LGBTQ Connection, an initiative fueled by youth and emerging leaders, annually engages 3,500 LGBTQ people, their families and community, and trains 500 providers from local organizations across Northern California to increase the safety, visibility and well being of LGBTQ residents. In Napa and Sonoma Counties the program operates local LGBTQ community centers, supporting underserved LGBTQ youth and elders. The Napa and Sonoma offices of LGBTQ Connection each provide a safe and trusted space to cultivate hubs of vibrant activities and caring community.
Who We Are
youth leadership teams
Additionally, the staff consists of:
- Ian Stanley Posadas, he/him/él, Program Director
- Jessie Hankins, she/her/ella, Program and Evaluation Manager
- Stephanie Ramirez, she/her/ella, Program Coordinator
- Isamar Alamilla, he/him/él, Program Coach
- Fernando Espinoza, he/him/él, Program Coach
- Daisy Zamora, she/her/ella, Youth Advocate
- Gwendolyn Dean, LCSW, she/her/ella, Mental Health Counselor
- Dennis Reno, PhD, he/him/él, Mental Health Counselor
- Erika García, she/her/ella, Promotora
News & Updates
The program successfully implemented 15 events for Pride month during June 2020, including participation in two protests/racial justice solidarity marches in Napa and Santa Rosa, and one Pride cruise night through downtown Napa. Additionally, On The Move continues to work to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and participants, as well as partner in countywide collaborative disaster response, disbersement of emergency financial assistance, sharing of resources, and keeping community centers open for youth who rely on them for food, daytime shelter, and staff support. Throughout the month of September staff resumed working from the Napa and Santa Rosa community centers, ensuring open hours from 10a-3p Monday through Thursday for drop-ins, phone calls and appointments. The program’s Napa drop-in mental health counselor will also resume one day a week in-person appointment options beginning in November.
November also brings the addition of special drop-in support hours for LGBTQ victim’s of crime,
co-hosted by the Napa County District Attorney’s office.