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MISSION

The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, our families and allies, by providing educational, social, health & wellness related activities, programs and services. 

HISTORY
The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center was founded by Jeff Myers and Joe Hawkins and established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in June 2017.  Joe Hawkins, who is also a founding member of Oakland Pride, is the Center's first Executive Director. Jeff Myers, who also worked as a volunteer coordinator with Oakland Pride, is the Center's first Board Chair.


The Center headquarters offices opened and began operation, in July 2017 in the Co-Munity shared office spaces located at 3207 Lakeshore Ave., in Oakland's beautiful Lake Merritt district. The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center took over the entire office space on January 1, 2018, after the Co-munity operator was evicted. The center now rents office space to small non-profits and private practice LGBTQ wellness professionals.The creation of this new service in Oakland marks the first time in our city's history, that a multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and intergenerational, LGBTQ community center has existed. 

OUR VISION
Our goal is to become Oakland’s premier network of programs and services for the LGBTQ community.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The principles that guide the actions of the Center board, staff and volunteers are:


Inclusiveness and diversity founded on human and civil rights for all
Financial stability and integrity
Collaboration with consumers and other community agencies to provide a continuum of care and services
Compassionate, quality service delivery
Continual quality improvement
Leadership development
Cost-effectiveness
Measurable outcomes.

OAKLAND LGBTQ+ CENTER

3207 Lakeshore Ave.
(Entrance @ Rand Ave.)
Oakland, CA 94610

​510-882-2286

oaklandlgbtqcenter@gmail.com
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

Office Hours: Mon-Wed-Fri, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm
See website calendar for complete schedule of evening activities.

Closed Saturdays & Sundays (except for special events). For event and meeting info, see our calendar.

The Center is wheelchair accessible, ADA compliant and has an elevator.
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