For Youth

The Epicenter

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The Epicenter exists to empower at risk and system involved youth ages 16-24 to flourish by connecting them to community resources that provide opportunities for equity and hope in order to improve youth outcomes in Monterey County. The Epicenter is a replication of the VOICES centers in Napa and Sonoma Counties. We are a youth led and youth-run organization that works towards empowering at risk youth by providing them with a one-stop resource center. 


For ADVOCACY

Rainbow Speakers and Friends

Rainbow Speakers and Friends invite you to our monthly evening of friendship and support. More than ever our community grows stronger and more determined to make each day better for everyone. Lots of ideas to share so come add your perspective and hopes for bringing us together in active advocacy! 


LGBTQ Collaborative

The Monterey County LGBTQ Collaborative works to raise awareness about the challenges impacting LGBTQ people and their families, and engages our local health and school systems, legal services and law enforcement, and the broader community, to improve support for LGBTQ people. Organizations involved in the Collaborative and partnering on related projects include California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., the Monterey County Health Department, Community Human Services, Epicenter’s Our Gente Program for LGBTQIA+ youth, Urban Arts Collaborative – Nature is Art, Art is Healing, Conexiones of Monterey County, and the Psychology Department at Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB), among others. The group meets the third Thursday of the month from 3:15-4:30 at the Salinas office of CRLA. For more information, please email Amanda at mihalkoa@co.monterey.ca.us


For Fun

TGIF Social Group

Social group "TGIF" meets one Friday per month (dates vary, usually from 5-7 p.m.). To be put on the mailing list and receive announcements from TGIF, join the mailing list at tgifmonterey@gmail.com. Men and women welcome.


Monterey LGBTQ & Friends Meetup

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This is a social group for rainbows and allies alike. Using the Meetup.com platform, our goal is to create a safe, fun, supportive group to get out and about in our beautiful local surroundings. We hike, dine out, go dancing, play trivia, join community events and more! 


Monterey Bay LGBTQ Network

A Facebook group is something that many of us in the area have discussed for some time. It is intended to simply augment the connectivity that has already been established here in Monterey. The purpose is to have a centralized, online venue to connect the gay community of the Monterey Bay area. This would facilitate event planning, gatherings, networking and anything else we can imagine.If you want to help, you can add friends and acquaintances from the area to build the group. I look forward to what the future may bring.


Gay Monterey Yahoo Group

The Gay/Lesbian Monterey Yahoo Group provides an easy way for you to announce local events, meetings, reunions, etc. for the GLBTIQ Community of Monterey/Salinas and surrounding areas. Membership is restricted to protect members' privacy but most requests are quickly approved.


For Students

CSU Monterey Bay LGBTQQI Club

It is important to have a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQQI) club on campus so that students have a safe community to join. Just as students at a University are diverse, the clubs that serve them need to be diverse. It is important for those who identify as LGBTQQI and allies to have access to a club that creates a confidential, safe, and welcoming environment. Our mission is to also secure the presence of a LGBTQQI community on the CSUMB campus and strive to create an LGBTQQI-friendly atmosphere by providing a visible community for ALL students to join.


More Resources

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