Fifty-three years ago, the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City marked the beginning of the movement for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. During Pride Month we commemorate the events of June 1969 and we celebrate and promote self-affirmation, dignity, equality, visibility, representation, civil rights, and joy of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people.
The celebration, which evolved from Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade in New York City, was officially recognized by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Ten years later, a presidential proclamation issued by President Barack Obama formally declared June Pride Month.
In the spirit of Pride, EBCF staff curated a list of LBGTQ+ nonprofit organizations you can support in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. We invite you to learn more about and support these local organizations working working tirelessly to provide services to LGBTQ+ East Bay residents.
You can donate directly on their websites and EBCF fund advisors can make grant recommendations directly through Donor Central.
APEB’s mission is to prevent new HIV infections and to support individuals living with the virus through programs prioritizing some of the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals. The corporation seeks to provide culturally sensitive, non-judgmental, and effective services to all persons and communities in Alameda County living with and at risk for HIV infection. Located in Oakland.
Launched in 2010, the Brown Boi Project works to transform the way that communities of color talk about gender. We build the leadership, economic self-sufficiency, and health of LGBTQ people of color–pipelining them into the social justice movement. Located in Oakland.
The East Bay Queer Arts Center offers creative opportunities for health equity through culturally competent, financially accessible, interdisciplinary art innovation and through marginalized LGBTQIA rights advocacy; and promotes the well-being of the QTPOC artist community. Located in Oakland.
Gender Spectrum facilitates social groups for parents, guardians, grandparents, and other family members and caregivers, providing them a space to explore their own feelings, and to find a community that can support them as they navigate their child’s journey. Located in San Leandro.
Somos Familia [We Are Family] builds leadership in our Latinx families and communities to create a culture where people of diverse genders and sexual orientations can thrive. Located in Oakland.
Oakland Black Pride‘s programmatic focus is on three distinct areas – Leadership Empowerment, Social Service and Social Change and Collaborative Advocacy – they illuminate the paths and possibilities for Black, LGBTQ+ constituents by offering a comprehensive learning environment and networking opportunities that incorporate their dedication to Design Thinking. Located in Oakland.
The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, our families, and allies, by providing educational, social, and health-related activities, programs, and services. Located in Oakland.
The Rainbow Community Center provides free HIV testing and hosts counseling services and community socials for LGTBQ people of all stripes. They also have resources for queer survivors of hate crimes and intimate partner violence. Located in Concord.
In service to RYSE‘s Theory of Liberation, the Community Health Department works across various areas and issues that range from Food Justice to LGBTQQI awareness and advocacy to hospital-linked violence intervention and case management. Located in Richmond.
Founded in 1973, Pacific Center for Human Growth is the oldest LGBTQIA+ center in the Bay Area, the third oldest in the nation, and operates the only sliding-scale mental health clinic for LGBTQIA+ and QTBIPOC people and their families in Alameda County. Located in Berkeley.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Lavender Seniors advances this mission through direct services, outreach, advocacy, and education. A critical aspect of this work is ensuring LGBTQ+ elders are well-prepared emotionally, physically, legally, and socially in their later years. Located in Oakland.
Lavender Phoenix builds queer and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander power to amplify our voices and increase the visibility of our communities. Through organizing in the Bay Area, we inspire and train grassroots leaders, transform our values from scarcity to abundance, and partner with organizations to sustain a vibrant movement ecosystem. Located in San Francisco.