The mission of LGBT Community Network is to enhance the well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities by providing activities, programs and services that create and support community; empower community members; provide essential resources; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.
LGBT Community Network is a 501(c)3 organization, based in Fresno, CA.
Tax ID 81-3066621
The Visalia chapter of the LGBT Community Network, LGBTQ Visalia, was established in order to create a central place for queer folks in Tulare County and the surrounding areas to find community and resources. Queer politics in Visalia have been contentious and disconnected for too long. We believe that by creating and promoting ethical and transparent systems of democratic, queer leadership, our community can come together to create incredible events, initiatives, and a sense of belonging for all queer residents of the Central Valley.
- Elevating and empowering LGBTQ+ leaders
- Radical transparency, inclusion and diversity
- Democratic processes and values
- Collaboration, and partnership
- Community development through the ethical, equitable and sustainable use of natural, economic, social, and human resources
- Valuing the expertise and experience of the local community through promoting civic involvement and participation
- Scientific data and evidence-based practices
LGBTQ Visalia strives to be a leader in LGBTQ+ community development, and active partner in the implementation of strategies to achieve community goals. As such, we will use community meetings, surveys, and scientific research to create and guide local policy initiatives and activities.
LGBTQ Visalia’s long-term goals include the creation of a sustainable and inclusive LGBTQ+ center, expanding over a decade into services for youth experiencing homelessness in Tulare County. This is because homelessness disproportionately affects LGBTQ+ transitional-aged youth, and no services currently exist in Tulare County that serve this population. We envision strong
partnerships with local agencies in order to realize this goal. We are committed to democratic processes and values, including dialogue. We encourage members to have difficult conversations by putting aside judgment and replacing it with compassionate discourse to cultivate a connected queer community. This means, ultimately, be empathetic, listen, and try to understand