The Source!

The Source, Visalia's new-ish LGBTQ community center, has a lot to offer the community. From a splashy website to mental health services, The Source is a go-to site for Central Valleyians in the Queer Community. But the important question is -- What is The Source and why should you care? For the answer, read on!

For starters, if you haven't already, you really need to check out their website. Whether you're a computer programmer or a casual Googler -- you will apprecaite TheSourceLGBT.com. It's got tabs for everything, from upcoming events, to mental health resources and HIV/STD testing. They also have a whole tab dedicated to transgender issues, and another one for social groups and events! Plus, the website is super cute and colorful. Score!

Another awesome feature of The Source is that it exists! Can you believe the Tulare/Visalia area has its own LGBT center? I can't. There are plenty of major cities that don't even have an LGBT center, and now Visalia has its very own -- right downtown!

Which brings me to my next point -- the actual building itself! It's located right downtown, at 208 Main Street in Visa. They are open 3-6pm on Tuesday to Friday! What a great place to meet fellow like-minded people -- and then go to Starbucks! Or whatever you enjoy doing downtown. :)

In conclusion, you should totally check out The Source. It's worth your time, and hey, you might just meet someone as awesome as you are.

Brooke Ashjian: What's Going On?

Brooke Ashjian, president of the Fresno Unified School District Board, has been in the news a lot lately. If you've been reading any of these articles, you might be a bit confused. Let's break it down.

The origin of these issues boils down to comments made on the website, Ripoffreport.com, on which Mr. Ashjian wrote derogatory remarks about Gay Tulare (now named LGBT Fresno). The comments were made using fake names, and then tracked to the President's computer.

Well, as you could guess, the LGBTQ Community has been less-than-impressed with Mr. Ashjian since then. Many are left wondering how and why this occured, and what to do about it.

To make matters worse, President Ashjian went on to make disparaging comments about the LGBTQ Community overall, not just Gay Fresno, a partner organization to this Chapter, LGBT Tulare. In an interview with the Fresno Bee, Mr. Ashjian stated that unbiased sexual education could have negative consequences for "kids who are extremely moldable at this stage". 

Perhaps you're wondering how somebody can get away with such archaic stated opinions and obvious bullying. Well, he might not be getting away with it, after all.

According to a recent Fresno Bee report, the Fresno Unified school board will vote in the next several weeks regarding possible disciplinary action against Brooke Ashjian. Let's hope they do.

Better late than never, right?

Pete Burns Passes Away At 57

Pete Burns,  vocalist and song-writer for the band Dead or Alive, has passed away due to cardiac arrest today, Ocotober 24th, 2016. He is remembered for many great things, among them the song "You Spin Me Round", which became a huge hit when it debuted in 1984.

He is known as a gender-bending performer whose aesthetic always pushed boundaries related to gender norms. His eccentric style and amazing musical talent made him a star in the LGBTQ community.

Pete is survived by his parter, Michael Simpson, whom he married. Regarding his sexual orientation, Pete stated that people "always want to know – am I gay, bi, trans or what? I say, forget all that. There's got to be a completely different terminology and I'm not aware if it's been invented yet. I'm just Pete."

He will be remembered as a pioneer for being unafraid to be unique and true to oneself: for incredible talent as well as brave pioneerness. 

Transgender Oscar Nod

The Academy Award nomincations were just released, and the list of nominees included Antony Hegarty, a trangender musician who was nominated for Best Original Song. How awesome is that?!

Hegarty is the lead vocalist for the band Antony and The Johnsons. They created music for the film Racing Extinction. Hegarty wrote the lyrics for the song Mantra Ray, which was nominated for the award of Best Original Song!

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This is the second time a transgender person has been nominated for an Oscar, with the other known trans person being Angela Morley, a transgender composer who was nominated twice in the seventies.

In addition to Hagerty's nomination, this is also a big year for the transgender community because Eddie Redmayne was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his adaptation of Lily Elbe in the film The Danish Girl. Overall, this is a huge year for trans rights at the Oscars. Be sure to watch on February 28th!

 

Tulare Gayness

I know what you're thinking. "What's so gay about Tulare, anyways?" But when you really think about it, many major Tulare attractions aren't just gay. They are super gay! 1. The outlet mall Aeropostale, Journeys, Van Heusen. If you think about it, the Tulare Outlets are your one-stop-shop for everything LGBTQIA. So get you're gay on, and check out the hippest shopping spots in the Valley! 2. Milk statue "Tulare, We've Got It." What else could that mean, besides a tall cold glass of queerness?! We all know it, but nobody's saying it. Until now. 3. Zumwalt Park This park's main feature is a gazebo. A GAZEBO! Next time you're looking for a queer thing to do, go hang out at Union's closest park! 4. The Ag Expo This may seem odd, but the Ag Expo is the only time of the year where people come to town from everywhere in the country and the world! This is a great time to access Grindr or Tindr. So many new eligible bachelors, bachelorettes, and gender-non-conforming folks! Cheers,

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