Pride Center volunteer Johnathan Delira is interviewed about the Supreme Court hearings and social media's role in allowing people to voice their support/opposition of gay marriage. 
It's been a very interesting couple weeks here at the Center. From a very successful Our Voice with Sondra St. James to our youth group working hard to put on a prom, tings are going well. There were a couple hiccups though, like hearing the follow:  "What is that? Oh that's some gay bullsh*t!!"

Those words were overheard by youth group members from a student attending an STD HIV AIDS Youth Health Event we had a booth at. Then there was this hate mail we received following this great article The Record's Lori Gilbert wrote up about Ms. James' engagement at our Center. These unfortunate responses are definitely not the rule yet they are reminders of the importance of advocating for tolerance, respect and equality for all locally. 

Just two weeks ago we met with leaders at Stockton Unified School District who agreed on a partnership that includes working with high school counselors and principles  to provide support for our LGBT youth and coordinating a fall county-wide LGBT youth summit. This. Is. Progress. 

Now, we can only continue our work here at the Pride Center if our doors remain open. Can you help us keep our doors open by attending our Red Carpet Gala on February 24th?  We only need 100 people to stand up and purchase a ticket at $35. Will you stand up for equality and join us on February 24th? With a fun paparazzi experience on the red carpet, swag bag gifts, a great "Guess the Oscar Winner" door prize and don't want to miss out on all the fun. 

And remember, purchase your ticket online before Feb. 8th and automatically qualify for the chance to win a complete Oscar Party make-over courtesy of Salon Da-V (hair), Dayvid Denvor (make-up) and That's Showbiz (costume rental) for the big day! Click here to purchase your ticket today! 
It’s that time of the year when people consider making  New Year’s resolutions. For those of us at the Pride Center it’s a no-brainer, keeping our doors open throughout 2013!

We have many great memories from 2012. One of my favorite stories occurred during our first Pride Festival and involves the wonderful folks from Valley Ministries.  VMMCC sponsored and hosted our Kid’s Zone and early in the day a teenager approached one of their volunteers to discuss spiritual things.  After years of dealing with Bible-backed homophobia, this young person found comfort and acceptance.  These members of Valley Ministries validated this young person’s existence.  It is kindness like this that often makes the difference between life and death.

Our Pride Center is Ground Zero for providing support and resources for our LGBT people. We help with relationship challenges, mental illness, work discrimination, substance abuse, and student and adult bullying. Your Pride Center works as a conduit and connects people to the resources they need to live a healthy and productive life. Providing an LGBT-specific space is paramount! Most of these people will only seek help if they trust that their sexual orientation and gender identity are respected.

There are only a few days left in 2012. Can you help us start 2013 on the right track by donating to our Pride Center today? We rely on the generosity of people like you to keep our doors open. And all donations are tax deductible for income tax purposes.  Click here to donate today! 

Thanks for being part of our family in 2012. We could not have had all our successes without you.  Have a fun and safe New Year!


Nicholas Hatten

San Joaquin Pride Center

P.S. We would love to hear your thoughts on our efforts. Please use this blog post to share any feedback concerning the Pride Center, or to share your own New Year’s resolution with us! 

Press Release  

BASE LGBT Youth Group Announces Poetry Slam Workshop In Partnership with With Our Words
Stockton, August 2, 2012:  

The San Joaquin Pride Center is proud to announce OUTspoken: a free poetry slam workshop to take place at the Center (109 N. Sutter St. Stockton, CA 95202) on August 7th, 8th and 9th at 4:00 pm. This three day workshop consists of three 1½ hour sessions that encourage creative self-expression. This program is a joint venture between the Center’s BASE (Basically Another Safe Escape) Youth Group and With Our Words, a nationally recognized poetry slam troupe. 


A One Year Assessment...

Everybody has failure in their lives. You gain experience from failure. - Colin Powell

So I am watching The View with Secretary Colin Powell yesterday and he’s pitching his latest book when the topic of failure and making mistakes comes up. His quote above had a major impact on me. With the one year anniversary of us forming our non-profit coming up, I couldn’t help but reflect on my personal ups and downs this past year. It hasn’t all been easy.  All I can do is hope to learn from my mistakes and cherish the good times as they come.  And as far as our Pride Center goes, there have been a lot of good times…and successes.

Our Youth Group is our most active club here at the Center. Join in every Saturday at 2 pm and see what the fun is all about.

Be a part of our senior support group which meets every Wed. here at the Pride Center at noon.
A selection of photos from our Our Voice  guest speaker series.
By Lori Gilbert
As Peg Keranen, a one-time San Joaquin County planner and her partner of 50 years, slipped away, Sally Miller took comfort in the care provided to both Keranen and herself from friends and a hospice nurse she describes as "the warmest woman imaginable."

Keranen was bedridden in the end by thyroid cancer that had spread. Meals were delivered, friends helped with yard and house work, and some stayed the night to help the pair, who'd been together since meeting as college students in Illinois, through those final, sad days in 2007.

Miller, a 74-year-old retired University of the Pacific history professor, recounts the painful end to the relationship in "Two Women, Five Decades: From Closeted Isolation to Twenty-First Century Community," portions of which she shared with about 40 friends and former colleagues at a reading last week at UOP's women's center. Click here to read the entire article.

Watch the video here.