June 28, Santa Rosa: you're invited to our Pride Legacy BBQ

It's Pride month! If you want to get your rainbow on in Santa Rosa, come to our Pride Legacy BBQ to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) people with us! We'll have delicious summer food, friendly people, & celebratory queer-activities galore.

We're hiring! Program Coordinator (Youth Development)

We are excited to announce an opening for a Program Coordinator with LGBTQ Connection! Our Program Coordinators work closely with the Program Director and Program & Evaluation Manager to make Sonoma and Napa Counties more vibrant and inclusive communities--driven by youth leadership! The Program Coordinator will be based out of either Napa or Sonoma County, which will be determined during the hiring process. 

LGBTQ Connection announces 2017 Pride month events for Sonoma County

LGBTQ Connection announces 2017 Pride month events for Sonoma County

LGBTQ Connection is thrilled to announce our 2017 Pride month event for Sonoma County! In partnership with our youth leaders, and made possible due to donations from our community, LGBTQ Connection is officially sponsoring an event to celebrate June 2017--LGBTQ Pride month!

HELP WANTED: summer internships with LGBTQ Connection

HELP WANTED: summer internships with LGBTQ Connection

We are excited to announce that LGBTQ Connection will be taking on two summer interns for 2017 that will help us take our program to the next level over the summer months. Interns will work approximately 8-16 hours a week on a variety of projects supporting LGBTQ Connection's mission and growth.

LGBTQ Connection announces 2017 Pride month events for Napa County

LGBTQ Connection announces 2017 Pride month events for Napa County

LGBTQ Connection is thrilled to announce our 2017 Pride month events for Napa County! In partnership with our youth leaders, and made possible by donations from our community, LGBTQ Connection is officially sponsoring several events to celebrate June 2017--LGBTQ Pride month!

Pride Pancakes: June 6 LGBT Seniors Napa discussion group

Pride Pancakes: June 6 LGBT Seniors Napa discussion group

It will soon be officially LGBT pride month, and in recognition we are having a pancake breakfast for our June LGBT seniors discussion group! Juice, coffee, pancakes and more will be served. As usual, there is no charge for our meeting, so come ready for lively conversations and celebration with the other attendees.

LGBTQ Youth Summer Opportunity: Napa & Sonoma Counties

LGBTQ Youth Summer Opportunity: Napa & Sonoma Counties

QT Camp is a summer opportunity for Queer and Trans youth to bond for a summer long intensive team where they create an end of the summer event that welcomes LGBTQ youth to the new school year in August. Many say that youth are our future--we say they are the leaders of today! Help us invest in them by giving them the opportunity to be a part of our teams in Napa and Sonoma Counties. 

LGBTQ Napa family picnic - ¡en español!

LGBTQ Napa family picnic - ¡en español!

Spread the word: the "Family Picnic" is LGBTQ Connection's first Spanish language event and will take place on Saturday, May 20 at O'Brien park next to McPherson Elementary School in Napa. There will be food, games, amazing raffle prizes and wonderful people! All ages welcome. Although not required, please RSVP with Eliseo at 707-251-9432 or eliseo@lgbtqconnection.org. (Let us know if you'd like to volunteer!)

We need you this Give OUT Day

We need you this Give OUT Day

This Thursday, April 20, 2017 is #GiveOUTday*! Every year, more and more of our community has shown how much our connection matters to them and this year we are asking you to again join with us in commitment for this special 24 hours of fundraising. Click here to donate to us now.

April 21, Fight the Silence: community, empowerment, art & dinner!

April 21, Fight the Silence: community, empowerment, art & dinner!

We invite you to join us Friday, April 21st for our event "Fight The Silence Night"--an evening of community, empowerment, and dinner conversation. As part of the night, we are creating art together, so bring your creative energy! Please see below for more information. We hope you can join us.

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.