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Project TRANS Monthly Newsletter


 

December 2017


The Center will be CLOSED: Saturday - Tuesday, Dec. 23 - 26 for Christmas and Friday, Dec. 29 - Monday, Jan. 1 for New Year's.


Join us at the Come Home For The Holidays – Saturday, December 9, 5-8pm
Join us as we gather to celebrate the diverse cultures & traditions within the San Diego LGBT Community! Many community organizations will be joining us, with wonderful holiday food & drinks. This event is family friendly & free to all! For more information, contact Sarah at smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x214.


Monday, Dec. 18, 1pm, Senior Food Bank - DATE CHANGE
The Senior Food Bank provides food and nutritional education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older once a month. Eligible applicants can enroll in the program by applying in person the day-of at The Center or by calling the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at 866.350.3663.
Wednesday, November 8 & 22, Midday, “Diamond in the Rough” Trans Women/Transfeminine Support Group
Therapist-lead support group for transgender women and transfeminine individuals, topics vary. Group is closed format and must meet with group facilitator prior to joining. Contact Paty 619.692.2077 x200 for more information or email onduty@thecentersd.org.


Mondays, 3pm, Mobile Medical Unit at The Center
*CANCELLED on Monday, Dec 25 & Monday, Jan 1 due to holidays
The Family Health Centers of San Diego Mobile Medical Unit will be located in The Center?s parking lot every Monday from 3-7 pm! Services include basic primary care, immunizations, PEP & PrEP (through Rx), STD screening & treatment, chest/breast cancer screening, family planning, pap smears, pregnancy testing, hormone therapy and sick & well visits. Contact The Center at 619.692.2077 x208 to make an appointment!

Mondays, 7pm, Transgender Coming Out Group
*CANCELLED on Monday, Dec 25 & Monday, Jan 1 due to holidays

This group supports transgender people in all stages of exploring gender identity. Open to transgender women (MTF), transgender men (FTM), non-binary/genderqueer/gender non-conforming people, people who are intersex and those questioning their gender identity. SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, allies) are welcome to attend with their transgender loved ones. For more information, contact our transgender services at trans@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9am, Community Food Distribution - Open to all
The San Diego LGBT Community Center hosts a distribution site once a month for the Community Cares Project of the San Diego Food Bank. On the first Tuesday of every month (unless that falls on a holiday), 9-10:30 am, visit The Center’s parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 9:30-11:30am, Free Legal Clinic
*CANCELLED on Tuesday, Dec 26 due to holidays

The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law, holds legal clinics the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 9:30-11:30am at The Center. There will be no legal clinic on Dec. 26. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. No appointment is required. For more information, call 619.692.2077.


Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30, HYC Hours for 10-13 Year Olds
*CANCELLED on Tuesday, Dec 26 due to holidays

The Hillcrest Youth Center is a youth-only LGBTQ+ space that is open for 10-13 year olds every Tuesday night from 4:30-7:30pm. You'll find computer access, health education, basic financial education, youth leadership training, discussion groups, creative and performing arts programming, amazing social activities and more. In addition, Tuesday nights will include structured activities such as group games, arts and crafts and mini LGBTQ workshops and discussions. For more information, email HYC@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 pm, Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
*CANCELLED on Tuesday, Dec 26 due to holidays
The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm. Please contact LaRue Fields at lfields@thecentersd.org before attending for the first time.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6pm, GGG!
Everyone is welcome to The Center on the first Wednesday evening of each month for GGG! The popular board game and social night, presented by Men @ The Center, includes pizza, snacks, beer, wine, soft drinks, and hundreds of board games to choose from. Participants are welcome to come alone and meet new friends, or come with a group for a fun evening out. The popular Team Trivia game, hosted by John Lockhart, begins at 6:30 pm and everyone is welcome to drop in. Suggested donation of $5 is requested for admission. For more information contact Ben Cartwright at outreach@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x106.

Wednesday, December 13 & 27, Midday, “Diamond in the Rough” Trans Women/Transfeminine Support Group
Therapist-lead support group for transgender women and transfeminine individuals, topics vary. Group is closed format and must meet with group facilitator prior to joining. Contact Paty 619 692 2077 x 200 for more information or email onduty@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 6 & 20, 7pm, FTM Discussion Group & SOFFA Discussion Group
Support group for male-identified, questioning or self-identifying on the male spectrum folks who were assigned female at birth. Significant others are invited on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for joint discussion. On the 4th Wednesday of every month, anyone who is a SOFFA (significant other, friends, family or ally) of a Transgender person are welcome to join. For more information, contact transgender services at trans@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, December 13 & 27, 7pm, Transgender SOFFA Support Group
This group is for anyone who is a significant other, friend, family member or needs support around someone close to them regarding transgender issues.  For more information, contact transgender services at trans@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 5:30pm, ThursTAYS for 18-24 year olds @ Hillcrest Youth Center
This weekly space is open to LGBTQIA Transitional Age Youth (TAY) who are looking to connect with community and attend life skills workshops (ages 18-24 years old). There will be regular opportunities to learn about sexual health and identities. For more information, email HYC@thecentersd.org.


Thursday, Dec. 7 & 21, 7:30pm, Non-Binary Gender Identity and Exploration
This is a discussion and support group for non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming individuals. Anyone who identifies with any part of the non-binary gender spectrum or anyone questioning/exploring their gender identity is welcome to join. Group facilitators bring topics of discussion while leaving plenty of space for group members to steer the conversation where they would like it to go. This group also serves as a social gathering space for non-binary individuals, and casual social interaction is integrated with more structured discussion. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays monthly, from 7:30–8:45pm at The Center. For more information, contact David Vance at dvance@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Thursday, Dec.14 & 28, 7pm, Trans Veterans and Military Support Group
Meet other Veterans and active duty Trans folks to support and share resources for smoother transitions within the military and VA agencies, great place to share your hopes and struggles. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday at the Center at 7pm.  For more information, contact transgender services at trans@thecentersd.org.

Viernes, Diciembre 1, 6pm, Grupo de apoyo: Transgenero 2000
*CANCELADO el Viernes 29 de Diciembre
Este grupo se lleva a cabo de 6pm a 8pm, es un grupo abierto a familias, amigos y personas que quieran comprender y dar apoyo a personas transgenero, en este grupo se dan diferentes temas educativos y tambien se comparten sus experiencias de la vida. Viernes primero y cuarto mensual.

Saturdays, December 2 & 16, 5:15pm, Transgender Discussion Group
*CANCELLED on Saturday, Dec 9, 23, 30 observation of events & holidays
A discussion and support group for transgender and trans-questioning folks ages 18 and up.  Meet lots of different members of the Trans and Gender Non-binary community.  Discuss ideas and share resources.  Occurs every Saturday except when the Center is closed for Holidays or LGBT events. For more information, contact transgender services at trans@thecentersd.org.

Various Sundays, Transforming Family
This is a support group for families with gender-diverse children. Transforming Family provides a supportive environment for children, adolescents and their families to explore issues of gender identity. The goal is to empower children and families to create supportive and inclusive environments in which gender may be freely expressed and respected. The group meets on various Sundays. Sunday meetings welcome children as well, with a playgroup and teen support. This is a closed meeting at a private location. For more information or to join, please contact transgender services at trans@thecentersd.org.

Gender Identity Groups, Hillcrest Youth Center
These are closed discussion groups for youth identifying as Transgender, non-binary or questioning their gender identity. Our Gender Identity group for ages 10-13 year olds meets on Tuesday evenings and for ages 14-18 year olds meets on Friday evenings. For more information, email HYC@thecentersd.org.

Check Out Our Testing Hours!
Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing is available at The Center Monday-Friday 9am-8pm (last test at 7pm) and Saturday 10am-4pm (last test at 3pm). We are now also offering the  Early Test on Fridays ONLY, from 9am to 8pm (last test at 7pm). The Early Test is a specialized viral load test for HIV infection as early as one week after exposure.You can make an appointment or get more information by calling 619.692.2077 x101.


Under 25 and Looking for Resources?
Our new trans youth services navigator, a.t. furuya, is available to help trans youth 24 and younger with accessing resources such as  support groups, housing, surgery, hormones, mentorships, mediations with families and schools, name and gender change and more! Contact them at atfuruya@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x209.

Find out more at: www.thecentersd.org/programs/transgender-services/ or www.facebook.com/TGCenter/

  Discussion Groups

Transgender Coming Out Group
This group supports transgender people in all stages of exploring gender identity. Open to transgender women (MTF), transgender men (FTM), genderqueer/gender non-conforming people, people who are intersex and those questioning their gender identity. SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, allies) are welcome to attend with their transgender loved ones.
Mondays, 7-8:30pm

San Diego FTM Support Group
Support group for those assigned female at birth, now identifying as male or questioning their gender.
2nd and 4th Wednesday monthly, 7-9pm

Trans Significant Others Discussion Group
A group for significant others, friends, family and allies of transgender people. Group meets on the 4th Wednesday monthly, 7-9pm.

Transgender Discussion Group
A discussion and support group for transgender and trans-questioning folks ages 18 and up.
Saturdays, 5:15-6:45pm

Grupo de apoyo: Transgenero 2000
Este grupo se lleva acabo de 5:30pm a 8pm, es un grupo abierto a familias, amigos y personas que quieran comprender y dar apoyo a trangeneros, en este grupo se dan diferentes temas educativos y tambien las chicas comparten sus experiencias de la vida.
Friday/Viernes, 5:30-8pm

Weekly Trans Action Series
Trans Positive Action is a comprehensive educational course for trans women living with HIV/AIDS who are high risk. Trans Action meets weekly for eight weeks and covers a variety of topics, including living with HIV, healthy relationships, sexual health, self-esteem, normalizing conversation about sex and disclosure. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at rgallego@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x116, or Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org.

Gender Identity Group @ HYC
A discussion and support group for transgender, gender non-conforming, and trans-questioning youth ages 14-18. The group is also open to youth who are interested in learning more about gender identity.
Friday, 8-9pm at Hillcrest Youth Center


Join Project TRANS!
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Want to Volunteer?
As our program grows, we will need your help to keep it strong! Can you plan events, teach a hands-on workshop, give a lecture, facilitate a support or discussion group? Even if you just want to help set up chairs, we need and appreciate your help. To learn more, contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@thecentersd.org.

HIV Testing at The Center
HIV tests are available at The Center Monday/Wednesday, 9 am-2 pm, Tuesday/Thursday, 9 am-3:15 pm and Friday, 9 am-1:45 pm. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.

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