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.
Welcoming atmosphere for all transgender and gender nonconforming youth and adults, as well as parents and allies.
For more information and resources contact group facilitator, Belinda Trevino, at (361) 563-2778 or [email protected]
Coffee & Connection is a social support group for mature (50+) members of the LGBTQ+ community. Offering an inclusive and confidential atmosphere to promote social connectivity, quality of life, and self-advocacy.
Join us for networking, resource referrals, education, building community, and a safe environment to discuss and share unique challenges to assist the older adult population to live happily and authentically in San Antonio.
Mature (50+) LGBTQ+ Community
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 align 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.
Free legal counsel; some documentation fees may apply.
This group, facilitated by Erick Macias, is exclusively for Trans men and those who are in question of transitioning from female to male. To assure a safe space we ask that family, friends and partners/spouses not attend. If there are any questions please contact us.
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.
For more information contact us at [email protected]
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 at [email protected]
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 & 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.
Looking to get connected to other LGBTQ+ folks, or thinking about coming out? Not sure what to do or where to turn for advice and support?
Q Connection is a safe, informal space to listen, discuss and learn, surrounded by community. This group is open to all LGBTQ+ folks, as well as to those who choose to not label themselves and those that support the community!
As a form of gentle exercise, qigong is composed of movements that are typically repeated, strengthening and stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial, and lymph), enhancing balance and proprioception, and improving the awareness of how the body moves through space.
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, friends, coworkers, and students, as well as for themselves. 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.
This training will give participants the skills they need to provide support and to create environments that are safe, welcoming and inclusive. At the end of the class, participants receive a Safe Zone Certificate.
Safe Zone Training can be customized to meet the needs of any organization.
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How can I get trained?
The Center offers free Safe Zone Training to non-profits. For information about scheduling and/or rates for for-profit businesses/organizations please complete the contact request.
The Center offers FREE Safe Zone Training to non-profits. For information about scheduling and/or rates for for-profit businesses/organizations please complete the online contact request found at: https://pridecentersa.org/programs/safe-zone-training/
A peer support group for transgender youth and their parents who can comfort each other with encouragement, love, and advice.