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Fresno's 25th annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival
Saturday, June 6th
10am Parade - 11am Festival

 

This isn't just a Fresno Pride event it regional and the only Pride event that in the Valley that includes a parade!

Up to 5,000 people will attend the parade, parade begins at 10 am and the route is east bound on Olive from Palm to Maroa.

The Festival is a street festival and is roughly at Fulton Street and Alhambra, the festival entrance is at Fulton and Olive.

Admission is only $5

 
 

 

Entertainment
Live Singers / Bands
Charm Alina
Damon Pardo – Rocky Horror
Tiny Kites Band
Santa Mira
Raging Grannies
 
 
Hosts
Patricia De Leon (Miss Gay Fresno)
Leilani Price (former Miss Gay Fresno)
Justin Cider
Victoria De La Manana
 
Drag Queens
Cara Coronado (Xotica)
Cookie Cutter (Lotus)
Leilani (Lotus)
Emma Berry (Independent)
Giselle O'Ell (Doll House)
Patricia De Leon
Hazzard Strange
 
Drag Kings
A Town
Justin Cider
AndyRogenous
Alec Alnight
 
Sponsors
KFCF
GayFresno
California Endowment
Chukshani Gold Resort & Caino
PG&E's Pride Network
Imperial Dove Court
Donaghy Sales
Morgan Stanley
Rainbow Bowlers
Coco-cola
Wet
GayCentralValley
Fresno Reel Pride

gaywedding-131There’s a fair chance that US marriage equality is just around the corner.

Vox reports:

At this point, it’s looking more and more likely that the battle for marriage equality will once again reach the Supreme Court. By Paul Smith’s estimate, it’s going to take at most two years for the nation’s top court to retry the same-sex marriage issue — and this time, they’re expected to settle the issue once and for all.

Smith is arguably the leading LGBT rights litigator in the country. He led the Supreme Court case that struck down state-level bans on gay sex and is part of the law firm, Jenner and Block, that successfully contested the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which banned same-sex marriages at the federal level.

After it was decided in June 2013, the DOMA case led to an avalanche of lower court rulings in favor of marriage equality. In just May, lower courts have supported same-sex marriages in four states. In the past week, Oregon and Pennsylvania had their bans struck down altogether. The two weeks before, courts rejected bans in Arkansas and Idaho, but eventually put the rulings on hold as they work through the appeals process.

Are we really so close? And which way will Kennedy swing?

 

This one’s courtesy of Joe.My.God:

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Bring the kids for a super fun event! We are very excited to announce Oklin Bloodworth will be singing and performing! It will be a great time to hear this talented children's musician live and with a small audience. 

Kids Day at the U-Farm is a day for kids (and adults) to play on the farm and enjoy the tree house, rope swing, face paintings, sing-a-longs, bounce houses and other farm games. Bring a picnic or eat with us. Food will be available for purchase. 

$10 per kid. Order tickets online in advance for $8 per kid. Adults get in FREE! As always, fun is included.

 

Make your voice heard!  Voting is one of the most important things you can do to determine the direction of this country.  The following guide was prepared after extensive research of the ballot initiatives full text, fiscal effects and comparisons with other LGBT service organizations recommendations.  We hope this guide proves to be a valuable resource. Feedback and discussion is welcome and encouraged in the comment box below.


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Get the guide on your phone! Text Vote to 5598624559 and we'll send you the guide election day by 6am.

 

 

2014 VOTER GUIDE

Governor - Gov. Jerry Brown

Lieutenant Governor - Gavin Newsom


Secretary of State - Sen. Alex Padilla


Controller - Assembly member John A. Perez


Treasurer - Controller John Chiang


Attorney General - Kamala Harris


Insurance Commissioner - Dave Jones


Board of Equalization Member, District 1 - Chris Parker


Congress District 16 - Jim Costa


Congress District 21 - Amanda Renteria

 

Congress District 22 - Susanna Aguilera Murrero (SAM)


State Senate 12 - Shawn K. Bagley


State Senate 14 - Trustee Luis Chavez


State Assembly 26 - Ruben Macareno


State Assembly 31 - Henry T. Perea


Judge of the Superior Court - Rachel Hill


Superintendent of Public Instruction - Tom Torlakson


District Attorney - Elizabeth A. Egan


County Supervisor 1 - Blong Xiong


County Supervisor 4 - Daniel Parra or Magdalena Gomez

PROP 41- YES

PROP 42- YES

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Don't miss out on getting your business or organization in the 2014 Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade!

Parade entries:

Marching Unit $55; Motorcycles $5 per bike;

Animal Unit $55; Decorated Vehicle / Float $75.

Parade entries MUST provide a brief description of your parade entry for announcement at the grand stand area. The information you provide will be used to promote your entry / organization by the masters of ceremonies.

After May 18th, 2014 all application fees must be paid either in cash or with a money order.

Applications and payment information is located at Community Link's website.

 

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     As many of you already know, Porterville has faced quite the controversy over the past couple of weeks. On Tuesday, May 6, Councilwoman Virginia Gurrola presented an item to the council—a Safe Zone program to be implemented into the community by local students from the Burton School District. Students would be able to place placards on community buildings, designating them as safe places for students who were being bullied to go to for help. What a crazy concept, right? Allowing an anti-bullying program that was requested by the students to make its way into our city seemed like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, other members of the council—including our mayor—did not see it as so. What happened next can only be described as ridiculous, and a total embarrassment to this city.

     After Gurrola presented the item, our oh so lovely mayor, Cameron Hamilton, proceeded to utter his now infamous remarks.

     “I mean, I am against bullying, but I am getting damn tired of it being used as a mantra for everything that ills the world when all most people have to do is grow a pair and stick up for them damn selves.”

     The emotional damages inflicted upon those that are bullied range from anxiety and depression, and can lead all the way to suicide. Imagine being bullied to your breaking point, reaching out to an adult that you trust for help, and being told, “grow a pair.” It is safe to say that if a student is to reach out to an adult, the bullying has already spun out of their control. They are likely already feeling the fears, intimidations, and feelings of hopelessness that come along with being bullied. The last thing they need to be told is to “grow a pair.” They need intervention, support, and a solution to the issue they are facing. Perhaps, you know, a safe place to go for help. Kind of like a safe zone. Cameron Hamilton’s remarks were a huge slap in the face to anyone who is being bullied, has been bullied, and to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide that was brought on by a bullying situation. He has issued no public apology, and continues to stand by his idiotic statements. This is a true embarrassment to the community.

     One question that has been brought up again and again is, “How is this an LGBT+ issue?” This is an LGBT+ issue because the LGBT+ community was used as a tool by the councilmembers to block the Safe Zone item from reaching fruition.

     In a painfully obvious inference to the LGBT+ community, Councilman Greg Shelton asked Councilwoman Gurrola if the Safe Zone initiative would cater to one specific group over another:

     “Listen…is this thing discriminatory at all? Is it for everybody? It doesn’t favor one over another? […] I just wanna make sure we’re not going down that path.”

     If you are even slightly familiar with Porterville’s councilmen, it is simple to understand what he is getting at. Of course there is no anti-bullying program that would only cater to one specific group. Even nonprofit organizations like The Trevor Project are all-inclusive, and would not turn away anyone who needed help. Unless Shelton is truly that ill-informed on how society operates, he knew that as well.

     Later, during the oral communications segment of the meeting, townspeople got their chance to speak. This is when individuals came forth and asserted that these safe zones would be indoctrinations into a certain lifestyle. It was said that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. I wonder what they could have possibly meant by that?

     To fully understand how and why this was painted as an LGBT+ issue by the council and the community, you can check out the video on Gay Porterville’s YouTube Channel. I cannot express enough the importance of watching this video. It’s a real gem; a perfect introduction to the attitudes and unprofessionalism of our city councilmen.

     To sum up, the LGBT+ community and our dedicated allies were once again dragged through the mud by our city councilmen. This is how this whole ordeal got painted as an LGBT+ issue. Are you frustrated with that? Trust me, so are we.

      We’ve been dealing with this kind of nonsense for years, and the homophobia is getting real exhausting. So far, under our belt, we’ve got quite the collection of shameful anti-LGBT stances from our city government. In 2008, Porterville was the only city in all of California to openly endorse Proposition 8. In 2013, we were faced with the reprehensible rescinding of Porterville’s Pride Proclamation. As a direct result, Virginia Gurrola was removed from her seat as mayor, seemingly for supporting the LGBT+ community of Porterville. That’s how we ended up with Mayor “Grow a Pair” in office. He’s been a real pleasure, as you can see…Next, in October of 2013, the council voted against recognizing National Coming Out Day, effectively belittling the struggles and hardships associated with coming out of the closet. This brings us to the “Grow a Pair” controversy, in which councilmen and community members employed harmful rhetoric pertaining to “the gays” as a way of opposing the Safe Zone initiative, throwing Porterville’s LGBT+ community under the bus once again.

     Unfortunately for the children of Porterville, the Safe Zones will not even be considered again until July. This was revealed at the May 20 meeting; the same one from which Cameron Hamilton bolted from during oral communications for a news interview (yet another slap in the face to his community). If you screw up royally, and the constituents you represent want to voice their frustrations with you, you grow a pair and you listen to them. You don’t take off in the middle of the meeting to go defend your backward remarks to CNN and Fox News. This action displayed his true colors.

     Out of all of this, one thing is for certain. Cameron Hamilton owes every single member of this city a public apology.

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Sunday night (9pm), HBO presents a new TV version of "The Normal Heart," Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the early years of the AIDS crisis. Kramer himself wrote the screenplay adaptation, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts. Almost 30 years later, the drama is both presented and viewed differently. If you miss it, you can catch it in reruns and on HBO Go. Those with VOD/HBO Go can also catch special extras, as well.