Show support for LGBTQ youth: #SpiritDay & #PronounsDay Oct 16 & 17

October is LGBTQ History Month and National Bullying Prevention month and we’ve got two great easy opportunities for you to show support for LGBTQ youth.

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Octubre es el Mes de la Historia LGBTQ y el Mes Nacional de la Prevención del Acoso. Te tenemos dos oportunidades que son perfectos y fáciles para mostrar tu apoyo para jóvenes LGBTQ.

LGBTQ En Español, Our Best Practices Training in Spanish! Oct 29 in Napa

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Many local organizations have worked with us over the years to improve their understanding of LGBTQ identities and their commitment to competently serve LGBTQ people. Have you thought about how to do that in Spanish? Of course, many concepts apply across languages, but if we don't consider the unique context of language and culture, we're missing out.

LGBTQ Connection is proud to offer this unique, free, upcoming, LGBTQ training for professionals that serve Latino and Spanish-speaking youth and families (other interested community members are welcome, too) on the morning of October 29 in Napa. Space is limited, so please register soon. This training will be conducted primarily in Spanish. Please also share this invitation with your colleagues and networks that would find the information and resources useful.

Full details are below. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Fernando@lgbtqconnection.org, 707-251-9432


LGBTQ Connection está organizando un nuevo taller en Napa, “LGBTQ En Español: Una Capacitación Para Profesionales Que Apoyan a Jóvenes y Sus Familias”, y ¡usted está invitada/o/x! Con su base en las capacitaciones muy solicitadas de LGBTQ Connection, esta capacitación está diseñada para aumentar las habilidades de profesionales que sirven a jóvenes y a familias. La capacitación destaca maneras de apoyar las identidades de jóvenes latinas/os/xs que también son lesbianas, gay, bisexuales, transgénero, queer, o explorando su identidad. Y también explora como mejor entender y discutir estas identidades.

Los detalles:

Hora: 8:30a - 12:30p
Día: 29 de octubre de 2019
Ubicación: Queen of the Valley Community Outreach, 3448 Villa Ln, Suite 102, Napa, CA 94558

Están invitadas/os/xs las/los/lxs profesionales de habla hispana quienes atienden a jóvenes y sus familias. Esta capacitación educacional, interactiva, y divertida es especialmente para las/los/lxs profesionales quienes quieren aumentar su competencia para servir a gente LGBTQ. Hay cupo limitado, por lo tanto reserve su espacio lo más pronto posible.

Participantes saldrán con:

  • Una mejor comprensión de las identidades LGBTQ.

  • Más compasión por las personas LGBTQ y sus experiencias.

  • Concientización de los problemas específicos que afectan la salud mental de las/los/lxs jóvenes
    LGBTQ y personas mayores LGBTQ.

  • Más confianza en su capacidad para apoyar a las personas LGBTQ.

  • Conocimiento de recursos e información de referencia para personas LGBTQ.

  • Capacidad de identificar recursos específicos de salud mental accesibles para personas LGBTQ.

Favor de compartir esta invitación con tus redes y colegas. Para más información, comuníquese con fernando@lgbtqconnection.org o llame al 707-251-9432. Se servirán bocadillos.

LGBTQ Best Practices in St. Helena - September 25

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LGBTQ Connection is pleased to offer their LGBTQ Best Practices Training on Wednesday, September 25th from 8:30am - 12:30pm at the St. Helena Public Library located at 1492 Library Lane, St Helena, CA 94574. Our trainers are bilingual and can answer questions in English or Spanish, but this training will be held in English.

LGBTQ Connection is offering the St. Helena/Up Valley communities and local organizations a chance to learn from and participate in LGBTQ Connection's highly reviewed LGBTQ Best Practices training. This workshop helps attendees to better reach and serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender youth, adults, & seniors in Napa County.  

Don’t miss the opportunity to:

  • Have a better understanding of LGBTQ identities.

  • Have more compassion for LGBTQ people & their experiences.

  • Be more aware of specific issues that affect the mental health of LGBTQ youth & LGBTQ seniors.

  • Be more confident in their ability to support LGBTQ people.

  • Gain knowledge of resource and referral information for LGBTQ people.

  • Be able to identify specific mental health resources accessible for LGBTQ people.

Spots are limited! If you have any questions or want more information please contact Fernando at fernando@lgbtqconnection.org or by calling 707-251-9432. Light refreshments will be served.

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LGBTQ Connection está contenta de ofrecer su Capacitación de Mejores Prácticas LGBTQ en St. Helena el miércoles, 25 de septiembre de 8:30 am a 12:30 pm. Se llevará a cabo en la biblioteca pública de St. Helena ubicada en el 1492 Library Lane, St Helena, CA 94574. Nuestros entrenadores son bilingües y pueden contestar sus preguntas en inglés o en español, pero esta capacitación se llevará a cabo en inglés.

LGBTQ Connection ofrece la oportunidad, a las comunidades de St. Helena/Up Valley y a las organizaciones locales, de participar en su capacitación de Mejores Prácticas LGBTQ. Este taller está diseñado a mejorar el conocimiento, el acceso y la inclusión de jóvenes, adultos y personas mayores que son lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transgéneros. 

Participantes saldrán con:

  • Una mejor comprensión de las identidades LGBTQ.

  • Más compasión por las personas LGBTQ y sus experiencias.

  • Concientización de los problemas específicos que afectan la salud mental de las/los jóvenes
    LGBTQ y personas mayores LGBTQ.

  • Más confianza en su capacidad para apoyar a las personas LGBTQ.

  • Conocimiento de recursos e información de referencia para personas LGBTQ.

  • Capacidad de identificar recursos específicos de salud mental accesibles para personas LGBTQ.

¡Hay cupo limitado! Si tiene alguna pregunta o desee más información, póngase en contacto con Fernando: fernando@lgbtqconnection.org o llame al 707-251-9432. Se servirán bocadillos.

Let's show Tank some love!

This June, Calistoga's Tank Garage Winery made a beautifully queer Love & Pride bottle that significantly benefited our org! Let's show Tank some love, vote for them in USA Today's 10 Best & make sure to say hello on a visit their fun & funky tasting room! http://bit.ly/2O6rTZH

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Para el mes de junio, Tank Garage Winery de Calistoga produjo una bella y cuir botella con el tema de Amor y Orgullo que beneifició mucho a nuestra organización! Mostrámonoslxs amor, vote por ellxs en el 10 Mejor de USA Today y también salúdelxs durante una visita a su divertida sala de degustación! http://bit.ly/2O6rTZH

Napa LGBT seniors group for August 6, 2019 - Trust

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The issue of trust is a contended space everywhere today it seems. For LGBT seniors, because of our age and experiences, trust is a continual concern in a variety of situations. Can we trust service providers to offer us care without judgement? Can we trust strangers with our safety? Can we even trust people we think we know? However, trust is also key to making the connections that we need in order to have any chance of being happy and healthy. At August's LGBT Seniors Discussion Group in Napa we will discuss trust and navigating relationships in an uncertain world.

This meeting of the Napa LGBT Seniors Discussion Group will take place on Tuesday, August 6, from 10:15 am - Noon at our usual location (Queen of The Valley Community Outreach, 3448 Villa Lane, Suite 102). There is plenty of parking, accessible entrances, and nearby bus transportation. There are no strict age qualifications, so for those that consider themself a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender older adult, please come!

There are a few additional LGBT-related announcements:

  • Survey for local seniors: as the local area agency on aging is re-born and in development, they would like to continue to get information from local seniors, including LGBT older adults. See the linked flyers (flyer, english survey, spanish survey) for the survey component to recent focus groups that we were invited to. The survey can be done online from home or you can come to our office to use one of our computers. The deadline has been extended so don't worry that it says end of June...

  • Free LGBTQ friendly drop-in counseling: 100% free counseling appointments are available every Tuesday and Thursday at LGBTQ Connection. No requirements. This is to increase easy access to mental health care for LGBTQ people and our loved ones. Thanks to Napa County's Mental Health Division and Gwendolyn Dean, LCSW.

  • LGBT seniors walk in August: our August Napa LGBTQ Seniors Walk will be Tuesday August 20 at Kennedy Park, a repeat of our April walk. We’ll meet at 10:30 AM in the parking lot on the right located just after the road into the park crosses railroad tracks and makes a sharp left. Our route is paved and mostly flat with wide open views. Afterwards, we’ll find a picnic table near our parked cars for a bring-your-own-lunch/snack. If you don’t care to walk, bring a lunch/snack anyway and join us after our walk about 11:15 AM.

If you have any questions, you can email Major at majorw54@gmail.com or call him at 707-265-0521 (landline – no texts).

Pride 2019 in Napa, Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Calistoga!

¡Más de 15 eventos para el mes del Orgullo a lo largo de Napa, Santa Rosa, Sonoma y Calistoga!

More than 15 events for Pride month across Napa, Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Calistoga!

It’s that time of year! Let’s come together to grow more LGBTQ community across Napa & Sonoma counties as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and dream for the future—liberation for all! LGBTQ Connection is proud to be hosting, co-hosting and beneficiary of numerous events throughout Napa and Sonoma Counties during the month of June 2019!

Ya será esa temporada especial del año! Unámonos para hacer más conexiones entre las comunidades LGBTQ de los condados de Napa y Sonoma mientras celebramos el 50 aniversario de la Insurrección de Stonewall y soñamos con el futuro: ¡liberación para todxs! ¡LGBTQ Connection está orgulloso de ser anfitrión, co-anfitrión y beneficiario de numerosos eventos a lo largo de los condados de Napa y Sonoma durante el mes de junio de 2019!

For questions/para preguntas:
Sonoma County call 707.579.4327; Napa County call 707.251.9432.

FREE LGBTQ Best Practices Training in Napa, May 29

LGBTQ Connection is pleased to offer their LGBTQ Best Practices Training in Napa on Wednesday, May 29th.
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LGBTQ Connection está contenta de ofrecer su Capacitación de Mejores Prácticas LGBTQ en Napa el miércoles, 29 de mayo.

April 18 Give Out Day | 18 de abril el Día de Dar a Causas LGBTQ

April 18 Give Out Day | 18 de abril el Día de Dar a Causas LGBTQ

Give OUT Day, the national day of giving to LGBTQ causes is coming Thursday, April 18, and we're counting on your participation.
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El Día de Dar a Causas LGBTQ, Give OUT Day, se llevará a cabo el jueves 18 de abril, y estamos contando con su apoyo.

March 13: Best Practices Training in Calistoga - Reaching & Serving LGBTQ People

LGBTQ Connection is pleased to offer their LGBTQ Best Practices Training in Calistoga on Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00am - 12:00pm at the Calistoga Clubhouse located at 1401 N Oak Street Calistoga, CA 94515. Our trainers are bilingual and can answer questions in English or Spanish, but this training will be held in English.

Feb 19: First LGBTQ Seniors Monthly Walk in Napa

On Tuesday, February 19 join us on our first Napa LGBTQ Seniors walk! We’ll take a 40 to 45-minute stroll down through the Oxbow Commons. The entire way is paved with only very occasional moderate ups and downs that are eased by wheel-chair accessible ramps as well as stairs.

LGBTQ Youth Leadership Teams Forming in Napa, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Calistoga

LGBTQ Youth Leadership Teams Forming in Napa, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Calistoga

QUEER & TRANS YOUTH TRANSFORMING NAPA & SONOMA COUNTIES. Our Youth Leadership Teams create youth groups & events to bring the LGBTQ community together.
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JÓVENES QUEER Y TRANS TRANSFORMANDO LOS CONDADOS DE NAPA Y SONOMA. Nuestros Equipos de Líderes Jóvenes crean grupos de apoyo y eventos para unirse a la comunidad LGBTQ. Llene la solicitud mientras hay tiempo.

Happy holidays 2018 from LGBTQ Connection!

Happy holidays 2018 from LGBTQ Connection!

LGBTQ Connection staff have time off for the holidays & will not be offering programming from Dec 20 through January 2. We'll be back to our usual shenanigans soon after and can't wait to connect with you!
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El personal de LGBTQ Connection va a estar descansando los días festivos y no habrá programación desde el 20 de diciembre hasta el 2 de enero.

Happy HoliGAYS: Santa Rosa LGBTQ dinner & resource fair

With the support of the SRJC's Gender and Sexualities Alliance club, LGBTQ Connection's Youth Leadership Team invites you to a night of holiday cheer, free food, & great resources. If you can, please bring an appetizer or side that you want to share with others.

Our LGBTQ Best Practices training comes to St. Helena Nov 29

LGBTQ Connection is offering the St. Helena community and local organizations a chance to learn from and participate in LGBTQ Connection's highly reviewed LGBTQ Best Practices training. This workshop is intended to improve awareness of, access for, & inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender youth, adults, & seniors in Napa County.

Sonoma County Volunteer Orientation: Oct 24 in Santa Rosa

Are you looking for a way to give back to your local LGBTQ Community in Sonoma County? Well look over here! On October 24th we will be having a volunteer orientation for people who want to get acquainted to our program, help out in their community, make new friends and help make a difference.

Add some rainbow to Napa County's strategic plan!

Add some rainbow to Napa County's strategic plan!

  • Napa County is currently updating it’s strategic plan that will guide its leadership (and spending) for the next three years and FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, they are including an LGBTQ-specific community meeting to get input from LGBTQ people

  • El Condado de Napa está ahorita actualizando su plan estratégico que guiará su liderazgo (y sus gastos) durante los próximos tres años y POR PRIMERA VEZ, están incluyendo una reunión comunitaria específica de LGBTQ para obtener comentarios y crítica de personas LGBTQ

#SpiritDay is Thurs Oct 18: let's show some <3 for LGBTQ youth

#SpiritDay is Thurs Oct 18: let's show some <3 for LGBTQ youth


SPIRIT DAY IS COMING! Every year, we rally our community to wear purple on 10/18 to show support for LGBTQ youth. This year we have 3 ways you can get involved! Click through…
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El DíA DE ESPÍRITU LLEGARÁ PRONTO! Cada año, unimos la comunidad para vestirse en ropa de color morado el 18 de Oct para mostrar apoyo a jóvenes LGBTQ. Este año les ofrecemos 3 maneras de participar. Haga clic…

Capacitación "LGBTQ En Español" el 26 de Sept En Sonoma

LGBTQ Connection is proud to offer this unique, free, upcoming, LGBTQ training for professionals that serve Latino and Spanish-speaking youth and families (other interested community members are welcome, too) on the afternoon of September 26th in Sonoma. Space is limited, so please register soon. This training will be conducted mostly in Spanish.