Naomi Smalls of LA makes RPDR

Naomi Smalls of Redlands announced as contestant on Rupaul's Drag Race Season 8

Last week, when the contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race were announced on the New Now Next Honors on Logo TV, us Californians crossed our fingers for a Cali Queen -- and we got one!

Naomi Smalls, from the so-cal city of Redlands, derives her name from her two favorite people: Biggie Smalls and Naomi Campbell. And trust, she serves face like Naomi's daughter!

Describing herself as a "high fashion hood rat", Smalls loves being herself and avoids cliches when she does drag. She's not about celebrity impersonations or ultra-feminine drag, but prefers to be herself: Conceptual. Model. Glamazon.

CHECK HER OUT on the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race, March 7th at 9pm on Logo TV! 

Happy New Years!

New Years is a time for renewal, growth and commitment to your goals! In the LGBT community, this is important because we are given a chance to remember the things we are working on improving within ourselves. Here's a list of LGBT New Years resolutions for you to consider!

1. Try something new this year!

New Years is a perfect time to do something you've never done before! So whether you decide to visit the Castro District in San Francisco for the first time, or you want to see a live play this year -- make it happen! Accumulating positive experiences is a great way to prepare for any difficult time you encounter this year.

2. Give back!

Contributing to the community can be very helpful. No, not Tulare silly! I'm talking about the LGBT community! Volunteer at an HIV clinic or help out at your school's Gay Straight Alliance. Helping to build the queer community makes you feel great while improving your support network!

 3. Go on dates!

Friend with benefits are great, but how about an old-fashioned date this year? It's okay if you meet them on Tindr or Grindr, but if they're really cute, then insist on food and conversation! After all, there are only so many gay people in this world (and in Tulare), to be sure to give everyone a fair chance.

4. Teach people about LGBT issues!

Next time someone says something homophobic or insensitive around you, try teaching them the right words. I know, it's hard not to get mad! But that's the only way we can make a difference. And plus, it will make you look super mature and sophisticated. I promise :)

Happy New Years!

Love, Gay Tulare 

Transgender Awareness Week!

This week, November 14th to 20th, is Transgender Awareness Week. Organizations across the nation will be shining a light on the transgender community.

What does it mean to be transgender?  
According to UCLA's website, Transgender is "A person who lives as a member of a gender other than that expected based on anatomical sex. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity.*

* That's a pretty fancy definition.

Also, the word "trans"is used differently than "transgender". Trans is an umbrella term for the whole community, from trans men to trans women, and those identifying outside the binary system of masculine and feminine! If you're not sure how to refer to someone, it's best just to ask! (in a polite and complimentary way, of course :)

Now that you know a little more about the trans community, feel free to watch this YouTube Video of these ladies telling their remarkable stories!

PFLAG Coming Out Day




Author Gail McCarthy and Blogger and 911 Dispatcher Jim (Heart of a Lion) Reeves will share their coming out stories at our October meeting.



Sunday, October 18, 2015 3 - 5 pm



Educational and Cultural Center, 1039 S. Chinowth, Visalia, CA 93277



Click here: Nightlife

Great Memories at Fresno Pride 15!

Gay Tulare would like to thank everyone who participated in Fresno Pride this year! 


We had an amazing time, and it would not have been possible without your support! 


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