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The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity

aka The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  www.thecenterbak.org

Mission

The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity is an easy-access hub providing a safe, supportive space and services to LGBTQIA2S+ adults and youth. The Center seeks to improve the well-being of all LGBTQIA2S+ persons by providing a positive environment and a place to find help, as well as social and cultural programs and activities to enhance their quality of life. The Center seeks to strengthen the connection between the LGBTQ+ community and the entire Kern County area community through diversity education programs designed to foster a greater understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression issues. We seek to empower LGBTQ+ persons to celebrate and be proud of whom they are and to live full rewarding lives as productive and contributing members of society.

Ruling year info

2013

Interim Executive Director

Dani Munoz

Main address

PO Box 2712

Bakersfield, CA 93303 USA

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EIN

45-3709449

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Center was formed to be a space where people find affirmation, acceptance, and social connections. We find that many folks feel relief when they participate in activities with other LGBTQ persons, but still feel isolated and have a profound sense of loneliness in much of their lives. Using this feedback as a guideline, we developed our program, Reducing Isolation through Support and Empowerment (RISE). The purpose of the RISE program is to offer LGBTQ+ persons techniques to learn healthy coping skills, increase support through groups and direct counseling interventions, and decrease negative responses to environmental stressors. We also provide education to our wider community about how to provide an affirming environment for LGBTQ+ people where they live, work, and play.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Gender Rebels and Bi/Pan+ Support Workshops

These multi-week support workshops are curriculum-based and designed to provide attendees new insight into their own sexual orientation and gender identity. Facilitators guide each workshop to ensure that participants experience a safe and supportive environment. Participants experience a sense of community and better understanding about themselves and how to access local resources.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Bisexuals
Transgender people

This program provides training for healthcare providers, social service agencies, law enforcement, and businesses in how to provide affirming care and services for LGBTQ persons. Topics detail differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, and why using appropriate pronouns are important for connecting with many LGBTQ persons.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Counseling and Advocacy services are available to LGBTQ persons, family members and friends to support understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, help individuals build self-esteem and confidence, and help lessen feelings of anxiety and depression. All counseling and advocacy services are free of charge.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

These events and groups include social and educational opportunities for all members of our diverse LGBTQIA2S+ community. Our "Know Your Rights" series help clarify laws and protections for community members. The Center hosts the “Name and Gender Correction Clinic" to assist trans, non-binary, or gender expansive community members who would like to change their legal name or gender marker. Various social events including professional networking, karaoke, and game time help create a better sense of community in our safe spaces; while educational events help LGBTQIA2S+ persons and allies learn more about our diverse community. Two new offerings include a monthly virtual social space for QTBIPOC folks to gather in a joyful community emphasizing holistic wellness and uplifting their cultures, and another virtual space for those on the Aro/Ace (Asexual and/or Aromantic) spectrum to share space and build community.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adults

Creating a safe space for youth and young adults that supports and affirms their identity and true self. Offerings include in-person youth gatherings – chosen-family picnics, Game Nights, crafting; staff- moderated Youth Discord Server open hours to connect with others and build community; facilitator-led “Emotions & You” workshop; Clothing Swap for trans- and gender-affirming attire; outreach to high school SAGA (Straight & Gay Alliance) groups offering information on Center programming and services; empowerment of the Youth and Young Adult community voice through the Youth Council Advisory Board for recommendations to The Center on programming, events and outreach.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Families
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

• Provide safe spaces for LGBTQ+ people and allies to find community, education, and resources.
• Support LGBTQ+ individuals in developing better self-esteem and resiliency in their day to day lives.
• Provide specific services for the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender and gender non-conforming persons, bisexual and pansexual+ persons, youth, and seniors.
• Create a more affirming community-wide environment for LGBTQ+ persons when they access mental and medical health care or other consumer services.
• Provide services throughout our large (8,100 sq. ft.) county.
• Increase awareness of, and advocacy for, the needs of LGBTQ+ persons in our community.
• To support the intersectionality within our diverse community by recognizing the additional impacts of race, ethnicity, faith, class, income, physical and mental abilities among LGBTQ+ persons.
• Improve organizational sustainability by strengthening operations and infrastructure.

• Maintain safe physical spaces where LGBTQ+ persons can access information and resources.
• Educate the wider community about the needs of LGBTQ+ persons and how to provide affirming services.
• Create safe school environments for all LGBTQ+ children through education, advocacy, and intervention.
• Travel throughout our county on a weekly basis to provide training to local providers and support services for LGBTQ+ persons in less-populated areas.
• Provide specific services for Latinx and African American/Black LGBTQ+ persons.
• Provide family services for parents, siblings, and friends of LGBTQ+ persons.
• Advocate for system change where needed in law enforcement, housing, medical, and social services.

The Center was the first LGBTQ+ organization to establish a physical community presence in 2011 and was awarded a prestigious grant from the California Reducing Disparities Project in 2016. This grant allowed us to add paid staff to our fully-engaged Board of Directors and our strong and growing volunteer team and to expand our services. We serve over 2,000 people per year through our many programs and services.

During our first five years, we logged just over 1,000 Center visitors per year. In the past year, that number has doubled to over 2,000 visitors each year.

We have provided eleven support workshops over the past 18 months serving 136 unique participants.

One hundred persons have received individual counseling services, and we average 51 client counseling sessions per month.

An average of 170 events and activities are provided in our facilities each year.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity

Board of directors
as of 09/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Emily Fisher

Aera Energy, LLC

Term: 2023 - 2024

Cindy Smith

Retired

Emily Fisher

Aera Energy, LLC

Anthony Valdez

City of Bakersfield

Anne-Marie Hodge

Bakersfield College

Alyssa Olivera

The Open Door Network

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/9/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Non-binary, Transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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