Gay Fresno is currently seeking a highly motivated independent advertising sales representative. Ideal candidate is a professional who is self-motivated, growth-oriented, and passionate. Compensation will be commission only at a competitive rate (no salary). Also available openings in Tulare, Hanford, Porterville & Visalia.
Organization Overview: Locally operated as a not for profit since 2004, Gay Fresno is a division of Gay Community Network and operates community based websites in multiple Central Valley cities. Funds raised from advertising goto operating costs and towards our fund to become a non profit. See more about us at GayFresno.com
Position Summary: As an Independent Sales Rep, you will be responsible to locate and contact potential business accounts to advertise and market their company on our website(s). This position offers a flexible schedule - part time or full time.
Taylor Swift should be ashamed of herself for romanticizing brutal, mid-20th-century European colonialism in Africa with her new video “Wildest Dreams”!
Okay, so I don’t agree with that – at all. But in the Age of Outrage, where the level of supposed outrage tends to translate to clicks and Internet traffic, it’s white noise (no pun intended).
Pop culture’s main Pop Princess, Taylor Swift, recently released the beautiful Out of Africa-meets-1930s/40s-Vogue video for her song “Wildest Dreams.” We see her up against the backdrop of the “wild” African surroundings while donning gorgeous, timeless styles. I’m not a Swiftie, but I obviously liked the video, as did most viewers and critics.
End of story, right? Nope. This is 2015, remember? Outrage…OUTRAGE, I tell you!
Almost immediately, some writers jumped on the video as yet another example of an insensitive, white pop star carelessly hurting the feelings of all people of African ancestry, or something.
“[She] packages our continent as the backdrop for her romantic songs devoid of any African person or storyline,” wrote NPR contributing writer James Kasaga. “[She] sets the video in a time when the people depicted by Swift and her co-stars killed, dehumanized and traumatized millions of Africans. That is beyond problematic.”
Yes, by merely using the styles of Hollywood’s golden age in the wild plains of Africa, Swift is shoving colonialism in the faces of Africans. Huh? Not only is this quite the stretch – it ignores the fact that art is the ultimate subjective expression of human emotion.
For example, if I were to release a music video where I’m dressed as a Spanish missionary in the New World, it doesn’t automatically mean I’m making light of or celebrating the atrocities committed by Spanish colonists and conquistadors. It means I’m using the imagery to communicate a larger point with elaborate costumes.
I’m not in any way defending what European colonizers did to the people and lands of the African continent. I would never do that – colonialism does have a horrible, painful history. But that’s not what the damn song is about. Mid-20th century styles are used as glamorous props and the African landscape as a stunning, artistic expression of her song. Her video becomes the visual representation of her “Wildest Dreams.” She even donated money to the conservation of African wildlife and lands.
She did a lot in the video. She did not romanticize European colonial rule. She. Just. Didn’t.
Not one to miss out in the outrage culture, Mic was on the video for it’s social justice warrior beat. “The image of Africa as a frontier playground is on full display in Swift’s video,” wrote Zak Cheney-Rice. “Not a single black African person is present, let alone one of specified national origin from among the continent’s 54 countries.”
So Swift is acting like a careless, insensitive frontierswoman because she didn’t put any black Africans in her video….and she should be ashamed, or something. The point doesn’t hold up under scrutiny…but at the time of this blog post going up, it helped garner over a million Facebook likes. And that’s the whole point.
Outrage sells and boy does it generate likes, shares and clicks. Swift’s race makes the outrageous package irresistible because it crudely diminishes her art to an example of the rich and powerful white person exploiting the disenfranchised person of color. Again, this post isn’t about disregarding racism or colonialism. It’s about calling out clickbait masquerading as think pieces. Now that’s “problematic.”
Note: For those who don’t understand the title, it’s a lighthearted reference to one of the funniest movies ever made – “Mean Girls.”
Healthcare Access for the LGBT and Undocumented Communities
EQCAI is working with Gay Central Valley of Fresno, and other LGBT and immigration groups, and health clinics to increase access to healthcare for LGBT and undocumented people in the Central Valley. Our aim is to engage and educate the broader community on the unique health needs of LGBT and undocumented individuals, and to advocate on behalf of undocumented people across California.
Equality California Institute and Gay Central Valley will be holding a Town Hall Meeting focused on “Healthcare Access for the LGBT and Undocumented Communities in Kern County”.
This event will be held on Thursday September 10th, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Painted Table, which is located at 1211 N. Wishon Ave. Fresno, CA 93728.
More than a month after a transgender woman died after being stabbed on a Fresno street, law enforcement agencies are continuing to seek the person who attacked her.
K.C. Haggard, 66, of Fresno, who's been recalled as a "sweet" person, was seen on the surveillance video from a tattoo shop walking down North Blackstone Avenue early in the morning of July 23.
In the video, an SUV drove toward Haggard and stopped near her. Haggard walked over to the vehicle and appeared to talk for a few moments with someone inside. After someone jabbed at her throat, Haggard walked away and collapsed on the sidewalk.
An ambulance and a police car finally arrived several minutes after the attack, and she was pronounced dead at 2:52 a.m.
Fresno police Lieutenant Joe Gomez said in an email Tuesday, September 1 that no arrests have been made.
I remember the days when conservative religious groups loved their witch hunts. They would find people who were either gay or friendly to the LGBTQ community; then they would expose them, out them and ruin their lives. These groups toppled political figures, decimated careers and in some cases were the lead cause of suicide. It is my thought, shared by many others, that sometimes these groups were the reason that we were so slow in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Now that the tide has turned and of course, these groups are crying foul. A news article by the Portland Press Herald exposed seven major donors who tried to defeat marriage equality laws by donating to the National Organization for Marriage. Chris Plante, a director for NOM says that “it is a tactic of same-sex marriage advocates across the country to try to chill the free speech…We find there is a particular effort to attack and force retribution against those who stand in the public square.”
This group and other groups that have spewed hate and contempt for years are now saying that they are being discriminated against.
Other than the irony that makes me giggle – I also feel great about the strides that our society is making in recognizing sexual orientation equality. We are not 100 percent there yet but we are moving in the right direction. This article written even 10 years ago would have been slanted completely different.
Remember back in grade school when the still-damp ditto sheets were passed down the row before a test or quiz? You took a deep whiff of that awesome mimeograph ink and put your Number Two pencil to work. The next day you waited with nervous anticipation – would you receive a coveted gold star? Then, the crushing revelation: a big red C Minus. Letting you know you are average. Or just below it.
From the moment we are old enough to comprehend what it means to be graded, evaluated, praised and ranked, we strive for that big red A, the bright gold star, the shiny blue ribbon or the hypnotic gleam of the first place trophy. We study, we train, and we learn to channel our abilities to be the best. But what about the constant study of relationships? How do we know when we are good at what we do in the bedroom and not the classroom?
We don’t receive a textbook and a syllabus of how to be an amazing partner or a fantastic lover, so where do we glean the knowledge that takes us through our personal lives? We see the romantic gestures that people make in the movies: the anonymous love notes, the grand declarations of love in the pouring rain, even the rushing to the airport to stop the one you love from leaving for Paris. By the way, why are they always jetting off to Paris? Just once I’d like to see someone stop their beloved from flying off to Newport News or Jackson Hole.
These cinematic sequences look great on film and we dissect them and take what we need from their dialogue and hyper-real situations. But in real life, unsigned love letters seem creepy, not everyone looks stunning when they are soaking wet, and there is no way you could make it through the airport in time due to all the constant restrictions. Besides, everyone’s definition of what is and isn’t romantic is different. For me, the most romantic ending to a movie is still Sixteen Candles. Why couldn’t the breathtaking Jake Ryan be waiting for me when everyone was leaving my sister’s wedding?
The only other option is to study those around us: our parents, our friends, even other couples that we don’t even know, just to see how they act and spar within their relationships. The problem with that is, no two couples are ever alike. So how the hell do we know what to do? And how do we know we are doing the right thing?
And the “time” is now here to write about it, as the Apple Watch is out and available at your local Apple Store for purchase. And our household finally owns one of the illustrious new offerings from our favourite and often-talked-about tech giant.
But before you get out your wallet let me be clear after using our watch for a week or three: The Apple Watch is not for everyone. Ours came at a sizable discount, as husband Ivan is a full “time” Apple employee. And I’m sure even if a discount had not been offered we eventually would have found the cash to buy one. I’m told, too, as I write this that there is now a friends and family discount on them so if I decide I want one for myself it won’t hurt my semi-retiree wallet too much.
But on to the meat of my review…. and what is it, or could it be, that makes the Apple Watch so great that I should at least go by my Apple store for a try on?
Nothing and everything.
The Apple Watch — while it is what Apple refers to as a “Hero product” much like the iPhone and the Apple TV — is not a gadget that offers instant gratification.
When ours arrived via FedEx literally overnight from China (We were in awe at watching it track from China to Alaska, to the UPS Air Hub in Louisville and finally to our door all in 24 hours…) the weight of the long brown shipping box and the yet lighter but still substantial glamour box or retail packaging enclosed were both impressive.
From there we continued to open and unwrap each item. The box contains one extra long charging cable (USB on one end and inductive magnetic charging disk on the other), a new power block, and of course, the watch itself. After turning the watch on and waiting several minutes for its first boot up, we were presented with a spiral graphic with a small Apple logo in the centre and a description of the device spelled out around the outside. At this point we were ready to pair it with our phone.
The process is started by holding the watch screen below our iPhone 6’s camera and allowing it to be connected. Once it was paired, the watch display graphic dissolved into dancing pixels of dust flowing around the screen before ending with an Apple logo in the middle and a circular progress line that started at the top and went clockwise around the entire face until it was fully synced with the phone.
Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences.
Always the weekend after Labor Day! Kampout is a 3 day LGBTQ social, fun filled camping event held at Texas Flats up above Oakhurst, CA. The Theme for 2015: Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves. $30 per person for the entire weekend! Can't beat that anywhere! Includes 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, a whole lot of booze! Games, prizes, a hilariously fabulous drag show, did I mention booze? An all around great bunch of women to hang out with all weekend. Plus you get to dress up as a gypsy, tramp, or thief!
Check out www.kampoutfresno.com for all you need to know. Get involved with the activities, volunteer to help the Kampout Committee
IN MEMORIAM: RONALD D. WILSON May 7, 1946 – June 24, 2015
Ron Wilson was a tireless volunteer and generous benefactor of many local causes including the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund at Fresno State, Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival, Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade & Festival, and the no-longer active Central California Alliance.
In 2013, he was named a Legacy Donor by the Fresno State Alumni Association for his support of the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund. And, for his past service to Fresno Reel Pride, he was bestowed the honorary title Director Emeritus by the Board of Directors at the 25th Annual Film Festival the following year.
He was preceded in death by his longtime partner, Dan Jackson.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sat. Sept. 12th at 11:00 a.m. in the Jensen Library of the Smittcamp Alumni on the campus of Fresno State. Located at: 2625 E Matoian Way, Fresno, California 93740.
Memorial donations may be made to either the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund at Fresno State, or the Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival Endowment Fund.
REEL PRIDE 26's KICK-OFF PARTY will be held Friday, August 14th!
Murdered transgender victim's name revealed in sign in sheet
The Fresno Police Department, would not confirm that "CASEY" aka Kenton Haggard was a part of the transgender community and often regards her disrespectfully as "A Man in a Dress"; that further insults and infuriates the Transgender community.
At first in looking over the unclear footage presented to the community for verification of identification; Trans-E-Motion wanted to provide concrete proof that "Casey" was in fact a member of the trans-community. In a long search, Trans-E-Motion has gone through archived records for concrete proof that Casey was in fact actively participating in our community as an authentic Transgender individual. Trans-E-Motion found a sign in sheet with "Kenton (Casey) Haggard" for one of our support groups. **Attached you will find the sign in sheet described. We have blocked the other names for protection of our members. **
At this time we are asking The Fresno Police Department, ALL news media to acknowledge "Casey" Haggard by using female pronouns and addressing her in the proper respect she deserves under the current Death and Dignity Laws of California for Transgender individuals. Although her CA DMV license may not have reflected at the time, or any medical records which may exist. This could include having seen a therapist for being Trans, or pharmacy records for hormone therapy. These factors may not reflect now, Casey's process; but there is that possibility that she was in the begining stages of the process, and given her life was cut short was not able to complete her goals.
The Board of Trans-E-Motion
Update: According to the interview by channel 21 with Trans-E-Motion after seeing the support group document which indicated that Casey was identifying a transgender, the Fresno Police Department said last night the death in dignity law will be respected from this point forward in the investigation of Casey Haggard and it is being investigated as a Hate Crime and for everyone to be on the lookout for a Gray or Silver 2002 to 2005 Saturn Vue SUV, with a large dent in the passenger side door. If you see a vehicle that fits this description, do not approach or confront anyone. Please contact the Fresno Police Department or call crime stoppers 559-498-STOP with the information as to the location of the vehicle. Please be careful, safe, and use good judgement.
In an email sent to supporters, American Foundation for Equal Rights Executive Director, Adam Umhoefer reveals they are closing up shop. And, expresses his trust in HRC along with a note that they are sending any remaining funds to the Human Rights Campaign:
Together, we made history.
Nearly six years ago, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) was created with the specific mission of arguing for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court and to, while doing so, dramatically advance the American conversation on equality.
And we accomplished that … and so much more.
We returned marriage equality to California—our nation's most populous state—and, later, to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
With David Boies and Ted Olson as lead counsel, we smashed the partisan barrier that traditionally divided supporters and opponents of marriage equality. Namely, we brought prominent conservative voices to the debate and proved that marriage is not a partisan issue, but an American issue.
We put equality on trial. For the first time ever, a federal court heard evidence as to why denying gay and lesbian Americans the right to marry is unconstitutional. And, more importantly, for the first time, we forced our opponents to make their best cases, under oath, as to why marriage bans based on fear and hatred should stand. And we shared that story with the world.
But, perhaps, most importantly, we drew a line in the sand. We demanded that every American—whether a regular citizen, an editorial board writer, a member of Congress, or a Supreme Court justice—not only listen to the stories of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo—the brave plaintiffs fighting for justice—but that they also take a side.
The results were extraordinary. We saw Americans nationwide stand up to support equal marriage. We saw it in the opinion pages of our newspapers. We saw senators scrambling to change their public positions. And we saw it from millions of ordinary people who proudly posted the “equal sign” logo of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as their Facebook profile pictures, and turned the Internet red.
Today, because of you—and the pioneering work of organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Freedom to Marry, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, and the National Council for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)—this group of brave plaintiffs and legal teams have finished the work and won every American the right to marry who they love.
The Boy Scouts of America, the country’s oldest youth organization, in a landmark decision voted to overturn their ban on gay troop leaders. Being a Scout myself until I was in my early teens; I was excited about this news. The Boy Scouts offer a fantastic opportunity for boys and young adults learn valuable life skills. And where else would I have learned to tie a Clove, Sheet Bend and a Taut-Line knot.
This isn’t the first time that the BSA has overturned antiquated rules. In 1967 they opened up den leadership to men and women. In the 70’s they opened up other leadership posts to women as well.
Even though, I commend the Scouts for doing the right thing or at least starting down the proverbial right path. Don’t brush up your resume and think you are going to apply to just any troop. The BSA left in a slight loop hole. If the troop is sponsored by a religious organization then they can still enforce the old ban.
Anyone who knows me, know I have an opinion on EVERYTHING. However, this is where I shake my head. Is the ban truly overturned or is it selective discrimination?
Regardless, this is a great start. In 10 or 20 years all this will be a non-issue. Hopefully by then our more accepting, younger generation will have a better hold of our society, and will have implemented the necessary changes to live in a more equal world.
There will be a gathering at the Fresno LGBT Community Center (1067 N. Fulton) this evening, Thursday, July 30th at 6pm in memory of KC Haggard, the local transgender woman who was viciously murdered on July 23rd, as well as all other victims of transgender violence across the country.
There will be a march through the Tower District and brief speeches from local community members.
Local media will be invited to this event.
The march and speakers will take place outside, but the Center will be open with air conditioning, water, snacks and bathrooms. It's supposed to be a hot day but we'll do everything we can to make it comfortable for all.
We encourage people to wear red to signify the rates of transgender violence in the U.S. and use the hashtag #TransRemembranceRed
Everyone is invited to this event so please invite your friends.
Thanks to this video, police say they now have physical evidence from the suspect and a prostitute and pimp who'd be able to identify the suspected murderer of KC Haggard.
Thursday morning, police believe the suspect in this silver Saturn was out looking for sex. Hours later, police say he found it, at a different location.
Local transgender activists say whether fully transitioned or not, Haggard was transgender and targeted for it that morning.
Police are describing the suspect as an extremely thin 5'9", 5'10" Hispanic male in his mid to late 30s with short dark hair and tattoos on both arms. Police are describing the suspect's car as a silver Saturn SUV with a moon roof and a damaged lower right side. Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.
Here is our first memorial vigil for KC Haggard, a transgender woman violently murdered in Fresno California on 7-23-15. Please, please share and wear RED for the next few days and post a serious pic in RED here to commemorate the stolen life of KC. #TransRemembranceRed #translivesmatter
Additional information about the tragic events that led up to this can be found on The Advocate's website.
Health department officials suggest that anyone who isn't sure whether or not they'll test positive, should come in. The process is simple and involves a mouth swab or a finger prick and 30 minutes later your results are in.
Fresno Health Officials say that positive HIV tests are up 6% percent.
It is with regret that Gay Central Valley announces our ceasing operations of the Merced LGBT Community Center. Daily operations will end today, July 1st 2015. We are are seeking someone else to take over the project and keep the Merced LGBT Community Center alive.
The Merced LGBT Center was opened in the fall of 2014. Gay Central Valley entered into an agreement with Merced Full Spectrum, an existing LGBT organization in Merced, to oversee and operate the Community Center.
Gay Central Valley worked with Merced Full Spectrum for over a year before the Merced LGBT Community Center opened. Our goal was to build the foundation of Merced Full Spectrum so that a local group in Merced would be behind the operations of the Center while Gay Central Valley would stand as the nonprofit organization and financial manager of the space. Gay Central Valley's goal, from the beginning, was to get behind Merced and provide the structural foundation to support the local efforts to open, operate and sustain an LGBT Community Center.
Unfortunately, after opening the LGBT Center in Merced, the team we had in place in Merced began to choose other paths. Many involved in Merced Full Spectrum left to pursue other avenues and the group began to lose its members. Merced Full Spectrum has now closed down it's group completely. This left Gay Central Valley in the unfortunate position of trying to operate the Merced Center from a distance, which was never our intention.
Gay Central Valley has always had the goal of establishing a presence across the Central Valley but only in as much as those in the various communities are the ones to staff and sustain those entities. While Merced has willing and able volunteers staffing the space, daily operations were crippled by a lack of local management.
We are an organization of volunteers. No one who works for Gay Central Valley is paid, including the board of directors. This means that everyone has a "day" job and other obligations. When we are unable to find people that have the ability and the passion to support a daily community center while maintaining other obligations, it becomes difficult to keep the doors open. Additionally, we cannot sign annual leases if we are not supported by financial contributions that can sustain those costs.
That being said, we would like to see the Merced LGBT Community Center survive. We are seeking another organization to take over the space. Our lease ends August 1st and the property management company would like to have another tenant take over the space at that time. Three of the current offices are under sub-leases, which helps with monthly operating expenses. We ask that any other organization that would be willing to step up and take over the funding and daily operations contact us as soon as possible. There may be funding sources still available in Merced should a group step up to take over the project. We can connect you with those sources.
We put our heart and souls into this project and were able to establish the first ever LGBT Community Center in Merced. We are very proud of that. While that may be ending, it also gives us hope. It's important that we maintain and expand our presence of community centers across the Central Valley of California. Marriage equality is not the end of our battle, it's just the next step. We need spaces where those rejected and disenfranchised can walk through the door and know they are acknowledged.
We would like to thank all former members of Merced Full Spectrum and all the volunteers who have kept the center up and running for the last year. Remember, stay visible and active in your community. You are making a difference!
MERCED LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE
As you might have read recently, the Merced LGBT Community Center was forced to announce its closure.
However, nothing brings a community together more than a shared cause and we are so glad to report that efforts are currently underway to reopen the Merced LGBT Community Center under a new leadership team!
Please be patient as we secure funding, a new board, and get this site back up and running.
In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.
Justice Kennedy said gay and lesbian couples had a fundamental right to marry.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” he wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
When marriages begin? Ruling goes into effect immediately. Some states County clerks (not states that already had marriage equality) need time to update forms and procedures.
Events in the Central Valley: Fresno: SCORE Sports Cafe 737 E Olive Ave, Fresno 6pm to 9pm Bakersfield: Rally at Outback Corner on Stockdale 5-7pm; then PARTY at the Nile Nightclub Bakersfield: Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield, 902 18th St, 5pm-9pm
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