The San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center is a California Non-Profit Corporation, 501(c)(3), founded in 2011. Our mission is to promote a safe and inclusive San Gabriel Valley for people of all orientations and gender identities. We aim to enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ San Gabriel Valley residents by:
fostering advocacy, education, and respect for individuals
encouraging cultural diversity, healthy living, and full achievement of personal potential
improving the overall visibility of the SGV LGBTQ community within the general population
providing locally available, culturally competent programs and services
promoting interconnection amongst the SGV LGBTQ community
About the SGV
The San Gabriel Valley (SGV) is a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse community of 2 million people. It spans over 285 square miles, and encompasses 31 incorporated cities and 5 unincorporated communities. SGV residents are predominantly those of Latinx (45%) and Asian (28%) descent.
The SGV is home to the largest diaspora of Chinese American communities in the United States, with substantial populations in the cities of Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, and Arcadia.
The SGV was originally home to the Tongva people, who lived throughout the Los Angeles Basin for thousands of years before being displaced and enslaved by Spanish settlers in the 1800s. The ancestors of the Tongva still reside here today.
History of The Center
The San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center (originally the Pasadena Pride Center) was founded in 2011, in response to a nationwide string of LGBTQ youth suicides. The first board was a coalition of LGBTQ community leaders, and our initial mission was to provide a centralized point of contact for local community resources.
We had several temporary homes over the years, with our most recent being Prince Erik Hall & Gardens in Arcadia, California. With a warm heart we know the closing of this physical space has supercharged our Board of Directors to finally locate the home for LGBTQ+ folks that The San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center is working on creating.
Looking Toward the Future
In order to build a stronger, more strategic movement for the future, The SGV LGBTQ Center is seeking financial resources to help us advance community awareness, security, and safety for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Currently, the Center is open only during programming hours. We are in the process of finding a new location for the Center that will allow us to expand our programming and availability.
In addition, we hope to hire an executive director who will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the Center. In order to achieve these goals, we are asking for financial support from the community. Click here to learn more about our fundraising campaign, Building Pride.