The LGBT Center Orange County’s mission is to advocate on behalf of the Orange County lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community, and to provide services that ensure its wellbeing and positive identity. As one of the oldest LGBT centers in the nation, the Center serves over 12,000 LGBTQ clients annually, and remains the most comprehensive health and social service organization specifically targeting Orange County’s LGBTQ community.
A Sense of Place. A Sense of Purpose. A Sense of Pride.
For 47 years, the LGBT Center Orange County has been more than just a welcoming place. With renewed momentum and purpose, the Center constantly is expanding it's resources, trainings, outreach, legal services, mental health counselors, and programs where LGBTQ individuals can be themselves, be a part of something bigger, and thrive.
The LGBT Center OC brings together our community in a way no other organization can. This is where we build community together. This is where we celebrate our victories together –both big and small.
The progress we made this year is a beginning, not an end. In a year with many victories worth celebrating, we owe our progress to the strength of our community. That strength and unity would not be possible without your support of the LGBT Center OC, and we hope you will be a part of our continued progress.
Today, the LGBTQ community in Orange County is stronger and more visible than ever and the LGBT Center OC has unique opportunities for members of the community to gather. Our alternate location, the Brad Brafford Center on 4th is our Arts and Culture Center in the heart of downtown Santa Ana. Here, you can join us for outstanding art exhibits, Trans Day of Remembrance, Youth Empowerment to Act, and comprehensive health care navigation – to name just a few. Between both locations, we offer over twenty different LGBT drop-in, social and support groups for all ages. Our youth programs reach 2,333 students and 36 schools each year. Our mental health counselors now see clients seven days a week in three languages. There are over 600 people enrolled in our Trans*itions Health and Wellness programs, receiving hormone therapy, job training, legal name change guidance, and a sense of self. The groundbreaking work of our Policing Partnership is fostering and understanding of LGBT issues among a dozen police departments and the Sherriff’s department that did not previously exist in Orange County.
Our community relies on us to provide vital programs and services, and as a nonprofit organization, the LGBT Center OC relies on the generosity of our supporters to make that work possible. We value your support and hope you will join us to sustain and strength the LGBTQ community through programs that build a sense of place, purpose, and pride for all of us.