Internship: GSA Network


Central Valley Youth Intern

Internship: Local Event Planning Intern, Central Valley CA
Internship Supervised by: Marcus Navarro, Fresno Youth Organizer
Internship Hours and compensation: 10 hours per week for 12 weeks at $10 per hour. Hours are flexible depending on intern’s availability.

About GSA Network:
Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a national next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains trans, queer and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer and healthier schools. GSA Network of California currently runs a network of more than 1100 GSA clubs throughout California. The Central Valley office of the GSA Network of California strives to provide resources and trainings to GSAs throughout the region.
Campaign Development Intern:

This internship position will primarily support the outreach and implementation of a youth led, one day summit planned for November 2017. This event is intended for youth to share knowledge, gain leadership skills, and connect with others in the LGBTQ+ community. This event will be available to all youth in the region and is free of charge. The intern will help to coordinate logistics and trainings for this summit as well as to assist preparing for planning meetings leading up to the November summit. This intern will also support Fresno Youth Organizer with strengthening the region’s youth council. The youth council is composed of 10-15 youth from the region who provide leadership throughout the school year in all GSA Network activities. The intern will support the youth council by attending the youth council monthly meetings and helping the Fresno Youth Organizer with logistics for these meetings. In addition, the intern will assist Fresno Youth Organizer in the preparation of curriculum and materials for youth council meetings and the November summit.

Volunteer/Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assist with logistics and outreach for monthly youth council meetings and activities leading to the youth summit in November 2017
  • Assist with coordinating and facilitating planning meetings
  • Support with preparation of curriculum and materials necessary for youth meetings and the summit in November
  • Other duties as assigned

Interns will gain experience and skills in:

  • Facilitation
  • Event planning
  • Curriculum and training development
  • LGBTQ youth issues
  • Youth leadership development and youth organizing
  • Outreach and base building

A qualified intern should have:

  •  Interest in and basic familiarity with concepts relating to Genders & Sexualities Alliance clubs, LGBTQ youth issues, campaigns, organizing, facilitating, curriculum development, and racial, gender and economic justice

  • Time management, event planning and writing skills

  • Ability to connect with and interact with LGBTQ youth of color

  • Ability to work some weekends and afternoons

To be considered for this internship:
Send cover letter and resume to Applications are being accepted until September 8th, 2017

GSA Network is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from youth, people of color, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and people with disabilities. 

Queer Pop Up Shop - Visalia

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Join us for a one day genderless pop up shop at The Source LGBT+ Center in Downtown Visalia! Browse through items on display, try clothes on and go home with things that represent you. 

It's a brown bag sale | All the clothes, shoes and accessories you can fit in a bag are yours for $5. Proceeds will benefit MY LGBT PLUS and The Source.

Interested in donating? The Source LGBT+ Center will be collecting new/gently used items on September 5 through September 8 from 3-6PM.

Gay & Lesbian Center Bakersfield Patio Rebuild

Support the Gay & Lesbian Center Bakersfield

If you haven't been to the Gay & Lesbian Center in Bakersfield (You should), but what makes their space so unique is the outdoor patio. Unfortunately, all of their furniture decor was stolen leaving the center with just a blank canvas of concrete. They have started a Patio Project to rebuild an outdoor area for the community to gather in.

Goal/Estimated costs of the project: $1,000

How you can support:

  • Make a monetary donation
  • Provide an item on the Wish List (Click the box below for details)
  • Donate a Gift Card from Home Depot, Lowe's, Floyd's, etc.
  • Pitch in with YOUR talents and energy, have some fun and Make the Patio Project Happen.

Images below show just a glimpse of what the center hopes to transform the space into.

27th Annual Fresno Rainbow Pride

Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade & Festival is one of the Central Valley's largest LGBT+ community events. More than ever, it is important to be visible and vocal. Take your one step towards equality.

This years theme is: ONE STEP STARTS A MOVEMENT

Pride Parade begins at 10:00 AM from Palm Avenue to Maroa Avenue in the Tower District. The parade is free to attend.

Pride Festival begins following the parade on Fulton Avenue. There is a $5.00 entry fee to enter the festival. Inside the festival will be local nonprofits, vendors, food, dance tents and more!

Fresno Pride is hosted by Community Link.

LGBT+ Focus Group in Visalia

The Source LGBT+ Center is hosting a focus group to improve access in health and human services in Tulare County. The focus group will be held on: June 8, 2017 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM and is anonymous.

10 - 12 participants are needed. Each individual will receive a gift card for participation.

The Source LGBT+ Center is located at 208 W. Main Street, Suite B, Visalia, CA 93291.



Merced LGBTQ Alliance Meeting

Mission Statement: The mission of the Merced LGBTQ Alliance is to advocate for the interests of the LGBTQ+ and Ally community within Merced County. We celebrate our diversity and advocate for justice and opportunities for members.

This is the agenda posted on the Merced LGBTQ Alliance Facebook Page:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve minutes from March 1, 2017
  3. Opportunity for member input. At this time, any person may comment on any item which is not on the agenda. Please state your name for the record. Action will not be taken on an item that is not on the agenda. IF it requires action, it will be placed on a future agenda, or be voted as an item of immediate concern, in which case it will be placed at the bottom of the agenda. In order that all interested parties have an opportunity to speak, please limit comments to a maximum of three (3) minutes. To comment on an item that is on the agenda, please wait until the item is read for consideration; please limit comments to a maximum of three (3) minutes.
  4. Confirmation of Irvin Guzman Gutierrez for Treasurer, and Claudia Corchado for Member-At-Large
  5. MOU with Gay Central Valley
  6. Budget for Youth Group
  7. Budget for Special Events
  8. Pride in the Park 2017 (Budget and hours/date)
  9. Storage unit
  10. Announcements
  11. Adjournment

Expression Not Suppression (Fresno)

Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network is hosting their annual Expression Not Suppression (ENS) Youth Conference!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Wesley United Methodist Church
1343 E. Barstow Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710

COST: FREE!  ENS also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Our Founder Justin Kamimoto will be the keynote speaker at this years conference. The end of the day will feature a drag/talent show, dance, and social.

theSOURCE LGBT+ Center Expanding

Written by Nicholas Vargas
A memory came up in my Facebook newsfeed today.  It reminded me that a year ago today a small group of Visalians met in the conference room of my church to discuss the IDEA of an LGBT center in Visalia.  The idea was that of my best friend, Brian Poth.  Brian and I had been friends for just under a year, but we quickly bonded over a shared experience of having returned to our home town after going away to college, having successful careers, and then returning to be with family.  When Brian brought up the idea, I was all for it. But it wasn't until this meeting that I saw the energy and enthusiasm that would make it a reality.  Fast forward a year later, not only have has theSOURCE LGBT+ Center been open almost a year, but we have grown and thrived to the point of needing to expand and I am now the Board Chair.

The Source is located in Montgomery Square on Main Street in downtown Visalia.  We are fortunate to have this space. Our landlord, William Martin, was very generous with the lease. About a month ago, our next door office-neighbors heard we needed to expand and offered to move the vacant spot next to them, so that we could take over their space.  Every step of the way, theSOURCE has been blessed with support from the community.  It's a community driven effort.


This move will double the space of The Source.  We will go from 400 square feet to 800 square feet.  It will allow us to have more people in the space, more room for youth groups, recovery groups, support groups, resources, and social space.  We just need to be able to fund it.  We estimate the increase in rent and expense will be $5000.  We created a crowd funding request on Crowdrise. We have raised nearly $3100 from individual donors and one corporate sponsor.  We have almost $1900 to go.  We can do it with your support.  We are in the process of applying for grants and have key fundraisers planned later this year.  However, right now, we are still relying on the generosity of the community and individuals.  

Please consider making an investment in the LGBT community in Tulare County.  Every donation is an act of progress and a vote for inclusion.

Facebook Live with Cleve Jones

Don’t want to watch President Trump’s first televised address?

INSTEAD … Join LGBT hero and REAL-LIFE inspiration for the book & ABC mini-series WHEN WE RISE – Cleve Jones -- for a “behind-the-scenes” discussion on Facebook Live.

Tuesday, February 28 from 6:00-6:30pm PST

Submit your questions to Cleve in advance by
texting ASKCLEVE to 877-877 or Tweet @CleveJones1.


Next week, ABC airs its critically acclaimed mini-series WHEN WE RISE, chronicling the American gay rights movement through the real-life stories of activists Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Ken Jones, Sally Gearhart and Cecilia Chung.

When we found out that DAY 2 of WHEN WE RISE was going to be pre-empted by a televised address by President Trump, we thought – THAT’s NOT RIGHT!

So we’re organizing our own party. We bring you Cleve Jones to share the stories behind the ABC series and book When We Rise.

Join us to hear more about his life in the movement and plans for taking back our country!

Information from the United Here Facebook Event Page here.

PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties Scholarship

PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties is part of a national support, education, and advocacy organization for the LGBT+ community, their families, friends and allies. The local chapter is offering a $500 scholarship for students residing in Tulare & Kings Counties. The applicant must be entering an accredited vocational school, college or university.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017
No application will be considered after this date

Completed applications can be mailed to:
PFLAG Kings-Tulare Counties
4125 W. Noble Ave, #164
Visalia, CA 93277

Visalia Lions Pride Valentine's Dinner & Dante

The Visalia Lions Pride is hosting their 7th Annual LGBT+ and Friends Valentine's event! 

February 18, 2017
6:00 - 11:45 PM

Wyndham Visalia
9000 W Airport Dr
Visalia, CA 93277

There will also be a meet and greet in the hotels bar at 4:30 PM. 

You can purchase tickets by clicking here

Bakersfield LGBTQ Youth Summit

Equality, leadership, success, empowerment and youth voices! 

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is hosting the 2nd Annual LGBTQ Youth Summit in Bakersfield, CA. Workshops to include topics on family acceptance, sexual health, community organizing and student rights. 

March 4, 2017
9 AM - 3 PM

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA
Event will be held in the Student Union

Register online at by clicking here.

GSA Youth Summit (Visalia)

The Source LGBT+ Center is hosting their first ever GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Summit! 
Be a part of history and join local Tulare County GSA members for a summit to organize and align missions. See what other schools are doing in the area. Meet other like minded high school students who are passionate about LGBT+ issues. Find out about local scholarships, The Source's GSA movie night, and the possibility of an alternative prom! Food, friends, fun!

A Facebook event has been created here. 

MY LGBT PLUS at PFLAG Tulare/Kings Counties

Our Founder Justin Kamimoto will be the guest speaker at PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties talking about MY LGBT PLUS, our sister program Fresno's MEAL, and sharing details about our new parent organization COMMON SPACE! 

Sunday, February 19
3 PM - 5 PM

Congregation B'Nai David
1039 S. Chinowth St
Visalia, CA 93277

Haven't been to PFLAG before?
PFLAG's Mission: By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG:

(1) Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ

(2) Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ

(3) Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ

Love for All: Photo Shoot

Get your picture taken with the people you love! Hosted by Trans-e-motion, the Love for All photo shoot is a fundraiser for this years Transgender Day of Visibility event here in Fresno, CA. This is a free event, donations will be accepted. 

February 10, 2017
541 N Fulton St
Fresno, CA 93728

The photographer for this event is Andrew Losh. 

Trans-e-motion has created a Facebook for this event that can be found here


Transgender Day of Visibility Fresno

Save the date for the Transgender Day of Visibility in Fresno! 

April 15, 2017
Alliant International University
5130 E Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727

Time to be announced. Event organizers Trans-e-motion have created a Facebook Event here


Transgender Day of Visibility is a day dedicated to celebrating the transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.

Do you know a volunteer who should be recognized?

HandsOn Central California has opened its nomination for the 49th annual Volunteer of the Year awards

This event honors individuals and groups who have made a difference by generously giving their time and energy to address challenges in 5 counties: Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare.

Top Award Winners will receive an award signifying their stellar service. Their service will be highlighted in a film projected at the event which will be presented at the luncheon. This year’s winners will be invited to an evening reception in their honor where family and friends will be able to celebrate with them.

There are 11 categories to choose from:

Corporate/Business Volunteer or Group
Healthcare Volunteer
Service Club/Organization
Parent Volunteer
School Volunteer
Love of Animals
RSVP Volunteer
Youth Volunteer
Adult Volunteer
Lifetime Achievement
College Student Volunteer

All winners and nominees will receive carnations at the event; be listed in the event program, and be featured in the event PowerPoint. HandsOn will inform the volunteers of their nomination and from whom it came.

Qualifying nominees who volunteered more than 100 hours in 2016 will receive the President's Volunteer Service Award, the nation’s premier volunteer accolade.

Presentation of these awards and recognition of all nominees will be held at a luncheon, April 26th, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Clovis CA.

Nominations are due to HandsOn Central California no later than February 1, 2017.  You can find the nomination page at

For more information, please contact Joshua Madfis at 559-237-3101 or



JOB: Case Manager, Gay & Lesbian Center Bakersfield

Case Manager
Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield


Founded in 2011, The Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield (GLCB) is a non-profit, 501c3, organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Bakersfield and Kern County. Our mission is to be an easy access hub providing a safe, supportive space and services. The GLCB also serves as a bridge to the greater Bakersfield community. 



Reducing Isolation through Support and Empowerment (RISE) is a new program of GLCB, funded by a grant from the California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity’s California Reducing Disparities Project (collectively, the Department). RISE seeks to test community-defined solutions for reducing mental health disparities among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons in Kern County. The Community-Defined Evidence Practice to be tested is that Safe Spaces, such as that found at GLCB, shows promise in preventing and reducing the severity of mental illness among our communities. 

40 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
Wages & benefits: Negotiated based on experience. POSITION IS GRANT FUNDED Location: Bakersfield, California
Start date: November 1, 2016 


Under the guidance of the Executive Director (ED), the Case Manager (CM) is responsible for the daily operations of GLCB’s RISE program, including program volunteers and interns. Specific responsibilities are: 

  • Identification of individuals who can benefit from participation in RISE.
  • Participation in development of RISE group curricula and protocols.
  • Ensure strict, ongoing compliance to protocols and policies of the RISE program.
  • Ongoing review of practices to determine where improvements are needed.
  • Identification and recruitment of professionals, interns and trained volunteers who can
    facilitate RISE session.
  • Make timely, well-written and concise reports to GLCB’s Executive Director and Board
    of Directors.
  • Participate as appropriate in meetings with state Program Officers, Technical
    Assistance Providers, and Evaluators.


The CM will be thoroughly committed to the GLCB’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include: 

  • Track record of effectively working as a case manager in an established organization providing individual services.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in performance in providing appropriate resources to clients.
  • Strong attention to detail in all aspects of the position.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to program planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.


  • 2 or more years of experience in case management in a social services or mental health agency.
  • Undergraduate degree in social work or other related field, with a graduate degree preferred.


Please send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Jan Hefner, Executive Director
Phone: (661) 301-4218

Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield
902 18th St (661) 843-7995 Bakersfield, CA 93301

Mailing Address: PO Box 2712, Bakersfield CA 9330

New Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Center Bakersfield


September 14, 2016

Contact: Jan Hefner, | 661-301-4218
Jose M Granados, | 661-477-3374

The Board of Directors of the Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield is proud and pleased to announce that it has hired Ms. Jan Hefner as its first ever Executive Director.

This hiring marks a milestone for the Center, as it represents a transition from an all-volunteer-run nonprofit to one with the fiscal and organizational maturity to begin employing paid staff. In fact, Ms. Hefner’s experience with grant writing has been instrumental in procuring important funding that has made it possible for the Center to grow to its current level of sustainability.

Ms. Hefner brings with her 37 years of experience in business and nonprofit management and volunteering.

In 1991, she was instrumental in obtaining the first Ryan White funding in Kern County to care for people with HIV/AIDS. Because of her efforts, as well as for her strong advocacy on behalf of Bakersfield’s LGBTQ community, Ms. Hefner was presented with the 2015 Wendy Wayne Award for Exemplary Ethical Behavior by California State University Bakersfield’s Kegley Institute of Ethics. The Wendy Wayne Award honors those who demonstrate strong personal values as well as commitment to serving our community’s most vulnerable.

Most recently, Ms. Hefner was the Director of Community Wellness Programs at Dignity Health Hospitals in Bakersfield. She is a former board member and the immediate past president of the Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield. Her new assignment begins Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

“The Center is fortunate to have someone with Jan's experience and abilities as Executive Director,” said Allen Belluomini, the Center’s Current Board President. “She has been instrumental in the Center's success, both as a volunteer and a past board member. I know that she will do great work for the Center in her new capacity.”

For her part, Ms. Hefner said, “I'm honored and proud to accept this position. I look forward to continuing and expanding the services planted and nurtured by the Center's dedicated board and volunteers over the last five years.”

Since its opening in November of 2011, the Center has documented close to 5,000 visits by community members. It mission states that: "The Center is an easy access hub providing a safe, supportive space and services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The Center also serves as a bridge to the greater Bakersfield community."

We are confident in Ms. Hefner’s commitment to the Center’s mission, and trust her role as Executive Director will only enhance the delivery of the Center’s services to the local LGBTQ community.

The Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield is located at 902 18th Street in Downtown Bakersfield. All are welcome. For information about the center's hours, programs and activities (including karaoke and movie nights, business networking events, educational meetings, advocacy work and more) call 661-843-7995 or visit