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45% of gay males and 20% of lesbians report having experienced verbal harassment and/or physical violence as a result of their sexual orientation during high school, and 42% of adolescent lesbians and 34% of adolescent gay males who have suffered physical attack also attempt suicide. ..” The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)


Lesbian, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth face tremendous difficulties growing up in a society where heterosexuality is often presented as the only acceptable orientation. Research suggests that homophobia and heterosexism greatly contribute to higher rates of suicide, violence, victimization, risk behavior for HIV infection, and substance abuse among LGBTQ youth as compared to their heterosexual peers.

In recent years, a number of promising programs have been established to help LGBTQ youth gain the skills and support they need to develop into healthy adults in a society that largely rejects them. San Diego is fortunate to have a strong and vibrant LGBT Center that operates a model LGBTQ-supportive housing project for homeless youth and the Hillcrest Youth Center.

SDHDF supports our local efforts to meet the needs of our LGBT youth through advocacy, promoting safe schools, education and services. If you would like to find out more about how you can help support our youth, please contact the SDHDF office at 619-291-3383 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


“More than 16,000 adopted children live with LGBT parents in California—highest number among states.”

The rapid growth in the number of same sex families opens a new frontier in resourcing and advocacy. Today’s same sex couples want to raise their families in a world that is safe and supportive. While much progress has been made, same sex families still face institutionalized and unceremonious discrimination and prejudice. Simple, everyday activities such as communicating with doctors, teachers, and neighbors can be fraught with rejection and second-class treatment. These are in addition to the already significant challenges every parent faces in raising a child.


SDHDF is proud to support our community’s efforts to provide effective resources, advocacy, education, and social outlets for our LGBT families.


The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Richard Geyser Memorial Ethics Scholarship Award. The scholarship was established through a bequest by Philip Flick to honor his partner of 44 plus years and his commitment to ethics. Richard Geyser, who passed away in 2004, was the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation’s first board president and a founding member. For more information on the Richard Geyser Memorial Ethics Scholarship Award, please click here.


We welcome your partnership in further promoting and securing the well-being of LGBT families. While we strive for equal treatment and acceptance, the need for supportive services and resources is growing . To find out more about how you help sustain and strengthen LGBT families, please contact our office at 619-291-3383 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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San Diego Human Dignity Foundation is ready to connect you with causes and programs that promote LGBT youth and family issues. Together will make change happen.


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San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Announces New Grant Programs!

The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation’s board of directors is proud to announce the star of two new grant opportunites to benefit San Diego's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community starting this year. In one program SDHDF will designate up to $50,000 to match qualifying donations to participating LGBT non-profit organizations for the time period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Certian qualifying restrictions will apply. In the second program, the SDHDF Board of Directors has designated up to $100,000 from its general endowment to be expended in a direct grant program for the upcoming year.  Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded to qualifying organizations that deliver strong programs and services to the LGBT community.


Click here to read more about our new grant programs!




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