Youth & Young Adults

The Center offers a wide range of LGBTQ+ resources. As we expand we will focus on developing an after school drop-in center to augment our Youth Peer Support Group. We work to end violence while advocating for the Human & Civil Rights of Sexual & Gender Minorities. Every year LGBTQ+ people are beaten, harassed and killed just for being themselves. Many cannot find safety at home or in their intimate relationships. LGBTQ Center of Bay County is here to help!

The Center supports The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people under 25. If you are thinking about suicide and in need of immediate support, please call the TrevorLifeline at (866) 488-7386

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Our core values direct our core mission:


Our Mission is to achieve full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ+ people. We envision a world where diversity is embraced and equality is achieved by all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.


Youth Programs & Services

The Center endeavors to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth by providing activities, programs and services that create a sense of community, empower community allies, provide essential resources, advocate for civil and human rights, and embrace, promote and support cultural diversity, including:

  • youth peer-peer support group every Monday 5-7pm
  • community events, parties, dinners, outings, etc.
  • ongoing support and discussion groups
  • workshops
  • educational forums
  • meeting space for local groups, providing opportunities for community growth & coalition building
  • a safe space for everyone


Meet your Youth Program Coordinator

James Vertrees is excited to bring his creative, social work background to the Center. James has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As the Center Youth Coordinator James is committed to providing positive role models for our youth. Working at the Center is the fulfillment of a life goal for James. “I promised myself that one day I would give back as soon as the opportunity presented itself,” James said. “I’m honored to be in this role and to be able to serve my community.”

Contact James Vertree

Can’t make it to the Center in person? Join live-chat discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens at #qchatspace

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1608 Bakers Court, Room 6
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 252-5145

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