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Department ofWomen's and Gender Studies

LGBTQ+ Resources

For many LGBTQ+ students, discrimination and harassment are daily realities. We believe the classroom should be a place of inclusion. To help create a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ teens and college students our team at created a resource where students can find resources and information about support systems available to help them navigate both high school and college environments.

Local Resources

  • Aguilas

    Aguilas is committed to continue providing services for gay/bisexual Latinos in the San Francisco area. (San Francisco, CA)

  • Bay Area Bi-Sexual Network

    Bay Area Bi-Sexual Network provides for a better understanding of bisexual lives and issues within the larger lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community and the public through informational and social events and support groups. (San Francisco, CA)

  • Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center

    The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center provides community, leadership, advocacy, support, and services to Silicon Valley’s LGBT people and allies. It is located down the street from SCU. (San Jose, CA)

  • Community United Against Violence

    Community United Against Violence is the nation’s first LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) anti-violence organization that prevents violence through peer-based counseling, direct assistance, education and outreach, grassroots organizing, and policy advocacy. (San Francisco, CA)

  • Diversity Center

    Diversity Center is dedicated to advancing causes and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals and their allies in Santa Cruz County. (Santa Cruz, CA)

  • Equality California

    Equality California works to achieve equality and secure legal protections for LGBT people. (San Francisco, CA)

  • Family & Children’s Services

    Family & Children’s Services is a health and human services agency that has served children, teens, adults, and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties for nearly 60 years. The agency offers a wide variety of comprehensive and affordable counseling, education, and prevention programs. (San Jose/Campbell/Palo Alto, CA)

  • Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club

    Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club is San Francisco’s largest Democratic Club and serves as a place for anyone who thinks there ought to be a place for queerness in the progressive struggle, and a place for progressive politics in the queer community. (San Francisco, CA)

  • Health Trust AIDS Services

    Health Trust AIDS Services is a community benefit foundation that focuses on healthy living, aging, and communities. (1400 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA)


    OUTLET supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth ages 13-20 living on the Peninsula and South Bay.

  • Pacific Center

    Pacific Center is an award winning, LGBT community center serving the East Bay and Greater Bay Area through professional counseling, groups, community events, and advocacy. (Berkeley, CA)

  • The Deaf Gay and Lesbian Center

    The Deaf Gay and Lesbian Center non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the Deaf community in the San Francisco Bay Area. (San Leandro, CA)

  • The San Francisco LGBT Community Center

    The San Francisco LGBT Community Center provides San Francisco with a vast array of programs and services for LGBT people, their friends and families. (San Francisco, CA)

  • Transgender Law Center

    The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. (San Francisco, CA)

National Resources

  • American Civil Liberties Union

    American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that seeks to preserve one’s protections and guarantees and works to extend Constitutional freedoms to populations who have traditionally been denied their rights, e.g., people of color; LGBT people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor. For more information about internship opportunities, visit the Internship webpage.

  • BestColleges

    At BestColleges, we believe that dream jobs start with dream schools, which is why we provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suited to their educational goals. As a trusted education advisor, we also host free college planning, financial aid, and career resources to help all students get the most from their education and prepare for life after college

  • Bisexual Resource Center

    The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.


    COLAGE is the only national organization in the world specifically supporting children, youth and adults with LGBTQ parent(s).

  • FTM International

    FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Rights, human rights, multiple oppressions, immigrant rights and anti-oppression work with all of our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders.

  • Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

    GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.

  • GLBT National Help Center

    GLBT National Help Center is a national hotline providing peer counseling, information, and assistance with other resources available to gay and lesbian teens.

  • Human Rights Campaign

    The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

  • International Foundation for Gender Education

    IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people. We advocate for freedom of gender expression and promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Cis-gender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra, Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Butch, Femme, Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course - You!

  • International LGBT Human Rights Commission

    International LGBT Human Rights Commission is a US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status, through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.

  • Intersex Society of North America

    The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

    Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national 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.

  • Lesbian Herstory Archives

    The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities.

  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

    We’re building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be yo

  • National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization

    ALLGO works to create and sustain queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies through artistic expression, promoting wellness, and grassroots organizing. We believe that in doing so, together we can radically transform systems and policies toward a collective liberation.

  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays

    Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

  • National Minority AIDS Council

    National Minority AIDS Council helps to develop leadership in communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS through public policy education programs; national conferences; treatment and research programs and trainings; and electronic and printed resource materials.

  • TransYouth Family Advocates (TYFA)

    TransYouth Family Advocates (TYFA) empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.

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