Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences.
Always the weekend after Labor Day! Kampout is a 3 day LGBTQ social, fun filled camping event held at Texas Flats up above Oakhurst, CA. The Theme for 2015: Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves. $30 per person for the entire weekend! Can't beat that anywhere! Includes 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, a whole lot of booze! Games, prizes, a hilariously fabulous drag show, did I mention booze? An all around great bunch of women to hang out with all weekend. Plus you get to dress up as a gypsy, tramp, or thief!
Check out www.kampoutfresno.com for all you need to know. Get involved with the activities, volunteer to help the Kampout Committee
IN MEMORIAM: RONALD D. WILSON May 7, 1946 – June 24, 2015
Ron Wilson was a tireless volunteer and generous benefactor of many local causes including the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund at Fresno State, Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival, Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade & Festival, and the no-longer active Central California Alliance.
In 2013, he was named a Legacy Donor by the Fresno State Alumni Association for his support of the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund. And, for his past service to Fresno Reel Pride, he was bestowed the honorary title Director Emeritus by the Board of Directors at the 25th Annual Film Festival the following year.
He was preceded in death by his longtime partner, Dan Jackson.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sat. Sept. 12th at 11:00 a.m. in the Jensen Library of the Smittcamp Alumni on the campus of Fresno State. Located at: 2625 E Matoian Way, Fresno, California 93740.
Memorial donations may be made to either the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund at Fresno State, or the Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival Endowment Fund.
REEL PRIDE 26's KICK-OFF PARTY will be held Friday, August 14th!
The Fresno Police Department, would not confirm that "CASEY" aka Kenton Haggard was a part of the transgender community and often regards her disrespectfully as "A Man in a Dress"; that further insults and infuriates the Transgender community.
At first in looking over the unclear footage presented to the community for verification of identification; Trans-E-Motion wanted to provide concrete proof that "Casey" was in fact a member of the trans-community. In a long search, Trans-E-Motion has gone through archived records for concrete proof that Casey was in fact actively participating in our community as an authentic Transgender individual. Trans-E-Motion found a sign in sheet with "Kenton (Casey) Haggard" for one of our support groups. **Attached you will find the sign in sheet described. We have blocked the other names for protection of our members. **
At this time we are asking The Fresno Police Department, ALL news media to acknowledge "Casey" Haggard by using female pronouns and addressing her in the proper respect she deserves under the current Death and Dignity Laws of California for Transgender individuals. Although her CA DMV license may not have reflected at the time, or any medical records which may exist. This could include having seen a therapist for being Trans, or pharmacy records for hormone therapy. These factors may not reflect now, Casey's process; but there is that possibility that she was in the begining stages of the process, and given her life was cut short was not able to complete her goals.
The Board of Trans-E-Motion
Update: According to the interview by channel 21 with Trans-E-Motion after seeing the support group document which indicated that Casey was identifying a transgender, the Fresno Police Department said last night the death in dignity law will be respected from this point forward in the investigation of Casey Haggard and it is being investigated as a Hate Crime and for everyone to be on the lookout for a Gray or Silver 2002 to 2005 Saturn Vue SUV, with a large dent in the passenger side door. If you see a vehicle that fits this description, do not approach or confront anyone. Please contact the Fresno Police Department or call crime stoppers 559-498-STOP with the information as to the location of the vehicle. Please be careful, safe, and use good judgement.
In an email sent to supporters, American Foundation for Equal Rights Executive Director, Adam Umhoefer reveals they are closing up shop. And, expresses his trust in HRC along with a note that they are sending any remaining funds to the Human Rights Campaign:
Together, we made history.
Nearly six years ago, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) was created with the specific mission of arguing for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court and to, while doing so, dramatically advance the American conversation on equality.
And we accomplished that … and so much more.
We returned marriage equality to California—our nation's most populous state—and, later, to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
With David Boies and Ted Olson as lead counsel, we smashed the partisan barrier that traditionally divided supporters and opponents of marriage equality. Namely, we brought prominent conservative voices to the debate and proved that marriage is not a partisan issue, but an American issue.
We put equality on trial. For the first time ever, a federal court heard evidence as to why denying gay and lesbian Americans the right to marry is unconstitutional. And, more importantly, for the first time, we forced our opponents to make their best cases, under oath, as to why marriage bans based on fear and hatred should stand. And we shared that story with the world.
But, perhaps, most importantly, we drew a line in the sand. We demanded that every American—whether a regular citizen, an editorial board writer, a member of Congress, or a Supreme Court justice—not only listen to the stories of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo—the brave plaintiffs fighting for justice—but that they also take a side.
The results were extraordinary. We saw Americans nationwide stand up to support equal marriage. We saw it in the opinion pages of our newspapers. We saw senators scrambling to change their public positions. And we saw it from millions of ordinary people who proudly posted the “equal sign” logo of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as their Facebook profile pictures, and turned the Internet red.
Today, because of you—and the pioneering work of organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Freedom to Marry, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, and the National Council for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)—this group of brave plaintiffs and legal teams have finished the work and won every American the right to marry who they love.
The Boy Scouts of America, the country’s oldest youth organization, in a landmark decision voted to overturn their ban on gay troop leaders. Being a Scout myself until I was in my early teens; I was excited about this news. The Boy Scouts offer a fantastic opportunity for boys and young adults learn valuable life skills. And where else would I have learned to tie a Clove, Sheet Bend and a Taut-Line knot.
This isn’t the first time that the BSA has overturned antiquated rules. In 1967 they opened up den leadership to men and women. In the 70’s they opened up other leadership posts to women as well.
Even though, I commend the Scouts for doing the right thing or at least starting down the proverbial right path. Don’t brush up your resume and think you are going to apply to just any troop. The BSA left in a slight loop hole. If the troop is sponsored by a religious organization then they can still enforce the old ban.
Anyone who knows me, know I have an opinion on EVERYTHING. However, this is where I shake my head. Is the ban truly overturned or is it selective discrimination?
Regardless, this is a great start. In 10 or 20 years all this will be a non-issue. Hopefully by then our more accepting, younger generation will have a better hold of our society, and will have implemented the necessary changes to live in a more equal world.
There will be a gathering at the Fresno LGBT Community Center (1067 N. Fulton) this evening, Thursday, July 30th at 6pm in memory of KC Haggard, the local transgender woman who was viciously murdered on July 23rd, as well as all other victims of transgender violence across the country.
There will be a march through the Tower District and brief speeches from local community members.
Local media will be invited to this event.
The march and speakers will take place outside, but the Center will be open with air conditioning, water, snacks and bathrooms. It's supposed to be a hot day but we'll do everything we can to make it comfortable for all.
We encourage people to wear red to signify the rates of transgender violence in the U.S. and use the hashtag #TransRemembranceRed
Everyone is invited to this event so please invite your friends.
Thanks to this video, police say they now have physical evidence from the suspect and a prostitute and pimp who'd be able to identify the suspected murderer of KC Haggard.
Thursday morning, police believe the suspect in this silver Saturn was out looking for sex. Hours later, police say he found it, at a different location.
Local transgender activists say whether fully transitioned or not, Haggard was transgender and targeted for it that morning.
Police are describing the suspect as an extremely thin 5'9", 5'10" Hispanic male in his mid to late 30s with short dark hair and tattoos on both arms. Police are describing the suspect's car as a silver Saturn SUV with a moon roof and a damaged lower right side. Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.
Here is our first memorial vigil for KC Haggard, a transgender woman violently murdered in Fresno California on 7-23-15. Please, please share and wear RED for the next few days and post a serious pic in RED here to commemorate the stolen life of KC. #TransRemembranceRed #translivesmatter
Additional information about the tragic events that led up to this can be found on The Advocate's website.
Health department officials suggest that anyone who isn't sure whether or not they'll test positive, should come in. The process is simple and involves a mouth swab or a finger prick and 30 minutes later your results are in.
Fresno Health Officials say that positive HIV tests are up 6% percent.
It is with regret that Gay Central Valley announces our ceasing operations of the Merced LGBT Community Center. Daily operations will end today, July 1st 2015. We are are seeking someone else to take over the project and keep the Merced LGBT Community Center alive.
The Merced LGBT Center was opened in the fall of 2014. Gay Central Valley entered into an agreement with Merced Full Spectrum, an existing LGBT organization in Merced, to oversee and operate the Community Center.
Gay Central Valley worked with Merced Full Spectrum for over a year before the Merced LGBT Community Center opened. Our goal was to build the foundation of Merced Full Spectrum so that a local group in Merced would be behind the operations of the Center while Gay Central Valley would stand as the nonprofit organization and financial manager of the space. Gay Central Valley's goal, from the beginning, was to get behind Merced and provide the structural foundation to support the local efforts to open, operate and sustain an LGBT Community Center.
Unfortunately, after opening the LGBT Center in Merced, the team we had in place in Merced began to choose other paths. Many involved in Merced Full Spectrum left to pursue other avenues and the group began to lose its members. Merced Full Spectrum has now closed down it's group completely. This left Gay Central Valley in the unfortunate position of trying to operate the Merced Center from a distance, which was never our intention.
Gay Central Valley has always had the goal of establishing a presence across the Central Valley but only in as much as those in the various communities are the ones to staff and sustain those entities. While Merced has willing and able volunteers staffing the space, daily operations were crippled by a lack of local management.
We are an organization of volunteers. No one who works for Gay Central Valley is paid, including the board of directors. This means that everyone has a "day" job and other obligations. When we are unable to find people that have the ability and the passion to support a daily community center while maintaining other obligations, it becomes difficult to keep the doors open. Additionally, we cannot sign annual leases if we are not supported by financial contributions that can sustain those costs.
That being said, we would like to see the Merced LGBT Community Center survive. We are seeking another organization to take over the space. Our lease ends August 1st and the property management company would like to have another tenant take over the space at that time. Three of the current offices are under sub-leases, which helps with monthly operating expenses. We ask that any other organization that would be willing to step up and take over the funding and daily operations contact us as soon as possible. There may be funding sources still available in Merced should a group step up to take over the project. We can connect you with those sources.
We put our heart and souls into this project and were able to establish the first ever LGBT Community Center in Merced. We are very proud of that. While that may be ending, it also gives us hope. It's important that we maintain and expand our presence of community centers across the Central Valley of California. Marriage equality is not the end of our battle, it's just the next step. We need spaces where those rejected and disenfranchised can walk through the door and know they are acknowledged.
We would like to thank all former members of Merced Full Spectrum and all the volunteers who have kept the center up and running for the last year. Remember, stay visible and active in your community. You are making a difference!
MERCED LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE
As you might have read recently, the Merced LGBT Community Center was forced to announce its closure.
However, nothing brings a community together more than a shared cause and we are so glad to report that efforts are currently underway to reopen the Merced LGBT Community Center under a new leadership team!
Please be patient as we secure funding, a new board, and get this site back up and running.
In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.
Justice Kennedy said gay and lesbian couples had a fundamental right to marry.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” he wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
When marriages begin? Ruling goes into effect immediately. Some states County clerks (not states that already had marriage equality) need time to update forms and procedures.
Events in the Central Valley: Fresno: SCORE Sports Cafe 737 E Olive Ave, Fresno 6pm to 9pm Bakersfield: Rally at Outback Corner on Stockdale 5-7pm; then PARTY at the Nile Nightclub Bakersfield: Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield, 902 18th St, 5pm-9pm
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It is with great sadness that we share the news of beloved community member Ron Wilson's passing. The following was written by Peter Robertson:
My longtime mentor and a dear friend of our community, Ron Wilson, passed away peacefully last night at Hinds Hospice Home. He was 69 years old. I was fortunate and blessed to be by his side at the time.
He was a tireless volunteer and benefactor of many local causes including the Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival and the no-longer-active Central California Alliance. He was named a Legacy Donor by the Fresno State Alumni Association for his support of the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund in 2013. He was also bestowed the honorary title Director Emeritus by the Fresno Reel Pride Board of Directors at its 25th Annual Film Festival in 2015.
Wilson was preceded in death by his longtime partner, Dan Jackson. A memorial service is being planned for the future.
You shall be missed, my dear friend. Rest in peace.
Multi-millionaire, Franklin Graham, needs a homophobic bank. The bank can allow gay people to bank there but they [the bank] cannot promote the gay lifestyle. His last attempt to find such a bank failed miserably.
Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, who inherited his father’s multi-million dollar religious empire -- recently decided to take his money out of Wells Fargo. His reasoning: he didn’t want to bank at an institution that “publicly advocates through a national TV advertising campaign for [that kind] of lifestyle.” The ad that he is referring to is a national TV ad by Wells Fargo that features a lesbian couple desperately learning sign language so that they can adopt a deaf child. Graham went on to state at a conservative talk show that he was moving his money from Wells to a “good solid bank” called BB&T.
Here is the twist of irony (and karma). Graham, moves his money from Wells Fargo for being a lesbian loving bank to BB&T – not only a “L”esbian loving bank, but also a GBTQ loving bank.
Among the many philanthropic efforts benefiting the LGBTQ community, BB&T is also platinum sponsor for the Miami Gay Pride. They sponsor an organization called Legacy Couples in which they honor couples that have been together 10 years or more. Cynthia Williams, spokeswoman for BB&T, said publically, “Our mission is to help our clients achieve economic success and financial security regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity…”
BB&T scored an 80 in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. This index that ranks businesses on their LGBTQ employee business practices.
This is where Graham needs your help my, LGBTQ, brothers and sisters. Where is he and his ilk going to put their money? There are over 197 banks and or their subsidiaries that have an 80 or higher HRC rating. AND if he is true to his word and wants to extinguish all things with a “gay” agenda he might need to start developing a new social media outlet. Facebook and Twitter are WAY to gay friendly and progressive for them. Then there are those computers that they must use to calculate their millions. The problem here is Microsoft has a 100 percent rating and Apple not only has a 100 percent rating it also has one of them gayzzzz running the company. HOLY CRAP! What are they going to do about their cell phones that they all undoubtedly have -- Well they can’t go with Verizon or any other major carrier; they too have a 100 percent rating. of course they could go to Virgin Mobile that has a 0 ranking. Oh, poor, poor Franklin, what is a homophobic ass supposed to do?
Maybe, just maybe he could practice what he preaches and understand that like Jesus they shouldn’t judge. Maybe, just maybe they should open their bibles -- for the first time in many cases, and read the book of Matthew. Or better yet they could take an example from the lesbians in the Wells Fargo ad and learn compassion towards another human being that all she wanted was to be loved. I am sure that the deaf girl in the ad didn’t care if that love came from two moms, two dads, a single mom or dad, or a mom and dad.
FRANKLIN GRAHAM, you should be ashamed of yourself. Hopefully someday you will actually open that book that you supposedly preach from and learn about love, grace, and compassion instead of using it to amass millions. Oh and there is a story about that in that book too.