LGBTQ Resources

Resources Specific for LGBTQ in Santa Cruz

The Diversity Center
Drop in Information and Resource Center, three Transgender support groups , Triangle Speakers: an Educational Speakers Bureau, Community Training program, youth program , senior program, social and support groups . In 2015 we are starting a Trans* AA group. * 831-425-5422 * 1117 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Cantu Queer Center UCSC
UCSC’s LGBTQ Resource and Information Center, 831-459-2468

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Monthly support group for anyone wanting a safe place to talk. Meets monthly at Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, second Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Transgender Healthcare Program
Director, Transgender Healthcare Program: Dr. Jennifer Hastings/ Dr. Chris Weigen
831-460-3100 * Santa Cruz and Watsonville locations

Transparent Group
Support group for parents and families. Meets monthly, first Saturday.
Please call Dina Oskiera, 831-818-2253 for information and location details or email

Santa Cruz Trans Therapist Team
Overseen by Shane Hill, PhD. Provides supervision group and ongoing training for therapists. Current coordinator Connie Batton: 831-425-4432 (note: yearly rotation of coordinator)

California Rural Legal Assistance, CRLA
Assistance with legal name and gender change. Offices in Watsonville, Santa Cruz & Salinas.
Elena Dineen * * 831-757-5221
Lisa Cisneros * * 831-724-2253

Trans* Teen Project
For connection, awareness and support for trans teens in SC,



Gender Spectrum
Support for families, children and schools. Provides legal support, medical referrals and trainings. Hosts an annual conference for professionals and families,

Transgender Law Center
San Francisco based civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Provides name and gender change resources as well as advocacy around gender issues,



National Center for Lesbian Rights

Achieving LGBTQ Equality through litigation, legislation, public policy and public education,

New Transgender Hotline, 1-877-565-8860

Trevor Project Lifeline
Hotline for LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) contemplating suicide, 1-866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Can be reached 24/7 by people of all ages and identities, 1-800-273-8255

HRC Human Rights Campaign: Resources on Gender Expansive Children and Youth



GLAAD Transgender Media and Education Program, Reference Guide,


Boylan, Jennifer, She’s Not There, A Life in Two Genders (autobiography of older trans woman)

Brill S, Pepper R, (2009) The Transgender Child. (explains transgender youth, medical transition)

Ehrensaft, D. (2011). Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children.

Ed. Erickson-Schroth, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves

Lev, Arlene, Transgender Emergence

Sallans, Ryan, Second Son

*These resources were provided by Jane Weed-Pomerantz and Monica McGuire – THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!