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NOH8 Photo Shoot in FRESNO!

  • Parent Category: News
  • Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 July 2014 20:19
  • Published: Wednesday, 16 July 2014 20:19
  • Written by Elliot Trueblood



      Want your picture taken for the NoH8 campaign? Of course you do! On Saturday, July 19, Adam Bouska is bringing his phenomenal project to Fresno! Here are some of the details, from The Official NoH8 Website as well as The Offical Event Page for the shoot in Fresno.




"On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response. 

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protestcreated by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska(http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.

Five years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to nearly 33,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.

While inspired by the passage of Prop 8, the scope of the NOH8 Campaign has grown to stand against discrimination and bullying of all kinds. The message of 'No Hate' can be interpreted and applied broadly, and speaks to each person in their own way.

The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, and has appeared in various local and national news programs and publications. The images are widely used on various social networking sites such asFacebook and Twitter to spread the message of equality."




*Everything you need to know about Saturday's shoot*



FRESNO, CA 93727

2:00PM - 5:00PM


NOH8 Posing Fees/Costs:

SOLO PHOTOS .......... $40.00
COUPLE & GROUP PHOTOS ......... $25.00 per person

The NOH8 Campaign accepts cash and major credit cards only. Fees cover services & processing for oneretouched digital print only (made available through www.NOH8Campaign.com) and do not include physical prints.

Scheduled to begin at 2:00PM and end at 5:00PM, the open photo shoot will take place in the Valley Center Building at the Holiday Inn Fresno - Airport. A special thanks goes out to the team at Holiday Inn Fresno - Airport for graciously providing us the space to set up!

You do not need to RSVP to attend (though Facebook RSVP's help give us an idea of how many supporters to prepare for); the photos are first come, first served and we move quickly! Anyone taking a photo is asked to wear a plain white shirt to match the look of the signature NOH8 photos.

When you arrive, you will receive a numbered model release to fill out, followed by having your NOH8 tattoo applied. We will call numbers throughout the day, and your corresponding release number will signal your time to line up to have your photo taken.

We always do our best to make sure that everyone in line by the end of the photo shoot (5:00PM) has a chance to pose for their photo - and up to this point, we haven't ever had to turn anyone away!

Celebrity Photographer & NOH8 Co-Founder Adam Bouska will be working around the clock to photograph 5-10 frames for each person that comes through. The final selection he chooses will be retouched and made available to you in approximately 8 weeks through the website (timeline subject to change): www.NOH8Campaign.com

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? E-mail info@noh8campaign.com with your contact information and make sure to note which shoot you'd like to volunteer for!

Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for marriage equality and anti-discrimination through NOH8’s interactive media campaign. This includes bringing the campaign to other cities around the country, as well as compiling the images for a large-scale media campaign. Under consideration is the expansion of our campaign to other media, including television and radio broadcast, billboards, and magazines. Contributions are also used to cover the daily operations and maintenance necessary to run this rapidly growing campaign.

The NOH8 Campaign is an approved 501(c)(3), donations will be tax-deductible up to the amount allowable by law.




See you on Saturday!





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PFLAG Meeting: July

  • Parent Category: News
  • Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 July 2014 20:00
  • Published: Wednesday, 16 July 2014 19:59
  • Written by Elliot Trueblood

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      July's Tulare-Kings Counties PFLAG meeting is coming up this Sunday! It's sure to be a good one, too. Justin Kamimoto, founder of My LGBT Plus, will be present, and will help in previewing a film set to premier at Fresno's REEL Pride Film Fesival!

Here are all the details!

See you Sunday!


Location: Educational and Cultural Center
Congregation B'nai David,
1039 S. Chinowth,Visalia, CA  93277
Next meeting:
Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014 3 - 5 pm
Refreshments will be served


PFLAG provides a safe and confidential space place to talk about sexual orientation and gender identity, and works to build a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. 

There is no cost to attend, and membership is optional.

PFLAG Tulare and Kings Counties is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status.


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Sisters 4 the Cause

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  • Last Updated: Thursday, 26 June 2014 17:01
  • Published: Thursday, 26 June 2014 17:01
  • Written by Elliot Trueblood


Sisters For The Cause


     On Sunday, June 29, Bakersfield Drag Queen sensation Candy Moore will be hosting the 4th annual "Sisters 4 the Cause" benefit dinner/show for Ricky's Retreat and the Bakersfield Aids Project. All proceeds from the event will go to these two fantastic organizations. The event is being held at the Bayou Banquet Hall, 1111 19th Street, in Bakersfield. The show will feature sensational performances from a multitude of amazing Drag Queens, including former Porterville resident Diamond Dior DeLa Strawberry. The show is sure to be fabulous, so head out to Bakersfield this Sunday night for a dinner and a show! Tickets are $20, the event is 16+, and donations are always welcome!

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National Gay Blood Drive -- THIS FRIDAY!

  • Parent Category: News
  • Last Updated: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 19:00
  • Published: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 19:00
  • Written by Elliot Trueblood



André Gomez, in partnership with Gay Visalia and Gay Porterville, is bringing The National Gay Blood Drive to Visalia. The National Gay Blood Drive aims to shed light on the FDA’s ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. 

“There is a constant need for blood and donors are essential in maintaining an adequate supply. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood.”

Any man who has had any sexual contact with another man since 1977 is barred and banned from giving blood. This is due to the fear of spreading blood-borne illnesses such as HIV. However, this law is outdated and unnecessary. This also contributes to the fearful and negative stigma surrounding the gay and bisexual community, and those who are HIV +. 

On Friday, July 11th, we ask every gay and bisexual man, along with their sponsor (friend, relative, etc.), to join us at the Central California Blood Center at 1515 S. Mooney Blvd in Visalia, CA. While there, we will have our awesome sponsors donate blood in our place. With The National Gay Blood Drive, we hope to show the FDA how much blood they are missing out on.

If you’re a gay or bisexual man, find a sponsor, and meet us there on Friday, July 11.


For more information on this event, please click on the graphic above.


EVENT: The National Gay Blood Drive

DATE: Friday, July 11

TIME: Between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM

LOCATION: Central California Blood Center, 1515 S. Mooney, Visalia


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An Update on Our Rally: "We're Still Here"

  • Parent Category: News
  • Last Updated: Sunday, 22 June 2014 09:28
  • Published: Sunday, 22 June 2014 09:20
  • Written by Elliot Trueblood




     On Tuesday, June 17, Gay Porterville hosted the rally "We're Still Here" at Centennial Plaza, here in town. The event was absolutely amazing, and we hope it boosted the morale of our LGBTQ/Straight Ally community. We gathered with signs, flags, and unbreakable spirits to send the message of pride to our city, and the city council who often works to oppress our community.





     We did have one protestor at the event, preaching hate with a "God Hates Fags" sign while treading his feet on an American flag, but those in attendance dealt with him in a non-violent, peaceful manner. After approximately 10 minutes, he left, and we could not be any more proud of our supporters for being brave enough to stand up to the individual professionally and appropriately. Love conquered hate on Tuesday--it always does.




     We had a guest speaker at the event--Mehmet McMillan! He gave a phenomenal speech, and we at Gay Porterville could not be any more thankful. McMillan was one of the courageous individuals who engaged in civil disobedience at one of last summer's infamous Pride Proclamation city council meetings. When Greg Shelton, Cameron Hamilton, and Brian Ward voted to rescind the city's Pride Proclamation, he and fellow activists voiced their opposition loudly and proudly. McMillan was arrested for his brave actions, along with fellow activists Jennifer Davis and Robin McGehee. Listen to his speech--words cannot express how great it was. To listen/watch, click on the image below.





     At one point, we counted about 55 people gathered at Centennial Plaza for the event. Roxane Serna, a dedicated Straight Ally, was there with her two daughters, and she donated cupcakes to event goers! They were absolutely fabulous.Thank you, Roxane. Gay Porterville would like to thank each and every one of you who came out to attend, and those who voiced their support from afar. Porterville's First Annual Pride Rally was beautiful, and we could not have done it without all of you. We're already excited for our 2015 Pride event. We're still here, we're still proud, and we are not going anywhere.




*photo credit: Mary de Ocampo

**photo credit: Brock Neeley


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