In 2012 I sold my car and with the cash I made I left behind a life of alcohol abuse and isolation.
It was San Francisco or bust! I wanted to live within a strong queer community that would embrace me. Things didn't go well. I was rejected for jobs because I am a transgender woman. I also landed into San Francisco's housing crisis and had to take out a loan to pay rent. The SF LGBT Center helped me get back on my feet. Thanks to them, I now have a full time job at a tech company!
Today is Give OUT Day, a day where the LGBT community across the country comes together to support places like the Center. Donate today to help the Center continue employment programs, including career fairs, resume reviews, and the Job Club support group, that helped me.
The Center is also helping address the affordability crisis in the city, it's helping people find housing and build businesses, it's connecting thousands of people to critical resources, like legal aid and healthcare, and it's providing essential support to hundreds of LGBTQ youth, many of whom are homeless.
There is absolutely no substitute for the Center. I know that if I found myself out of a job again, their staff and volunteers would be there to help. I know that there are thousands of others that would agree with me.