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Stockton Episode Two: Owning Your Own Destiny

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Episode 2: Owning Your Own Destiny

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Nicholas Hatten and The San Joaquin Pride Center

In this episode, we feature the voice of Nicholas Hatten the founder and Executive Director of the San Joaquin County Pride Center as well as the former campaign manager, advisor, and friend to the Mayor of the City of Stockton, Michael Tubbs.

Nicholas Hatten

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Nicholas Hatten is the Founder and Executive Director of the San Joaquin Pride Center (SJCP). A proven leader and agent for change, Hatten has challenged the San Joaquin County and Central Valley to evaluate how it can best serve it's LGBT+ community. He forged a collaboration with the Los Angeles Pride Center and other LGBT+ agencies that resulted in a million-dollar Covered California Outreach & Education grant, the first time the Central Valley area was included in LGBT+ specific healthcare work.

As an organizer, Nicholas was instrumental in empowering local LGBT+ youth to advocate for anti-bullying resources and a focus on better school climates for LGBT+ youth on campus. This resulted in Stockton Unified School District being the very first district in the state of California to include "LGBT" specific language in their LCFF/LCAP budget in 2016.  As the recipient of one of three California Reducing Disparities Pilot Project grants, Hatten is now collaborating with California's Public Health Department on a model for increasing acceptance of LGBT+ youth in schools and within community that will reduce the rate of incidents that lead to mental health illness among our youth.

Nicholas Hatten, previously served as a political/governmental relations consultant whose clients ranged from Congressman Jerry McNerney, Oprah Winfrey backed mayoral candidate, Stockton’s youngest ever elected council member and one of our nation’s youngest mayors, Michael Tubbs, and NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez.  As a passionate advocate for equality, Nicholas Hatten is inspiring our San Joaquin County and our nation to be more tolerant and accepting of its diversity.

The San Joaquin Pride Center

Embracing Diversity and Building Community. Established in 2011, the San Joaquin Pride Center (SJPC) has quickly become the central hub for the LGBT community within the county. From our inaugural pride festival (with over 4000 in attendance) to our outreach efforts within our local schools, SJPC is making a difference by advocating for the acceptance and tolerance of LGBT people. Since day one, SJPC has focused on the mental health wellness of our community. Focusing on cultural awareness/acceptance training and the increased risk for mental illness when not accepted, SJPC provides training to over 1,000 adults per year.

In addition, SJPC works with over 20 LGBT+ Student Clubs throughout the County, providing these youth with leadership and community organizing training so they can provide peer to peer support and educate other youth about the mental health services SJPC offers. SJPC provides individual counseling, group peer support groups, transgender services and substance abuse support.  Finally, SJPC provides social opportunities throughout the year to encourage friendship and networking to alleviate that sense of isolation and loneliness that many LGBT+ youth experience (especially in the more rural parts or our county).

The mission of the San Joaquin Pride Center is to serve the diverse LGBTQQIA community in San Joaquin County and the surrounding areas by creating a safe and welcoming space, by providing resources that enrich body, mind and spirit, and by educating the public in tolerance and respect for all people within the LGBTQQIA community. 

Donation / Fundraising

Please Support San Joaquin Pride Center Work

Your support of our Pride Center will help us continue to provide vital services to our LGBT community such as our LGBT sensitivity training, legal referrals, peer groups and outreach and advocacy within the larger County community.


San Joaquin Pride Center’s Videos

To find out more about the SJPC, check out our videos:

The work that that we do here is really trying to shift the perception of acceptance & tolerance.

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