It’s that time of year again… Stonewall Chico is gearing up for the 3rd Annual Masqueerade Ball, this year’s theme being Fire & Ice ….. and Everything Nice. With the priceless memories of the last Masqueerade still lingering in our minds, it is no question that this Masqueerade will keep us reminiscing for another year to come. This year’s ball will have dazzling performances by:

  • Ryan Mattel and his Kingdom of Freaks


  • Acrobatics Club Of Chico State


With a no-host bar and only a $5.00 suggested donation, you will not want to miss this event. So, if you are 18 or older, come join what is sure to be a night to remember on February 23 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the Chico Women’s Club. Dress semi-formal and don’t forget your masks!

Check out pictures of last year’s Masqueerade here.

Click here for more information and updates about the event on the event Facebook page.

Interested in volunteering? Great! Please contact Laurie @ 893.3336 or or post here or in Stonewall Volunteers Group Facebook Page

Click here for a great story on transgender school issues.

As the Ninth Circuit has recently declined to rehear the Prop. 8 case, the LGBTQ community can only hope for good news no matter which way the tables turn. This decision will either lead to a U.S. Supreme Court case, making it a historic decision, or will restore the right for lesbian and gay couples to marry in California. Check out the info graph below and click here for the whole story.

Volunteer Spotlight

Stonewall’s Volunteer Spotlight

By: Ange Bledsoe-Briggs

Check out the following awesome Stonewall volunteers! 

Jef Inslee

Length of service with Stonewall: I started in the Summer of 2010
Tell me how you got involved with Stonewall: Through my friend Tom Kelem
What was the first event or you did at Stonewall: The first thing I did was Thursday Night Market booth. I helped out there for the summer.
So, from there, how did you decide to do other things at Stonewall?I was asked by a board member to take over running the bar.
What else do you do: I run the bar and I also act as a liaison between Stonewall and a suicide prevention walk called Out of the Darkness.
What have you gained from volunteering at SW: I’ve become more aware of the struggles that LGBT
people deal with that I thought were over. This has opened my eyes . Also, I really enjoy spending
time with others and getting to know  people.
What would tell people who people who are considering volunteering here:Do it consistently because in any volunteer situation in order to get to know people you have to stick it out. But do it, you will make connections, friends, and feel like you are serving your community.

Something random: For 30/46 years of my life I have raised chickens.

Laurie Bennett-Cook

Length of service with Stonewall: I’ve been volunteering on and off for Stonewall for the past ten years.
Why did you get involved with Stonewall: Because I feel very passionate about equality and I feel a sense of belonging here for myself. It just feels like it’s more than a place to volunteer, this is my home.
How did you get involved: I knew about SW through my brother and decided to become involved. The first event I ever participated in at SW was movie night in 2002.
What have you gained from your experience at Stonewall: I’ve gained a huge sense of community and lifelong friendships. Also, a knowing that the fight for equality is not going away. I know that what we are doing here is making a positive difference in people’s lives.
What would you tell people who might be thinking about volunteering: Come one down! There’s something for everybody here and you’ll have fun.
Tell me something random: I ride a Harley Davidson and it’s the best money I’ve ever spent. I absolutely love riding my bike. 

Shanna Jones

Length of service with Stonewall: All together about 4 years. I took some time off from volunteering at Stonewall and have been back for about 3 months.
Why did you get involved with Stonewall: I think I was coming out, so I visited the center with a friend, and then got involved.
What was your first experience volunteering: My first time I spent at Stonewall I helped out with general office duties and cleaning.
What have you gained from your experience at Stonewall: I think it helped me be myself more and be able to go out in the world and conquer whatever I had to do. It’s made me feel more comfortable with myself and that I am doing something meaningful.
What would you tell people who might be thinking about volunteering: I would tell people to come in and find their niche and go for it.
Tell me something random: I like to watch historic films. My favorite historic film is Doubting Abby.

Making History

Obama made history this week being the first president of the United States to endorse same-sex marriage while in office. While controversy is on the rise from news sources like Fox, this statement from President Obama is one that will go down in history and one that our country should be proud of. Check out the video below for President Obama’s full statement on same-sex marriage and don’t forget to use your voice and vote in the upcoming elections!

Individual Impact

Sharing individual stories can be one of the most powerful tools of activism. Impacting others who we come in close contact with can change their ways of thinking, and has the potential to change the way others think down the road. There is a chain reaction that comes with sharing individual stories, and a heartfelt impact that cannot be achieved in any other way. Check out the video below of one individual’s story that has been shared across YouTube and join him in the fight for equality.


What would you do if you walked out to your car one day and saw a derogatory term spray painted across the window and hood? That is what happened to Erin Davies as she walked out to her car one average morning, turning Davies into an above average activist. The words “fag” and “U R gay” were spray painted across her car, and instead of getting the words off her car, she instead took her “fagbug” on a cross country road trip to raise awareness of hate crimes.

Although a form of activism and attempt to raise awareness, this work of activism took on a lot of criticism, mainly by the gay community. Is driving a car with the word “fag” written across it progressive or is it only perpetuating hate? While some people throughout the film applaud Davies for what she is doing, others applaud the one who vandalized her car. The word fag is one full of hate, originally meaning a burning bundle of sticks, next meaning a person who is burnt at the stake for “deviant sexual behavior,” and now a derogatory term against the gay community.

So does driving across country with this word painted across a car mean that it is OK to use this language against the gay community? Does it mean the gay community should claim this word as a positive? Or does it show the hurt that comes with using this language? It is hard to tell how people will interpret this message, and most will interpret it in different ways.

You can watch fagbug online and make the judgement yourself. Activism or deactivism?