Updated resource information and feedback is welcomed. Please contact the commission at lgbtqinfo@smcgov.org

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Anti-Violence Organizations

YWCA Silicon Valley- Domestic Violence Department, Support Network Program

The YWCA Domestic Violence Department, Support Network Program works to empower our diverse community to live free from domestic violence through the provision of safety, support services and self-empowerment.

  • Website: http://ywca-sv.org/programs/SN/
  • Mailing and/or Business Address: 375 S. Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112
  • Phone Numbers:
    • Domestic Violence Department- Crisis Line: 1-800-572-2782
    • Domestic Violence Department- Business Line: 1-408-295-4011
    • Adriana Caldera, Domestic Violence Department Director- (408) 295-4011 ext. 373
  • Email: Adriana Caldera, acaldera@ywca-sv.org

YWCA Silicon Valley- Rape Crisis Services

The YWCA Rape Crisis Services helps residents of Silicon Valley to minimize the traumatic aftermath of sexual assault and to promote safety, mobility, and freedom from abuse for all people. YWCA Rape Crisis Services provides a 24-hour, seven days-a-week crisis hotline, immediate crisis counseling and assistance, information and referrals, and accompaniment services to medical, police, and court facilities. Services are provided at no cost for all survivors of sexual assault or abuse, as well as their loved ones.

  • Website: http://www.ywca-sv.org/programs/rape_crisis_center.php
  • Mailing and/or Business Address: 375 S. Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112
  • Phone Numbers:
    • YWCA Silicon Valley, General Office:  (408) 295-4011 ext. 200
    •  24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline at (408) 287-3000 or (650) 493-7273
    • Sue Barnes, Rape Crisis Department Director- (408) 295-4011 ext. 232
  • Email:  Sue Barnes, sbarnes@ywca-sv.org

Business Associations

Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley

The Chamber’s mission is to create a vibrant LGBT supportive business community through development, facilitation, promotion and advocacy.


Community Centers

Billy DeFrank Center

The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center strives to be the community's premier resource hub and a recognized leader in promoting health, strength, diversity and inclusiveness. They provide a broad array of opportunities and programs, a dedicated and caring staff, a corps of volunteers, and a spirit of community that celebrates the many facets of the broad-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender constituency in Santa Clara County.


Community Organizations, Social Clubs, & Family Support Networks

PFLAG San Jose/Peninsula Chapter

Formerly known as Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG is the United States' largest organization for parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning.


Culture: Ethnicity/Nationality/Race

The Queerceañera Project, San Jose:

What is a Queerceañera?" Queerce "to queer oneself" and añera "on a given year marking a milestone." This event is designed combine aspects of Latino culture and LGBTQ identity. A Queerseañera is an identity affirming event. This event will be open to all ages, especially targeted to youth 15-18 years old


Political Organizations/Policy/Government

Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC)

The Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC) is a four-county lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) political action group, advocating for the civil rights of LGBT people since 1984. BAYMEC is the only political action committee (PAC) dedicated to this purpose in the central coast counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.


Youth/Transitional Age Youth:

Adolescent Counseling Services, Outlet- Mountain View, CA

Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy. Outlet envisions a world that embraces, empowers, and celebrates LGBTQQ youth.


Adolescent Counseling Services, De Ambiente- Mountain View

De Ambiente is a community space for bilingual Spanish-speaking LGBTQQ youth, ages 10-25 years old. De Ambiente is the only Spanish speaking support group for LGBT Latino youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. De Ambiente provides an opportunity for building community, health education, leadership development, and social events.

  • Website: http://www.acs-teens.org/what-we-do/outlet/
  • Mailing and/or Business Address: 90 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94041
  • Phone Numbers: Anthony Ross, Outlet Director- 650-424-0852 x107 (Voicemail Only) and 650-965-2020 x122
    • Rodrigo Garcia-Reyes, Spanish Language and Education Coordinator- 650.424.0852 x109 (Voicemail Only) and 650.965.2020 x122
  • Emails: Anthony Ross- anthony@acs-teens.org; Rodrigo Garcia-Reyes- rodrigo@acs-teens.org

LGBTQ Youth Space

The LGBTQ Youth Space is a Program of Family & Children Services that includes a community drop-in center and mental health program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally youth and young adults ages 13-25 who live in Santa Clara County. The space is open 3pm-9pm Monday through Friday.


The Queerceañera Project, San Jose

[See Culture: Ethnicity/Nationality/Race- The Queerceañera Project]