Sacramento’s gay-friendly venues abound, but its support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community doesn’t end there. The state’s capital also boasts a variety of organizations and centers geared toward its non-hetero locals. These are the best, the most welcoming and resourceful LGBT-oriented organizations.

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Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center
1927 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 442-0185
www.saccenter.org

The Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center offers a variety of programs including for the LGBT community including a legal clinic, men’s and women’s groups, youth groups and 20-something groups. The center also features, hosts or supports Sacramento Pride, the Capital Crossroads Gay Rodeo Association and Strength in Numbers. Always welcoming donations and volunteers for special events, it welcomes contact from individuals, vendors and LGBT-friendly community businesses to organize events with the center. Its emergency phone line also includes access to a youth suicide hotline.

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Sacramento Valley Veterans
Lavender Library

1414 21st St.
Sacramento,  CA 95811
www.sacvalleyvets.wordpress.com

Founded in 2004, Sacramento Valley Veterans is a chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights. It is a non-profit association for active, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces. SVV works to address the needs of the LGBT service members by scheduling activities that promote camaraderie, and engage veterans in planning and implementing events that ensure proper care for one another in the LGBT community. It participates in a variety of community events, which include a variety of socialization opportunities such as laser tag pizza and bowling as well as monthly meetings, job fairs and employment workshops. It holds meetings on the third Monday of the month.

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Lavender Library Archives & Cultural Exchange
1414 21st St.
Sacramento,  CA 95811
(916) 492-0558
www.lavenderlibrary.com/

Serving the LGBT community in the greater Sacramento area, the Lavender Library is a non-profit lending library and station for cultural activities and archives. The library meets twice monthly at 7 p.m. for an “eclectic, trash” book group and its monthly open board meetings are held the first Monday of the month. It welcomes donations and volunteers. Its catalog of special collections, periodicals, non-fiction, fiction, dvd and video archives may be searched on its website in advance of meetings.

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Gay & Lesbian Sierran’s Mother Lode Chapter
P.O. Box 160511
Sacramento, CA 95816
www.motherlode.sierraclub.org/

The Gay & Lesbian Sierran’s Mother Lode Chapter is one of several gay and lesbian activity sections of the Sierra Club in California.  With 20,000 members from California and Oregon, this chapter is headquartered in Sacramento and offers myriad organized outdoor activities that encourage an appreciation of the outdoors, conservation and environmental issues. Day hikes, camping trips, bike rides and environmental work are the center of its typically free social gatherings. It offers a bi-monthly newsletter subscription with membership as well.

Gender Health Center
2020 29th St., Ste 201
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 455-2391
www.thegenderhealthcenter.org/

Offering affordable counseling and therapy to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, the Gender Health Center specializes in assisting anyone in the early stages of identifying his or her sexuality to family and friends, and those struggling with gender variance. This non-profit agency charges fees on a sliding scale. Every client is encouraged to address and explore social, cultural and political issues in their lives related to their gender and sexuality. It also offers assistance in gender transitioning, and a program for gender variant, gender non-conformant, transgender and in-question children.

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