Recently relocated to Visalia where I was born and raised, I previously had spent the past seven years in Fresno.
Throughout the years I have been an avid supporter of the LGBT community, and an active ally, often being found at drag events as a photographer, including for the Fresno Rainbow Pride Festival and Reel Pride Film Festival.
As photography is such a passion for me, I enjoy creating memories with my family and always making sure they are captured. My family is my everything and they are a big support for me.
I went to college for music production and video production, so you'll often find me feverishly editing various projects whenever I can, usually late into the night.
I love being behind the lens, putting the focus on others and have helped create a sold out calendar to help fund the the community LGBT center. I have also been presented with awards from the Rainbow Newsletter for my contributions.
I am honored to have my ongoing involvement within the community to be recognized in the title of Grand Marshal - it means a lot and I look forward to seeing everyone at the festival.
My name is Isis De Luna and I’m Feelin’ FAB!!
Since 2011, I’ve dedicated myself to The Imperial Dove Court, which is the oldest LGBTQ+ charity in Fresno.
In 2016, I was elected as the 43rd Empress of Fresno and under my leadership we successfully distributed almost $20,000 to a dozen local LGBTQ+ organizations.
My community outreach also includes local projects with The Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival, Arte Americas, The Fresno City College Foster Kinship Program, Fresno Reel Pride, The Royal Jelly Collective, Dulce Upfront, Trans E-Motion, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and The Fresno Spectrum Center.
From Daytime to Nightlife, I’m a Drag Performance Artist. My residency has been at Fab Fresno since 2015. For the past two years, I’ve hosted the only LGBTQ+ stage at a major music festival with 7,000+ attendees at Dirtybird Campout.
What can I say, I love a good party!
Drag is Art, and it’s a powerful tool that can touch many people. You get back what you put in. So, spread love. Lend a hand without expecting anything in return. Make a difference. And never take yourself too seriously. It’s just Drag.
My name is Isis De Luna, and It is an honor to be a Grand Marshall for the 30th Annual Fresno Rainbow Pride.
MEET THE 2020 GRAND MARSHALS
ERIC & DAVID
David Bonetto and Eric Gomez have been part of the dance, arts and beauty industry in Fresno for years. Life long residents of Fresno they are celebrating 32 years together. David, Eric and their 18-year-old daughter Payton have made the Old Fresno High area their home. They love to live in what many see as one of the last neighborhoods left in Fresno. Walking their dogs Fido and Fritz on Van Ness, Ice Cream at Ampersand, the Gazebo Gardens Food Trucks or dinner in the Tower District are where they can be found when not working or traveling. David is the owner and Artistic Director of Dance Works Unlimited, a long time Fresno dance and performing arts studio, celebrating 41 years. David shares his passion for dance with students 2 years-of-age to men and women in their 80’s. David is the Director and Choreographer for Fresno City Colleges Premier Senior Program, New Wrinkles – a showcase performing company comprised of singers, dancers, actors and musicians 55 years and better. New Wrinkles 32ndSeason Presents “20/20 Vision: A Look Back”, with 17 shows Opening May 28th- June 14, 2020 at the Fresno City College Theater. David has been on the Theater and Dance faculty at Fresno City College for 28 years. He serves on The Advisory Board for the Arts and Humanities Department at CSUF and is a member of The Board of Directors for Miss California. David additionally offers design services to private clients, and is a business consultant. Eric is one of Fresno’s most recognized internationally known hairdressers and is the owner of Eric Gomez Hairdressing. When not working with his many clients, Eric is traveling the world inspiring and educating hairdressers as part of the TIGI International Creative Team. He works in leading fashion cities including New York, Dallas and London and is now educating in Latin and South America. His work includes New York Fashion
Week, and he previously worked with the L’Oreal Professional Team. Born in Fresno and raised in a large, close-knit family, Eric has always known the value of giving back. He has worked hair and wigs for Stage Works Fresno, The Fresno Art Museum’s, TRASHIQUE, and numerous area fashion shows and fundraisers. Eric shares his love for dance as a teacher and choreographer, and he is also an award-winning photographer. Eric and David are excited to share their latest project, THE COTERIE Atelier, Opening in Fresno this summer. Payton is a freshman at Fresno State, majoring in English with and emphasis on Creative Writing. As a published writer, Payton is an ardent poet that has earned her prestigious recognition. When not writing she shares her love of dance with her fathers The perils of such busy schedules are not lost on David and Eric, they wisely and carefully invest in couple and family time. They are humbled, honored and grateful to serve as two of this year’s Grand Marshalls Celebrating 30 Years of Pride in the City of Fresno.
Born in Dallas, TX and raised there, Del Hornbuckle is the fourth dean of library services at Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library. Del has been with the library since Sep., 2017.
A member of the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table (RRT) and Fresno State's LGBTQ+ Allies Network, Del has advocated for culturally responsive library collections and services that represent BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
She is leading the Library’s efforts in establishing a Rainbow Archives for the Central Valley at Fresno State and an exhibition in 2021 and working closely with Qistory and Community Link in this effort.
Del completed her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University (Political Science and a minor in Economics) and her Masters in Library & Information Science at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Del was the Assistant Director of Information Services at the Baker Library in the Harvard Business School for 4 years. She moved on to serve as the Campus Library Manager of the Rockville, MD campus of Montgomery College. Before arriving at Fresno State, Del was the Director of the Brennan Library at Lasell College, in Newton, MA and instrumental in bringing SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) to the campus a committee member.
A bibliophile and cinephile since childhood, she is also her family’s unofficial genealogist, an advocate of public libraries, and a lover and designer of miniatures (houses and furniture). Del is a global traveler, a fur mom, and loves spending time with her rescue wild bunch and her wife, Tonya.
Mr. Tranz Fresno 2018 For Life
Grand Duke 41 For Life
Mister California 2013 USofA MI 1st Alternate
Educator and Advocate of the LGBTQ+ Community
Trans- E- Motion Board Member At Large 2020
FTM Daddy of 4yr old Twins and two soon- to- be step-children
I am so pleased to be selected as this year’s Grand Marshal! I have an awesome support system within my family, friends and community. My amazing fiancée, Brandy, in addition to support and encouragement, shows her involvement through volunteering at various community events throughout the year. I am honored to have been selected as a featured entertainer at past Fresno Pride Festivals. I get to kick off the start of the parade by marching with the color guard, waving the blue, pink and white Trans Flag. Representing the Transgender Community is something that lives through me. I have plans this year to bring our community together more than ever with my “Trans- Formers” small groups, which is aimed to help individuals of all ages, as well as families, allies and support systems of the LGBTQ+ community through outings, life coaching, and community service. I am honored and proud to accept this award as a Grand Marshal of Fresno Pride Parade and Festival 2020!
Bear was raised in Bakersfield, California. Regardless of the very limited pride celebrations in the early years, Bear was a participant in the early movement for gay and lesbian rights in the south valley, creating and co-producing the Bakersfield Women’s Music Festival and was an original member of the Bakersfield Women’s Support Group. An avid Harley rider, Bear found recovery in 1989 and joined the Fifth Chapter Motorcycle Club, promoting a clean and sober lifestyle through motorcycling. Focusing on the gay and lesbian community, Bear met Doc Sue in 1991 and began riding in the first of many, many pride parades in Fresno. In 1992, Bear and Doc Sue, Nancy Roberts (Spike) and Cyndi Falk (Socks) founded Artemis Women’s Motorcycle Club, a motorcycle club for clean and sober lesbian women of the Central Valley. Artemis began hosting the Fresno Pride weekend celebration for the riders from the Women’s Motorcycle Contingency-San Francisco (WMC-SF) a.k.a. Dykes on Bikes and the Women’s Motorcycle Contingency-Los Angeles (WMC-LA). For several decades Bear and the members of Artemis rode in and led the Fresno and SF Pride parade, eventually being named as a permanent annual rode captain for the SF parade.
Prior to retiring in 2019, Bear worked for over twenty five years as a Paralegal in the family
law area of Fresno County assisting the gay and lesbian community in a number of legal matters, including adoptions, child custody and visitation matters, and Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships and same sex marriages. Currently, Bear continues to provide support to the LBGTQ community with pro bono services to the transgender community assisting in name changes and modification of birth certificates.
Michelle DenBeste is Dean of the College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno. Both an avid cyclist and an active supporter of the LGBTQ+ community in Fresno and beyond, Michelle has participated in the AIDS/LifeCycleride for the past two summers, raising $20,000 for AIDS research and education. She has been a behind-the-scenes proponent of Qistory at Fresno State since the beginning of the project, and still hopes to learn more about Fresno’s Gay Rodeo. In November she brought her academic and community interests together to organize an event entitled “Queering Slavic Studies and the Central Valley.” She invited scholars and activists from throughout the world to Fresno State to discuss a variety of queer issues impacting communities from California to Russia. Michelle serves on Fresno’s Reel Pride Film Festival Host Committee and works to promote the event among Fresno State’s faculty, staff and students.A Pacific Northwest native, Michelle graduated with a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Washington before completing an M.A. and Ph.D. in history at Southern Illinois University. She joined the Fresno State faculty in 2001. Her published research focuses on 19th century Russian women doctors and she is currently researching the history of a reclusive Russian religious group, the Molokans, in California's Central Valley. Michelle is passionate about travel and has journeyed extensively in Russia and Europe. A strong advocate for study abroad, Michelle shares her passion for both travel and academics with students by leading study groups in Russia, Prague, and London. Her curiosity and interests have led her in many directions, including studying at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and a summer spent exploring the history of the Mongols at the University of Hawaii. She enjoystalking with community groups and has given talks to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Fresno State on topics ranging from Putin’s Russia to how to pack light for foreign travel. When not travelling or researching far flung communities, Michelle enjoys sharing champagne and home improvement projects with her wife Melissa, and spoiling their two dachshunds and brand new kitten.
Hey y’all my name is DeJa Skye your Pastel Princess and I am so honored to be chosen as one of the Grand Marshals for the 30th Gay Pride celebration. I have been doing drag for 9 years now and I can say it has been a dream come true. I am blessed to host and perform at shows throughout the Central Valley. From Visalia to Fab Fresno, as well as all over California. Drag has helped me in so many ways and really is a complete creative outlet for me. It encompasses everything that I value as an individual and seeing a community respond to something you love is gratifying. I am a former Miss Gay Fresno and have a lifetime title in the Imperial Dove Court. Drag just isn’t a job to me it’s a passion and it’s something I see myself doing for as long as I can still pick up a makeup brush. Pride is an amazing event where all walks of life come together for a common goal which is acceptance and to celebrate being ourselves.
I thank you again and I am so honored to be chosen as a Grand Marshal.