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Training and Consultation

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs is committed to increasing the number of people practicing LGBTQ + cultural humility. We achieve this goal through a two-pronged approach:

  1. Design specialized training and consulting efforts for internal County of Santa Clara offices. This approach helps increase the volume of government entities and individuals trained in working with the LGBTQ+ Community.
  2.  Provide professional development for community leaders to serve as facilitators and consultants throughout the county. 

As an office, we are committed to supporting your community by connecting you with resources and educational experiences to help you meet your goals. To do this, we want to know more about your organization/community and what you're looking for. By completing the request for training form​, we can garner this information and offer a pathway we believe will work for you.​

 

Educational Offerings

Online Module: Building a More Inclusive Workspace 
In partnership with Kognito, a conversation simulation company, we designed an interactive learning module focused on LGBTQ inclusivity in the workplace. This 30-minute module is open to County employees, contract agencies, and service providers and is focused on creating a safe and supportive County work environment for LGBTQ individuals.

LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency 
This training will teach participants the language and definitions used when referencing sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Participants will explore various terms that apply to identity and consider how these concepts impact their lives and those with whom they interact. Various learning activities will help apply language in real-life situations and support participants in properly implementing this language. Lastly, participants will leave with an appreciation for and a clear understanding of how they can play a role in supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Implicit Bias: LGBTQ
Humans have developed a keen ability to organize surrounding information into categories. This skill has historically helped us determine friend from foe and ​safety from danger, yet today our brain unconsciously applies this skill to people with different identities. In this workshop, we will work to understand the nature of implicit bias, examine when our implicit biases may be at play, and train our brains to notice when they arise. Lastly, we will explore potential tactics for dismantling harmful narratives resulting from implicit bias and how we apply this to our personal and professional lives.

TGI Pathways to Meaningful Employment 
Led by TransCanWork, this workshop innovative strategies for TGI pathways to employment. Participants learn about recruitment and retention best practices, get answers to the questions they’ve been afraid to ask, and create supportive atmospheres of belonging for everyone in the workplace. ⁠ If you are a County department interested in learning more, please contact us at [email protected]

 

Community Resources

    Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project  

    Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant, and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails, and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.  
      

    San Mateo County Pride Center 

    The San Mateo County Pride Center provides a broad range of services to LGBTQ+ individuals, partners, and families of all ages, with specialized programming for youth and older adults. The Pride Center is unique in that it combines direct mental health services with social and educational programming both at the Pride Center and in the community.  
      

    Oakland LGBTQ Community Center 

    The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, our families, and allies by providing educational, social, health, and wellness-related activities, programs, and services.  

      

    Somos Familia  

    Somos Familia was founded by two moms from the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) with Latino gay and bisexual sons in 2007 to reach out to other families. Somos Familia builds leadership in our Latinx families and communities to create a culture where people of diverse genders and sexual orientations can thrive.  

      

    Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community (APIQWTC) 

    APIQWTC provides opportunities for Asian & Pacific Islander queer women and transgender people to socialize, network, build community, engage in inter-generational organizing, and increase community visibility.  

      

    Transgender Law Center 

    Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, we employ a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender-nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.  

      

    National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) 

    The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) was the first national LGBTQ legal organization founded by women and brings a fierce, longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and the most vulnerable within our community.  

      

    Community United Against Violence (CUAV) 

    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.
    The 24-hour Safety Line: (415) 333-HELP (4357)

    Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center

    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. It offers many support groups, community events, and other information about LGBTQ resources.​​​

     

    The LGBTQ Youth Space

    For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning as well as ally youth and young adults ages 13 to 25 who live in Santa Clara County. The LGBTQ Youth Space offers counseling services, social and leadership opportunities, community outreach and education, and a safe and welcoming drop-in center.​​​

     

    LGBTQ Wellness

    LGBTQ Wellness supports the mental health of LGBTQ community members and allies by providing outreach, education, and advocacy services. LGBTQ wellness serves diverse, multigenerational LGBTQ communities throughout Santa Clara County with a vision to build an affirmative culture.​​​

     

    Avenidas

    Avenidas is a community-based nonprofit in Palo Alto whose mission is to help older adults in our community be as active, engaged, and healthy as possible throughout their lives by providing relevant services and programs. Avenidas launched their LGBTQ Seniors Initiative, which includes expanding services and new services, particularly within the areas of socialization and health education/cultural competency. Visit their site to learn more about the services and upcoming events.​​​​​

     

    Bill Wilson Drop-in Center 

    The Bill Wilson Drop-in Center in downtown San Jose helps homeless, at-risk youth ages 12 – 22 by providing necessities such as food, clothing, and personal hygiene items. The program also provides more comprehensive services, including counseling, living skills training, job readiness training, housing assistance, health education (including HIV prevention), and links to other services, such as access to legal services and health care.​​​

     

    Outlet

    Outlet empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 13-18 living in the Peninsula and South Bay through support services, leadership training, community education, and advocacy.​​​

     

    Santa Clara Trans Family Support Network 

    Santa Clara Trans Family Support Network is a peer-led group that supports the parents of trans youth and adults. It is a safe and respectful environment. Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Saturday of the month. 3-5 pm. If you are interested in attending, need location details, or have questions, please email [email protected].

     

    TransFamilies of Silicon Valley

    TransFamilies of Silicon Valley is a welcoming community of families with transgender and gender-creative children up and down the San Francisco Peninsula and throughout the South Bay. They hold monthly playgroups for families with young children, social events for family members of all ages, and an active online group for 24/7 parent and guardian support. Some other offerings include resources and referrals, advocacy, education consulting, and public speakers.​​​

     

    Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project 

    Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant, and intersex people—inside and outside prisons, jails, and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.​​​​​

     

    Silicon Valley Pride

    Silicon Valley Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. It is the largest Pride celebration in the South Bay and is family-friendly. 

     

    Project More 

    Project MORE strives to improve the quality of life of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community by empowering inclusion within a compassionate and safe environment through cultural activities, outreach, education, and advocacy. 

     

    PFLAG San Jose (Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays) 

    PFLAG San Jose (Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays) is the local chapter of the family and ally organization PLAG. PLAG comprises 400 chapters, and 200,000 members are committed to providing peer support, education, and advocacy. 

     

    Valley Homeless Healthcare Program – Gender Clinic 

    Valley Homeless Healthcare Program - Gender Clinic is a safe place for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara County. The Gender Clinic respects all aspects of people and is dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to everyone. You can be seen in the clinic if you are experiencing homelessness and identify as transgender/ gender non-binary/ gender diverse. 

      

    Services Include:  

    • Primary care 

    • Hormones and referrals, as needed and desired 

    • Trans-affirmative gynecological care as needed and desired 

    • Sexually transmitted infection and HIV testing and treatment 

    • PrEP and PEP (the medicines that prevent HIV) 

    • Mental health support and evaluation, as needed and desired 

    • Substance use support and treatment, as needed and desired 

    • Social support and housing services, as needed and desired 
        

    Location/ Hours: 
    2102 Alexian Drive, Suite D, San Jose, CA 95116-1901 
    VTA Bus #23, #70, #64, #52 
    For walk-ins: Drop-in on Mondays 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

    Contact Information: 
    1 (408) 272-6050 
    1 (408) 971-4068 

     

    The Gender Health Center 

    The Gender Health Center is a safe place for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people of all ages for people and their families to receive information on and compassionate care for their gender experience. 

    Location: 777 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95112, (408) 977-4550 

    Walk-ins welcome: 
    Medical Social Services and Nursing Visits: M-F 8 AM-4:30 PM; 408-977-8763 
    Medical and Mental Health Services: T-Th 8 AM-4:30 PM 

     

    Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) 

    GLSEN believes every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality. Our research and experience have shown that there are four major ways that schools can cultivate a safe and supportive environment for all of their students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. 

     

    Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) 

    PFLAG is an organization that works to achieve equality for all in schools.

     

    Galaxy Community Circle 

    A space to celebrate and affirm queer children ages 4-12.

     

    Ethnic Wellness Center 

    EWC is here to build awareness about mental health in Santa Clara County. 

     

    Colectivo Ala 

    Colectivo ALA is a social and support group for non-hetero-conforming Latinos and Latinas that hosts activities throughout the year.

     

    South Bay Queer and Asian 

    SBQA provides a fun and safe environment for queer Asians and Pacific Islanders in the South Bay to come out and be comfortable with their sexual identity and ethnicity and vital and visible to the greater community. 

     

    Parivar 

    Parivar Bay Area is America’s only transgender-led and transgender-centering organization led by Global South Asian transgender individuals with the intent of cultivating a community of light, love, and acceptance and strives to serve as an organization for Transgender economic justice, Health care equity, Intersectional unity, social inclusion, and LGBTQIA+ Immigration Equity. 

    Transgender Law Center

    Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, we employ various community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender-nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.​​​​

     

    Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement

    Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement seeks to build a national organization to address, organize, educate, and advocate for the issues important to the LGBTQ Latinx community.​​​

     

    CenterLink

    CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and helps strengthen existing LGBT centers through networking opportunities for center leaders, peer-based technical assistance and training, and various capacity-building services.

     

    Gaylesta

    Gaylesta - LGBTQ Competent Therapist Network​​​ provides mental health services, including therapist referrals, education, and consultation. Our members offer a wide range of specializations, allowing us to serve as a unique resource both to the LGBTQ communities and to other service providers.​​

     

    Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network 

    GLSEN believes every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality. Our research and experience have shown that there are four major ways that schools can cultivate a safe and supportive environment for all of their students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.​​​​​

     

    Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network

    GSA Network supports LGBTQ+ youth organizers nationwide to take action and create change at all levels, from school-based campaigns that impact individual school districts to national days of action that unite GSAs for racial and gender justice.​​​

     

    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.​​​​​

     

    ​Lambda Legal Defense

    ​Lambda Legal Defense is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving 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.​​​

     

    ​Teaching Tolerance

    Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors, and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued, and welcome participants.​​​​​

     

    Matthew Shepard Foundation

    The Matthew Shepard Foundation empowers individuals to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach, advocacy, and resource programs. We strive to replace hate with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.​​​​​

     

    National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

    National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) ​works to leverage political capital and change laws encouraging discriminatory behavior. NCTE has a particularly helpful “Know Your Rights” section of their website with information on housing, healthcare, employment, and more.​​​​​​

     

    Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

    PFLAG is an organization that works to achieve equality for all in schools.

     

    The Trevor Project

    The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. Phone line, chat, and text access are available.

    • Chat seven days a week between 3 pm - 10 pm ET/12 pm - 7 pm PT​

    Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386

    • 24/7/365​

    Text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200     

    • Monday-Friday between 3 pm - 10 pm EST/12 pm - 7 pm PT

    The Q Corner

    The Q Corner is a peer-driven Behavioral Health Services Department program supports the LGBTQ+ community and their friends, families, and allies in Santa Clara County. This safe, welcoming, and affirming team is committed to making community services and resources available to everyone. 

     

    The LGBTQ Youth Space

    For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning as well as ally youth and young adults ages 13 to 25 who live in Santa Clara County. The LGBTQ Youth Space offers counseling services, social and leadership opportunities, community outreach and education, and a safe and welcoming drop-in center.​​​​

     

    LGBTQ Wellness

    LGBTQ Wellness supports the mental health of LGBTQ community members and allies by providing outreach, education, and advocacy services. LGBTQ wellness serves diverse, multigenerational LGBTQ communities throughout Santa Clara County with a vision to build an affirmative culture.​​​​

     

    Bill Wilson Drop-in Center 

    ​The Bill Wilson Drop-in Center in downtown San Jose helps unhoused at-risk youth, ages 12 – 22, by providing necessities such as food, clothing, and personal hygiene items. The program also provides more comprehensive services, including counseling, living skills training, job readiness training, housing assistance, health education (including HIV prevention), and links to other services, such as access to legal services and health care.​​​​

     

    Outlet

    Outlet empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 13-18 living in the Peninsula and South Bay through support services, leadership training, community education, and advocacy.​​​

    Valley Homeless Healthcare Program - Gender Clinic

    Valley Homeless Healthcare Program - Gender Clinic is a safe place for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara County. The Gender Clinic respects all aspects of people and is dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to everyone. You can be seen in the clinic if you are experiencing homelessness and identify as transgender/ gender non-binary/ gender diverse.

    Services Include

    • Primary care
    • Hormones and referrals, as needed and desired
    • Trans-affirmative gynecological care as needed and desired
    • Sexually transmitted infection and HIV testing and treatment
    • PrEP and PEP (the medicines that prevent HIV)
    • Mental health support and evaluation, as needed and desired
    • Substance use support and treatment, as needed and desired
    • Social support and housing services, as needed and desired

    Location/ Hours:
    2102 Alexian Drive, Suite D, San Jose, CA 95116-1901
    VTA Bus #23 ,#70, #64, #52
    For walk-ins: Drop-in on Mondays 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Contact Information:
    1 (408) 272-6050
    1 (408) 971-4068

    San Mateo County Pride Center

    The San Mateo County Pride Center provides a broad range of services to LGBTQ+ individuals, partners, and families of all ages, with specialized programming for youth and older adults. The Pride Center is unique in combining direct mental health services with social and educational programming both at the Pride Center and in the community.​​​

     

    Oakland LGBTQ Community Center

    The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, our families, and allies by providing educational, social, health, and wellness-related activities, programs, and services.​​​​​

     

    Gaylesta - LGBTQ Competent Therapist Network​​​

    Gaylesta - LGBTQ Competent Therapist Network​​​ provides mental health services, including therapist referrals, education, and consultation. Our members offer a wide range of specializations, allowing us to serve as a unique resource both to the LGBTQ communities and to other service providers.​​

     

    Community United Against Violence (CUAV)

    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.
    The 24-hour Safety Line: (415) 333-HELP (4357)​​​​

     

    The Trevor Project

    The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. Phone line, chat, and text access are available.

    The Trevor Project

    • Chat seven days a week between 3 pm - 10 pm ET/12 pm - 7 pm PT​

    Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386

    • 24/7/365​

    Text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200     

    • Monday-Friday between 3 pm - 10 pm EST/12 pm - 7 pm PT

     

    Trans Lifeline 

    Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers. Call if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans. 

    877-565-8860 

    Building a More Inclusive Workplace: LGBTQ

    Created by the Office of LGBTQ Affairs and Kognito, this is the first LGBTQ Workplace interactive digital training module for local government. This unique conversation simulator educates employees about LGBTQ cultural competency and assists in creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQ employees and community members.

    If you are a County employee and would like access: contact us at [email protected] for more information.

     

    The GLSEN 2017 National School Climate Survey

    The GLSEN 2017 National School Climate Survey is our flagship report on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth in our nation’s schools. Our report includes information on LGBTQ middle and high school students’ experiences with discrimination, biased language, and the availability and utility of supportive school resources.

     

    GLSEN Safe Space Toolkit

    GLSEN Safe Space Toolkit ​is designed to help you create a safe space for LGBTQ youth in schools. The Safe Space Kit is GLSEN’s Guide to Being an Ally to LGBTQ Students. The guide provides concrete strategies that will help you support LGBTQ students, educate about anti-LGBTQ bias, and advocate for changes in your school. The kit not only guides you through assessing your school's climate, policies, and practices, but it also outlines strategies that you may use to advocate for change, including posting a Safe Space Sticker or Safe Space Poster in your classroom or office.​​​​​

     

    Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools: A Project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

    Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools: A project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is a comprehensive, LGBT-inclusive guide to improving school climate with tools and resources that help school communities embrace family diversity, create gender-inclusive environments, and prevent bias-based bullying and name-calling in K-5 settings.​​​
     

    2018 LGBTQ Youth Report

    HRC Foundation and the University of Connecticut released the 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report largest-of-its-kind survey ever of more than 12,000 LGBTQ teenagers across the nation from ages 13 to 17, revealing in distressing detail the persistent challenges so many of them face going about their daily lives at home, at school and in their communities. It found that teenagers are experiencing heartbreaking levels of stress, anxiety, and rejection and overwhelmingly feel unsafe in their school classrooms. LGBTQ youth who participated in the survey also clearly stated that supportive families and inclusive schools are key to their success and well-being.​​​
     

    Stop Bullying: LGBTQ Youth 

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth and those perceived as LGBTQ are at an increased risk of being bullied. Bullying puts youth at increased risk for depression, suicidal ideation, misuse of drugs and alcohol, and risky sexual behavior, and it can also affect academics. For LGBTQ youth, that risk is even higher. Stop Bullying: LGBTQ Youth is a resource that provides statistics and more information about creating a safe environment for LGBTQ Youth.​​​

     

    Stop Bullying: Build a Safe Environment

    Stop Bullying: Build a Safe Environment states that a safe and supportive school climate can help prevent bullying. Safety starts in the classroom. Students should also feel and be safe everywhere on campus—in the cafeteria, in the library, in the restrooms, on the bus, and the playground. Everyone at school can work together to create a climate where bullying is unacceptable. This resource provides information on how to build these safe environments for students.​​​

     

    Gender Spectrum

    Gender Spectrum provides an array of services to help youth, families, organizations, and institutions understand and address concepts of Gender identity and Gender expression, including how societal, cultural, organizational, and community definitions of gender can be detrimental to any young person that does not fit neatly into these categories.​​​

     

    RISE: Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower

    Developed by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, RISE is a training that aims to prepare participants to reduce the number of LGBTQ youth in long-term foster care and increase permanency by addressing heterosexism, anti-gay bias, and anti-transgender bias in caregiving settings.​​​

     

    Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

    The UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is committed to community and provider education and capacity-building activities.​​

     

    The Williams Institute

    ​The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.  A think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, the media, and the public.​​​

     

    American Psychological Association Division 44: Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

    Div. 44 is committed to advancing social justice in all its activities. The Society celebrates the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, and queer people. They recognize the importance of multiple intersectional dimensions of diversity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, ability, age, citizenship, health status, language, nationality, religion, and social class.​​​

     

    The Sexual Health Educator (SHE) Custom Training

    The Sexual Health Educator (SHE) Custom Training program provided by the California Department of Public Health STD Control Branch, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and Santa Clara County Office of Education is for educators in school, community, and clinic settings who want to build their knowledge and capacity in sexual health and sexuality education.

     

    CenterLink

    CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and helps strengthen existing LGBT centers through networking opportunities for center leaders, peer-based technical assistance and training, and various capacity-building services.​​​​​​

     

    Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

    GLSEN believes every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality. Our research and experience have shown that there are four major ways that schools can cultivate a safe and supportive environment for all of their students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.​​​​​​

     

    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.​​​​​

     

    ​Teaching Tolerance

    Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors, and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued, and welcome participants.​​​​​

     

    Matthew Shepard Foundation

    The Matthew Shepard Foundation empowers individuals to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach, advocacy, and resource programs. We strive to replace hate with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.​​​​​

     

    National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

    National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) ​works to leverage political capital and change laws encouraging discriminatory behavior. NCTE has a helpful “Know Your Rights” section of their website with information on housing, healthcare, employment, and more.​​​​​​

     

    National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

    The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) was the first national LGBTQ legal organization founded by women and brings a fierce, longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and the most vulnerable within our community.​​​​​

     

    Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

    PFLAG is an organization that works to achieve equality for all in schools.​​​​

     

    Community United Against Violence (CUAV)

    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 safety and liberation. As part of the larger social justice movement, CUAV works to create truly safe communities where everyone can thrive. The 24-hour Safety Line: (415) 333-HELP (4357)​​​​.

     

    Somos Familia

    Somos Familia was founded by two moms from the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) with Latino gay and bisexual sons in 2007 to reach out to other families. Somos Familia builds leadership in our Latinx families and communities to create a culture where people of diverse genders and sexual orientations can thrive.​​​​

     

    Transgender Law Center

    Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, we employ various community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender-nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.​​​​​

    Bill Wilson Drop-in Center 

    The Bill Wilson Drop-in Center in downtown San Jose helps homeless, at-risk youth ages 12 – 25 by providing necessities such as food, clothing, and personal hygiene items. The program also provides more comprehensive services, including counseling, living skills training, job readiness training, housing assistance, health education (including HIV prevention), and links to other services, such as access to legal services and health care.  

     

    New Haven Inn 

    New Haven Inn is an inclusive shelter in downtown San Jose with focused support for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. The location of this shelter is confidential to protect our clients. New Haven Inn, accessed by referral only, offers adults a safe, warm, and welcoming place to stay. Our staff are LGBTQ+ sensitive and knowledgeable, providing clients immediate and longer-term services to return to stable housing and achieve self-sufficiency. For immediate assistance, dial 211 

     

    Covenant House 

    Covenant House California is dedicated to serving all children, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and to protect and safeguard all youth in need. 

    408-703-9503 

     

    San Mateo County Pride Center 

    The San Mateo County Pride Center provides a broad range of services to LGBTQ+ individuals, partners, and families of all ages, with specialized programming for youth and older adults. The Pride Center is unique in that it combines direct mental health services with social and educational programming both at the Pride Center and in the community.  

     

    San Mateo County Pride Center

    The San Mateo County Pride Center provides a broad range of services to LGBTQ+ individuals, partners, and families of all ages, with specialized programming for youth and older adults. The Pride Center is unique in combining direct mental health services with social and educational programming both at the Pride Center and in the community.​​

     

    Transgender Law Center

    Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, we employ a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender-nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.​​​​

     

    ​Lambda Legal Defense

    ​Lambda Legal Defense is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving 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.​​​

     

    National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

    National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) ​works to leverage political capital and change laws encouraging discriminatory behavior. NCTE has a particularly helpful “Know Your Rights” section of their website with information on housing, healthcare, employment, and more.​​​​​​

     

    National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

    ​​The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) was the first national LGBTQ legal organization founded by women and brings a fierce, longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and the most vulnerable within our community.​​​​​​

     

    Law Foundation of Silicon Valley  

    Law Foundation of Silicon Valley can help guide in exploring the necessary court documents for name and gender change. They can be reached via their Health Intake Line at 408-280-2420 or via email at [email protected].  

     

    Bay Area Legal Aid 

    Bay Area Legal Aid can help those interested in completing a legal change of their name and/or gender marker through support with documents and advise on how to submit. They can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 510-903-2670. 

    Bill Wilson Drop-in Center  

    The Bill Wilson Drop-in Center in downtown San Jose helps unhoused at-risk youth, ages 12 – 22, by providing necessities such as food, clothing, and personal hygiene items. The program also provides more comprehensive services, including counseling, living skills training, job readiness training, housing assistance, health education (including HIV prevention), and links to other services, such as access to legal services and health care. 

     

    Valley Homeless Healthcare Program – Gender Clinic 

    Valley Homeless Healthcare Program - Gender Clinic is a safe place for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara County. The Gender Clinic respects all aspects of people and is dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to everyone. You can be seen in the clinic if you are experiencing homelessness and identify as transgender/ gender non-binary/ gender diverse. 

    Services Include:  

    • Primary care 

    • Hormones and referrals, as needed and desired 

    • Trans-affirmative gynecological care as needed and desired 

    • Sexually transmitted infection and HIV testing and treatment 

    • PrEP and PEP (the medicines that prevent HIV) 

    • Mental health support and evaluation, as needed and desired 

    • Substance use support and treatment, as needed and desired 

    • Social support and housing services, as needed and desired 
       

    Location/ Hours: 
    2102 Alexian Drive, Suite D, San Jose, CA 95116-1901 
    VTA Bus #23, #70, #64, #52 
    For walk-ins: Drop-in on Mondays 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

    Contact Information: 
    1 (408) 272-6050 
    1 (408) 971-4068 

     

    The Gender Health Center 

    The Gender Health Center is a safe place for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people of all ages for people and their families to receive information on and compassionate care for their gender experience. 

    Location: 777 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95112, (408) 977-4550 

    Walk-ins welcome: 
    Medical Social Services and Nursing Visits: M-F 8 AM-4:30 PM; 408-977-8763 
    Medical and Mental Health Services: T-Th 8 AM-4:30 PM 

     

    San Mateo County Pride Center 

    The San Mateo County Pride Center provides a broad range of services to LGBTQ+ individuals, partners, and families of all ages, with specialized programming for youth and older adults. The Pride Center is unique in combining direct mental health services with social and educational programming both at the Pride Center and in the community.  
     

    Oakland LGBTQ Community Center

    The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, our families, and allies by providing educational, social, health, and wellness-related activities, programs, and services. 

    The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center 

    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. It offers many support groups, community events, and other information about LGBTQ resources.  

     

    Avenidas 

    Avenidas is a community-based nonprofit in Palo Alto whose mission is to help older adults in our community be as active, engaged, and healthy as possible throughout their lives by providing relevant services and programs. Avenidas launched their LGBTQ Seniors Initiative, which includes expanding services and new services, particularly within the areas of socialization and health education/cultural competency. Visit their site to learn more about the services and upcoming events. 

     

    The Gender Health Center 

    The Gender Health Center is a safe place for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people of all ages for people and their families to receive information on and compassionate care for their gender experience. 

    Location: 777 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95112, (408) 977-4550 

    Walk-ins welcome: 
    Medical Social Services and Nursing Visits: M-F 8 AM-4:30 PM; 408-977-8763 
    Medical and Mental Health Services: T-Th 8 AM-4:30 PM 

     

    San Mateo Pride Center 

    The San Mateo County Pride Center provides a broad range of services to LGBTQ+ individuals, partners, and families of all ages, with specialized programming for youth and older adults. The Pride Center is unique in that it combines direct mental health services with social and educational programming both at the Pride Center and in the community.  
     

    Oakland Community Center 

    The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, our families and allies, by providing educational, social, health and wellness related activities, programs and services. 

     

    LGBTQ Wellness 

    LGBTQ Wellness supports the mental health of LGBTQ community members and allies by providing outreach, education, and advocacy services. LGBTQ wellness serves diverse, multigenerational LGBTQ communities throughout Santa Clara County with a vision to build an affirmative culture. 

    Teaching Tolerance 

    Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors, and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued, and welcome participants. 

     

    PFLAG 

    PFLAG is an organization that works to achieve equality for all in schools. 

    The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center 

    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. It offers many support groups, community events, and other information about LGBTQ resources.  

     

    The LGBTQ Youth Space 

    For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning as well as ally youth and young adults ages 13 to 25 who live in Santa Clara County. The LGBTQ Youth Space offers counseling services, social and leadership opportunities, community outreach and education, and a safe and welcoming drop-in center. 

     

    Bill Wilson Drop-in Center 

    The Bill Wilson Drop-in Center in downtown San Jose helps unhoused at-risk youth, ages 12 – 22, by providing necessities such as food, clothing, and personal hygiene items. The program also provides more comprehensive services, including counseling, living skills training, job readiness training, housing assistance, health education (including HIV prevention), and links to other services, such as access to legal services and health care. 

     

    Outlet 

    Outlet empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 13-18 living in the Peninsula and South Bay through support services, leadership training, community education, and advocacy. 

     

    TransFamilies of Silicon Valley 

    TransFamilies of Silicon Valley is a welcoming community of families with transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive children of all ages up and down the San Francisco Peninsula and throughout the South Bay. TransFamilies offers monthly support meetings for parents and caregivers (formerly known as Trans Family Support Group of Santa Clara County). For details and questions, contact: [email protected]

     

    Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGI Justice Project) 

    Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant, and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails, and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom. 

     

    Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays San Jose (PFLAG San Jose) 

    PFLAG San Jose is the local chapter of the family and ally organization PLAG. PLAG comprises 400 chapters, and 200,000 members are committed to providing peer support, education, and advocacy. 

     

    Valley Homeless Healthcare Program – Gender Clinic 

    Valley Homeless Healthcare Program - Gender Clinic is a safe place for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara County. The Gender Clinic respects all aspects of people and is dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to everyone. You can be seen in the clinic if you are experiencing homelessness and identify as transgender/ gender non-binary/ gender-diverse. 

    Services Include:  

    • Primary care 

    • Hormones and referrals, as needed and desired 

    • Trans-affirmative gynecological care as needed and desired 

    • Sexually transmitted infection and HIV testing and treatment 

    • PrEP and PEP (the medicines that prevent HIV) 

    • Mental health support and evaluation, as needed and desired 

    • Substance use support and treatment, as needed and desired 

    • Social support and housing services, as needed and desired 
        

    Location/ Hours: 
    2102 Alexian Drive, Suite D, San Jose, CA 95116-1901 
    VTA Bus #23, #70, #64, #52 
    For walk-ins: Drop-in on Mondays 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

    Contact Information: 
    1 (408) 272-6050 
    1 (408) 971-4068 

     

    The Gender Health Center 

    The Gender Health Center is a safe place for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people of all ages for people and their families to receive information on and compassionate care for their gender experience. 

    Location: 777 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95112, (408) 977-4550 

    Walk-ins welcome: 
    Medical Social Services and Nursing Visits: M-F 8 AM-4:30 PM; 408-977-8763 
    Medical and Mental Health Services: T-Th 8 AM-4:30 PM 

     

    LGBTQ Wellness 

    LGBTQ Wellness supports the mental health of LGBTQ community members and allies by providing outreach, education, and advocacy services. LGBTQ wellness serves diverse, multigenerational LGBTQ communities throughout Santa Clara County with a vision to build an affirmative culture. 

     

    Transgender Employment Program 

    The Trans Employment Program (TEP) at the SF LGBT Center is a unique, collaborative program designed to help create inclusive workplaces and jobs for trans people. 

    415-865-5614  

     

    TransCanWork, Inc.  

    Trans Can Work (TCW) is an organization based in Los Angeles, California, and is committed to advancing workplace inclusion through innovative training strategies and workforce development. 

    562-377-9011 

     

    TransVision 

    TransVision’s primary goal is to lower HIV infection rates among transwomen by increasing knowledge of HIV risk and behaviors. TransVision serves the entire LGBTQIA community. The center also improves access to trans-affirming treatment, PrEP, and primary care services.  

    408-729-9700 

     

    Planned Parenthood Mar Monte 

    Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is proud to now offer gender-affirming hormone therapy at all 35 health centers. Their expert staff welcomes everyone. To book an appointment, call 877-855-7526 or book online. 

    In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

     

    Safe Chat Silicon Valley 

    Safe Chat Silicon Valley (SafeChatSV) is a confidential online chat platform for people that have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence or intimate partner violence to connect with an advocate for support. Trained, confidential advocates are available to provide emotional support, connection to resources, and education around domestic violence and relationship abuse.  

     

    YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley 

    YWCA serves survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault and abuse, and human trafficking through life-changing and life-saving programs. As with all YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley services, they provide support to people of all genders, sexual orientations, races, religions, economic backgrounds, abilities, and any other identities. 

    800-572-2782 

     

    Next Door Solutions 

    Next Door Solutions is the only stand-alone domestic violence agency in Santa Clara County. We are the only stand-alone domestic violence agency and the largest provider of these services. 

    408-279-2962 

     

    AACI Asian Women’s Home 

    Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) serves individuals and families with cultural humility, sensitivity and respect, advocating for and serving the marginalized and ethnic communities in Santa Clara County. ACCI’s mission is to strengthen the resilience and hope of our diverse community members by improving their health and well-being. 

    408-975-2739 

     

    Community Solutions 

    Community Solutions provide critical services for children, teens, adults, and families who are facing times of crisis, ranging from mental health and substance use challenges to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. They provide services in Santa Clara County and San Benito County. 

    877-363-7238 

     

    Maitri 

    Maitri fills a critical gap in the domestic violence services available in the community by being sensitive to the culture of the south asian community and by speaking the languages that South Asian survivors speak. Maitri services are free and confidential. 

    888-862-4874 

    Request Materials

    The Office of LGBTQ Affairs has LGBTQ+ materials that are available upon request. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] or (408) 678-2900 if interested.

    • We Stand With Community Placards (8.5" x 11") - These placards are great to hang up in cubicles, windows, walls, and doors to show support for the community. We currently carry these placards for the Inclusive Rainbow Flag, Transgender Flag, Bisexual Flag, and Pansexual Flag; all of the placards also display text reading "We Stand With Community" across the center and are branded with the rainbow County seal.
    • We Stand With Community Stickers (3" x 2") - These stickers have the same designs as our placards and are great to put on notebooks, laptops, and more! Designs include the Inclusive Rainbow Flag, Transgender Flag, Bisexual Flag, and Pansexual Flag.
    • Office Info Cards  (4.5" x 5.5")- Our office cards carry general information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs. We currently have these cards in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
    • Healthy Community Resource Cards (5.5" x 8.5") - Our Healthy Community resource cards feature organizations within the County of Santa Clara that serve the LGBTQ community. Services include youth/young adult, public health, wellness, community, family, transgender, and more!
    • Office of LGBTQ Affairs Kids Activity Book (5.5" x 8.5"; 10 pages) - This booklet was created by and is based on the art, books, and work of Maya Gonzalez. This booklet allows children and their families/chosen families to color and read short stories to help them explore and celebrate the unique LGBTQ presence in nature, community, and more!
    • Ask about our other premium swag items.

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