The mission of Pride Center San Antonio is to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by connecting them and their families to community resources and organizations related to health, wellness, support, education, activities, and advocacy.
The vision of Pride Center San Antonio is to be the premier resource center in South Texas for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
The Center will respect the diversity of its members while promoting the well-being of the overall community through advocacy, education, and outreach. In order to achieve its vision, The Center will:
- Acquire and maintain adequate space to meet the needs of the community based on the mission of the organization.
- Be a comprehensive resource for the community based on the mission of the organization.
- Analyze the community’s needs on an ongoing basis and provide opportunities for members to share in the development, implementation and evaluation of educational, support, and other types of programs and services to meet those needs.
- Reach financial stability through cooperation with multiple funding sources in order to hire and support staff while maintaining programs and facilities.
- Facilitate outreach to and collaborate with the greater San Antonio community to participate in the education and development of the overall community as affirmed in the mission of the organization.
The Center operates by the following core values as a way of ensuring that top quality and support are provided to our membership and the community at large.
- Appreciate and Respect Diversity: Program for and support the diverse needs of our community and all it stands for while respecting members’ privacy and confidentiality in a safe environment.
- Be Community Centered: Develop and maintain communication channels and venues for our members to participate in the program development, implementation, and evaluation process as a way of ensuring their needs are met while maintaining a high level of member satisfaction.
- Cultivate and Maintain Community Relationships: Connect, communicate, and collaborate with existing community organizations already providing services to our community so as to not duplicate services, but support existing ones. The Pride Center will serve as a community link to refer members to existing programs and services as needed.
- Develop the Board: Provide the Board of Directors with professional development opportunities in a variety of areas to help them make more effective decisions.
- Educate and Empower: Provide members and the community at large with education, intervention, and support programs that encourage self-acceptance, nurturing, and understanding.
- Forecast for Financial Stability: Diversify our funding sources through community involvement and view fundraising as a direct responsibility of the Board of Directors.
Join us for Sober Over The Rainbow, a non-theistic, philosophy-based, and all-inclusive approach to healing and recovery from addiction and compulsive behavior.
Click here for the upcoming dates and Zoom information for this group.
A peer support group for transgender youth and their parents who can comfort each other with encouragement, love, and advice.
Click here to join the TransAllies San Antonio Facebook Group.
Binders for Brothers SA is a community group that helps Transgender Men and Non-binary individuals in San Antonio and surrounding areas acquire chest binders.
Binders for Brothers SA is an independent group fiscally sponsored by Pride Center San Antonio, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations made to Pride Center San Antonio on behalf of Binders for Brothers SA are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Case management is designed to help members of the LGBTQ+ community (18+) and their families with a variety of needs. The Center will assist the community to overcome challenges to ensure their success and safety and includes access to:
- Mental health services
- Support with emotional distress
- Resource referral
Case management sessions may include:
- Identifying and setting attainable goals that contribute to your success as well as your mental and physical well-being.
- Linking you to resources that are available throughout the city of San Antonio
- On-going support and follow-up to monitor progress and attainment of goals
Call or email to schedule an appointment.
In partnership with St. Mary’s University School of Law Pro Bono Program and Texas Law, Pride Center San Antonio's Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program offers gender marker and name change clinics for transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. The project aims to assist people in aligning the gender presented on their government identifications, driver’s licenses, and other documents with how they identify.
Changing one’s identification to align with who they know themselves to be is a major milestone and affirmation of their identity. These corrections have the potential to curb discrimination, violence, and having to be outed as transgender every time they have to present their ID.
Email The Center for assistance in changing your gender marker.
Free legal counsel; some documentation fees may apply.
Pride Center San Antonio in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas launched a brand new, first of its kind in the nation, site-based mentoring group for LGBTQ youth December 2015. The unique program will assist some of the most vulnerable and at-risk youth by partnering them with LGBTQ affirming role models. Program mentors will be comprised of people who lead and live successful and "Out" and "Proud" LGBTQ lives within our communities.
Call or email for more information.
Since late 2011, Pride Center San Antonio has provided LGBT awareness and diversity training for new cadets at the San Antonio Police Academy.
Naomi Brown, a masters-level social worker, chairs the committee.
The Peace Officers Training Committee is entirely volunteer-driven.
If you have experience in the field of LGBT diversity and sensitivity training and would like to help, please contact us here.
San Antonio has one of the largest populations of LGBTQ parents in the United States. PRIDE Families is a social and support group for LGBT parents.
Parents and family are encouraged to form support systems and friends as they meet other LGBT parents and families from the surrounding areas. The focus of the gatherings is social in nature and topics of conversation will be based on the self direction of the participants.
We hold regular meet-ups throughout the year as well as our annual Easter Celebration and annual Fall Family Festival and Trunk-or-Treat.
Click here for PRIDE Family events.
Volunteers are needed for multiple areas and responsibilities.
If you’d like to help, please complete your Volunteer Profile.
A safe zone or a safe space is a place where all people feel safe, welcome, and included. It may be a room, a car, or an entire organization.
The Center’s Safe Zone Training aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals and address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their:
- LGBTQ peers
- family members
Creating safe zones is a proactive step that schools, agencies, and corporations can take to create welcoming, inclusive spaces so that all people are empowered to reach their full potential.
Safe Zone Training offered through The Center can be customized to meet the needs of any organization.
Our Safe Zone Training is a dynamic, interactive four-hour workshop that includes activities and discussion around:
- Inclusive and respectful language
- The process of coming out
- Understanding sexual orientation & gender identity/expression
- Taking action on our campuses and in our workplaces
- Where to go for help
- And much more!
- Safe Zone Certificates are awarded to participants upon completion.
Safe Zone Training can be customized to meet the needs of any organization and is free to the public and non-profits.
Call or email The Center for scheduling, rates for for-profit businesses/organizations, or other questions.
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