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for the East Bay (Contra Costa & Alameda Counties) and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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EAST BAY YOUTH RESOURCES

  • Contra Costa Crisis Center
    Phone:  925/939-1916
    Suicide hotline:  800/SUICIDE
    School Violence Tipline:  800/863-7600
    Website:  www.crisis-center.org
    Provides a school violence tipline is a safe place for students and parents to report weapons on campus, homicidal or suicidal threats, or other behavior possibly leading to violence.
  • Rainbow Community Center   
    3024 Willow Pass Rd., Ste. 200, Concord, CA 94519
    Phone:  925/692-0090
    Website:  www.rainbowcc.org
    Email:  rcc@rainbowcc.org
    Social and Support Groups for LGBTIQ Youth (activities & outings).  Also - young gay and bisexual men’s groups (ages 21-35 years):  skills development, social and per support group.
  • RYSE Youth Center
    205 41st St, Richmond, CA 94805
    Phone: 510/374-3401
    Website: www.rysecenter.org
    RYSE is a safe and welcoming center for diverse (including LGBT) youth that builds youth power and leadership towards personal and community health and transformation.  Grounded in social justice, RYSE provides comprehensive and holistic programming and promotes multi-racial, cross-cultural relationships. Weekly LGBTQQI2-S Youth Support Group. Virtual Youth Center at: RYSE Portal.
  • Pacific Center for Human Growth    
    2712 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705           
    Phone:  510/548-8283
    Website:  www.pacificcenter.org
    Email:  info@pacificcenter.org
    Youth social and education activities plus peer groups – youth programs (13-23 years):  Drop-in social activities, support, art, activism, education, food, friends, movies, video games, writing and fun; Queer Youth Movie Night; Safer Schools Project Youth Activist Trainings; Gay-Straight Alliance Club supports; Youth Speaker’s Bureau; Mental Health Counseling; LOUD Youth Group Expressions (arts/crafts/writing/music); LOUD Youth Group Voices (youth leadership).  Also – Express 20’s Discussion Group for Gay, Bisexual or Questioning Men in their 20’s.
  • PFLAG National & Local Chapters 
    Website:  www.pflag.org
    Email:  info@pflag.org
    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a large national organization with many local chapters. Provides support for LGBTQ people and their families.
    • Concord (Rainbow Community Center)  - 925/692-0090
    • Danville/San Ramon  3rd Mon., 7:30 p.m. - 925/831-8172 
      Email:   paulshermanbrown@yahoo.com
    • Diablo Valley/Walnut Creek/Concord
      3rd Tues., 7:30 p.m.  - 925/283-8928
    • Fremont 2nd Tues., 7:30 p.m.   - 510/226-6816
      Email: pflagfremontinfo@aol.com
    • Hayward   - 510/782-5462
    • Oakland/East Bay 4th Tues. 7:30 p.m.  - 510/562-7692
      Email:  EBOakPFLAG@aol.com
    • Rossmoor  2nd Wed., 3:00pm - 925/945-1667
    • San Francisco    2nd Sun., 2:00 p.m.  - 415/921-8850
      Email:   PFLAGSF@aol.com
      Website:  www.pflagsf.org
    • Oakland - 510/562-7692
    • San Jose - 408/270-8182
  • DreamCatcher Youth Support Center
    422 Jefferson St. Oakland, CA 94607
    Phone:  800/379-1114
    Drop in center for teens 13-19 open Mon. - Fri. 3-8:30pm. Call for overnight shelter. Community supper 6-7:00, laundry 3-6:00. Also provides health services, education, counseling, academic support, recreation, movies and peer support groups.
  • The Edge
    39160 State St. Fremont, CA 94538
    Phone:  510/790-2887
    Support group for Fremont youth. Drop-in hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5-8:00pm. Youth group meets Mondays from 7-9pm.
  • Empowerment Program - Center for Human Development
    Phone:  925/753-1004  
    Website:  www.chd-prevention.org/programs/empowerment.php
    A youth development – support group serving LGBTQ youth (14-18 years) in East Contra Costa County (Antioch CHD site).
  • The Lambda Youth Project at Project Eden
    22646 2nd St. Hayward, CA 94541
    Phone:  510/247-8217
    Website:  www.gayprom.org
    LGBTQ youth group providing both a speaker's bureau, support group and Gay Prom coordination and setup.
  • The Lambda Youth Annual Gay Prom
    22646 2nd St. Hayward, CA 94541
    Phone:  510/247-8217
    Website:  www.gayprom.org
    Held yearly on the second Saturday in June for LGBTQ and Allies 20 yrs and under for the Bay Area and Beyond.
  • The Lighthouse Community Center
    1217 A Street, Hayward, CA 94541
    Phone:  510/881-8167
    Website:  http://www.lcchayward.org/
    Email:  haywardlcc@yahoo.com
    Tuesday evenings, 8:15pm-9:30pm - Clean and sober social space for LGBTQ youth and str8 ally friends, ages 25 and under. Come play board games, watch a movie, or just hang with friends.
  • SMAAC (Sexual Minority Alliance of Alameda County)
    1608 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94612
    Phone:  510/834-9578
    Website:  http://71.18.234.3/index.html    
    Provides support groups, Early Intervention Café, case management, weekly Life Skills Training, Peer Counseling training, and other resources for LGBTQ youth.
  • Xanthos 
    2325 Clement, Alameda, CA 94501
    Phone:  510/522-8363
    Website:  www.xanthos.org
    Free Queer and Question group for youth 14-18, on Wednesdays from 4-5:00.

SF BAY AREA YOUTH RESOURCES

  • Drop-in Center for the Trans Community
    415/409.4101;
    transthrive.org
    TRANS: THRIVE is a drop-in center by and for the trans community. Our mission is to foster a healthy trans community, empowered by the leadership of its peers.
    T-LISH (Transgender Ladies Initiating Sisterhood)is a trans youth program of TRANS: THRIVE primarily focused on young transgender women of color ages 14-24, but we have events for all trans youth to attend, including transmen and genderqueer youth. Check out our MySpace page for the latest, or see the T-LISH calendar. Services include groups, workshops, events, counseling, computers, showers, clothes & community.
  • Ally Action
    Phone:  925/ 685-5480 
    Website:   www.allyaction.org    
    PRYDE Program (school-site and/or community-based) -- Ally Action youth leaders join together to make anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name-calling unacceptable in our schools, reaching thousands of their Bay Area peers through educational workshops and outreach each
    year.
  • Bay Positives
    701 Oak Street, SF, CA
    415/487-1616     
    www.baypositives.org
    Peer-run LGBT youth 26 and under living with HIV/AIDS.  Support, case management, counseling, housing assistance, drop-in group, social and recreational events.
  • Billy DeFrank Lesbian and Gay Community Center
    408.293.2429
    www.defrank.org
    Provides community, leadership, advocacy, support and services to the Silicon Valley LGBT community and their allies. Programs include social activities, youth leadership development, nutritious lunches for seniors, support groups, individual counseling and HIV testing.
  • California Safe Schools Coalition
    160 - 14th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-626-1680
    www.casafeschools.org
    Statewide coalition to promote safer schools and to implement the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act. Provides advocacy, training and research
  • COLAGE (Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere) 
    Phone:  415/861-5437
    Website:  www.colage.org
    Email:  colage@colage.org
    The only national and international organization in the world specifically supporting young people with LGBTQ parents.
  • The Community Initiative
    253-R Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
    415.820.9606
    www.thecommunityinitiative.org
    info@thecommunityinitiative.org
    A socially activist organization of San Francisco queer men bringing the many different communities of gay men together through activism, ongoing activities and events.
  • Dimensions Clinic: Health Services for Queer and Questioning Youth
    415.934.7789;
    www.dimensionsclinic.org
    rovides health services for queer and questioning youth and young adults, age 12 to 25.
  • The Diversity Center, Santa Cruz
    831.425.5422;
    www.diversitycenter.org
    Offers a drop-in safe space, peer groups, potlucks, job and housing referrals, business and resource information, a lending library and more.
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network
    415.552.4229;
    www.gsanetwork.org
    A youth-led organization that works to end sexual orientation and gender identity harassment and discrimination in schools.
  • Go Program—SF Richmond Village
    Beacon Center
    415.750.8554;
    www.rvbeacon.org
    Seeks to create a safe space for LGBT, queer and questioning youth at SF George Washington High School.
  • KidSpace at the Center
    415.865.5555;
    www.sfcenter.org/kidspace.php
    KidSpace is the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center’s free, high-quality drop-in childcare service. In addition to childcare on evenings and weekends, KidSpace brings fun and educational programming to the bay area’s LGBT families.
  • LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation & Info. Center)
    127 Collingwood St., San Francisco 94114
    Phone:  415/703-6150 
    Website:   www.lyric.org
    Email:  lyric@lyric.org
    A community center for queer youth 23 and under that offers support groups, recreation, events, educational services, health information and employment assistance.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) YOUTH PROJECT
    Phone:  415/392-6257
    Website: www.nclrights.org
    Provides direct, free legal information to youth, legal advocates, and activists through a toll-free line; advocates for policies that protect and support LGBTQ youth; and litigates cases that establish legal protections for LGBTQ youth in schools, foster care, juvenile justice and other settings.
    Outlet
    English & SpanishWebsite:
    http://www.projectoutlet.org/
    outlet@chacmv.org
    711 Church Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
    (650) 965-2020 ext. 22
    OUTLET supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth ages 13-20 living on the Peninsula and South Bay.
  • Our Family Coalition
    870 Market St, Suite 872, SF, CA
    415/981-1960
    www.ourfamily.org
    Provides support to LGBT families with children and prospective parents through through education, advocacy, social networking and grassroots community organizing.  Regular social events, workshops, speakers, peer support, education, adoption information, referrals, newsletters and email lists.
  • Positive Images 
    707.568.5830
    www.posimages.org
    Provides advocacy, support and information to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth and young adults age 12 to 25. Its mission is to nurture a positive self image and foster clear understanding of diversity in sexual and gender identity.
  • Rainbow's End – Spectrum
    1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. #10
    San Anselmo, CA 94960
    415-457-1115
    www.spectrummarin.org
    Social and support group for LGBTQ youth, classroom and community education.
  • San Francisco Health Department’s Dimensions
    3850 17th St, SF, CA 94114
    415/487-7589
    Comprehensive clinic serving medical and mental health needs of LGBTQQ youth ages, 12-25.  Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 pm & Saturdays noon – 3:00 pm.
  • The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Community Center
    415.865.5555;
    www.sfcenter.org
    Home to a dynamic range of organizations and activities that support the needs of LGBT individuals of every race, gender, age, sexuality and socioeconomic status.
  • Spectrum Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns
    415.457.1115;
    www.spectrumlgbtcenter.org
    Strengthens, mobilizes and serves LGBT and questioning people in Marin and Sonoma counties; promotes acceptance, understanding and full inclusion.
  • Support Services for LGBTQ Youth School Health Programs
    San Francisco Unified School District
    415.242.2615
    www.healthiersf.org
    Its goal is to provide school site resources and district support to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth and families. The program is completely integrated within San Francisco Unified School District and collaborates with other programs to make schools safer for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.
  • TransGender San Francisco
    415.839.9448
    www.tgsf.org
    Provides a safe setting and support services for transgender people and educational materials for the transgender community and the general public.
  • Youth Trans & Intersex Education Services (Youth TIES)
    www.youthgenderproject.org/Youth
    Trans & Intersex Education Services (Youth TIES) is a youth-led organization advocating for, addressing the challenges of, and educating the trans, gender-variant, intersex and questioning (TGIQ) youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. (San Francisco, CA)

 NATIONAL YOUTH RESOURCES

  • Advocates for Youth
    www.advocatesforyouth.org/glbtq.htm
    A website dedicated to people interested in advocating for LGBTQ youth.
  • ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) No. California—Gay and Lesbian Rights Chapter
    1663 Mission St., Ste. 460, San Francisco, CA 94103
    Phone:  415/621-2493
    Website:  www.aclunc.org
    Acts to ensure that gay rights issues remain in the forefront of the ACLU’s civil liberties agenda.  The ACLU works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties  Guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • ACLU Get Equal Campaign
    www.aclu.org/getequal
    America is focused on LGBT rights as never before, which gives us the chance to frame the public dialogue on equality. Since every step forward is met with resistance, we've got to fight smart to win. On this website is a complete toolkit to help you protect your relationships (including fighting for marriage), find resources on parenting, make schools safe, fight against LGBT discrimination, and, for all issues, organize effectively.
  • Child Welfare League of America
    www.cwla.org 
    The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is an association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services. CWLA, in partnership with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (http://www.lambdalegal.org) are working together to build the child welfare system's capacity to deal equitably and constructively with young people, family members, and employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning their sexual orientation (LGBTQ), with particular emphasis on those making the transition to adulthood.
  • Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
    www.colage.org
    COLAGE's mission is to engage, connect, and empower people to make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender parents and families.
  • Dottie's Magic Pockets
    www.dottiesmagicpockets.com
    Dottie's Magic Pockets is the first kids' show that features gay and lesbian families - and it is Super-riffic Fun for everyone!  Each zany episode is filled with catchy songs, cute cartoons - like purplish-pink Princess and her two dads - and Dottie's fabulous puppet friends. 
  • Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
    www.glsen.org
    The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Check out their website for great resources for safe schools and Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) organizing tools.
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network
    www.gsanetwork.org
    This is California’s statewide GSA network website. Check out their great resources for safe schools organizing. Empowering youth to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.
  • GLBT National Help Center
    http://www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org
    The GLBT National Help Center Web site connects members of the GLBTQ community to peer counseling, local resources, and more.
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
    www.hrc.org
    The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.
  • LAMBDA Legal
    www.lambdalegal.org
    Lambda Legal is the oldest national organization pursuing high-impact litigation, public education and advocacy on behalf of equality and civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.
  • Llego, the National Latino/a LGBT Organization
    1420 K St., Suite. 400 Washington, DC 20005
    Phone:  202/408-5380
    Website:   pending
    The only national nonprofit organization devoted to representing Latina/o LGBTQ communities and addressing their growing needs.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) YOUTH PROJECT  
    Phone:  415/392-6257
    www.nclrights.org
    Provides direct, free legal information to youth, legal advocates, and activists through a toll-free line; advocates for policies that protect and support LGBTQ youth; and litigates cases that establish legal protections for LGBTQ youth in schools, foster care, juvenile justice and other settings.
  • National Day of Silence
    Website:  www.dayofsilence.org
    A student-led day of action where those who support making anti-LGBTQ bias unacceptable in schools take a day-long vow of silence.
  • National Education Association LGBTQ Caucus                           
    Website: www.nea-glbtc.org
    Represents public education employees who are concerned about sexual orientation issues and their impact on students and the school employees who work with them.
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
    www.thetaskforce.org
    The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement.
  • National Youth Advocacy Coalition
    1638 R Street NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20009
    202.319.7596 ; Toll-free: 800-541-6922
    www.nyacyouth.org
    The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional-well being.
  • Out Proud! The National Coalition for GLBT Youth
    Website:  www.outproud.org
    Email:  info@outproud.org
    Provides outreach and support to LGBTQ teens just coming to terms with their sexual orientation and to those contemplating coming out.
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
    www.pflag.org
    PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
  • Safe Schools Coalition
    2124 Fourth Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98121
    (206) 632-0662 x49
    www.safeschoolscoalition.org
    Coalition to provide school advocacy, training, resources and research to promote safer schools.
  • TransYouth Family Advocates
    http://imatyfa.org/
    A coalition of parents, friends and caring adults dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the medical and cultural challenges faced by children with gender variant and gender questioning identities and the families who love them.

SF BAY AREA UNIVERSITY STUDENT/ALUMNI RESOURCES

    • University Of California Berkeley Queer Resource Center     
      305 Eshleman Hall
      Berkeley, CA 94720-
      Ph: 510-643-8429
      GLBT resource center
    • University Of California Berkeley Haas School Of Business Q@haas     
      545 Student Services #1900
      Berkeley, CA 94720-1900
      Email: ian_ford@mba.berkeley.edu
      LGBT graduate student group.
    • University Of California Berkeley Queer Alliance     
      305A Eshleman Hall
      Berkeley, CA 94720-
      Ph: 510-643-8429
      Email: cerdaan@berkeley.edu
      Social group for GLBT students
    • University Of California Berkeley Boalt School Of Law Queer Caucus     
      283 Simon Hall
      Berkeley, CA 94720-
      Email: caucus@law.berkeley.edu
      GLBT law students
    • University Of California Berkeley Gender Equity Resource Center     
      202 Cesar E Chavez Student Center
      Berkeley, CA 94720-2440
      Ph: 510-642-4786 Fax: 510-642-4788
      Email: geneq@berkeley.edu
      Resources and educ. programming on gender and sexuality for UC Berkeley community.