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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.

QRC Programs and Events Fall 2020
T-House Series
The T-House is a community gathering space and event series for transmasculine and masculine of center individuals including trans men, nonbinary people, genderfluid people, butches, studs, two spirit people who identify with transmasculinity in any way, and anyone who feels included by the phrase "transmasculine and masculine of center people" regardless of specific gender identity or affectional orientation.

Please fill out the interest form below and become a part of the planning and growing the T-House series at CCSF.
CCSF LGBT Studies Department
Ardel Thomas (They, Them, Theirs), Department Chair
A Multidisciplinary and Multicultural Study of LGBTQQI* Identities, Culture, Art, History, and Society
Through the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Behavioral Sciences, the LGBT Studies department incorporates queer theory, theories of race and ethnicity, feminist theory, and the study of comparative social and political movements to examine the ways that we currently understand and have historically understood various constructions of sexuality, gender identity and behavior depending upon historic time and global location.

Our Programs
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies AA Degree
The LGBT Studies Major offers a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to the study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex identities, culture, art, literature politics, history, and society both globally and domestically.

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Social Justice Studies: General - Feminist, Queer, and Trans Studies AA-T
This AA-T offers students you of knowledge through a set of introductory courses addressing gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability and depth of knowledge through courses that focus on intersecting identities within feminist, queer, and trans theories.

Jo Anne Bilodeau, Department Assistant
Office: V103
Telephone: 415-452-5173
Email: Contact:
LGBTQ+ Academic Counseling Office
Don 'Rico" Gelera, M.S. - prounouns: He, His, Him
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
or Phone (415) 239-3302

LGBTQ+ Academic Counseling Office
Monica Mc Carthy, M.S. - Pronouns: She/Her/hers
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: OR make appointment through ESARS by using information below.
CCSF Resource Centers and Programs
Women's Resource Center - Coordinator, Shella Cervantes
A Safe, Supportive Space for CCSF Women
The Women's Resource Center is a safe place that provides information to women and all students about resources available to them both on and off-campus. The Center houses a lending library of nearly 1,000 books by and about women's issues. It sponsors campus-wide events and hosts various healing programs. The Center is run by students who work closely with a faculty advisor from the Women’s and Gender Studies department.

Email us at for general inquiry and collaboration requests
Project SURIVE
Adele A. Failes-Carpenter, Coordinator
CCSF’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationship Promotion Program
Say No To Rape - Project SURVIVE is committed to social justice and is dedicated to ending all forms of power abuse — in personal relationships, social groups, and public institutions.

Housed in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, the program trains students to make classroom presentations throughout the college. Peer educators, of all genders, offer students strategies for identifying, avoiding and leaving abusive relationships.

The Project SURVIVE community includes trained peer educators, as well as mentors and others, focused on broadening their academic goals through a concentration on sexual violence prevention education.
Link Center
Andrew Ciscel, Program Manager - email:
The LINK Center provides safer sex supplies, information and referrals for HIV/STI information, and houses the libraries for the Drug and Alcohol Certificate program, Project SURVIVE Peer Educators and the Sexual Health Educators Certificate Program.

The LINK Center is also a place to study, connect with other students and receive peer support and referrals. The Center has computers and a printer for student use and study areas with a small inner conference room available for students to reserve.