With their largest attendance to date, we present the video of: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018.
With their largest attendance to date, we present the video of: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018.
It seems like today many people are like simmering pots ready to boil over. It doesn’t take much, perhaps a simple commercial showing the opposing candidate for an election, the evening news, or heavy traffic that can send someone into a fit of rage without notice.
Today, Road Rage is not just two people flipping each other off or madly honking their horns. All too often these days, the rage is ending in serious bodily injury and/or death. We have all been behind the wheel and less than attentive to what we are doing as the vehicle is traveling down the road. I might be thinking about the list of things I have to do, paying bills, the disturbing conversation I was just in with a colleague or friend, or perhaps something even more serious such as a loved one’s illness or a recent death. Then, I make the mistake of cutting someone off as I accidently travel into their lane. What is it about this simple act that sends people over the deep end?
All of a sudden, we have a madman tailgating us, honking their horn, flashing their high beams, racing in front of us only to slam on their brakes, or any of the other crazy things people are doing these days. Let me be clear when I say this, ‘This behavior is out of proportion to what just happened’. This person is ‘REACTING’ to something deeper, and you’re just the trigger.
The due date for donations is Dec. 8, 2018.
Items will be delivered to:
Golden Living Center's Hy-Lond
Dec 22, 2018 at 10:30 am
Golden living Center's Country View facilities. 58 residents
There will be a Holiday Card signing (TBD) that will be included cards in each resident's gift bag.
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.
No, no one died, but as my friend Jeff, over at thetravelinbum.com put it, October is the death of Summer! While mourning the loss of hot weather, poolside cocktails, and warm summer nights, we are trying not to think about the pending holidays on the horizon.
With the patio furniture put up, it’s now time to break out the creepy Halloween costumes, sticky spiderwebs, and Trick or Treat candy. Let’s not drop that casket down into the ground just yet. I might be able to use it in the cemetery display in the front yard!
I know so many people who say that Halloween is their favorite time of year. They love dressing up and the whole scary aspect of the holiday. Scaring the hell out of people is precisely why this holiday hasn’t worked for me. Ever since I was a kid my mantra has always been “I don’t do scary!” I do not like to be scared.
In a haunted house, I will knock you out if you jump out in front of me, yelling Boo! I once paid fifteen dollars to go into a ‘haunted house’. I ran from the moment I walked into that house, all the way through every room, until I exited out the back door. In less than a minute, from start to finish, I was out and I saw nothing! I do feel a little bad for the people in front of me who got trampled by this six-two, two hundred-pound screaming black man that they never even saw coming!
I guess for me, the part about dressing up, spending time with friends, being silly, and overall just having a good time, is still appealing. I love a good party! Some of the best and most elaborate costumes I’ve ever seen was on a Halloween visit to San Francisco, on Castro Street. If you love to people watch, there is no better show to see.
Like many trans people and allies, I was horrified to hear that the Department of Human Health Service is proposing new guidelines for determining gender in the United States. While the DHHS refuses to acknowledge its intention to ban transgender people from federal protection under Title IX, its proposal to establish a concrete definition of sex will nevertheless retrograde the trans community to those days of seeking black market synthetic hormones and sex work in exchange for money to cover trans-related medical procedures.
As quoted in the NY Times article:
“The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined 'on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.' The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.” (Green, Erica L., et al.)
Over the past few years years, transgender people and undocumented immigrants have become the center bargaining chip between leftist and conservative politicians in this country. We are a hotly debated topic, sitting awkwardly at the crossroads of a cultural, political and economic war, a large-scale national debate between Americans of varying backgrounds and ideologies, from evangelicals to radical feminists. Depending on who you talk to, trans rights can either mean a better, more forward-thinking world where gender is no longer a rigid determining factor of one's own destiny or a godless, dystopian nightmare with little blonde pig-tailed girls in perpetual danger of rape. Having talked to several of my trans friends, I can confidently assure any inquiring party that most of us just want to lead normal lives – work and make enough money to meet our basic needs and have some funds left over for Netflix and the occasional Amazon splurge. None of us really have the desire to be the topic of headlines on 24-hour cable news networks or have our lives subjected to heated disputes between millions of Americans nationwide. Fortunately, it seems that the average American is beginning to understand that.
Even as African American and black and brown Latina trans women continue to be murdered at astounding rates, the trans community is gaining some leverage with the support of such individual American and international organizations like the American Psychiatric Association, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, World Professional Association for Transgender Health, United Nations and more – and the list keeps growing, despite ongoing pressure from the White House. Yet, here we are, about to have it all taken away from us. Even something as trivial as the right to use public restrooms safely – without fear of arrest or harassment or physical harm – will become a far-reaching unattainability if this new proposal is passed.
It may seem hopeless but we are not a people that easily give up hope – not without a fight. The pendulum swings our way and it's now done so for years. The DHHS is not creating a “concrete definition of sex,” but rather an arbitrary one that can easily be discredited by doctors, psychologists, biologists and geneticists – argued into obliteration and permanently put to rest by the people qualified to do so. Amid the high murder and low-unemployment rates, there is a society that is slowly acknowledging and validating our lives. We now have a firmer grasp of genetics, we understand the nature of biology, we know other animals can also change their sex. We have evidence of transgender people living successful, productive lives when protected from discrimination and violence, of children wanting to change their gender from a very early age and of the tragic consequences of people who aren't allowed to change their gender. We see more representation of us in the media. Katie Couric is on our side and the Times declares our movement is at a “tipping point.” In other words, we can fight this!
The right's biggest weapon against the left is its successful use of “gaslighting” – manipulating us to the point where we question ourselves, our very own sanity. The right wants us to feel that we're at the brink of Nazi Germany, they want us feel hopeless and weak – this makes it easier for them to pull the rug from right underneath us. I think this is the main reason why hate groups tend to gather en masse in such progressive cities as Portland, OR and Berkeley, CA. The right knows they'll attract a large group of counter-protesters in these cities, they know it might get ugly and they want as much news coverage of it as possible. They want to discredit the left, to tell the world, "Look at how much these liberals hate free speech!" They want an even playing field, where an illegitimate ideology can gain some level of respectability and duke it out with the “angry leftist liberals.” The ploy so often works and Antifa and Black Lives Matter are labeled as “angry,” “hateful,” and “racist” by politically moderate friends and family, while reactionary hate groups, such as the alt-right and Proud Boys continue to distract us all from an administration inconspicuously aligning itself with white nationalist and fascist ideals. We won't let them win.
Unfortunately, resisting the attacks of the right will take a little more than wearing vagina hats and standing outside the Supreme Court yelling, “Resist.” It's going to take a little elbow grease too. It may take active canvassing, it may take holding the media accountable for fair and accurate coverage of trans people. Most importantly, it will take your vote. Voting candidates into office with strong ties to the LGBT community can help secure a win for Queer people. Be sure to look up every candidate's policy on transgender-related issues – even those you may believe align themselves with the democratic party and LGBT issues. Together, we can beat this and forge a world where Queers are allowed to exist freely and safely.
Location has been moved to Clovis Senior Center.
LGBT Fresno is honored to be chosen as one of many non profit organizations chosen for a grant from the Imperial Dove Court de Fresno.
Please join us this October 27th for Imperial Dove Court de Fresno’s Ducal Ball 2018: Party Monster. Honoring the hard work and dedication of reigning Grand Duke Maximus Orgazmo and Grand Duchess Victoria de Leon.
***Pre-Sale Ticket $25 Ducal Event and $15 Brunch from 9/4-10/26
***The day of the event 10/27 for $35 Ducal Event and $15 Brunch
Host Hotel: Radisson Downtown Hotel located at 1055 Van Ness Avenue Fresno CA, $109 plus tax for rooms. Last day to book is 9/27 using Imperial Dove Court when booking.
Welcome Hospitality 10/27 from 11am-3pm at the Host Hotel
For more information please contact Grand Duchess Victoria DeLeon, Grand Duke Maximus Orgazmo, Empress 45 Melody De Leon, Emperor 45 Mario Valen, or Emperor 40 Lorenzo
LGBT Fresno decries the transphobic ad by Elizabeth Heng's campaign against Jim Costa. The ad depicts Costa in offensive, emasculating, using gender stereotypes. We call on their campaign to pull this ad. Let their campaign know your thoughts: Elizabeth Heng
From Zoyer Zyndel, President of Trans-e-Motion: I think it's offensive because it is equating his change of views to being too feminine and weak. They are also insulting Nancy Pelosi because they are saying Costa is "walking in her shoes" like it is a bad thing to wear heels or be feminine. It's pretty much emasculating but can be interpreted as transphobic; anything that insults gender bending or insinuating there is something wrong with blurring the gender lines (even as a metaphor in politics) can be construed as transphobic and very offensive. It's one thing to comment on his merit and integrity as a leader but it is truly in poor taste to bring gender expression into the situation and using the heels to demean another politician, as if being feminine is a bad thing or equaling a lack of ethics in leadership.
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)
Complete video of Common Space's Fresno QueerOut Gala 2018, by CMAC:
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.
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.
It had been a particularly warm summer in 1966 and the city of San Francisco was finally enjoying the cool Pacific winds that the month of August brought in. The Bay Area metropolis bustled alive with sailors, hustlers, immigrant families and tourists, all scurrying atop the seven peninsula hills like ants over great concrete mounds. Already reputed as an “anything goes” kind of place, San Francisco had been able to maintain a number of “libidinous” establishments open for years – including “homosexual gatherings” like The Black Cat Café and Finocchio’s Nightclub in North Beach. These bars stayed open through an extensive negotiation with local law-enforcement and assistance from the local *Homophile organizations located in the city. Cross-dressing, however, was still illegal in 1966 and SFPD could use the presence of transgender people in a place of business as a pretext to make a raid and close down a bar. As a result, many trans-people (or hair fairies, as they were often referred to) were not welcome. The only place trans-people could really congregate safely was in a little chain restaurant, on the corner of Taylor and Turk, called Compton’s Cafeteria. It is here that a civic revolt took place – one that would pre-date Stonewall as the first recorded transgender riot in United States history.
*Homophile: A term used in the 1950’s and 1960’s to describe LGBT-rights organizations. With the emergence of the Gay Liberation, the word began to disappear from the LGBT vernacular.
On this one August night, SFPD was called in under the premise that a group of hair fairies had become increasingly raucous at Compton's. The SFPD, assuming a routine deviant arrest, promptly showed up and proceeded to manhandle the clientele – as it happens, this was also a routine thing for them to do.
There are several accounts as to what occurred next or what prompted the riot itself, but the most popular version is that a trans woman, exhausted with the abuse implemented by the San Francisco police, threw her hot coffee in the face of the officer who was roughening her up. In a matter of mere seconds, dishes, furniture, wigs and high-heeled shoes went flying about the cafe. Shouts and screams were heard from the outside, and the restaurant’s plate-glass windows were violently smashed. The riot spilled out onto the dark, wet streets of the Tenderloin District. Police called for reinforcements as a sidewalk newsstand was toppled over and burned to the ground. The first night of the riots had begun.
The following night, the plate-glass windows at Compton’s Cafeteria were replaced, just as an even larger crowd of street hustlers, drag queens, transgender women and gay men picketed outside the restaurant. When news broke out that transgender people were not to be allowed inside Compton’s again, the newly replaced plate-glass windows were once again smashed. That shattered glass became a bold symbolic call to action for American transgender people, demanding equitable treatment and respect for their identities and lives.
Although the riot marked a major turning point for transgender rights in the U.S., the struggle continues somewhat-incipiently – not just for transgender rights, but for any movement that promotes freedom from oppression based on gender-identity and expression, economic status and class.
This violent, angry event resulted in peaceful demonstrations and better negotiations with the city. It is these negotiations that eventually created more access to city healthcare for trans-people, trans-support services and an annual transgender-march down Market Street – and it all began with a cup of coffee.
This year, as we move forward in fighting for LGBT equal rights, let us remember those places, events and people who fought the first rounds before us and won – or sometimes lost. Let us honor those who stood up for their rights, even when it wasn’t the coolest or hippest thing to do. Let’s never forget that it is because of these people, who celebrated themselves amid persecution and injustice, that we are able to celebrate ourselves a little more today.
I encourage you to consider actively searching for your LGBT activist ancestors, take their strengths and courage and continue to fight for your share of the American Dream.
What LGBT activists or events inspire you?
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
Readers often ask me about my daily routine as an author. Do I write every day? How many hours per day do I write? And, did I write when I was younger? The last question is easy and straight forward. Yes, I wrote in high school and college. However, the answer to the first two questions has changed over the years. Now, the answer to those depends on where I am in a manuscript, whether it’s plotting out the outline, writing the actual storyline, doing the final edits, or gearing up for a release.
A good example of a typical day for me is that I am in the office by eight. With my second cup of Java in hand, I check emails and respond to any and all inquiries. Then, I move on to social media and marketing. Since my assistant does all of the advertisements on Facebook, I spend a little time there just trying to keep up on the buzz feed from around the industry.
Next, I turn my attention to Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, Ibooks, Smashword and a whole host of other sites were my books are sold to see what’s happening there. All of these sites require a daily check-in to ensure there aren’t any problems with my information. Since I have paid advertising on some of these platforms, I also have to check the sales and data trends. All of this activity usually takes a couple of hours.
By late morning, with the ‘up-keep’ of being a writer completed, I finally get to work on actually writing. Right now, I am working on the edits for my next novel, Escaping Camp Roosevelt. First round edits amount to almost a complete make over of the original draft. This is where holes in the plot are discovered and my characters begin to shine. I call this stage in a manuscript, the “frosting on the cake”. The cake has been baked, but it is just a cake. Now, it is time to make it pretty. As I “frost the cake”, I am layering depth in my characters and further developing the subplots to keep the reader engaged and the story line moving forward.
Fresno Reel Pride is proud to bring you films like TransMilitary, The Life of Lei: The Man Behind The Makeup, 50 Years of Fabulous: The Imperial Council Story, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post to the 29th Annual LGBTQ Film Festival beginning Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Purchase a festival pass and gain access to all the films! UPGRADE and enjoy exclusive parties and the Sunday Brunch by The Painted Table. Passes and Tickets are on sale now! Learn more by visiting www.ReelPride.com.
LGBT Fresno is proud to be sponsoring food and drinks for this event.
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Fresno's own Cara Coronado takes us on a tour of Fresno's first Drag Festival
Are we really past the half way point in 2018? Where the heck did that first part of the year go?
Last month I turned thirty; okay fifty…-three-ish! For the first time in many years, I spent my birthday with my family. My husband Brian barbequed and mom made my favorite cake, a homemade German Chocolate cake. She still makes her cakes from scratch. It was a relaxing day with the six of us hanging out in the pool and just talking.
The day was not all that different, (except for the pool) than when I was a kid. Coming from a large family, our weekends often turned into a party. The men took to the backyard to tend to the grill and drink beer while the women chatted and laughed in the kitchen as they prepared side dishes and desserts.
When I got bored with the stories the guys were telling over and over again, I would wander into the kitchen and spent a little time with the ladies. Their conversation was always better; no drama, just sharing the best gossip reserved for Sunday BBQ’s.
As a family, we all came together weekly to enjoy each other’s company. It was a tradition that I’m not so sure continues in people’s lives today. We are a nation of drifters and transients, moving our families where ever the jobs take us.
Today, my birth family is transcontinental; we are spread out from California to North Carolina, and everywhere in between. It is rare when we are all in the same room these days. Even with modern technology such as Facebook, Face Time, and any number of other apps that connect us, I often wonder are we truly, really connected anymore?
It seems that ‘family’ today is more by design then by birth. Children have aunts and uncles that are not blood related but love them every bit as hard. We gather just the same, in the parks, and back yards, friends welcoming friends.
In my novel Diego’s Secret, a romantic and heartfelt story, I explore the meaning of a modern family—blended by circumstances, not by choice—and how those complicated bonds add an unexpected richness to our lives. I have included a short excerpt from Diego’s Secret that relates to this issue. After reading the short excerpt, I would love to hear back from you in the comments section where you can tell me what your family looks like today.
Just past midnight, Diego was still awake. He lay across his bed staring at his phone, scrolling through pictures of his cousins in Mexico sent by his aunt. Though he had left Mexico at age seventeen, there wasn’t a day that Diego didn’t think of his small village of Mezcala in the state of Guerrero. Sure, life was better here, but that place held his family, his friends, and childhood memories of playing in the Atoyac River.
He smiled as he remembered fishing from the bridge of that river with his abuelo, just the two of them. It killed him that he hadn’t been able to see him one more time before he died. Knowing that the entire family had attended the funeral except for him and his brothers, he felt that he had never gotten closure. Maybe that was why he often thought of his abuelo as still alive. Diego would sometimes wonder what he was up to until the realization returned that he was gone.
The memory of his mother’s menudo, cooking on the stove all day, suddenly penetrated his nose, sending a calmness down his spine. Diego listened for sounds from the front room. The muffled noise of guns firing on television told him that Francisco was still up, watching one of his favorite cop shows. Mayra was most likely draped across his lap in a light sleep. Trying to shrug off his loneliness, Diego rolled over in hopes of going to sleep.
This year we are having an opening ceremony with two spirit drumming and a smudge. This will be followed by a premier fashion show by ERINWEAR fashions.
Workshops will include, Name and Gender change documentation, self defense, yoga for stress and anxiety, souvenir making.
Once again we will have a water slide so bring your swimming gear. Other activities will include, a cornhole tournament, and a team twister tournament.
We have a keynote speaker lined up. We will have a comedy show that is sure to leave you in stitches. This year's dinner offering is Taco Bar and all the fixin's.
Are you ready for some Kampout? Well, it’s just a couple of weeks away. Time to start putting your gear in order and making your final plans to head up the hill. Get out of the heat and relax in the cool nights and comfortable days.
Just to remind you, this year’s theme is Kampout goes on Safari. Lions and tigers and...yes…those bears. This is the theme we planned for last year’s event which had to be cancelled due to fires, so if you had already started planning decorations, you're ahead of the game. As always, we will have a contest for decorating your kampsite, and you could win fabulous prizes...and have a lot of fun.
Kampout is, as always, the weekend after Labor Day. This year it will be September 7-9. It will be held on the private property across the road from Texas Flat Campground, on the left side, so directions to the event are the same. There will be signs to guide you to the kamp.
The cost for the weekend is just $30 per kamper. This includes your kampsite, 2 beer busts, the Progressive Kocktail Party, Saturday dinner, 2 breakfasts, and much, much more. You can relax, or join in the fun and games we have scheduled during the weekend and compete for prizes. There's the Yacht Regatta, the Needle in the Haystack, and the always popular and hilarious Kamptown Races. Don't forget the wonderful Kampstravaganza Show on Saturday night, where you can compete for the titles of Kamp King and Kamp Kween. We encourage everyone to participate in this fun show.
Camping in the Sierras can cost over $20 a night just for a campsite. At $30 for the whole weekend, Kampout is definitely the best bargain for your entertainment buck.
We want to advise everyone that, because we are on private property, there is no garbage service. Be prepared to "pack it in, pack it out". Private campfires will be allowed only if you bring an above ground, backyard type, pit. You must also have a fire extinguisher, water bucket and shovel. All dogs must be on a leash at all times. This is for everyone’s safety.
So mark your calendars. We hope to see you all there.
The Inaugural QueerOut Awards Gala will showcase local people and organizations for their outstanding achievements towards advancing our Queer/LGBT+ community in this place we call home. Our event will bring together 300+ people from across the Central Valley for an unforgettable evening of food, music and live performances.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
5:30 PM (Cocktail Reception); 6:00 PM (Awards Gala Begins)
Radisson Hotel Downtown Fresno
Formal attire required
Tickets & Table Prices
$50.00 per person
$500 per table of 10
Casey Haggard, a 66-year-old transgender woman, was walking along Blackstone Avenue in central Fresno in July 2015 when she was fatally stabbed by a passenger in an SUV that pulled up alongside her.
Amrik Singh Bal, a 68-year-old Sikh, was walking in a neighborhood in west-central Fresno in December 2015 when he was attacked by a pair of men who beat him and then ran over him in a car. He survived his attack.
Sexual orientation or sexual identity was a major motivating factor for hate crimes in the Valley, according to the state data. Thirty-two gay men were targets across the region, and another 16 victims were lesbian women. Other victims included three people who identified as bisexual, while eight victims were transgender individuals. Another 22 victims were targeted by bias against the broader LGBT community.
Since Donald Trump--the closest thing to an authoritarian leader the country has ever seen--became president, I have increasingly found comfort in the writings of historians and activists. When the current world of insane tweets and receding justice becomes overwhelming, I look back at how the United States handled times of disruption and upheaval.
Believe it or not, it helps a lot. It provides context and perspective that is sorely lacking in today's toxic, clickbait climate. Voting in EVERY presidential and midterm election, organizing and marching, calling your members of Congress, and staying tuned in to current events (from credible news sources) are all vitally important. But if you are looking for meaning and coherence in chaos, I highly recommend the look-back approach.
Read presidential histories. Read about how Americans overcame impossible odds. Read about the work done by generations of activists, work that often seemed to be done in vain.
One of my favorite quotes on the subject is an excerpt from Jon Meacham's new (and incredible book), The Soul of America. In this specific section of the book (Chapter 4: A New and Good Thing in the World), he uses the juxtaposition of the Progressive Era of the early 20th century to make a profound point:
And yet, and yet--there is always an "and yet" in American history. Taken all in all, Woodrow Wilson and his age are revealing examples of the battles between hope and fear. The era of the suffrage triumph, for instance, was also the age of segregation, of the suppression of free speech in wartime, of the Red Scare of 1919-20, and of the birth of a new Ku Klux Klan. The story of America is thus one of slow, often unsteady steps forward. If we expect the trumpets of a given era to sound unwavering notes, we will be disappointed, for the past tells us that politics is an uneven symphony.
Yes, Anthony Kennedy's retirement in the age of Trump is a tragedy. It represents a blow to political progress that may take decades to overcome. I'm not naive to that fact. This is a setback of epic proportions that will impact millions of lives.
But it is definitely not the end of the country. All hope is not lost. Our lives have not ended. Keep moving forward. Stop posting defeatist "jokes" to social media for clicks. We owe it to the country, the future, those who blazed the trails before, and ourselves.