For years, LGBT Fresno has been a beacon of support and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community in our city. We’ve marched for equality, offered safe and inclusive events, and empowered countless individuals to live authentically. But as our understanding of diversity and gender identity expands, we recognize the need to evolve alongside it. Therefore, with immense pride and open arms, we’re announcing a change: LGBT Fresno is officially becoming LGBTQ Fresno.
This isn’t just a simple addition of a letter. It’s a deliberate step towards greater inclusivity. The “Q” acknowledges the rich tapestry of identities within the queer community, encompassing those questioning, those exploring beyond the binary, and those embracing non-heteronormative expressions. The inclusion of “intersex” and “two spirit” recognizes the unique experiences and challenges faced by these communities, often overlooked within the broader LGBTQ umbrella. Finally, acknowledging our “allies” underscores the importance of collaboration and partnership in building a truly inclusive environment.
The journey towards equality is ongoing, and it requires constant progress and adaptation. By taking this step, we hope to ensure that LGBT Fresno remains a welcoming and inclusive space for the ever-evolving tapestry of individuals and communities it serves. This is not just a name change; it’s an expansion of our heart and an embrace of the beautiful kaleidoscope of identities that make us who we are.
The decision to update the name from LGBT Fresno to LGBTQ Fresno is not just about letters; it’s about people, stories, and the commitment to creating an inclusive space for everyone. This change reflects an organization’s dedication to staying true to its mission of supporting and uplifting all members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.
We invite you to join us on this journey. Come meet our diverse team, attend our events, share your voice, and help us build a stronger, more inclusive Fresno for everyone. Together, under the banner of LGBTQ Fresno, we can create a vibrant, welcoming community where everyone can thrive.