LGBTQ Community Resources

We strive to provide the highest quality care to our LGBTQ patients and their families. Please find below information on local and national LGBTQ resources.

El Camino Health has been designated a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality — one of just 300 hospitals nationwide to achieve this status, by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.

LGBTQ persons who have questions, concerns, complaints or suggestions about their care or the care of a loved one at El Camino Hospital, please contact Patient Experience staff at 650-962-5836 or patient_experience@elcaminohealth.org. Any questions, comments or suggestions about El Camino Hospital’s LGBTQ Committee, please contact Franz Encisa (650-962-4932) or email at LGBTQ_Healthcare_Equality@elcaminohealth.org.

Note: We hope this information is helpful. Inclusion of an organization or program on this list does not imply endorsement, nor are we liable for errors of omission in publishing this list.

 



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.


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Community Organizations and Family Support

Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs

Santa Clara County 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.

  • Website: sccgov.org
  • Mailing and/or Business Address: Office of LGBTQ AFFAIRS, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, 11th Floor, San Jose, CA 95110
  • Phone Number: 408-299-5163
  • Email: lgbtq@ceo.sccgov.org

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.

Family Caregiver Alliance

LGBT Community Support: Caregiving for our Families and Friends support group offers a place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender caregivers of adults with chronic health problems to discuss the unique issues of caring for their loved ones. Read the FAQ. Subscribe to LGBT Community Support: Caregiving for our Families and Friends here.

Trikone

Trikone offers services and support for LGBTQ South Asians in the Bay Area.

Asian & Pacific Islander Family Pride

This organization offers services and support for Asian and Pacific Islander families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members in the Bay Area.

Aguilas

AGUILAS is dedicated to creating a supportive, culturally sensitive environment for gay/bisexual Latinos in the Bay Area.

Peninsula Family Services Senior Peer Counseling Program

This program offers support and services for older adults, including LGBTQ, who are 55 years and older and live in San Mateo County.

Diversity Center

Diversity Center offers services and support for LGBTQ youth and adults in Santa Cruz county.


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Local Medical Resources:

The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center

The Billy DeFrank Community Center offers a rapid HIV test that uses an oral swab (no needles, no blood) and results are available in approximately 20 minutes. You can choose between Anonymous (no ID required, results delivered verbally) and Confidential (valid state ID required, written results provided).

Testing is available Monday through Thursday, 4 – 8 p.m. (last check-in at 7:30 p.m.)

The center also offers the following:

  • LGBTQ library and free cyber center
  • Vintage luncheon (for seniors) Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Gay Bingo every Wednesday night 6:30 p.m.
  • Drag Queen Bingo third Wednesdays
  • Artsplosion young queer artist events

Valley Homeless Healthcare Program – Gender Clinic

This safe space for the homeless transgender and gender expansive community of Santa Clara County offers the following services:

  • Primary care
  • Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
  • HIV testing
  • Masculinizing and feminizing hormones
  • Trans-affirmative gynecologic care
  • PrEP and PEP (prescriptions for the daily medicine that prevents HIV)
  • Mental health counseling
  • Mailing and/or Business Address: 2101 Alexian Drive, Suite D, San Jose, CA 95116-1901 (Bus #23, #70, #64, #522)
  • Hours: Drop in on Mondays 8:30 a.m. to noon (closed every second Monday of the month)

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society offers support for LGBT breast cancer sufferers.

  • Website: cancer.org
  • Mailing and/or Business Address: 747 Camden Avenue Suite B, Campbell, CA 95008
  • Phone Number: 408-871-1062
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.



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National Resources

National LGBT Health Education Center

The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources and consultation to healthcare organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults.


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Safety and 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: ywca-sv.org
  • Mailing and/or Business Address: 375 South Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112
  • Phone Numbers:

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: ywca-sv.org
  • Mailing and/or Business Address: 375 South Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112
  • Phone Numbers:


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Youth/Transitional Age Youth

Outlet Adolescent Counseling Services, 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.

 


De Ambiente Adolescent Counseling Services, Mountain View, CA

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.


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 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.


BWC Connections

Bill Wilson Center (BWC) Connections supports youth of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, and validates all persons within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning communities. The center provides help with housing, education and mental health resources. Free weekly educational and skill-building workshops, regular wellness and self-care activities are offered as well as LGBTQ youth support groups.

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