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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.”

Upcoming events (5+)

Vintage Program (Seniors 60+)

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The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center Vintage Program provides nutritional lunches, emotional support groups, recreation and social activities, and educational programs for LGBTQ seniors aged 60 and above. These activities reduce social isolation for LGBTQ seniors and promote integration into the larger LGBTQ community and the San Jose Community as a whole. The program consists of several different components. The premiere program is the Vintage Lunch program, which has provided a low cost ($3.00) nutritious lunch since October 2002. Participants meet on Wednesdays and Friday afternoons at 11:30 AM for lunch followed by activities that focus on promoting wellness, supplying relevant and culturally appropriate information, and reducing isolation. These activities have included: -legal and financial seminars -diabetes education and screening -medical benefits workshops -mental and physical exercise opportunities -memoir writing classes -art exhibits -travel slideshows and talks -dining out movies -trips to various cultural events in San Jose and the greater Bay area. Questions? E-mail Brian Bridges at [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]

Rainbow Bingo!

Billy DeFrank Grand Ballroom

BINGO is every Wednesday night at the Center. Every third Wednesday of the month is DRAG BINGO! Full House pay outs are up to $200! Bingo begins at 7:00 PM. $15 buy-in 1st pack of 10; $5 each extra pack Early-Bird game starts at 6:30 PM. Cherry Bells available for sale Free ticket with each buy-in (1/person) for fabulous door prizes Snack and soft drinks available for purchase • Players must be at least 18 years old. • Everyone entering the Bingo Hall must buy his/her own 1st BINGO pack. • You may not give a BINGO pack to anyone that did not buy their own pack. • We reserve the right to refuse or discontinue service to anyone. • Questions? Email us at [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]

Past events (3,780)

CMA (Crystal Meth Anonymous) Meeting

Billy DeFrank Grand Ballroom

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