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About Us

          Welcome to LGBTTulare.com! This website is the official online location of LGBT Tulare, a Chapter of the LGBT Community Network, an organization serving California’s Central Valley to provide connections among the LGBT Communities of our area.


          As one of its Chapters, LGBT Tulare strives to connect community members who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, as well as those who exist in the cross-sections of these identities. More that anything, this Chapter and this website serve members of the public who identify this way, or who seek to support those who do.


          LGBTTulare.com has many facets that make it a worthwhile website. There are several tabs for peruse, including Nightlife, LGBT Role Models and News, among other sections. The content is updated on a semi-regular basis, and potential contributors are always welcome to improve and expand available online content.


Blaine Leal, Chapter Leader, LGBT Tulare.

Bob Mackie and Ray Aghayan

Bob Mackie is a designer of clothing for the likes of Cher, Joan Rivers and Judy Garland, just to name a few. He is a highly sought-after fashion icon who deserves recognition in his own right -- not to mention his epic partnership in love, and frequently in business, with Ray Aghayan.

Not very many people see Cher, and think how wonderful her designer must be. However, part of the magic of Bob Mackie is that he dresses the stars in a way that makes it feel natural, if not completely bonkers at the same time.

His partner, Aghayan, was a bigger name in fashion when Mackie began designing clothes for real. In fact, Aghayan hired his soon-to-bee-beau as an assistant, back when nobody had even heard of Mackie or his designs.

Both would later go on to take home the 1967 Emmy Award for their shared work in Alice Through the Looking Glass, the first time the Emmy's awarded a prize for costume design. Mackie is famous, or better yet infamous, for reportedly rejecting Cher's offer to design her costumes for one of her more recent tours.

However, with someone like Mackie, the truth always seems to be more about scheduling conflicts than drama, because even today, stars are honored to be dressed by this gay icon and legendary fashionisto.

Aghayan passed away at the age of 83 in 2011, leaving behind a legacy that included designing awe-inspiring costumes for films like Gaily, Gaily; Lady Sings the Blues and Funny Lady. Mackie runs his own label and not only makes all manner of dress, but also luggage and fragrances.

Coming out in the 60's is hard enough, but these two icons also broke down barriers and succeeded in their time and generations into the future. Bob Mackie and Ray Aghayah definitely quality as 'LGBT Role Models'  & talented fashion warriors...

Health Services

Tulare Community Health Clinic

  • Testing/Treatment for STD's and condom access site
  • Transportation to and from visits
  • 3035 E Bardsley Ave, Tulare
  • Todos los servicios disponsibles en espanol


  • Medical Advising
  • Counseling resource information availabile on website
  • thesourcelgbt.org
  • 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

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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