A historical note about the new gaycentralvalley.com

I did some work on the About page today. I thought it was helpful to add some historical copy to help give folks some valuable perspective if they cared to know where this new project came from. Here is the copy we added…

This new project has it roots in the old Queer Fresno, our very first local gay blog, back in 2002. A year later we expanded and operated five additional sites. Three to the north (Queer Merced, Queer Modesto, Queer Stockton) and two in the south (Queer Visalia and Queer Bakersfield). We were six sites strong connecting people and gay friendly businesses and organizations up and down the Central Valley. When we had the opportunity to purchase gaycentralvalley.com in 2019 we jumped at the chance. After months and months of deliberation and careful thought we decided to revamp and relaunch our efforts to be a one-stop shop for events and information in Central California.

Mike Martinez

Writing this actually jogged my memory about a little known fact about the old Queer Fresno. When I sat down to check out domain names because I felt we needed an information about all things gay in Fresno I queried “gayfresno” first but that domain had already been purchased. My boyfriend at the time suggested “queer fresno” and I instantly loved it, bought it, and the rest was (as they say) history!

If you’d like to take a look at our mission statement you can on our About page.

Imperial Dove Court de Fresno

The Imperial Dove Court De Fresno Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the LGBTQ+ community for over 45 years in the counties of Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings and Kern. Our organization accepts gifts and holds events throughout the year to raise funds to make grants to various charitable organizations both within and outside the LGBTQ+ community. Each year, court members elect our monarchs, an Emperor and Empress, to reign over the court for one full year. The reigning monarchs guide the court to further our community fundraising efforts through pageantry and social events.

I always had a great relationship with the IDC especially when I was running the old Queer Fresno. Not to date myself too much but I remember the likes of Jon Pace and Tawny Tower! I’m excited to work them again with the new Gay Central Valley. We added them to our Links page today and if you’d like to learn more then check out their website below.

Sacramento Pride Watch

Sacramento has cancelled all in-person pride festivities for 2020 . At this time, it is unclear if they will do virtual pride events, but they have talked about exploring options. From their statement, “We are exploring remote options that will safely allow us to connect with one another, celebrate Pride, and continue to bring hope and activism to the Sacramento region’s LGBTQ and allied community.” They also promoted Global Pride, making it more likely they won’t have their own virtual pride. There also isn’t any information regarding next year’s pride.