Mission & Guiding Principles
The mission of The San Diego LGBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.
The principles that guide the actions of the Center board, staff and volunteers, as well as the design and implementation of all Center programs, are:
- Inclusiveness and diversity founded on human and civil rights for all
- Financial stability and integrity
- The Resource Enhancement and Community Health (REACH) programming objectives
- 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, and
- Measurable outcomes.
The Center is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment and in the provision of all services.
It is an explicit goal of all Center programs to be inclusive and representative of the diversity found in the San Diego community. Honoring, promoting and celebrating our community’s diversity is a central organizing principle for The Center, as well as a part of our mission statement. Every staff member, board member, and volunteer is committed to helping to create an environment where each individual can feel respected, welcomed, and understood. The Center provides services without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic characteristics, political belief or activity, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state and local laws.
The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center) is the nation's second oldest and one of the nation's largest LGBT community centers. Functioning as the LGBT community's anchor organization, The Center is led by a 15-member board of directors, employs more than 50 paid staff and utilizes more than 1000 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights. The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those struggling with HIV. Last year The Center provided more than 60,000 direct service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.
Center programs and services are supported, in part, by The County of San Diego Department of Health & Human Services, The City of San Diego, AIDS Walk San Diego, and the United Way of San Diego.