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LGBT Community Network: Tulare, California Chapter

Welcome to LGBT Tulare!

We're a vibrant chapter of the LGBT Community Network, and we're the go-to source for news and local happenings in Tulare, CA!

Striving to better serve the local LGBTQ+ Community, we take pride in informing the community and increasing visibility among residents of the Valley. All our content is informative, well-written and truly 'for the community, by the community'. 

Blaine Leal, Tulare's Chapter Leader, has been involved in the organization for several years and is originally from Tulare.

Clinics and Health Resources

Tulare Community Health Clinic

  • 3035 E Bardsley Ave, Tulare
  • Todos los servicios disponsibles en espanol


  • Medical Advising
  • Counseling resource information availabile on website
  • Located at 208 Main Street, St B, Visalia

Family Services of Tulare County

  • Free counseling services for victims
  • of bullying
  • Assault Hotline: 559-732-7371

Trevor Project

  • Crisis talk: 866-488-7386; or text: 202-304-1200

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Any suicide or self-harm issues: 800-273-TALK

Billy Porter Makes History

Billy Porter makes history as the first gay Black man to win the Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama. His win represents an amazing win for the LGBTQ Community.

Published 2019 By Blaine Leal

   At this year's Emmys, Billy Porter made history as the first gay Black man to win an Emmy for a dramatic role. He did so in great style, as he usually does, while making it clear that times have changed and new barriers and being broken on a regular basis.

He seemed to know he would win, as he wore an amazing outfit complete with a hat that defied gravity and expectations at the same time. He has become known for his over-the-top outfits that frequently land him ont he best-dressed list after awards shows.

Mr. Porter is known for his on-screen and theater roles, especially his work on Broadway. He is a truly talented individual who has been in the entertainment business for decades, and just continues to shine as an actor.

There were other notable moments from the Emmys, including the show Transparent being discussed, which is in its final act currently. There were many other LGBTQ folks honored at this year's ceremony, including new and well-known industry leaders.

Television shows frequently feature LGBTQ-related themes these days. Just think about Orange is the New Black and Will & Grace. These shows, among many others, have featured talented LGBTQ actors and characters. They allow the queer experience to be more present in popular culture, while also giving viewers a chance to see themselves on the big screen! 



LGBT Friendly Churches



First Congregational Church

220 West Tulare Ave, Tulare

Sunday service at 10:30 am

"We welcome all who seek to follow Christ, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, cultural background, political persuasion, and/or life experiences.”


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

17208 Avenue 296, Visalia

Sunday service at 5:00 pm

"Our mission calls us to 'stand on the side of love' on even the most controversial issues like immigration, same-sex marriage, dealing with poor and minorities, and promoting peace."


The Episcopal Church of the Saviour

551 N Douty, Hanford

Sunday service at 10:00 am

"The Episcopal Church declares that homosexual persons are children of God who have fair and equal claim with all other persons upon the love and acceptance of the Church.”



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