Stockton Pride Good Morning Interview

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Pre Pride 2014

Daveed Varela, otherwise known as Roxy Cotton Candy, will headline this year's Stockton Pride Festival
Daveed Varela was bullied by classmates, made to feel left out and, for a time, resorted to home schooling.

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Author Lori Duron Speaks

STOCKTON - Lori Duron, author of Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising My Fabulous Gender Creative Son, will be speaking at the San Joaquin Pride Center on Monday afternoon. To continue reading click here

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Pride 2014

STOCKTON — Stockton’s third annual Pride Festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Oak Grove Regional Park, 4520 W. Eight Mile Road.

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Getting Married Was

When one Stockton couple married in the garden of their home in October, it was more than a wedding.

Donna Brown and Colleen Foster were making a statement of sorts.

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Art Splash 2014

June 06--Art and downtown Stockton are two of Joy Neas' passions and she's pushing both to the forefront for the third consecutive year as director of Stockton Art Splash.

Going door-to-door through downtown Stockton, Neas lined up participants for another summer of monthly Friday art shows. Visitors are treated to a variety of art works in various locations that serve hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

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Mother of Transgendered Child

Margaret Baker-Street let out a sigh of relief when her child, who at the time was living in Oregon with her ex-husband and his wife, told her she no longer wanted to identify as a girl. She wanted to live life as a boy. To continue reading click here

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Pride Center to Show Off Remodel

The San Joaquin Pride Center is celebrating its remodel and expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony, which will be followed by an LGBT Short Film Festival.

The center added about 700 square feet of space, giving it room for meeting space and counseling sessions. To read more click here

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Central Valley LGBT Activist Featured In New Documentary Premiering At Tribeca Festival

Stockton, CA- LGBT Activist and Political Consultants role as campaign manager featured in True Son-the story of Michael Tubbscampaign to become the youngest councilmember in Stockton History amidst record setting homicide rate and impending bankruptcy.

In the midst of coordinating Stocktons very first pride festival, Nicholas Hatten, Executive Director of the newly formed San Joaquin Pride Center, accepts Tubbs invitation to manage the day-to-day responsibilities for his underdog council campaign which eventually catches the eye and support of people like TV legend Oprah Winfrey, rapper and social media guru MC Hammer and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. 

Despite California enjoying a reputation for being liberal, the Central Valley, including San Joaquin County, is a conservative island far behind the social curve.  This cultural stagnation became apparent to Hatten following the 2008 elections when an overwhelming 65% of San Joaquin County voters supported Proposition 8 denying marriage equality to the States LGBT community. (Fresno reached 64%, while Stanislaus and Merced both reached 67.9%). The conservative nature of the area also handicaps fundraising efforts for LGBT (or perceived LGBT) issues and causes making it harder to create long-term solutions for the challenges Valley LGBT people face.

Hatten is now taking the lessons learned from his organizing for Councilman Michael Tubbs and others to encourage LGBT organizing throughout the rest of the socially conservative Central Valley and nation. Hatten will be in New York from April 18th-20th for the film festival and a tour of LGBT centers and is available for interviews upon request.

About Nicholas Hatten

Nicholas Hatten is an innovative LGBT advocate and political consultant with over 20 years of broad ranging advocacy and organizing experience in Central California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Hatten has been instrumental in challenging Californias conservative Central Valley communities to discuss LGBT related issues and how the lack of cultural competency impacts the quality of life for its LGBT citizens. Politically, Hatten has worked on some of the hottest Central Valley campaigns to receive national recognition; Michael Tubbs for City Councils victorious 2012 campaign, US Representative Jerry McNerneys defeat of House Resource Chair Richard Pombo in 2006 and US Astronaut Jose Hernandez2012 congressional bid.

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The Power of Language

The images of the happy, proud, black graduates of the 1911 senior class of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., are labeled with one insulting name after another. The slurs relate to the individual's race or gender. To continue reading click here

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