The LGBTQ Center OC’s mission is to advocate on behalf of the Orange County Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer/Questioning communities
and provide services that ensure its well-being and positive identity.


The LGBTQ Center OC was established as a volunteer organization in 1971 and incorporated in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based organization. We are one of the oldest gay and lesbian community centers in the United States.

At the LGBTQ Center OC, all members and allies of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community of Orange County join together in a network of support and unity. Our life-affirming programs focus on empowerment, and our advocacy efforts focus on speaking out against hate and discrimination. We exist so that every segment of the LGBTQ population of Orange County has the resources needed to thrive in their own lives and communities.

The LGBTQ Center Orange County provides services to more than 14,000 individuals annually across a broad spectrum of culture, ethnicity, age, and economic background. Programming is especially designed for gay men, lesbians, youth, the transgender community, the Spanish-speaking LGBTQ community, the bisexual community, and LGBTQ families.

Strategic Priorities

Strengthen Youth

Support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in achieving positive identity development and leadership skills.

Improve Health and Well-Being

Provide high-quality health promotion, disease prevention, and mental health programming that is affordable, accessible, and culturally competent.

Build Social Capital

Strengthen the social fabric, and foster a positive identity for our community and allies.

Advocate for Social Justice

Engage in policy debates and advocate on topics appropriate to the LGBTQ Center OC’s philosophy and mission.