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Having pride for who you are: County’s first LGBTQ center set to open in San Mateo

A collaborative effort to create a community-oriented hub of information and compassion is opening its doors as the first San Mateo County Pride Center welcomes LGBTQ+ people of all ages.

Located in San Mateo, the new center is considered one of the most innovative in California as five nonprofits and the county’s Health System are taking an interdisciplinary approach to offer a range of services uniquely tailored to the LGBTQ community and its allies.

The facility is part of the county’s PRIDE Initiative, which aims to foster an inclusive environment for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and two-spirit.  

Whether it’s a youth-led Queer Prom, lectures by medical professionals about the process of transitioning, counseling sessions or just a welcoming place to relax with friends, the Pride Center is expected to grow alongside the community’s needs, said Dr. Jei Africa, director of the county Health System’s Office of Diversity and Equity.

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