For the first time in our city’s history there will be an official pride flag raising ceremony at Fresno City Hall. The ceremony will be held on June 11th at 10:00 a.m. Fresno City Hall is located at 2600 Fresno Street downtown. They will be following COVID-19 guidelines so please bring your mask. This is a free event and all are welcome. Make plans to attend this great event!
A few weeks ago I got wind of a troubling rumor that a conservative church was trying to buy the historic Tower Theatre and turn it into a church. Obviously, this would be an alarming development for our local gay community if they were successful in doing so. Giving an anti-gay religious organization, of any kind, a foot hold in the Tower would be no less than a fly in the apothecary of tolerance and safety of the area. The longer term impacts on our local LGBTQ film festival and our local pride celebration could be no less than disastrous. If you want to read that original post you can do so here. After making some phone calls and sending out some emails to shake the bush some to see what fell out I was elated to see some drastic developments in this local saga reported by GV Wire earlier today.
The city of Fresno is ordering the current owners of the Tower Theatre to prevent Adventure Church from holding indoor services. This is an addition to a memo from Fresno’s new city manager indicating that the church — which is in escrow to purchase the theater — would need to obtain a zoning change to hold services at the iconic venue in the future. Since the news broke this week about the theater’s sale, many in the community have expressed concern that not only a house of worship could soon take over, but the effect it may have on other Tower District businesses. Generally, city regulations prohibit the sale of alcohol and legal cannabis in close proximity to a church. GV Wire℠ has been able to confirm that the sale of the Tower Theatre to Adventure Church is expected to close at the end of January.David Taub, GV Wire
It’s unclear to me at this point if the sale of the property and buildings can be blocked but I am happy this all is coming into the light of day and that the City of Fresno is getting actively involved. We’ll be sure to keep our ear to the ground and keep you all informed.
The virtual monthly meeting of the Fresno Stonewall Democrats is slated for this Tuesday evening, December 8th, at 6pm. This local political club meets on the second Tuesday of every month. One exciting item on the agenda for this meeting will be nominating members for the Executive Board. If you’re interested in running for a board position, taking a peek behind the curtain to see how the sausage is made, you should be at this meeting! Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m. with the call to order at 6:00 p.m.
You can register for this meeting after the jump.
Fresno Stonewall Democrats is a Chartered Club of the Democratic Party’s County Central Committee. The Club is devoted to advancing the equal rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, preference, or identity. Fresno Stonewall Democrats support the Democratic Party and those Democratic Candidates who support our mission.