Football is gay, queer, and accepting?

The NFL has released a new “Football is for everyone” video designed to state unequivocal support for the LGBTQ community, stating that football is many things: gay, queer, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, freedom, America, everything…

Obviously, I am over the moon proud of the NFL for running this ad spot on national television. I saw it for the first time during halftime of tonight’s NBA Western Conference Finals game. I have never seen the NFL so bold and courageous and visibly in support of the LGBTQ+ community. This video dropped just two days ago and the hate is already pouring in on their YouTube channel. Hopefully, the NFL won’t get weak in the knees and will stay strong in support of gay pride.

Kingsburg pride celebration

Despite a set back with their local board voting against raising a rainbow flag at city hall in honor of June being nationally recognized as LGBTQ+ pride month the fight continues. Kingsburg will be hosting a pride celebration at a local park to honor and commemorate gay pride! Here are the deets:

Kingsburg’s inaugural pride celebration will be held at Coffee Pot Park on June 26th at 3pm. Coffee Pot Park is located at 1460 Marion Street in Kingsburg, California 93631.

Fresno State LGBTQ+ Certificate Training ‘Review’

So, Fresno State has a LGBTQ+ certificate training program that takes place a few times a year; the one I took was back on March 16th. This event took place via Zoom, in which over 300 people registered, so much that several couldn’t actually attend the conference due to technical limitations. There were people of almost all backgrounds taking this program, be them straight, trans, queer, gay, lesbian, questioning, an ally (or wanting to be), African American, Muslim, <insert any label here>, they were all here.

The content of the program itself clarified the many labels and aspects of what LGBTQ+ is and answering any questions to those who didn’t exactly understand some aspects, such as with gender (transgender, agender, non-binary), and pronouns. Some asked how they could be a [better] ally, or most of all, how to not be rude if you cannot understand or confused (which, everyone inevitably will, even those that are actually LGBTQ+).

A slide from the conference.

This zoom conference was surprisingly interactive, in which anyone could participate (if the teacher permits) and share just about anything. It was wonderful to see faces and human interaction. There was so much good in this conference, and though I did not actively participate, observing was just enough with a hundred constantly interacting; it felt impossible to feel excluded.

So about that certificate, and the people that couldn’t attend due to technical limitations. An email was sent to everyone who registered, providing the recording of the conference (just the on the record sections), resources. The certificate, well, will take time; I still don’t have mine yet.

Since we had hundreds of attendees, it will take time to complete the certificates. We thank you in advance for your patience! (Estimated time 3-4 weeks) Please note, we will not be responding to individual emails about the wait time for the certificate, but we welcome any questions regarding the content of the presentation or our program.

Kiana Medina – CCGC Graduate Coordinator

I can for sure tell you, this makes me feel much better about going to Fresno State University, whenever I’m finished with Fresno City College. FSU even has a weekly LGBTQ+ discussion group.