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Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County

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General Agency Information
Name:Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County
Alternate Name(s):The Diversity Center
The LGBT Diversity Center
The Santa Cruz County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
Address:1117 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA  95062-2105
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-425-5422
Fax Number:831-425-0743
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Description:Saturday and Sunday: Open for group meetings only

The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz county is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people flourish as full participants throughout our local community. Our walk-in center is a wonderful place to relax and browse our lending library of over 2000 titles with LGBT+ characters. We offer resources and information to our community through our online directory, phone call or walk-ins.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, questioning, or any other identity as well as our allies are welcome here.

ELIGIBILITY: Any lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender person and allies.

Mailing Address:
Diversity Center
P.O. Box 8280
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Mission:The Diversity Center Santa Cruz County is building an equitable community where LGBTQ people thrive.

Our Vision:
To have a healthy, vibrant, and diverse LGBTQ community in Santa Cruz County, free from fear, hatred, and prejudice and safe in their persons, work, and homes; with a spirit of collaborative leadership that fosters the sharing of resources, talents, and gifts with each other and with the greater community.
Programs:60 Plus Senior Program:
Are you over 60 and part of the LGBT community? Come join our 60Plus activities! Together we help improve the quality of life of LGBT folks over 60 through social and recreation activities. You can sit back and relax or volunteer to help out. We also provide LGBT Aging Sensitivity trainings to local organizations so they can improve how they better understand and serve our LGBT seniors. Please come join us.

We build community through fun socials, delicious food, and bi-monthly check-in/planning meetings. By bringing together diverse cultures within the LGBTQ community, we create a potent combination! Come join us for support, for fun, for friendship and for possibly even finding that special someone. For more information email

Youth Program:
Our youth program, run with the help of savvy adult mentors-brings queer and questioning teens together to create safer schools, to support one another, to build future queer leaders and to have fun. We offer you all kinds of ways to join in. For more information email

Triangle Speakers:
For more information email

Trans* Programs:
No matter where you are on the gender spectrum, The Diversity Center's Trans* Program has something for you. Support groups for and by trans* folks, referrals to trans* friendly providers, lively conversations about the specific ways being trans* impacts us, fun outings-these are just some of the ways we serve you.

GenderQueer Support Group: second and fourth Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:00pm For more information email:

Transgender Support Group: first and third Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:00pm For more information email:

TransMen Support Group: second and fourth Sunday, 6pm-7:30pm For more information email:

TransGirls (12-18) Group: Every Saturday 4pm-6pm
For more information email:

Professionals Mixer:
Our regular mixers include appetizers, beverages and a chance to meet other local business shakers ní movers. We meet at a variety of fabulous locations, often with gorgeous ocean views! Meets the first Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30pm. For more information please email

Rainbow Veterans:
We are a welcoming home to LGBTQ Vets in Santa Cruz County! Come join us. We offer support, education and social activities for active duty personnel, veterans and their families.
Meets the first Sunday of every month at 7pm.
For more information visit
Facilities:Meeting facility for rent, capacity 50, call for availability.
Meetings:Fourth Tuesday of each month, 6-8pm, the Public is welcome.

Publications:LGBT, Resource Directory
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within One Block
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:Call for Information
Fee Amounts:
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:Grants

Sharon Papo
Executive Director

Related Agencies
Child Agencies:Triangle Speakers
Subject Headings
 Alcohol Dependency Support Groups
Alcoholism Counseling
Drug Abuse Counseling
Drug Dependency Support Groups
Gay Men
Gay/Lesbian Advocacy Groups
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Advocacy Groups
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Issues
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Parents
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Support Groups
Gender Identity Support Groups
Information and Referral
Library Services
Mutual Support Groups
Private Nonprofits
Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
Social Clubs/Events
Speakers/Speakers Bureaus
Transgendered Advocacy Groups
Transgendered Individuals
Veteran Support Groups
This record last modified June 26, 2016

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