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About Us

Our Mission: Educate. Advocate. Celebrate.

The Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network educates individuals and organizations on best practices for transgender & gender expansive clients, patients, students, congregants and families; creates and develops spaces, actions, and policies that advance the welfare of transgender and diverse gender non-conforming individuals, their families, and allies in California's Central Coast communities.

Our Story

Our story began in 2014, when three families of transgender children met at our local PFLAG chapter, and decided to form a support group specifically for families of trans youth in Santa Barbara. Through word-of-mouth, and handmade fliers put up in schools and organizations throughout the county, our Trans Youth Santa Barbara family support group officially began in March of 2015. This new idea quickly grew from a small grassroots support group to a much larger network! Eventually, the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network was formed, including: trans affirming trainings for organizations and schools throughout the Tri-County area; support groups for transgender adults, teens, and families of trans youth; an executive director and board of directors; our Santa Barbara Transgender Center, Lisa's Place; local events, such as our county's first-ever recognized celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV); and our 501(c)(3) status as an official non-profit!  

SBTAN continues in its grassroots community activism today, continuing to be inspired by our local transgender community of adults and youth, and the affirming families and allies that make up our thriving network. Thank you for supporting this vital work to our local Santa Barbara transgender community! 

Parents of transgender children standing in front of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocady Network (SBTAN) banner.

SBTAN Board of Directors


President: Lillian Simmons

Vice President: Amy Wright

Secretary: Kathy Abad

Treasurer: Drew Wright


Megan Overland

Eileen Randall

Kai Tilley


Lisa Gillinger

Kelley Winters

Our Staff

Board meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6pm and are open to the public. Our by-laws can be accessed here.

Executive Director                        Open

Lisa's Place Coordinator              Abby Tracy

Training Director                           Open

Social Media Manager                 Open

Support Group Coordinator       Kathy Abad

To inquire about open volunteer positions, please contact

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