Film Project Aims To Tell Stories of SJ's Transgender Residents

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As some of you may know, we held a film reception several weeks ago to announce Kyle Rynicki's upcoming short film 'Rooster' featuring a Transgender lead character. His film, along with another upcoming film project by Chase Ybarra, is featured here in this article written for The Record. Check it out!

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Jill Jones Featured On Good Day Sacramento, Stockton Record Spotlighting Stockton Pride

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Aderholt Amendment & Rep. Jeff Denham

Last year Republican Jeff Denham reversed his vote to become the deciding vote that allowed workforce discrimination towards LGBT+ people. Now it looks like Denham is up to his old tricks and will help Republican's in Congress take away even more of our rights. Making matters worse, there are local elected officials who still support Denham. Tracy Councilmembers Veronica Vargas and Juana L. Dement , Tracy Supervisor Bob Elliott, Manteca/Stockton Supervisor Tom Patti and Stockton Supervisor Miguel Villapudua. We are asking our community to stand up to Denham and call on his supporters to rescind their support today. Here are their emails: 

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Stockton Wins 5th All-America City Award

We did it! WE WON STOCKTON'S 5TH ALL-AMERICA CITY AWARD. We are so proud of Stockton for being recognized for the work of amazing community partners and our focus on equity. In this presentation we centered the most marginalized folks in our community and our youth, and through their work and stories we received this honor. We could not have done it without the time and dedication of our team and the support from the organizations below. 

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San Joaquin Pride Center
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Stockton Scholars
Reinvent South Stockton Coalition
Little Manila Rising

Sponsors:
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce (California)
Port of Stockton
The Community Foundation of San Joaquin
The James Irvine Foundation
Visit Stockton
209 Furniture
Kiwanis Club of Stockton

 — at All-America City Awards.

http://www.recordnet.com/news/20180625/stockton-goes-back-to-back-as-all-america-city

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Hellen Heels Hosts Stockton's Second Drag Queen Storytime

Hellen Heels- AKA Jonathan Lopez, the creator and director of Drag Queen Storytime- hosts another successful Drag Queen Storytime event at one of Stockton's public libraries. Stockton's LGBT+ Youth were represented at this event, where tolerance, identity, and diversity were celebrated through the event's storybook reading. Read more by clicking the link below to The Record's news article featuring this event.

http://www.recordnet.com/news/20180627/putting-rainbow-in-reading-drag-queen-storytime-shares-message-of-tolerance-identity

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SJPC's own Executive Director Nicholas Hatten on the panel Race, Racism, and Otherness: A Conversation With John A. Powell

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Governor Brown Creates California Complete Count Committee

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the creation of the California Complete Count Committee, a statewide panel of community members that will guide California’s outreach for the 2020 federal census.

“It is vitally important for California to do everything it can to ensure that every Californian is counted in the upcoming census,” said Governor Brown.

The 25 Committee members represent a diverse cross-section of the state with participants from both the public and private sectors. Governor Brown appointed 23 individuals to the Committee, and Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon each appointed one member to the Committee.

Today’s Executive Order creating the California Complete Count Committee can be found HERE

Including our very own Executive Director Nicholas Hatten;
Nicholas Hatten, 43, of Stockton, has been appointed to the California Complete Count Census Committee. Hatten has been executive director at the San Joaquin Pride Center since 2011. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Hatten is a Democrat.

 

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Stockton Honors Martin Luther King Jrs Legacy

Stockton residents remembered Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

The city has dedicated a plaza to the civil rights icon, which includes a statue of King.

Residents said there’s still work that needs to be done to realize King’s dream.

Get the full story in the video here.

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Youth Leader Diana Sandoval & Michael Tubbs Get It Right

This Saturday, San Joaquin Pride Center youth leader Diana Sandoval gave a powerful speech about the need for gun control and the need for mental health services. It was a speech she wrote herself and her delivery was powerful. The fact that she is only a sophomore in high school should not be a surprise following all the examples of youth standing up and showing bravery and intelligence but she still blows me away.  She, like her brother Frankie, another dynamic LGBT+ young leader before her, is someone to watch.  I want to give Diana props for doing something that our mayor, Michael Tubbs, recently did, give voice to transgender women of color. Both of them took a moment to acknowledge their importance last week. Diana in her speech during Saturday's March for Our Lives in Stockton and Michael as part of his CEDAW Resolution that was passed last week by City Council. 

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Why is this important? If you grew up in Stockton during the 70s, 80s and 90s, you knew Coco. She was a beautiful African American transgender woman. She walked everywhere and could not help but stand out in a crowd.  She was also a prostitute because at the time, a transgender women in Stockton couldn't find a job due to prejudices. Prejudices that still exist today. She battled years of drug addiction and mental health problems. Many of us assumed she had died but she is still alive. Sadly she's also in prison because of her battles. She unfortunately represents all the struggles that most transgender women of color endure. Even more sad, statistics state that transgender women of color make up the most murder cases percentage wise despite being the smallest demographic. For them, being murdered or attempting to murder them is  a daily reality. 

Statistics to remember: 

  • 72 percent of victims of anti-LGBT homicide were transgender women.
  • 67 percent of anti-LGBT homicide victims were trans women of color.
  • Transgender survivors and victims only made up 13 percent of the total number of hate violence reports to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence  that year. Only 13 percent – and yet trans women accounted for almost three-quarters of the year’s total hate violence fatalities.
  • 75 percent of all anti-LGBT+ hate crimes are towards transgender people. 
  • Extreme levels of unemployment and poverty lead one in eight trans person to become involved in underground economies—such as sex and drug work—in order to survive.

So a huge hat tip to Diana and to Mayor Tubbs for remembering that when we talk about equality for women, we also must acknowledge that women of color, transgender women and especially transgender women of color have unique challenges that need to be emphasized. 

You can watch Diane's powerful speech here

 

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You can read Stockton City Council's entire resolution here. 

 To show your support for our local transgender community, join them at their Trans Day of Visibility event to be held on March 31st. More details here. 

 

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Four Reasons Why We Hope You Will Join Us Next Sunday

Our annual Oscar Watch Party is next Sunday on March 4th and this year it's at the beautiful Brookside Country Club. Here are four reasons via youtube clips we hope give you reason to join us: 

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Advocacy: Making History with A Drag Performance At The State Capitol

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