29 Aug: LGBTQ en Español en Napa

Many local organizations and individuals have worked with us over the years to improve their understanding of LGBTQ identities and their commitment to competently serve LGBTQ people in the community. 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.

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LGBTQ Connection está organizando un nuevo taller en Napa,  “LGBTQ En Español: Una Capacitación Para Profesionales Que Apoyan a Jóvenes y Sus Familias”, y ¡Ud. está invitada/o! 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 familias. La capacitación destaca maneras de apoyar las identidades de jóvenes latinas/os que también son lesbianas, gay, bisexuales, transgénero, queer, o explorando su identidad y como mejor entenderlas y discutirlas.

Take LGBTQ Connection to School! Invítenos a su escuela!

Take us to school! Looking for help starting or running a vibrant GSA with cool events? Wish you had support with reporting bullying or harassment? Want to talk about ways to make your school more trans inclusive? Or would you just like us to bring pizza for lunch or help with a class or staff presentation? We'd love to get involved.
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Invítenos a su escuela! Quiere ayuda para organizar un vibrante club gsa con eventos chidos? Le gustaría tener apoyo para reportar bullying o acoso? Quiere hacer que tu escuela sea más inclusiva para estudiantes trans? O le gustaría que traigamos pizza para lonche o ayudar con una presentación a su clase o personal? Nos encantaría ayudar.

July 10: LGBTQ Bilingual Best Practices Training in Santa Rosa

After much interest, we are hosting a free LGBTQ Best Practice Training combining Spanish & English language resources thanks to support from the Community Foundation Sonoma County's LGBTQI Giving Circle. In order to better serve more of Sonoma County, attendees will not only learn about what affects the LGBTQ community, but also what affects the Latina/Latino community. See attached flyer and below for more details.

Help Eliseo's Bday Wish Come True

Eliseo has a complicated relationship with birthdays. Eliseo loves them and loves planning celebrations for others. And, Eliseo has a hard time asking for anything for their own birthday. This year is different. For Eliseo's 27th birthday, June 1st, they are asking for your help to raise $2,700 for their work with Latina/Latino youth communities and our other inclusion and advocacy efforts with LGBTQ Connection.

Celebrate Pride 2018 with LGBTQ Connection ✦ Celebra Orgullo 2018 con LGBTQ Connection

Celebrate Pride 2018 with LGBTQ Connection ✦ Celebra Orgullo 2018 con LGBTQ Connection

The LGBTQ Connection team is proud to work with our youth leaders, staff and community partners to bring you a variety of incredible Pride events for 2018!

Los del equipo de LGBTQ Connection tienen mucho orgullo de su trabajo con sus líderes jóvenes, personal, y socios comunitarios para desarrollar una variedad de eventos increíbles para el Orgullo de 2018!

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Calistoga! ¡Celebra Orgullo LGBTQ en Calistoga!

Come make history with us, join the the first ever family/community picnic event brought to you by the Calistoga Youth Leadership Team!
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¡Venga hacer historia con nosotras/os, y unase al primer evento picnic familiar/comunitario presentado por el Equipo de Liderazgo Juvenil de Calistoga!

Your favorite event is back! Cheers for Queers in Guerneville, May 19

Join us Saturday, May 19th at Equality Vines Tasting Room to learn about this unique winery and sip some wine while supporting LGBTQ Connection. The tasting room will offer two glasses of wine for $6, and a portion of all sales will directly benefit LGBTQ Connection’s youth-led movement building efforts in Sonoma & Napa Counties. The tasting room is open from 12-8 pm, so drop by anytime for a tasting. The Cheers for Queers Gathering will go from 2-6 pm, where we’ll have some tasty snacks, artisan chocolates, an awesome raffle, music, and good times! Can’t wait to see you there!

May 19 de mayo - Picnic Familiar de Primavera / Spring Family Picnic

LGBTQ Connection Napa is very excited to announce our next bilingual community event. Join us Saturday, May 19 from 12:00pm to 3:00 pm at O’Brien Park (865 Pueblo Avenue next to McPherson Elementary School) for a picnic celebration of family acceptance!

LGBTQ Connection Napa está muy emocionada en anunciar nuestro próximo evento comunitario bilingüe. Únanse a nosotros el sábado 19 de Mayo de 12:00 a 3:00 p.m. en el parque O’Brien (865 Pueblo Avenue al lado de la Primaria McPherson) para un picnic que celebra la aceptación familiar. 

Will you be our champion for this year's Give Out Day? April 19

Give OUT Day, the national day of giving to LGBTQ causes is Thursday, April 19, and we need your participation. We will even win thousands in additional prizes if we get the most number of donations! You can support in any/all of these three ways:

Free LGBTQ Best Practices Training in Calistoga on Thursday, April 19

Save the date! We are having our LGBTQ Best Practices Training in Calistoga on Thursday, April 19 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm at the Calistoga Jr/Sr High Schools library (1608 Lake Street, Calistoga, CA). Our trainers are bilingual and can answer questions in English or Spanish, but this training will be held in English.

LGBTQ En Español! Our 1st Best Practices Training in Spanish

We are offering our very first LGBTQ training in Spanish "LGBTQ en Español" to better serve our Spanish-speaking young people and their families. This is one part of LGBTQ Connection's new Latino LGBTQI Youth inclusion project funded by Horizons Foundation and Community Foundation Sonoma County's LGBTQI Giving Circle. Presently, our North Bay communities in Napa and Sonoma have essentially ZERO LGBTQ resources specific to Spanish speakers. Let's change that; Our young people deserve better.

29 de marzo en Napa: Una plática familiar, "la Unión Hace la Fuerza"

Sabemos que nuestras comunidades en estos momentos necesitan apoyo. LGBTQ Connection no solamente existe para crear comunidad con personas LGBTQ (gay y transgénero) pero para crear conexiones entre las muchas partes de nuestras comunidades. Creemos que es importante crear juntos espacios donde nos podamos sentir apoyados y seguros.
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We know that our communities need support during these current times more than ever. LGBTQ Connection doesn't only exist to create community for LGBTQ people, but to create supportive connections among many parts of our communities. We believe that it is important to create spaces where we can feel supported and safe.   

Napa Valley Register: Napa's LGBT seniors band together for friendship and support

The “Golden Years” can be challenging. You may find yourself free from the daily grind of work and parenting, but you’re likely also dealing with increased financial pressure and health problems.

But if you are a member of the LGBT community, these challenges, particularly isolation, can be magnified.

There is a place where seniors from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Napa can get together regularly for socializing and mutual support.

Sonoma Index-Tribune: LGBTQ group making ‘connections’ in Sonoma

Sonoma Index-Tribune: LGBTQ group making ‘connections’ in Sonoma

“I hear from kids all the time that this program literally saved their life,” said program coordinator Eliseo Rivas, who has developed LGBTQ Connection’s program in other cities. “The amount of isolation and rejection is enormous. Even though Sonoma is only an hour outside of San Francisco, it doesn’t mean it’s a welcoming place for LGBTQ people.”

Our Sonoma "Love is Love" youth dance celebrates love, Feb 24, 2018

The "LOVE IS LOVE YOUTH DANCE" will be on Saturday, February 24 starting at 7:00pm. The Gender Sexuality Awareness (GSA) Club of Sonoma Valley High School teamed up with LGBTQ Connection Sonoma to create an event that celebrates love in all its forms and to launch our LGBTQ youth program in Sonoma Valley!

Sonoma Index-Tribune: Looking for Connection (Letter to the Editor)

Like me, some have to leave home in order to find a place they feel safe to come out and feel accepted and understood. No one should have to leave home or Sonoma Valley to feel part of a community that accepts all of them. At LGBTQ Connection, I work with youth to create stronger communities so that they can feel loved right where they are.