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Created: Monday, 22 March 2010 20:03
Written by Melissa Denton
I know this is a topic that has been a political hot potato in the recent past and will continue to be until equality is reached, I hope that someday I will see equality. I heard the rumors that California would allow same sex marriage because we are so liberal so it was a shock to see that prop. 8 passed. Bare with me, I know this is old news
Now let's look at California, we are broke maybe not broke enough (law makers still get their perks). Broke California decided to pay millions of dollars for a special election to recall Davis to put in Arnold to fall deeper in the hole. Ever wonder what would have happened if we just left Davis alone? Ah, no time for the woulda, couldas. Here we are and we up for a real governor's race and Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband is running the race. I read his article; he wants to legalize marijuana and prostitution for tax revenue. Well that sounds great, not only could we get tax revenue but we could cut the criminal justice budget too! Bare with me some more this will make sense soon, I hope!
Nepal is quite a bit poorer than us in California and they didn't need to legalize marijuana or prostitution, they just legalized same sex marriage. It wasn't that long ago that they were killing homosexuals and transgendered persons, and now they are marrying them. It wasn't an equality battle they fought; it was something much bigger (not better) it was an economic battle. Money may not source of happiness but by jolly it sure is a motivator!
So, here it is let's say an average wedding costs between $5,000 and $50,000 and there is how many same sex couples looking to get married? Then you calculate divorce costs for half the married population (because that's about the divorce rate I believe). Add it all together and you get the estimated income generated by homosexual marriages. Equality is vital to the American culture; I understand that I truly do. It took Nepal like three years to legalize same sex marriages based on economics and it took America how long to create equality for minority groups?
Who sang that song with the lyrics "money makes the world go round"?
In reference to Melissa Dentons being born and raised here, I came to Hanford my freshman year of High School (mid 90s) but consider myself a true Hanfordnite as if I grew up here as a child. But I can testify that I left Hanford in 2000 but find myself laughing at her comment to those returning to Hanford. I just recently moved back to Hanford but with intentions to come back to Kings County and start my life as a leader in the gay community and advocate for those with HIV, I have an agenda; so maybe its the water drawing me back, but then again maybe not.
I had the opportunity to leave Hanford and moved to Southern California. It was there I learned the term Community. Being stuck in Central California I didnt know there was a whole new world outside of Hanford; gays, straights, lesbians, different nationalities and religion, all mixed in different parts of the community thats how naive I was. But in each community I saw an interaction of various kinds of individuals with a common characteristic, and with an interest in living together. Yes, Los Angeles has a diverse community but the goal is living together and united and Ive seen that first hand West Hollywood [Gays], Westwood [Persians], Chinatown, Koreatown, and so on.
Now, Hanford is not as big as Los Angeles but Hanford still has a community. Yes, its smaller but why not start with that; a community that is defined as one with no preference to sex, religions, race, etc. but with UNITY. Ask yourself what makes a community, when I ask myself I think of: a unified body of individuals, an interaction of individuals, people with common characteristics, or society at large. Now I know in reality we all have our way of living but we all were taught to respect those around you and do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.
But what defines a community? You do! Everyone has the ability to come together as one and unite. I understand we want equality but lets set politics to the side for now and show Kings County were no different than they are as we engage in community activities as we ALL work together on one mission Unity within the Community.
I encourage all of you to comment. Since reader participation is a major fact in the growth and popularity of blogging. So I encourage comments, disagreements, and criticisms from visitors. Just know I'm here and accessible to you.
Joe L Sosa Jr
Hanford Rainbow Pride Goes Bowling
Created: Monday, 15 March 2010 12:49
Written by Hanford Rainbow Pride
We are going bowling and would like to invite you all to come out with us, Saturday March 20th, at 6:30pm. Last month we had a great group, we even ended up going out afterwards because we were just not ready to end it yet!! This month we would love to have you there with us. It is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends or make new ones. Hope to see you there. (This event takes place once a month on the third Saturday. Once the weather warms back up we will be taking this event to the outdoors for volleyball and bbq's.)
VIDEO: Wanda Sykes & Constance McMillen
Created: Monday, 15 March 2010 09:25
Written by Chris Jarvis
Community part 2
Created: Monday, 08 March 2010 15:48
Written by Melissa Denton
I know I am not alone when I say I was born and raised in
Hanford. I know I am also not the only
one who has said, I cant wait to get out of here. Ever wonder if people actually leave? I often
do, because I have yet to leave, its in my future plans but the success of the
plan is very low I fear. Have you
noticed that the people who have left come back? Oh they do .I swear there is
something in our water. But if you are a
person who was not born and raised here, Im sure the only thing you notice about
the water is its smell or color or you
are so scared of the water you own stock in bottled water companies.
The history of Hanford err Kings County is interesting. For
instance, Kings County used to be Tulare County and it wasnt until 1893 that
Kings County was able to break away.
Lemoore was founded in 1872 and was incorporated in 1900. Hanford got on the map when the Southern
Pacific Railroad came in and the paymaster James Madison Hanford picked Hanford
to have the railroad lines in 1877 and became incorporated in 1891. Ever wonder why Hanford and Lemoore have a
rivalry? Lemoore was established first
so the County seat should have been in their city, but Hanford got the county
seat because it had the railroad line.
Corcoran became incorporated in 1914 and Avenel in 1928. I wish I knew more about their histories, but
I dont I do know that Corcoran is located near the Tule Lake basin so their
land is great for agriculture and Avenel was built around oil fields and when
the oil dried up so did the town.
Kings County has a diverse population. According to the 2000
census there are Caucasians, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian,
Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, Portuguese, German, Irish, and American.
We have more males than females, but that could be because of the three prisons
in our county. In 2000, we had a county
population of 129,461 and in 2008 only 45,444 registered voters. Kings County hasnt voted for a democratic
president since 1968 and about ¾ of the county voted in favor of Prop. 8 in
So whats the point of this? I dont know I
started out writing about what a community is and I found myself wanting to
write about our history. Gay Hanford
will find a place in the history of Kings County, with the help and support of
the LGBTQ and friendly supporters, Gay Hanford will succeed.
VIDEO: Christopher Hitchens Re-Writes the 10 Commandments
Created: Friday, 05 March 2010 08:19
Written by Chris Jarvis
Think you know the 10 Commandments? You don't. Hitchens gives you some background on what they actually are, and just how edited and revised they were. Then he gives you his own set of NEW 10 Commandments...
March PFLAG Meeting
Created: Thursday, 04 March 2010 14:43
Written by PFLAG
Community: an over view
Created: Thursday, 04 March 2010 09:50
Written by Melissa Denton
Joe and I have
decided to write a series of things that deal with community. Gay Hanford has
become active after a period of time of silence. Our plans for Gay Hanford are to show the
cities that we live in that were are not a separate community, but that we are
hanfordites, lemoorens, Corcoranites, Avenalies, Armonians, did I miss a city
or township? Oh yes the original Kings County folk Grangvillites just as much
as anyone else!!
So Joe and I are ecstatic to announce Gay Hanfords first
HUGE event! I know it wont be until May, but Joe and I are working the back
scenes and then you have to take into account the planning time. Ready? Gay Hanford will be participating in
the Kings County Homecoming Parade! This is our opportunity to show Kings
County, that we, the Kings County LGBTQ people, are in fact a part of the
However, we do not know the theme of the parade this year,
we know that we do not want the Gay Hanford float to be political but something
fun so we will reaching out to our fellow LGBTQs to help in this project, once
we know the theme we will be asking for float ideas, resources and volunteers
to man the float!
A few years ago the San Francisco Gay pride event theme was
Come Out, Come Out, wherever you are Our fellow Kings County residents, dont
be shy commune together, there are strengths in numbers.
Another "family-values" Republican hypocrite arrested for DUI; gay allegation
Sources: Lawmaker At Gay Club Before DUI Arrest
More Local News
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ―
tell CBS13 a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly
driving drunk after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub in midtown Sacramento, early
The California Highway Patrol pulled over Senator Roy Ashburn at 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday after an officer noticed a black Chevy Tahoe swerving at 13th and L
When the officer stopped the state-issued vehicle, the driver identified
himself as Senator Ashburn. He was arrested without incident and charged with
two misdemeanors: driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol
level higher than .08% or higher.
A male passenger, who was not identified as a lawmaker, was also in the car but
was not detained.
Ashburn was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and released on $1,400 bond.
Ashburn, a father of four, is a Republican Senator representing parts of Kern,
Tulare and San Bernardino Counties with a history of opposing gay rights.
Ashburn issued a statement on the arrest Wednesday afternoon:
"I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor
judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to
accept the consequences for what I did. I am also truly sorry for the impact
this incident will have on those who support and trust me my family, my
constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate."
Ashburn served six years as a state Assemblyman before being elected to the
Dinuba GSA Fashion Show
Created: Wednesday, 03 March 2010 14:41
Written by Jessie S.
Created: Wednesday, 03 March 2010 06:31
Written by Brooke
Spring is around the corner and the smell of leather is in the air. No, I dont mean from chaps or whips . but softball gloves. (sorry to disappoint) You can also hear the pounding of cleats in the dirt. Ahhh, spring time! As many of you know there is a local LGBT-Straight Ally softball team, the Fresno Skittles. They play on Wednesday nights at the sports complex located at Jensen & West. Their first game is March 3rd at 7:00 pm, please go out and cheer them on!
I am now proud to announce the creation of their sister team, the Visalia Skittles. We are set to begin our first season in a few weeks. We will play on Friday nights at Plaza Park. Our first game will be March 19th, we hope to see and hear you out there cheering us on as well!
Both teams serve two purposes within our community. They provide a safe outlet and recreation source for sports minded enthusiasts. Plus, they get out there and mingle with mainstream society for some great exposure and interaction. Its also a good opportunity and perfectly legal, to kick a little heterosexual ass! (in a nice way, of course)
We hope to have a fundraiser exhibition game soon to benefit Gay Fresno & Gay Visalia, divisions of Gay Central Valley, who sponsor both teams. Stay tuned for more details in the near future.
I have baked for many years, I love to bake...I bake for all holidays, birthdays, any day. I bake cookies, cupcakes, cakes really anything, So I thought I would share my passion with my LGBTQ community in hopes that in some small way it may bring us closer together in here in Hanford and Kings County.
So with St. Patrick's Day coming up here is a recipe for Creamy Lime Coolers!
** Blend pineapple juice, lime juice, confectioners sugar, and lime peel in a blender until completely blended. Add vanilla ice cream and blend until smooth.** Yields 2 servings
Hope you enjoy!
UC Davis to hold public meeting about Hate Crimes
Created: Monday, 01 March 2010 13:02
Written by Melissa Ballard
UC Davis to hold public meeting about hate crimes
UC Davis to hold public meeting about hate crimes
DAVIS - The chancellor of the University of California, Davis has called for a community meeting tonight in response to recent campus hate crimes.
Chancellor Linda Katehi scheduled a meeting tonight to address attacks at the gay and lesbian student center and against a Jewish student.
The latest episode occurred over the weekend, when vandals targeted the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center. Anti-gay slogans were sprayed on the door and sidewalk leading to the entrance of the center.
The attack comes a week after a Jewish student found a swastika carved into the door of her campus dorm room.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has condemned recent hate crimes and episodes of intolerance at Davis and UC campuses in San Diego and Irvine
Party with a Purpose at the Dinah and White Party
Created: Saturday, 27 February 2010 05:34
Written by Joe L. Sosa, Jr
Via Equality California
Party with a purpose. If you plan to attend the upcoming Dinah Shore or White Party weekend in Palm Springs, you can make a difference helping the fight to achieve equality for LGBT Californians.
Join NCLR and EQCA for our annual champagne brunch during the Dinah Shore Weekend, or kick off the White Party Weekend at a cocktail party at the mountainside villa of Manhunt chairman Jonathan Crutchley.
FEATURING Executive Directors Kate Kendell& Geoff Kors
Saturday, April 3 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $100
Address provided upon RSVP.
Generously Underwritten by
White Party Kickoff Cocktail Party
Generously hosted by Jonathan Crutchley, Chairman of Online Buddies, Inc., and Jeffrey Sanker
Join us for an evening of delicious cocktails, lavish food, hot men and fun music by DJ Casey Alva, all to support the work of Equality California.
With sexy models serving hors d'oeuvres and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence working the bar, you won't want to miss this White Party kickoff!
Thursday, April 8 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
At Jonathan Crutchleys Mountainside Villa Palm Springs
Address provided upon ticket confirmation.
Kraft Nabisco Golf Championship
March 29 to April 4
Mission Hills Country Club Rancho Mirage
Attend the first Major on the LPGA tour, and 100% of your ticket price will benefit the work of Equality California to achieve equality for LGBT Californians. Just fill out EQCAs ticket formand mail or fax it in.
Thanks to the Integrated Wealth Management TICKETS Fore CHARITY program, EQCA will also be eligible for a $25,000 bonus pool.
The Political Games
Created: Friday, 26 February 2010 03:56
Written by Melissa Ballard
The Political Games
By, Melissa Denton
I do not watch the Olympic Games that much; the games I like to watch are the political ones. Politics are not so interesting; it is the politicians that catch my attention. Most of the time, I hear politician doing dumb things, saying stupid things, and wonder if they should work like a model where it used to be better if a modal didn't say a word at all. However, on occasion, a politician says something that actually makes sense.
Harold Ford, is that politician. Ford, is/was a Congressman from Tennessee who is New York Senate hopeful. Does that ring any bells? Let's try this one; Ford is one of very Democrats who voted for a federal marriage ban. On February 24, 2010, Mr. Ford decided to campaign to Stonewall Democrats in the West Village. Little to my surprise he was met with chants of no more lies and oil slick Harry-go away. These are the moments that spark my love for politics, I was excited to hear that people are still fighting back and just as quick as I got excited, I was brought back to reality. Mr. Ford responded to the chants with just one comment,
"I don't know what more I can say, other than that I realize I was wrong," he said. "You may not embrace me, you may not vote for me, but I would only hope that you would at least accept the fact that the reason the numbers and support for marriage equality goes up is because people like me change their minds." Ford
Darn him, he is right! Politicians can't be right, something is wrong with this whole story. Or is there? Could the rise in support be because of changing minds? If you look at voter turnout, you know that voter turnout is really low and if you look around you still see churches operating. So the changing mind idea is right! Now, I know my numbers are a bit outdated, but if every 1 out of 10 people were homosexual, and each homosexual changed at least one mind, it wouldn't take long before we would have the support of our country. Yes, I know it sounds a little Utopian, but if a politician can change anything can happen!
Well this is my first post to Gay Hanford, so this calls for a self-introduction.
My name is Joe Sosa and I just recently moved back from Los Angeles, CA but I grew up in Hanford and attended Hanford High and served on the Student Government as Commisioner of Elections for both Hanford High East and West. My career is in pharmacy specializing in HIV with over 10 years experience and quickly advancing to supervisor and corporate for major companies. What else can I say about my self? I'm very fond with music vocal and piano. Growing up did many competitions and received scholarships for CSU Fresno and Fresno Pacific University. I just love being able to sing or play piano when I feel down or just want to sing.
As for more personal traits I consider my self to be a creative, organized, determined, and a fun person and would classify me as the over-achiever if I had to. One very important aspect of my personality is that i can't stop thinking. Every day, all day, all I just keep thinking for various things. It can be anything, from projects I am currently working on, to questions about life, or what ever comes up in my head of mine. So, it really costs me a lot as far as my sleeping hours are concerned.
But lets get to the point. For some time now I have been active with various organizations in Los Angeles, ranging from: Mental, HIV/AIDS, Equality, and Gay Marriage. I moved to Los Angeles in 2000 til now and have gained experience from various events and now want to bring the leadership skills I learned to Hanford (Kings County).
As far as the real intelligible project goes I am currently working on Fresno Twestival as the Lead Coordinator for Fresno, CA with the goal in producing an event to raise money for Concern Worldwide. The purpose of the event is to bring the community together and volunteer for a great cause. With the skills I am using and still learning I plan to bring to Hanford to unite the community so the LGBT is respected. Moreover you can expect me to write about other ideas, crazy or note to help bring equality to Hanford.
Well in closing, This concludes my first entry to Gay Hanford, just a self-introduction a taste of things to come. Until next time I wish you all well and love.
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