San Francisco LGBT Community Center


The SF LGBT Center is a
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serving the
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, and queer community of
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San Francisco, California
, and nearby communities, located at 1800
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in San Francisco. The mission of the SF LGBT Center is "to connect the diverse LGBTQ+ community to opportunities, resources, and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTQ+ people and our allies."

Programs and Services

The Center's programs and services include: *Economic Development (including housing and financial services, employment services, and small business services) *Youth Services (including drop-in navigation, mental health services, and housing programs) *Community Programs (including information and referral program, arts and culture program, and volunteer program) *Building Services (including event rental space, computer lab, and partner organization tenants)


The agency's annual budget is approximately $4.5 million, supported by a combination of San Francisco city government grants, rental and event income, and institutional and individual donations. The Center's Executive Director Rebecca Rolfe leads a staff of about 30 staff members.


Incorporated in 1996, the Center opened its
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, facility in March 2002. The building includes a
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home built in 1894 by Carmelita Lodge Fallon (1827-1923), niece of General
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, one of the last Mexican governors of
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, as well as a modern building facing
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. In 2016, the Center began a $6.5 million renovation project to expand the space available to nonprofits that lease space in the building, as well as to improve circulation in the lobby. Programs continued throughout the renovation. On April 9, 2017, the Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration to mark completion of the renovation and the 15th anniversary of the Center. The total cost of the renovation was $10 million.

See also

LGBT culture in San Francisco The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ' or ' is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay men, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism ', which began to replace the term ''gay' ...
List of LGBT community centers Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) related organizations and conferences range from social and support groups to organizations that are political in nature. Some groups are independent, while others are officially recognized advocacy gro ...
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(see Landmark #223, Carmel Fallon Building)


External links

Official websiteCarmel Fallon Building at NoeHill
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