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  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 24 June 2018 18:51
  • Written by Jason Scott

The LGBT Fresno Fireworks Stand opens June 28th

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Go ahead, splurge on a spectacular display for your 4th of July party!

So please plan to get your dazzling light displays for your Independence Day celebration and have a blast this fourth while supporting your community at the same time!

South West Corner of Shaw and Fowler (just West of Walgreens)
June 28th - July 3rd: 10am - 10pm, July 4th: 10am - 12am

This year LGBT Fresno will be selling fireworks for the 4th of July. This will be Fresno's ONLY LGBTQIA Fireworks Stand and all proceeds will go to support the efforts of LGBT Community Network, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit and their divisions.

We'll offer great deals on packages, as well as many Buy One, Get One Free offers on your favorite items!!! Make your celebration a BLAST and support your local LGBT+ community.

The Fireworks Stand (from Phantom Fireworks) will open on June 28th at 12:00pm and will then be open daily at 10 AM through July 4th. The stand closes each night at 10 PM (midnight on July 4th).

Don't wait till the last minute to plan your celebration! Pre-order, plan ahead, and make your celebration one to remember!

Location:
South West Corner of Shaw and Fowler (just West of Walgreens)

Hours:
June 28th-July 3rd: 10am - 10pm
July 4th: 10am - 12am

Questions? (559) 862-4559

HIV infections among youths increasing in Fresno County

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Saturday, 23 June 2018 14:17
  • Written by Barbara Anderson, The Fresno Bee

Toni HarrisonHIV infections among teenagers and young adults in Fresno County are at their highest levels in years and there's concern of an outbreak or epidemic if the trend continues.

In 2017, Fresno County reported 15 preliminary HIV infections in youths between ages 15 and 19. And there were 31 preliminary infections among young adults between ages 20 and 24. The numbers, which have not been finalized, are the highest in the county since 2010.

"We're actually passing San Francisco now for the number of new infections, which to me is stunning," says Dr. Simon Paul, medical director of the Specialty Health Center at Community Regional Medical Center where people with HIV infections go for care.

Paul is an HIV doctor and not an an epidemiologist who studies health trends, but he uses "outbreak" when describing the latest HIV numbers in Fresno County. In April, he sent an email to officials at the Fresno County Department of Public Health about concerns, including an observation that new infections have increased since the county closed a clinic for HIV treatment and sexually transmitted diseases in 2010.

The Fresno County health department gets funding for HIV prevention only from the state. This fiscal year it received $296,685. And the county has not restored HIV services to pre-2010 levels when a sexually transmitted disease clinic offered HIV testing, counseling and treatment. The STD clinic now offers HIV testing but refers HIV-positive patients to doctors outside for care. The clinic has limited testing and treatment for syphilis.

Health officials made the decision to essentially close the STD clinic in 2010 to save about $523,000 and help plug a $5 million hole in a $54.8 million department budget to keep everything from restaurant inspections to flu-shot clinics open.

PrEP is an incredible tool to prevent infections, Toni Harrison says. "People should be aware of that, especially folks with multiple sex partners." But budget cuts have affected funding for HIV education and awareness, she says. The Living Room, which has provided HIV services for 22 years, has scaled back on what it provides.

Continue reading at The Fresno Bee

MAP: Pride Parade and Festival

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 31 May 2018 08:26
  • Written by Jason Scott

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Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade Map

The Parade starts at 10am on the corner of Palm & Olive. The "Grandstand" is at Irene's Cafe. The Parade ends at Olive & Maroa.

Olive Ave will be closed to traffic between 9am and 11am.  THE PARADE IS, OF COURSE, FREE TO WATCH.

The Festival begins at 11am and ends at 3pm, along the streets of Fulton and Alhambra. The entrance/exit is on Olive at Fulton.

THE FESTIVAL COVER IS $5 AT GATE. More details available at Fresno Rainbow Pride

Saturday! Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade & Festival

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:28
  • Written by Jason Scott

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Clovis Unified student says she was ordered to cover up her gay pride shirt

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 09 May 2018 09:19
  • Written by Jason Scott

shirtAn 8th grade student at Clark Intermediate School in Clovis says she was told to cover up a shirt that featured the words, "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning."

Andria Zavala got the pride shirt from her mom as an Easter present.

But when she wore it to school last week, Andria said a counselor told her to check to see if it was in dress code. When Andria approached principal Teresa Barber and another administrator, she was told the shirt was "a distraction to other people and their beliefs."

She said the administrators then told her to button up her flannel top to cover up the T-shirt for the rest of the day.

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