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9A LGBT Support Services

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Face To Face
Care Services 707-544-1581
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Family Caregiver Alliance
Support Group 415-434-3388
GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
LGBT health care providers 202-600-8037
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Kaiser
New Member Experience Department 707-393-3186
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KBBF 89.1
The Queer Life: News and Perspectives 707-545-8833
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KRCB 91.1
Outbeat Radio: Connecting the LGBT Community 707-584-2000
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LGBTQ Connection
Social & Support Group 707-251-9432 ext 205
Metropolitan Community Church of the Redwood Empire
Social & Support Group 707-529-1129
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Rainbow Women of Oakmont
Social & Support Group 707-623-9097
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S.A.G.E.
Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders 212-741-2247
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Santa Rosa Community Health Centers
Transgender Clinic 707-303-3600
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Sebastopol Area Senior Center
LGBTQI Senior Information & Assistance Program 707-829-2440
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Senior Center Without Walls
LGBT Support Groups 877-797-7299
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Spectrum LGBT Center
Discussion Group 415-457-2487 ext 117
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Sutter Health
Transgender Health Clinic 415-377-4523
The Billys
Bi-Monthly gatherings for gay, bi and queer men 707-545-1044
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Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center 415-865-0176
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Vintage House Senior Center
Sonoma Valley LGBT Senior Group 707-227-6935
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We The People
LGBT Seniors Web site editor@wtppub.org
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)

Sonoma County Adult and Aging Services is committed to creating welcoming and knowledgeable services, programs, and systems for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The following facts are designed to increase awareness and facilitate conversations about acceptance, understanding, and full inclusion of LGBT.

Facts:

  • There are an estimated 47,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living in Sonoma County. Many of them are in the closet, meaning they do not talk about their lives for fear of judgment, rejection, or harm.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender – LGBT for short – is the preferred language usage. Avoid homosexual, sexual preference, and alternative lifestyle.
  • Everyone has both a sexual orientation and a gender identity, and they are two different things. Sexual orientation is the romantic and/or sexual attraction to men, women, both or neither. Gender identity is the sense of self as male, female, or transgender.
  • “Transgender” is an umbrella term that includes people who do not fit traditional male or female roles and/or who identify with a gender other than the one assigned at birth. Transgender people can be straight, gay, bisexual or asexual. Pronoun usage should respect the person’s stated gender identity. That is both the law and the right thing to do.
  • LGBT seniors lack the traditional supports that are essential to healthy aging. They are more likely to live alone; less likely to have adult children and partners; less likely to be connected to family of origin; less likely to access services and do not have pension, social security survivor, and other federal benefits.
  • California laws prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in schools, housing, employment, public accommodations, and services. This is not the case in many other states. For example, it is legal to fire or refuse to hire an LGBT person in 29 states, while transgender workers can be denied jobs in 38 states.

(Adapted from The Out of the Closet Campaign © Spectrum LGBT Center, 2017)