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LGBTQ+ Initiatives

The purpose of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, within the Office of Student Life, is to affirm the unique lives, identities and intersectionalities of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Intersex, Pansexual, Omnisexual, same gender loving people and ally students, and faculty and staff members. We encourage a supportive and inclusive environment by providing education, outreach and advocacy opportunities that assist our LGBTQ+ and ally students and faculty and staff members to achieve personal and academic excellence.

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Email: lgbtq@ucmerced.edu

Phone: 209.228.2250

Office: KL 167A

Lambda Alliance

Lambda Alliance is a safe space for queer and trans individuals to be themselves and utilize it as needed. As a registered club and organization, we celebrate the intersectionality of queer and trans identity. In doing so, we advocate against oppressions to build towards queer and trans liberation. We also provide the tools for straight and cisgender allies to advocate alongside the queer and trans community. We strengthen community partly by hosting social events and promoting learning opportunities. We recognize that individuals are at different moments in coming out to themselves and hope to support them in their journey.

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Email: LambdaAlliance@ucmerced.edu

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Queer Issues, CACQI

LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion (CCCI), works to identify institutional, structural, and cultural initiatives that advances the UC Merced campus climate for the LGBTQ2IA2 and expanding community. The advisory committee advocates on campus on behalf of the LGBTQ2IA2 community for participation, success, and visibility across multiple dimensions of inequality including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, ability, veteran, marital and familial status.  The Committee will operate under a shared governance model, intentionally including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, senate and non-senate faculty and staff members.

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Email: cacqi@ucmerced.edu

Queer Ally Program

The Queer All Program is a program which identifies students, faculty and staff members who will provide empathy, acceptance, support and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex students and all forms of gender expression. Individuals have a right to their opinion; however, if someone is stating myths or misinformation about gender and sexual diversity, Queer Ally Program members will provide more accurate information in a respectful manner.

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Email: queerally@ucmerced.edu

 

General

The CARE Office

The CARE Office (formerly called the Violence Prevention Program) provides response to and education about gender-based violence, including sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. The CARE Office serves all individuals affiliated with UC Merced including students, staff, and faculty members.

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Email: Program Director, ycuriel2@ucmerced.edu

Phone: Program Director Yessenia Curiel: 209.233.1746

                  Campus Advocate Valara Villanueva: 209.386.2051

                  Program Coordinator Taylor Fugere: 209.228.4147 (tfugere@ucmerced.edu)

Office: KL 107

Cat Cops (UC Merced Police Department)

The UC Merced Police Department serves the UC Merced community and associated university property 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department is a full-service agency.

                  Police Services

                  Emergency Management

Our police officers, public safety dispatchers, community service officers, student volunteers, support staff and managers provide innovative and caring professional service to the community. Services include but are not limited to notifying first responders to reports violence on campus, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) training for students, faculty and staff, and Safety Escorts.

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Email: police@ucmerced.edu

Phone: 209.CAT.COPS (228.2677)

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services exists to support each student’s academic pursuit by providing professional services that care for the emotional, personal and social wellbeing of students.

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Email: counseling@ucmerced.edu

Phone: 209.228.4266

Office: Recreation and Wellness Building, First Floor

Disability Services

The mission of Disability Services (DS) is to promote equal educational access and full participation by and for students with disabilities in the rich academic and campus life environment at UC Merced. DS staff are available to answer questions and provide useful information to facilitate equal academic access to students with disabilities.


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Email: disabilityservices@ucmerced.edu

Phone: 209.228.6996

Office: SSB 230

Office of Campus Climate

The Office of Campus Climate was created to coordinate and support strategic initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion at UC Merced for all campus constituents. Director De Acker works with others throughout the campus on accountability, infrastructure and resources that support inclusive excellence, where equal opportunity, mutual respect and cross-cultural collaboration are fostered. The office also develops an integrated conflict management system for faculty, staff and students to voice their concerns, work to resolve issues and contribute to a conflict competent organization.


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Email: dacker@ucmerced.edu

Phone: 209.228.2598

Office: KL 107

Social Justice Initiatives

With a focus on social justice, personal and community development, cultural awareness and advocacy, Social Justice Programs seeks to cultivate and develop an inclusive environment where students are aware of local, national and global issues and are equipped and prepared to thrive in a diverse global society.


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Email: oprimitivo@ucmerced.edu

Phone: 209.228.5323

Office: KL 167B

Student Health Services

The mission of the Student Health Services is to help each student strive for maximum physical and emotional health while pursuing their academic and personal goals at UC Merced. Student Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality primary health care, in combination with health education and wellness promotion through caring, accessible and affordable services.


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Email: health@ucmerced.edu

Phone: 209.228.2273

Office: Recreation and Wellness Building, Second Floor

 

Local Resources

Merced LGBTQ Alliance

The mission of the Merced LGBTQ Alliance is to advocate for the interests of the LGBTQ+ and Ally community within Merced County. We celebrate our diversity and advocate for justice and opportunities for members.


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Email: mercedinfo@gaycentralvalley.org

Valley Crisis Center of Merced County

We exist to contribute to and enrich the cultural life and expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, their families, friends, and supporters through awareness and education of the diversity and history of the LGBT community in California’s Central Valley.


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Phone: 209.725.7900; 24 hour crisis line: 209.722.4357

 

Valley Resources

Gay Central Valley

We exist to contribute to and enrich the cultural life and expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, their families, friends, and supporters through awareness and education of the diversity and history of the LGBT community in California’s Central Valley.


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Email: info@gaycentralvalley.org

Phone: 559.325.4429

Address: 1067 N Fulton Ave, Fresno, CA

My LGBT Plus

MY LGBT PLUS is dedicated to connecting, interacting with and supporting the LGBT+ community of Central California. Our vision is to create an interconnected community that thrives!


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Email: info@mylgbtplus.org

Phone: 559.797.1722

Address: 2915 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Central Valley Pride Center

“CVPC is a judgment free zone, providing support and promoting acceptance and diversity in the Central Valley’s LGBTQ+ community.” We are determined to provide a safe haven, promote leadership and community awareness for our community. More programming is ahead for the Pride Center: further lesbian and gay support groups, a group for same sex parents, support for parents and family members within the LGBTQ+ community, collaboration with Gay Straight Alliances at local high schools.


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Email: info@mopride.org

Phone: 209.372.3056

Address: 400 12th Street Suite 2, Modesto, CA 95354

Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield

Above all, the Center strives to provide a safe, comfortable and inviting place for the LGBT community to meet, socialize and network. In addition to providing an inviting place and positive environment, the Center seeks to improve the wellbeing of LGBT people in the Bakersfield area by providing social, cultural, and educational programs and activities, plus an extensive referral network. Furthermore, the Center seeks to strengthen the connection between the LGBT community and the entire Bakersfield area community by fostering diversity, tolerance, and greater understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.


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Email: info@glcenterbak.org

Phone: 661.843.7995

Address: 902 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

PFLAG Fresno

PFLAG Fresno is a volunteer group of parents, family and friends of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT). We welcome all caring persons, including the GLBT community to our meetings and membership. We meet on the second Sunday of each month.


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Email: pflagfresno@gmail.com

Phone: 559.434.6540

Address: Wesley United Methodist Church at the Winterberg Education Conference Building

1343 E. Barstow Ave (Between First & Cedar) Fresno, CA 93710.6309

PFLAG Sacramento

Founded in 1982, the Sacramento Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) promotes the health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, their families and friends through:

                  Support, to cope with an adverse society;

                  Education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and

                  Advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure civil rights.

PFLAG Sacramento meets jointly with Trans Families Sacramento, a group of transgender families in the Sacramento area, including trans parents (transgender parents), parents with transgender children, spouses and families.

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Email: contact@pflagsacramento.org

Phone: 916.978.0410

Address: PO Box 661855, Sacramento CA 95866.1855

Sacramento LGBT Community Center

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center works to create a region where LGBTQ people thrive. We support the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocate for equality and justice, and work to build a culturally rich LGBTQ community.


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Email: info@saccenter.org

Phone: 916.442.0185

Address: 1927 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811

San Joaquin Pride Center

The mission of the San Joaquin Pride Center is to serve the diverse LGBTQQIA community in San Joaquin County and the surrounding areas by creating a safe and welcoming space, by providing resources that enrich body, mind and spirit, and by educating the public in tolerance and respect for all people within the LGBTQQIA community.


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Email: sjpridecenter@gmail.com

Phone: 209.466.7572

Address: 115 N Sutter St, Stockton, CA 95202

The SOURCE LGBT+ Center

Our MISSION is to provide spaces within our communities for the LGBT+ population to Learn, Grow, Belong, Transform, Question + Support. Our VISION is to cultivate new resources through advocacy, partnerships and fundraising to unite and advance the LGBT+ community in Tulare & Kings Counties.


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Email: thesourcelgbt@gmail.com

Phone: 559.429.4277

Address: 208 West Main Street B, Visalia, CA 93291

 

State Resources

API Equality

API Equality is committed to working in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in California and nationally for equal marriage rights, fair treatment and overall acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.


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Email: info@apiequalitync.org

Phone: 415.274.6750 ex. 317

Address: 17 Walter U. Lum Place San Francisco, CA 94108

Brown Boi Project

Brown Boi Project works to build leadership, economic self-sufficiency, and health of young masculine of center womyn, trans men, and queer/straight men of color―pipelining them into the social justice movement.

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Email: info@brownboiproject.org

Phone: 510.962.6999

Address: 436 14th Street, 5th floor, Oakland, CA 94612

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit legal service program created to help California's low income individuals and communities. We represent all types of individuals and communities. We have offices from the Mexican border to Northern California. CRLA’s LGBT program is dedicated to advocating on behalf of low income lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families in rural California. The LGBT program works to improve access to justice and expand civic engagement opportunities for LGBT communities.

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Phone: multiple numbers based on location

Address: multiple locations

El/La Para TransLatinas

El/La is an organization for transgender Latinas (TransLatinas) that works to build collective vision and action to promote our survival and improve our quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Because we exist in a world that fears and hates transgender people, women and immigrants, we fight for justice. We respond to those who see us as shameful, disposable or less than human. We are here to reflect the style and grace of our survival, and to make new paths for ourselves.

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Email: multiple emails, check website

Phone: 415.864.7278

Address: 2940 16th Street, Rm 319. San Francisco, CA 94103

Hispanics in Philanthropy

HIP works to strengthen movement building and leadership at the intersection of LGBT rights and racial justice in Latino communities and Latin America.

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Phone: 415.837.0427

Address: 414 13th St #200, Oakland, CA 94612

 

National Resources

Advocated for Informed Choice (AIC)

Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) uses innovative strategies to advocate for the legal and human rights of children born with intersex traits. Their work is grounded in a sense of respect and compassion for the children, parents, doctors, and intersex adults involved.

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Email: info@aiclegal.org

Phone: 707.793.1190

Address: P.O. Box 676 Cotati, CA 94931

American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER)

American Veterans for Equal Rights is the oldest and largest chapter based, all volunteer national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans Service Organization in the United States, and the nation’s only LGBT VSO recognized by the Veterans Administration. It is a Veterans Service Organization of active, reserve, and veteran service members dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.


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Email: info@aver.us

Phone: 718.849.5665

Address: P.O. Box 94376 Atlanta, GA 30377.0376

Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country and their six million children. They work to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.

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Phone: 646.880.3005

Address: 475 Park Ave South, Suite 2100 New York, NY 10016

Gay & Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons (GLARP)

The purpose Gay & Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons is to develop and operate retirement communities that are openly LGB friendly and to promote, provide and support education on aging.


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Phone: 310.722.1806

Address: 10940 Wilshire Blvd, #1600, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network is the largest national organization of parents, educators, students and other concerned citizens working to end homophobia in K.12 schools, and to ensure all students are valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation. Their site details their conference calendar, provides a regional chapter locator, and offers a “tool-kit” or resources to use in schools.


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Email: info@glsen.org

Phone: 212.727.0135

Address: 110 William Street, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10038

Gender & Sexualities Alliance Network

GSA Network is a next generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.

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Email: info@gsanetwork.org

Phone: 415.552.4229

Address: 1714 Franklin St #100, Oakland, CA 94612

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, envisions an America where GLBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. HRC has close to 600,000 members—all committed to making this vision of equality a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC effectively lobbies in Congress, provides campaign support to fair minded candidates, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting GLBT Americans, including relationship recognition, workplace, family, and health issues. The HRC Foundation engages in research and provides public education and programming.

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Email: feedback@hrc.org

Phone: 202.628.4160 or 1.800.777.4723, TTY 202.216.1572

Address: 1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20036.3278

LGBT National Help Center

The LGBT National Help Center is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. Their Gay & Lesbian National Hotline, which began in 1996, is a primary program of the GLBT National Help Center. They have 15,000 local resources for cities and towns across the country.

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Email: help@LGBThotline.org

Phone: 1.888.843.4564, Youth Talkline 1.800.246.7743

Address: 2261 Market Street, #296 San Francisco, CA 94114

National Center for Lesbian Rights

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has been advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education since it was founded in 1977.

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Email: info@NCLRights.org

Phone: 415.392.6257

Address: 870 Market Street Suite 370 San Francisco CA 94102

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning lifesaving change for transgender people.

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Email: ncte@transequality.org

Phone: 202.642.4542

Address: 1400 16th ST N.W., Suite 510, Washington D.C. 20036

National LGBTQ Task Force

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We’re building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.

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Email: ncte@transequality.org

Phone: 202.393.5177

Address: 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW Suite 600 Washington, DC 20005

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

National organization dedicated to providing support, community and education for the Queer Asian Pacific Islander community.

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Email: info@nqapia.org

Phone: multiple based on location, see website

Address: 233 Fifth Avenue Suite 4A New York, NY 10016

National Queer Trans Therapists of Color Network

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a space for queer, gender nonconforming and trans therapists of color to build, resource, and support one another as clinicians and healers. NQTTCN provides a network of support for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) seeking transformative mental health resources rooted in social justice and liberation.

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Email: nqttcn@gmail.com

Address: P.O. Box 7793 Oakland, CA 94601

Out and Equal Workplace Advocates

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The organization advocates building and strengthening successful companies that value all employees, customers and communities.

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Email: hello@outandequal.org

Phone: 415.694.6500

OutServe.SLDN

OutServe.SLDN represents the U.S. LGBT military community worldwide. The mission is to educate the community, provide legal services, advocate for authentic transgender service, provide developmental opportunities, support members and local chapters, communicate effectively, and work towards equality for all.

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Email: admin@outserve-sldn.org

Phone: 800.538.7418

Address: PO Box 65301 Washington DC 20035-5301

Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a national nonprofit grassroots organization which promotes the well being of lesbian and gay people, their families, and friends through education and advocacy. Online information on Project Open Mind offers hate crime and teen suicide statistics. The site also offers a directory of chapters across the country. PFLAG is a particularly useful resource for parents of students who are coming out in college or for faculty and staff when one of their children comes out to them. There are more than 250,000 members and supporters in over 500 chapters throughout the United States.

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Email: info@pflag.org

Phone: 202.467.8180

Address: 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 660 Washington, DC 20036

Pride at Work

Pride at Work is a nonprofit organization and an officially recognized constituency group of the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations. The association organizes mutual support between the organized labor movement and the LGBT community for social and economic justice. In addition to national Pride at Work, more than 20 chapters organize at the state and local level around the country.

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Email: info@prideatwork.org

Phone: 202.637.5014

Address: 815 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20006

Trans People of Color Coalition

Trans People of Color Coalition exists to advance justice for all trans people of color. We amplify our stories, support our leadership, and challenge issues of racism, transphobia, and transmisogyny.

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Email: info@tpocc.org

Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. They envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.

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Email: info@transgenderlawcenter.org

Phone: 510.587.9696

Address: PO Box 70976 Oakland, CA 94612.0976