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
The first debate for the U.S. Senate seat in California takes place Monday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, and it is causing a lot of excitement on campus.
Low attendance and shrinking revenue have spelled the end for horse racing in Stockton which has been a part of the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton for over 150 years.
An attempted carjacking in Stockton this morning turned deadly when a police officer shot and killed one suspect while two others escaped.
New York is "The City That Never Sleeps", and for Las Vegas the slogan is "What Happens Here, Stays Here." Now Stockton has a new logo and a new slogan.
Stockton residents can voluntarily have their home water tested by the city for lead and copper levels.