San Francisco LGBT Community Center
The SF LGBT Center is a nonprofit organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population of San Francisco, California and nearby communities, located at 1800 Market Street in San Francisco.
Incorporated in 1996, the center opened its solar-powered, 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) facility in March 2002. The building includes a Victorian home built in 1894 by Carmelita Lodge Fallon (1827-1923), niece of General José Castro, one of the last Mexican governors of Alta California, as well as a modern building facing Market Street.
In 2016, the center began a $6.5 million renovation project to expand the space available to nonprofits that lease space in the building, as well as to improve circulation in the lobby. Programs continued throughout the renovation. On April 9, 2017, the center held a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration to mark completion of the renovation and the 15th anniversary of the center. The total cost of the renovation was $10 million.
Mission of the Center
The mission of the SF LGBT Center is "to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies." All of the center’s direct services are available free of charge. Many are designed for community members most in need, including low-income, queer youth, job seekers, children and families, city newcomers, women and the transgender community. The center also leases space to partner nonprofits, in part to cover its operating expenses and in part to provide services such as health care and legal assistance to the LGBT community in San Francisco.
The center has five primary areas of focus in which it works:
- Economic empowerment
- Health and wellness
- Children, youth and families
- Community and police initiatives
- Arts and culture
The agency's annual budget is approximately $2 million, supported by a combination of San Francisco city government grants, rental and event income, and private donations. The center's Executive Director Rebecca Rolfe leads a staff of 2 dozen staff members and a volunteer pool of over 800 individuals.
- LGBT culture in San Francisco
- List of LGBT community centers
- List of San Francisco Designated Landmarks (see Landmark #223, Carmel Fallon Building)
- NoeHill entry
- Ioannou, Filipa (April 9, 2017). "SF LGBT Center marks 15th anniversary with major renovation". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
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