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Academy of Friends annually produces the premiere Academy Awards Night Charity Gala as the centerpiece of its efforts to raise funds, award donations, and encourage volunteerism that benefit a diverse set of HIV/AIDS direct care and prevention education agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) works with LGBTI communities and individuals in African countries seeking to claim and defend their human rights. We provide case management services for LGBTI individuals, asylum seekers and refugees in and from Africa, including humanitarian assistance, advocacy, referrals and resources. Our ultimate goal is to support LGBTI people in and from African countries in the pursuit of happiness, freedom, full-empowerment, and economic stability in Africa and abroad.
In November of 1991, a group of Gay Latinos organized to address the various needs of the Gay Latino community. The group met on a monthly basis at various homes until they found a regular meeting place at the St. Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco, California on March of 1992.They established the name AGUILAS which is an acronym for Asamblea Gay Unida Impactando Latinos A Superarse, which translates to Assembly of United Gays Impacting Latinos towards Self-Empowerment. Today, AGUILAS is a non-profit organization and the largest Gay Latino Organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.
AEF is now a program of PRC, and responds compassionately to the AIDS crisis by providing immediate, short-term financial assistance to help people disabled by HIV/AIDS to cover their basic human needs and stabilize their living situations. Through intervention by AEF, people living with HIV/AIDS can maintain access to medical care and drug therapies, avoid eviction and homelessness, and live with greater stability and dignity during their illness.
ALRP’s mission is to help people with HIV/AIDS maintain or improve their health by resolving their legal issues. ALRP accomplishes this mission by providing free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area. This includes such areas as housing, bankruptcy/credit, immigration, employment, insurance, confidentiality, family law, government benefits, public accommodations, and more.
The National AIDS Memorial was conceived by a small group of San Franciscans devastated by the AIDS crisis. They selected the 10 acre de Laveaga Dell in Golden Gate Park, a long derelict site. In September 1991, hundreds of volunteers gathered for the very first volunteer workday, and over the next few years, completely transformed it. In 1996, through legislation signed by President Bill Clinton, it was federally-designated a national memorial.
The history and lessons of AIDS are at the core of all of our programs. We seek to ensure that future generations never forget and continue to learn from and work toward an end to this disease that has impacted millions of lives around the world. In addition to the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, our programs include 1) Community Volunteer Workdays (over 1,700 volunteers provide the 4,500 hours of annual labor necessary to maintain the site); 2) World AIDS Day National Observance (the annual World AIDS Day National Observance is held every 1st of December at the site, serving to keep HIV/AIDS in the forefront of the national consciousness by remembering those who have died; honoring leaders in the fight against AIDS; raising awareness about the state of the epidemic/its ongoing impact); and 3) the National AIDS Memorial Story Project (ensuring that the story and lessons of AIDS is known by future generations).
In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Every year, this landmark ride through beautiful California delivers a life-changing experience for thousands of participants from all backgrounds and fitness levels united by a common desire to do something heroic.
API Equality – Northern California builds LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander (API) power to amplify our voices and increase visibility of our communities. Through organizing, we inspire and train leaders, establish intergenerational connections, and document and disseminate our histories. We envision a world where LGBTQ Asians and Pacific Islanders can be present and affirmed in our families and communities as our full authentic selves.
API Wellness is an LGBTQ and people of color health organization that transforms lives by advancing health, wellness, and equality. We believe everyone deserves to be healthy and needs access to the highest-quality health care. We foster resilience, strength, connection, health, and wellness for all communities. To us, health care will always be grounded in social justice.
Archive Productions preserves living history through video by taping oral histories. Future generations will be able to see interviews of both prominent and ordinary people describing their life experiences. We try to focus on older generations whose stories will be lost when they are gone. In addition to personal interviews, we also preserve artistic performances through video recordings. LGBTQ+ communities are a primary focus of this work.
BAAITS is a community-based volunteer organization offering culturally relevant activities for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Native Americans, their families and friends. Two-Spirit refers to the commonly shared notion among many Native American tribes that some individuals naturally possessed and manifested both a masculine and feminine spiritual qualities. American society commonly identifies Two-Spirit People as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender.
Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits comes together to socialize, share and network in an alcohol and drug-free environment. BAAITS sees itself as an organization for Two-Spirit people to explore their rich heritage in a safe environment. To that end, BAAITS is committed to offering culturally relevant activities for LGBT individuals of Native American ancestry and their families and friends.
Our keelboat fleet includes five keelboats, each specially rigged and equipped with adaptive features to make sailing the San Francisco Bay possible for people with disabilities. Additionally, we have 23 Access Dinghies, ranging in size from 8 to 14 feet long, all of which are specifically designed for people with disabilities. Some of these are equipped with servo motors so that people with severe physical disabilities can sail solo.
We serve approximately 50 participants each weekend. Our participants range in age and include people with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities. Some participants have never sailed before and some have been sailing all their lives. Through our sailing programs, participants learn to sail by themselves in the dinghy program and as part of a crew in the keelboat program.
Established in 2004, Bay Area Derby is a full contact, women’s flat track roller derby league located in Oakland, CA consisting of four home teams, two competitive travel teams, a recreational program, skating and non-skating officials, and many dedicated volunteers. BAD’s community involvement has included participating in the San Francisco PRIDE Parade, skating in the Piedmont Fourth of July Parade, and supporting various fundraisers for other non-profits around The Bay.
Bay Area Queer Zine Fest showcases and highlights the diverse queer histories of the Bay Area through independent publishing! Admission is FREE, the event is FAMILY FRIENDLY, and is also ACCESSIBLE.
The Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition (BRC) embraces advocacy and education to effect social change through the honoring of a political dynasty that is visionary, proactive and rooted in the Black and LGBT experience. The BRC engages in activities that facilitate: greater equality and visibility for the Black LGBT community in the greater San Francisco Bay Area; support for Black and LGBT civil servants, promotion of community-based organizations and entrepreneurs that enhance and or celebrate the lives of Black and LGBT persons and families; protection and refuge of at risk LGBT individuals, asylum for LGBT individuals abroad.
BRAVA! For Women in the Arts is a professional arts organization dedicated to cultivating the artistic expression of women, LGBTQIA people of color, youth, and other underrepresented voices. Brava provides affordable space for artistic development and presentation, provides professional arts training for youth, and hosts an Artists in Residence program to support the development of directors, actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists, and designers.
Bridgemen is for gay, bi and trans guys who are looking to give back to our communities. We organize fun and relevant community service projects and social events that provide leadership opportunities and create friendships. Our goal is to make San Francisco a safe and happy place for everyone—by building bridges and tearing down the walls that divide us.
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is a member of the National CASA organization, a network of nearly 1,000 local community programs supporting children in the foster care system who have experienced abuse and neglect. By matching volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) with dependent children, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley ensures that the needs and best interests of foster children in our program are met.
A (Q)ueer (T)rans (Collect)ive (CollectQT) is a tech based platform enabling queer and trans people to showcase meaningful work.
Curry creates a welcoming environment for a diverse group of people so seniors can feel comfortable choosing the services they individually need and remain confident that their right to self-determination is respected. Each year, Curry offers services to 2,000 seniors, including medical care, case management, substance abuse counseling, educational opportunities, and daily breakfast and lunch. Curry provides a number of LGBT Programs for LGBTQ+ identified seniors, including regular gatherings, one-off events, holiday parties, and special classes.
Use your professional communication skills to help a low-income elementary school student improve their reading and writing through an email dialogue. With just one email a week, you can improve a local student’s literacy skills.
Empower Prep’s mission is simple: we support the 1.4 million transgender people in the workplace by helping them find work, helping companies recruit from this underutilized population, and educating companies on how their culture can be more supportive of all genders.
We are a Queer/Trans Prisoner Solidarity Project in the SF Bay Area, currently connected as a chapter of Black & Pink. Prison abolition is our goal, and our strategy for action. We envision our work as direct solidarity with our community on the inside through letter writing, political education and community organizing to combat the damaging effects of criminalization as they relate to queer/trans experiences and through a queer/trans lens. We always welcome new participants, ideas and leadership.
Frameline’s mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts nonprofit, Frameline’s programs connect filmmakers and audiences in the Bay Area and around the world. Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world.
Fresh Meat Productions builds community by creating, presenting and touring year-round multidisciplinary transgender arts programs. Our guiding principles are access, relevance, artistic excellence and community engagement. Fresh Meat Productions’ award-winning programs promote social justice, solidarity and the evolution of transgender arts and culture. We create, commission and present new work. We inspire audiences, support artists, provide mentorship and learning, promote transgender expression and visibility, transform culture and build community. Fresh Meat’s groundbreaking performances and events are celebrated for artistic excellence, accessibility, relevance and innovation.
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) was formed from the need for an organization to address, through a democratic process, social, cultural, and political issues affecting LGBTQ APIs. GAPA was formally organized in January 1988. Among many accomplishments, GAPA planted the seed to what would became the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center. Cultural outlets endure including the GAPA Men’s Chorus and GAPA Runway, now managed by GAPA Foundation. We provide resources and visibility and establish a network with local, national, and international groups that share our concerns and vision.
GAPA Foundation is dedicated to exploring critical issues that affect the Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ community and supporting innovative programs and individuals seeking solutions to those issues. Currently we provide academic scholarships to non-traditional API LGBTQ students and core funding to under-resourced and/or underrepresented local community organizations and projects. GAPA Foundation also provides infrastructural support such as mentorship and leadership development.
The Gay Men’s Health Collective, founded in 1976 as a response to blatant homophobia in the health care establishment, is a group of volunteer lay and professional health care workers committed to providing free, quality, non-judgmental, STI-related health care to men. A program of the Berkeley Free Clinic.
GaymerX focuses on creating a fun and safe space for gamers of all identities to have fun and hang out with like minded folks. GaymerX is a “queer space”, in that many of the panels revolve around queer issues or queer devs, but GaymerX is made for everyone and everyone is welcome.
Gender Spectrum’s mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth. To accomplish this, we help families, organizations, and institutions increase understandings of gender and consider the implications that evolving views have for each of us.
The GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, they are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history. The GLBT Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization.
The Golden Gate Men’s Chorus (GGMC) is a select group of men representing the ethnic and social diversity of San Francisco, who share a common appreciation of choral music. The GGMC presents spring, summer, and winter programs annually, in addition to guest and community benefit performances throughout the year. GGMC was formed by Dick Kramer in 1982 as the Dick Kramer Gay Men’s Chorale. Mr. Kramer, one of the founding fathers of the American gay choral movement, envisioned a small men’s ensemble reminiscent of university men’s choruses of 19th-century Europe. Reorganized as the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus in 1988, the GGMC continues to present high quality performances of men’s choral music.
The San Francisco Council of Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses was originally founded more than 40 years ago to provide diverse areas of the San Francisco community with charitable and personal support. Through the years we have expanded our grants to other worthy groups of the community at large which may be overlooked by other fundraising organizations in the City. We do not receive support from government resources, but depend on donations from individuals and businesses. Thousands of people’s lives have been materially and positively affected by the kindness and charity of the people who support us.
Our overall strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led groups and GSAs, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression.
All of our work with students focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines, and our resources and trainings are designed to facilitate coalition building.
Since 1996, Healing Waters has been empowering, inspiring and enriching the lives of people with HIV and AIDS through wilderness adventure. Working with qualified volunteers, we provide an emotionally and physically safe environment in the outdoors for individuals to take a moment to celebrate living, community and challenge their own beliefs about their strengths and abilities.
Homobiles is a California NPO 501c3 committed to providing secure and reliable transit to the SF Bay Area LGBTIQQ community and its allies. Focuses on trans communities, drag performers, and other queer folks and allies who face increased risk in transportation. We accept donations to help cover the costs of operation. Donation is 100% voluntary & is not a condition of service. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Horizons Foundation is the world’s first community foundation that is based in and serves the LGBTQ community. A community foundation is a tax-exempt public charity that, unlike private foundations, both accepts donations from the public and makes grants.
HORIZONS ENVISIONS A WORLD IN WHICH LGBTQ PEOPLE LIVE LIVES OF PRIDE, DIGNITY, JUSTICE, AND JOY AND WHERE: Strong, sustainable organizations have the resources to advocate for, serve, and celebrate the lives of LGBTQ people; LGBTQ people give generously to LGBTQ causes and nonprofit organizations; LGBTQ people thrive in vibrant, diverse, and compassionate communities; LGBTQ culture and pride are cherished and celebrated; All sexual identities and gender expressions are visible and valued; and Future generations of LGBTQ people have plentiful community financial resources to address emerging issues.
Huckleberry’s mission is to educate, inspire, and support under served youth to develop healthy life choices, to maximize their potential, and to realize their dreams. The Community Assessment & Referral Center (CARC) is a Case Management program initially designed to assist youth who have been arrested in the County of San Francisco, in recent years we have opened up our criteria for participants to include youth who are not involved in the Juvenile Justice System. The youth we serve are ages 11-17. Many youth in the program identify as LGBTQ+.
Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP) works to address the rights of people to identify as non-binary on government issued documents. IGRP works through targeted litigation, legislation, and collaboration with other LGBTQI organizations!
JFCS East Bay is currently the lead organization in the United States resettling lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex refugees. LGBT people are increasingly targeted around the world, as more countries criminalize homosexuality or gender non-conforming behavior. JFCS East Bay’s LGBT Refugee Services program provides comprehensive resettlement services for those refugees who are able to obtain status through the United Nations to come to the United States.
Impact Litigation: We select cases that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.
Education: We lead high-impact public education campaigns to help people exercise the rights they have and to build public support for equality.
Public Policy: We advocate for public policy at the local, state and federal levels to improve the lives of LGBT people, people affected by HIV, and their families and allies.
The mission of Larkin Street Youth Services is to create a continuum of services that inspires youth to move beyond the street. We will nurture potential, promote dignity, and support bold steps by all. Three out of four youth who complete Larkin Street’s comprehensive programs exit street life. Many of Larkin Street’s clients are LGBTQ+ identified.
Lavender Seniors provides social support services and a vibrant caring community of LGBTQ older adults. Our programs foster a sense of belonging for all LGBTQ older adults particularly those who are isolated, vulnerable, disabled and at risk. We also participate in local, statewide, and national advocacy efforts for the betterment of the LGBTQ and mainstream older adult community.
The 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, we operate 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. We also maintain the largest collection of resources for the LGBT community in the United States, with 16,000 local resources for cities and towns across the country.
The LGBT Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) is an innovative venture in preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of LGBT religious movements around the world. LGBT-RAN has a two-fold basic purpose. First it assists LGBT religious leaders and groups in determining how best to preserve their records and papers in appropriate repositories. Secondly, LGBT-RAN provides an electronic information clearinghouse for these archival collections and other historical data about LGBT religious history for the use of historians, researchers and other interested persons. LGBT-RAN can best be understood as a “virtual” archive. It is not a physical repository that collects and preserves papers and records. Instead, LGBT-RAN is a resource center that enables the preservation of history and makes historical information easily accessible through this web site. Initiated in 2001 as a project of the Chicago Theological Seminary, LGBT-RAN has been a program of the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry in Berkeley, California, since 2008.
Life ElderCare works to help alleviate hunger, lack of transportation, loneliness, and fall risk for seniors in the community. Life ElderCare provides services such as Meals on Wheels, VIP Rides for appointments and shopping, fall prevention, and visitors based on need, not income.
This dedication manifests itself in community creation, identity validating online video content, inclusive events in San Francisco (and beyond), political action, art, deep levels of silliness, and much more.
L&Q is an experiment in making social impact fun, and an experiment in making organizations that feed people rather than deplete them. We aim to have all our actions feed the world and grow the members in our group into greater selves.
No one should have to suffer or die alone. Maitri provides compassionate residential care to men and women in need of hospice or 24-hour care and cultivates the deepest respect and love for life among its residents and caregivers. At Maitri, we strive to provide the type of care that each of us would like to receive at the end of our lives – care that is dignified, non-judgmental, unconditional. We hold dear the principle that each resident has the right to determine the degree of choice and awareness with which to experience life and death.
Maven fosters innovative solutions through tech that empower LGBTQ+ youth to network, organize and educate for social change. Maven hosts free Summer Tech Camps for LGBTQ+ youth, hackathons for all ages and skill levels, and provides tech tools to youth in need in addition to hosting workshops with LGBTQ+ youth.
The mission of Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support Group is to mitigate the suffering and enhance the quality of life of those struggling with debilitating HIV/AIDS-related diseases. This is accomplished by providing practical, emotional, and where desired, spiritual support for persons with HIV/AIDS-related diseases and their loved ones, regardless of religious belief, age, race gender, sexual orientation or disability. As an all-volunteer organization receiving no government assistance, the AIDS Support Group remains committed, with the help of faithful volunteers and donors who sustain its work, to continue its services to people with HIV for as long as these services are needed.
NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues.
Who We Serve: NCLR serves more than 5,000 LGBT people and their families throughout the United States each year, including LGBT parents, seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth.
Our Impact: NCLR’s legal, policy, and legislative victories set important precedents that improve the lives of all LGBT people and their families across the country. Our free legal assistance empowers individuals to assert their own legal rights. Our community and public education broadens public support for LGBT equality.
Projects and Legal Issue Areas Include: Asylum & Immigration; Elders; Employment; Family & Relationships; Federal Legislation & Policy; State Legislation & Policy; Hate Crimes; Healthcare; Housing; Low Income & Poverty; Prisons; Rural Communities; Sports; Transgender Law; and Youth
The National Sexuality Resource Center is the education and training arm of a consolidated sexuality center that would integrate capacity for research, education, training, and policy efforts (CREGS), a project of San Francisco State University. The Center is part of a community of gender and sexuality studies researchers, educators, and activists committed to understanding and addressing the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the pursuit of social justice.
In our 38th Season, NCTC presents a season of 7 plays, including world & regional premieres and musicals. We have volunteer Usher positions for those who are available on a semi-regular basis for plays and theatre events. We ask that they have a passion for the Performing Arts and the Queer & Allied communities. We occasionally have other administrative volunteer opportunities.
NIA Collective was created by and for Lesbians of African descent. The word “NIA” was chosen for its meaning, purpose, in the Swahili language. African Americans are familiar with the term as the fifth principle of Kwanzaa, the Winter Harvest celebration.
The Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus is a more than 50 voice gay men’s chorus that performs a wide variety of music, from Classical to Broadway, in three seasonal and numerous outreach performances every year.
The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center is more than a service provider, it’s also a place where a diverse community comes together to learn, grow, and celebrate. The Community Center offers a broad range of services including drop in hours, crisis intervention referrals, responds to victims of hate crimes, provides HIV/AIDS/STI testing and treatment, and advocacy and support for members of the LGBTQ community.
Openhouse enables San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, support services and hosting LGBT-focused community events. We exist to reduce isolation and empower LGBT seniors to lead healthy lives.
Opportunity Point is a global online platform that provides information on opportunities to LGBTI youths and their communities. The platform serves as a safe space for networking and information sharing for LGBTI communities. Opportunity Point’s objective is to also contribute to the development of new and emerging leaders within the LGBTI movement in developing countries or regions of the world where LGBTI people and other sexual minorities are oppressed.
ORAM (Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration) started as the only international organization devoted solely to advocating for exceptionally vulnerable refugees fleeing persecution and violence, including sexual and gender. Since its founding in 2008, ORAM has produced groundbreaking research publications, developed powerful refugee protection tools, trained thousands of adjudicators and protection professionals, and directly assisted hundreds of individual refugees. Our training of refugee professionals in fifteen countries has impacted over a million refugee and asylum applicants.
Our Family Coalition advances equity* for LGBTQ families with children through support, education, and advocacy. We seek to create an inclusive and just world where all LGBTQ families with children have visibility and opportunities to thrive as valued participants in our schools, institutions, and communities.
Through our SUMMIT Mentorship program, OTA offers LGBTQ youth the in Seattle Metro and Bay Area the opportunity to connect with an LGBTQ adult while exploring the natural world. Over two months the mentors and students will meet each week to embark on a number of exciting adventures. No cost to participate and no experience necessary for the youth.
Outlet empowers LGBTQQ+ youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy. Outlet offers numerous drop-in groups for LGBTQQ+ youth; consultation and resource referrals for youth, families, and schools; educational workshops; a youth speakers bureau; and mental health services. Outlet is a program of Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS).
Pacific Center for Human Growth fosters and enhances the well-being and self respect of LGBTQ youth, seniors, and adults through the delivery of LGBTQ competent mental health and wellness services, and through the cultivation of a strong community of LGBTQ-proficient mental health care professionals.
We’re an SF Bay Area -based, queer + trans people of color crew of artist-activist- healers. We make sassy sexy art to help build a culture of social justice, with an emphasis on healing justice. Programs include “Brouhaha: Trans Women of Color Comedy Storytelling”; “Brouhaha: QTPOC Stand-Up Comedy”; Rapid Response Safety + Healing Clinics; “STAY: An Oakland QTPOC Resilience Festival”; and Trans Peer Advocacy Program.
PAWS believes that the healing impact of the human-animal bond is one of the best supports available for vulnerable individuals such as older adults and people with disabling illnesses. Mounting evidence indicates that this bond can yield valuable medical, social, and psychological health outcomes. PAWS provides needed companion animal services to hundreds of low-income San Franciscans so they continue to benefit from the healing power and unconditional love of their beloved pets. PAWS is a program of Shanti Project.
Pink Triangle Park + Memorial is a place of remembrance, reflection and education – a physical reminder of how persecution of any individual or single group of people inevitably damages all humanity. The Park includes fifteen granite pylons that rise in remembrance of the estimated fifteen thousand gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims who were persecuted, imprisoned and murdered during and after the reign of Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Positive Being seeks to heal and nurture by helping those with HIV reclaim their bodies as a site of well-being, a source of healing strength, and a temple of the divine. Positive Being fosters the integration of the physical, healing, and spiritual nature of our bodies to effect positive change in the health and well-being of anyone with HIV. For Positive Being, finding safe ways to allow touch to effect healing is a primary goal. More than a mere pat on the back or a cool hand on a warm brow, these proposed programs incorporate non-threatening and safe touch as a way to fill in a dangerous gap created by treating symptoms of a disease, rather than taking into consideration the whole and wholly individual person.
Recently, Positive Resource Center has merged with the AIDS Emergency Fund and Baker Places to form PRC, a San Francisco-based nonprofit whose mission is to help people affected by HIV/AIDS, substance use, or mental health issues better realize opportunities by providing integrated legal, social, and health services that address the broad range of social risk factors that impact wellness and limit potential.
Prism Comics is the leading non-profit supporting LGBTQIA comics, creators, and readers! Prism helps fans of LGBT-themed comics to connect with great new material. Prism also awards financial grants to aspiring comics creators to publish their work.
Project Inform believes it is possible to create the first generation free of HIV and hepatitis C within the next decade. We advocate for innovative, medically-based prevention strategies. We provide up-to-date, life-saving information to help people living with HIV and hep C make the best choices regarding their treatment and care. And we press governments to set policies and assure unlimited access to affordable health care that will one day end the HIV and hep C epidemics.
Founded by community members of California’s Silicon Valley, Project MORE Foundation has become a leading Bay Area nonprofit providing service and support to the LGBTQ Community of Northern California. Project MORE thrives by developing creative community outreach, education, and advocacy projects. Driven with passion and cause, we nurture growing organizations, aid like-minded charities, and provide consulting services to corporations.
Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to critically ill neighbors and seniors. Our food is like medicine, helping clients recover from illness, get stronger, and lead healthier lives. Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of aging.
Q Foundation believes in a world where all people have a safe, decent, and affordable home. Toward that vision, we prevent homelessness for members of the LGBTQ or HIV+ communities. We have homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing programs for the QGLBT & HIV/AIDS community. We offer financial aid ranging from back rent assistance to move in security deposit and first month’s rent grants. QGLBT seniors are our priority by providing them subsidies that can help them keep their housing. Disbaled QGLBTs seek financial refuge at Q Foundation so they can keep their housing while they are healing without worries.
The Queens of the Castro was founded as a nonprofit in 2010 by three drag queens in order to raise awareness about the differences between gender and sexuality in high schools and universities. We work closely with LGBTQ youth by organizing and implementing LGBT awareness assemblies in various high schools across the state of California with hopes to expand throughout the country. We also raise money to award scholarships to people ages 16-25 who identifies within the LGBTQ+ community and wishes to pursue any post- secondary opportunity of their choice.
The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing emerging queer and trans artists free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions provide a window on the past through which we can glimpse our collective future. The LGBTQI community has a limited visual record, or none at all, of significant Queer events before the 1970s, particularly in the histories of queers of color and transgender people. This lack of imagery makes it harder for LGBTQI people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by our history. Just as photographs from your early life help to anchor personal memories, a visual record – even an imagined one- can bring historical events to life, creating the kind of indelible connection that enables us to engage deeply with our ancestors.
Founded in 1993, Qcc is a multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of San Francisco’s LGBT community. We implement our mission by operating programs that commission and present Queer artists, that promote the development of culturally diverse Queer arts organizations and that document significant Queer arts events taking place in San Francisco.
Queer LifeSpace is a nonprofit counseling agency that seeks to bring sustainable mental health and substance abuse services to the LGBTQQI community. Our client centered integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment is designed to empower, inform and provide a platform for healing and growth. Queer LifeSpace will provide long-term, low fee mental health and substance abuse therapy for the queer community.
QWOCMAP builds power through film that radically centers our community to fundamentally transform the world where justice and equity are the norm. QWOCMAP creates, exhibits, and distributes high-impact films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cisgender & transgender), gender nonconforming and transgender people of color (of any orientation), and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities.
Rafiki’s mission is to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and eliminate health disparities in San Francisco’s Black and marginalized communities. Rafiki Coalition strives to achieve its focus by providing health and wellness services including, but not limited to, health education, movement classes, health screenings, advocacy, transitional housing and case management services for people living with HIV/AIDS, trauma resiliency and mental health circles, and other health-promoting activities.
The Rainbow Community Center (RCC) is the only organization in Contra Costa County that is solely focused on serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community; our current priorities are to build services for LGBT youth, seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS and to develop community building efforts that will diminish the sense of isolation and promote greater acceptance of all LGBTQ people.
Rainbow Street is an international NGO that provides a lifeline for exceptionally vulnerable LGBT people in the Middle East and North Africa. Rainbow Street works with local activists and partner organizations to provide shelter, food, clothing, health care, migration services, community support, and other essential resources to people facing extreme discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender expression.
Founded in 2000, Rainbow World Fund is the world’s first and only all-volunteer, LGBTQ-based humanitarian aid organization. RWF works to help people affected by natural disasters, hunger, poverty, disease, oppression and war by raising awareness in, and funds from, the LGBTQ community to support both LGBT and non-LGBTQ people locally and around the world. RWF has donated nearly $4.5 million in humanitarian aid such as financial grants, food, water, medicine, medical equipment, and art and school supplies.
The mission of the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF) is to provide aid for HIV services, hunger programs and support for homeless and disenfranchised youth. REAF raises funds for AIDS service provider agencies, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, through the production of quality entertainment events. Currently REAF produces three primary products, “Help is on the Way,” “Help is on the Way for the Holidays” and our “One Night Only” series of performances with the touring casts of Broadway shows appearing in the Bay Area as tour schedules permit.
Gatherings led by the Sacred Space Minister include hosting Sacred Cocktails, a monthly gathering of folks in a local bar for fellowship and the sharing of our faith & spiritual journeys and Sacred Cup, a twice-a-month gather of folks at a local coffee shop for fellowship and spiritual conversations over a cup of coffee or tea. Events throughout the year include our annual Palm Sunday procession through the Castro; flash masses on the sidewalks and in local parks; Ash Wednesday imposing of ashes on 18th and Castro St.; Outreach Booth at Trans March in Dolores Park; and participation in the many community events and fundraisers in the neighborhood.
Sacred Space SF in the Castro is guided by a working advisory board that includes members of St. Aidan’s, MCC San Francisco, the SF Night Minister, and other community stakeholders.
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults. 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 competence training through SAGECare.
Through education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care, San Francisco AIDS Foundation confronts HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. Established in 1982, the foundation’s mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco.
We have a concert, marching and pep band that plays over 30 times a year!
The SF Sex Information Switchboard exists to provide free, confidential, accurate, nonjudgmental information about sex. Questions may be asked by phone or by email. The Switchboard is run entirely by volunteers.
The first ever LGBTQ+ center in San Mateo County, the Pride Center combines direct mental health services with community building and educational programming. The Pride Center is an innovative collaboration between five community organizations: Daly City Partnership, Outlet Adolescent Counseling Services, Peninsula Family Service, Pyramid Alternatives, and StarVista all in partnership with San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.
When visitors arrive at the SF LGBT Center, they find free services like career counseling, job fairs, computer lab, social activities, mentorships, youth meals, daycare, various workshops and much more. Here they can connect with other LGBT people and organize to secure our equal rights. The Center’s critical safety net programs serve the most vulnerable members of the community – people of color, transgender, lesbian, and bisexual women, differently-abled people, youth, elders, immigrants, and low-income individuals- who often experience additional, intersecting forms of discrimination.
The Night Ministry provides crisis intervention, counseling and referral services every night of the year. Since 1964, we haven’t missed one night in 50 years. Every night, rain or shine, whether it’s a holiday or not, between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. We staff a crisis telephone line and support night ministers who literally walk the streets of San Francisco offering face-to-face conversations to those who are lonely, anxious and afraid in the middle of the night, when crises are most acute and when social services don’t readily exist.
The mission of San Francisco Suicide Prevention is to provide emotional support, education, assistance, and intervention as necessary to all persons in crisis and those impacted by them, with the goal of reducing suicides and self-destructive behaviors. Programs include an HIV Nightline and support for LGBTQ communities.
Shanti Project exists to enhance the health, quality of life and well-being of people with terminal, life-threatening or disabling illnesses or conditions. Through a continuum of services, including in-home and onsite patient and care navigation, emotional and practical support and preserving the human-animal bond, Shanti strives to achieve the highest medical and quality of life outcomes for San Francisco’s most vulnerable.
It all started back in 1975 as a gay rights rally and evolved into San Jose Pride Festival in 1976. The following year, 1977 San Jose added its first parade to the celebration. In 2014 San Jose Pride was changed to Silicon Valley pride to include neighboring cities to encourage unity. It is now the largest Pride celebration of the South Bay and is a family friendly event. It is important, now more than ever, to make our voices heard and to celebrate our diversity!
Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes four issues each year. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Sinister Wisdom recognizes the power of language to reflect our diverse experiences and to enhance our ability to develop critical judgment as lesbians evaluating our community and our world.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.
Spectra Project is a U.S.-based organization, which supports LGBTQ minorities of the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region. Spectra Project was founded in 2016 based on a commitment to ensure a better life for others by providing access to basic emergency support, health facilities, education and safety.
Spectra Project is a humanitarian organization. It is non-political and non-religious. Our goal is to improve the lives of minorities, especially the most vulnerable, including people of different sexual orientations, genders, and gender expressions.
Spectrum Queer Media is an Oakland based social justice community engagement and media literacy/advocacy group that empowers LGBTQIA + Ally communities. Spectrum Queer Media’s founding contributions include the OAKLAND QUEER + TRANS OPEN MIC, REVOLVE Oakland LGBTQ Pride Creative Arts and Film Festival, Spectrum LGBTQIA Film Screenings and Curated Conversations, Sista2Sista – a wellness workshop series for Queer Women and Gender Non Conforming Folkz, The Rhythm Sistas Healing Drum Circle, The Black Queer + Trans Film Project, and The LGBTQIA Young Filmmakers Digital Storytelling Project.
Strut is the home for health and wellness in the heart of the Castro. We are a program of San Francisco AIDS Foundation and our three-fold mission is to promote the health and wellness of gay, bi & trans men, to strengthen our diverse communities, and to reduce the impact of HIV in San Francisco. We offer an array of free clinical services, behavioral interventions and community-building groups to enable you to be the best version of yourself.
The Sundance Association for Country-Western Dancing is dedicated to the promotion of country-western dancing through instruction, performance and the presentation of public dance events, without discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. The Sundance Association is an all-volunteer, community-supported organization, created in 1999 by a corps of volunteers who shared a special interest in preserving country-western dancing in the Bay Area.
Tenderloin Tessie has been feeding the hungry in San Francisco for over 40 years! Along with dinners, Tenderloin Tessie provides gift bags with donated items such as toiletries, socks, gloves, and an assortment of non-perishable food. Everyone is welcome at meals served on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!
TGI 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. We work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. We seek to create a world rooted in self- determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.
Discovery organizes multiple weekend retreats per year that offer opportunities for personal growth and self exploration as well as fun activities. Our weekly events include activities such as wine tasting, bowling, and theatre.
Our mission is to serve, support and empower Marin’s LBGTQ community and everyone in our county living with and affected by HIV. The Spahr Center was formed in March 2015 through the merger of Marin AIDS Project (MAP) and Spectrum LGBT Center. Our comprehensive programs and services now include: HIV testing; medical case management; home-based case management; housing case management; benefits counseling; mental health counseling and psychiatric evaluation; emergency financial assistance; food pantry; syringe access; HIV support groups; refuge recovery; LGBT youth drop-in groups; education programs; information and referral; support groups for LGBT parents and seniors; and caregiver services.
Theatre Rhino is the longest running LGBTQ theater in the world. We stage 4-6 full productions each year, plus staged readings and musical reviews.
TRANS: THRIVE is a safe space by and for the transgender community. Connect to community, explore your identity, and grow. You’ll always be respected here. TRANS: THRIVE hosts a number of programs, including a drop-in center; groups and workshops; counseling and case management; mental health therapy; needle exchange; and primary medical care. TRANS: THRIVE is a program of API Wellness.
Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
Trikone is a non-profit organization for LGBTQ+ people of South Asian descent, who trace their ethnicities to one of the following places: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Founded in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Trikone is the oldest group of its kind in the world. Trikone offers a supportive, empowering and non-judgmental environment where LGBTQ South Asians and their allies can meet, make connections, and proudly promote awareness and acceptance of their sexual identity.
We conduct outreach to recruit a robust network of volunteers passionate about queer causes, and we connect those volunteers with opportunities for service focused on queer issues. We work both to support the work of local queer nonprofits and to increase community engagement and service among queer people and allies.
AHP’s goals are to:
Decrease health disparities within the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities
Provide the highest quality mental health services and substance use counseling based on the most effective interventions
Grow a diverse and culturally competent work environment that allows staff to do their best and clients to flourish
Translate our frontline expertise and our research findings into interventions, publications, and trainings that broaden its effect beyond our local community
Windcall is dedicated to nurturing and developing transformative learning and resilient leadership among community and labor organizers engaged in the work of social justice in low-income communities and communities of color. Thirty years ago, at a time no one gave a thought to the wellbeing of organizers, Windcall was the first to reward the great leaders coming out of the last movements with a chance to rest, reflect, and heal.
The new generation of leaders fronting today’s movements face rapidly shifting conditions and a barrage of trauma-inducing aggressions from a political system bent on violence. Windcall fosters their healing now so they can sustain for the long-haul. Our participants average: 20% Trans/gender non-conforming, 75% non-heterosexual/cis, 80% POC.
We believe that young people deserve honest information, deserve for their voice to be heard, and deserve to live healthy lives without shame or fear. YTH is committed to pursuing emerging, startling, and sometimes, simple technologies that can reach young people where they are. Through our partnerships and projects, we discover what works, pilot innovative solutions, and disseminate what’s truly effective.