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
Stockton Police are reexamining their policies for police dogs left in squad cars following the death of a K-9 on Tuesday.
Stockton Metropolitan Airport may begin international flights to Mexico. The proposal could also expand domestic air service.
(AP) - Prosecutors are expected to announce whether they will seek the death penalty against two men charged with killing a bank robbery hostage and two others in Stockton last year.
Stockton Police have increased street patrols in several neighborhoods in Stockton after a wave of gun violence during Memorial Day weekend.
The Stockton City Council has voted to reduce the salaries of the mayor and city council by 30 percent. The discussion about the salary cut during Tuesday night's city council meeting was a heated one.