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The Queer Resource Center fosters a safe space on campus for LGBTQI+ students to work on their personal educational goals in a safe and discreet environment. Our goal is to empower students by providing resources that specialize in the needs of our diverse Queer CCSF community.

Students can utilize the space for studying, printing, access to our food shelves. The QRC hosts events focused the personal enrichment and education reflecting the lived experiences of San Francisco's LGBTQI+ community. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to see how you can become involved at the QRC!

Mission Statement

The Queer Resource Center (QRC) seeks to empower the lives of LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Questioning and Allies) students at CCSF by uniting the diverse individuals in the community across gender, race, age, and economic standing, religion, and disabilities. The QRC provides access to a support system of peers and allies to strengthen the networks of LGBTQI+ students at CCSF. In addition, the QRC acts as a center of education for and about the queer community through peer-led teachings, workshops, sexual health education and linkage to community resources.

The Q-List

The CCSF Q-list was created to offer additional support to City College of San Francisco's LGBTQ+ students. By creating this list, we are also creating a network for students to easily and safely connect with "out" staff, faculty and administrators at CCSF. You can access the Q-List by clicking this link. 

If you are faculty, staff, or an administrator at CCSF, identify as LGBTQ+, and feel safe publicly sharing your identity with students via the CCSF Q-list, we invite you to fill-in this brief form to be added to The CCSF Q-list.

Form Link: https://forms.gle/9GHL4bq6VS95YJnA8

LGBTQ+ Academic Counseling Office

Hello! I’m CCSF Counselor Rico Gelera from the LGBTQ+ and Academic Counseling office in Cloud 207!

I identify as a gay/queer cis gender male raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, however, I also lived in NYC for 16 years. I am a CCSF “out” academic counselor located in the LGBTQ+ and Academic Counseling office in Cloud 207 and I work in partnership with LGBTQ+ counselor Monica McCarthy. I am the liaison to the LGBT Studies department and work closely with Dr. Ardel Thomas and instructor Breana Hansen. I also work closely with Juan Fernandez, coordinator of the Queer Resource Center. We all work as a team to support our students, especially our LGBTQ+ students! 

LGBTQ+ and Academic Counseling Office
Cloud Hall 207 – Ocean Campus
Schedule an appointment:
Please request Counselor Rico Gelera
Email AcademicCounseling@ccsf.edu 
or Phone 415-239-3302

Hi, I am Monica Mc Carthy and I am an identified lesbian, cis-gender academic counselor here at CCSF where I have worked for over 18 years.  I originally earned my associate degree from CCSF back in the 1990’s and while I was a student here I was a member of the CCSF  gay and lesbian student club then called  (GALA).  During that time I was awarded a scholarship to travel to the 1993 March on Washington for LGBT rights.  At that time, I had just come out and the power of being surrounded by hundreds of thousands of queer people standing up for their rights in Washington DC was transformative.  It helped to solidify a desire to be an Out voice for LGBTQ+ rights.   After some academic ups and downs, I eventually transferred from CCSF to SFSU to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and then went on to complete my Master’s in College Counseling.  My goal was always to return to CCSF to work with students who had also experienced academic struggles, especially LGBTQ+ students.   I am a firm believer in the wisdom of Harriet Tubman, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  It is within this framework that I seek to embolden students to believe in themselves and the goals they hold close to their hearts, and to believe that anything is possible with right intention and right support.

My spouse and I have been together for almost 25 years. We are raising three teenage sons, have a dog and a messy chaotic life that we love.

For appointment email and ask for appt with Monica: academiccounseling@ccsf.edu OR make appointment through ESARS