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 City of Stockton officially exits bankruptcy Wednesday. The exit ends more than two years of negotiations, settlements, and development of a future fiscal plan.
Valentine's Day is this Saturday and it might be the day some people find puppy love. The Stockton Animal Shelter is will be giving away dogs and cats to good homes.
February is Black History Month and a special museum is traveling to schools in Northern California. The Crocker Art Museum's "Art Ark" takes art off the wall and puts it in the hands of kids.
The family of Misty Holt-Singh, who was killed by police gunfire in a failed bank robbery in Stockton last July, filed a claim against the city Wednesday.
A new shelter to house battered women and their children has opened up in Tracy.