Covered California community outreach campaign

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:03
  • Written by Gay Central Valley

Gay Central Valley is pleased to announce that we are a recipient of a Covered California grant, aimed at underserved populations in the state. This grant is part of a larger grant through the Health Access Foundation. The grant money will, in part, pay two individuals from Gay Central Valley's board of directors to reach out to LGBT people and others over the next few months to sign members up through the Covered California program for medical insurance. Outreach will cover Fresno and Merced counties in the Central Valley. Grant money will also be used for office space, equipment, supplies, etc.

From Covered California: "Building on high enrollment in 2014, Covered California launched its community outreach campaign for 2015 on Monday, including new grants to community groups and a comprehensive advertising program aimed at attracting new consumers and encouraging them to enroll in the state's health benefit exchange.

The campaign includes $46 million in new statewide advertising and $14.6 million in new community outreach grant funding. Selected organizations will receive between $50,000 and $750,000 in grants, based on their experience with special populations defined by common characteristics – such as language, ethnicity, geography and employment sector – and their ability to effectively educate and enroll Californians and help individuals with Covered California renew their insurance."

The program runs from October 1, 2014 to June 30th, 2015. Open enrollment is from November 15th 2014 to February 15th, 2015.

Memorial service for Reese Ramirez

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:35
  • Written by Jason Scott

reese-ramirezHere are the official details: Saturday, Oct. 4th at The Big Red Church 2131 N. Van Ness in Fresno, CA. will be the date and venue of Reese Ramirez's celebration of life! The celebration will be from 5-10pm. There will be a small service with a speaker on behalf of the family. Appetizers will be provided by the family, and drinks will be sold as a contributions toward non-profit organizations such as: (Trans E Motion, Fresno Pride, Suicide Watch). If you would like to submit pictures for the slideshow, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
We are putting on a drag show in Reese's honor, as this is something he loved to watch and do as well! You will be encouraged to tip the performers, as all will be donated to our wonderful organizations. Shirts will be here in about a week, I will post details asap. All are welcome to join us in wearing the shirts at the service. Entry is FREE. Thank you everyone.


Comments and memories may be posted by commenting below.  We'll be sure to pass them along to the family.  

Reel Pride weekend starts tonight!

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 19 September 2014 14:58
  • Written by Jason Scott

Reel Pride

Fresno Reel Pride is gearing up for its biggest year yet!

Grab the one page printable film schedule here.


Film Schedule

Friday, September 19

5:30pm - EAT WITH ME - Tower Theatre

5:30pm - BROKEN GARDENIAS - The Voice Shop

7:30pm - TRU LOVE - Tower Theatre

7:30pm - TIGER ORANGE - The Voice Shop

9:30pm - 10-YEAR PLAN - Tower Theatre

Saturday, September 20

12:30pm - THE CIRCLE (Der Kreis) - The Voice Shop

12:30pm - FUN IN GIRLS SHORTS - Tower Theatre

2:30pm - LETTER TO ANITA - The Voice Shop

2:30pm - FUN IN BOYS SHORTS - Tower Theatre


4:30pm - LILTING - Tower Theatre

7:30pm - APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR - Tower Theatre

7:30pm - CLUB KING - The Voice Shop

9:30pm - HAPPY END?! - The Voice Shop

9:30pm - BOYS (Jongens) - Tower Theatre

Sunday, September 21

1:00pm - 20 LIES, 4 PARENTS AND A LITTLE EGG - The Voice Shop

1:00pm - LIMITED PARTNERSHIP - Tower Theatre

2:30pm - REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG - The Voice Shop

3:00pm - 52 TUESDAYS - Tower Theatre


5:00pm - Centerpiece Screening: BLACKBIRD - Tower Theatre

6:00pm - TRANSCENDENT: TRANS SHORTS - The Voice Shop

7:30pm - LIFE PARTNERS - Tower Theatre

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Fresno mourns the passing of Reese Ramirez

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:35
  • Written by Jason Scott

reese-ramirezLocal trans activist and community member, Reese Ramirez passed away overnight.  A facebook post by his mother states:

Friends of Reese Ramirez.......
This is his mom, Denise Michelle Ramirez. Reese has many, many friends throughout CA and beyond, and this is the only way I can reach most of you.

It is with deepest sorrow that I have to let you know of his passing. We believe it to be related to natural causes.

We will keep you updated on the date and location of the service, as I know Reese would want you there to celebrate the wonderful and rich life that you were a part of.

Our family and I truly look forward to meeting each one, of his very special and valued friends.


Comments and memories may be posted by commenting below.  We'll be sure to pass them along to the family.  Funeral service details will be available on his page in the coming days.

Transgender attack in the Tower

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:06
  • Written by Leon Velasco

An incident happened to begin at a restaraunt in the Tower District. The victim (a member of Trans-E-Motion and Pink Panthers Movement) was approached  by one of four men and sexually harassed. It quickly turned into a physical sexual assault and the victim disclosed to perp she is a transgender M to F. When the victim left she was heading to her car parked behind Tower Theater lot when she was attacked by the 5 men and beaten up. She suffers from 2 broken ribs, a broken bone in right hand along with cuts and bruises. The victim has several years self defense training and so she was able to fight back and two of the agressors are in the hospital with injuries and 3 ran off; however, the authorities know who the 3 are (thanks to the eye witnesses); and are searching for them. There has been a police report made and it has been put in to Hate Crime category.

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