The Office of LGBTQ Affairs leads, collaborates on, and supports a diverse range of programs that provide resources and opportunities for LGBTQ communities in Santa Clara County to thrive.
Census responses inform data that can help advocates, policymakers, and researchers working on LGBTQ issues and more. On the 2020 Census, individuals have the option to identify a relationship as same-sex. The Office of LGBTQ Affairs helps to engage LGBTQ communities to get counted on the Census through community events, social media, and other communications efforts.
The Office of LGBTQ Affairs recognizes the historic lack of safe and equitable access to education and employment experienced by transgender and gender expansive communities. To combat the ongoing effects of this injustice, we are currently working towards the development of programming focused on Transgender Economic Empowerment. Check back soon for updates.
The Gender Health Center (GHC), part of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, is the first and only clinic in the South Bay specializing in care for transgender, non-binary and gender diverse individuals of all ages. The Office of LGBTQ Affairs was one of the stakeholders who helped launch GHC in 2019, and continues to support its work and connect community members to its services.
New Haven Inn is an inclusive shelter in San Jose with focused support for individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Their staff are LGBTQ sensitive and knowledgeable, and provide clients with immediate and longer-term services. The Office of LGBTQ Affairs helped inform the development of New Haven Inn, and continues to support its work and connect community to its services. New Haven Inn is by referral only, click for more information.
Getting to Zero HIV (GTZ) Santa Clara County-Silicon Valley is a four year initiative that strives for Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Deaths related to HIV/AIDS, and Zero HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination. GTZ is a collaborative between The Health Trust, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and other multi sector partners, including the Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
The Office of LGBTQ Affairs and Behavioral Health Services Department will open the first LGBTQ Health and Wellness Center serving Santa Clara County, anticipated in 2020. With input from community, the Center will provide linkages to care, services and support, create spaces for community wellness, and build capacity for system providers to have a high level of LGBTQ cultural competency. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media (@LGBTQSCCgov) to receive updates.
The LGBTQ Summit is a free convening that shares promising practices presented by local and national leaders, provides information about County services and initiatives, and supports community building and collaboration. The Office of LGBTQ Affairs collaborates with a Steering Committee of County departments and community organizations to design and present the LGBTQ Summit each year in June. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media (@LGBTQSCCgov) to receive updates.
One supportive adult can drastically alter an LGBTQ youth’s life. With this in mind, the Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the Behavioral Health Services Department are partnering with Kognito to distribute LGBTQ trainings to teachers and staff all across the county. The Step In, Speak Up! online module teaches youth-facing adults to create more inclusive spaces in Santa Clara County classrooms. Click here to learn more, and to register your school for free.
California law mandates that any single-stall restroom must be designated “All-Gender” by signage. The Office of LGBTQ Affairs currently has a limited supply of All-Gender Restroom Signs (the blue circle with white triangle and the blue rectangle with white text and braille). We are able to provide up to two of each sign to any small business within Santa Clara County free of charge and can have them mailed to the business. Click here to learn more, and to request a free sign.
The Office of LGBTQ Affairs coordinates the presence of County government departments to display and outreach at the Silicon Valley Pride Festival and/or to participate in the Silicon Valley Pride Parade which occurs annually at the end of August at Plaza de César Chávez Park in San Jose. While our office helps to support County participation, please note that the Parade and Festival are produced by the separate organization Silicon Valley Pride. If you are a County department and interested in learning more, please contact us at [email protected].
Recently-released data revealed high numbers of LGBTQ youth within the juvenile justice system. These numbers are even higher for youth in girls’ detention centers and programs (approximately 40% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and about 10% are gender nonconforming). The Juvenile Justice Pilot is an upcoming project that will aim to provide intentional, coordinated, focused and pro-social interventions for justice-involved LGBTQ youth at risk of (re)entering girls’ detention facilities. Check back soon for updates.