Resource Links

If you need assistance and you don’t find the resources you need here, please call the Fresno LGBT Community Center at 559-325-4429.
After Hours Assistance is available. If you would like to suggest a link please email us at info@gaycentralvalley.org.

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CRISIS ASSISTANCE

If you are in a CRISIS situation and thinking of hurting yourself, or if you are confused or angry, please contact someone at one of the following numbers. 

THE TREVOR PROJECT  (866-488-7386)
If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused, or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 for immediate help.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE  (800-273-8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

CENTRAL VALLEY SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE  (888-506-5991)

BOYS TOWN NATIONAL HOTLINE  (800-448-3000)
The Boys Town National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. It is accredited by the American Association of Suicidiology (AAS). Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services representing more than 140 languages are available, along with a TDD line (1-800-448-1833), that allows counselors to communicate with speech-impaired and deaf callers.

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HATE CRIME REPORTING

REPORT A HATE CRIME: FBI (559-436-4474)

HATE CRIMES TASK FORCE:  Asst. U.S. Attorney (559-497-4083)

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AA MEETINGS

FRESNO ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
24-hour phone: 559-221-6907

COLLEGE COMMUNITY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Tuesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.
5550 N Fresno St (north of Barstow) next to Fire Station 11.

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ADVOCACY & ALLIES

ACLU (AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION)
The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

COURAGE CAMPAIGN
The Courage Campaign is an online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots activists to push for progressive change and equality in California. As a leading multi-issue advocacy organization in the progressive movement, the Courage Campaign’s work is made possible by thousands of small-dollar donations from community members across California and the country.

EQUALITY CALIFORNIA
Founded in 1998, EQCA celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008, commemorating a decade of building a state of equality in California. In the past 11 years, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation.

FRESNO PRIDE LIONS CLUB

The Fresno Pride Lions is the third LGBT Lions Group in California and the fourth in the world.

GET EQUAL
Our mission is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and our allies to take bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way.

We envision a society in which LGBTQ people experience equal protection under the law, and are free from cultural and social transphobia/homophobia, without caveat or compromise. To that end, GetEQUAL will inspire and equip the LGBTQ community and allies to fight back against discrimination in a way that builds power and personal agency, encourage LGBTQ people to take our place to push forward progressive change as equals, and to build bridges with all who struggle for justice and dignity in their lives.

GLAAD
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASK FORCE
We are the uncompromising national voice for full LGBT equality. The Task Force creates change by building LGBT political power from the ground up. We bolster the strength of local LGBT activism in rural enclaves, small towns and cities nationwide. We build grassroots political muscle at every level by training activists, strengthening the infrastructure of local and state allies and organizing broad-based campaigns creating public support for full equality of LGBT people. Learn more about our Organizing & Training and Movement Building efforts.

NOH8 CAMPAIGN
The NOH8 Campaign is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.

On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response. The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.

PFLAG FRESNO
PFLAG Fresno is a volunteer group of parents, family and friends of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT). We welcome all caring persons, including the GLBT community to our meetings and membership. We meet on the second Sunday of each month.

Many people don’t know where to turn when they find out a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT). Others don’t know where to go when they want to learn ways to support their GLBT friends and family through outreach and advocacy. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is there for all of these people. Nationwide, PFLAG members provide support and information to counter myths and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity. They are a resource to straight and fair-minded aliies who want to join the fight for equality for all. Our message is clear: You have a home in PFLAG.

There is no cost to attend. Paid memberships support this chapter by paying for our rent, help line, and printed materials, but is optional.
PFLAG is a nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any political or religious institution.

PFLAG BAKERSFIELD
First Thursday of the month at 7:00pm.

Bakersfield PFLAG
P.O. Box 42135
Bakersfield CA 93384
661-632-2510
pflagbfl@yahoo.com

Meetings the first Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. Location: the First Congregational Church, 5 Real Rd. in Bakersfield (corner of Stockdale Hwy.and Real Rd– Enter the only glass door on the north side of the church). Call 661-632-2510 or email pflagbfl@yahoo.com for more information

PFLAG MERCED
We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.

PFLAG Merced
P.O. Box 2446
Merced, CA 95344
209-341-2122
pflagmerced@gmail.com

PFLAG MODESTO
At PFLAG Modesto, the privacy of the people who contact us is of utmost importance.

ALL contacts with us are confidential. We do not share the information you provide to us with any third party, corporation, or other non-profit. We do not sell or give away your email address. Anything you give us is kept within a very small number in our organization.

There are three ways to contact us — by snail mail, by calling our helpline, or by emailing us using the contact form below.
Whatever way you choose to reach out to us…we’re glad you did!

PFLAG Modesto
PO Box 4311
Modesto , CA , 95352

Our Helpline(209) 566-2468
(Nuestros servicios están disponible en español)

PFLAG TULARE KINGS COUNTY
Voice mail: (559) 579-1101

PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties
4125 W Noble Ave, #164
Visalia, CA 93277

PFLAG Tulare and Kings Counties is a volunteer group of parents, family and friends of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT). We welcome members of the GLBT community to our meetings and membership. We meet on the third Sunday of each month.

THE RAINBOW DELEGATION
The rainbow delegation is a Project of Gay Central Valley. We provide rainbow wristbands to individuals and groups to that they can visually demonstrate support for the LGBT community. We work to involve the most diverse group of people, encompassing people of all ages, races, and sexual orientations. The rainbow wristband is a subtle, yet powerful and recognizable symbol of support for the LGBT community. It’s a simple and effective means of displaying acceptance of ALL people. We wear these wristbands, not for fashion, nor as a fund-raiser for any particular agenda, but rather simply to be seen. Not just by the youth desperately needing to feel they belong, but also as a statement to all those people that would rather they didn’t.

S.A.F.E. (Straight Advocates For Equality)
S.A.F.E. is a diverse group of people who are committed to helping our LGBTQ family, friends and community attain their local, state and federal legal and constitutional rights.

Our three main objectives are Outreach, Education and Support:

  • To reach out to straight individuals, businesses, houses of worship, etc. and encourage them to ‘come out’ as vocal, visible advocates for equal rights for the LGBTQ community.
  • To educate straight individuals, businesses, houses of worship, etc. that full equality for all persons will strengthen families and society as a whole.
  • To actively support the efforts of the LGBTQ community in their struggle for fair and equal treatment in this country.

VISALIA PRIDE LIONS CLUB
The Visalia Pride Lions Club chartered on December 22, 2009. We are made up of LGBT+/Friendly members who desire to serve the community, and make a difference!

We meet on 1st & 3rd Mondays, 6:30pm at Mimi’s Cafe. You can contact us by email at visaliapridelions-club@yahoo.com.

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ATTORNEYS

Stan Teixeira
1233 W Shaw Ave, #100, Fresno, CA 93711
Cross Streets: Between N Thorne Ave and N Arthur Ave Neighborhoods: West
(559) 225-2510

www.stanthemanlaw.com

ACLU – FRESNO OFFICE
The mission of the Greater Fresno Area Chapter of the ACLU-NC is to support the goals of the ACLU-NC: To defend, maintain, and extend the civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and by the Constitution of the state of California.

The Chapter will implement its mission by:
• Referring people with civil liberties legal questions to the ACLU-NC Civil Liberties Counselors at 415-621-2488;
• Reaching out to individuals and organizations in our four-county community who are involved in social justice issues, especially of a civil liberties nature, by cosponsoring appropriate events, tabling at community events, and participating in such events;
• Sponsoring and otherwise participating in educational events or activities such as forums,  presentations to school groups and to other community groups, and letter- writing campaigns, including letters to the editors of local newspapers:
• Lobbying public officials concerning civil rights issues;
Inviting the public to ACLU events;
• Seeking to increase membership of the ACLU;
• Raising funds for the support of the local chapter and of the affiliate.
The Greater Fresno Area Chapter of ACLU-NC can be reached by mail at
4974 N Fresno St., #185, Fresno, CA 93726-0317, or by emailing simonaclu@sbcglobal.net

Attorney Referral Service:
(559) 264-0137, or 1221 Van Ness Ave., Ste. 300, Fresno, CA 93721

California Rural Legal Assistance:
(559) 441-8721, or 2115 Kern St., Fresno, CA 93721

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA LEGAL SERVICES INC.
Central California Legal Services is a non-profit law firm. We provide free legal assistance to low income families and individuals in the following counties: Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne. Central California Legal Services:
(559) 570-1200, or 1999 Tuolumne St., Ste. 700, Fresno, CA 93721-1613

LAMBDA LEGAL
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY – FRESNO OFFICE
Welcome to the website for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California.  On this site you will find press releases and public announcements, my monthly reports about the office’s activities, and information about our district, our office and what we do.  There are also descriptions about  various programs and initiatives involving our office and links to websites for the federal courts, law enforcement agencies and task forces, as well as other useful sites.

TO REPORT A HATE CRIME in Fresno:
FBI Robert B. Schofield 559-436-4474

TO CONTACT THE HATE CRIMES TASK FORCE in Fresno:
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elana Landau 559-497-4083

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BARS & CLUBS

BAM BAMS
2777 N Maroa Avenue Fresno, CA 93704  (559-229-4188)

CLUB LEGENDS
3075 N Maroa Avenue Fresno, CA 93704  (559-222-2271)

FAB

716 E Olive Avenue Fresno, CA  559-492-3911

THE LANDMARK

644 E Olive Avenue Fresno, CA 559-233-6505

THE RED LANTERN
4618 E Belmont Avenue Fresno, CA 93702  (559-251-5898)

ALIBI
4538 E Belmont Avenue Fresno, CA 93702  (559-252-2899)

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BOOKS

ARNE NIXON CENTER
A department of the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno, the Center is one of North America’s leading resources for the study of children’s and young adult literature. The center now includes a large selection of LGBT books.

FRESNO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
The Fresno LGBT Community Center offers a free media lending library, including a large selection of LGBT related books, DVD’s, magazines and more.  This service is provided free of charge to the community. Simply come in to the Center and fill out the application for a Library Card. The Fresno LGBT Community Center is located at 1055 N Van Ness Avenue Suite A, Fresno, CA 93728 (559-325-4429)

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BULLYING

ACLU – FRESNO OFFICE
The mission of the Greater Fresno Area Chapter of the ACLU-NC is to support the goals of the ACLU-NC: To defend, maintain, and extend the civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and by the Constitution of the state of California.

The Chapter will implement its mission by:
• Referring people with civil liberties legal questions to the ACLU-NC Civil Liberties Counselors at 415-621-2488;
• Reaching out to individuals and organizations in our four-county community who are involved in social justice issues, especially of a civil liberties nature, by cosponsoring appropriate events, tabling at community events, and participating in such events;
• Sponsoring and otherwise participating in educational events or activities such as forums,  presentations to school groups and to other community groups, and letter- writing campaigns, including letters to the editors of local newspapers:
• Lobbying public officials concerning civil rights issues;
Inviting the public to ACLU events;
• Seeking to increase membership of the ACLU;
• Raising funds for the support of the local chapter and of the affiliate.
The Greater Fresno Area Chapter of ACLU-NC can be reached by mail at
4974 N Fresno St., #185, Fresno, CA 93726-0317, or by emailing simonaclu@sbcglobal.net

GSA NETWORK
Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.

GSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to:

  1. create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia, transphobia, and other oppressions,
  2. educate the school community about homophobia, transphobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and
  3. fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.

STOP BULLYING
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kidsteensyoung adultsparentseducators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, get help.

THE RAINBOW DELEGATION
The rainbow delegation is a Project of Gay Central Valley. We provide rainbow wristbands to individuals and groups to that they can visually demonstrate support for the LGBT community. We work to involve the most diverse group of people, encompassing people of all ages, races, and sexual orientations. The rainbow wristband is a subtle, yet powerful and recognizable symbol of support for the LGBT community. It’s a simple and effective means of displaying acceptance of ALL people. We wear these wristbands, not for fashion, nor as a fund-raiser for any particular agenda, but rather simply to be seen. Not just by the youth desperately needing to feel they belong, but also as a statement to all those people that would rather they didn’t.

THE TREVOR PROJECT
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR for immediate help.
You can also write Dear Trevor with any non-time sensitive questions.

TREVOR PROJECT MEDIA
The Trevor Project’s YouTube site. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

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CHURCHES

CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY – EPISCOPAL
Holy Family is committed to strengthening our faith through worship, developing our community of faith, and taking our faith to others.
1135 E. Alluvial, Fresno, 93720 (559-439-5011)

COMMUNITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
We affirm our belief that all people are sacred creations of a loving God. We celebrate the talents and perspectives that all people bring to our faith community. In this spirit, our family of faith is open to people of every religious background, sexual orientation, family composition, physical and mental ability, race, age, gender, education, and economic status. We welcome all people to participate fully in our church’s life and ministry. Particularly standing with those who suffer discrimination, isolation and alienation, we affirm our commitment to work for justice, healing, and wholeness of life for all people.
5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno, 93710 (559-435-2690)

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH FRESNO
THE BIG RED CHURCH – First Congregational Church of Fresno, United Church of Christ, is an Open and Affirming congregation, with strong ecumenical and interfaith ties, through whom God Is Still Speaking today. No matter who you are, or where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome here. Find your church. Find yourself. Find your community. We are the Big Red Church.  We’ve been in ministry in Fresno since 1883, but we believe God is still singing, and we are all part of the song!
2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, 93704 (559-227-8489)

NEW THOUGHT COMMUNITY
Welcome to NEW THOUGHT COMMUNITY. We are an interfaith Community that is open and inclusive. It is our commitment to create a safe and sacred place where people from all walks of life can discover their path, purpose and spiritual nature in order to live cooperatively, grow personally, and enrich the world as a spiritual community. We do this by teaching practical tools for living. These tools grow out of Universal Principles that life is good, that there is only one God common to all people, and that Love is the only Power.”
Phone: 559-454-1005 (call anytime)-corner of Winery & Clinton by the Discovery Center

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL
Temple Beth Israel is a part of Fresno’s history. Almost a century ago about 40 families met near the rear of a furniture store to study and celebrate their 4000 year-old religion. A humble beginning, but nonetheless, it led to the incorporation of the first Jewish congregation in the San Joaquin Valley in 1919.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF FRESNO
The process of being a welcoming community that offers a new, free breath of spiritual life to people has been an ongoing learning experience for us. We are not done with this learning. The beauty of our new sanctuary and our loyalty to our faith and to one another combine to make to make the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno a living, powerful congregation that will continue its long history of service to the Fresno area, to humankind and to the world.
Reverend Bryan D. Jessup 2672 E Alluvial Ave., Clovis, 93611  (559-322-6146) Sunday 10:30 AM

UNITY CHURCH OF FRESNO
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path. 315 W. Shields Ave , Fresno, CA (map)

WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
We are a community of people from many different walks of life, who believe that God has drawn us together to be the visible sign of God’s wildly inclusive love. We believe that God asks us to boldly share God’s love with all people as we seek to follow the path of Jesus. We don’t have all the answers but we ask a lot of questions, we worship, we laugh, we cry, we pray and we serve. We welcome you to join us on the journey of growing in Christ as we seek to be bold witnesses of God’s love!  1343 E. Barstow, Fresno, 93710 (559-224-1947)

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CIVIL RIGHTS

CIVIL RIGHTS
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights coalition, consisting of nearly 200 national organizations, representing persons of color, women, children, labor unions, individuals with disabilities, older Americans, major religious groups, gays and lesbians and civil liberties and human rights groups.  LCCR was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. LCCR is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy.

FREEDOM TO MARRY
Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. We promote the national conversation about why marriage equality matters while bringing together partner organizations into a larger whole, a shared civil rights campaign.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

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CLOTHING

THE RAINBOW DELEGATION
The rainbow delegation is a Project of Gay Central Valley. We provide rainbow wristbands to individuals and groups to that they can visually demonstrate support for the LGBT community. We work to involve the most diverse group of people, encompassing people of all ages, races, and sexual orientations. The rainbow wristband is a subtle, yet powerful and recognizable symbol of support for the LGBT community. It’s a simple and effective means of displaying acceptance of ALL people. We wear these wristbands, not for fashion, nor as a fund-raiser for any particular agenda, but rather simply to be seen. Not just by the youth desperately needing to feel they belong, but also as a statement to all those people that would rather they didn’t.

Fresno LGBT Community Center Clothing Closet

We started our clothing closet as a service to the transgender community, and have now opened it up to the entire Fresno community. All our clothing is donated and is available for use to anyone in the community. We have clothing to accommodate all gender expression. Our inventory varies, of course, but typically includes general clothing as well as shoes, purses, belts, hats, coats, etc. We accept clothing donations during normal operating hours. We ask that all donated clothing be cleaned prior to donation. Anyone is welcome to visit our clothing closet and give and take as needed. The clothing closet is available to the public during open LGBT Center hours. 1067 N Fulton Fresno CA 93728 559-325-4429

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COMMUNITY CENTERS

BILLY DE FRANK CENTER – SAN JOSE
The Billy DeFrank Community Center strives to be the community’s premier resource hub and a recognized leader in promoting health, strength, diversity and inclusiveness. Through collaboration and unity, our center provides a diverse platform for our community to meet, learn, be challenged and grow.

FRESNO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
The Fresno LGBT Community Center (a project of Gay Central Valley) works to make Fresno and its surrounding suburbs a safer place for the LGBT community. We strive to do this by being Visible, Vocal, and Supportive.

The Center, which opened in January 2011, currently serves as a safe space, a resource center, an ever expanding lending library, and a meeting site for multiple programs including support groups (AA, CMA, Transgender, Women, Coming Out, etc), social programs (creative, hobby, and community building), and informational workshops (name / gender change, legal rights, etc). We service, on average, over 240 calls, over 40 walk-ins, and several dozen email information requests a month, and have over 2,100 names on our mailing list. The Center currently provides space over 30 times a month for groups and individuals to come in, get informed, get involved, to meet, and to connect. Our volunteer staff also facilitates several community activities such as biannual LGBT themed health fairs and fundraisers, as well as bringing nationally renowned cultural events to the Fresno area.

The Center is open Tue – Sat from Noon – 5pm and is located in the Tower District at 1067 N Fulton Fresno, CA  93728.
You can reach us at 559-325-4429. After hours assistance is available 24/7.

GAY & LESBIAN CENTER BAKERSFIELD
The Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(3) status pending, serving the LGBT community of Greater Bakersfield.

Above all, the Center strives to provide a safe, comfortable and inviting place for the LGBT community to meet, socialize and network. In addition to providing an inviting place and positive environment, the Center seeks to improve the wellbeing of LGBT people in the Bakersfield area by providing social, cultural, and educational programs and activities, plus an extensive referral network. Furthermore, the Center seeks to strengthen the connection between the LGBT community and the entire Bakersfield area community by fostering diversity, tolerance, and greater understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

MERCED LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER

As the Merced LGBT Community Center (a project of Gay Central Valley and the Merced LGBTQ Alliance), we are dedicated to fostering the healthy, successful lives of the LGBTQ+ and Ally community through advocacy, leadership, education and resources, in Merced County.The vision of the Merced LGBT Community Center is create an inclusive safe space that nurtures diversity for the LGBTQ+ and Ally community in Merced County.

The Merced LGBT Community Center is located at 1744 G Street Suite H, Merced, CA 95340  209-626-5551  mercedinfo@gaycentralvalley.org

RAINBOW COMMUNITY CENTER – CONCORD CA
The Rainbow Community Center (RCC) is the only organization in Contra Costa County that is solely focused on serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning  (LGBTQ) community; our current priorities are to build services for LGBT youth, seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS and to develop community building efforts that will diminish the sense of isolation and promote  greater acceptance of all LGBTQ people.

Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive and respectful environment for LGBTQ people of all ages, socio-economic status, races, cultures and religions.  We strive to create services and activities that will promote the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of our community by providing professional services, peer support, referral services, social opportunities and educational programs of interest to our community as well as to the community at large.

SACRAMENTO GAY & LESBIAN CENTER
The Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center is dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual community of the Greater Sacramento area and surrounding counties and its allies by providing space, diverse programming, advocacy, and cultural competency awareness in an affirming, compassionate and safe environment.

THE SOURCE

The Source LGBT+ Center is scheduled to open in downtown Visalia in May of 2016

Montgomery Square 208 West Main Street • Suite B Visalia, CA 93291 PO Box 188 • Visalia, CA 93279

Our MISSION is to provide spaces within our communities for the LGBT+ population to
Learn, Grow, Belong, Transform, Question + Support.  Our VISION is to cultivate new resources through advocacy, partnerships and fundraising to unite and advance the LGBT+ community in Tulare & Kings Counties.

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COUNSELORS

ALLIANT UNIVERSITY
(Doctoral students working on a sliding scale)  5130 E Clinton Way Fresno, CA 93727 (866-825-5426)

Cara Jean Emes, Ph.D.
Hello! I am a licensed psychologist in full-time private practice, providing counseling services in Fresno/Clovis. I work Mondays – Saturdays, and both day and evening appointments are available. I treat a wide variety of presenting issues. Additionally, I have a particular passion about working as an ally and support for people in the LGBT community, as well as addressing the following treatment issues: Relationship Concerns (Family of Origin, Romantic Relationships), Self-Esteem, Addictions & Recovery, Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Sexual),  Sexual Assault & Rape, and Trauma Recovery. To reach me, give me a call 559-977-7342 or an email at carajeanemes@gmail.com. You can also learn more about me by visiting my website, www.carajeanemes.com
Licensed Psychologist #26217  Counseling & Psychological Services  613 Harvard Avenue, Suite 202  Clovis, CA 93612-1186 Phone: 559-977-7342 Fax: 559-324-8411 Email: carajeanemes@gmail.com Web: www.carajeanemes.com

Carol Montgomery Brosnac, MA, LMFT

Carol Montgomery Brosnac, MA, LMFT / Gender Specializing Psychotherapist / World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Member

Offering evidence-based individual, family & group psychotherapy to the transgender, and gender nonconforming community of the Central Valley.

For appointment, please email: cmbrosnac.psychotherapy@gmail.com
Office hours: Monday-Friday 12:00-8:00pm NO WALK-INS, PLEASE www.CarolMontgomeryBrosnacLMFT.com

Cynthia Callaghan Licensed Clinical Social Worker 3134 Willow Suite 103 Clovis, CA 93612 CELL: 559-930-9327 cclcsw@sbcglobal.net

Gina  Keller 243-1809

Jeffery Robinson LMFT, Clinical Supervisor CCAIR Unit / DBH, Children’s Mental Health
3147 N. Millbrook Ave. Fresno , CA. Direct Line (559) 453-8528 Reception Desk (559) 453-3860 Fax (559) 453-5700

Jacqueline McWalter-Mohan, LMFT Licensed Social Worker 1055 W Henderson Suite 2 Porterville, CA 93257 (559-788-1200) tularehhsa.org

James A Powroznik 4420 N 1st Suite 121 Fresno, CA 93726 559-222-1976 (Business 559-916-0411) Mobile Email: jp@comcast.net

Jan Richtey, Licensed Clinical Psychologist (559-446-1631)

John Middleton, MD Board Certified Psychiatrist 2109 W Bullard Ave Suite 145 Fresno, CA 93711 (559-439-1534 phone) (559-439-1083 FAX)

Leslie Bullok 908-0925

Lisa Dines, MA, LPCC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor 20 + years experience helping individuals, couples, families, teens and children with diverse, often complex challenging issues or just a quick reality check! LGBT knowledgeable and friendly, forensic and legal issues experience including child custody, abuse detection and discrimination.Home visits my specialty.

Lisa Dines, MA, LPCC
(559) 241-9761

Melissa Cuneo 901-5461 (has a practice both in Fresno & Visalia )

Patti A Williams M.A. MFTI 303-842-3900 bearheartcounseling@gmail.com

Sallie Hunt, LMFT  559-227-0477

The Secular Therapist http://www.seculartherapy.org/

The recovering from religion secular therapist project. Searchable database by zip code for therapists in your area.

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CRISIS

THE TREVOR PROJECT  866-488-7386
If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at1-866-488-7386 for immediate help.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE  800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

CENTRAL VALLEY SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE  888-506-5991

BOYS TOWN NATIONAL HOTLINE  800-448-3000
The Boys Town National HotlineSM is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. It is accredited by the American Association of Suicidiology (AAS). Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services representing more than 140 languages are available, along with a TDD line (1-800-448-1833), that allows counselors to communicate with speech-impaired and deaf callers.

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DOCTORS

For a searchable database of LGBT friendly doctors through the Human Rights Campaign… CLICK HERE

Dr. Nikki Donaldson Family Practice – Fresno

Toby Johnson at Sierra Pacific Orthopedic Center – Fresno

Dr. William Roach GP – Visalia

Marc Sizemore at Dr. Holvick’s Office – Visalia

Sue Stone – Fresno

Kathryn Hall, MD. (PFLAG Member) Pediatrician Visalia Medical Clinic

5400 W. Hillsdale Ave. Visalia 93291 559-738-7508

Dr. Hing B. Luong  3240 E Olive Ave Fresno, CA. 93702 559-486-4324

HEALTH LABS 

Fast, Private & Affordable Lab Testing. You can order 500+ lab tests online— no doctor or insurance needed

TZU CHI FRESNO MEDICAL TEAM
Mission and goals: 
· To provide free quality health care to financially disadvantaged residents, regardless of their age, sex, race or religious affiliations.
· To ensure children’s health by providing preventative medical and dental care.
· To educate and promote the public’s awareness of preventative medical care and pertinent health issues.
· To provide emergency medical relief to disastrous and/or disadvantaged areas.
· Care with Compassion, Give with Joy

The Fresno Tzu Chi Service Center and Fresno Medical Team programs and activities include the following:
· Free monthly health clinic services and prescription in the areas of: adult medicine, pediatrics, vision, dental cleaning, blood sugar/pressure tests, blood acupuncture, chiropractic care, referrals.
· Health education
· Distribution of goods to low income families and individuals
· Emergency relief
· Care for the elderly
· Assistance to the homeless
· Distribution of books and school supplies to school children

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DRAG & PERFORMANCE

IDC FRESNO – IMPERIAL DOVE COURT
Fresno’s Drag Community Court. The IDC is a non-profit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. We are organized under the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for Charitable Causes. Our primary purpose is to sponsor activities in order to raise money for charity.

MODESTO OWL EMPIRE OF STANISLAUS COUNTY

An LGBTQ Charity Organization serving the Communities of Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Calaveras and Merced Counties in the State of California.

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ELDERLY

GRAY ALLIANCE.  The Gray Alliance is a LGBT social Peer support group for those 50 years of age and above in Fresno and the surrounding areas.

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

FRESNO RAINBOW PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL
Arguably the largest event of the year, and certainly one requiring year-long preparations is our Fresno Rainbow Pride. Community Link formally took over organizing the Fresno GLBT Pride Parade and Festival in 2003. The renamed committee, Fresno Rainbow Pride, has worked hard on bringing back the excitement and integrity of this very important cultural event. Community Link was a major player in founding GLBT Pride in 1991, and during that first year 8 out of the 12 organizers were Community Link Board members. Fresno Rainbow Pride has since grown into a regional event drawing people from all over the Valley to celebrate the contributions of the GLBT community. Expecting over 3,000 people to attend each year’s GLBT Pride, this is the largest one-day GLBT event in the Valley.

KAMPOUT FRESNO
Kampout Fresno is an annual camp out event for the Central Valley LGBT Community. It takes place the weekend after Labor Day at Texas Flat Campground.

REEL PRIDE
Since its inception in a classroom at Fresno State in 1990, Fresno Reel Pride is the sixth oldest — and has grown to become one of the largest — gay and lesbian film festivals in the US. Now located in the historic Tower Theatre, Reel Pride is a celebration of gay and lesbian cinema and is a premiere cultural event in central California.

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FACILITIES

FRESNO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
The main focus of Gay Central Valley is the LGBT Community Center in Fresno, CA.  The goal of this Community Center, the only one of its kind between Bakersfield and Sacramento, is to make Fresno and its surrounding suburbs a safer place for the LGBT community. We strive to do this by being Visible, Vocal, and Supportive.

The Center, which opened in January 2011, currently serves as a safe space, a resource center, an ever expanding lending library, and a meeting site for multiple programs including support groups (AA, CMA, Transgender, Women, Coming Out, etc), social programs (creative, hobby, and community building), and informational workshops (name / gender change, legal rights, etc). We service, on average, over 240 calls, over 40 walk-ins, and several dozen email information requests a month, and have over 2,100 names on our mailing list. The Center currently provides space over 30 times a month for groups and individuals to come in, get informed, get involved, to meet, and to connect. Our volunteer staff also facilitates several community activities such as biannual LGBT themed health fairs and fundraisers, as well as bringing nationally renowned cultural events to the Fresno area.

The Center is open Tue – Sat from Noon – 5pm and is located at 1067 N Fulton in the Tower District

You can reach us at 559-325-4429. After hours assistance is available 24/7.

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FARMING & FOOD

THE UBIQUITOUS FARM
A philanthropic adventure, pesticide-free, transitional farm committed to values

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GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS

FRESNO GLBTQ YOUTH ALLIANCE
The Fresno Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth Alliance was created to offer Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth a safe and substance free environment where they can be themselves, express their concerns and discuss issues of importance that effect their lives.

FRESNO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER

GROUPS AND CALENDAR
Visit the Fresno LGBT Community Center site for updates on the FREE social and support groups we offer to the LGBT+ Community

FRESNO FRESIBIANS

The Fresbians is a local, lesbian social and support group

GAY OFFICERS ACTION LEAGUE
A Fraternal Organization advocating the rights of GLBT people employed as Public Safety and Military Personnel, to assist on matters of discrimination, harassment and disperate treatment in the workplace. Help line: 434-6540 / 351-2329 / 355-7467 PO Box 3216, Pinedale, CA 93650 or Post Office Box 27382, Fresno, CA 93729-7382

FRESNO PRIDE LIONS CLUB

The Fresno Pride Lions is the third LGBT Lions Group in California and the fourth in the world.

GAYMERS OF FRESNO

An all inclusive group of gamers (video, board, miniature, RPG) in the LGBTQ community to socialize and support each other.

 

GRAY ALLIANCE
Gray Alliance is a non-profit group of seniors ranging from 50 & up. You do not have to be exactly 50 or 100 years of age to join us. Membership is currently over 50 members and constantly growing. A casual informal way of Senior gays & lesbians to meet & share conversation, ideas, & lots more. No one is ever obligated to attend all functions. They are encouraged to attend at their convenience, as their own schedules will allow. We attend functions to have fun, make and be with friends and family!

PFLAG FRESNO
PFLAG Fresno is a volunteer group of parents, family and friends of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT). We welcome all caring persons, including the GLBT community to our meetings and membership. We meet on the second Sunday of each month.

Many people don’t know where to turn when they find out a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT). Others don’t know where to go when they want to learn ways to support their GLBT friends and family through outreach and advocacy. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is there for all of these people. Nationwide, PFLAG members provide support and information to counter myths and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity. They are a resource to straight and fair-minded aliies who want to join the fight for equality for all. Our message is clear: You have a home in PFLAG. There is no cost to attend. Paid memberships support this chapter by paying for our rent, help line, and printed materials, but is optional.
PFLAG is a nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any political or religious institution.

PFLAG BAKERSFIELD
First Thursday of the month at 7pm.

Bakersfield PFLAG P.O. Box 42135 Bakersfield CA 93384 661-632-2510 pflagbfl@yahoo.com

Meetings the first Thursday of the month at 7pm. Location: the First Congregational Church, 5 Real Rd. in Bakersfield (corner of Stockdale Hwy.and Real Rd– Enter the only glass door on the north side of the church). Call 661-632-2510 or email pflagbfl@yahoo.com for more information

PFLAG MERCED
We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.

PFLAG Merced P.O. Box 2446 Merced, CA 95344 209-341-2122 pflagmerced@gmail.com

PFLAG MODESTO
At PFLAG Modesto, the privacy of the people who contact us is of utmost importance.

ALL contacts with us are confidential. We do not share the information you provide to us with any third party, corporation, or other non-profit. We do not sell or give away your email address. Anything you give us is kept within a very small number in our organization.

There are three ways to contact us — by snail mail, by calling our helpline, or by emailing us using the contact form below.
Whatever way you choose to reach out to us…we’re glad you did!

PFLAG Modesto PO Box 4311 Modesto , CA , 95352 Our Helpline:  (209) 566-2468 (Nuestros servicios están disponible en español)

PFLAG TULARE KINGS COUNTY
(559) 579-1101 PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties 4125 W Noble Ave, #164 Visalia, CA 93277

PFLAG Tulare and Kings Counties is a volunteer group of parents, family and friends of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT). We welcome members of the GLBT community to our meetings and membership. We meet on the third Sunday of each month.

POW PROFESSIONAL OUT WOMEN

Professional OUT Women (POW) is a community of women that gather at monthly events, happening at rotating locations, for networking and socializing.

RAINBOW ALUMNI AND ALLIES CLUB
Online: http://www.fresnostate.edu/alumni/chapters/clubs.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FSAARainbowPrideAlumniandAlliesClub/

LGBTQ Student Organization at California State University, Fresno

VISALIA PRIDE LIONS CLUB
We are made up of LGBT+/Friendly members who desire to serve the community, and make a difference!

YOSEMITE KNIGHTS K OF M
Gay Levi/leather social club

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HEALTH

All About Care

All About Care provides practical, emotional, spiritual, and charitable support to people with terminal illness, especially those with HIV/AIDS. We provide information and referral for People with AIDS, their families, and caregiver.

 

CA Dept of Public Health STD
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are prevalent in communities of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). This initiative aims to address this by educating both medical care providers and MSM about the appropriateness and importance of routine STD screening if risk is present.

Consumer Affairs

Drug and alcohol addictions are difficult to overcome without help. Various rehab centers offer treatment programs for people who are ready to stop using.

COVERED CALIFORNIA
Millions of Californians will be able to choose affordable, quality health insurance coverage offered through Covered California™ that will take effect January 2014. You will also be able to learn if you qualify for Medi-Cal. Covered California is a new, easy-to-use marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable and where you will be able to compare and choose health coverage that best fits your needs and budget. By law, your coverage can’t be dropped or denied even if you have a pre-existing medical condition or get sick.

FRESNO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Phone: (559) 600-3200 Fax: (559) 600-3370 Email: dph@co.fresno.ca.us Address: 1221 Fulton Mall Fresno, CA 93721

FRESNO NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Saturdays from 1-3pm near the corner of West & Hedges. One block north of Roeding Park.

HEALTH LABS 
Fast, Private & Affordable Lab Testing. You can order 500+ lab tests online— no doctor or insurance needed

NATIONAL COALITION FOR LGBT HEALTH
The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training.

The LGBT community includes individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age; regardless of disability, income, education, and geography. Our members are dedicated to effecting change by uniting this rich diversity at the national level.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

PLANNED PARENTHOOD CENTRAL VALLEY
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte improves and transforms the lives of over 250,000 women, men and children every year in 29 counties throughout mid-California and 13 counties in Northern Nevada. We reach people through our medical services, education programs and advocacy initiatives.

With 32 health center locations and 12 community sites, we provide a range of reproductive and general health services including birth control, pregnancy testing and options counseling, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screening, abortion, prenatal care, pediatrics and adult primary health care.

STDCHECK.COM – 1-800-456-2323
Most sexually active individuals, gay or straight, are not aware of their STD status. STDcheck.com, the leader in online STD testing aims to change that by offering private FDA-approved STD tests throughout United States. STDcheck.com is the only testing service approved by the FDA to offer the HIV RNA test that dictates the presence of HIV in the blood 9-11 days after initial exposure. Besides HIV, they also test for other common STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis A, B and C, herpes 1 and herpes 2.

WESTCARE
WestCare, a family of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Our services include substance abuse and addiction treatment, homeless and runaway shelters, domestic violence treatment and prevention, and mental health programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents, and families; we specialize in helping people traditionally considered difficult to treat, such as those who are indigent, have multiple disorders, or are involved with the criminal justice system. The Living Room, a project of WestCare California, is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the well-being and empowerment of persons infected, affected and at risk for HIV/AIDS. The Living Room’s many programs focus on improving the quality and availability of HIV-specific services for all residents of Fresno County. The Living Room is a social support center that provides a wide range of direct and indirect services for persons infected, affected and at risk for HIV/AIDS.

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HIV / AIDS

ALL ABOUT CARE
Cynthia Karraker started All About Care in 1990. All About Care is an organization assisting women and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In 1996, she added Camp Care, a free camp for families living with HIV/AIDS.

CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH – STD
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are prevalent in communities of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). This initiative aims to address this by educating both medical care providers and MSM about the appropriateness and importance of routine STD screening if risk is present.

CALIFORNIA HIV/AIDS SERVICE REFERRALS
Provided by the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS

FRESNO COUNTY HEALTH DEPT – HIV/AIDS

THE FRESNO DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH – HIV/AIDS
Phone: (559) 600-3434 Fax: (559) 600-3370 Email: dph@co.fresno.ca.us Address: 1221 Fulton Mall Fresno, CA 93721

FRESNO COUNTY DEPT OF HEALTH – FREE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTING
1221 Fulton Mall
P O Box 11867, Fresno CA 93775-1867
Phone: (559) 600-3310

HEALTH LABS 
Fast, Private & Affordable Lab Testing. You can order 500+ lab tests online— no doctor or insurance needed

THE LIVING ROOM
The Living Room’s many programs focus on improving the quality and availability of HIV-specific services for all residents of Fresno County. HIV/AIDS Case Management, Psycho-social Support Groups, Hot Meals Program & Food Pantry. Toni Harrison, Lead Case Manager  Ph# 237-3420 x236

PLANNED PARENTHOOD CENTAL VALLEY
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte improves and transforms the lives of over 250,000 women, men and children every year in 29 counties throughout mid-California and 13 counties in Northern Nevada. We reach people through our medical services, education programs and advocacy initiatives.

With 32 health center locations and 12 community sites, we provide a range of reproductive and general health services including birth control, pregnancy testing and options counseling, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screening, abortion, prenatal care, pediatrics and adult primary health care.

POSITIVE LIFE

Empowering HIV positive people through education and support by navigating the resources
for a positive life.

PROJECT INFORM
Project Inform was founded in 1985 to promote the ideas that people with HIV/AIDS should be thoroughly empowered and educated in order to make sound decisions about their health care, and be actively consulted in the process of developing therapies for HIV infection. We have been staffed by independent advocates whose expertise, high quality work and integrity have earned the respect of government, industry and academic leaders. We have built principled and cooperative relationships with these institutions to address the greatest scientific and public policy challenges in the epidemic.

Project Inform pursues a highly strategic set of programs crucial to improving the health of people with HIV and ending the epidemic. We deliberately focus our efforts on issues that few other agencies address. Our staff is widely respected for having helped speed dozens of safe and effective HIV medications to market, educated hundreds of thousands of HIV-positive individuals about HIV care and treatment, and ensured adequate government funding for health care programs that serve the sickest and poorest people with HIV.

STDCHECK.COM – 1-800-456-2323
Most sexually active individuals, gay or straight, are not aware of their STD status. STDcheck.com, the leader in online STD testing aims to change that by offering private FDA-approved STD tests throughout United States. STDcheck.com is the only testing service approved by the FDA to offer the HIV RNA test that dictates the presence of HIV in the blood 9-11 days after initial exposure. Besides HIV, they also test for other common STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis A, B and C, herpes 1 and herpes 2.

WE C.A.R.E. (Committed Advocacy Respect Empowerment)
WE C.A.R.E. is an HIV advocacy group that provides Peer Advocacy, Peer Support, HIV Education for Positive & Non Positive, Site Visits, Staff Resources and Identifying patient needs and concerns.

GOALS: Fighting stigma, Providing feedback to area agencies on client needs, Giving positive people a voice, Empowering individuals, Making sure no one feels alone

WE C.A.R.E. Specialty Health Center 290 N. Wyate Lane Suite 2223, Fresno, CA 93701 Phone: 559-577-7109

WESTCARE
WestCare, a family of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Our services include substance abuse and addiction treatment, homeless and runaway shelters, domestic violence treatment and prevention, and mental health programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents, and families; we specialize in helping people traditionally considered difficult to treat, such as those who are indigent, have multiple disorders, or are involved with the criminal justice system.

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HOUSING

FAIR HOUSING COUNCIL OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
333 W. Shaw Avenue Suite 14
Fresno, CA  93704
Ph:     (559) 244-2950
Fax:   (559) 244-2956
Toll Free: (888) 498-FAIR (3247)

A professional, non-profit, civil rights organization dedicated to the elimination of discrimination in housing and the expansion of housing opportunities for all persons.
The Center accomplishes its goal through the advocacy of equal housing opportunities, assisting victims of housing discrimination and enforcing compliance with fair housing laws, including the Community Reinvestment Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
It provides a multi-faceted program of private enforcement, education and outreach, research and advocacy to affirmatively further the goal of equal housing opportunity in our Valley.

We serve the racially and ethnically diverse, multi-cultural region of California’s great Central Valley.  We are a private, non-profit agency dedicated to promoting integrated neighborhoods and equal housing opportunities for ALL.  The FHCCC investigates complaints of housing discrimination and predatory lending.  We offer mediation, counseling, advocacy, research, and fair housing training and workshops for consumers as well as housing providers.  We are dedicated to eradicating housing discrimination by ensuring compliance with federal and state housing laws.

US DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status (i.e., presence of children in the household). The Fair Housing Act does not specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited bases. However, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person’s experience with sexual orientation or gender identity housing discrimination may still be covered by the Fair Housing Act. In addition, housing providers that receive HUD funding, have loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), as well as lenders insured by FHA, may be subject to HUD program regulations intended to ensure equal access of LGBT persons.

If you believe you have experienced (or are about to experience) housing discrimination, you should contact HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for help at (800) 669-9777. You may also file a housing discrimination complaint online. HUD will thoroughly review your allegation to determine if the claims you raise are jurisdictional under the Fair Housing Act.

Additionally you should contact your local HUD office for assistance with alleged violations of HUD programs regulations.

FRESNO HUD OFFICE

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LEGAL SERVICES

ACLU – FRESNO OFFICE
The mission of the Greater Fresno Area Chapter of the ACLU-NC is to support the goals of the ACLU-NC: To defend, maintain, and extend the civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and by the Constitution of the state of California.

The Chapter will implement its mission by:
• Referring people with civil liberties legal questions to the ACLU-NC Civil Liberties Counselors at 415-621-2488;
• Reaching out to individuals and organizations in our four-county community who are involved in social justice issues, especially of a civil liberties nature, by cosponsoring appropriate events, tabling at community events, and participating in such events;
• Sponsoring and otherwise participating in educational events or activities such as forums,  presentations to school groups and to other community groups, and letter- writing campaigns, including letters to the editors of local newspapers:
• Lobbying public officials concerning civil rights issues;
Inviting the public to ACLU events;
• Seeking to increase membership of the ACLU;
• Raising funds for the support of the local chapter and of the affiliate.
The Greater Fresno Area Chapter of ACLU-NC can be reached by mail at
4974 N Fresno St., #185, Fresno, CA 93726-0317, or by emailing simonaclu@sbcglobal.net

Attorney Referral Service:
(559) 264-0137, or 1221 Van Ness Ave., Ste. 300, Fresno, CA 93721

California Rural Legal Assistance:
(559) 441-8721, or 2115 Kern St., Fresno, CA 93721

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA LEGAL SERVICES INC.
Central California Legal Services is a non-profit law firm. We provide free legal assistance to low income families and individuals in the following counties: Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne. Central California Legal Services:
(559) 570-1200, or 1999 Tuolumne St., Ste. 700, Fresno, CA 93721-1613

LAW OFFICE OF JONATHAN O. PEÑA
333 West Shaw, Suite 102, Fresno, CA 93704
Phone: 559-412-5390 Alt Phone: 866-282-6811 Fax: 866-282-6709

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 591
Fresno, CA 93709

LAMBDA LEGAL
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

STAN TEIXEIRA
1233 W Shaw Ave, #100, Fresno, CA 93711 (559) 225-2510
Cross Streets: Between N Thorne Ave and N Arthur Ave Neighborhoods: West

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY – FRESNO OFFICE
Welcome to the website for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California.  On this site you will find press releases and public announcements, my monthly reports about the office’s activities, and information about our district, our office and what we do.  There are also descriptions about  various programs and initiatives involving our office and links to websites for the federal courts, law enforcement agencies and task forces, as well as other useful sites.

TO REPORT A HATE CRIME in Fresno:
FBI Robert B. Schofield 559-436-4474

TO CONTACT THE HATE CRIMES TASK FORCE in Fresno:
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elana Landau 559-497-4083

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MARRIAGE RESOURCES

FRESNO COUNTY CLERK – MARRIAGE LICENSES
Before a marriage license can be issued, First Person and Second Person must bring in a valid driver’s license or a DMV issued Identification Card. If you do not have either of these, you must provide a certified copy of your birth certificate and another acceptable form of picture I.D.

To obtain a Confidential Marriage License, First Person and Second Person must be living together as a married couple. The same I.D. requirements as mentioned above are applicable.

A wedding facility is available in the County Clerk’s office and a civil marriage commissioner is on site to perform marriage ceremonies.

Amendment on a Marriage License – Within the first year there is no fee but there is a $13.00 fee for a certified copy of the Amendment. After a year there is a fee of $20.00 which includes the certified copy. Declaration for a Marriage License – $49.00.

For more information, click on the links below.

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MEDIA & NEWS

COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
Local progressive newspaper. The voice of the progressive movement since 1996

GAY CENTRAL VALLEY BLOG
Gay Central Valley Blog is the official news and blog site of Gay Central Valley

GAY FRESNO
Gay Fresno is a local LGBT website and blog.

GAY HANFORD
Gay Hanford is a local LGBT website and blog.

GAY PORTERVILLE
Gay Porterville is a local LGBT website and blog.

GAY VISALIA
Gay Visalia is a local LGBT website and blog.

LESBIAN NEWS

The Lesbian News or, as is more commonly known, the LN has the distinction and responsibility of being North America’s longest running lesbian publication. The Lesbian News is the vehicle for the experience of women’s art, music, literature, films and history.  We have premiered women’s films which would not have otherwise been seen. We have reviewed women’s literature and music which would not have found an audience and we have financially supported workshops and fundraisers that could not have been successful without us.

MEDIA MATTERS
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

MERCED LGBTQ ALLIANCE

Merced LGBTQ Alliance operates the Merced LGBT Community Center

LOGO ONLINE
The LGBT world has a place all its own with Logo, the new lesbian & gay network from MTV Networks. Whether it’s on TV, online, or on your mobile, Logo brings you the stories, shows and news you won’t see anywhere else. From original series and films to groundbreaking documentaries to LGBT news and more.

NEWSLINK
NEWS LINK is a community newspaper, first published in 1995. It contains GLBT-relevant news (local and beyond) on politics, marriage, religion, youth, health; plus local columns: Waterhouse Report, Calendar, It’s A Queer Thang, Horoscopes, The Diamond Exchange, Queereadings, Travel Closet, Ask Uncle Barbie, TransPositions, Crossword Puzzle, Nerd Talk, Mi Voce (in English and Spanish), North Valley & South Valley Link and many others. Not all of them appear every month, but most do!

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MEDICAL

For a searchable database of LGBT friendly doctors through the Human Rights Campaign… CLICK HERE

Dr. Nikki Donaldson Family Practice – Fresno

Toby Johnson at Sierra Pacific Orthopedic Center – Fresno

Dr. William Roach GP – Visalia

Marc Sizemore at Dr. Holvick’s Office – Visalia

Sue Stone – Fresno

Kathryn Hall, MD. (PFLAG Member) Pediatrician Visalia Medical Clinic
5400 W. Hillsdale Ave. Visalia 93291 (559-738-7508)

Dr. Hing B. Luong  3240 E Olive Ave Fresno, CA. 93702 (559-486-4324)

HEALTH LABS 
Fast, Private & Affordable Lab Testing. You can order 500+ lab tests online— no doctor or insurance needed

TZU CHI FRESNO MEDICAL TEAM
Mission and goals:
· To provide free quality health care to financially disadvantaged residents, regardless of their age, sex, race or religious affiliations.
· To ensure children’s health by providing preventative medical and dental care.
· To educate and promote the public’s awareness of preventative medical care and pertinent health issues.
· To provide emergency medical relief to disastrous and/or disadvantaged areas.
· Care with Compassion, Give with Joy

The Fresno Tzu Chi Service Center and Fresno Medical Team programs and activities include the following:
· Free monthly health clinic services and prescription in the areas of: adult medicine, pediatrics, vision, dental cleaning, blood sugar/pressure tests, blood acupuncture, chiropractic care, referrals.
· Health education
· Distribution of goods to low income families and individuals
· Emergency relief
· Care for the elderly
· Assistance to the homeless
· Distribution of books and school supplies to school children

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MILITARY

SERVICE MEMBERS UNITED
Servicemembers United – a non-partisan and non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. – is the nation’s largest organization of LGBT troops and veterans of the U.S. armed forces, as well as their partners and civilian allies. Servicemembers United’s primary goals are:

  1. to engage in education and advocacy on the issues that impact the gay military community;
  2. to serve as an associational organization for the gay military community;
  3. to build a strong, vibrant, and connected community of LGBT troops and veterans; and
  4. to support, connect, and engage the partners and families of LGBT troops and veterans.

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NEWS

HUFFINGTON POST GAY VOICE
News site covering everything from Politics to Entertainment.

LESBIAN NEWS
The Lesbian News has the distinction and responsibility of being the nation’s longest running lesbian publication. Founded in 1974 in Southern California, the LN began as the lone voice for lesbian issues. Today, after 34 years, the LN is still the nation’s foremost voice for lesbians of all ages.

MEDIA MATTERS
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

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NONPROFITS

COMMUNITY LINK
Community Link promotes social well-being of individuals within the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community through education and entertainment;  is instrumental in promoting a better understanding of the GLBT  community by networking with other segments of the general population;  promotes and supports the Arts and cultural exchanges – and works to develop services and programs for the GLBT community as they arise. Community Link, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations to it are tax deductible.

GAY CENTRAL VALLEY
Gay Central Valley, which started in 2009, exists to contribute to and enrich the cultural life and expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, their families, friends, and supporters through awareness and education of the diversity and history of the LGBT community in California’s Central Valley. Projects of Gay Central Valley include The Fresno LGBT Community Center and The Rainbow Delegation.

IDC FRESNO – IMPERIAL DOVE COURT
Fresno’s Drag Community Court. The IDC is a non-profit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. We are organized under the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for Charitable Causes. Our primary purpose is to sponsor activities in order to raise money for charity.

REEL PRIDE
Since its inception in a classroom at Fresno State in 1990, Fresno Reel Pride is the sixth oldest — and has grown to become one of the largest — gay and lesbian film festivals in the US. Now located in the historic Tower Theatre, Reel Pride is a celebration of gay and lesbian cinema and is a premiere cultural event in central California.

TRANS E MOTION
Phone 559-464-5806 or email at transemotion@gmail.com

Trans-e-motion is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization in Fresno, Ca. who’s goals are to provide support and education to both transgender persons and to their family and friends. Trans-e-motion hosts the Transgender Day of Remembrance every year on November 20th. We honor and celebrate the lives of transgender persons, both past and present, and to bring about social change for the benefit of the transgender/transsexual community through activities and events that bring education, understanding, and support to all.

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NONPROFIT RESOURCES

FRESNO COUNTY NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
To access information on the over 1,400 various Fresno County Non-Profit Organizations click on the link above, then, in the first search box, labeled “BASIC SEARCH”, type in the word “nonprofit” (no spaces, all one word) and click on START SEARCH. From there you can view listings and get detailed information.

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PARENTING

ANGELS OF GRACE FOSTER FAMILY AGENCY
Angels of Grace Foster Family Agency is an agency that provides a place of refuge and healing for foster children.  A place where they can receive the nurturing and care that they need from professional social workers and trained foster parents. Every day, they are able to draw strength from the human warmth and affection that has frequently been denied to them.

Our culturally diverse treatment program provides an array of services to families in order to sustain the needs of foster children. Our goal is to remain focused on the children’s needs and search for a good foster family that will work with them on their issues on their level. Thanks to the support of many wonderful people throughout the community, are able to meet not just the physical needs of foster children, but we will strive to love, nurture, and protect the mind, body, and spirit of the children that we serve.

CALIFORNIA YOUTH CONNECTION
California Youth Connection (CYC) is a youth led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change.

Foster youth will be equal partners in contributing to all policies and decisions made in their lives. All youth in foster care will have their needs met and the support to grow into healthy and vibrant adults.

EMQ FAMILIES FIRST
EMQ FamiliesFirst takes a state-of-the-art approach to children and youth with complex behavioral health challenges: we combine research-based behavioral health services (including evidence-based therapies and psychiatric services) with a family-centered effort to identify and address the social and other needs of the family.

EXCEPTIONAL PARENTS UNLIMITED
The mission of Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) is to strengthen and empower children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental, and parenting challenges.

We do this by:

  • Promoting the development of infants and children with special medical, developmental or emotional needs;
  • Supporting and assisting parents as they grow in the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to help themselves and their children experience success at home and in the community;
  • Supporting the development of secure parent-child relationships as the basis for optimal social and emotional development;
  • Strengthening the relationships between parents and professionals;
  • Collaborating with other agencies to support the creation of inclusive, family-centered services that are responsive and welcoming to all children and parents.

KIDS LIKE US
Kids Like Us is an LGBT parenting group that socializes on a monthly to bi-monthly schedule.  We offer events that allow kids to connect with other children who have families like theirs and we, as adults, connect with other parents that have a KLU.  For more info, please email kidslikeusfresno@yahoo.com or call us.
Ph# 287-9670

PFLAG FRESNO
PFLAG Fresno is a volunteer group of parents, family and friends of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT). We welcome all caring persons, including the GLBT community to our meetings and membership. We meet on the second Sunday of each month.

Many people don’t know where to turn when they find out a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT). Others don’t know where to go when they want to learn ways to support their GLBT friends and family through outreach and advocacy. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is there for all of these people. Nationwide, PFLAG members provide support and information to counter myths and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity. They are a resource to straight and fair-minded aliies who want to join the fight for equality for all. Our message is clear: You have a home in PFLAG.

There is no cost to attend. Paid memberships support this chapter by paying for our rent, help line, and printed materials, but is optional.
PFLAG is a nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any political or religious institution.

PFLAG BAKESFIELD
First Thursday of the month at 7pm.

Bakersfield PFLAG
P.O. Box 42135
Bakersfield CA 93384
661-632-2510
pflagbfl@yahoo.com

Meetings the first Thursday of the month at 7pm. Location: the First Congregational Church, 5 Real Rd. in Bakersfield (corner of Stockdale Hwy.and Real Rd– Enter the only glass door on the north side of the church). Call 661-632-2510 or email pflagbfl@yahoo.com for more information

PFLAG MERCED
We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.

PFLAG Merced
P.O. Box 2446
Merced, CA 95344
209-341-2122
pflagmerced@gmail.com

PFLAG MODESTO
At PFLAG Modesto, the privacy of the people who contact us is of utmost importance.

ALL contacts with us are confidential. We do not share the information you provide to us with any third party, corporation, or other non-profit. We do not sell or give away your email address. Anything you give us is kept within a very small number in our organization.

There are three ways to contact us — by snail mail, by calling our helpline, or by emailing us using the contact form below.

Whatever way you choose to reach out to us…we’re glad you did!

PFLAG Modesto
PO Box 4311
Modesto , CA , 95352

Our Helpline(209) 566-2468
(Nuestros servicios están disponible en español)

PFLAG TULARE KINGS COUNTY
Voice mail: (559) 579-1101

US Mail:
PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties
4125 W Noble Ave, #164
Visalia, CA 93277

PFLAG Tulare and Kings Counties is a volunteer group of parents, family and friends of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT). We welcome members of the GLBT community to our meetings and membership. We meet on the third Sunday of each month.

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POLITICAL

CALIFORNIA VOTER REGISTRATION
Register to vote in California

FRESNO STONEWALL DEMOCRATS
Fresno Stonewall Democrats is a Chartered Club of the Democratic Party’s County Central Committee. The Club is devoted to advancing the equal rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, preference, or identity. Fresno Stonewall Democrats support the Democratic Party and those Democratic Candidates who support our mission.

MOVE ON
The MoveOn family of organizations brings real Americans back into the political process. With 5 million members across America — from carpenters to stay-at-home moms to business leaders – we work together to realize the progressive promise of our country. MoveOn is a service — a way for busy but concerned citizens to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media.

NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASK FORCE
We are the uncompromising national voice for full LGBT equality. The Task Force creates change by building LGBT political power from the ground up. We bolster the strength of local LGBT activism in rural enclaves, small towns and cities nationwide. We build grassroots political muscle at every level by training activists, strengthening the infrastructure of local and state allies and organizing broad-based campaigns creating public support for full equality of LGBT people. Learn more about our Organizing & Training and Movement Building efforts.

ROCK THE VOTE
Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country.  Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election. And we give young people the tools to identify, learn about, and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process.

STONEWALL DEMOCRATS
The National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists from Seattle, Washington to Austin, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas to Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 90 chapters across the country, Stonewall is a grassroots force for social change within our movement and within our party. Our members do the hard work of calling voters, putting together campaign mailings, going door-to-door for our fair-minded candidates and having tough conversations with Democratic party officials about why our families need and deserve more support from our party and its elected officials.

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PUBLICATIONS

COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
Community Alliance newspaper is an independent voice for workers and progressive groups in the Central San Joaquin Valley. The goal of this monthly newspaper is to build a powerful progressive movement that will support social, environmental, & economic justice; immigrant rights; and a living wage for all working people. We seek to expose social and political injustices and to link the diverse network of activists working in our community.

NEWSLINK
NEWS LINK is a community newspaper, first published in 1995. It contains GLBT-relevant news (local and beyond) on politics, marriage, religion, youth, health; plus local columns: Waterhouse Report, Calendar, It’s A Queer Thang, Horoscopes, The Diamond Exchange, Queereadings, Travel Closet, Ask Uncle Barbie, TransPositions, Crossword Puzzle, Nerd Talk, Mi Voce (in English and Spanish), North Valley & South Valley Link and many others. Not all of them appear every month, but most do!

PINK PAGES
The Pink Pages is an annual Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual community resource and business directory serving the Central Valley Communities.

POZ
POZ is an award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Offering unparalleled editorial excellence since 1994, POZ and poz.com are identified by our readers as their most trusted sources of information about the disease.

THE ADVOCATE
The award winning LGBT magazine and website

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RADIO

IT’S A QUEER THANG – LOCAL MONTHLY RADIO SHOW
“It’s A Queer Thang” started in 1991 on KFCF 88.1FM in Fresno and has been on air since then, appearing once a month, on third Friday between 5-6pm. Host Jeff Robinson has been with the show since its very beginning, having started as a sidekick / substitute for the original hosts, Liz Maines and Tom Brandenberry. Since early 2003 Kirk has been the technician / producer / music guru.

KFCF FREE SPEECH RADIO
KFCF 88.1 FM began broadcasting on June 9, 1975, and, at that time, was the only public electronic medium serving the Fresno area. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day with 50,000 watts of equivalent effective power from a transmitter site at Meadow Lakes , 30 miles northeast of Fresno in the Sierra Nevada . With a elevation of 5,200 feet, the signal can be received as far north as Modesto and as far south as Bakersfield , as well as in many Sierra foothill communities.

PRIDE RADIO
Clear Channel online radio, music, entertainment, photo galleries and more…

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RELIGION

CENTRAL VALLEY ALLIANCE OF ATHEISTS AND SKEPTICS
The Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics includes those who do not see a need to resort to the supernatural in order to discover meaning in life. We believe that human rights and ethical questions are best examined from a human perspective, and that morality makes better sense when it is based upon empathy and sympathy for others instead of being based on blind religious dogma. We believe fringe and pseudo scientific claims should be examined through the lens of objective scientific inquiry.

CENTRAL VALLEY PAGAN PRIDE
Central Valley Pagan Pride in an eclectic array of non-traditional religions. Our focus is on bringing together the community for the purposes of community building, education (within and outside the community), networking with local business, equal representation, and advocacy of social and environmental awareness.

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RESEARCH & STUDIES

American Institute of Bisexuality

Center for Excellence for Transgender Health

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Gay Straight Alliance Network

Human Rights Campaign

Lambda Legal

Movement Advancement Project

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The Williams Institute

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RESOURCES

GLBTQ.COM
An encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture

LGBT MAP
Founded in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. MAP’s work is focused on three primary areas:

 

PINK PAGES
The Pink Pages is an annual Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual community resource and business directory serving the Central Valley Communities.

THE WILLIAMS INSTITUTE
The Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

BULLDOG PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established in 2005 by Peter Robertson (BA ’92, MA ’95, MBA ’05) and officially recognized by the Fresno State Alumni Association in 2006, the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund is an endowment that provides an annuity to support students at Fresno State. The BPF scholarship criteria is that a Fresno State incoming or returning student with good academic standing that has demonstrated pride in the community be selected as its recipient. The BPF also bestows the GSA NETWORK AWARD to a student affiliated with the GSA NETWORK.

VISALIA PRIDE LIONS CLUB
The Visalia Pride Lions Club chartered on December 22, 2009. We are made up of LGBT+/Friendly members who desire to serve the community, and make a difference!

We meet on 1st & 3rd Mondays, 6:30pm at Mimi’s Cafe. You can contact us by email at visaliapridelions-club@yahoo.com.

FRESNO PRIDE LIONS CLUB

The Fresno Pride Lions is the third LGBT Lions Group in California and the fourth in the world.

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SCHOOL GROUPS

DIVERSITY CLUB AT FCC – Fresno City College Diversity Club

GSA DIRECTORY
Find a Gay Straight Alliance organization near you.

UNITED STUDENT PRIDE – FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY
LGBTQ Student Organization at California State University, Fresno

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SENIORS

GRAY ALLIANCE
Gray Alliance is a non-profit group of seniors ranging from 50 & up. You do not have to be exactly 50 or 100 years of age to join us. Membership is currently over 50 members and constantly growing. A casual informal way of Senior gays & lesbians to meet & share conversation, ideas, & lots more. No one is ever obligated to attend all functions. They are encouraged to attend at their convenience, as their own schedules will allow. We attend functions to have fun, make and be with friends and family!

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SHELTERS

MARJAREE MASON CENTER
For more than 30 years, the Marjaree Mason Center has offered shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence in Fresno County. Currently, the center operates the county’s only domestic violence shelters.

The center was founded in 1979 after the murder of Marjaree Mason, a native of Easton. A graduate of Washington High School and Reedley College, Marjaree lived in Fresno for 31 years and was well known in the community. At the time of her death she was completing her degree in business administration at California State University, Fresno and was employed by the National Economic Development Association. She was a member of the National Council of Negro Women, the Ujima Ladies Group, Big Sisters of Fresno, the Nation Association of Women in Construction and St. Rest Baptist Church. The center was named in her honor with the approval of her parents.

NAOMI’S HOUSE FRESNO
Naomi’s House at Poverello specifically targets these women, offering them an overnight shelter in a relaxed atmosphere, where is structure, but it is minimal. The first and most important task with these women is the development of a trusting relationship. Only through trust can these women begin to address the path that led to homelessness and begin to reconstruct their lives. In addition to shelter, the women are provided with Poverello House/Holy Cross Center for Women Campus services – meals, showers, laundry and medical/dental care. Other services at Naomi’s House include a strengths-based needs assessment, goal planning, social service advocacy, case management, limited transportation and education regarding issues endemic to women and homelessness.

Naomi’s House is located within the Poverello House Campus at 445 F Street; adjacent to Holy Cross Center for Women, across the street from Poverello House. The facility consists of the original 864 square foot house and modular units behind the house. The total shelter capacity is 24.  CONTACT  MELISSA DANIELS / Program Manager / (559) 443-1531  / daniels@naomishousefresno.org

POVERELLO HOUSE
Poverello House provides a variety of social services to our clients and is always seeking ways to expand those services.

SANCTUARY YOUTH SHELTER
There are multiple reasons why teens run away. Sometimes they are forced to leave, and sometimes it is the only choice they have.  No matter what the motive, young people do not have to place themselves at risk by living on the streets.

Runaways have a safer alternative.  EOC’s Sanctuary Youth Shelter provides runaway, homeless, exploited, or otherwise displaced youth with emergency shelter, a hot meal, clothing, crisis intervention, counseling, and family reunification.

The Sanctuary Youth Shelter is the only self-referral shelter between Bakersfield and Stockton and is recognized as a National Safe Place. It works in collaboration with the local government and many community businesses to provide comprehensive services to runaway youth.

Eligibility:
Youth must:

  • be between the ages of 11-17
  • not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of entry
  • not have a history of violence, serious mental illness, sexual offenses, or arson

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SPORTS

QUEER VOLLEYBALL
Fresno Queer Volley Ball started in 2003 as a way of getting Fresno’s GLBT community involved in active recreation.

The games were originally held every Thursday between March and October, then expanded to include monthly Saturday games. In mid-2008 Saturday games were cancelled, due in part to hot summer weather. Thursday games have remained strong, usually with 2 nets and up to 40 players and supporters weekly.

RAINBOW BOWLING LEAGUE
Rainbow Bowling League is Community Link’s newest project. It started in October 2007 as a way of keeping recreational activities going in the fall and winter, when it’s too cold for our Queer Volleyball games outside.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

THE TREVOR PROJECT 866-488-7386
If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at1-866-488-7386 for immediate help.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE  800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

CENTRAL VALLEY SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE  888-506-5991

BOYS TOWN NATIONAL HOTLINE  800-448-3000
The Boys Town National HotlineSM is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. It is accredited by the American Association of Suicidiology (AAS). Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services representing more than 140 languages are available, along with a TDD line (1-800-448-1833), that allows counselors to communicate with speech-impaired and deaf callers.

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TERMINOLOGY

GENDER EQUALITY RESOURCE CENTER
The Gender Equity Resource Center, fondly referred to as GenEq, is a UC Berkeley campus community center committed to fostering an inclusive Cal experience for all. GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality.

INTERNATIONAL SPECTRUM
The University of Michigan strives to take a global perspective: attracting students from around the world and promoting international learning experiences. Gender and sexual orientation are complex issues that must be considered within an international cultural context. International Spectrum can help you learn more!

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TRANSGENDER

Achieving Authentic Voices: Voice Modification for People in the Transgender Community

https://speech.steinhardt.nyu.edu/blog/voice-modification-in-the-transgender-community/

HEALTH LABS 
Fast, Private & Affordable Lab Testing. You can order 500+ lab tests online— no doctor or insurance needed

MARIPOZA AZUL
A local transgender group. Contact info: Gaby Bustos – 559-709-1345  Email: gaby4229.bustos@att.net

NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation’s capital and around the country.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD CENTRAL VALLEY
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte improves and transforms the lives of over 250,000 women, men and children every year in 29 counties throughout mid-California and 13 counties in Northern Nevada. We reach people through our medical services, education programs and advocacy initiatives.

With 32 health center locations and 12 community sites, we provide a range of reproductive and general health services including birth control, pregnancy testing and options counseling, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screening, abortion, prenatal care, pediatrics and adult primary health care.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD – SEXUAL ORIENTATION & GENDER
Planned Parenthood provides high-quality, sensitive, and appropriate reproductive health, general health, and sexual health services to all of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients. Staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center can talk with you and help you find the information, services, and resources that you need.

TRANS CARE CLINIC / DR. JULIE NICOLE

CLINICA SIERRA VISTA / ORANGE AND BUTLER FACILITY

1350 S ORANGE AVENUE  FRESNO, CA  559-457-5826  CALL FOR APPOINTMENTS

TRANS E MOTION
Phone 559-464-5806 or email at transemotion@gmail.com

Trans-e-motion is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization in Fresno, Ca. who’s goals are to provide support and education to both transgender persons and to their family and friends. Trans-e-motion hosts the Transgender Day of Remembrance every year on November 20th. We honor and celebrate the lives of transgender persons, both past and present, and to bring about social change for the benefit of the transgender/transsexual community through activities and events that bring education, understanding, and support to all.

TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER
Welcome! At the Transgender Law Center, we work with community members and allies to make California a state in which we can all fully and freely express our gender identities. On our site, you’ll find one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of resources on transgender law, information about our innovative projects. Contact us if you’re in California and have questions about our work, your rights, or the best way to create a non-discriminatory education, health care, employment, or business environment.

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WOMEN

FRESNO FRESBIANS

The Fresbians is a local, lesbian social and support group

MARJAREE MASON CENTER
For more than 30 years, the Marjaree Mason Center has offered shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence in Fresno County. Currently, the center operates the county’s only domestic violence shelters.

The center was founded in 1979 after the murder of Marjaree Mason, a native of Easton. A graduate of Washington High School and Reedley College, Marjaree lived in Fresno for 31 years and was well known in the community. At the time of her death she was completing her degree in business administration at California State University, Fresno and was employed by the National Economic Development Association. She was a member of the National Council of Negro Women, the Ujima Ladies Group, Big Sisters of Fresno, the Nation Association of Women in Construction and St. Rest Baptist Church. The center was named in her honor with the approval of her parents.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

POW PROFESSIONAL OUT WOMEN

A project of Community Link, Inc, Professional OUT Women (POW) is a community of women that gather at monthly events, happening at rotating locations, for networking and socializing.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER
The Women’s Resource Center at California State University, Fresno is established to enhance the learning, work, and life experiences of women in the university community and to educate the campus on women’s issues. The Women’s Resource Center is a compassionate, inclusive, feminist place that provides a sense of belonging, advocacy, and resources for the campus community.  It promotes success and nurtures holistic growth and development through various opportunities, activities, and events that focus on women with an eye toward gender, founded in a framework that is fully inclusive of diversity.

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YOUTH

BULLDOG PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established in 2005 by Peter Robertson (BA ’92, MA ’95, MBA ’05) and officially recognized by the Fresno State Alumni Association in 2006, the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund is an endowment that provides an annuity to support students at Fresno State. The BPF scholarship criteria is that a Fresno State incoming or returning student with good academic standing that has demonstrated pride in the community be selected as its recipient. The BPF also bestows the GSA NETWORK AWARD to a student affiliated with the GSA NETWORK.

CALIFORNIANS FOR JUSTICE
Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities.  Led by students, we organize to advance educational justice and improve our social, economic, and political conditions.

You want to get involved? You want to support our work? Great! Please call  Gina, Ernesto or Rhea at (559) 443-1394.

CALIFORNIA YOUTH CONNECTION
California Youth Connection (CYC) is a youth led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change.

Foster youth will be equal partners in contributing to all policies and decisions made in their lives. All youth in foster care will have their needs met and the support to grow into healthy and vibrant adults.

COLAGE
COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development,education, and advocacy.

FRESNO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION

YOUTH SHELTER
There are multiple reasons why teens run away. Sometimes they are forced to leave, and sometimes it is the only choice they have.  No matter what the motive, young people do not have to place themselves at risk by living on the streets.

Runaways have a safer alternative.  EOC’s Sanctuary Youth Shelter provides runaway, homeless, exploited, or otherwise displaced youth with emergency shelter, a hot meal, clothing, crisis intervention, counseling, and family reunification.

The Sanctuary Youth Shelter is the only self-referral shelter between Bakersfield and Stockton and is recognized as a National Safe Place. It works in collaboration with the local government and many community businesses to provide comprehensive services to runaway youth.

Eligibility:
Youth must:

  • be between the ages of 11-17
  • not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of entry
  • not have a history of violence, serious mental illness, sexual offenses, or arson

FRESNO GLBTQ YOUTH ALLIANCE
The Fresno Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth Alliance was created to offer Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth a safe and substance free environment where they can be themselves, express their concerns and discuss issues of importance that effect their lives.

GLSEN
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

MY LGBT PLUS
The primary objectives and purposes of My Lgbt Plus is to:

a. to connect LGBT+ youth with community resources and organizations through the use of an online website
b. promote social awareness of local LGBT+ organizations through a once a month feature. One local organization will be promoted through the use of visual aids including, but not limited to, pictures, videos and/or live broadcasts
c. promote social activities and awareness to youth through social events on the second Saturday of every month.

THE kNOw
Our mission is to engage young people in media creation as a vehicle for creating wider public awareness around youth issues. Through this we aim to build community among youth, improve their literacy and media skills while increasing the quality of life for young people in Fresno and the greater Central Valley.

At The kNOw, we believe that working with young people who live within the community, providing them with new skills/ opportunities, and having them lead the process while still having fun are all essential components to creating sustainable knowledge that empowers young people to create change. Through our youth media program, we help create opportunities for the youth in our cohort, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities.

We are one of six youth media programs incubated under the umbrella of Pacific News Service/New America Media, a 40-year-old non-profit headquartered in San Francisco that began as an alternative news service for mainstream newspapers during the Vietnam War and has evolved into a multi-media organization dedicated to building inclusive communications in a global society.

THE RAINBOW DELEGATION
The rainbow delegation is a Project of Gay Central Valley. We provide rainbow wristbands to individuals and groups to that they can visually demonstrate support for the LGBT community. We work to involve the most diverse group of people, encompassing people of all ages, races, and sexual orientations. The rainbow wristband is a subtle, yet powerful and recognizable symbol of support for the LGBT community. It’s a simple and effective means of displaying acceptance of ALL people. We wear these wristbands, not for fashion, nor as a fund-raiser for any particular agenda, but rather simply to be seen. Not just by the youth desperately needing to feel they belong, but also as a statement to all those people that would rather they didn’t.

THE TREVOR PROJECT
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR for immediate help.

You can also write Dear Trevor with any non-time sensitive questions.

TREVOR PROJECT MEDIA
The Trevor Project’s YouTube site. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

UNITED STUDENT PRIDE
LGBTQ Student Organization at California State University, Fresno

YOUTH ALLIANCE
The Fresno Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth Alliance was created to offer Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth a safe and substance free environment where they can be themselves, express their concerns and discuss issues of importance that affect their lives.

YOUTH SHELTER 

Sanctuary Youth Shelter operates a 24-hour emergency shelter for runaway, homeless, exploited or otherwise displaced youth. Youth are provided a hot meal, clothing, crisis intervention, case management, counseling, and family re-unification (when appropriate).

Sanctuary Youth Shelter is the only self-referral emergency shelter between Bakersfield and Stockton and is recognized as a Safe Place.

 

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