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Meet Somebody New (part 2) – LGBTQ Visalia
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Meet Somebody New (part 2)


This is the second in a series of interviews where we all get to know someone new within our Community. Nate Rodriguez is a local Activist with Rainbow Productions.  So everybody, meet someone new:

There are a lot of people here in Visalia that know who you are but for those who don’t know you, how would you describe your self? 

I like to describe myself as outspoken and believe no person should be judged by what they like. I like to organize events for the community and to be involved with it!

     Tell us about your involvement with Gay Night at the Blitz. How did it get started and what’s going on with it? 

      I knew the owners and they had been asking around about doing something different for the bar.  I told them about a gay night!  He thought I was joking because no other club in Visalia has been successful so he finally approached me and said yes. So our first night was Nov. 28 (my 23rd B-day).  Now I had some help spreading the word about it and I’m able to coordinate the gay night and advise the owners on what the gay community likes in the best form that I can. 

     We also know there is an Exotica night at the Blitz.  Rumor has it they have asked you to join the show? Think you will ever do it?

      I have thought about doing drag and mentioned it to friends, but no The Exotica show has not come to me about the joining them.  If the rumor should present itself, yes, I have been asked to do a porn movie for and I have said yes! I will be doing a video for them because I want to experience life to the fullest that I can and here’s a different aspect of it!

     What music do you listen to and who are on your ipod?

     I listen to everything mostly Trance/house, Latin dance and more. As far as music I own rock, techno, some Spanish and hip hop.

      Some very important GLBT issues are going to be decided by voters like the constitutional Amendment to ban Gay Marriage on the upcoming November ballot.   People in the 18 to 25 year old age range don’t vote in large numbers.  Does that concern you?

     Yes, and I really hope that they vote on this issue especially it being a BIG part of not only theirs but their friends lives!! No person should have the say on who can love who no matter what religion or belief.

Are there any events coming on the Horizon that you are involved with that our community should know about?

     I have been working on Clubpapi’s first appearance to the valley plus, I have organized a cruise with carnival cruise lines in October called “Pride Sailabration”! They are accommodating to the gay community and allowing me to do events on board the ship.

     What would you like to see for the future of our community in Visalia?

     I’d like to see more involvement with not only the Gay side but their friends, family and local business’s. Every city has its own gay community and should know they can be comfortable with their choice.


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