Issue VII, Volume XXIV, No. 283 | March 2019

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

Community Link Projects

 

Gray Alliance is a group for LGBT seniors, and we get together twice a month for social functions.

We have a potluck the final Sunday of each month at the First Congregational Church Fireside Room from 2-4 pm. It’s located at the south end of the church campus at 2131 N Van Ness Blvd in Fresno. Please note that although we are using a church facility, Gray Alliance has no religious affiliation.

The second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm we meet at different restaurants. For information on the next restaurant we’re going to or if you have any questions, please call: 

John Richardson at 559-260-1565 or Linda Schinkel at 559-356-7220.

Hope to see you soon!

YOUTH ALLIANCE NEWS, MARCH 2019
David McGee

 

March came in like a lion this year! Let’s hope it goes out like a lamb! And speaking of lions, the members of the LGBTQ Youth Alliance have been especially lion-like this past month! Despite small numbers, our youth have been a boisterous lot! Everyone wants to speak at once! Evidently, our group members have a lot to say! Of course, it would be nice if they would wait their turn to share their wisdom, rather that talking all at once! Such is the charm of our youth!

 

At a recent meeting, our group leader, Rachel, AKA Banana, brought a book to group with 3,000 questions! She chose a couple of questions to get the process started, and then tried passing the book to group members to choose a question. Of course, our youth decided to choose questions that were extremely personal in nature, so Banana had to take the book back and ask group members to just choose a random number in order to pick the question. Everybody had a great time answering the questions, and by keeping the questions fairly neutral, nobody had to share their darkest moments with the group!


Last week, Banana took a night off to attend her sister’s wedding, so Elder David ran the group. Since he always attends group, but mostly observes as Banana runs the group, the youth were a little perplexed. They didn’t realize that, like our Grand Poobah, Jeffery, David has 30 years of experience providing group and individualized counseling in the community! It took the group a while to be OK with David running the group, but they soon relaxed and got into the topic!

David talked to the group about cultural and family traditions, and then asked the group to talk about traditions their families adhere to, traditions they would like to see disappear, and new traditions they would
 

like to incorporate in their lives. Everyone participated, and in the end, they learned a lot about themselves and the other members of the group! We had several new attendees that night, and they seemed to enjoy the group! Let’s hope they make it back for more Youth Group encounters!
 

We save the last Friday of the month for our world-famous potluck! Last month, since the month was rather short, the last Friday crept up on us rather quickly. Nevertheless, we had plenty to eat! Several of the group members made special treats for the group! Moddie’s rice and Jonah’s brownies were a big hit that night! And of course, there was no end to the noise and frivolity that evening! The great thing about potluck nights is that we don’t ask a lot of group questions! We just party! Potluck nights are a great time for new people to join us, because they get to know new people and aren’t called upon to answer questions!
 

The Fresno LGBTQ Youth Alliance meets on Friday nights, at 7 PM, in the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church (The Big Red Church), located at 2131 N. Van Ness, in Fresno. We welcome any and all LGBTQ youth and their allies, ages 14-25, to join us on Friday nights! Check out our Facebook page for reminders about the group! We usually post a reminder about the group meetings on Friday mornings! Just go to our Facebook page, “Fresno GLBTQ (yes, in that order) Youth Alliance,” to check it out!

Local

 

DRAG QUEEN BINGO IS BACK!
THE most popular event in Visalia: sold out in 3 days! 

 

Hi Friends of The Source,

170 tickets and 8 tables sold in a 3 days!  We are excited for the popularity of Drag Queen Bingo. On April 7th we will host our 5th and 6th games.  We added a show to keep up with the 

demand. With the popularity of the event and with adding another show on the same day, comes the need for more prizes.  We've made a list of things that we can use as prizes and raffle items.  If there is something you can donate or procure, please let us know.  


With Gratitude,


Nick & Brian


P.S. We will issue a in-kind gift receipt for your records. Funds raised from this event support our programs for youth, elders, and our peer-support programs like HIVip. 
 

Our Drag Queen Bingo Wishlist:

Gift Baskets

  • Gift Card Basket

  • Movie Night Gift Basket

  • Date Night Gift Basket

  • Handyman (tool) gift basket

Experiences

  • Amusement Park Tickets

  • Concert Tickets

  • Show Tickets

  • Vacation packages

Services

  • Housekeeping 

  • Gardening or junk removal

  • Pool Service

  • Salon Services

SAVE THE DATE
Community United Church of Christ

Coming April 27!!  Our biggest fundraiser of the year!!!!! It’s been 21 years since CUCC voted to become an Open and Affirming church – this is cause for celebration and a reason to bring back our Party for Community!!

 

There will be a festive atmosphere with dinner, entertainment, and the chance to bid on silent auction items and to sign up for parties, events and services scheduled for later in the year. 

Learn more and find out how you can help make this a success on CUCC's website!

National

 

FLORIDA REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE BILL THAT WOULD REPEAL ALL LOCAL LGBTQ NONDISCRIMINATION ORDINANCES
Bil Browning
Reposted from LGBTQNation.com

 

Over 60 percent of Florida’s LGBTQ community would lose nondiscrimination protections provided by local human rights ordinances if a bill proposed in the state legislature passes, advocates say.

A dueling bill, however, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to current civil

rights law banning discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, handicap or marital status.”

continue reading at LGBTQNation.com

AN LGBTQ-FRIENDLY CHURCH COVERD UP ‘UNITED METHODIST’ IN ITS SIGN IN PROTEST OF ANTI-LGBTQ BAN
Alex Bollinger
Reposted from
LGBTQNation.com


 

An LGBTQ-friendly church has covered up the words “United Methodist” on its sign in protest of a decision by the international church organizing body.
 

Last week General Conference of the United Methodist Church’s voted to reaffirm its anti-LGBTQ teaching that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian

teaching” and to punish individual churches that violate its ban on same-sex marriages and LGBTQ clergy.

continue reading at LGBTQNation.com

ROSEANNE BARR TARGETS #METOO VICTIMS: "I KNOW A HO WHEN I SEE ONE"
Bil Browning
Reposted from LGBTQNation.com

 

Rightwing nincompoop and has-been actress Roseanne Barr is at it again. This time, instead of having a racist meltdown on Twitter, the target of her ire are sexual assault victims. Barr’s popular reboot of her 90s sitcom, Roseanne, was promptly canceled after her social media tirade and the subsequent fallout.
 

Barr, a rabid Trump supporter who fled to Israel after the controversy, just can’t keep her yap shut and dumb keep falling out.


This time, she’s denigrating women who shared stories of sexual assault and abuse as part of the #MeToo campaign.

continue reading at LGBTQNation.com

 A CATHOLIC SCHOOL REJECTED A KINDERGARTNER WITH GAY PARENTS. NOW OTHER PARENTS ARE RALLYING.
Alex Bollinger
Reposted from LGBTQNation.com

 

A Catholic school in Kansas has come under fire for refusing to admit a kindergartner because their parents are a same-sex couple.
 

Last month, Craig Maxim, the pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church and School in Prairie Village, near Kansas City, sent a letter to parents saying that a child had been rejected from the kindergarten program because their parents were of the same sex. The child’s name and gender identity have not been made public.

continue reading at LGBTQNation.com

WESTBORO BAPTIST ATTACK ON TRANS POLITICIAN BACKFIRES SPECTACULARLY
Terrance Heath
Reposted from LGBTQNation.com

 

Westboro Baptist Church’s attack on the nation’s first openly transgender state representative hasn’t gone quite as they probably planned.
 

Instead of bringing down the wrath of God on Virginia state Delegate Danica Roem, the rabidly anti-LGBTQ church triggered an avalanche of donations to her re-election campaign. As of this writing, Roem has raised almost $30,000 from over 800 donors from all 50 states, as well as the

District of Columbia, since the rabidly anti-LGBTQ group announced a protest aimed at her.

 continued reading at LGBTQNation.com

UNETHICAL SURGEON LOSES JOB AFTER SHARING GRAPHIC & DEMEANING PICTURES OF TRANSGENDER PATIENTS ON INSTAGRAM
Alex Bollinger
Reposted from LGBTQNation.com

 

A surgeon who has worked with transgender people for decades has left his job after he violated several patients’ privacy on social media.
 

Christopher Salgado worked at the University of Miami and was a genital reconstruction surgeon.
 

Several months ago, though, he started to write inappropriate posts on his Instagram account.

One of the posts was the dissected penis of one of his patients, arranged in the shape of a heart. He posted it on Valentine’s Day with the message “There are many ways to show your LOVE.”

 continue reading at LGBTQNation.com

International

 

Photo credit: Stuart Wilson (Getty Images)

WORLD’S FIRST TRANSGENDER LINGERIE BRAND’S FASHION SHOW SUCCESSFUL - DESPITE ANTI-TRANS PROTESTERS
Hasan Beyaz

The world’s first transgender lingerie brand – Carmen Liu Lingerie - launched yesterday evening with a spectacular fashion show, signalling a new dawn for transgender women around the world.


The event was held at the glamorous Glaziers Hall on London’s Southbank and featured jaw-dropping voguing performances plus live hair and makeup demonstrations from world-class professionals. Alongside a pop-up shop showcasing the lingerie brand, the Carmen Liu Lingerie fashion runway exclusively featured transgender models.

But not everyone was ready to embrace this first-of-its-kind brand, designed exclusively for transgender women. There were several anti-transgender protesters outside the event causing a stir by singing transphobic songs, wearing offensive clothing and waving around anti-trans derogatory posters.

The very purpose of the collection is to help transgender women feel genuinely feminine and sexy and help cisgender people to “get it” – “it” being that transgender people are equal to everyone else and should be treated as such.

Clearly, these transphobic actions – which did nothing to dim the success of the launch event – shows that we still have a long way to go in society to reach this point. But there is no doubt we will get there.

SECOND PERSON CURED OF HIV IN MAJOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH
Alex Bollinger
Reposted from LGBTQNation.com

 

HIV has been cured in a second patient, researchers are reporting.
 

The person, who wants to remain anonymous so he is being referred to as the “London patient,” is now in long term remission from HIV after a bone marrow transplant after he stopped taking HIV medication in September 2017, according to research published today in Nature.

A GAY WORLD LEADER CALLED OUT THE ARAB LEAGUE FOR LAWS BANNING HOMOSEXUALITY
Alex Bollinger
Reposted from LGBTQNation.com

 

The gay prime minister of Luxembourg called out leaders of several countries that ban homosexuality at the world’s first Arab League-European Union summit.
 

Earlier this week at a conference room in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel denounced anti-LGBTQ laws and violence.

continue reading at LGBTQNation.com

continue reading at LGBTQNation.com

Enlighten Me

 

LEARN FROM CONFLICT BY FIGHTING FAIRLY
Mark Langenfeld

 

Let’s face it. Everyone gets into arguments from time to time. However, if you learned to fight fairly, you can actually learn from these moments of disagreement. Granted, there are some arguments that are simply not worth fighting about. Therefore, before you even mention a problem to someone, decide if your words are going to do more harm than good. Look at your motivation. Are you trying to place blame? Or, do you want to truly understand the other person?

 

And if it is the other person who starts the fight, think to yourself, “Do I want to participate in this argument? Am I just defending my ego?” If you do decide to go ahead and argue, stay in the here and now. Talk about what is happening at the moment. Do not dig up the past because no one can change the past. So, leave it alone. Just learn from the past and move on.

 

Tension builds up slowly over time. Consequently, people rarely understand the root cause of that pressure or how it started in the first place. Frustrations in traffic can easily cause people to bring that tension home or to work with them.

 

Therefore, ask the arguing person to explain the reasons this issue that was brought up is so important to him or her. That way, you begin to understand where that person is coming from. Plus, once you know the main point, you can stay on topic and address the heart of the issue instead of getting sidetracked.

 

Sarcasm, name calling, personal insults, and other hurtful words during an argument can destroy the relationship that you have worked so hard to build. How counterproductive is that? And besides, when you put someone else down, you are also pushing that person away. Thus, you are isolating yourself. That leads to feelings of loneliness. Insulting the person does not make the problem go away. It only pollutes the energy in the relationship.

 

What do you really want in a relationship? Regardless of whether it is a family member, friendship or romantic relationship, my guess is that you probably want care, concern, loyalty, security, and trust. Ironically, all of those things are damaged when you use hurtful words during a heated disagreement. Can you see now how dysfunctional it is to get into an ego-fueled, mean-spirited fight? In such cases, it is usually best to not even participate. Remember, you do not have to respond when the other person is trying to bait you into an argument.

 

However, in spite of all the negative aspects of fighting, conflict can be an opportunity to learn and grow if both of you know how to fight fairly. That means showing respect for the other person in words and actions. One of the most respectful things you can do is to really listen to the other person with the sole purpose of understanding him or her. Listening is caring, so don’t get upset if the other person says the wrong thing or doesn’t pick the right words. Instead, try to hear the true intentions behind those words.

 

The best outcome of a disagreement is to find a compromise that you both can live with. This is commonly referred to as a win/win resolution. That way, each of you has a least some of the things you want.

 

The trick is to avoid saying things that push the other person’s buttons. Here’s a brief list of such triggers:
 

1) When responding to what the other person said, do not start your sentence with the word, “but” because it feels as if you are diminishing what that person just said.
 

2) Don’t tell the other person what he or she “must” do or “can’t” do. No one likes to be ordered around.
 

3) Avoid condescending statements like, “What’s wrong with you?”
 

4) Never say, “There’s nothing I can do.” This sounds like you really don’t care.
 

5) And of course, always use, “I” statements, not “you” statements.

 

If you feel that you need to give an explanation, give reasons not excuses. Give up trying to win all the time. And, if the argument starts to get heated, say "Time-out. Let’s continue this discussion in ten minutes." If is crucial that you tell the other person that you are coming back so he or she does not feel abandoned.

 

Today’s Loving Suggestion: If you are disagreeing with someone ask yourself, “How important is this to me? Is it worth arguing about?” Show concern for the other person by speaking in a respectful tone. If you cannot see eye-to-eye, then agree to disagree. Remember, this is a relationship that you value, so don’t damage it with words of bitterness. As we say in counseling sessions, “Don't analyze the relationship, live it.”

New Wellness

 

DR. SEUSS AND YOUR HEALTH 
 

Here’s a fun wellness tribute to the magical and magnificent Dr. Seuss. It’s a belated birthday celebration…it was on March 2nd. A little late…but enjoy it! 


Dr. Suess said, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Your wellness in life is usually a simple answer away. Start asking those complicated questions and get ready for your body and mind to improve quite simply. 

Why don’t you go back to school? You never did finish college and will there be another time that will be any better. Back in the day, you did get an F in Economics 101, but who cares it is only a letter. You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut. Enroll in class and I don’t want to hear the conjunction but. 


Why don’t you quit your job? Your work is tedious and worrisome and you don’t much see your family or even your best friend. If you stay with your job you’ll earn that paycheck, but what message will that send. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. There are other jobs out there ready to make you happy and healthy even if it’s money that you will lose. 


Why don’t you move? You freeze every winter even with your hat and mittens as you shovel the snow. The weather isn’t likely to change when you continue to make home in the city of Boston. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go. It’s mild and pleasant in the Lone Star State’s capitol of Austin. 
 

Why don’t you learn to relax and enjoy life a little? You are uptight and stressed each day of the week. If seems just yesterday you knew how to laugh and play hide and seek. From there to here and here to there funny things are everywhere. Cut loose with a joke or possibly a prank…if you dare. 
 

Why don’t you try something different? It is always out the door in the morning with a necktie and clean shaven face. It would be wrong to appear outside the box and look out of place. Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Tomorrow it’s a bowtie and facial hair that will start to sprout. 
 

Why don’t you try to change the world? After dinner every night you watch the news and nothing seems to improve. A call to action for change means getting out of your chair and that requires a move. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Shake the dust from your boots and create change; you’re Johnny on the Spot. 
 

Everything stinks till it’s finished. Finish those complicated questions with some simple answers. Only you can control your future. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so get on your way. Your well-being of tomorrow is almost here. Raise your glass with me and let out a cheer! 
 

This fun wellness article is brought to you by that guy of think and wonder. That wonder and think guy is Ron Blake and offers of thanks to the good doctor can be sent to 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

BARBIE'S COLUMN BECOMES COLLEGE CURRICULUM

Dear Uncle Barbie,
I am currently taking a psychology course at a nearby college, and your opinion column has become a major part of our coursework. With this stated, we were a little confused as to your psychology credentials. If you could just let me know it would help out a lot with our class discussions and better our understanding of your advice column. Thanks.

Signed, Inquisitive Student

 

Hello Student,

I am glad that you contacted me. As soon as you mentioned that you were in a psychology course, I checked my class roster to see if you were one of my students. You see, I am also a psychology professor at a nearby college. You said that my advice column has played a part in your class. How so? Did your instructor have the students discuss the topics covered in my column? Were there test questions about the column? Or did the professor give some other kind of assignment? If I were to give the class an assignment, it would be to have the students write each other psychologically based questions, and then take turns answering them--using your best psychological understanding. (Hey, maybe you could suggest this assignment to your instructor. I probably know him or her, anyway.)

 

Well, let me answer your question about my credentials. I was born and raised in Minnesota, and went to California to get my doctorate in clinical psychology (referred to as a Psy.D.). I was a therapist for many years while going through graduate school. After graduating with my doctorate, I worked as a clinical psychologist in California until my student loans were paid off. Then, I moved back to Duluth/Superior because I missed this area--even the snow. I have been a professor ever since. I’ve been writing my column for over eight years (including the time in California). The biggest challenge for an advice columnist is to make the column both educational and entertaining. When a person submits a very serious question dealing with mental health issues, I try my best to be informative. Yet, I realize that the general public would get bored reading it unless there was something humorous about my response. So, I always try to add comedy to my replies. Let's face it: humor can be a very healing element for mental health. Feel free to write back, and let me know what you and your classmates think.
 

Dismissing Conventionalism, Uncle Barbie
 

Horoscopes

ARIES (Mar 21 - Apr 19)
Get rid of the big head and you will get along with others more easily. You know what you want so go after it carefully. 

 

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 20)
You start out with lots of energy and a glow in your eyes. New opportunities and romance are in the air. 


GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)
A lot of misunderstandings with others lead to trust issues. You have a tendency to act without thinking. Trust friend's input. 


CANCER (June 21 - July 22) 
You are working hard and enjoying it. You have a decision to make. Make sure you will like a new career or not. 


LEO (Jul 23 - Aug 22) 
You have been thrown a curve ball and now you have to deal with it. A lot of others are involved here. You are going to have to compromise to move on. 


VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 22) 
You start out okay but some rumors persists and now its getting on your nerves. Spend time on a hobby to find some solace here. 

 

LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 22) 
Time to work on the mind and the body. Physical activity will do both for you and give you a clear view for what you want to do. 

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) 
The ball is in your court and you may even surprise yourself on what you want to do. Go for it and try not to step on any toes. 


SAGITTARIOUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) 
Happy go lucky still. Look at your diet, make adjustments and start an exercise routine. This is a time for growth in your life. 


CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19) 
You are still going through changes in your life but at least there are no more surprises. This is a time for mental growth and calm in dealing with problems. 


AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18) 
Unexpected events pop up in your life. This makes you uncomfortable but you deal with it. Life is going to be interesting for a while. Get used to it. 


PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) 
Others are trying to upset your apple cart but you see right through it. Place yourself outside of the madness and you will weather these challenges just fine. 

 

Not To Be Missed

 


The MisMatch Game
 

Los Angeles, CA
 

For 15 years, Dennis Hensley and his MisMatch Company have been creating game show chaos and comedy magic at the Renberg Theatre, in Los Angeles! Hensley and his company invite you to come find out why this unstoppable hit show just won’t quit! The show features audience contestants and demented celebrity impersonations by some of LA’s sharpest and funniest comic improvisers! This event is set for Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, at 8 PM, at the Renberg Theatre, located at 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA, 90038. Tickets for this event are $15. For tickets, go to lalgbtcenter.org.



Air Supply


Los Angeles, CA
 

Air Supply will perform at the Saban Theater, in Beverly Hills, CA, on April 5, 2019, at 8 PM. Air Supply was formed in 1976 in Melbourne, Australia, and now consists of British-born singer-songwriter Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock. Remember their song, “Making Love out of Nothing at All?” Tickets for this event are in the $75 range. For tickets, go to your favorite ticket seller, such as Ticketmaster or Vivid Seats.

 

Michael Buble
 

Oakland, CA
 

Michael Buble will perform at the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, CA, on April 3, 2019, at 8:00 PM. Buble is a Canadian singer best known for his cover of old crooner tunes, such as the music of Frank Sinatra. His sultry voice will carry you away! The Oracle Arena is located at 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA, 94629. Tickets for this event start at $100 and are in high demand! Get your tickets soon! For tickets, go to oracle-arenaboxofficeticket.center, or your favorite ticket seller!



Tom Jones


San Jose, CA
 

Tom Jones will perform at the San Jose Center for Latino Arts, in San Jose, CA, on April 25, 2019. Want to hear a blast from the past? Jones has been performing for six decades! Remember his hits, “It’s not Unusual” and “She’s a Lady?” The San Jose Center for Latino Arts is located at 255 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA, 95113. Tickets for this event start at $70. For tickets, go to Ticketmaster or your favorite ticket seller.

 

Pink


Fresno, CA
 

Pink will perform her Beautiful Trauma World Tour at the Save Mart Center, in Fresno, CA, on April 15, 2019, at 7:30 PM. The Los Angeles Times said, “Pink remains perhaps the most gifted and imaginative physical performer in pop right now.” The Save Mart Center is located at 2650 E. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA, 93710. Most ticket sellers don’t have this event listed yet, so keep in touch with the Save Mart Center website or your favorite ticket seller to buy tickets for this event!



Scrooged


Visalia, CA
 

If you’re craving a bit of Christmas spirit in April, you might want to consider attending the Visalia Fox Theatre, in Visalia, CA, on April 4, 2019, at 6:30 PM, for their presentation of Bill Murray’s Scrooged! They call the event, “Throwback Thursday.” The Visalia Fox Theatre is located at 308 W. Main Street, in Visalia, 93291. Tickets for this event are $5. For tickets, go to foxvisalia.org

Events

 

FRESNO/CLOVIS

Community Art Night
Tuesday, Mar 19 at 6:30 PM
Common Space
1252 Fulton St, Fresno, CA 93721

The 3rd Tuesday of every month we invite the community out for Art Night. We have everything you need to make your next masterpiece, or just let off some steam in a creative way. Supplies include coloring books, paper, pads, pencils, charcoal, canvases, paint, brushes, fabric paint, glue, color pencils, crayons, markers and so much more. We work hard to be an all inclusive organization. If you need any additional accommodations, or have any questions please contact Trans-E-Motion. 
facebook.com/events/2160924620821608


 

Equality Kickball: Show Off Your Best Rainbow Sports Gear!
Saturday, Mar 23 at  2 PM
Lafayette Park Community Center
1516 E Princeton Ave, Fresno, CA 93704

LGBT Fresno is lucky enough to have connected with Equality Kickball for a fun event combining both organizations for kickball, bbq potluck, and your favorite beer. Wear your most fun Rainbow sports gear, bring a side dish, and beer. Simple enough? LGBTQ plus community members and Allies are welcome as players and cheerleaders.  Oh, don't forget to bring your positive attitude. :-D 
facebook.com/events/2267630223515822


 

An Evening on the Mexican Rivera
Saturday, Mar 23 at 6 PM
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
2101 N Fruit Ave, Fresno, CA 93705

Benefitting Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival, come and enjoy an evening of great food, tasty cocktails and themed entertainment! Featured Mistress of Ceremony Misty Blue, Empress 49 of All of San Francisco. Live Mariachi Band! Doors at 6pm / Dinner at 7pm / Show at 8pm. $15 In Advance / $20 at the Door / $150 Reserved Table. For More Information Call Tiffany Taylor (559) 213-1826 Or Susan Kuhn (559) 224-2368. 
facebook.com/events/246261952936247


 

FAB presents Game Night (21+)
Tuesday, Mar 26 at 9 PM
FAB Fresno
716 E Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728

FAB presents Game Night
Every 4th Tuesday of the month 9pm-2am. No Cover- With Drag Bingo hosted by Charmalina! Featuring amazing tuesday night happy hour.
facebook.com/events/240678169948741


 

Gender Revolution
Thursday, Mar 28 at 11 AM - 12 PM
Fresno State's Cross Cultural and Gender Center
CA State University Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740

A discussion group open to people of all genders that covers a range of topics relevant to people of all gender identities. We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. A great way to meet like-minded friends! Snacks are provided so be sure to join us!
facebook.com/events/599487887159990



Monthly Social Dinner at Mings!
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Mings Restaurant
1414 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93728

Friday, come out to Trans-E-Motion's Monthly Social from 7PM to 9:30PM at Ming's Restaurant in Tower District at 1414 N. Van Ness. New members, old members, allies, and families welcome! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
facebook.com/events/186337598671485


 

Fresno Pride Lions Club Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's
Saturday, April 6 at 8 AM - 10 AM
Applebee's Grill & Bar
8430 N Friant Rd, Fresno, CA 93720

Come out and enjoy breakfast with the Fresno Pride Lions Club's Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's located at 8430 N Friant Rd, Fresno (near Dave & Buster's). Breakfast includes Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes, Coffee & Orange Juice... all for $10. Plus the bar will be open for additional drink purchases.
facebook.com/events/244668133087763


2019 Transgender Day of Visibility
Saturday, April 6 at 12 PM - 4 PM
Alliant International University 
5130 E Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727

You Are Invited! The 2019 Transgender Day of Visibility, Hosted by Trans-E-Motion and Alliant International University,  SATURDAY (APRIL 6TH)   FROM 12PM TO 4PM at Alliant  International University 5130 E. Clinton Way (across from the Yosemite Airport). The theme for this year is TRANSparency: Living, Laughing, Loving Visibly! Join us at this free family-friendly to celebrate transgender existence and accomplishments in our community.  Resource and Vendor Fair! Face Painting! Door Prizes! Art display! Speakers and live entertainment! Educational workshops! Food! 
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Transgender Support Group
Saturday, April 6 at 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Common Space 
1252 Fulton St, Fresno, CA 93721

The first Saturday of every month, we hold a support group for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Contact us if you have any questions.
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Annual LGBTQ+ Prom
Saturday, April 6 at 6 PM - 10 PM
Fresno State Satellite Student Union
2485 E San Ramon Ave, Fresno, CA 93727

Every year, LGBTQ+ Programs and Services works to put together a prom that will give students and community members the chance to attend a dance that is free of judgment. Unlike most high school students, LGBTQ+ students are likely to be deterred from attending prom and often do not feel comfortable attending prom with whom they would like to. This event is meant to give students the opportunity to get that high school prom night back and we would love to see you there!
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DRAG 101
Saturday, April 27 at 12 PM - 4 PM
Common Space 
1252 Fulton St, Fresno, CA 93721

Have you ever wanted to do drag or maybe wanted to step your game up? Please join us April 27th 2019 from 12pm-4pm. THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR ALL AGES. Classes will include the following: MUG (Makeup), Body (hips), What did she say? (Social media), Who does she think she is? (Drag etiquette), Q&A panel and more. Hostesses Leilani Price and Nikita Rage. For more information or if you are interested in participating please contact Leilani Price or Nikita Rage. 
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BAKERSFIELD


Mindfulness Meditation & Support Group
Sunday, Mar 17 at 12 PM - 1 PM
The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity
902 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

This class includes spiritual readings, guided meditation and silence followed by Metta. Improve mental and physical well being, slow down, relax... your life depends on it. Everyone is welcome. Join us, it's free!
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Clothing Swap/Gender Rebels Social
Saturday, April 13 at 3 PM
The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity
902 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

This monthly clothing swap is in support of our trans and gender non-conforming community members. Come join us to grab some clothes, socialize with others in the community, and have some snacks! We are here every second Saturday! All are welcome!
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MODESTO
 

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Saturday, April 6 at 8:30 AM - 12 PM
Gallo Center for The Arts
1000 I St, Modesto, CA 95354

This family-friendly event is designed to raise awareness and funds to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join us in front of the Gallo Event Center and wear your favorite shoes! Red shoes are reserved for the men who bravely walk the walk and show support for all victims of violence. Modesto's very own Ninja Poet Sam Pierstorff will be the emcee, and don't miss the after party @ Greens on Tenth!
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OAKLAND
 

White Allyship Accountability Group
Monday, Mar 25 at 6 PM
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
3207 Lakeshore Ave - Rand Ave entrance, Oakland, CA 94610

A white-identified LGBTQIA+ affinity group for anti-racist solidarity and accountability, centered on equity and deconstructing whiteness by understanding historical context, sharing individual experiences and events, uplifting and celebrating people of color, and developing a practice of healing languages and behaviors. No one will be turned away; all are welcome. This event takes place at the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, Oakland's Black-led, multiracial center for LGBTQIA+ community, in the Cafe, an ADA accessible space. Accessibility Notes: The center is accessible from sidewalk level by elevator. All rooms are wheelchair accessible. The bathrooms are gender neutral and wheelchair accessible. The room we meet in has a variety of seating for a variety of body sizes including straight backed chairs and a couple of comfy sofas.  The Center is low fragrance and not fragrance free. We keep individuals’ neurodivergence in mind both in our methods of sharing and by keeping a less stimulating, quiet, safer space available. We do not currently have accessibility for ASL interpretation.
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VISALIA
 

Closets are for Clothes
Sunday, Mar 17 at 3 PM - 5 PM
Congregation B'Nai David
1039 S Chinowth St, Visalia, CA 93277

At the March meeting of PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties, Peter Robinson will be sharing his personal journey with historical recollection of 30+ years of greater Fresno-related LGBTQ milestones. As a student attending Fresno State, he was a founding member of United Studen Pride (1987). Later, he co-founded Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival (1990), and served as a grand marshal for the inaugural Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade (1991). Most recently, he was selected the keynote alumni speaker for the inaugural Rainbow Graduation Celebration (2014), and established the Rainbow Alumni and Allies Club (2015). Out meetings are open to the public. Admission is free.
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HIV Peer Support+ Social Group
Sunday, Mar 17 at 6 PM - 7 PM
The Source LGBT+ Center
208 W Main Street, Suite B, Visalia, CA 93291

Peer Support+ Social Group for LGBT+ people who are living with HIV/AIDS. Come for the resources, stay for the friendships :) For more information contact dean@thesourcelgbt.org
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