Sonoma County is home to one of the highest per capita populations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) persons in the country. As residents of California, the LGBTQI community enjoys some of the most progressive legal protections anywhere, with state laws that specifically include sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression of both in its nondiscrimination statutes. Many LGBTQI residents in Sonoma County find themselves well-integrated into the day-to-day reality in their professional and social lives here. Our County's LGBTQI community is very broad, reflecting the County population as a whole. It includes the age, race, culture, religious and socio-economic diversity of who we are.
However, the LGBTQI community in Sonoma County is also fragmented. Despite its numbers, the community’s voice is not well-represented in policy-making. While there exist a few groups that provide social forums for networking, they are not readily accessible to all members of the LGBTQI community. LGBTQI youth, economically disadvantaged individuals, people in the health care systems, elders, culturally isolated people, and “closeted” or “covering” individuals have few avenues for connecting with an LGBTQI community in Sonoma County.