Thank You Dyane

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Thank you to Pride Center Board Member Dyane Burgos Medina for creating and developing our Pride Center's Mental Health Support Services Program. #SJTrueColors #StrongerTogether #LGBTRocks #DiversityRules

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Unveiling of Elena Kelly Banner

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Congratulations again to Elena Kelly for the unveiling of your "Strength In Diversity" banner! This wouldn't have been possible with out the help of Downtown Stockton Alliance! Thank you to Congressman Jerry McNerneyand everyone who stopped by for this special unveiling!

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2017 AT&T Investing in California Awards

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Congratulations to the San Joaquin Pride Center, the Little Manila Foundation and Fathers & Families of San Joaquin for their 2017 AT&T Investing in California Awards. They are recognized today for their outstanding commitment to the community .

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Criticism of the LGBT community to the veto decision to transsexuals to the armed forces

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Activists from the LGBT community called this decision a step back from the gains that had already been made.

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Activistas de la comunidad LGBT calificaron esta decisión como un retroceso a los logros que ya se habían alcanzado.

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NorCal transgender community reacts to military ban

 

Reversing an Obama-era policy, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning that the government "will not accept or allow" transgender citizens to
serve in the military.

In a set of tweets, Trump cited the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" that the individuals serving in the armed forces would entail. The announcement says nothing specific about transgender people who are currently serving...

Click here to watch the video from KCRA and read the rest of the article.

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Cultivating Acceptance Pride Festival Video

Check out our new Cultivating Acceptance and Pride Festival video advertisement here! Sponsored by the California Public Health Office of Equity's Disparities Project. Don't forget to join us at the Pride Festival on August 26th at Weber Point in Downtown Stockton. 

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Pride Not Prejudice

Check out our article in The Current. There is a full section about what the Pride Center has been up to as well as information on our Cultivating Acceptance Program and the Pride festival. 

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Cultivating Acceptance Video

Watch our Cultivating Acceptance video.

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Pride center reaches out to Stockton area youth

 

The San Joaquin Pride Center is located in downtown Stockton. Photo: Seth Hemmelgarn. 
 

On a recent Friday afternoon, a group of teenagers sat around a table at the San Joaquin Pride Center in downtown Stockton discussing where they were going to college, ideas for social activities at the center, and drag.

Listening to a group of LGBT youth, some of whom are still in their mid-teens, confidently discussing their sexuality and their futures may seem unlikely to happen in Stockton, a city with around 300,000 people that's about two hours east of San Francisco in California's Central Valley. The region is best known for agriculture, and LGBTs in the region are scattered.

 

 

 

 

Blair Eversley, 21, who's gay and grew up in Stockton, experienced bullying in high school and abuse at home. Speaking to the Bay Area Reporter earlier in the day, he said it was "really, really hard for me to come out," but when he was introduced to the center, people shared their coming out stories with him and made him comfortable.

Nicholas Hatten, the center's executive director, said with that kind of experience with youth at the center, "I realized this is what they need more than anything. They need that peer support."

The center, which has been working for more than five years to create a safe space for LGBT youth and others, has received a boost in its efforts with a grant awarded by the state health department's Office of Health Equity to launch its Cultivating Acceptance project.

With the grant - $1.18 million over five years - the center aims to expand outreach efforts to youth and help them make their school campuses safer, educate parents, and increase cultural competency among mental health professionals, among other goals, said Hatten, who's 42 and gay.

The funding will help boost the center's budget to $365,000 in the next fiscal year and enable the organization to hire an additional outreach director and other staff. It will also allow it to provide stipends for people who are earning their master's in social work.

In a news release announcing the grant awards for the center and other groups, Dr. Karen Smith, the lesbian director of the state's health department, said, "The California Reducing Disparities Project recognizes that many of the promising mental health services in our most diverse communities need additional support in order to improve their effectiveness."

 

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S.J. Pride Center receives $1.18 million dollar "Cultivating Acceptance" grant

LGBT+ Cultivating Acceptance Program

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The San Joaquin Pride Center (SJPC) is proud to announce the launch of its LGBT+ youth program, Cultivating Acceptance, that addresses the unique challenges that face LGBT+ youth within our region.   The SJ Pride Center received a $1.18 million dollar grant to fund this program.  Through youth advocacy and empowerment, mental health support services, transgender awareness, advocacy, and health services, SJPC is on the forefront of reducing disparities for this targeted population. SJPC’s program addresses the discrimination and social exclusion issues, social and environmental conditions, and quality of mental health care for our LGBT+ youth of San Joaquin County.

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