P.O. Box 4959 * Fresno, CA 93744 * (559) 266-LINK firstname.lastname@example.org
FRESNO GLBTQ YOUTH ALLIANCE
A group for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and
A program of Community Link, Inc. - a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization
Contact person: Jeffery Robinson - (559) 486-3464
Statement of Purpose:
The Fresno Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth Alliance was created to offer
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth a safe
and substance free environment where they can be themselves, express
their concerns and discuss issues of importance that affect their
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgendered and Questioning community is a vast rainbow of
diversity. The Fresno Youth Alliance welcomes and celebrates that
diversity. Our members are teens and young adults of all colors,
differently challenged, from various religious faiths and backgrounds,
and have a wide variety of interests. We encourage and invite any and
all interested youth to come to our meetings.
Where & When:
We meet every Friday Evening at 7 - 8:30pm at the
First Congregational Church of Fresno
("Big Red Church") at 2131 N. Van
See map. (the link opens an outside window)
The group offers a comfortable space, almost like a living-room, and
time to focus on family, relationships, friends, school, work, and to
share concerns and achievements.
The group provides an opportunity for
one-on-one discussions with other young people who share your sexual
and affectional orientation who can help you work through difficult
times by listening and sharing their own experiences.
The group has access to trained professionals for workshops, lectures, and discussions. We also co-sponsor along with Gay-Straight Alliance Network the annual Expression Not Suppression conference.
The group allows you an opportunity to advocate and lobby other local, state, and national governmental bodies and community organizations regarding issues which effect and affect younger Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning individuals.
Networking & Interacting:
The group networks with other Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual youth groups in the state, along with student groups on the college and high school campuses. It allows for interaction with the larger Gay and Lesbian community through participation with other groups’ events and community activities.
The Youth Alliance organizes parties, trips, movies nights, and dances especially for younger people like ourselves.
Our Original Events:
Each year the group sponsors the Lavender Prom and co-sponsors the ENS conference. In the past, we'd also hold the Double Prince and Princess Pageant, our annual Youth Group Reunion, annual Halloween and Christmas party, Beach Blanket Beauties, and the Pink Flamingos Fundraiser.
The Youth Alliance is under the direction of, and is facilitated by Jeff Robinson, who has a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and who has been working with adolescents and young adults since 1996.
Updates - March 20, 2015
March came in like a lamb this year.
Did anyone even notice? But our youth
continue to roar like lions. What a rowdy
bunch we have right now. Everyone is full
of opinions and sometimes they're just full
of themselves! But that makes for an interesting
evening, for sure.
At one of our recent Friday evening meetings, we discussed the subject of lying to our friends and family. We were asked to whom we might tell a lie, under what circumstances we might lie, and why we would even feel the need to lie. It seems we have a bunch of liars in our bunch. Maybe that's just the wave of the future.
As most readers know, the last Friday of the month is saved for a potluck, where everyone brings food and we just chat. Normally on those nights, we don't ask a lot of questions. We just have a fun social night. But the last Friday of February, we did something completely different! Peter Robinson, the Director of Engagement and Marketing for the Fresno State Alumni Association, invited us to attend a play that was being presented to the community as a fundraiser for the Bulldog Pride Fund. So we did! In all, 18 of our youth and three adult group leaders attended the play-and it was magnificent!
First, Peter arranged for us to meet early for our Youth Group meeting in the lobby of the Tower Theater! That was fun! Then, we carried our chairs next door to the Painted Table, and joined fundraising attendees for the play, titled, “And Then Came Tango.”
The play was written by Emily Freeman and directed by Fresno State's J. Daniel Herring. According to Herring, it was based on the real-life story about a couple of male penguins who raised a chick in the New York Central Park Zoo a few years ago. The play was touching! There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd! The theater group made their own costumes and created the backgrounds for the stage. They were amazing! We're thankful to Peter Robinson for allowing us to be a part of the evening!
The Fresno GLBTQ Youth Alliance meets on Friday nights, at 7 PM, in the Fireside Room of the Big Red Church, located on Van Ness Avenue and Fern, just down the street from Fresno High School. The group is open to all GLBTQ youth and their allies, ages 14 to 25. Come join us and have some fun on Friday nights! We have a Facebook page! Check us out and keep in touch!
Fridays 7p Youth Alliance meet
no meeting Fridays after Thanksgiving or Christmas, or on holidays
See some of our history!