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The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center opened its doors on March 1, 1981 in a two-room storefront on Keyes St. in south downtown San Jose. More than two decades have passed since those modest beginnings on Keyes St. Today the Billy DeFrank Center serves a large and diverse community. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all ages and backgrounds find resources at the Center that are not available elsewhere. Our mission is to provide a broad array of opportunities and programs, a dedicated and caring staff, a corps of volunteers, and a spirit of community that celebrates the many facets of our broad-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender constituency. While the DeFrank Center's history is only a little more than half the age of the Stonewall events, our movement is fueled by the events of that time. William Price (Billy DeFrank) knew it and his legacy remains a call to action for our community to continue his important work. We continue to fight for our rights, advance liberty and justice for all and provide opportunities for positive social identification. The DeFrank Center is “a place to call home.”

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FREE HIV Testing

Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center

The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center offers a rapid test that uses an oral swab (no needles, no blood!) and results are available in approximately 20 minutes. You can choose between Anonymous (no ID required, results delivered verbally) and Confidential (valid state ID required, written results provided). Testing is available Wednesday and Thursday from 3PM-7PM. Last appointment is take at 6:30PM. Please bring photo identification if you want confidential testing (written results provided). Upon entering the building, inform our front desk volunteer that you are interested in receiving an HIV test and you will be directed to our testing room. Though the test itself takes just a few minutes, each test counseling session lasts approximately 30-40 minutes (some clients have more questions than others). There is no counseling time limit per client. Our services are provided to the community for free, a $10 donation goes directly to purchasing additional testing kits. For more info please call[masked] or send e-mail to [masked]

FREE HIV Testing

Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center

The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center offers a rapid test that uses an oral swab (no needles, no blood!) and results are available in approximately 20 minutes. You can choose between Anonymous (no ID required, results delivered verbally) and Confidential (valid state ID required, written results provided). Testing is available Wednesday and Thursday from 3PM-7PM. Last appointment is take at 6:30PM. Please bring photo identification if you want confidential testing (written results provided). Upon entering the building, inform our front desk volunteer that you are interested in receiving an HIV test and you will be directed to our testing room. Though the test itself takes just a few minutes, each test counseling session lasts approximately 30-40 minutes (some clients have more questions than others). There is no counseling time limit per client. Our services are provided to the community for free, a $10 donation goes directly to purchasing additional testing kits. For more info please call[masked] or send e-mail to [masked]

Women's Discussion Group

Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center

We meet to discuss current events, common concerns (from passing, to kids, to the single life), queer visibility in books and movies, public displays of affection, mental health, sex or whatever thoughts we bring in with us. All this is in a friendly, safe and confidential space. Feel free to drop-in---we'd love to hear what you have to say!

CMA (Crystal Meth Anonymous) Meeting

Billy DeFrank Grand Ballroom

Peer led support group for those overcoming the effects of Crystal Meth.

Past events (4,832)

Celebration of Faith

Billy DeFrank Grand Ballroom

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