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Enter to win! Pride month Free Raffle

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:20
  • Written by Jason Scott

Our annual Pride Month FREE Raffle is going strong
BUT don't miss your chance, only days left to enter!

Over $1,000 in prizes!!!

raffle-prizes To enterclick here and fill out a quick entry form. No cost and no purchase necessary! You can enter daily, but the contest ends June 30th, so hurry!



A very special thanks to our donors for this year...

 

StageWorks Fresno: The Full Monty
8 tickets, valued at $216

Crazy Squirrel Game Store
5 board/card games, valued at $115

Ficarra Studios
Photo session and 8x10 print, valued at $100 

Valley Animal Center
Two Gift Baskets valued at $100
Pet microchip, Calendar, Large safety leash, Treats, Jar and Toys.

Fab Fresno
Patron Silver Tequila 1.75 L, valued at $100

Suzie's Adult Superstores
Two Curious Wands, valued at $100

Starbucks - Milburn Ave
Various coffee products, valued at $99
Whole bean coffee, Via Instant, Narino 70 Cold Brew Coffee, Five Verismo Starter kit

Amenities Day Spa & Salon
$50 gift certificiate

Chase Flowers
$50 Gift Certificate
(local orders only)

Starbucks - Tower District
Mug, Cup, Via instant coffee, Valued at $47

SCC Designs
Handmade Necklace, valued at $30

The Dragon's Treasure
Handmade Necklace, valued at $30

Neighborhood Thrift
$25 Store Credit

40 Minute Massage, valued at $20

Total US Retail Value of all prizes is $1,082

Pulse owner agrees to allow Memorial on site

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:00
  • Written by Jason Scott

The owner of Pulse nightclub in Orlando announced plans to build a permanent memorial and museum on the building’s grounds to honor the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Club owner Barbara Poma said the OnePulse Foundation would raise funds to go toward a memorial, community grants for survivors’ families,scholarships and a museum with artifacts and stories of that fatal day.
“We will not let hate win,” said Poma, who founded Pulse in 2004to honor her brother,who died of HIV/AIDS in 1991 ."We will ensure that no one of this generation and the generations to come will ever forget what happened here.” The Pulse shooter, Omar Mateen, was later killed by police.

The mass shooting brought an outpouring of support from around the world. Poma wants the memorial to be part of a "healing initiative” for victims’ families, survivors, and first responders. She had planned to sell the building to the city of Orlando to build a memorial on the site. However, she ultimately decided to lead the memorial construction herself and declined to sell to the city.

“I now know that my role is to ensure Pulse as a place of healing," she said. Earl Crittenden, the chairman of the OnePulse Foundation, said the charity is accepting donations on its new website to build an "iconic, meaningful” monument. He also announced the foundation’s board of trustees, which includes business executives as well as pop star Lance Bass and former NBA player Jason Collins.

New font type created to honor flag creator

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 21 May 2017 13:57
  • Written by Jason Scott

To honor of Gilbert Baker, the creator of the original rainbow pride flag who passed away last month, an arts and media organization teamed up with New York Pride organizers to create a specially designed rainbow font (typeface).
NewFest and NYC Pride worked with artists at Fontself, naming the font “Gilbert.” Baker was an artist and LGBT activist.
“We wanted to create something special that would not just honor Gilbert and his iconic Rainbow Flag but also give the LGBTQ community a fantastic tool to help them create their own banners, posters and signs,” according to a press release posted by LGBT political news/opinion site Joe My God. “People can now raise the Rainbow Flag with every letter they type. By literally embedding the Rainbow Flag into the font we made it possible for everyone around the world to type with pride.”
There is currently a preview version available, which will be changed based on user feedback.
“We are all driven by the same passion for self-expression and creativity. Today, we are releasing a preview version of the font and we will iterate based on the feedback of the community. We will also share behind-the- scenes updates so anyone interested in using the font or creating their own version can learn more about color fonts.”

See and download the font free at: www.typewithpride.com

March/Volunteer with us during Fresno Pride

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:25
  • Written by Jason Scott

* BE SEEN * HAVE FUN * MAKE A DIFFERENCE *

Volunteers needed to join us at the Pride Parade AND also help at the festival on June 3rd. When you RSVP please let us know which (or both) you want to do, with a quick comment.

This quick form is all we need: https://goo.gl/forms/Ou7lNNk1g8TKh9p12

We plan to walk and have a fabulous marching contingent in the parade this year, we will need volunteers who will march, carry banners and pass out information to the crowd. 

*Please share and invite your friends to this event!*

We will need a lot of people so please let us know if you can join us!

info (at) lgbtfresno.com  ALSO, we are getting together during the festival that immediately follows the parade, to find supporters, sales of merchandise, meeting supporters, distribution of handouts and other flyers and over-seeing giveaways.If you are interested in either, please RSVP for this event and we'll contact you with more details or you may contact us...

SF gets nation’s first trans district

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Saturday, 29 April 2017 17:24
  • Written by AP

Local politicians, local activists and a hotel and condominium developer have allied to announce the designation of the first transgender historic district in the United States.
“I’m excited that for the first time ever, and as far as I know in the world, that we are commemorating a social cultural district for Transgender and non-gender conforming community,” said San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim.

The location is within the Tenderloin, which is where what’s believed to be one of the first LGBTQ_protests originated. It will be called the Compton’s LGBT District and will cover six blocks in the Tenderloin district from Market including two blocks of 6th street. The new historic district gets its name from the Compton Cafeteria riots of August 1966. A cafeteria owned by Gene Compton was a local gathering place for the transgender community. Staff complained about “the cross¬dressing patrons” and asked police to crack down, because cross-dressing was illegal at the time. Police raided the business, sparking demonstrations and riots.

Although an LGBTQ protest at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1965, preceded the uprising, the Compton Cafeteria riots are considered the first transgender riot in the United States, preceding Stonewall in New York City by three years, and a deal was struck with the developer to preserve that history.

“This is a great thing. Everyone ended up a winner.The SRO housing will be built. It will be a thriving district and not just a plaque on the wall”, said Honey Mahogany of the Compton district.
A boarded and vacant building in the 900 block of Market will be replaced with a hotel and condo complex which will transform the district and create a safe haven for the transgender community as well as low-income people.