The Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield is now open. Here is a list of their upcoming socail groups, gatherings, and other fun functions:
The Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield invites you to visit our new Center during Rainbow Week: Birth of a Movement, June 25-30, celebrating the Stonewall Uprising that marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in the United States. Daily events geared for our diverse community will occur every night during Rainbow Week. All gay men, lesbians, transgender, questioning and allies are welcome.
Monday June 25 Game Night and Potluck 6-9pm
Monday, join us for a fun night of food, games, and friendship. Bring a dish and help us kick off our celebration of the historic Stonewall Uprising that changed the lives of gay and lesbian people forever!
Tuesday June 26 Grey Matters 6:30-8:00 pm
Introducing our NEW Grey Matters networking and support group for gay men, lesbians, and allies 40+. People of all ages are welcome! Meet others in your age group for an informal get-together. Socialize, mingle and talk about the events that have shaped your lives.
Wednesday June 27 Celebration Social and Mixer 6:00-8:00 pm
On June 27, 1969, thousands of gay men and women spontaneously erupted in protests against police who raided the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. The Stonewall was a gay bar, and on this day, the customers were fed up with police harassment and discrimination. The Stonewall Uprising escalated into several days of riots, and eventually led to public demonstrations where, for the first time, same-sex couples held hands in public marches. Many communities today hold Gay Pride Parades in honor of this event.
Join the new Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield as we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Spend time in a comfortable safe space in the heart of Bakersfield with friends new and old, while enjoying light snacks and beverages.
Thursday June 28 20+Q 7:00 pm
Our 20+Q group is a popular gathering for young adults. Join your hosts and facilitators for an enjoyable and entertaining evening.
Friday June 29 Movie Night! 6:30-10:00 pm
As the first installment of our regular Movie Night, we will show Milk in our Great Room. Watch the story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. Popcorn and beverages will be served as we celebrate our legacy.
Saturday June 30 Gay Alianza Latina/Latin Social Night at the Center 6:30-9:30 pm
Gay Alianza Latina is our regular group for LGBT individuals, their families, and allies who prefer to speak Spanish or don't speak English well. On this night, we celebrate the LGBT Hispanic community. Come and enjoy a fun evening of music with a live DJ, food, drinks and more.
Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield
238 18th St. #6
(at the corner of 18th & V St.,
downtown in the Mill Creek neighborhood)