Happy New Year, from your Volunteer Manager and Events Coordinator, Andrea. I hope you all find the beginning of the new year a new adventure, full of possibility. This year at LGBT Fresno, we want to continue having at least one event each month. Last month was our first event in seven years. What?!?! I know, right? On Dec 5th, 2018 about twenty-seven of us met at Dave and Busters for a fun night of fellowship, food, drink, and games.
This month we will have a movie night at Fig Garden Library in Fresno on January 10th, 2019. Social time will begin at 5:30pm and the movie will promptly start at 6pm. Come and enjoy free snacks, drinks and 'Love, Simon' with us. Please RSVP. Sponsored by: Rio Mesa Insurance Agency.
February 13th, 2019 we will be back at Dave and Busters with the evening theme of 'Share the Love'. There will be no-host wait staff for all your food and drink orders. Please RSVP to be kept up to date.
White supremacists are ringing bells for the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has another scandal on its hands. Northern Indiana residents reacted with outrage after white supremacists were photographed ringing the evangelical church charity’s iconic red kettles outside of a local Walmart.
The Hell’s Angels Northwest Indiana Region Motorcycle Club manned the kettles over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and a social media post about it went viral on Facebook before being taken down.
The religious charity has come under fire in the United States over the past decade for their atrocious record on LGBT rights. To attempt to stem the ongoing outrage over the group’s previous stances on LGBT issues, they started a public relations campaign to deny that they are anti-LGBT while never acknowledging their history.
Instead of a donation, why not print one of these and place it in the kettle this year?
A prominent Tower District real estate agent is facing a misdemeanor sexual battery charge from an incident at a gay nightclub in early February.
Fresno County District Attorney's Office filed charges against Tom DeBey, 49, earlier this month after a Fresno Police Department investigation. DeBey has not entered a plea and is scheduled to be arraigned in June.
The alleged incident occurred Feb. 9 at FAB, a gay nightclub on Olive Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Fresno's Tower District. Jessica D. Thomas, a 31-year-old artist and performer who lives and works in the Tower District, told police DeBey grabbed her hair and yanked her back as he rubbed his groin on her.
"I just wanted to go hang out with my friends after work one day, and then I got assaulted by a gay guy — which is the craziest thing to say as a woman," she said. "These gay guys think they have some type of entitled view of a woman’s body because they’re gay. It's appalling behavior. It's a bigger shame for me because we’re trying to fight that view that the gay community is just a bunch of drunken perverts. We’re trying to police this."
One of FAB's owners, Terry Story, said DeBey was escorted out of the club by security and is not allowed to return.
Dick Leitsch, a titan of the early gay rights movement who led "sip-in" protests in the 1960s, died in New York City on Friday, Ken Lustbader, the co-director of NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project confirmed to NBC News. He was 83.
Leitsch became an icon of the LGBTQ movement after leading protests that pre-dated the Stonewall Inn uprising, increasing the momentum of the gay rights movement.
"Without Dick and people like him who are brave, courageous and risked so much when being out was so dangerous, we wouldn’t be here today," Lustbader said.
Born on May 11, 1935, Leitsch moved to New York City in 1959 from his home state of Kentucky.
He went on to lead the the New York City chapter of the Mattachine Society, one of the oldest gay rights organizations in the country. It was during his time at the Mattachine Society that he came up with the idea for "sip-ins."
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