, Chris Mangels, Jessica Meredith, Erik Olson, Dakota Simpson, Harley Sinn, Matthew Smoke, and Nicole Spate.
All are Welcome!
Join us for the first Qistory (queer history) community meeting. Qistory is working to record and preserve the stories and lives of LGBTQ people in Fresno & the Central Valley for future generations.
Come to the meeting to learn more about Qistory and how you can get involved.
Starbucks @ 741 E Olive Ave, Fresno. Tuesday Jan 15th 6pm-8pm
A ministry geared toward the Catholic gay community has been suspended by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. The reasons behind the suspension are unclear.
Called the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) Ministry, the group was touted as one of-its-kind in the diocese, and established in 2015 by John Prandini.
Teresa Dominguez, chancellor at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, told The Bee that the diocese had indefinitely suspended the ministry after Bishop Armando X. Ochoa was made aware of claims the ministry “may have evolved beyond its primary mission.”
But Dominguez and diocese officials declined to say how the ministry may have gone outside that mission. Staff at the St. Paul Catholic Newman Center where the ministry was housed were instructed to not speak with The Bee.
Continue reading at The Fresno Bee
- Written by Bryan T. Clark
As a kid, we are told to go to bed early on Christmas Eve because Santa Claus doesn’t visit houses if little children are awake. In our PJ’s, we traipsed off to bed because we believed Santa would soon be here.
To think Santa Claus flies around the world and visits every house on Christmas Eve would be like believing in magic or miracles. Children can process things in the simplest form. Yes, we can call it naïve, or that they haven’t yet been exposed to the hard truths in life. As adults, we should all be just a little jealous.
As we grow up, we learn and understand about the good and the bad that exists in the world. Because of the internet, we are exposed to so much every single day, including the truth and the untruth. For some people, their truth can be the TV channel they are watching, the church they attend, or the people surrounding them.
But, how do you know the truth if you have nothing to compare it against? I’ve traveled the world and I know I live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. In other countries, I’ve visited villages that have far less than I do, and yet the people there pull out all the stops to ensure that I am welcome. My skin color or sexuality is of little importance to them. They often offer me the last of whatever they may have, believing I am worthy of such grand and generous offerings. This act of kindness is their truth, not mine. My truth is that it is hard for me to receive their gifts as I believe I am better off than they, and it should be me who is bringing such offerings to them.
A woman in Thailand once told me that to reject such offerings is telling the people their gift is not worthy enough and that it is insufficient to you. In Mexico, to not look at an elder who is talking to you is a sign of disrespect. I learned in Greece the Greek culture values the elderly. They believe older members have wisdom they’ve gained throughout their years, leading society to treat them with respect. You see the respect given to them everywhere, even by children. It is amazing to watch.
Whose truth is the truth? Today, we live in a world where the term fake news can apply to so much of what we hear every day from those sources we once upon a time viewed as credible.
How does one stay sane in a world of chaos, especially during this time of year? While we all understand good physical health, it is just as important to keep tabs on our mental health. It is important to understand what makes you happy, or at least, makes you smile. If you do, then ask yourself, if you are getting enough of it, or what you can do to get more of it? I am a firm believer your moods and feelings can be influenced by the people that are around you. So, surround yourself with positive people. Of big importance for me is doing something nice for someone else. There is no act of kindness too small. There are things we may do in life that will make a world of difference for someone else. Maybe we won’t even know we had an effect on the person. To offer generosity and compassion for others will always come back to you, rarely in the same form it was given, but it will come back to you.
In closing, be a believer in Santa Claus and that good things come to good people, even adults. Let your gift to the poor, the marginalized, and the disenfranchised, be one of support, generosity, and kindness during this holiday season and throughout the New Year.
The Diva X and The Xotica Show (started in 2004) announced they are leaving Club Legends, via a facebook video. The troop began at the club in January of 2013, shortly after the closure of The Express. They will continue to perform at Taste Tuesdays , an 18+ LGBTQ Night hosted at Aldo's Nightclub.
Announcement begins at approx 4:00
Provides community outreach and client recruitment under the direct supervision of the Sanctuary Director. The LGBTQ+ Program Manager fosters an inclusive environment in which LGBTQ+ community members can thrive and access resources, evaluates and oversees the program to ensure meeting funding requirements, and ensures alignment with Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services program objectives.
Assist in the fulfillment of the agency's vision, 'For Those We Serve,' by empowering individuals who thrive as healthy, self-sufficient and contributing members of our communities.
Review job requirements and apply, here.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
2101 N Fruit Ave, Fresno, CA 93705
Join us for our annual holiday party, brought to you by Trans-E-Motion and LGBT Fresno! This is a potluck, so those who are able, please bring a tasty dish to share. We will hold a white elephant gift exchange, so if you are able, please bring an inexpensive gift for someone else to enjoy. We will have some edible crafts available, as we did last year. In addition we will hold our annual elections for the new Trans-E-Motion board as well as give out awards to individuals who have contributed generously to the transgender community this year with their time, talent, and treasure. If there is enough demand, we will enjoy the karaoke talent of some of our brave attendees. This event is free, open to the public and non religious, we thank Our Savior's Church for providing their venue.
Work from home, as little as 1 hour a week. No commute required. No long term commitments.
LGBT Fresno is looking for volunteers to participate in such areas as...
Contribute your writings about politics, community news, movie reviews or choose your own topic... We can also assign local events for you to cover. Write as frequently as you wish, on your schedule.
Seek out and encourage writers and journalists to contribute to the site. Proof read and approve submissions. Seek out new and interesting articles of interest to the LGBT community.
Seek out events relevant to the LGBT community, organize the details and provide to our site administrator for addition to our community calendar.
Dream up events and activities our organization can lead or be a part of. Fundraisers, parties, social events, etc.
Seeking assistance with distributing business cards and brochures. Items will promote our organization. This will mainly occur in the tower district, but also other local book stores, etc. Literature to distribute can be picked up and the time frame is flexible.
Social Media Manager
Assistance needed with expanding our online outreach via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
Our goal is to continue to expend our reach outside of the Fresno/Clovis area to other communities in the Central Valley. This opportunity would include working on helping us more closely interact with our followers on social networks to become involved and to expand the existing networks.
Seeking assistance with making telephone calls, in person visits and sending emails to potential advertisers.
LGBT Friendly directory
Contacting companies from our visitors/readers and making phone calls to build an LGBT friendly community directory.
Seeking a volunteer with Joomla experience to maintain and update our websites.
After a long hiatus, the Fresno LGBTQ social activity group is BACK with a new leader. Please attend this first event to have fun and give any feedback and suggestions on future events!
When arriving, please walk in to the left near the TVs/Tables. Look for Andrea, you can't miss her, she'll have a light up turkey hat on. Please check in with her to grab your rainbow ribbon pendant. This will help us all identify other attendees.
Theme: Ugly Sweater (optional to participate)
1/2 Price Games & $3 Blue Moon Pints
Sign-up for Dave & Buster's Rewards and get $10 FREE game play with $10 game play purchase – just for joining!
The Salvation Army has another scandal on its hands. Northern Indiana residents reacted with outrage after white supremacists were photographed ringing the evangelical church charity’s iconic red kettles outside of a local Walmart.
The Hell’s Angels Northwest Indiana Region Motorcycle Club manned the kettles over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and a social media post about it went viral on Facebook before being taken down.
The religious charity has come under fire in the United States over the past decade for their atrocious record on LGBT rights. To attempt to stem the ongoing outrage over the group’s previous stances on LGBT issues, they started a public relations campaign to deny that they are anti-LGBT while never acknowledging their history.
Instead of a donation, why not print one of these and place it in the kettle this year?
- Written by Bryan T. Clark
It seems like today many people are like simmering pots ready to boil over. It doesn’t take much, perhaps a simple commercial showing the opposing candidate for an election, the evening news, or heavy traffic that can send someone into a fit of rage without notice.
Today, Road Rage is not just two people flipping each other off or madly honking their horns. All too often these days, the rage is ending in serious bodily injury and/or death. We have all been behind the wheel and less than attentive to what we are doing as the vehicle is traveling down the road. I might be thinking about the list of things I have to do, paying bills, the disturbing conversation I was just in with a colleague or friend, or perhaps something even more serious such as a loved one’s illness or a recent death. Then, I make the mistake of cutting someone off as I accidently travel into their lane. What is it about this simple act that sends people over the deep end?
All of a sudden, we have a madman tailgating us, honking their horn, flashing their high beams, racing in front of us only to slam on their brakes, or any of the other crazy things people are doing these days. Let me be clear when I say this, ‘This behavior is out of proportion to what just happened’. This person is ‘REACTING’ to something deeper, and you’re just the trigger.
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