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
Hundreds of people visited the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton on Thursday for the annual "Farm to Fork" event.
Tight water restrictions and increased conservation mean many California lawns are turning brown. But in Stockton, a landscaping company is making sure that the grass is always greener at some residents' homes.
(AP) - An attorney representing relatives of a bank robbery hostage who was shot and killed in Stockton says the family has agreed to an undisclosed financial settlement with Bank of the West.
(AP) - A measure expected to qualify for the November 2016 ballot could threaten Gov. Jerry Brown's $15 billion twin tunnel plan to send water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
If you're a tennis fan, you can see some of the best young women players in the world this week at the $50,000 Pro Circuit Challenger in Stockton. Some players are looking for a comeback, others for a chance to play in the U.S. Open next month.