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The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity

About Us

Our Organization

The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity, we developed our Community-Defined Evidence Practice (CDEP) is the Reducing Isolation through Support and Empowerment (RISE) program

Our Mission

The Center is an easy access hub providing safe, supportive spaces and services to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) community, and serving as a bridge to the greater community in Kern County.

Approach to programming

Using community feedback as a guide, we have instituted these components:: 1) one on one (1:1) advocacy services, 2) a series of seven-week support workshops, 3) providing cultural competency training to outside agencies, 4) connecting individuals with existing affirming and non-judgmental medical and mental health providers, and 5) supporting LGBTQ individuals with educational and social connections through Center events and activities. The purpose of our program is to offer prevention and early intervention techniques, to teach healthy coping skills, increase support through groups and 1:1 interventions, and decrease negative responses to environmental stressors.

Who We Are

Our team

Anne-Natasha Pinckney, Executive Director
Jan Hefner, Administrative Manager
Dani Muñoz, Youth Outreach Coordinator
Stephanie Heart, Client Advocate
Reyes Arreola, Client Advocate
Shay Dowdle, Administrative Assistant

Contact Us

Principal Contact person

Anne-Natasha Pinckney
Executive Director

general contact information

Phone: 661-404-5209

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The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity—Kern County