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We've got your tickets to RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 10 September 2019 12:14
  • Written by Jason Scott

LGBT Fresno has your tickets: RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Promotional Flyer

The Official RuPaul's Drag Race World Tour returns with an all new production for 2019! Mission leader Asia O'Hara is on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens including Detox, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Plastique, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Yvie Oddly! Presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder and VH1.
 

THREE WINNERS - Each winner will receive a pair of tickets ($124 value)



Deadline to enter: September 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm


Can't wait to enter and win?! You can purchase tickets right now.

VIP Option also available for purchase: Enjoy a private meet and greet with the queens before the show! Includes a customized VIP Galaxy Pass and a seat in the first few rows. Guests must arrive by 6PM.

This is the biggest, most elaborate production we have ever created,” says the show’s producer, Brandon Voss. “The music, sets, fashion, choreography and lighting are all a cosmic feast for the senses. Audiences will be in awe as their favorite queens come together on some incredible numbers.”

WIN two tickets to see Gloria Trevi in Fresno!

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 30 August 2019 13:58
  • Written by Jason Scott

See GLORIA TREVI at the Save Mart Center, September 13th at 8pm!

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GLORIA TREVI, the indisputable queen of Spanish-language music who never stops shaking up the industry with her incomparable, audacious and irreverent style, announced today her upcoming ‘Diosa De La Noche’ Tour across the United States alongside the Colombian pop phenomenon Karol G. Produced by Live Nation, the ‘Diosa De La Noche’ Tour will kick off September 13 in Fresno, CA and will visit 23 cities across the United States with shows in some of the most prestigious venues in the country. The ‘Diosa De La Noche’ Tour will be a memorable spectacle full of the intensity and excitement Gloria Trevi has accustomed us to.

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One of the biggest surprises for this tour has been Gloria Trevi’s invitation to Latina star Karol G to join her as special guest, sharing the same message: ‘Life is short, but the night is long, let’s have fun! “A Goddess is authentic, goes after her dreams, and ignites those of others! With that in mind, Karol G, welcome to the Diosa De La Noche Tour! You Are Divine!” – Gloria Trevi

 

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Diego’s Secret is an Award-Winning Finalist

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:14
  • Written by Bryan T. Clark

I received some exciting news last month which I want to share with all of you!

The International Book Awards announced the winners and the finalists of the 2019 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 11, 2019. My novel, Diego’s Secret, is an Award-Winning Finalist in the LGTBQ Fiction category!

This news was especially gratifying to receive, as I never felt this book gained the attention that it so deserved. When I wrote the book, my intent was to reveal a love story between two opposites—extreme opposites, in this case.
Winston is a conservative wealthy white man and Diego is an undocumented Hispanic man born in Mexico. These two wonderful characters couldn’t be more opposite from one another. Like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, separately, they each have a purpose and together, they blend into something really wonderful.

After releasing the book, some accused me of having an agenda by writing it. They were absolutely right, I did. In all of my books I have wanted my characters to have to overcome some type of moral dilemma in their pursuit of love. I also want my readers to read something that is magical and yet, authentic. My hope is that each one of my books gives you a moment of pause, not for sympathy, but for empathy.
I was never attempting to change someone’s view on illegal immigration, but, rather, to show the reader this character’s personal story. I wanted people to experience the ‘feelings’ of the character, and his experience, like I do for the characters in all my books. Sadly, some didn’t want to feel it. Maybe Diego’s scenario is just too current for them.

We, as a nation, are polarized in some of our views and thoughts. Unfortunately, immigration is one of those polarizing points of view. Changing this is beyond my paygrade, but I can certainly take part in the conversation.

Just recently, I had someone leave me the following review: “B T Clark is one of today’s brightest and significant writers of gay genre novels. Taking taboo subjects and weaving words into some of the most beautiful novels of this generation.”
This review is exactly why I write the books that I write. I want to immerse you, the reader, into a story in which you can not only feel the pain as it is unfolding on the page, but also, experience the triumph of love winning out. In my latest release, Escaping Camp Roosevelt, I take on the issues of homelessness, sex work, addiction, and mental illness. These are dark issues—but real issues, woven into forgiveness, hope, and triumph.
Writing romance is beautiful. It allows the reader to see the dance that two people do when getting to know one another; including the butterflies they feel in their bellies with just the thought of the other person, as well as their fears of rejection and distorted thinking. We all have baggage. Life is rough, but isn’t it grand when love prevails!

A big thank you to all of you who have taken the time to read and appreciate Diego’s Secret. I can’t be more ecstatic over its latest recognition. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, now there is one more reason to read it.

The Fabulous Tammie Brown

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:29
  • Written by Sebastian Ardemagni

tammie brownThere are a few things you already know about the unmistakable Tammie Brown. Like her overdrawn lips, video bytes of her clapping back at RuPaul, and quizzical one liners – “C'mon Teletubby, teleport us to Mars”! You may not know that this RuPaul’s Drag Race (RPDR) All-Stars Season One queen is a small-town Texas born boy named Keith Glen Schubert (the T is silent but more on that later). He is a fluent Spanish speaker and a Buddhist with a Wikipedia-like knowledge of cinema and Native American culture. While Tammie would snarl her iconic, Mommie Dearest-like lips at all those labels, she would like Fresno’s drag fans to know she will be bringing her own brand of weirdness to Fresno this Friday, May 17 to FAB nightclub and is ready to entertain the masses.

Having a chat with Tammie feels like a playlist on shuffle: First you're having a light chat with a friend then you're listening to a queer theory podcast with a guest professor, next song is all Faye Dunaway film quotes, then a few hits referencing lesser known artists and somehow relating those back to the trans-community found in indigenous cultures of the past. It's clear that Tammie is not only well-versed in many topics, she is curious and over-the-top and a one-of-a-kind artist and a gay man.

Wearing more than one identity at a time is a familiar tune for Brown. At 12-years-old, he was mesmerized by indigenous cultures that were being taught while enrolled in Mexico public schools. It was the stories about the “two-spirited” people, who were the shamans and respected wisdom keepers in their respective cultures, who would be referred to today as trans-women and trans-men, that struck a chord for young Brown. For Brown, this was an awakening moment. He gained confidence and empowerment to face some dark episodes of depression, self-acceptance, his eventual coming out, and going on to march to his own rhythm. It was that new confidence that led to the wry-witted Tammie that audiences got to know when she launched her career from a handful of incredibly memorable and shocking RPDR moments.

Today, the line between Keith and Tammie is blurred. She often stays in drag after performances and during some days. If you’re looking to recreate her signature curled lip look, Tammie’s current obsessions are the “Russian Red” lip color by Mac Cosmetics and her own custom, self-made lashes. Those are the same custom lashes that Tammie has made for the Linda Evangelista eyes of fellow RPDR star, Valentina.

The final aesthetic of Tammie’s look can be described as a palette of Joan Crawford, Charles Busch, Amy Sedaris, and Tootsie. If you are Millennial and need to Google those names (yes, that’s shade), the references don’t stop there. The list of known and unknown artists only gets longer when you begin to look at the inspiration and collaborators behind Tammie’s electro art-pop music. Inspired by Amanda Lear, you may have heard “Porta Potty Prostitute” from the “Little Bit about Tammie” album. If you were a Millennial and Emo, your skinny jeans may implode (shade again) when you find Tammie Brown featured in the Senses Fail’s music video for “Elevator to the Gallows”. Brown looks again to Lear in his upcoming album “Schubert” (remember the T is silent). Fresno audiences can expect to hear hits like “Porta Potty Prostitute” and “Lipsync Suicide” and may even hear debut songs from the Schubert album at Fab on Friday, May 17.

So get ready to “Shaka Buku” with Tammie at Fab this Friday. And don’t be ashamed to Google that reference either. You can find Tammie Brown’s music on all media platforms.

Strong Women Done Well

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 05 May 2019 09:25
  • Written by Tiffany “Tiffers” Niles

avengers iw poster.0I was able to catch Avengers: Infinity War on opening night. The culmination of ten years of dedication to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) was coming to a close. After being a fan of Marvel comics since I was six, this was another moment in my nerdy history that I would cherish. I smiled, laughed, cheered, and cried as the movie hit the ground running and never let up. By the end, after what I refer to as the “ashing” happened, I was thrilled. Beyond overjoyed that the film did not have a happy ending. Excited that the heroes did not win the day. Not because I was rooting for Thanos, but because it was something new. Something fresh. Something I craved because I had been denied it for so long. 

So often we are given things hand wrapped and tied off with neatly with a big bow and a thank you card. It is rare to see anything other than the guy winning over the girl, the bad guy going to jail or being killed, the wedding happening without a hitch, etc. It becomes repetitive and predictable. And if the point of stories is to give the reader and/or viewer something to get lost in, then the storyteller has effectively failed. Infinity War helped change that narrative. It helped us get lost in the woods.

As the credits rolled, I sat in my seat with a huge smile on my face,and one thing was different this time around; no one was clapping. Everyone in the theatre was devastated by the “ashing” and no one knew how to react (which is great by the way). The audience simply sat there stunned that over half the characters that had been introduced over the ten year run of the MCU were now gone. Fiction had finally hit too close to home. It had finally become real and it had finally taken more than we were willing to give.

During the desperation that was the entirety of Infinity War, one moment stood out to me almost over every other moment. When Scarlet Witch had been knocked down by Proxima Midnight and Black Widow declared “she’s not alone.” The camera panned up to see Natasha ready for action and Okoye coming to her aid. This fight would be three on one and I, as well as the rest of the audience, was ready for it. I have been here for Black Widow since she took down the security forces in Iron Man 2. Okoye was my instant favorite as Black Panther started. And seeing the amazing progress Scarlet Witch has made has given my heart a reason to swell with joy as the short fight went down.

There was no heart swelling during the all-women hero scene in Avengers Endgame. In fact, there was more cringe and eye-rolling than anything else. All in all, I understood the point the Russo Brothers were trying to make, I do however feel like the scene was simply unnecessary. At least the way it played out. Captain Marvel does not need backup. As the most powerful hero in the MCU to date, she is the most capable person to get through the endless sea of bad guys to help the Avengers win the day. That moment alone makes the scene difficult to get behind. There was no purpose for it. There was nothing about that scene that furthered the plot of the overall story. It was a moment of gratuitous feminism that was not needed.

I’m not suggesting that Scarlet Witch was weak and needed the saving, but in the scenario that was painted around her, she was actually in dire straights. After days of fighting off The First Order and its lesser minions, all while keeping Vision and the mind stone safe and alive, she is finally brought down by being blindsided. Captain Marvel simply had to use her powers to plow through the hoard of Outriders and Thanos. The sense of urgency was practically nonexistent. I am all for strong women being strong women, but in a contextual setting, I still need them to advance the plot. A hard thing to balance in the MCU in general. Most of the overpowered characters have been misused throughout the first three phases, but for some reason, Endgame went one step too far. Instead of focusing on the overall story, it focused on moments in the story.

The all-women hero scene was not horrible, but it was definitely done wrong. Instead of giving Captain Marvel the gauntlet, it would have been better served with Pepper Potts running the glove down the field. Pepper has ties to Tony and that relationship adds agency to the rest of the team to make sure she makes it to the van safely. She is one of the more vulnerable people in the fight and her personal connections make her someone you genuinely want to make it to the end. Captain Marvel could have been the first to come to her aid, but she should not have been the one to be supported by the other women. There really is no need for it. The difference between the Infinity War and Endgame scene is simply a necessity.

There was a lot going on in Endgame, almost too much to really sit in a moment too long. Where Infinity War is one two and a half hour long moment. It’s a story that drops you in the middle and whisks you away before the real end. Endgame is a messy epilogue to answer all of the questions one has had over the past decade. There was not enough time to fit it all in I felt. Then to add moments of pro-feminism onto that distracted from the story that was being told. At that point in the battle, you do not want Thanos to get the gauntlet. There is no time for superhero poses and one-liners. This is 4th and goal and it needed to stay that way. In Infinity War the moment mattered because it was part of the overall plot. You were invested in Scarlet Witch’s survival because she was a key piece in winning the war. She was the only one capable of destroying the mind stone, and as we see in the end, the only one powerful enough to hold off Thanos. Until then she is ash, Wanda’s life is something the viewers are invested in. With Captain Marvel being the most powerful person on the field, there is no stress about her safety because the viewer does not feel like she’ll actually be vulnerable.

The want and need for addition of strong women in these hero movies is warranted. My only concern is adding them for the sake of it and not for an actual purpose. These are expansive stories that can be told and include everyone, while not overlooking anyone group of people. Infinity War had it, Endgame did not. It’s as simple as that. Give me strong women with a purpose, not just strong women. Give me a story that shows strong women being awesome, not just strong women being awesome. There should always be a point. There should always be a reason for everything that is done in fiction. Nothing should be there to appease someone who might complain about the lack of diversity or lack of equality. If the moment is not there do not force it. All things have their place and sometimes less is more. I want a strong woman, but show me the respect of giving me a strong woman done well.

Editor's note: Welcome Tiffany! Can't wait to read your upcoming pieces.

One Book Can Make a Difference

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Saturday, 20 April 2019 10:32
  • 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.

Pre-Order your eBook of ESCAPING CAMP ROOSEVELT today!

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Another great February event

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:25
  • Written by Andrea
dnbfeb19Greetings from your Volunteer Manager and Events Coordinator, Andrea. Are you tired of me yet? OmMGosh! So am I! Hahaha!
 I would like to shout out to Dave and Busters GM Jason, Op Manager Jeremy,  and Events Specialist Stevie for the amazing evening they sponsored for our community. We had a banquet room, a prize wheel with so many prizes, a photo back-drop, music videos, and 2 wonderful wait-staff. The food and drinks were on point.  We had a little over 40 community members show, candy goodie bags (thank you my parents), door prizes, and my heart was over flowing. Thank you to all that participated, you made this evening off the charts for us.  We truly received the royal treatment, and we are forever grateful to Dave & Busters. We can't wait for the next one! 
 I'd like to thank our Founder Jason, who has been keeping our organization going since 2001. When I came on in September 2018, I did not know what to expect.  Jason has given me so much positivity, and encouragement. I am learning so much from him, and appreciate him and his faith in me. He's not allowed to take a vacation, yet. Hahaha!
We have two awesome events coming your way. 
Our next event will be at the Fig Garden Library for the LGBT Fresno and Pink Panthers Movement invites you to a FREE movie night

February 27th, Doors open at 5:30 pm, Movie Begins at 6:00 PM, Discussion/Resources from 7:30-8:00 pm. RSVP here. 

“A Kid like Jake”

The movie stars, Jim Parsons (Sheldon of Big Bang Theory), Claire Danes (Julia Vaugh of The Hours), Octavio Spencer (Minnie Jackson of The Help), and Leo James Davis (as Jake).

LGBT Fresno and The Pink Panthers Movement Fresno want to bring awareness towards the importance of accepting and supporting children who are exploring gender expression. Resources will be available at an informational table. Snacks & drinks will be provided (please, no outside food).

Our next event is March 23rd at Lafayette Park with Equality Kickball at 2pm. They are hosting a Kickball game & potluck BBQ, and we are all invited. Wear your most fun Rainbow sports gear, bring a side dish, and beer. Simple enough? Oooooh Yes!!!  I almost forgot...there will be cake!!!! LGBTQ+ community members and Allies are welcome, as players and cheerleaders.  Please, don't forget to bring your positive attitude! RSVP here

We look forward to bringing you more events this year. Let us know some ideas you have, and we will see what we can do. Also, if your business or organization would like to sponsor an event. Please email me at any time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Imperial Dove Court presents Tranz Ball

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 25 January 2019 10:42
  • Written by Jason Scott

IDC Tranz Ball2019 Tranz Ball, hosted by Imperial Dove Court Fresno on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND - DOORS @ 5PM; DINNER @ 6PM; SHOW @ 7PM - at Fresno City College at 1101 E University Ave, Fresno, CA 93741 in the Old Administrative Building in the Sky Room. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door; $10 for youth (18 years & under).

The theme for this year's event is Through The Looking Glass: An evening of Trans - Inspired Disney characters. Join us as we watch contestants compete for the titles of Mr. Tranz Fresno (Identifying as male), Ms. Tranz Fresno (Identifying as female), Tranz X Fresno (identifying as both masculine and feminine; androgynous), and a Junior Tranz Fresno Title (Youth 20 yrs and younger).

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9 LGBT movies that were amazing this year

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Saturday, 29 December 2018 14:15
  • Written by Jason Scott

Finish out your year with some excellent LGBT cinema, here is our top 9 films of 2018:

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9 Alex Strangelove

High school senior Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny) has it all - the grades, the girlfriend (Madeline Weinstein), and the motley crew of hilarious friends. Everything is smooth sailing until Alex shares that he's decided to part ways with his virginity - and meets Elliott (Antonio Marziale), a sweet and confident gay boy who isn't shy about his instant crush on Alex.

8 The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the backseat of a car on prom night.

7 Disobedience

Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz star in a tale of forbidden love.

6 The Little Stranger

After a doctor is called to visit a crumbling manor, strange things begin to occur.

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Video: Common Space Fresno QueerOut Gala 2018

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:24
  • Written by Jason Scott

Complete video of Common Space's Fresno QueerOut Gala 2018, by CMAC:

 

Cara Coronado @ Fresno Drag Festival

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:20
  • Written by Cara Coronado

Fresno's own Cara Coronado takes us on a tour of Fresno's first Drag Festival

Saturday: Fresno's First Drag Festival: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00
  • Written by Jason Scott

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Purchase tickets in advance: general admission tickets ($25) or $30 at the door.

Please provide the following information when purchasing tickets: First, Last Name & Phone Number

ALL tickets will be available for pick up at WILL CALL.

 

The Runway

Runway Queens:
Avairrianna
Ariana Skye

Runway King:
Lez-he West

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Fresno's First Drag-Con: August 25th

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 22 July 2018 13:45
  • Written by Jason Scott

dragcon fresnoWill you be our FIRST Fresno DragCon Queen or King?

Have you wanted to be a Queen or King for the day?
We are looking for 3 people who would love to be transformed at our DragCon!

Once transformed you will walk down the Runway towards the stage and perform to win the title of Fresno’s FIRST DragCon Queen or King!

Purchase tickets in advance: general admission tickets ($25), VIP tickets ($75), (please note, VIP tickets are limited and will no longer be available for purchase at the door)

Please provide the following information when purchasing tickets: First, Last Name & Phone Number

ALL tickets will be available for pick up at WILL CALL.

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OUT on Stage - Tuesday

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 20 July 2018 16:52
  • Written by Jason Scott

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Your first and only time to experience this in theaters! OUT On Stage is the absolutely hilarious and one-of-a-kind, originally produced comedy hosted by Zach Noe Towers - OUT Magazine’s “One of the 10 comedians to watch in 2018,” the comedian that Sarah Silverman calls, “So, SO, SO Funny”!

 

July 24th, 8PM at Regal Fresno Stadium 22, 250 Paseo Del Centro, Fresno

2018 Unison at Fresno Rainbow Pride Festival

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:24
  • Written by Jason Scott

Unison Tent at Fresno Pride Parade and Festival

Cinco De Mayo show

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 01 May 2018 15:37
  • Written by Jason Scott

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Tacos!
Now that we have your attention, prepare yourself for amazing food and great entertainment. Our annual Cinco De Mayo show is right around the corner. Hosted by the talented Patricia de Leon - featuring your favorite local talent. All proceeds benefit the 2018 Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival (food provided by Tacos Marquitos!)

Doors open/dinner served 6:30pm-7:30pm $15 cover;
Show 8:00pm $10 cover.
An all ages event.

Falling in Love All Over Again

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 29 April 2018 14:46
  • Written by Bryan T. Clark

tableWith an early Easter out of the way, I am ready to welcome Spring. It is the time of year when I find it increasingly hard to write as I stare out my window enjoying everything that is in full bloom. The bees and hummingbirds are fighting over the jasmine in the yard. The lilies and irises are popping up in the flowerbeds. It is the time of year that I fall deeply in love with my backyard all over again.

Is it really possible to fall in love with something all over again? Some people would say that you never really stopped loving it in the first place, but that you have just forgotten what it felt like.

Being married to the man of my dreams for over thirty years, I have found that what love feels like now has changed over the course of our several decades together. The butterflies fluttering in the belly stopped long ago. I no longer get tongue tied at the very sight of him when he walks into the room. These physical responses have been replaced with something else; an indelible sense of comfort that he knows I’m not perfect and yet he still loves me. He is the one person that slows me down, allows me to catch my breath, renews me. He is my soulmate.

These reassuring feelings of comfort happen over and over again. Just like in my yard, with the changing cycle of the seasons, the beauty is continually renewed and revealed in a multitude of ways and often takes me by surprise.

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The People's Victory: Free for a limited time

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:12
  • Written by Jason Scott

meusa book square v2 vBLimited time offer to receive free and discount copies of Marriage Equality USA's book, "The People's Victory," for you, your family, your friends, your local libraries and schools, your local PFLAG / GSA / etc. or anyone you like! 

Order discount paperback and hardcover copies. You may also download the free digital version for Kindle, iPad, Google Play, PDF and more at www.marriageequality.org/book.