The "Reconstructing the Rainbow" conference starts Thursday at University of the Pacific.
The purpose of the conference is to build leadership among students, examine common issues of health and community building, and the political and legal battles still to fight.
UOP Director of Women's Resources Corrie Martin says much has changed for the gay community but much remains the same.
"My own experience, 5 and 10 years ago, I never would have imagined I could be married, I could be raising a child and yet all those things could happen in my life, at the same time, the challenges, the bias, the violence, all of those things are still very real," says Martin.
The keynote speaker will be the mother of Matthew Shepard - the 21-year old who was beaten and left to die because he was gay.
Steve Grand will perform. He's the first openly-gay male country singer, whose song "All American Boy" went viral.
Stories from Stockton
Congressman Jerry McNerney is among those seeking to honor fallen law enforcement officers with postage stamps, using the proceeds for families of these officers.
The nation’s youngest African-American mayor of a city over 300,000 gave his first State of the City address in Stockton Thursday.
Parking meters are disappearing in downtown Stockton. A thief, or thieves, are cutting them off and making off with the change.
The city council voted last Tuesday to establish a $50,000 fund to guarantee landlords won't get hit with lost rent or repair costs.
A two-year-old boy was shot Sunday on a street in Stockton. The young victim was caught in a wild hail of bullets.