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.
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!
Come make history with us, join the the first ever family/community picnic event brought to you by the Calistoga Youth Leadership Team!
¡Venga hacer historia con nosotras/os, y unase al primer evento picnic familiar/comunitario presentado por el Equipo de Liderazgo Juvenil de Calistoga!
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!
This LGBTQ training in Spanish "LGBTQ en Español" is designed to to better serve our Spanish-speaking young people and their families who have loved ones who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ). We invite you to join us & share this with your networks. Interested attendees may RSVP here: http://lgbtqconnection.eventbrite.com.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 4-8pm, every draft beer purchased donates $1 in support of LGBTQ Connection's work with local youth and community.
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.
“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.”
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!
"Unidos: Celebrando el Amor, Amistad y Aceptación Familiar," es un evento destinado a reunir a nuestras familias/amigos, con el fin de aumentar el apoyo y el bienestar de personas gays y transgéneros que son nuestros amigos, familiares y vecinos.
Don’t miss the opportunity to:
- Learn about LGBTQ identity, terms & issues.
- Hear personal experiences from a panel of local LGBTQ people.
- Take away practical best practices for what you & your organization can do to better reach & serve LGBTQ people.
- Have opportunities for discussion, questions, & comments.
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.
A group of high school students stepped up – and out – to be leaders in Calistoga and in their LGBTQ community with the launch of a new team and support group based at the high school.
Our Youth Leadership Teams gives youth the opportunity to learn how to be members of and contribute to a highly functioning team and be leaders for change in their communities. If you are interested in (or there are youth you believe would benefit from) being on one of our teams, you are invited to apply or nominate a youth!
We are here to support families and organizations who want to grow love, trust and communication in support of LGBTQ children.
Estamos aquí para apoyar a familias y organizaciones que desean crecer amor, confianza y comunicación para apoyar a hijos/as LGBTQ.