Are you looking for a great way to get involved in the community? Looking to enhance a resume? Look no further! Gay Porterville is currently looking for some bright, active individuals to join our team! You would be working at your own pace, and as needed. This is a great way to get your foot in the door to some opportunities in community outreach, leadership development, media management, and event planning. You would be working with other like-minded individuals, volunteering at events, organizing meet-ups, or getting involved in social activism. We can't stress enough how helpful working for Gay Porterville has been for us in the professional realm, and would be glad to welcome some people aboard! For more information, contact Division Leader Elliot Trueblood via email or via our facebook page.
On the morning of Thursday, September 25, we woke up to a Facebook message that really struck us as moving. Ramona Lee Wallis of Visalia, California informed us that her son—Able Baker—is considering moving back to the area after living in Canada for years.
Able is interested in looking for work in the Central Valley, and has backgrounds in all kinds of different areas, specifically working as a Pastor.
What truly stood out about Able is that he told us, via email.
“I am preparing to leave British Columbia, Canada after four years of pastoral work here. My ministry work permit is coming to an end. We will be moving back to the states sometime in November. Visalia is on my radar of potential places to go because I have family and friends there.
I have made a personal decision to not minister professionally in a church that is not open and affirming toward the LGBTQ community, and not egalitarian in its position toward women.”
With that, we were sold!
Able’s stance on equality for all human beings is outstanding, and not something we often see in these parts of California. Should he choose to make Tulare County his home, he would make for a refreshing new face in the religious community, as well as a dedicated straight ally.
That being said, let’s help him out. It’s evident the Central Valley can benefit from a kind spirit like Able, so let’s help him get here by making his job search easier!
Although much of his niche has been found in ministry and pastoral services for churches, he also has ample experience in Crane Truck Operating, Advanced Roadwork, School Bus Driving, Facility Maintenance, Security, and in Construction.
If you or anyone you know is looking to hire, or if you can point Able in the direction of a good job that he may be qualified for, please reach out to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“‘The Constitution our son died for was intended to protect rights, not deny them.” Lori Wilfahrt Memorial Dayis afederal holidayobserved annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known asDecoration Day, it originated after theAmerican Civil Warto commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th centu Memorial Day had been extended to honor ALL Americans who have died in all wars. It is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in theUnited States Armed Forces, regardless of sexuality.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers help create a sea of red white and blue by placing an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries across the Country.
This memorial day, we at GAY U.S.A. the Movie are working on post production aspects of the film which includes interviews with the the family of fallen U.S. Corp. Andrew Wilfahrt.
Here is avideo commemorating Corp. Andrew Wilfahrt, which we would like to share in acknowledgment that war does not discern when it comes to sexuality, and some of those who have given their lives to this Country and the Constitution for which it stands, did so knowing they were the subject of institutionalized discrimination themselves, yet were willing to die for principals that are still caste in hope. American day to day life has fallen far short of equality for all Americans under the law. Until we apply civil laws, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, equally to all Americans, we are a country that discriminates. That must change and it must be soon.
While all Americans have a right to serve openly in the military, without regard to sexual orientation, thanks to the repeal of the ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ law, LGBT servicemembers still suffer rampant discrimination with regard to marriage equality, green card sponsorship of binational partners or spouses and a host of other missing benefits caused by lack of equality under the civil law of the U.S.A.
Jeff Wilfahrt the father of Corp. Andrew Wilfahrt is running for Minnesota Assembly. Lori Wilfahrt speaks around the U.S.A., honoring her son’s memory. The speech seen in this video was filmed at the first OUTserve Conference in Las Vegas, 2011.
On Saturday, September 13, Gay Porterville will be taking part in a volunteer opportunity through an amazing organization in Fresno. The organization is called “M.E.A.L.—Meals Engaging All Lives.” They focus on preparing hot, home cooked meals for the homeless, and delivering the meals to them. They also aim to alleviate some of the stigma associated with homelessness.
“Fresno's Meals Engaging All Lives (M.E.A.L.) is creating an experience with homeless individuals through a home-cooked meal…[We are] Breaking the stigma placed upon homeless individuals.”
Fresno’s M.E.A.L. was founded on November 4, 2013 by Justin Kamimoto. You may recognize the name, as he is also the founder of the website MyLGBTPlus!
On each designated date, volunteers are asked to meet at The Painted Table, a local Fresno restaurant that is a proud partner of M.E.A.L. This is where the food is prepared, the bags are personalized (no two bags look alike!), and the food is packaged and prepared to be delivered straight to those in need.
After that, volunteers carpool to two locations to hand deliver the meals to homeless individuals, with no judgment and a smile on their faces. The goal is to make sure to defeat any stigma that is unfairly associated with homeless individuals. Having a proper attitude is of paramount importance in making sure that this can be accomplished. Homeless individuals are often treated poorly. M.E.A.L. is all about changing that.
To date, M.E.A.L. has successfully prepared and delivered 750+ meals to homeless individuals in Fresno. Their goal is to make that number 1,000 by November of this year.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, we will be leaving for Fresno on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 AM. Volunteering starts at 9:00 AM. Transportation will be provided for up to 4 people, so if you're interested, let us know ASAP. If you ride with us, we will only be volunteering for the first half of the day (Food Prep). If you're riding by yourself, you can register for both portions if you'd like (Food Prep and Delivery).
The following article came to me from a Porterville resident. I was asked to share this story with you in hopes of shedding some light and possibly receive some advice from the community as to what the couple should do, if anything.
Vanessa Bazaldua and Heather Sisemore are embarking a new journey in their relationship. They are pregnant! While most of us in the community find this an exciting time for the couple we unfortunately still live in a society where this type of news is not as celebrated by everyone else.
I was wondering if you could do me a favor. Me and Vanessa had something crazy happen to us last night. And we want to get this out. Or want to know if we should get this out. We wrote a little article on it. So if you could read it and send advice. Greatly appreciated.
On Saturday November 12th at approximately 2300 hrs. My girlfriend and I (Vanessa) went to a Quinceñera, invited by her friend Gabriella Garcia, at the Kings County Fair Grounds. Currently being nine weeks pregnant I was feeling very nauseous, so I asked Heather to please accompany me to the bathroom. She joined me in a small stall to comfort me, rubbing my back and holding my belongings. After being in there for fifteen minutes maximum, Heather had suggested we go and get some food to see if it would ease my stomach. Before I could even move away from the toilet a security officer was knocking on the stall door. Heather being the closest answered to them telling her that we needed to exit, because I could not be in there, referring to me as a male. After Heather politely assured them that I was a female, she then proceeded to tell them that I was pregnant and not feeling well, also noticing that they had cleared out the entire bathroom. One of the officers then made the remark of "are u sure she is a girl?" Heather again made it clear that I was a female, pregnant, and she was my girlfriend simply taking care of me. Even then, they told her we couldn't be in the same stall, so they asked her to please wait outside. Heather then said she would not leave me alone, and asked if she could please stand outside the stall with the door open. They refused, and a guard then told me that there was nothing wrong with me so I had to leave. I was then very upset and offended, and in tears. As I exit the bathroom, a lady was commenting to a security guard, saying how gross we were. After hearing that, and seeing the guard didn't even hesitate but to agree, I told her I was a pregnant female with my girlfriend, trying to have privacy so that they wouldn't have to see me throw up. After going to the car, bewildered by what had happened and feeling very harassed. Heather went back to talk to the security guard, who she repeatedly told I was a female, and he still continued to call me a him or a boy, and told him that we felt very offended. He then said he was just trying to do his job, and said someone had reported to him that there were two boys in a stall for a long time, she then asked him why after making it very clear to him that I was a female he proceeded into kicking us out, he repeated with "I'm sorry, I was just doing my job." Heather then told him, that his job was to check and see what was going on, and after seeing it was two females, one of them being sick, to make it known that there was no boy in the restroom and that they could be at ease.
Now I understand that not everyone agrees to our lifestyle. Nor are we trying to push our lifestyle on anyone else. I understand that some may confuse me as a boy, by my short hair and my manner of dressing, but I don't mind reassuring people I am a female. Never have I felt as harassed as I did that night. As if I was a human with a deadly disease, that was very contagious. I know that I can't change what happened to me that night, but I want to make sure this is known, and make a difference, so when the day comes and it happens to someone else, they are treated differently, with dignity and respect.
The couple experienced great ignorance this past weekend. It is not fair that any member of our society should have anxiety upon entering a restroom for fear they will be ridiculed and questioned. I get so angry knowing this happens. It strikes a personal cord for me and just wish some people could expand their mind just a tiny bit.
Aside from the events that transpired for them this past weekend, both families of the couple are very open and happy about the pregnancy. The baby's due date is June 15, 2012 and the couple will be registering for domestic partnership in the near future. A big congratulations to the happy couple!!