COMMUNITY LINK

 


 

Community Resources for GLBTQ Youth

All phone numbers are in 559 area code unless otherwise noted

Community Link, Inc.
266-5465
PFLAG -Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
434-6540

HOTLINES:
GLBTNational Youth Talk Line
800 246-PRIDE (7743)
youth@glbtnationalhelpcenter.org
www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org
Mon - Fri 1pm-9pm, Sat 9am-2pm Pacific

The Trevor Project Lifeline
Suicide Prevention 866 488-7386
www.TheTrevorProject

TEMPORARY HOUSING:
The Sanctuary Youth Shelter for males and females 11 to 17 years of age who are homeless, runaways, or have been kicked out of their homes.
498-8543 or 1-800-820-4968
YWCA’s Marjaree Manson Center for women of all ages who have experienced family violence.
233-4357

HIV/AIDS:
The Living Room
485-3667
Planned Parenthood - HIV anonymous testing site
488-4900

OTHER YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS:
GSA - Gay-Straight Alliance Network
442-4777 Website
United Student Pride at CSUFresno
278-4435 Website
Diversity Club at Fresno City College - e-mail

 

 

 

 

 

 


P.O. Box 4959 * Fresno, CA 93744 * (559) 266-LINK info@communitylinkfresno.com

 FRESNO GLBTQ YOUTH ALLIANCE

A group for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth
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 lives.
 


 

Who’s involved:

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 Ness Blvd. See map. (the link opens an outside window)

 

Support/Rap:

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.

Peer Counseling:

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.

Educational Programs:

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.

Advocacy:

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.

Social 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.

Directed by:

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!

 

Upcoming Events

Fridays 7p Youth Alliance meet

no meeting Fridays after Thanksgiving or Christmas, or on holidays


 

Past Events

See some of our history!