Division Leader - Gay Porterville, June 2014- Present

Elliot Trueblood




 I'm a 24 year old college student here in Porterville, and I got involved with Gay Porterville after getting sick and tired of being sick and tired of some of the nonsense that has ensued in our city. Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding anything and everything LGBTQ.


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Founder and Past Division Leader - Gay Porterville, June 2011 - June 2014 (Current Consultant)

Melissa McMurrey

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Hello, thanks for stopping by our page.

In 2011 I started Gay Porteville as a sister organization to Gay Fresno. The original vision of Gay Porterville was for a social outlet for the LGBTQ community. After hosting my first couple of gatherings and receiving vitrol and hatred from local city officials, I quickly learned there needed to be some groud work done before I could move this division into more social gatherings. 




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 Advisory Board Member - Gay Porterville, October 2014 - Present

John Coffee

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     I am sixty-eight years old. I have lived in Porterville all of my life, except for three years while I was in the U S Army. Upon my return from the army, I got involved in my union—first as the Negotiations Chairman, and later as the Chapter Officer. I served in many appointed positions. My main goal was always to help make things a little better for others, and of course, myself.


     When some people in the church I was attending at the time wanted to start Helping Hands of Porterville, they asked me to be the first Board President. I was happy to help, within the year we had our Article of Incorporation completed, and filed for our IRS Code 501.c(3), and became an official non-profit organization.

     In 1995, I became an officer for the Porterville-Lindsey Masonic Lodge #303 F & AM of California. In 1997, I served as Master of the Lodge.

     A few years later, I was elected Second Vice President of my union, the California School Employees Association. I was later elected as First Vice President, and served for two years. During all of this time again my main goal was to make things better for working men & women in California.

    In 2008, my husband Brock Neeley and I were married in Visalia during the “window period” before the passage of Prop 8. We are active in the LGBTQ Community in Porterville, having been involved in different protests as well as speaking out on “gay issues” before the City Council.


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Advisory Board Member - Gay Porterville, October 2014- Present

Nicole Celaya

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     I am an educator and activist with a focus on social justice and environmental issues. I started working with Gay Porterville after seeing my LGBTQ students and other youth getting harassed, threatened, kicked out of their houses, and marginalized by other community members. I work with Gay Porterville and other local organizations to help bring about compassion, acceptance, and celebration of our differences and to put a stop to the systemic discrimination that is present in our local government.  I love my community and the work that I do; I want to see Porterville grow and progress into a place that welcomes ALL its members, and recognizes the immense joy and beauty that a diverse population brings to our lives.


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Gay Porterville is an all volunteer, not-for-profit website that operates alongside:Gay Fresno,Gay Visalia,Gay Hanford,Gay Mercedand Gay Bakersfield.


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