Maribel Martínez, Director of the County of Santa Clara Office of LGBTQ Affairs, concludes the day with a reflection on the significance of an inaugural LGBTQ Seniors Conference and shares more about the County’s commitment to serving LGBTQ seniors as a way to build a strong, vibrant community for today and tomorrow.
Facilitators: Jenn Chan and Loretta Austin, Avenidas
Community is especially important right now. Building and strengthening your village will help you thrive. Discover opportunities for new connections with our inter-generational pen pal program and social groups. Learn where to find community resources and how to build a safe space.
Welcome and introductions from Thomas Kingery, LGBTQ Programs Coordinator/Community Liaison.
Plus, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, an advocate of the LGBTQ Initiative, provides his unique insights into the significance of the LGBTQ rights movement.
The County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services department has released a new resource for members of the LGBTQ+ community. This two-sided flyer lists 25 different places to get support, including counseling, medical care, crisis lines, and peer support. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
The Q Corner
Offers peer services to support LGBTQ+ community members and allies to access resources, referrals, social and community building activities, mentoring, and training.
- (408) 977-8800
- 1075 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose
- Serves: All ages
Supports the mental health of LGBTQ community members and allies by providing outreach, education and advocacy services.
- (408) 841-4300
- 452 S. 1st Street, San Jose
- Serves: Adults
The LGBTQ Youth Space
A community drop-in center and mental health program for LGBTQ+ and ally youth and young adults who live in Santa Clara County.
- (408) 343-7940
- 452 S. 1st Street, San Jose
- Serves: Ages 13-25
Bill Wilson Center LGBTQ Connections
Provides a safe drop in space, support groups, and services to connect to housing, education, and mental health resources.
- (408) 925-0233
- 693 S. 2nd Street, San Jose
- Serves: Ages 18-25
Outlet, Adolescent Counseling Services
Outlet empowers LGBTQ+ youth through support services, leadership training, community education and advocacy.
- (650) 424-0852 x107
- 590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View
- Serves: Ages 13-18
Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center
Provides community, leadership, advocacy, services and support to the Silicon Valley’s LGBTQ People and their Allies.
- (408) 293-3040
- 938 The Alameda, San Jose
- Serves: Adults
Avenidas LGBTQ Seniors Initiative
New programs and services in the areas of Socialization and Health Education/ Cultural Competency through strategic partnerships with LGBTQ organizations.
- (650) 289-5417
- Serves: Older adults
Social Services Agency: Department of Family and Children’s Services
LGBTQ Social Worker who provides support, advocacy, education, and resources related to LGBTQ youth involved in the child welfare system.
Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic – The Gronowski Center
Affordable and affirming psychological services for individuals who identify as LGBTQ as well as those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- (650) 961-9300
- 5150 El Camino Real, Building C, Suite 15, Los Altos
- Serves: Youth and adults
Talk to Someone
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the US to access a trained Crisis Counselor.
- Text LGBTQ to 741741
- Serves: Youth & Adults
SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline
The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in English and Spanish, with translation in 180 languages.
- (877) 360-LGBT (5428)
- Serves: Older Adults
The Trevor Project
The only accredited, nationwide, 24/7 crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.
- TrevorLifeline: (866) 488-7386
- TrevorText: Text START to 678-678
- TrevorChat: thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/
- Chat forums: Trevorspace.org
- Serves: Youth under 25 and their friends and allies
Gender Affirming Resources
Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. Volunteers may be available during off hours.
- (877) 565-8860
- 7 days a week, 7am-1am
- Serves: Transgender Youth & Adults
VHC Downtown Gender Health Center
Offers medical care, medical referrals, mental-emotional support, and social work services for transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive people of all ages.
- (408) 977-4550
- 777 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose
- Serves: All ages
Valley Homeless Healthcare Program – Gender Clinic
A safe space and walk-in clinic for transgender, nonbinary, and gender diverse people experience homelessness in Santa Clara County.
- (408) 272-6050
- 2101 Alexian Drive, Suite D, San Jose
- Serves: All ages
TransFamilies of Silicon Valley
A community of families with transgender and gender-creative children, offering an active online support group, monthly playgroups and peer-led support meetings for parents/caregivers with teens and young adults.
- Serves: Families
Callen-Lorde Safer Binding and Tucking Brochures
Learn the do’s and don’ts of binding and tucking in this helpful brochure series.
- Serves: Transgender youth and adults
LGBTQ+ Friendly Shelter
Life Moves-New Haven Inn
A referral-only inclusive shelter in downtown San Jose with focused support for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.
- (650) 533-9299
- Serves: Homeless Adults
Get More Information
Access a list of resources compiled by Santa Clara County’s Behavioral Health Services.
Office of LGBTQ Affairs
Provides leadership and support for the well-being and longevity of LGBTQ communities in Santa Clara County through coordinated, integrated approaches.
LGBT National Help Center
Serving the LGBTQ+ community by providing free and confidential peer-support and local resources.
Santa Clara County Office of Education LGBTQ+ Resources
Resources and Information for LGBTQ+ students and their families, including the LGBTQ+ Information and Resource Guide and OUT for Safe Schools Campaign.
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The country’s first resource center providing training, technical assistance and educational resources to providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults.
Family Acceptance Project (FAP)
The Family Acceptance Project teaches evidence-based approaches and strategies to increase family support for culturally diverse LGBTQ+ children and youth.
PFLAG provides support, information, and resources for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies.
Queer Silicon Valley launched on September 30th. Showcasing the rich LGBTQ+ history of Santa Clara County, this digital exhibition and history project is presented by the BAYMEC Community Foundation and made possible with a grant from the County of Santa Clara (which also supports the Avenidas Rainbow Collective).
Queer Silicon Valley features archival documents, personal narratives, rare photographs, exclusive interviews, videos, and robust interactive timelines around topics including HIV/AIDS, Culture & Community, Politics & Activism, and more.
The project is a perfect way for communities to celebrate LGBTQ History Month by exploring our own vibrant local stories from decades past to present-day history in the making.
Pulling from archives dating back to 1975, Queer Silicon Valley travels up to 2020 and soon beyond as the project will continue to update its stories and materials – you are also invited to provide your additions and comments directly through the site.
On Saturday, August 29th, we met at Cuesta Park in Mountain View at 10 am. Getting an early start is good idea during bad air quality days. That day it was Tom, Ernie, Bob, myself, and our newest member Rolando. Welcome to the group, Rolando.
The five of us walked about 3-4 times around the beautiful park that provided ample shade from the tall redwoods that grow throughout the park. The park had tennis courts, which we admired from afar, paved paths, open clean bathrooms, and free parking.
We have a great group of guys who I enjoy walking and talking with very much. I appreciate how welcoming and friendly the group truly is. It seemed to me that everyone was engaged in a conversation with someone else the whole time.
As we walked the park, I noticed that most of, if not all, the people in the park were wearing masks. Which was great to see. I also noticed that park staff were present. That made me feel that the park was very safe and clean.
Contributed by Thomas Kingery.