LGBTQ conference emphasizes the importance of trust

LGBTQ conference emphasizes the importance of trust

How youths, parents and resource providers can try to deepen the level of trust between one another was the focus of LGBTQ Connection’s 2nd annual “In This Together” conference at the Embassy Suites in Napa on Saturday.

Trust is an important part to creating an environment where LGBTQ youth feel safe and supported, said Eliseo Rivas, event coordinator and program coordinator for LGBTQ Connection.

Special discount: 2017 Napa Valley Wine Train Pride Ride LGBTQ extravaganza

For friends of LGBTQ Connection who are wanting to attend the Napa Valley Wine Train's Saturday, March 18 Pride Ride, we've arranged a special discount!

To take advantage of this opportunity, call Ragina Garcia in the Wine Train's Reservations office directly 707-251-5212 to book. Request the LGBTQ Connection Napa/Sonoma pricing @10% OFF. Special pricing is not available through the website.

This fabulous LGBTQ extravaganza not only features LGBTQ wine makers, dining, pre and post celebrations and a chance to meet gay PA State Rep Brian Simms--it's a benefit for the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation. Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation of San Francisco provides needed funding to grow HIV services, hunger programs and support for homeless and disenfranchised youth.

We're Hiring! Help us find an exceptional Program & Evaluation Manager

We're Hiring! Help us find an exceptional Program & Evaluation Manager

LGBTQ Connection is seeking a passionate community organizer. Specifically, one who is experienced in nonprofit youth program development and evaluation, that thrives in start-up, and excels at developing people and programs to accomplish goals in the context of a regional, grass-roots, rural/suburban, LGBTQ community organization.

LGBTQ Connection's Celeste Chase nominated for Youth Volunteer of the year!

LGBTQ Connection's Celeste Chase nominated for Youth Volunteer of the year!

Our very own Celeste Chase, a Junior at Valley Oak High School, has been nominated as Youth Volunteer of the Year by LGBTQ Connection. As a leader and an advocate of transgender rights, she has played an instrumental role in not only developing the trans youth community in Napa, but she has also challenged staff to bring a stronger organizational support so that our trans community can have the resources they need to be happy and healthy.

You're Invited/Le Invitamos: Family Conference 2017 Encuentro Familiar

You're Invited/Le Invitamos: Family Conference 2017 Encuentro Familiar

You are cordially invited to our 2nd annual "In this Together" Family Conference, March 25 from 10am-2pm at Embassy Suites, 1075 California Blvd, Napa. Join us to explore ways to support the success and health of our children.

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Le invitamos a nuestro 2do anual Encuentro Familiar "Estamos Juntos", el 25 de marzo de 10a - 2p en el hotel Embassy Suites, 1075 California Blvd, Napa. Exploraremos maneras de apoyar el éxito y la salud de nuestros hijos.

Asegurémonos que estén incluidos voces de Napa/Sonoma en Encuesta LGBTQ

Asegurémonos que estén incluidos voces de Napa/Sonoma en Encuesta LGBTQ

Estamos anunciando una oportunidad importante para aumentar conciencia acerca de las necesidades de primera importancia a nuestras diversas comunidades LGBTQ de todas partes de la Área de la Bahía. ¡Y Queremos asegurar que estén incluidas las voces de las personas del Norte de la Bahía, como nosotros! Muy parecido a nuestro esfuerzo local del año 2012, la Fundación Horizons está dirigiendo una encuesta de necesidades comunitarias que va a resultar en datos actualizados de nuestras comunidades locales. La fundación Horizons va a usar esa información para guiar sus prioridades de acción y de la otorgación de sus becas y subsidios. Los resultados de la encuesta también servirán como recurso para otras organizaciones y fundaciones. Nosotros de LGBTQ Connection estamos ayudando a pasar la voz.

Responda a la Encuesta en Español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SFBA_LGBT_NEEDS_SPAN
Take the Survey in English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SFBA_LGBT_NEEDS_ENG

La encuesta estará disponible hasta por lo menos el 10 de febrero de 2017.

Aunque es un poquito larga (supongamos que dura 15-30 minutos para terminarla), estamos haciendo todas estas preguntas para poder entender mejor sus experiencias y vida. Así poderemos ayudarle a la Fundación Horizons y otras organizaciones comunitarias mejor servir nuestra comunidad diversa.
 
Favor de compartir el enlace también con sus amigas/os. Queremos que estén incluidos muchas voces de las comunidades al Norte de la Bahía. Ya hemos compartido la invitación en las redes sociales si prefieres por allí.
 
Si tiene cualquier pregunta acerca de la encuesta, favor de comunicarle con Allison Sponseller de Learning for Action Allison.Sponseller@learningforaction.com.
 
Si tiene ideas o inquietudes, favor de hablar conmigo: ian@lgbtqconnection.org or 707-251-9432.

Let's make sure Napa/Sonoma are included in LGBTQ survey

Let's make sure Napa/Sonoma are included in LGBTQ survey

We have an important opportunity for you to help inform understanding of the biggest needs that our diverse LGBTQ communities face across the Bay Area. We want to make sure North Bay voices, like ours, are included! Similar to our own local effort in 2012, Horizons Foundation, the SF Bay Area LGBT community foundation, is leading a community needs assessment that will result in updated local data about our communities and ultimately drive resources and action. These data will be used by the foundation to set grantmaking priorities, and to be a resource for other community organizations and funding.  LGBTQ Connection is helping to get the word out.

Napa's welcome signs give new visibility for gay rights group

Napa's welcome signs give new visibility for gay rights group

Under a wide, trellised panel of dark wood, between two bunches of grapes, the words “WELCOME TO NAPA” greet those driving into the city. Below those words are the logos of more than a dozen community groups: the toothed wheel of the Rotary club, the blue-and-gold circle-L of the Lions, twin green silhouettes on the Girl Scouts seal.

Now, two signs at the city limits carry one more plaque—for a group whose leader scarcely hoped for such visibility less than a decade ago.

Santa Rosa LGBTQ winter gathering Weds Dec 14

Santa Rosa LGBTQ winter gathering Weds Dec 14

"Dinner Over the Rainbow" invites the LGBTQ community and friends of all ages to build connections across generations in Santa Rosa. Together, we can build community with full stomachs, good vibes, and open hearts. Genaro, our youth leadership team member, says "I want them to feel supported and feel like they have family." Be part of ours and RSVP!

Come to our Napa family holiday party Thurs, Dec 8

Come to our Napa family holiday party Thurs, Dec 8

Our youth designed a “Posada Party” for the whole family at our community center at 780 Lincoln Ave on Thurs, Dec. 8th from 5:00-8:00pm.

Enjoy delicious FREE food, find community with a fun crowd, and learn some insightful information on how to support LGBTQ family members. All are welcome!

"CHECK IT": free LGBTQI Film Fest preview night

"CHECK IT": free LGBTQI Film Fest preview night

This documentary follows homeless LGBTQI youth in Washington D.C. A a group of young, black gay & trans teens form a gang to protect one another when no one else will. These youth strive to make a better life for themselves, especially when they have an opportunity to participate in a fashion program. Prepare to be inspired and amazed. 

Wear purple for #SpiritDay, Thursday, October 20, 2016

This Thursday, October 20, 2016 is #SpiritDay, where millions go purple in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBTQ youth. It may seem like a small thing, but it can make a big impact for a struggling youth to know that they have you on their side.

Help Napa County LGBTQ youth at risk of homelessness

Help Napa County LGBTQ youth at risk of homelessness

Local youth still struggle with their families in terms of acceptance of their LGBTQ identities and LGBTQ Connection wants to do more to help. In an effort to harness the incredible support and generosity of our community to support these youth, we are building a list of those who would like to be contacted when urgent needs arise that would support an LGBTQ young person at risk of homelessness or in crisis.

No-cost, LGBTQ-friendly counseling at our Napa center

No-cost, LGBTQ-friendly counseling at our Napa center

Every Tuesday and Thursday, we are pleased to bring the community an on-site, LGBTQ-friendly counselor, Gwendolyn Dean. Gwendolyn offers at least four, 1-hour appointments (Tuesdays at 3:30 and 4:30p, Thursdays at 4 and 5p) every week.

Napa & Santa Rosa LGBTQ Community Gatherings in response to Orlando shooting

Napa & Santa Rosa LGBTQ Community Gatherings in response to Orlando shooting

As many of you know, there was a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, targeting a Latino night at Pulse gay night club. In painful times, it is good for us to come together to heal and take action. LGBTQ Connection will be hosting two community gatherings (one in Napa, CA on Tuesday and one in Santa Rosa on Friday as part of our regularly held youth space) in response to this horrific violence. Please join us.