Andrea joined our team in September and has been doing an incredible job at keeping in contact with our volunteers, finding new volunteers and implementing new programs. Her dedication to the community did not begin just last month, she has been active in other LGBT and wider causes for years. You can catch her smiling and helping at pretty much any run/walk in the city! We're honored to have her join us.
Brooke Ashjian walks out during vote on LGBT History Month
Not only must we hold people and groups accountable, we MUST applaud them when they do something RIGHT! So, please email the Fresno Unified School District's board members who approved the Resolution for LGBT History Month.
Brooke Ashjian walks out during vote on LGBT History Month Resolution. Remaining board members all vote in favor. Watch video (begin at minute 55)
GSA Network is seeking an experienced organizer who wants to play a critical part in building and strengthening GSA Network’s organizing, base-building, leadership development, and campaign work in the Central Valley. This position will build the capacity of trans and queer youth of color to engage in grassroots GSA organizing and policy advocacy at the intersections of LGBTQ student safety and economic and racial justice in schools.
The ideal candidate would have a proven track record of supporting youth-led initiatives and developing youth leaders, building a base and membership of young people, successfully planning events and programs, developing and advancing campaigns, and fostering strong partnerships with local school districts, coalitions, and community organizations. Candidates should have strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative.
The Central Valley Regional Organizer position is a full-time position located in Fresno, CA. This position is currently our sole organizer in the Central Valley office and is a part of our statewide Youth Organizing team that works to build GSA power and trans and queer youth power throughout California. This position is supervised by a remote supervisor based in Los Angeles, CA.
Submit your cover letter and resume via the application link. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is therefore recommended that you submit your materials as promptly as possible. The ideal start date is November 15, 2018.
What a great weekend it was, a new adventure at a new, beautiful site, which received rave reviews from those attending. The campground was laid out in a circle, and the roads were fairly flat, which allowed people to mingle and easily get to the common areas and explore some historic sites. This year, about 100 kampers enjoyed the beautiful weather and clean air across the road from Texas Flat.
Kampers arriving early on Friday were greeted by Sally and others of the HLK with a “welcome kocktail” in a special commemorative cup. Then it was on to a new event, Kampout Bingo, which was a big hit, sponsored by and prizes donated by Steve and Oscar. The Progressive Kocktail Party, our traditional “meet and greet” on Friday made 5 stops starting at the HLK and down to the Kampout Committee, then on to Eli and Dennis, then Jeffery and on to the IDC, before returning to the main kamp for the first beer bust, sponsored by the Red Lantern, and karaoke. Big thanks to all who provided stops, what a lot of fun, great food and beverage.
Saturday is the busy day at Kampout, starting out with a great breakfast by the Kampout Committee. Kampers then were ready to participate in all the fun and games, the Yacht Regatta, the Needle in the Haystack, and the always hysterical Kamptown Races.
Saturday’s beer bust was sponsored by Alibi and was followed by a wonderful dinner by the Kampout Committee, of chicken cacciatore with pasta, ratatouille, and green salad. Big thanks to Committee members Rick, Phillip, and Rudy who worked so hard in the kitchen.
Saturday’s festivities continued with the always fun Kampstravaganza Show, which began with Rick singing God Bless America. Thank you to “Agent O” Josef for your great job as MC. Big thanks to our reigning Emperor Mario and Empress Melody and all the IDC who came out in force for this year’s kampout. And I just don’t have words to say what a fabulous bunch of performers we had on stage this year. Thank you all.
On to the winners of the weekend events. The Needle in the Haystack was won by Oscar, Rachel, and Laurie. In the Regatta, Kamp Kommordor went to Tiana and Best Boat went to Chelsea. For kampsites, the Best in Theme went to the IDC, Best in Show went to Eli and Dennis, and Best Unique Interpretation went to Jeffrey. Kampout King was Sheri and Kampout Kween was She-lah Tequila. Congratulations to all winners.
The Kampout Committee would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors, without their help, we couldn’t do this. Thank you to the Red Lantern and Alibi for your donation of the kegs. Thank you to Fresno Pride Lions for your donation. Special thanks to Julio, Eli, Dennis and Jeffery for all your help. LeeShe, thank you for all you do. Thank you to the IDC for sponsoring the printing of the rave cards. Thank you, Josef for your fundraiser. Thank you to NewsLink for your continued support. And thank you to LGBTFresno.com.
Kampout officially ended on Sunday, with another wonderful breakfast provided by the Kampout Committee followed by the selection of next year’s theme. So, here is what you have been waiting for…Kampout 2019 Goes to the Circus. Lion tamers, bearded “ladies”, strong women….we’ll even stretch this out to carnival stuff…but PLEASE…no CLOWNS. This should be a lot of fun, so join us up at Kampout, Sept. 6-8, 2019. See more photos/videos on event page and like their facebook page for updates on next year.
On October 20, 2018, WestCare California will be presenting the 6th Annual Fresno AIDS Walk & 5k run in support of the Living Room, a project of WestCare California.
Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our supporters and donors, previous year's events were a tremendous success and a wonderful tribute to those that we have lost and to those that are currently living with the virus. We hope to make this year's walk even bigger with your continued support.
The walk will take place at Woodward Park's Park View Shelter and will also feature a 5K run.
To register for the walk as a team or individual for FREE or for our 5k run, which will include a FREE participant shirt and race bib with the $25 registration fee, please visit: http://fresnoaidswalk.org/register.asp