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Gay Central Valley Ceases Operations

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 30 July 2017 16:19
  • Written by Gay Central Valley

Gay Central Valley officially formed as a nonprofit in January of 2009. Prior to that, we were a group of Central Valley websites run by volunteers from their homes. Once we were granted official 501c3 status by the IRS, Gay Central Valley forged ahead with a force, opening the first LGBT Community Center in Fresno in 20 years as one of our first projects. The Community Center opened officially in January of 2010 and has been going strong ever since.

Led by Chris Jarvis, a veteran LGBT rights activist, Gay Central Valley has faced an uphill battle from the start. Issues such as funding, staffing, volunteer / leadership changes and our ongoing philosophy of an all-volunteer organization (where no one receives compensation and all money raised is funneled back into the community) presented ongoing challenges.
Keeping a community center open to the public for 5-6 days a week for seven years is a massive accomplishment in itself. But we didn't stop there; we have done so much more. From countless outreach events, over a hundred support group meetings, and spearheading unique projects like the first ever Central Valley Transgender Clothing Closet and the international awareness program The Rainbow Delegation, Gay Central Valley continued to expand itself to match the ever changing needs of the Fresno LGBT community.

Running a community center with a 24 hour phone line, supporting and mentoring another center in a city an hour away, creating and providing social and political events and actions, participating and partnering with other organizations, publishing and updating websites and blogs, training others in cultural competency, and hosting the most successful one day LGBT fundraiser in Fresno history (NO H8 2012) has been both an honor and a privilege.

We have been successful year after year. Board members and volunteer staffs have come and gone, but through all the changes and the challenges, we've persevered. Our primary foundation has been to serve the LGBT community.

Now, we're announcing a change.

Gay Central Valley will be closing the Fresno LGBT Community Center as of August 1st, 2017. The organization itself will cease operations by the end of the year.

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Last Chance: Enter to win! Pride month Free Raffle

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 17:20
  • Written by Jason Scott

Final few hours to enter our annual Pride Month FREE Raffle

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.

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

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...