Fresno Rainbow Pride in-person event cancelled

Fresno Rainbow Pride has made their decision to cancel the in-person parade and festival that regularly scheduled for Saturday, June 6th, 2020. This year’s pride celebration would have been its 30th anniversary. As tough of a pill this was to swallow I’m sure they made the absolute correct decision in the interests of health and safety. Here is the full statement released by Jeffrey Robinson…

To our Community of Pride:

Community Link’s Fresno Rainbow Pride has made the very difficult decision that it is not feasible to hold an in-person LGBT Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday June 6th. This past Wednesday evening, the committee of Fresno Rainbow Pride made this very difficult decision due to the public health crisis we are all experiencing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our Community’s safety and health are our highest priorities and we want everyone to survive today so that we may celebrate together in the near future.

The Big 30th annual LGBTQ Pride Parade and Festival is not cancelled, it is only on hold for the time being and will happen as soon as it is appropriate and safe to gather in big numbers. The 30th Pride parade will happen on a future date, even if that means waiting till next year, Saturday, June 5, 2021. All funds we have so far raised will be set aside for that date to arrive. We are asking our Pride Partners to stand with us as we move forward with the future in mind. We will all get through this together and we will celebrate our lives and Pride in an awesome day of celebration.

Fresno Rainbow Pride has been working on putting together an amazing 30th anniversary celebration for well over 18 months. All of that work can be put into action at a later date. The pride committee did not pause during the past two months of shelter in place, we continued our behind the scenes work to make Pride happen. Fresno Rainbow Pride held on to the hope that we might be able to gather in a healthy and safe fashion, but the reality became painfully clear that the in-person celebration was not going to be possible. For all of that faith, hope and efforts the committee gave to make this year’s festivities a special occasion, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you.

So now we are gearing up for a virtual PRIDE experience, “PROUD 2 B” to celebrate our community’s culture and achievements. This COVID-19 situation is allowing us to become more creative in ways of connecting, sharing and expressing ourselves, #Changing Queer Culture #Saving Queer Culture. Please stay tuned for future announcements about this year’s unique “PROUD 2 B” virtual Pride Celebration.

Thank You,
Jeffery Robinson

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.