Issue I, Vol XXVI, No. 301 | September 2020

News and happenings for, by, about and affecting the LGBT Valley.
Project of Community Link, Inc: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Service Organization. 
EST. September 1995

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GRAY ALLIANCE NEWS SEPTEMBER 2020
John Richardson

Gray Alliance is a group for LGBT seniors, and we get together twice a month for social functions. The second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm we meet at different restaurants.

Due to the serious nature of the COVID-19 virus, all Gray Alliance events are canceled until further notice. Our age group is especially vulnerable. 

 

We have a potluck the final Sunday of the month at the First Congregational Church Fireside Room from 2-4 pm. It’s located at the south end of the church at 2131 N Van Ness Blvd in Fresno. Please note that although we are using a church facility, Gray Alliance has no religious affiliation. We will not be meeting Sunday, September 27, 2020.

 

If you have any questions, please call John Richardson at 559-260-1565.  Hope to see you soon!

YOUTH ALLIANCE NEWS SEPTEMBER 2020
David McGee 

Our poor Central Valley has suffered from the usual triple-digit temperatures as August rolled into September. And to add insult to injury, the fires in Fresno and Madera counties have brought smoke and ash, causing the valley floor to look like it is enveloped in fog. Folks in the hills have fled their homes to escape disaster. Our youth, who have been sheltering inside for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are now being told to not even go out onto their own patios or into their backyards due to the horrible air quality!

The leadership of the Fresno LGBTQ Youth Alliance have finally figured out how to use videoconferencing technology to restart the youth group! We’ve now successfully met for two sessions using Zoom as a platform! The first week we met, one young member of the recent Youth Alliance joined us! In the second meeting, we were joined by some older graduates and a few more of the recent group! We even got our Grand Poobah, Jeffery Robinson connected to the videoconference!

In our most recent group, we asked attendees what they’ve been up to. Of course, the younger members are attending school virtually. The older attendees, who have mostly aged out of the group, are working and starting their own homes. It was fun to reconnect with everyone after isolating for six months! We all realize it will take time for everyone to get the word that we’re meeting on Zoom on Friday nights, but we’re willing to be patient and see what happens!

We all reminisced about the end-of-the-month potlucks we used to have! Of course, potlucks are going to have to wait until we can meet again in person, but someone suggested we could each bring food to a virtual meeting and have a potluck that way! It’s a possibility, right?

We published the upcoming groups on our Youth Alliance Facebook page, in hopes of notifying youth and parents who follow us. In our most recent group, we talked about starting an Instagram platform with the hope of attracting more youth to the group. When we met face-to-face, our attendance was hampered by the size of our meeting room. After all, a group can only smash so many bodies in a meeting room comfortably. But with a virtual group, the youth group can be as big as it chooses! And a virtual group can attract members from anywhere cyberspace reaches! It would be fun to have some members from other states!

Until we can meet in person, the Fresno LGBTQ Youth Alliance will meet virtually on Friday nights, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM, on Zoom. We will be sure to publish the latest link to the space on Facebook, and once we get our Instagram account going, we’ll publish on Instagram, as well! Our Grand Poobah, Jeffery Robinson, started the Fresno LGBTQ Youth Alliance thirty years ago to create a safe place for youth to meet. COVID-19 has changed how people meet, but with some ingenuity, our Youth Alliance can continue to meet! We urge any and all youth, age 14 to 25, to join us in our new platform, on Friday nights!

Local

 

NEWS FROM THE LIVING ROOM

Toni Harrison

September is finally here and with it usually comes cooler weather and more time spent outside enjoying it.   

Unfortunately, we have been dealt another blow with the wildfires all around us making it uncomfortable to be outside. It has been a difficult year so far with COVID and a new way of living. 

The bright side is it gives us even more time with those close to us.  I am fortunate to be able to spend time with my Grandson watching TV and movies, silly conversations and just time spent with him.  A blessing to me and I think if we look at the blessings we have instead of looking at the negatives of this time we are living in it will make our lives easier. 

I now depression is creeping up and into our lives and I encourage you to talk to someone, see a therapist, even online or call a hotline f you are experiencing depression.  The National Suicide Hot line  1(800) 273-8255 can help and refer you to those locally who can help. 

A sad part of these times is all the events, that I look forward to, that have been cancelled or gone virtual.  The Fresno AIDS Walk will now also be a virtual event on October 24th.  While we don’t have the timeline for it currently we will let everyone know soon.  Keep checking our Facebook pages for The Living Room and Fresno AIDS Walk for more information. 

We invite you to submit a quick one or two minute video to support this event and tell us why you do or if we have helped you in some way to tell your story.  We can’t guarantee you will make the cut but we would really like to hear from you.  If you have been a sponsor in the past please consider submitting a video as well.  Just let us know your mission, what services you provide and how to contact you for more information.  We would also be available to help you with any questions or to put your video together.   You can reach us at (559) 486 1469. 

The Living Room is doing it’s best to continue to help the community during these trying times but like everyone else we have to take precautions.  While our drop-in center is closed at the moment and groups are on hold, we are doing zoom meetings every Tuesday and we will deliver or you can come pick up hot lunches on Thursday just call to let us know you are interested.  We also have a limited amount of groceries that we are giving to our clients every two weeks.  Again if you are seriously in need please call us.  

If you are having difficulties paying your rent or mortgage call us and we will see if we can help you.  Requirements for any and all services are that the individual is HIV+ or has AIDS and can provide proof of diagnosis and ID that shows Fresno County residency. 

If you have questions please give us a call we are here to help.  Call us at (559) 486 1469 

Be safe, be well!

The Source LGBT Center: Invitation to OZ

FRESNO STONEWALL DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE LOCAL ENDORSEMENTS

 

The Fresno Stonewall Democrats has completed an additional round of local endorsements for the 2020 fall election. 

 

“Following our Endorsement Meeting, we are pleased to announce a list of outstanding Democrats who we are proud to endorse for the November election,” says Marsha Conant, President of the Fresno Stonewall Democrats.  

 

The local endorsements are as follows: 

• Fresno County Board of Education Trustee Area 3—James Martinez 

• State Center Community College District Trustee Area 2—Nasreen Johnson 

• State Center Community College District Trustee Area 3—Dary Rezvani 

• Fowler City Council—Alexander Grimaldi 

• Fresno Unified School District Trustee Area 5—David Paredes 

 

A candidate receives the party’s endorsement by securing support from 60% of the Fresno Stonewall Democrats membership present and voting at an Endorsement Caucus. 

 

Endorsements for state and federal races are done by the California Democratic Party. The endorsed Democratic candidates in races for our region are as follows: 

 

• U.S. President/Vice President—Joe Biden/Kamala Harris 

• U.S. Congress District 4—Brynne Kennedy 

• U.S. Congress District 16—Rep. Jim Costa 

 

• U.S. Congress District 21—Rep. T.J. Cox 

• U.S. Congress District 22—Phil Arballo 

• State Assembly District 31—Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula 

National

 

DOCTORS "FORGOT" TO TELL A MAN HE HAD TESTED HIV POSITIVE FOR 23 YEARS
Bil Browning
Reposted from LGBTQNation.com


 

A Navy veteran is suing after doctors forgot to tell him that he had tested positive for HIV until he was severely ill with AIDS nearly 25 years later.

The unnamed man says in a recently filed lawsuit that he originally tested positive in 1995 at a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital but wasn’t informed of the result. He assumed it had come back negative and didn’t give it any thought.

continue reading at LGBTQNation.com

CA GOVERNOR SIGNS LAW TO EQUALIZE PUNISHMENTS FOR GAY & STRAIGHT SEX OFFENDERS
Bil Browning

Reposted from LGBTQNation.com
 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed into law a bill that makes the punishment for certain sex crimes the same for queer and straight offenders – and resulted in an out state senator getting death threats.

Introduced by gay State Sen. Scott Wiener (D), the law gives judges the ability to keep LGBTQ teenagers off the state’s public sex offender registry if the teens are of similar ages, the same leeway the state already gives straight teens.

continue reading at LGBTQNation.com

TIKTOK ADMITS TO CENSORING LGBTQ HASHTAGS
Matt Tracy
Reposted from GayCityNews.com

 

TikTok, the popular video sharing social media platform, has confessed to limiting LGBTQ-related content in certain languages and nations with anti-LGBTQ laws in place, an Australian think tank revealed.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) found that the LGBTQ-related hashtags have been “shadow-banned,” meaning the hashtag quietly gets limited without any announcement.

continue reading at GayCityNews.com

TRUMP TWEETS IT IS HIS "GREAT HONOR" TO BE THE "MOST PRO-GAY PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY"

David McGee 

Donald Trump tweeted recently that it is his “great honor” in response to a video calling him the most pro-gay president in American History. The Log Cabin Republicans released a video in support of Trump this week that features former US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, a gay Republican, attacking Joe Biden’s record on LGBTQ issues while saying that Trump has actually been the best president ever for LGBTQ people. The video’s message came as a shock to the LGBTQ community which has fought Trump efforts to dismantle LGBTQ rights throughout his presidency.

 

Source: lgbtqnation.com

 

 

 

 

SAME-SEX PARTNERS WIN RIGHT TO SOCIAL SECURITY SURVIVOR BENEFITS

David McGee

A federal court ruled Friday, September 11, 2020, that the Social Security Administration’s blanket denial of Social Security survivor’s benefits to same-sex spouses who were prevented from marrying is unconstitutional. The ruling came in the case of Helen

Thornton, a resident of Washington State who sought to claim survivor’s benefits based on a 27-year relationship with Marge Brown, who died in 2006, six years before the state allowed same-sex marriages. On September 11, 2020, the judge ruled that denial of the benefits violated the US Constitution. He also certified the case as a national class action, which means that others who sought the benefits and were denied will have an avenue to claim them now.

Source: advocate.com

PETE BUTTIGIEG JOINS JOE BIDEN'S WHITE HOUSE TRANSITION TEAM

David McGee
 

Former mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has been named to a 15-person advisory board for Joe Biden’s White House transition team. Team leader, Ted Kaufman, said, “We are preparing for this transition amid the backdrop of a global health crisis and struggling economy. This is a transition like no other, and the team being assembled will help Joe Biden meet the urgent challenges facing our country on day one.” Buttigieg, a military veteran, endorsed Biden the day he dropped out of the race, stating, “I’m looking for a president who will draw out the best in each of us. We have found that leader in vice president, soon to be president, Joe Biden.”

 

Source: advocate.com

International

 

UKRANIAN CHURCH LEADER WHO BLAMED COVID-19 ON GAY MARRIAGE TESTS POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

David McGee
 

Patriarch Filaret, a prominent Ukranian Othodox leader, has repeatedly blamed same-sex unions for the global coronavirus pandemic, which has killed thousands in Ukraine. Filaret, age 91, recently contracted COVID-19 and has been hospitalized.

 

In response to a lawsuit against the Orthodox church for blaming the LGBTQ community for causing COVID-19, the church has backed Filaret’s comments, saying he has a right to his opinion. While Europe has a reputation for being relatively progressive when it comes to LGBTQ issues, Ukraine in not among the continent’s most gay-friendly countries. To date, Ukraine has had 140,000 cases of COVID-19 and 3,000 deaths.

 

Source: nbcnews.com

Enlighten Me

 

THAT MYSTERIOUS BEING WITHIN US ALL

Mark Lang

 

Whenever I receive recognition for some accomplishment, I make a point of mentioning that the true credit goes to the mysterious being that dwells within me. What do I mean by “mysterious being?” Well, let’s put it this way: it is that which sees through my eyes.

Let me ask you a few enlightened questions: who do you become when you enter dreamless sleep each night? What mysterious being keeps your heart beating? What is that which causes you to draw a breath consciously but which cannot be drawn in by your breath? What exactly is life energy? Is there a giver of life? (Notice I do not use the term, “God” in this context because that word is distorted and misrepresented too much by religious extremists.)

If you think you can think your way to understanding this mysterious being, think again? It cannot be truly understood directly, only peripherally. It’s like when you are trying to see a very faint star in the night sky. When you look directly at it, it vanishes. However, if you use your peripheral vision and look to one side of that dim star, it becomes visible.

Similarly, if you try to understand the mysterious being by directly thinking about it, it eludes you. When you chase after it, you case it away. Alternatively, by viewing the mysterious being peripherally, you can see more of it—but not completely. It’s as if you see it out of the corner of your subconscious awareness; this does not imply in any way that you can completely understand this mysterious being.

 

To claim full understanding would not only be arrogant, it would be delusional. Consider any such misguided claims with skepticism.

I knew a man like that; he claimed to know the will of God. He belonged to a church which believed their interpretation of the scriptures was the only “right” one. Armed with this group delusion, he felt validated and supported in his irrational beliefs. So, with an authoritarian tone of voice, he would publicly tell people (outside of his religious group) what God wanted them to do.

The problem with this type of grandiose thinking is that it’s so extremely self-congratulatory! It also creates a feeling of separation from the nonbelievers. The more you put yourself on a pedestal, the more you distance yourself from your fellow human beings. It should come as no surprise then to find that when you make a habit of separating yourself from others, you end up feeling lonely and depressed.

The religious man I referred to earlier had moments of extreme elation when he would convince himself he knew the will of God. These emotional highs inevitably had bouts of deep depression where he felt socially disconnected and isolated. (You probably already guessed that.) Back and forth he would go between the highs and lows. It ruined two of his marriages and put a strain on his relationship with his children. Eventually, he sought professional help and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and properly treated.

During the time I counseled him, he was refusing to take his medication because he was feeling better. He was clearly in the manic phase of his disorder. He would get so excited that he would hop out of his chair to show me biblical quotes. Then he would start in with those self-righteous statements such as, “Did you know that you will not inherit the kingdom of God unless you believe this? Do you know that people with tattoos are going to hell? Did you know that it is a sin against God to have long hair?”

When I pointed out that Jesus, himself, had long hair, he refused to believe it. In fact, he refused to believe anything that contradicted his dogmatic beliefs. He simply dismissed any contrary evidence as being a deception from the devil. Science, in particular, seemed most objectionable to him. He rejected any scientific data before I could even finish my sentence.

As previously stated, people who judge others are creating an emotional separation that exacerbates their feelings of isolation, and this man suffered greatly from loneliness and depression. With the painful memories of two failed marriages and disengagement from his children, he isolated himself even further by only interacting with likeminded members of his church. Eventually, he stopped seeing me altogether. To this day, his fate is unknown.

Something to meditate on today. After reading this, close your eyes and sit in silence for fifteen minutes. Do not try to hang onto any thought. Just let your thoughts come and go. Visualize each of your thoughts slowly tumbling down like dried leaves falling off a tree in autumn and settling on the ground.

In the silence, reach out with your senses and feel the presence of the mysterious being within you—that life energy. Feel your heart beating in your chest and recognize that energy as pure love. Now feel the interconnectedness you share with the life energy of every being on the planet. Feel what that is like for you.

Then open your eyes and start living life with the understanding you are one with all living things. The mysterious being within you connects with the mysterious being in all others. After all, life energy is life energy in any form.

New Wellness

 

IT ALL GOES DARK 

(Be well. Stay safe. Here’s an entertaining & terrifying story for this Halloween season.)

The soothing sounds of chirping crickets hypnotized me into a deep sleep. It was tranquil until it wasn’t. The snapping of tree branches awakened me. They were in my campsite. Two of them. Maybe more. Cackles of wicked laughter ominously echoed off the towering cliffs surrounding my tent. 

I thought I knew them. But not these people. The whistling winds of harrowing confusion changed their identities. Their words are garbled. Uncertainty swirls. They grab me and briefly restrain me with a deathlike grip. I break loose as they tear madly at my clothing. 

I’m scared and there is no time to grab a flashlight. Fearfully, I race through the forest. I feel the menacing presence of more than one demon chasing me. They trip over obstacles I toss into their path. Several times I hide. But they outnumber me. They find me each time. I continue seeking safety.  

I find an alcove inside a giant dead tree and ensconce myself in it. My breathing is heavy. I’m horrified these ghouls will hear my thumping heart. After some tormented silence, I look out around one of the corners into the vast void. Slowly. There is only blackness. 

Maybe they have gone. I cautiously turn to look in the other direction. As I do, one of them is right there. Waiting. Staring at me. His grinning spectral face is partially illuminated from the light of the full moon shining through an opening in the trembling leaves.  

I leap up and run. He lunges at me in a heinous attempt to tackle me. I make it to a formidable rock pile. I stop. And listen. There are three of them now. They have separated. They are hunting me like sinister beasts.  

I recognize a new voice. Unlike the others. It is not distorted. He is a friend. I will be rescued from this jarring ordeal. He is close. I whisper out and let him know where I am. He crawls toward me.  

I reach for his help. It is then that it happens. He doesn’t extend his hand. He is yelling. I can’t understand anything. His words have transitioned to white noise. Something changed my pal. It’s at that moment I notice a stranger has entered with him. Right there. Everything turns icy cold. I am shivering. 

I flee in a frenzy before he can subdue me. I sprint to the summit with my phone. Quietly, I try to call the police as I curl up under some bushes. There is no reception. No one will be coming to save me. I’m on my own. The chilling mayhem proceeds. 

These men aren’t human anymore. Something transformed all of them. They are like shapeshifters. It is terrifying. The noises are getting louder and closer. The sounds of a determined demonic rampage. They are fast approaching.  

It is an agonizing long drop down from this plateau. I stand up and gaze over the edge into the abyss of the canyon. I could try to climb down the face of this massive cliff. It is dangerous. I don’t have my equipment. And I need more time. 

It will not be possible. The hourglass is empty. This perilous pack of wolves has found me. They surround me. I look down one last time upon the reflection of the glistening water of the river far below. It is peaceful at this witching hour. I close my eyes. It all goes dark. 

 

Happy Halloween everyone! 

This startling story of help is not coming is brought to you by that guy of supernatural suspense. That guy with thirteen black cats is Ron Blake and he can be found just beyond the corpse at rblake5551@hotmail.com. 

Uncle Barbie

 

Your Intellectual Whore
"An effervescently gay advice columnist."

 

Disclaimer: Although the author of this syndicated column holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, the tongue-in-cheek advice given is for entertainment only and is not a substitute for therapy. Barbie responds to all emails...whether you deserve it or not. Send your questions to Uncle Barbie at:
askunclebarbie@aol.com

Psychotic Incoherencies

 

Dear Uncle Barbie,

Some kind of a comedian, are we? The Devil's name is dullness. The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason. The monarchy is a labor-intensive industry. To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do. Force is not a remedy. The master's eye is the best fertilizer. Screw up your courage, you screwed up everything else. The ordinary man is involved in inaction, the hero acts. An immense difference. When you put faith, hope, and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world. An army of deer would be more formidable commanded by a lion, than an army of lions commanded by a stag. When all else is lost, the future still remains.

Signed, Waterloo

 

Hello Waterloo,

What the flip! Are you psychotic? I swear; I receive the most bizarre questions. Why do I get all the weirdoes? Save some of your psychotic incoherencies for your psychologist. With a therapist, you don’t need to worry about rejection. The only question in your sprawling vernacular rambling was the very first sentence which asked, “Some kind of a comedian, are we?” To answer your well thought out question—yes, I am some kind of comedian; how anal of you to notice. The rest of your comments were not questions at all! Still, your words echo in the ventricles of my brain. These statements are reminiscent of phrases that I have encountered throughout my life. They sound like typical, long-winded, dogmatic blathering—like the kind of verbal vomit I used to hear from religious fundamentalists. (Their monotonous messages may fade, but their trailing scent still lingers. Meow!)

 

By the way, do you even have an original thought in your entire head? All you are doing is plagiarizing popular quotes that have been published by other authors, and then trying to pass them off as capricious creations of your own whimsical wisdom. I suspect that you are doing this because it is your thwarted way of assembling an attempt to appear clever by spewing intellectual quotes (and thereby appearing important). However, the problem is, you have a plethora of loose associations in your flow of thought which, unfortunately, comes off sounding as if the totality of your personality is comprised of an accumulation of flaws (and therein lies the rub). In the field of psychology, we refer to this verbal deprivation as “cognitive slippage.” (It’s kind of like a brain fart.) In my professional opinion, it sounds as if you are in a state of psychological decomposition. I really think you need to get back on your meds. Otherwise you are headed for a psychotic break! (That is, if you are not already in the throes of one, right now.)

Poetically Put, Barbie

Horoscopes

 

ARIES (Mar 21 - Apr 19)
You have an excess of energy leading to some rash decisions. Try a little mental processing and it will go a long way to solving problems.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 20)
Those old problems keep popping up but you have a way of handling them. Be mindful of your actions and read the fine print. 

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)
This is a time of enjoying the company of others. Do fun things and pamper yourself. Others don't understand it but you are happy now. 

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
You are about as stressed out as you can be. Maybe you can sweet talk yourself out of some of it. Go slow-motion when you can as it will all work itself out. Hang in there. 

LEO (Jul 23 - Aug 22)
You're feeling pretty good and just rolling along. PUt off any big decisions for a while. Mental prowess is preferred to physical action. 

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 22)
You are in a happy mood during this period so enjoy it. Fix yourself up and go out to dinner. You deserve it. Make plans for the future. 

LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 22)
You just can't seem to get any traction maybe hiding in a corner will help until the dust clears. Only do what you know you can control for certain. 

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21)
Take care of your health and do only what you set out to do, Keep a positive outlook and hold off on any major decisions for a while. 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21)
You know there are things you can do if you put your mind to it. Think anything is possible then move forward. This can be very creative time. 

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19)
How much can you take? Apparently a lot. You are learning so much now and you are going to be better for it in the long run. 

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18)
Not a lot seems to bother you at this time. Others try to drag you into conflict but you just go your own way. Keep up the good work. 

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20)
You really need to get your spending under control. Make a budget and stick to it. It will save you a lot of problems later. You can be very alluring now. 



 

Not To Be Missed

 

With COVID-19 closures, most group events statewide are still closed. And the smoke from Central Valley fires has made it difficult to go outside. Let’s hope the governor opens up some of our state’s venues soon, and that the smoke clears in Fresno and outlying communities!

 

Disneyland

 

LA

Many of us are Disneyland fans! The latest inside information on Disneyland is that spies have seen Disneyland crews working on the grounds, preparing for the park to open! Governor Newsome made comments recently that the state of California is “actively” working

with Disneyland and other theme parks to help get them reopened. Once the governor gives the green light for theme parks to reopen, expect to be able to go online and purchase tickets for admission. It is expected that the park will operate at about 25% capacity, which means that for those lucky enough to get tickets, there won’t be long lines for rides, and Disneyland will probably require the use of special timed passes (Disneyland’s fastpass) to better organize the waiting times for rides. The evening fireworks display will probably not be happening. Insiders have suggested that the Annual Disneyland Halloween Parties will not be happening.

Chaffee Zoo

 

Fresno

Obviously, with smoke in the air, no one wants to go to the zoo, but it is still open, so once the smoke clears, readers can go online to access the Chaffee Zoo website and purchase tickets in advance. Now that summer is over, there are no worries that the Zoo will be crowded. Go on a rainy day (yes, rainy days are eventually coming), wear ponchos and have the park to yourselves!

 

 

 

 

 

Drive-In Movies

Central Valley

With movie theaters still closed due to COVID-19 concerns, drive-ins are coming back in style! Lots of adults remember going to the drive-in movie theaters in days gone by! The process has changed—a family used to pay per car. Now drive-ins charge per person, but it’s still less than the prices at walk-in theaters. Local drive-ins include the Sunnyside Drive-In, Woodward Drive-In, Madera Drive-in, and the Kings Drive-In, in Hanford. Once the smoke clears, the evening weather should be sufficiently comfortable for a drive-in experience!

 

 

 

 

 

Farmers Markets

 

Fresno and Clovis

Summer fruits and produce are waning, but fall fruits and vegetables are coming in season! Consider going to the local farmers markets to purchase fruits, vegetables, local honey, and even baked good! Produce at farmers markets is always fresher and better tasting than the stuff you get at your local grocery store!

 

 

 

 

The Big Fresno Fair

Fresno
 

It is unsure what is happening with the Big Fresno Fair this year, which usually happens during the first two weeks of October! The website talks about a drive-through event and virtual experience. But recently, as a result of the Creek Fire evacuations, the livestock portion of the Fair Grounds has been opened as an emergency evacuation site for farm animals that need urgent housing. But keep your eyes and ears open! Information about the fair will be released as the opening day of the fair gets closer!

Events

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020 AT 11 AM PDT

Fresno Reel Pride 31 At Home
 

We are going DIGITAL for Reel Pride 31! 

Join us on the weekend of Saturday, October 10, 2020 for a fun #ReelPrideAtHome line-up of 20+ LGBTQ films to enjoy in the comfort of your own home! This year, your support is needed now more than ever as we transition to a virtual platform for the very first time as we celebrate LGBTQ media and contribute to societal vitality through programming focused on diversity, race, culture, religion, class, gender, ability, health and age. Our film list will be shared soon.

Reel Pride 31 tickets are one sale now for $31 --- www.reelpride.com


We can't wait to celebrate*VIRTUALLY* together! #FilmsForEveryone 

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