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LGBTQ Resources

​BHSD's LGBTQ Resources Website: www.sc​cbhsd.org/lgbtq 


Short histories of both the struggle for LGBTQ rights and the AIDS epidemic in Santa Clara County by Ken Yeager. Published 12-19-18.

                                   Click image to read LGBTQ History Booklet                                            Click image to read AIDS History Booklet
                                                                                                            

Click image to read the "MAPPING THE ROAD TO EQUITY: The Annual State of LGBTQ Communities" 210pp. Report published 2018 by the #Out4MentalHealth, a joint project of Health Access, The California LGBT Health and Human Service Network, and NorCal Mental Health America, funded through the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.​
 

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BAYMEC Community Foundation
595 Millich Drive, Ste. 215
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: (408)391-2321​
Email: 
contact@baymecfoundation.org
Website: www.baymecfoundation.org/​​

BAYMEC Community Foundation emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2013, the BAYMEC Community Foundation was established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation is Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC)​ LGBTQ advocacy group’s philanthropic arm.​


Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center
Address: 938 The Alameda
San Jose, Ca 95126
Phone: 1 408-293-3040
Fax: (408) 298-8986
The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center opened its doors on March 1, 1981. Through collaboration and unity, the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center strives to provide a diverse platform for our community to meet, learn, be challenged and grow.
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Bill Wilson Center​
LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator
693 S. 2nd Street,  San Jose, CA, 95112
Phone: 1 408-925-0233
 

Family Acceptance Project (FAP) Intervention at Bill Wilson Center
Integrating the Family Acceptance Project (FAP)’s Family Support Approach to Help Reconnect LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness with their Families.


Community Solutions' LGBTQ+ Support
Address: Gilroy (Headquarters)
9015 Murray Avenue, #100
Gilroy, CA 95020
Phone: 1 408-842-7138
Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence: 1 877-END-SADV (1.877.363.7238)
Youth & Family Crisis Line:  1 408-683-4118
Fax:  n/a
 
We recognize that LGBTQ+ people face specific challenges such as societal ignorance, prejudice and discrimination. These may have previously prevented you from receiving the healthcare and support you need. We want you to know that you are not alone. We are here to help.

 
Community United Against Violence (CUAV)  24-hour Safety Line: (415) 333-HELP (4357)
Address: 427 South Van Ness Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-777-5500
Fax: 415-777-5565
Website: www.cuav.org
Founded in 1979, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) works to build the power of LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) communities to transform violence and oppression. We support the healing and leadership of those impacted by abuse and mobilize our broader communities to replace cycles of trauma with cycles of safety and liberation. As part of the larger social justice movement, CUAV works to create truly safe communities where everyone can thrive. 

     
Defense-ability Women's Self-Defense Training
LGBTQ Self Defense Education
Address: Campbell, CA 95009
Phone/Text: 408-412-9696
Rebecca O'Bryan Defense-ability founder, instructor
 
Defense-ability Women's Self-Defense Training is now offering LGBTQ Self Defense Education classes for free, and you can attend as many as you like. Regular classes are offered monthly. Defense-ability can also accommodate those who prefer to take the class as a group activity, e.g., LGBTQ book club, bowling league, softball team, etc. Click here for LGBTQ Self Defense Training flyer​.
 
“A comprehensive violence prevention program for LGBTQ individuals. Through a combination of education and physical empowerment, Defense-ability provides the LGBTQ community with skills to break cycles of violence.”
 
Defense-ability teaches a reality-based self-defense system to handle hostile encounters of all kinds. We teach disabling techniques – put your attacker down and escape!
 
Workshops will teach a variety of practical techniques meant to empower you in protecting yourself from different types of assaults.
 
Pre-registration required. Please RSVP through Meetup
 
Defense-ability LGBTQ Self Defense Awareness Classes is part of the County of Santa Clara’s new funding initiatives through the Office of LGBTQ Affairs​. Thanks to Supervisor Ken Yeager for making this opportunity possible.

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Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Address: Gaylesta, Inc., 584 Castro Street, #230
San Francisco, CA 94114-2512
Phone: 415-729-3996
Fax: n /a
Founded in 1987, Gaylesta is a membership organization that works to promote awareness of the special skills its members have to offer the LGBTQ communities and the general public. Gaylesta also serves as a resource for those seeking therapy and sees themselves as having a role in fostering the well-being of the LGBTQ communities.
 
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Gender Spectrum
Address: 1271 Washington Avenue #834 
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: 510-788-4412
Fax:
Founded in 2009, Gender Spectrum’s mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth. To accomplish this, they help families, organizations, and institutions increase understandings of gender and consider the implications that evolving views have for each of us.



Contact: Candelario Franco, GTZ SCC-SV Project Manager
Email candelariof@healthtrust.org
Website: http://gettingtozeroscc.org/

Mission is to meet the goals of zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related deaths, and zero HIV stigma/discrimination through a collaborative, countywide, multi-sector, multidimensional approach.

Getting to Zero HIV (GTZ) Santa Clara County-Silicon Valley is a four year initiative that will strive for Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Deaths related to HIV/AIDS, and Zero HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in Santa Clara County.


Governance Structure
The Getting to Zero (GTZ) initiative will carry through on the work that began in 2016 by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Steering Committee which included the HIV Commission and The Health Trust. The GTZ Governance Structure will support the successful completion of the important work of the initiative: Getting to zero new infections, zero deaths related to HIV/AIDS, and zero stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. The GTZ initiative is a charge under the auspices of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, with delegation of implementation awarded to The Health Trust.
 

         
HealthTrust AIDS Services
Address: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
San Jose, 1400 Parkmoor Ave., Suite 230
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone:  408-961-9808/50
Fax: 408-961-9856

The Health Trust provides a variety of services to low-income Santa Clara County residents living with HIV/AIDS. These services include, but are not limited to, medical and non-medical case management, care coordination, and food assistance.

Advocating for Getting to Zero
Aiming for zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related deaths, and zero HIV stigma and discrimination in Santa Clara County. The Getting to Zero (GTZ)​ initiative is a charge under the auspices of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, with delegation of implementation awarded to The Health Trust. 


     
HOPE (HIV Outreach, Prevention, and Education) Program
A program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
Address: 749 Story Rd., Suite 50
San Jose, CA 95122-2600
Phone: 408-975-2730  
Fax: 408-975-2745

AACI HIV Outreach, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Program aims to reduce the incidence of HIV infection in the Asian and Pacific Islander community by engaging the community in Santa Clara County through outreach activities, community events, educational workshops, and by providing free HIV Rapid Testing, Counseling and Referrals.


  
LGBTQ Wellness Program​​​​
A program of  Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS)
A Division of Caminar for Mental Health
Address: 452 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 1 408-841-4300
Fax: n /a
Anthony Montalvo, Program Coordinator
Family & Children's Services' Website: www.fcservices.org
LGBTQ Wellness' Website: www.lgbtqwell.org

Began in 2015,  the LGBTQ Wellness Program's mission is to support the mental health of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning) community members and allies by providing outreach, education, and advocacy services that encourage social support and holistic wellness. Funding for the LGBTQ Wellness Program is provided primarily by the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department.
Click here for FCS' LGBTQ Wellness Program​ brochure.
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LGBTQ Youth Space
A program of  Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS)
A Division of Caminar for Mental Health
Address: 452 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 1 408-343-7940
Fax: n /a
Cassie Blume, MPA, Program Director

A program of  Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS) a division of Caminar, is a drop-in center in downtown San Jose with extensive counseling and outreach services, since its inception in 2008. Flyers and brochures below.​

 

South County Support Group - GILROY

 
SAFE SPACE LGBTQIA+ Youth Ages 13 - 25 & A​llies support group

2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Gilroy Library
350 West 6th Street
Gilory, CA 95020
Facebook: LGBTQYouthSpace
Instagram: ​ @THELGBTQYOUTHSPACE
Instagram:  @SAFESPACE19
A biweekly group for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults in South Santa Clara County hosted by the LGBTQ Youth Space. 
Click here for fly​er Rev. 03-01-19.


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SAFE SPACE LGBTQIA+ Youth Ages 13 - 25 & A​llies support group
​2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Willey Cultural Center (aka Willey House) (pronounced “will-e”)​
140 5th Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
A biweekly group for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults in South Santa Clara County hosted by the LGBTQ Youth Space. 
Click here for fly​er Rev. 03-01-19.


South County Support Group - MORGAN HILL​

SAFE SPACE LGBTQIA+ Youth Ages 13 - 25 & A​llies support group
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Morgan Hill Library
660 West Main Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Facebook: LGBTQYouthSpace
Instagram: ​ @THELGBTQYOUTHSPACE

A biweekly group for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults in South Santa Clara County hosted by the LGBTQ Youth Space. 
Click here for flyer Rev. 03-01-19.
 


LGBTQ+ Youth Resource Center
A service of San Benito County Behavioral Health Department
Address: 544 San Benito Center, Suite 102
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 1 (831) 634-2009
Fax: n/a
Website: Currently under construction
"Ensuring safer future for the young members of the local LGBTQ+ Community". Drop-in Center and Peer Mentoring Services provided. Click here to view LGBTQ+ Youth Resource Center brochure.

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Office of Immigrant Relations
Address: Office of Immigration Relations
70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, 11th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: 408-299-6414​​
Fax: n/a

ImmigrantInfo.org is a collaborative project, sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations (SCC OIR) and the South Bay Consortium of Adult Education (SBCAE). This unique partnership is creating new connections between immigration/citizenship service providers and the adult education providers that are helping newcomers through access to English, literacy, life skills, vocational training, employment assistance and a path to higher education. Working together, these partners can lead immigrants and their families to achieve higher levels of civic participation, financial security and social comfort. See below for additonaly resources under "SCC Office of Immigrant Relations".
 
Since 2001, ImmigrantInfo.org has maintained an in-depth, searchable database of current ESL and citizenship classes in Santa Clara County, CA. Over time we added a categorized/searchable database of over 700 links to local, state and national government, educational, and non-profit resources used by immigrants, advocates, caseworkers, policy-makers, researchers, students and teachers. 


  
LifeMovesNew Haven Inn
Call or text: (650) 533-9299
Email: Karissa, Program Director at KKim@lifemoves.org​

NEW
LGBTQ+ homeless shelter for people 18 years and over in downtown San Jose. This is a program funded by the County of Santa Clara New Haven Inn is the nation’s second LGBTQ+ shelter in the United States. (Jazzie’s Place in San Francisco is the other.)

People wishing to stay at the shelter must: 
1) be currently homeless or fleeing domestic violence
2) complete an intake form, and 
3) be referred by a social worker, therapist or doctor to ensure clients receive all the appropriate services they need.

Operated by LifeMoves, New Haven Inn provides LGBTQ-sensitive and knowledgeable staff to assist LGBTQ+ persons with immediate and longer-term services to secure permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency. New Haven Inn is a safe space for all, with gender neutral facilities and sleeping spaces. It also has spaces to accommodate medical treatments and transition injections. The facility sleeps 20 people a day; length of stay is 90 days but can be extended.

The need for such a place is very evident. Approximately 30% of the 7,394 individuals who reported experiencing homelessness in the county identified as LGBTQ+. It is because of this sense of not belonging or being unwanted that many LGBTQ+ people don’t stay in standard shelters and wind up on the streets.

For more information about the services, care to volunteer, or make donations  call or text number listed. 

Click here to see the New Haven Inn flyer (04-01-19)​

    

        
    
 



County of Santa Clara
Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Affairs
Address: 2460 North 1st Street, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95131
Phone:  1 408-678-2900  *** NEW effective 11-04-19 ***
Fax:
Established in 2015, the mission of the Office of LGBTQ Affairs is to provide leadership and support for the well-being and longevity of LGBTQ communities in Santa Clara County through coordinated, integrated approaches.

 

Outlet

Address: 590 W. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone: 650-424-0852 x107
To learn more about Outlet Groups in Redwood City or Mountain View, please contact:
 
Ben Liddie
Outlet Program Coordinator
650.424.0852 x 107
 
To learn more about Outlet Groups in San Mateo or the San Mateo Pride Center, please contact:
Gilbert Gammad
Outlet Program Coordinator
Email: gilbert@acs-teens.org
650.591.0133 x 148 or 650.395.7021
 
Website: www.acsoutlet.com ​
Facebook: Project Outlet Allies​

Founded in 1997, Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ+) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy.

SEE BELOW F​​OR PRINTABLE PDF FLYERS.

 
PFLAG San Jose/Peninsula
A Chapter of PFLAG national
Address: PFLAG San Jose
POB 2718
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Phone: 408-270-8182
Fax: n /a
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG also hosts monthly peer support groups in English and Spanish.


Project HEALTH (Harnessing Education, Advocacy & Leadership for Transgender Health) a project of San Francisco’s Lyon-Martin Health Services
Anand Kalra, Project HEALTH Program Manager

Project HEALTH is a project of San Francisco’s Lyon-Martin Health Services, providing an innovative, comprehensive program that expands access to healthcare for transgender individuals.

Lyon-Martin draws on nearly 40 years of working with women and trans folks to address the systemic barriers that trans people face in accessing health care.​


     
Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic (SGIC)
Address: 5150 El Camino Real, Bldg. C, Suite 15
Los Altos, California 94022
Phone: (650) 961-9300
Email: n/a
The Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic (SGIC) offers affordable and affirming psychological services for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, as well as those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. SGIC offers specialized counseling to address issues related to LGBTQ identity as well as counseling for other life issues in a comfortable space. SGIC is Palo Alto University's in-house community training clinic.
 
SGIC services can be accessed by calling the main clinic, and inquiring about SGIC. If you are a provider interested in more information about SGIC services, you can contact Dr. Serenity Serseción, Director of SGIC Services, at ssersecion@paloaltou.edu​.


Stanford Health Care
Positive Care Clinic at Palo Alto
Address: 211 Quarry Road, Suite 202
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-723-9001
Fax: 650-320-9443
Email: n /a​

Address: 2518 Mission College Blvd.,
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 408-688-9720​
Email: n/a

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Santa Clara County Public Health Department
Crane Center
Address: Crane Center, 976 Lenzen Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126  
Phone: 408-792-3720
Fax: 408-792-3721
Crane Center offers free, low-cost, anonymous and confidential HIV and STD Testing services.
 


Santa Clara Valley Medical Center​​
Valley Health Center at Alexian
Address: 2101 Alexian Drive, Suite D
San Jose, CA 95116
Phone: 408-272-6050 
TTY: 408-971-4068

Valley Homeless Healthcare Program – Gender Clinic
  • A safe space for transgender and gender expansive people experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara County.
  • We respect all aspects of people and are dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to everyone.
Services include:
- Primary care
- Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
- HIV testing
- Masculinizing and feminizing hormones
- Trans-affirmative gynecological care
- PrEP and PEP (prescriptions for the daily medicine that prevents HIV)
- Mental health counseling
 

 

 
 
 
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center​​ (SCVMC)
Child, Teen and Young Adult Gender Care Clinic
Valley Health Center Downtown San Jose
Address: 777 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-977-4411
TTY: 408-971-4068
 
The SCVMC's Child, Teen and Young Adult Gender Care Clinic is located inside the Valley Health Center Downtown​ clinic and serves 8 –​ 25 years. 
 
The Gender Care Clinic is a safe space for children, teens and young adults to understand and explore their gender identity. The Clinic is also an accepting place for youth and their familites to receive information and care in the gender experience.

Please click here for​ SCVMC Child, Teen and Young Adult Gender Care Clinic flyer​.
 
Services Include:
  • Support and discussion about care
  • Psychological support and evaluation as needed and desired
  • Medical care, including homores and referrals, as needed
  • Primary care
    • Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
    • HIV testing
    • PrEP and PEP (prescriptions for the daily medicine that prevents HIV)
The Valley Health Center Downtown outpatient clinic is one of 11 operated county-wide by Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), and opened its doors in 2016. 

 
 
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Santa Clara Valley Medical Center​​ (SCVMC)
Gender Health Center
Valley Health Center Downtown San Jose
Address: 777 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-977-4411
TTY: 408-971-4068
 
Santa Clara County’s first Gender Health Center opened its Downtown San Jose clinic to patients at the end of November 2018. 

The Gender Health Center is 
  • ​A safe space for transgender and gender diverse people of all ages. 
  • An accepting place for people and their families to receive information and care in their gender experience.
  • A place where we respect all aspects of people and are dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to everyone.
Services include the following
  • ​Support and discussion about care 
  • Medical care, including hormones and referrals, as needed and desired
  • Primary care, such as: 
    • ​Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment 
    • HIV testing 
    • PrEP and PEP (the daily medicines that prevent HIV)
  • Mental health support and evaluation, as needed and desired 
  • Social support services, as needed and desired 
Appointments can be made by calling the Valley Health Center Downtown San Jose Clinic Call Center at 1 408-977-4411. 
No referral is necessary.  
 

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Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Ira Greene PACE Clinic (Partners In AIDS Care And Education)
Address: 2400 Moorpark Ave, Suite 318
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-885-5935
Fax: na
 
The PACE Clinic offers patients in all stages of HIV infection state-of-the-art primary care in a friendly and compassionate environment.  The Clinic stresses a holistic approach that includes a comprehensive range of on-site services, from clinical treatment to nutrition and psychotherapy.


San Jose State University (SJSU)
PRIDE Center
Address: One Washington Square, Modular B
San José, CA 95192-0061
Phone: 1 (408) 924-6158

 
The San Jose State University PRIDE Center has many different LGBTQ+ community organizations which you can check out on their Student Organization Web page.

 
 
Tri-City Health Center’s 
TransVision Program 
Tri-City Health Center’s TransVision Program located in Fremont, CA plays an important role in giving support and service to transgender patients across the Bay Area, earning local and national honors. TransVision’s primary goal is to lower HIV infection rates among transwomen by increasing knowledge of HIV risk and behaviors. The center also improves access to trans-affirming treatment, PrEP, and primary care services. TransVision used the Informed Consent Model of care.

TransVision is an award-winning program, recognized as a model both nationally and internationally. All transgender patients are provided private, affordable care according to their needs, no matter their status. With 1-on-1 counseling, testing, and education, TransVision offers peace of mind to those who need help.

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Transfamily Support Group of Santa Clara County groups are hosted by parents of a transgender teen, and provides support for the parents of trans youth and young adults in a safe and respectful environment.
 
We’re a group of parents with teens and young adults who are transgender or gender fluid. Our support group community services families living up and down the San Francisco Peninsula. Our goal and reason for meeting is to help other parents and family members gain the support and education needed in a safe, loving, and respectful environment.
 
Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
If interested, email or call for location details.
Phone: 1 (408) 505-7791​

   

 Trans Lifeline
Address: 2443 Fillmore Street, #380-9468, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-483-5361
Fax: n /a
Twitter: @Translifeline 
Trans Lifeline is dedicated to the well being of transgender people, and runs a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.

 
Check out marketing and promotional materials below!​​​​

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UCSF's Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE)
Address: Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
University of California, San Francisco
550 16th Street, 3rd Floor
UCSF Mail Code 0661
San Francisco, CA 94158-2549 USA
Phone: 415-514-3933 
Fax: n /a
Danielle Castro, Project Director​
The mission of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE) is to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for trans communities. The CoE is currently implementing four major programs for the transgender community with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Endowment, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More program areas are under development and as those are implemented they will be added to their Website.
 


UCSF Transgender Care Navigation Program
Phone: 415-885-7770, UCSF Transgender Care
Website: http://transcare.ucsf.edu/ 

 
The UCSF Transgender Care Navigation Program is a collaboration between the Center of Excellence for Transgender  (CoE) Health and the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. Both Centers work together with partner providers and clinics to assist transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people seeking general healthcare or gender-affirming medical care at UCSF.​

 

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Mental Health
VA provides a continuum of forward-looking outpatient, residential, and inpatient mental health services across the country. Points of access to care span VA medical centers, Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Vet Centers, and mobile Vet Centers. This guidebook highlights information on the range of VA mental health services and related programs designed to address the mental health needs to Veterans and their families.
 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and Related Identities within the Office of Patient Care Services

Providers on VA network
http://go.va.gov/Transgender

 


VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS)  |  
Mental Health Department
VA Palo Alto Health Care System provides a broad array of mental health services, both inpatient and outpatient. We provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a variety of issues that can impact emotional well-being:
 
  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol, addictive behavior
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression, sadness, grief
  • Anxiety, worry, nervousness
  • Family and relationship problems, transitioning home
  • Job-related issues
  • Stress from medical problems or pain
  • Emotions, managing anger, aggression
  • Self-harming thoughts or behaviors
  • Confusion and memory problems​

 
 

 

VA Palo Alto Health Care System | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBT VCC) Program
 
As of March 2016, each VA facility has a local LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) who is appointed by their facility leadership. The VCC is responsible for promoting best practices for serving LGBT Veterans and connecting LGBT Veterans to services.

For more information about the LGBT Health Program, email: VALGBTProgram@va.gov.
 
VA Palo Alto Health Care System seeks to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of LGBT Veterans and their families. We are committed to making sensitive and high quality health care accessible. Our policies and practices focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming, and affirmative environment of care for LGBT Veterans. Our employees receive training in clinically competent care that is responsive to the unique needs of LGBT Veterans.
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LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator Program Overview
The LGBT VCC Program is a link between LGBT Patient Care Services in VA Central Office, Washington, D.C., and VA providers at local Medical Centers. Due to the size and complexity of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), they have three LGBT VCCs who are stationed at different campuses (Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Capitola).​​​
www.paloalto.va.gov/services/lgbt/index.asp
VAPAHCS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Program Website
www.paloalto.va.gov/services/lgbt.asp
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California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)
CANHR
650 Harrison Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107
Consumer Information Hotline: (800) 474–1116 (consumers only please)

Other Inquiries: (415) 974–5171

FAX: (415) 777–2904
Since 1983, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), a statewide nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization, has been dedicated to improving the choices, care and quality of life for California’s long term care consumers. Through direct advocacy, community education, legislation and litigation it has been CANHR’s goal to educate and support long term care consumers and advocates regarding the rights and remedies under the law, and to create a united voice for long term care reform and humane alternatives to institutionalization.



  

California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network
Address: 1127 11th St. Ste 234
Sacramento, CA 95814

Amanda Wallner, Network Director
Email: awallner@health-access.org​
Phone: (916) 497-0923 ext. 802

Mandy Taylor, Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator
Email: mtaylor@health-access.org​
Phone: (916) 497-0923 ext. 814
Email: awallner@health-access.org​

Website: www.californialgbthealth.org/​

The California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network is a statewide coalition of non-profit providers, community centers, and researchers working collectively to advocate for state level policies and resources that will advance LGBTQ health. We strive to provide coordinated leadership about LGBTQ health policy in a proactive, responsive manner that promotes health and wellness as part of the movement for LGBTQ equality. 


 


Email:  info@out4mentalhealth.org
Website: https://californialgbtqhealth.org/about-us/out4mentalhealth/

In the fall of 2017, the California LGBT Health and Human Services Network and NorCal Mental Health America launched a statewide education, outreach, and advocacy initiative targeting LGBTQ mental health disparities. #Out4MentalHealth engages LGBTQ people throughout California to develop a mental health equity agenda and offer the tools and resources to make our shared goals a reality.

#Out4MentalHealth is a joint project of Health Access, The California LGBT Health and Human Service Network, and NorCal Mental Health America, funded through the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

Visit their Website to learn more, and see below for resources they have developed to help you to better advocate for quality mental health care.​


 
 
Equality California
A Member of the Equality Federation
Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and​ fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve.

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Human Rights Campaign - CA
Working for LGBT's equal rights.

 

Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy (usually shortened to Williams Institute) is a public policy research institute based at the UCLA School of Law focused on sexual orientation and gender identities issues.
 

 

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American Counseling Association
6101 Stevenson Ave, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22304
800-347-6647
Fax: 800-473-2329

The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.


 ​AFFIRM Network: Psychologists Affirming Their LGBT Family
Created in 2000, AFFIRM  is a network of psychologists who are coming out in open support of their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) family members.

 
American Medical Association (AMA)
Founded in 1847, the American Medical Association is the largest association of physicians—both MDs and DOs—and medical students in the United States. The AMA's stated mission is "to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health."

Access LGBTQ health-related articles, podcasts, handouts and presentations produced by the AMA and other leaders in the LGBTQ health field.

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American Psychological Association (APA)
Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, formerly known as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Concerns Office
The mission of the APA Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge on gender identity and sexual orientation to benefit society and improve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's lives.

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AGLP: Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists
AGLP: The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists traces its roots to the late 1960s, is a community of psychiatrists that educates and advocates on Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender mental health issues.

 
      
Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
A Division of the American Counseling Association
Founded in 1975,  Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) educates counselors to the unique needs of client identity development; and a non-threatening counseling environment by aiding in the reduction of stereotypical thinking and homoprejudice.


 
 Center for Disease Control (CDC)
https://gettested.cdc.gov/
Phone: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), TTY: 888-232-6348
Address: 1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027 USA 

 
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Founded in 1994, CenterLink develops strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and builds a thriving center network that creates healthy, vibrant communities.


Family Equality Council
475 Park Ave South, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 646.880.3005
Fax: 646.880.3011
Founded in 1979 at the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the organization that grew into Family Equality Council was driven by the same fundamental inequality that drives our work today:  that caring, loving parents are being denied equal opportunity to form and sustain families because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.



 The GLBT National Help Center at 1-888-THE-GLNH (888-843-4564)
Founded in 1996, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Help Center, provides vital peer-support, community connections, and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of LGBT volunteers, it operates three national hotlines: the LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline , and the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.


GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association)
Top Ten Issues to Discuss with Your Healthcare Provider

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) is the national leader in LGBTQ health issues, and their GLMA Provider Directory is a free-to-the-public listing of LGBTQ-friendly practices in the United States. GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and healthcare providers.

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GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks.

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Gay-Straight Alliance Network
GSA Network was founded in 1998 to empower youth activists to start GSA clubs to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools. GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities. 


 Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Working for LGBT's equal rights. Produces the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) which is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

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Lambda Legal
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
 
MAP (movement advancement project)
Founded in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight, and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. MAP’s work is focused on three primary areas: policy, movement capacity, and effective messaging.

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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Formed in 1979, NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

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National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

      
National LGBT Health Education Center 
A Program of the Fenway Institute
www.lgbthealtheducation.org
National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to healthcare organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.  The Education Center is a part of The Fenway Institute, the research, training, and health policy division of Fenway Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and one of the world’s largest LGBT-focused health centers. 
 

National LGBTQ Task Force
The country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group.


 
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by SAGE, in collaboration with 18 leading organizations from around the country.


www.out2enroll.org/​
80% of LGBT people want to meet with an assister that understands LGBT-specific issues. Consumers can get free in-person LGBT friendly help from an expert using Out 2 Enroll's Locator Tool. 

 
Out2Enroll is a national initiative launched in September 2013 to connect our communities—LGBT people and our families, friends, and allies—with the new health insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act.


PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization.

SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) 
SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competency training through SAGE Care . 

    

Mailing Address: 1828 L St NW, Suite 660
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 467-8180
Fax: (202) 467-8194
E-mail: info@straightforequality.org
Website:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/S4Equality
Twitter: twitter.com/S4Equality

 
Straight for Equality Staff:
Jean-Marie Navetta
Director of Learning & Inclusion
jnavetta@pflag.org
(202) 657-5994
(202) 467-8180 ext. 213

 
Jamie Henkel
Learning & Inclusion Manager
jhenkel@pflag.org
(202) 657-6998
(202) 467-8180 ext. 210 

 
Straight for Equality is a national outreach and education program created in 2007 by PFLAG National to empower new allies who, unlike a more traditional PFLAG member, don’t necessarily have a family connection to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) works to reduce mental health and substance use disparities and improve access to quality care.

Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.

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Trans Student Educational Resources

Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. 


Trans Youth Equality Foundation
Trans Youth Equality Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) non profit foundation that advocates for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex youth ages 2–18.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy, and support for transgender children, youth, and their families. Our mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community, partnering with families, educators, and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children. 
 
Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
 
Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.


Transline
Transline is a medical e-consultation service that offers health care providers up-to-date clinical information and individualized case consultation across a broad range of clinical issues pertinent to the transgender community. TransLine is staffed by medical providers with specialized expertise in the care of transgender individuals from around the nation who can help you provide the best possible care to your transgender patients.


The Trevor Project
www.thetrevorproject.org
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13 - 24.

2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
This is the Trevor Project’s first wide-ranging report from a cross-sectional national survey of LGBTQ youth across the United States. 34,000 LGBTQ youth responded, reporting on discrimination, being pressured to change their sexual orientation, feeling sad and hopeless, thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts.



 

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ARC International
www.arc-international.net
ARC International incorporated in 2003, is a Canadian-based international non-profit organization that strives to: 1) develop and assist in the implementation of an international strategic vision regarding LGBT human rights; 2) foster international linkages and communications between stakeholder organizations; and 3) advance equality and justice for LGBT persons and their families at the international level. 

 

LGBT Foundation,​ 
 formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF)
Established in April 2000 following the merger of Healthy Gay Manchester and Manchester Lesbian and Gay Switchboard Services, LGBT Foundation, is a national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities in the UK.


RAD Remedy
RAD Remedy's mission is to connect trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer folks to accurate, safe, respectful, and comprehensive care in order to improve individual and community health. RAD Remedy is collectively operated via two units (each in alphabetical order by first name). We operate virtually via Google Hangouts and our team and board members are from various locations across the country. 
 
In August 2017, RAD Remedy released the first-ever National Standards of Care for TGIQ Health. Based on the CLAS standards (National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care) and adapted for TGIQ communities, these will establish community-driven best practices and competencies for providers to meet. Downloadable below.

World Association for Sexual Health  (WAS)
The World Association for Sexual Health was founded in 1978 and has facilitated sexual health through education, health promotion, and networking. In recent years, WAS has also become involved in advocating changes in public policy to recognize sexual health and rights as key ingredients in overall health and social justice.

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World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health Inc. (WPATH) is an international, inter-disciplinary non-profit organization devoted to promoting evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health. Produces the WPATH Standards of Care v7 (PDF) 2011.

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Yogyakarta Principles
A Project of ARC International
In 2006, in response to well-documented patterns of abuse, a distinguished group of international human rights experts met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to outline a set of international principles relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. The result was the Yogyakarta Principles: a universal guide to human rights which affirm binding international legal standards with which all States must comply. 
 

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Last updated: 11/15/2019 8:47 PM