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


GSA Network Youth Council Info Session

Gender & Sexualities Network (GSA Network), previous Gay-Straight Alliance Network, will be hosting a Youth Council Informational Session at their Fresno office on Sunday, September 18. 


GSA Network ls lead by youth because they believe that youth have the power to create solutions and lead the fight against homophobia and transphobia. The Youth Council members come from small towns and cities across California to represent the voices of youth advocates. They meet monthly to plan GSA Network's programs, plan and present at conferences and lead trappings and events. 

Passion Blind Dating


Written by Tiana Perez

There you stand, not because you have to, but because you want to.  You’ve found that passion that got you out of bed and you made an effort to be somewhere outside of your normal comfort zone.  You look around you and realize you’re surrounded by people with similar passions.  At first you’re nervous.  Perhaps you don’t know anyone, but knowing that you have all decided to be here in support of the same cause makes you realize these strangers are more familiar than you thought.

This is what I refer to as a Passion Blind Date, but most people might it know it better as “Volunteering.”

If you have never volunteered before, I would highly recommend it.  Unlike the typical, “volunteer to make a difference” reasons that you probably get bombarded with whenever anyone talks about volunteering, I’m going to tell you why volunteering benefits YOU.

  1. FRIENDSHIPS:  When you find a cause, organization, or event you feel passionate about, it not only makes you more inclined to want to get involved, but it also ensures that you’ll meet people with similar passions.  When you meet people who share your passions, you make friends for life.
  2. REPUTATION: The more you volunteer the more you run into familiar faces.  As you get to know more people through your volunteering you’ll earn yourself a reputation and often times you find that you will now be able to depend on the people who have depended on you.  Many of the friends I have made through volunteering have gone on to become leaders in other organizations throughout the community.  If ever I need their support, I know I can depend on them because I have consistently been there when they needed my help.
  3. NETWORKING: The connections you make with people through a common passion is undeniably the best network you will ever make.  I have friends who are professionals in all sorts of areas: Doctors, Filmmakers, Engineers, Designers, Teachers, Artists, Performers, etc.  Just by volunteering I have made friends with people who have offered to cater, DJ, ordain, and photograph my wedding.
  4. ENJOYMENT:  Sometimes the events you volunteer with are events you would like to attend but can’t afford.  As a high school student I used to volunteer at San Diego Comic Con because they would allow volunteers to enjoy the convention after their shifts.  For a long while, that was the only way I was able to afford to attend.

Whatever your reason for volunteering, I encourage you to get involved in something you love.  I guarantee you’ll meet some wonderful people in the process.  If you need some direction on where to start well, you’re in luck!

Reel Pride 2016 is right around the corner and we will be looking to fill about 250 volunteer spots this year.  Come meet some great people, start your community network, and enjoy a free film or two as our thank you for donating your time. You can learn more about Reel Pride at and sign up to volunteer at:

Job: Executive Director, Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield

Executive Director
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 and transgender (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. 

Hours: 20-25 hours per week
Salary & benefits: Negotiated based on experience
Location: Bakersfield, California
Start date: Mid-September 2016 

Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall daily operations of GLCB including staff, programs, services, facility, etc. Other responsibilities: 

  • Grants fulfillments – oversee compliance and reporting
  • Make timely reports to GLCB’s Board of Directions and funding agencies
  • Develop and execute fundraising plans to increase contributions from various sources
    including foundations, government agencies, individuals, and LGBTQ friendly and socially responsible business and corporations
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities 

The ED 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 leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • 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 business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed


  •  5 or more years of progressive management experience in a voluntary sector organization 
  •  Undergraduate degree, with a graduate degree preferred 
  •  Minimum two years of experience in administering community-based programs and public grants required, with five years strongly preferred 

Please send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to: 
Allen Belluomini, Chair of the Board of Directors or call 661-304-2985 

Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield
902 18th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301 

Contact Information
(661) 843-7995 

PO Box 2712
Bakersfield CA 93303