Meeting Recap for Sept 12, 2023

If you were at last week’s meeting you know we had a couple of great speakers and several announcements and sponsorship decisions to make on upcoming events. We called to order a little late to allow the restaurant server to take our dinner orders and avoid interruptions during our agenda.

We had over 15 attendees in person at Los Amigos Restaurant and several connected on Zoom. Also in the room we had Matthew Gillian, candidate for City Council, and SCCCD Trustee Magdelana Gomez.

Minutes were not available due to a technical issue and will be available at the next meeting.

Monte reported for the Treasurer’s Report that we have $3,335.52 in our checking account.

Vice President Marsha Conant gave a report on recent and upcoming events.

Terry Stasio explained the proposed bylaws that were included on the agenda for consideration. Motions were made and seconded for both items and passed by majority vote of members present, including members on Zoom. In summary, the three bylaws that called for a 30 day notice or waiting period have been changed to 28 days; the second item added that in special elections where there was only one democratic candidate the club could endorse that candidate without having to announce an endorsement meeting.

Another call for nominations of a new treasurer was made but there were no interested members at this time. If you know someone that would be willing to step up for this volunteer position please refer them to us via email or ask them to attend our October meeting.

Volunteers are needed to work the Fresno County Democratic Party’s table at the Big Fresno Fair this October 4th through the 15th! Click here for more information or click here to sign up for a shift and get a free ticket to the fair:

Member Cathy Brass spoke about the Democratic Headquarters and the financial challenges it’s facing. Donations and volunteers to run the office are urgently needed to keep things going. One-time or recurring monthly donations can be made here:

Gender Euphoria is coming up on September 23 (THIS Saturday) at 6:00 pm at Fresno City College in the Old Admin Building. This dinner and talent night is a fundraiser hosted by Trans-E-Motion. Tickets are $35 for individuals and $250 (plus Eventbrite fees) for a table of 10. FSD voted to sponsor a table of 10 and started a signup list of attendees at this meeting to fill those seats. If you’re interested in joining us please contact Terry to see if there are any more seats available at the club’s table. Click here for flyer. You can purchase individual tickets or donate to the organization here:

Rainbow Wonderland Garden Party at Gazebo Gardens is coming up on October 15 at 6:00 pm. Proceeds benefit the LGBTQ2+ Studies Endowed Scholarship Fund. The club also voted to be a sponsor of this event at the $250 “Pride Blue” level. This includes four seats at the event and sponsorship recognition in media and the program. Click here to purchase your own tickets ($30) or see the flyer: page 1 page 2

Trunk Or Treat is an annual event for the whole family, hosted by Fresno Rainbow Pride, a project of Community Link. There will be treats, a game area, prizes, vendors, and more. Last year’s event was very well attended and is a family event that everyone can come to. It will be held at 1444 C Street in Fresno on October 15 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Click here for the flyer.

Special Guest Speaker: Marsha introduced our Special Guest Speaker Evan Minton who is a candidate for Assembly District 6. A bio was included in our previous meeting announcement and you can click here to access a copy of it. See Evan’s website for additional information about his accomplishments and campaign information.

Visiting Candidate: Terry introduced Matthew Gillian, candidate for City Council District 2. Matthew spoke about the non-profit organization Inspiration Transportation he founded and how it helped and inspired him to move forward with his campaign. A new website for his campaign in is development. You can contact him by email at Mr. Gillian has also completed our club questionnaire and is asking to be considered for endorsement.

Live Auction: Cathy Brass also brought a cute vase with a small cactus / succulent and there was fierce bidding that went on between a few members, even one on Zoom, until we arrived at the winning bid of $110. All money will go to support office expenses of the Fresno County Democratic Party.

Our next meeting will be October 10th when we will have IDC Fresno‘s Empress I & IV Jesse Villalobos! Please attend this special meeting to hear about Jesse’s live and his involvement in starting a Court chapter here in Fresno.

General Meeting September 12th at 5:30 PM

This month FSD has announcements to make about important upcoming events, possible sponsorships, and bylaw changes. With State and Local elections around the corner, we are making efforts to bring you candidates that you’ll likely want to hear from.

This Tuesday we will have Matthew Gillian, candidate for Fresno City Council District 2. Matthew has completed our Questionnaire (click here to view or download) and will be in person at the meeting to talk about his campaign.

Our Featured Speaker this month is Evan Minton, candidate for Assembly District 6 (via Zoom)

EVAN has served as a policy advocate to expand access to health care, including mental health care; as a legislative aide protecting voting rights and safeguarding workers’ rights; and as a national trailblazer fighting for the rights of the transgender community. (click here for more about Evan Minton)


Everyone is invited to order dinner and/or drinks during our social and “hot topic” segment starting at 5:30 pm. At 6:00 pm we call the meeting to order and proceed with our agenda and speakers. If you have additions to the agenda, speaker suggestions, or announcements to be included at the meeting please send them to

Clovis City Council seeking to ban books

[Email from Jennifer Cruz at Fresno EOC LGBTQ+ Resource Center]

For concerned Valley residents, especially Clovis residents, employees and parents, please show up for the Clovis City Council meeting, TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 5th, at 6 p.m. to make public comments regarding the agenda item (#20) added by Councilwoman Pearce. She is working to lobby the Clovis City Council to send a letter to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors about her concerns over LGBTQ books and Pride month displays in county libraries.

“20. Consider Approval – Letter to Fresno County Regarding Library Concerns from the Community.”

These displays have been available in Fresno County libraries for many years and this year some leaders have made this an issue of “protecting the children” which has resulted in harassment of some Fresno County Library staff and fueled hateful rhetoric against the LGBTQ+ community. It is important to start showing up in larger numbers to oppose policies and potential ordinances that could hurt our community. In May of this year, the BOS proposed an ordinance restricting the flying of any flag that is not the US, California, or POW flag at Fresno County Buildings. They passed this 5-0 in June 2023, with almost no opposition from the public, stopping any flying of a Pride flag.

The Council Chamber is open to the public for Council Meetings. If you wish to speak to the Council on an item by telephone, you should contact the City Clerk at (559) 324-2060 no later than 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.


EMAIL MAYOR & Clovis City Council here:

If we can show up in Clovis and voice our concerns then maybe no letter will be sent to BOS and they can leave the libraries alone moving forward. Councilwoman Pearce has made many problematic statements in her position at Clovis City Council meetings and has been supported by Fresno City Councilman Garry Bredefield, who will be trying to move to BOS in 2024. We will have to stay current with that board and communicate if they do try to make policies opposing pride displays in the future–which is a concern given that some of those board members were touring libraries last June and making an issue of the displays.

We are asking anyone who can attend TOMORROW night’s meeting to do so and help tell the Clovis City Council that we oppose the writing of any letter to the BOS that will try to reduce the visibility of the LGBTQ community in the future. Key points could include reasons it is important to increase visibility, especially for Queer youth who often feel isolated, have higher rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, and are often lacking familial support.

Our agreed-upon “message to the council” today was that decreasing visibility in public county libraries does more harm than good to youth in our community. And, the divisive nature of Councilwoman Pearce’s narrative makes our whole community less safe from harm, harassment, and discrimination. Folks can text “Advocate” to 559-862-1040 for text updates of future advocacy opportunities.

General Meeting August 8th at 5:30 PM

Please join us at our August meeting to hear Craig Pulsipher with Equality California talk to us about the current attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, especially trans people, and how EQCA is working with their partners and elected officials to fight back.

Craig Pulsipher is the Legislative Director for Equality California responsible for leading the organization’s state policy, budget, and administrative advocacy work. Prior to joining Equality California, Craig served as the Associate Director of Government Affairs at APLA Health in Los Angeles where he oversaw statewide HIV and health care policy, legislation, budget, and political strategy. During his time at APLA Health, Craig led a multi-year campaign to reform California’s outdated HIV criminal laws, helped pass groundbreaking legislation to expand access to HIV treatment and PrEP, and spearheaded the formation of a new statewide coalition to end the HIV, STD, viral hepatitis, and overdose epidemics. Craig received graduate degrees in Public Policy and Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Protest Outside Rep. David Valadao’s Office

Time: Monday, July 31, 9 – 11am PDT
Location: Rep. David Valadao’s District Office, 103 S Douty St, Hanford, CA 93230

Protest outside Congressman David Valadao’s office with Kings County Democrats and activists. The topic for July’s protest will be highlighting Valadao’s votes against legislation to lower healthcare and drug costs for seniors and the working class.

Bring signs, water bottles, and a couple of friends.

Sign up with California Democratic Party:

Meeting Recap for July 11, 2023

Last night our club met for the fifth time at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant. So far everyone seems to be enjoying the new venue for our meetings and the restaurant has been happy to accomodate our group even though attendance was lacking a couple of times. Last night the room was nearly full and we still got timely service and really great food. Some members also enjoyed the benefit of the full service bar.

We kicked off our meeting with our social segment and noticed that everyone is really enjoying this time to network, exchange ideas, and make new contacts. Patty brought more fruit from her garden and there were a few new faces in person this time. We also had a first timer at our meeting who joined the club and donated $100! Steven is a Marine veteran and we are happy to welcome him as our newest member. Thank you for your service to our country.

Last night we had Robin Johnston McGehee as our guest speaker to talk about the recently approved city LGBTQ+ Liaison and the funds designated for Fresno County EOC and other LGBTQ community organizations in the area. Click below to watch her very informative talk about this and other things happening in our community.

We also had EJ Hinojosa at our meeting, candidate for Fresno County Supervisor District 3. EJ is an ally of our community and is asking for our support.

Contributions can be made through ActBlue:

Also attending our meeting via Zoom was Mike Barkley, candidate for Congress, District 5. Mike has family members that are a part of our community and he running against MAGA Trumper Tom McClintock.

Learn more about Tom on his platform page:

The club meets on the second Tuesday every month at 5:30pm. See our calendar for details.

General Meeting July 11th at 5:30 PM

Join us for our July meeting with special guest speaker Robin Johnston McGehee.

Robin co-founded GetEQUAL, co-directed the National Equality March in 2009, and organized “Meet In The Middle” in 2009, among many other political, professional, and personal accomplishments. GetEQUAL, along with Robin, Lt. Dan Choi, and others risking their lives and careers, helped bring about the demise of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. Years ago Robin once handcuffed herself to the fence of the whitehouse for the cause, and last year she was invited to, and attended, the signing of the “Respect For Marriage Act” by President Joe Biden at the White House.

General Meeting June 13 at 5:30 PM

Guest Speaker: Artemis Captain Gidram

Please join us for our monthly meeting. Everyone is invited to order dinner and/or drinks during our social and “hot topic” segment from 5:30pm until 6:00pm, after-which we’ll call the meeting to order and continue with our agenda while you enjoy your dinner.

  • 5:30 pm: Hot Topic Discussion & Dinner Social
  • 6:00 pm: Call To Order / Agenda
  • 6:30 pm: Guest Speaker Artemis Captain Gidram


Los Amigos Restaurant
5088 N Blackstone, Fresno, CA
(on Blackstone Ave just North of Shaw)

Meeting Documents:

Speaker Bio:



We’ve had some surprise guests at the last couple of meetings and hope you can join us for our June Pride meeting. Other topics related to LGBTQ Pride Month and upcoming events will also be discussed.

If you have additions to the agenda, speaker suggestions, or announcements to be included at the meeting please send them to

More details on our calendar:

General Meeting Tuesday, May 9 at 5:30pm

Guest Speaker: Pat Brown on Gun Violence

Please join us for our monthly meeting back in a restaurant. Everyone is invited to order dinner and/or drinks during our social and “hot topic” segment from 5:30pm until 6:00pm, after-which we’ll call the meeting to order and continue with our agenda while you enjoy your dinner.

  • 5:30 pm: Hot Topic Discussion & Dinner Social
  • 6:00 pm: Call To Order / Agenda
  • 6:30 pm: Guest Speaker Pat Brown


Los Amigos Restaurant
5088 N Blackstone, Fresno, CA
(on Blackstone Ave just North of Shaw)

Meeting Documents:

Speaker Bio:

Pat Brown is a former Stonewall member. She was a law clerk for the federal judge in Fresno who upheld the Constitutionality of the ten-year assault weapon ban that saved lives after the 1988 school shooting in Stockton. She just retired after 30 years practicing Family Law. She is an elected member of the Fresno Democratic Central Committee. She was the only speaker at the 2018 Women’s March in Fresno in front of a crowd of 3,000 to speak out against gun violence.


We have invited other special guests and hope you can join us at this meeting. Other topics will include the upcoming Fresno Democratic Party’s 10th Annual Fundraiser on 6/3, Tulare County Stonewall Club’s Fundraiser on 5/22, and details about our participation in the Fresno Pride Parade & Festival on 6/3.

If you have additions to the agenda, speaker suggestions, or announcements to be included at the meeting please send them to

More details on our calendar: