In April 2011, The SGV LGBTQ Center began as the Pasadena Pride Center and was formed in response to a nationwide string of LGBT youth suicides that occurred within a short amount of time during that year. The first board was a coalition of LGBT community leaders.
Our first mission was to provide a centralized point of contact for local community resources. We did this via our website and phone number that community members in need could utilize.
The Men’s Program was our first, launched in May of that year. Shortly after, we launched our monthly PRIDETalk educational forums.
In 2013, we conducted a needs assessment of SGV LGBTQ community service providers. The major findings of that study was to create a safe space for the LGBT community of the San Gabriel Valley to gather.
In 2014, in collaboration with Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, we secured usage of facilities to host our programming. We also launched the Women’s Program followed shortly by the Senior’s Program.
In 2015, we secured our second temporary home Epic Spaces, a shared working space in the heart of Pasadena’s Playhouse District that provided The Center a home for our programming needs. We also conducted the first ever Needs Assessment specific to the SGV LGBTQ community members.
In 2016, the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church transferred the Rainbow Connections LGBTQ Youth Program to The Center. We also secured a permanent home in the Prince Erik Hall of the Arcadia Congregational Church in Arcadia, CA. With that move, we began the process of re-branding to The San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center.
Today, we are working to:
- increase visibility of the LGBTQ community throughout the SGV,
- increase interconnection among the LGBTQ community, and
- advocate for increased locally provided culturally competent programs and services.
Although, we are working on behalf of all our community members, the Board has selected the following segments of our community in most need:
- Transgender Individuals,
- LGBTQ Seniors and,
- LGBTQ First Generation Americans and Recent Immigrants.