Estimates suggest that there is a higher percentage of same-sex households in DC than anywhere in the country and the highest percentage of transgender residents as well. The DC Center provides 20 free peer support groups for people to share stories, explore their identities, and learn from each other’s experiences. It also offers mental health services for victims of violence and trauma: individual and couples therapy, and therapist-led groups for processing trauma, learning coping techniques, and exploring other ways to heal. Center Arts is home to the arts and culture programs – from LGBT film, literary, and theatre festivals to LGBT gallery exhibits (six of the seven most recent ones were by local BIPOC artists). Peer support, health and wellness, arts and culture, and smart referrals to other providers: the Center envisions communities where LGBT people are safe, supported, enriched, and affirmed.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; All

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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for The DC Center for the LGBT Community is: Less than $500k

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