San Francisco LGBT Community Center : David Bohnett Cyber Center
Fifteen years ago, during the height of the AIDS pandemic, the Center was born from a dream for a better tomorrow. Since opening in 2002, it has stood as a beacon for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in San Francisco and beyond.
Today, when visitors arrive at the Center, they find free services like career counseling, job fairs, computer lab, social activities, mentorships, youth meals, daycare, various workshops and much more. Here they can connect with other LGBT people and organize to secure our equal rights. Our vision for the future is a LGBT community united by common purpose, celebrating our history, culture and diversity, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The David Bohnett CyberCenter at The Center provides a safe and welcoming space for members of the LGBT community to access the Internet, process documents and receive support in navigating today’s technologically-oriented workplace.
The CyberCenter provides computer access to over 300 community members per month who would otherwise not be able to connect to online resources.
Opened along with the rest of The Center 2001, the CyberCenter’s primary goal is still paramount: to empower our community to use technology as a tool to increase economic, personal and social well-being.
Visitors to The CyberCenter use any one of our 9 computer work stations with 17–inc monitors to search for jobs, create resumes and access health information online.
Information is not filtered and thus visitors can search through many vital LGBT Web sites containing information on issues of sexual identity, mental health and community organizing that would otherwise be banned at other institutions. Visitors can also print and have the ability to scan pictures.
Volunteers are on hand to assist users during all hours of operation. Many visitors have not had the opportunity to learn or use computers before. At the CyberCenter, folks don’t have to be embarrassed to ask any questions. Users are able to connect one on one with a member of the
LGBT community and are made to feel welcomed. Volunteers understand the diversity of our community.