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657 Mission Street #300
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-5455
www.glbthistory.org

History and Mission

Fifteen years ago, during the height of the AIDS pandemic, the Center was born from a dream for a better tomorrow. Since opening in 2002, it has stood as a beacon for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in San Francisco and beyond.

Today, when visitors arrive at the 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. Our vision for the future is a LGBT community united by common purpose, celebrating our history, culture and diversity, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Programs and Services

The Center has active partnerships with over 70 community organizations, providing leadership that brings the community together. We host over 75 programs weekly and serve over 9,000 individuals monthly. Center direct services assist community members most in need. Programs and recent accomplishments include:

  • Economic Development. Pioneering programs that support sustainable employment and business practices for LGBT individuals and small businesses.
    • 1,000 jobseekers served annually through job fairs and one-on-one counseling.
    • 200 LGBT individuals attended the Center’s annual Economic Empowerment Day.
    • 49 transgender individuals placed in jobs in prior year through targeted program.
    • 5 neighborhood businesses attracted, 2 retained through the Business Attraction program.
    • 8 clients prepared loan applications through Small Business Development program.
  • Health and Wellness. Strong HIV/AIDS prevention and city newcomer programs connect individuals to resources and community they need to thrive and succeed.
    • 7,500 information referrals made each year to more than 500 regional LGBT services.
    • 200 city newcomers receive education, mentorship, HIV testing, networking and support.
  • Children, Youth and Family. We provide childcare services to LGBT families five days a week. Over 300 youth annually receive leadership development, job training, queer youth prom, and for marginally housed youth, free meals.
  • Community and Policy Initiatives. We support three community-led initiatives, serving women's, transgender, and Latino/a communities. We facilitate and lead local organizing around civic issues, such as marriage equality and employment protection.
  • Arts and Culture. We support queer arts, by hosting visual and performing arts showcases, and collaborating with artists and groups to increase visibility and access to LGBT artists.
  • Building Facilities. Our solar powered, 35,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility is open six days a week, hosting events ranging from 12-step meetings to town halls to readings and entertainment, bringing the community together. Services include free public computer and Internet access.

Leadership

In March 2008, Rebecca Rolfe was hired as Executive Director, before which she served as the Center's Deputy Director for four years. She spent eight years prior to that as San Francisco Women Against Rape's Executive Director. Rebecca fills leadership positions on several statewide policy committees and task forces. The Center's executive team reflects our community's diversity, including people of color and transgender individuals. They have a solid track record of professional management, financial control, fundraising leadership and program success.

Your Support

The Center is more than a building, more than a collection of programs and people. It is a symbol that represents a belief in civil rights, freedom of expression, and an inclusive community for all people. These are fundamental San Francisco values, and we believe fundamental American values. An investment in the LGBT community is an investment in our shared dream of a better life for all people. Your donation is an investment in making this shared dream for a better future true today. To learn more about individual donor, corporate sponsorship, foundation funding or volunteer opportunities contact our Development Director Gayle Roberts at gayler@sfcenter.org or (415) 824-5524.