New Exhibition Traces History of Gay Bear Community

A new exhibition at the GLBT History Museum will feature the work of cartoonist Fran Frisch as a starting point for exploring the history of the bear community, a subculture that developed in the 1980s to celebrate older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men who had been largely excluded from standards of attractiveness in gay(…)

The Washington Women’s March is Coming to Sonoma County

The Sonoma County rally and march will include diverse music, inspirational speakers and a promised dance mob dance, followed by a  30 minute sidewalk march.  Local community leaders will present a variety of options for engagement and action as we move forward towards inclusion and unity.  This noon rally is a sister march of the DC Women’s March and these(…)

Sonoma County Takes Action to Ease the Housing Crisis

Sonoma County took significant action last week to ease the local housing crisis. With actions taken by the Board of Supervisors, the County is now set to expand emergency shelter capacity during winter months, implement innovative programs to boost homeless services, challenge federal Housing and Urban Development regulations to make housing vouchers work in Sonoma(…)

Fight AIDS by Dining Out: Food For Thought Presents the 15th Annual

Thursday, December 1 marks the fifteenth year Food For Thought hosts Sonoma County’s annual Dining Out For Life event, which is also World AIDS Day. 87 area restaurants and cafes will participate, donating 25% or 50% of the day’s sales to Food For Thought, which provides life-giving nutritional services to over 800 men, women, and(…)

New Exhibition Documents San Francisco’s LGBTQ Latino Culture From 1970s to 1990s

For decades, Spanish speakers in many parts of the Western Hemisphere recognize the word ambiente — literally meaning “atmosphere” or “environment” — as a coded reference. Queer Latinas and Latinos have used the word to identify themselves, their distinctive cultures and their spirit of resistance. “Noche de Ambiente” curators Ángel Rafael “Ralph” Vázquez-Concepción (left) and(…)

Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre Cancels Concert By Anti-gay Reggae Artist

Petaluma’s Mystic Theater has canceled scheduled a September show by reggae artist Sizzla whose lyrics insight violence against the LGBTQI Community and who makes anti-gay statements during performances.  He first emerged onto the Jamaican dancehall scene in the late ‘90s, and quickly became notorious for incorporating hateful lyrics into his songs. The North Bay LGBTQI(…)

Occidental Area Health Center Celebrates 40 Years of Service

  It is with great pride that West County Health Centers celebrates over forty years of providing comprehensive, quality, and accessible health care services to the communities of western Sonoma County, beginning at the Occidental Area Health Center in 1976.   It is a great honor to care for our communities and provide a trusted “medical(…)

Calendar of LGBT Events

Monday, August 8, 2 p.m. Sonoma General LGBT Support Group will happen at Sonoma Community Center, 276 Easy Napa Street in Sonoma, in Room 211.  Young people 12 – 18 years old are welcome. Also Monday, 5 – 6 p.m. Positive Images’ LGBTQI Sonoma Support Group will convene at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 Napa(…)