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.

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

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! 

Napa Valley Register: LGBTQ Connection volunteers work as liaisons to Napa's Latino community

“There definitely is this need,” said Eduardo Rivera, program coordinator at LGBTQ Connection. Especially in the Latino community, he said, LGBTQ issues are not things that are typically talked about. “Our goal is that, through our events and through our connections we make, that we get these parents involved so that when they become aware of how to better support their LGBTQ child,” as well as helping other parents, he said.

Transcend Napa’s holiday party: Dec 5 from 4:30-6:00p

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You’re invited to Transcend Napa’s holiday party Dec 5th from 4:30-6:00pm! Folks of all ages who are trans, agender, or gender non-conforming are welcome to come kick off the holidays with a fun, inclusive celebration. Gingerbread decorating, tea, and hot chocolate are provided!

Rescheduled/Reprogramado: LGBTQ film "El Canto Del Colibrí" comes to Santa Rosa

Join us to watch El Canto del Colobri, a film exploring the heartfelt relationships between Latino immigrant fathers & their gay and transgender family members.
El documental El Canto del Colibrí llega a Sonoma County! Acompáñanos a ver el canto del colibrí, un documental que explora las relaciones entre hombres inmigrantes Latinos y sus hijas (os) LGBTQ.

Here come our cozy, warm, love-filled holiday celebrations! Anunciamos nuestras celebraciones comunitarias para Las Fiestas!

Here come our cozy, warm, love-filled holiday celebrations! Anunciamos nuestras celebraciones comunitarias para Las Fiestas!

Napa County Events:

Thursday, December 14
5-8PM

Join us on December 14th for our annual LGBTQ family holiday party! Join us from 5pm – 8pm at our Napa center, 780 Lincoln Ave, Napa. This is a time for our full community to come together to celebrate each other, the season, and grow LGBTQ love. This is an all ages, bilingual event. Families are encouraged to come with their LGBTQ relatives!

Enjoy:

  • Making and eating delicious tamales with non-alcoholic beverages
  • Participating in fun activities
  • Learning about our efforts to grow family acceptance in Napa County
  • Connecting with other LGBTQ people and families
  • Supporting our Napa Youth Leadership Team in their special performance

What a year it has been! We are proud to be part of this community and see how in times of need we continue to dig deep to support each other. We hope to see you on December 14th to celebrate our diversity, our stories and our love for each other.

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP (not required, but helpful), please contact Eduardo at eduardo@lgbtqconnection.org or by calling 707-251-9432.

¡Únase a nosotros el 14 de diciembre para nuestra Posada Anual Familiar LGBTQ de 5pm a 8pm en nuestro centro de Napa, 780 Lincoln Ave! Este es un evento para que toda nuestra comunidad se reúna para celebrarnos el uno al otro, celebrar la temporada y crecer el amor LGBTQ. Este es un evento bilingüe para todas las personas y edades. ¡Se les anima a las familias a venir con sus parientes LGBTQ!

Disfrute:

  • Hacer y comer deliciosos tamales con bebidas no alcohólicas
  • Participando en actividades divertidas
  • Aprendiendo sobre nuestros esfuerzos para hacer crecer la aceptación familiar en el condado de Napa
  • Conectando con otras personas y familias LGBTQ
  • Apoyando a nuestro equipo de liderazgo juvenil de Napa en su actuación especial

¡Que año ha sido! Estamos orgullosos de ser parte de esta comunidad y ver cómo en tiempos de necesidad continuamos apoyándonos mutuamente. Esperamos verte el 14 de diciembre para celebrar nuestra diversidad, nuestras historias y nuestro amor mutuo.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o desea confirmar su asistencia (no es necesario, pero es apreciado), comunícate con Eduardo escribiendo a eduardo@lgbtqconnection.org o llamando al 707-251-9432.

Sonoma County Events:

Saturday, December 9
3-6PM

Our LGBTQ youth leaders, in collaboration with Positive Images, are hosting a warm, holiday gathering at the Fountaingrove Lodge, an LGBTQ retirement home. Fountaingrove Lodge residents were evacuated from the fires for several weeks, and were only able to return home recently. Join us as we welcome them back to their home, build connections across generations, and create a space for people to find healing after the fires. 

After the North Bay Fires, our youth felt a need to bring the whole community together and create a sense of unity. So, we brainstormed with Positive Images and decided to create a collaborative event for the whole LGBTQ community, especially those affected by the fire. 

We promise fun, community, and a place to call home. 

When? December 9th, 3:00-6:00pm
Where? Fountaingrove Lodge, 4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Who's Invited? The whole LGBTQ community and allies. All Ages. All welcome. 
Why? To bring together our community for a sense of comfort, home, and healing. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Email Eliseo@lgbtqconnection.org or RSVP on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2hBAbFS. You may also call 707-583-9169 for more info.

Free training opportunities: Best Practices to reach & include LGBTQ people!

Mark your calendars! We have two upcoming, free LGBTQ Best Practices Trainings to help our community to improve their awareness of & inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender people. These next trainings will be primarily in English, although staff are bilingual and can answer questions about content in English and Spanish.

Cafecito y Charla: evento en español para crear confianza y apoyo

Cafecito y Charla: evento en español para crear confianza y apoyo

Estamos emocionados en anunciar nuestro próximo evento en español que será Cafecito y Charla. Acompáñenos para un hora de charla. El propósito de esta charla es para crear comunidad y crear un espacio para aprender como apoyar a nuestros jóvenes gay y transgénero.

Calistoga, meet LGBTQ Connection! / ¡Calistoga, le presentamos a LGBTQ Connection!

Regularly, we are in Calistoga on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30p to 6:30p. We are located at the Calistoga Junior Senior High School in a shared office with the UpValley Family Center.

Usualmente, estamos en Calistoga los miércoles y viernes de 1:30p a 6:30p. Estamos ubicados en la prepa Calistoga Junior Senior High School en una oficina compartida con el centro familiar de UpValley.

El Canto Del Colibrí: Documentary film screening & gathering in Santa Rosa

LGBTQ Connection Sonoma is excited to share this moving film, in partnership with the film's director Marco Castro-Bojorquez, Arlene Francis Center, and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. Join us this evening for an opportunity to leave our problems to the side and experience the full force of this film, that will allow us to be inspired and heal the wounds of our soul.