This site focuses primarily on Bay Area/North Bay resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. If you would like to suggest an addition to this list, please send us an email.
Crisis hotlines for Marin County: click here (will open in a new window)
GENERAL LEGAL ISSUES
ACLU LGBT Project, San Francisco (Northern CA Regional Office)
The mission of the ACLU LGBT Project is the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, San Francisco
BALIF is a Minority Bar Association of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered persons and their supporters, with over 500 members including judges, lawyers, legal workers and law students. It is a helpful resource for information about laws affecting the greater LGBT community.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Washington, DC
HRC is a national organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity through advocacy and education. It is especially important for the LGBT community to take steps to ensure that the people we choose may visit us and make medical decisions on our behalf in times of emergency. Protecting your Visitation and Decision Making Rights: www.hrc.org/resources
Lambda Legal, Los Angeles (Western Regional Office)
With headquarters in New York City and regional offices in the Midwest, South, South Central and West, Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender persons and persons living with AIDS through litigation, education and public policy work.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), San Francisco
(415) 392-6257 or toll-free (800) 528-6257
Founded in 1977 and headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Washington, DC and St. Petersburg, FL, NCLR is a national lesbian, feminist, nonprofit law firm. NCLR gains and protects the legal and human rights of lesbians, gay men and bisexual and transgender people across the United States through impact litigation, public policy advocacy, public education and direct legal services.
The Task Force (formerly, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force), Washington DC
NGLTF works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. NGLTF does this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. They also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community.
Transgender Law Center, San Francisco
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. TLC connects transgender people and their families to technically and culturally competent legal services, increases acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California’s transgender communities, and works to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Tuscon, AZ
Information on how to choose an elder law attorney and referrals to elder law attorneys: NCLR Publication: Navigating the System: A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders in California
Other Relevant Legal Publications and Web Information:
Legal Recognition of LGBT Families: This publication provides an overview of the legal rights of LGBT parents and their children in the United States.
California Transgender Family Law: A fact sheet for transgender spouses, partners, parents, and youth.
GENERAL LGBT INFORMATION
Promoting equality for all of LGBT Californians. California’s premier statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization focused on creating a fair and just society.
GLBT National Help Center
Free and confidential telephone and internet peer-counseling, information, and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning callers throughout the United States.
MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
GLMA was founded in 1981 to ensure quality, non-judgmental healthcare and to end workplace discrimination for LGBT healthcare professionals.
GAYLESTA, San Francisco
The LGBTQ Psychotherapy Association, Gaylesta, provides mental health services including therapist referrals, education and consultation. Our members offer a wide range of specializations, allowing us to serve as a unique resource both to the LGBTQ communities and to other service providers.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), Santa Rosa
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based program designed to assist Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare, Medicare Part D, Supplemental, Medicare billing and long-term care insurance issues. HICAP offers helpful information for both Medicare beneficiaries and their families — and the professionals, advocates and providers who serve them.
Queer Life Space, San Francisco
Offering very low-fee mental health and substance abuse services for the queer community. Queer LifeSpace firmly believe that a queer community that invests in its mental health is a queer community that thrives. That belief has fueled their dedication to providing effective, affordable mental health and substance abuse services to as much of the queer community as possible.
NORTH BAY HIV/AIDS SUPPORT
Marin AIDS Project, San Rafael
HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C services in English and Spanish. Services include information and referral; speakers; harm reduction and prevention services; needle exchange; HIV testing; HIV home-based health care; case management; benefits advocacy; mental health counseling; psychiatric evaluation; HIV emergency financial assistance; an HIV oral health program; transportation assistance; volunteer support services; the Reconnect Group and a Positively Social group.
Face to Face, Sonoma County
The mission of Face to Face is to improve the lives of people affected by HIV, and to eliminate new infections. To this end, they empower clients with supportive services including housing assistance, benefits counseling, information, referrals, and transportation. They strengthen our community through outreach, education and HIV policy advocacy on a local and national level.
The Care Network- HIV/AIDS, Queen of the Valley Hospital, Napa
The CARE Network’s Case Management program supports and assists Napa County residents who are HIV positive or living with AIDS. They are a specialized team of healthcare professionals and client advocates dedicated to finding what you need to continue living well. Services are free of charge, and are provided in English and Spanish.
NEEDS OF LGBT ELDERS
AARP’s Pride Homepage
This is AARP’s online home for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The page is designed to spotlight articles on news, personal finance, relationships, travel and other topics of concern to older gay Americans, and their family and friends.
Aging Services of California, Sacramento
Information on health care, services and housing for seniors.
American Society on Aging LGBT Aging Issues Network
Castro Senior Center, San Francisco
A community foundation rooted in and dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, Horizons Foundation exists to: Mobilize and increase resources for the LGBT movement and organizations that secure the rights, meet the needs, and celebrate the lives of LGBT people; empower individual donors and promote giving as an integral part of a healthy, compassionate community; and steward a permanently endowed fund through which donors can make legacy gifts to ensure our community’s capacity to meet the future needs of LGBT people. Programs include information about donor-advised funds and other giving to support the LGBT community as well as periodic events and seminars specifically geared towards professional advisors who work with LGBT clients.
Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, Oakland
Lavender Seniors, a project of Bay Area Community Services, provides social activities, support, and networking for LGBT seniors in the East Bay to improve the quality of life of older LGBT residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Lavender Seniors provides outreach, advocacy, and education.
Marin & Sonoma County Senior Advocacy Services
Promotes the health, dignity, rights and quality of life of seniors and disabled in the North Bay. Offering services that help seniors select the housing and insurance options for their needs and protecting the rights and well-being of people living in long-term care facilities.
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, Ohio, with San Francisco Bay Area chapter
Openhouse, San Francisco
Openhouse is building critically-needed housing, services and community programs to support the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults.
SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders)
The country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
Senior Pride Network, Toronto, Canada
The Senior Pride Network is an association of individuals, organizations and community groups that share an interest and commitment to expanding programs and services for 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in the City of Toronto and throughout Canada.
LGBT FAMILY NEEDS
Our Family Coalition
Our Family Coalition brings a unique and progressive voice of families to the LGBTQ movement. We cultivate community-based leadership among LGBTQ families and strong partnerships with our allies in California, to advance social justice and make our nation a more respectful and inclusive place for all.
COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere)
COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
Family Equality Council
The Family Equality Council is America’s foremost national advocate dedicated to family equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents, guardians and allies. It has grown into the leading policy advocate on federal and state issues that impact today’s modern families, including foster care and adoption, safe schools, family medical leave, parenting protections, domestic partnership and marriage.
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
The first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. Has specific information for LGBT caregivers at: www.caregiver.org/
Not LGBT specific, but includes helpful information for caregivers.
SAGE: A Guide to LGBT Caregiving