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LGBTQIA Community: Past, Present, & Future

by Stay Safe, Kind & Connected Blog Team on 2020-06-26T15:43:11-07:00 | Comments

LGBTQIA Community: Past, Present, & Future
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By Tamecca Brewer, Diane DeLara, Milo Rook

While we’re doing our part by staying at home, we can’t go out and learn about the LGBTQIA community or visit local organizations committed to supporting our community. Thanks to the internet, we can explore the world without having to set foot outside! Today we’ll virtually visit some locations to learn about LGBTQIA history as well as share information on local groups that are here to support you.

Virtual Visits

One location we can visit from our socially distant living rooms is the Stonewall Inn. You can see the interior and exterior of the national monument and get a detailed view of the sculpture Gay Liberation by George Segal at the nearby Christopher Park. You’ll learn more about the historical site and how the virtual tour was created (hint: lots of lasers!).
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The GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco has many exhibitions exploring LGBTQIA history. While we can’t visit in person right now, there are free exhibits available online, 24/7 that are worth a look.

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Local Resources

Right here in Alameda County, there are places you can go and people you can talk to if you need support, have questions, or would just like to join in with the LGBTQIA community. Once things open again, they will welcome your visit.

  • Support Hotlines: Need to talk to somebody right now? Try one of these hotlines offering support, counseling, and information. This list was compiled by PFLAG, a national organization with an East Bay chapter.

 

  • Side by Side: Meet undefinedJennifer Alvarez, Youth Advocate, and Outreach Specialist at Side by Side, located in Hayward. She works with LGBTQIA youth both in and out of the foster and probation system, helping them build independent skills, and providing resume and employment support. Jennifer also helps youth develop coping skills and runs the community center, a space for youth to be themselves, chat, paint, meditate, workout, or even dance. These days, they meet virtually on Zoom and Instagram. Find out more by contacting Jennifer: jalvarez@sidebysideyouth.org or 510-566-1226, or connect with Side by Side on Instagram or Facebook: @ourspacefiercelove

     
  • undefinedOakland LGBTQ Community Center: Joe Hawkins - the Center’s co-founder and Executive Director - became famous in the early 90s for appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show defending his right as an out gay man to parent his son. The Center provides social, educational, and health-related services and activities for all ages. Some of their support groups are meeting virtually. To learn more about the Center or reach out to Joe: joe.hawkins@oaklandlgbtqcenter.org, 510-882-2286, or connect on Facebook: @oaklandlgbtqcommunitycenter.

This is only a small glimpse into online explorations and local resources, but we hope that it’s a good starting point for you. Is there something we missed that you want to share? We’d love to hear from you! Have an organization that you want to shout out? Any sites you’ve discovered that give us a glimpse into LGBTQIA history? Let us know by commenting on our Facebook or Twitter pages. Happy Pride!
 


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