What is the San Diego LGBT Community Center?
The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center) is the nation's second oldest and one of the largest LGBT community centers. Functioning as the LGBT community's anchor organization, The Center is led by a 15-member board of directors, employs more than 50 paid staff and utilizes more than 1000 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights. The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those struggling with HIV. Last year The Center provided more than 61,000 direct service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, 6pm, Mardi Gras Masquerade!
On Thursday, Feb 11, The Center is hosting a magical evening of mysterious characters, celebration and intrigue at Brick/828 Events in Liberty Station. And we hope you'll join us for the fun! Costumes are enthusiastically encouraged but not required and a limited number of masks will be available to purchase at the event to help you transform "who's who" into "who's that?" You won't want to miss this event - there's no program, just amazing performances, live music, food, cocktails, mystery and more (including a chance for a fabulous vacation at Andaz Costa Rica!). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://events.thecentersd.org/masquerade
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, Tantrums & Tiaras
Tantrums & Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens is an event like no other. What can you expect to see? A high-quality spoof of beauty pageants, of course, complete with a “talent” showcase. Local companies sponsor contestants, none of whom have any experience, as they compete to be crowned the next drag star. It's an evening of wigs, glitter and hilarity, all for a great cause! Join the fun and cheer for your favorites.
Thursday, April 28, 2016, Dining Out for Life® San Diego
On the last Thursday in April each year, thousands of San Diegans Dine Out to Fight AIDS. Dining Out for Life® is an international fundraising event involving the generous participation of restaurants throughout the country. Restaurants and bars across San Diego pledge to donate 25-100% of that day’s food and liquor sales to benefit HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs at The Center. Visit us at http://events.thecentersd.org/DOFL or find us on Facebook!
Thursday, May 19, 2016, Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is designed to bring together more than 1,000 diverse San Diegans – business, labor, Democrats, Republicans, all communities, all ages, all San Diegans who support equality and justice – to celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist. The 2015 Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 21, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Proceeds benefit the social services programs of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Visit the website at www.harveymilkdiversitybreakfast.com or find us on Facebook!
Saturday, June 11, 2016, Pachanga de Frida (Happy Birthday Frida)
Each year we celebrate the birthday of Frida Kahlo, commemorating the legendary life of one of the most influential Mexican painters of the mid-twentieth century while enjoying live music multiple art exhibits by local Latin@ artists and vendors, a Frida look-a-like contest, great food and Tequila! Proceeds from this event benefit Latin@ Services at The Center!
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, AIDS Walk & Run
Each year, more than 8,000 individuals, teams, social clubs, local businesses, schools and universities, faith organizations will come together for AIDS Walk & Run to remember those who have been lost to the disease and raise funds to support the more than 20,000 San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS. Please join us for San Diego’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event and be part of this incredible experience. Find out more at www.aidswalksd.org or find us on Facebook.!