The Early Years…
Just nine years after the Stonewall Riots, the Center originally incorporated in 1978 as a special assistance program. The Lambda Community Fund, known today as the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, is Sacramento’s oldest non-profit, tax-deductible charity specifically serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.
On July 13, 1984, the Rev. Jerry Falwell appeared on television and denied referring to Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) as vile and satanic and its members “brute beasts” on his Old Time Gospel Hour. Falwell offered $5,000 to anyone who could prove that he had.
The Rev. Jerry Sloan of MCC in Sacramento called Falwell’s toll-free number, purchased a copy of the tape as proof, and demanded the $5,000 payment. When Falwell refused, Sloan sued with legal pioneer Rosemary Metrailer, and won. With cash in hand, the Lambda Community Fund was reorganized.
The First Center…
In 1986, the Lambda Community Center was opened by Sloan and the late Timothy Warford, with the help and guarantees of Terry Sidie, Marghe Covino, Court of the Great Northwest Imperial Empire (CGNIE) Emperor Randy Hartman and others to serve the broader cross-section of the LGBT community.
Programs assisted LGBTQ+ people to lead self-sufficient, healthy, well-adjusted lives, and to provide advocacy for issues of importance or special interest to our community.
In 2006, the Center’s board of directors changed the name to the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center with a mission dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of the greater Sacramento area and surrounding counties and its allies by providing space, diverse programming, advocacy, and cultural activities in an affirming, compassionate, and safe environment.
In 2013, the Center began doing business as the Sacramento LGBT Community Center with the expressed purpose of being more inclusive and welcoming to our entire community not only in name, but also through its diverse array of programming.
The Center refocused its attention on youth outreach, specifically targeting the more than 40 percent of homeless youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and health outreach in the areas of HIV and suicide prevention.
The Center continues to offer peer support groups for a variety of marginalized populations, community resource referrals to meet individual basic needs, education, and training to improve the competency of businesses and organizations to LGBTQ+ issues, numerous artistic expression, and cultural activities that build community, and volunteer opportunities that empower individuals to give back.