Our Community

We love the local organizations and businesses that embrace and support the Bakersfield LGBTQ community! If you would like to be included in our list, please let us know!


Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization.

Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

Youth Empowerment Pride Project of Bakersfield

Youth Empowerment Pride Project (YEPP) is dedicated to LGBTQ Youth Empowerment; to ensure safe spaces in the community, to gather and thrive as healthy individuals, while advocating for equality and celebrating diversity.

The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity

The Center strives to provide a safe, comfortable and inviting place for the LGBT community to meet, socialize and network. In addition to providing an inviting place and positive environment, the Center seeks to improve the wellbeing of LGBT people in the Bakersfield area by providing social, cultural, and educational programs and activities, plus an extensive referral network. Furthermore, the Center seeks to strengthen the connection between the LGBT community and the entire Bakersfield area community by fostering diversity, tolerance, and greater understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Bakersfield College Safe Space

The Bakersfield College Safe Space program was created by the BCSGA as a way for or campus to create a supportive environment for the LGBTQ community. Safe Spaces are places on our campuses where representatives have decided to publicly identify themselves as making an effort to understand and support the needs of the LGBTQ community. The Safe Space Project at BC promotes awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied (LGBTQA) individuals. Workshops can provide education concerning related issues and seeks to improve the environment for sexual and gender minorities.

BC Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Club

It is the mission of the Bakersfield College Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Club to act as an advocate for students of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community; to facilitate a safe environment for LGBTQ students and allies; to offer support to affiliate organizations of local high schools; and to promote a culture of acceptance on campus through education.

Stonewall Democrats of Kern County

We are a newly formed Democratic Club, advocating for all progressive causes, including LGBTQ issues. Open to Democrats of all genders, races, and identities.

Welcoming Congregations

  • The First Congregational Church is part of the United Church of Christ. They meet at 5 Real Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309 at the corner of Stockdale and Real Roads every Sunday for several services. Pastor Dave Stabenfeldt officiated a wedding for a lesbian couple on the first day they became legal in 2013. More Info: 661-327-1609 or fccbakersfield-ucc.org

  • Temple Beth El, and Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein are welcoming of Jewish Gays and Lesbians. Located at 2905 Loma Linda Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305, behind Garces High School off Columbus Avenue. Services are Fridays at 7:30 PM; 10 AM on the third Saturday of each month, and 6pm on the Friday preceding each Saturday AM service (either the 2nd or 3rd Friday, depending on the calendar). More Info: 661-322-7607 or templebethelbakersfield.org

  • Open Door Church: a progressive Christian community in Frazier Park; Pastor Christine Buma is of an ELCA background. More Info: 661-242-1267or DoorAPCC@gmail.com


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