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Holiday Hours: The Center will be closed Saturday and Monday, February 13 & 15 for Presidents Day. Regular hours resume at 9am on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

In the Know with Ian

Happy Valentine's Day! Looking for some early Valentine's fun? Maybe a little late Mardi Gras madness? We have the perfect answer for you! This Thursday – right smack dab between Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day – is Masquerade, our all new event for The Center. Masks are encouraged but not at all required – you may want a clear view of aerialist Travis Ti as he performs overhead. The evening also features live music by local band The Soultones, an array of fine foods, delicious craft cocktails created by Snake Oil Cocktail Co. and liquor provided by the Diageo portfolio. It's an evening of indulgence with no program. Just a really great time in a lounge atmosphere and the chance to go home with an incredible trip to Andaz Penisula Papagayo Costa Rica. Don't miss the fabulosity! Get your tickets today at events.thecentersd.org/masquerade.

Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens is up next on Sunday, Feb. 21 and things are shaping up for it to be one of the best shows yet. Contestants are all staff members from Baja Betty’s, Flicks, Gossip Grill, Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, and Richs. But they can’t compete for a crown without judges to critique their every step – or fall! This year’s judges include recent Project Runway winner Ashley Tipton, Shelley Dunn from the Shelley and Chainsaw show, TV show host Sam the Cooking Guy, columist Barbarella Fokos and The Queen Mother of the Americas within the Imperial Court System, Nicole Murray- Ramirez. Tickets are selling fast at tantrumstiaras.org.

Get Help with Immigration! ¡Recibe ayuda sobre inmigración!
Participa en esta serie de presentaciones en Centro Comunitario LGBT de San Diego (3909 Centre St., San Diego). Todas las presentaciones serán en español, con traducción al inglés si fuera necesario. Para más información: 619.363.3423

Jueves, 25 de Febrero, a las 6pm: Consulta sobre inmigración. Consultas personalizadas sobre DACA, DAPA, visas para víctimas de crímenes, VAWA.
Jueves, 10 de Marzo, a las 5:30pm: Preparando su documentación para DACA. (Reciba ayuda en la preparación de su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Sábado, 2 de Abril, a las 9:30am: Taller para reniovar DACA y DAPA. (Reciba ayuda de abogadas/os de inmigración, para completar su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)


Welcome Courtney!
Courtney Ware recently joined The Center as the full-time Program Coordinator & Services Navigator for youth. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and comes to us with over 10 years of experience in working with youth and families. She is also a current volunteer at the Hillcrest Youth Center and a well-known advocate for the transgender community. Help us welcome Courtney to The Center!

Spotlight Events

Thursday, Feb. 11, 6pm Masquerade!
Don't miss our premiere Mardi Gras Masquerade at BRICK/828 Events at Liberty Station. It's going to be fabulous! There’s no program, just an evening of amazing aerial performances, luscious live music, fabulous food, curious cocktails, mystery, mild mayhem and more. You could even go home with an incredible trip to Andaz Penisula Papagayo Costa Rica! No mask? No problem - masks are not required. Get your tickets today at http://events.thecentersd.org/masquerade.

Monday and Wednesday, 1 pm, Feeling Fit Club
The Feeling Fit Club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2 pm in the auditorium. This class for older adults helps to improve balance, strength and flexibility to help maintain independence. It's suitable for all levels - exercises can be done sitting or standing. To sign up, just attend class. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9 am, FREE Legal Consultations
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law sponsored by City Councilmember Todd Gloria, will hold legal clinics the second Tuesday of each month from 9am to 11am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Elizabeth Louis at 858.634.0430.

Wednesday, 12 noon, Shades of Color
Join us at The Center every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30pm for Shades of Color, an empowerment group for Black men (MSM).The group covers a variety of topics, including dating, healthy relationships, spiritual awareness, living with HIV and more. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116 or rgallego@thecentersd.org.

Program Activities: Youth, Seniors, Families, Men, Women, HIV Community and More

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.


Mondays, 7pm, Women's Discussion Group
Join us in room 201 for an open discussion group for LBT women to talk about a variety of subjects, including relationships, school, work, family, friends and any other topics of interest. For more information, email
women@thecentersd.org.

Mondays, 7pm, Transgender Coming Out Group
This group meets on Mondays, 7-8:30 pm, and 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. For more information, contact Connor at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 pm, Feeling Fit Club
The Feeling Fit Club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2 pm in the Auditorium. This class for older adults helps to improve balance, strength and flexibility to help maintain independence. It's suitable for all levels - exercises can be done sitting or standing. To sign up, just attend class. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Martes, 6:30pm, Grupo de Apoyo Mujeres con Orgullos
Un grupo de apoyo para mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales - platicas, eventos sociales y actividades. Todos los Martes a 6:30-8pm. Para mas informacion, por favor pongase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 12 noon, Shades of Color
Join us at The Center every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30pm for Shades of Color, an empowerment group for Black men (MSM).The group covers a variety of topics, including dating, healthy relationships, spiritual awareness, living with HIV and more. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116 or rgallego@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 7:15pm, Women's Coming Out Group
This group supports women who are straight, gay, bi, trans or questioning in coming out and being out. For more information, email women@thecentersd.org.

Miércoles, 6:30 pm, Grupo de Apoyo Las Manzanitas
Las Manzanitas es un grupo de apoyo LGBT que provee información y apoyo para los que viven infectados/afectados por el VIH. No es necesario ser VIH+ para participar. El grupo se reúne semanalmente cada Miércoles de 6:30 a 9pm y se proveen bocadillos. Amigos y parientes de la comunidad LGBT son bienvenidos el ultimo Miércoles del mes. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Rogelio Sanchez al 619.203.5125 or rsmoa@sbcglobal.net.

Thursdays, 12 noon, Touch of Love
Project TRANS invites you to join Miss Pepper Price every Thursday from noon to 1 pm for a daytime support group for Trans identified folks. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Thursdays, 7pm, Trans Veterans Support Group
Meet other veterans and active duty Trans folks to support and share resources for smoother transitions within the military and VA. This is a great place to share your hopes and struggles. The group meets at The Center every Thursday at 7pm. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Thursdays, 7pm, Men's Coming Out Group
Join this discussion group for men who are gay, bi, straight, trans or questioning for support in coming out and being out. For more information email mcogsd@gmail.com.

Viernes, 6pm, Grupo de Apoyo Transgenero 2000
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 las chicas comparten sus experiencias de la vida. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.

Saturdays, 10:45am, Healing Yoga for Trans Folks and Friends 
This class is free and open to Trans folks and allies. Class begins at 10:45 and is taught by Christine Taylor, who has generously donated her time. Healing Yoga teachings are derived from the self-empowering practices of yoga, utilizing a wide range of tools to help enhance well-being and health. For more information contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9 am, FREE Legal Consultations
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law sponsored by City Councilmember Todd Gloria, will hold legal clinics the second Tuesday of each month from 9am to 11am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Elizabeth Louis at 858.634.0430.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 & 23, 6:30pm, Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
William Shi leads this group on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 pm. Please contact William at prostatecancergbt@aol.com before attending for the first time.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 & 24, 12 noon, Diamonds in the Rough: Etiquette with Miss Pepper
Project TRANS invites you to join Miss Pepper Price every other Wednesday for a fun and informative class on etiquette designed especially for trans women. The group meets from 12 noon-1:30 pm in Latino Services. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 & 24, 7pm, FTM/SO Support Groups
The FTM support group meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month. Significant others are welcome for the 2nd Wednesday of every month meeting and on the 4th Wednesday of every month meet as a separate group (significant others, friends, family or allies of a trans person). For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 & 24, 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, please contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7:30pm, Young Women's Discussion Group
Join other young women ages 18-30 on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss academics, careers, relationships, politics, social media, pop culture, community building, activism and ways to be more involved in the LGBT community. Meet like-minded people and share your experiences as a member of the LGBT community. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7pm, Bi Coming Out Group
Join The Center's discussion group on bisexuality on the third Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm. It's a welcoming space to share your experiences, ask questions, discuss community issues and meet like-minded people. This group is open to all persons who are sexually and/or emotionally attracted to more than one gender. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at aheier@thecentersd.org.

Friday, Feb. 19, 6pm, Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors
Join us on Friday, Feb. 19 from 6-8pm for the annual Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors. This year’s honorees include the Hon. Tony Young, Vernita Gutierrez, Camille Davidson, Dwayne Crenshaw and Dion Brown. For a $15 donation you will enjoy a soul food buffet, entertainment and the formal program. Proceeds benefit The Center, the San Diego LGBT Black Coalition and the Bayard Rustin National Stamp Campaign. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Saturday, Feb. 20, 11am, Spectrum: Women of Color United
Spectrum is for women of color 18 and up looking to engage in positive, stimulating conversations and activities with like-minded multicultural LGBT women. The group normally meets on the first and third Saturdays monthly from 11am-1pm (dates have been changed for January). SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, allies) are welcome to attend with their loved ones. For more information, contact us at 619.692.2077 x202, or smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11:30am, Creative Writing
This is a fun relaxed writing group open to all. It takes place twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Each class will cover a writing topic at the beginning of the session and then write to a writing prompt for several minutes. Then everyone will share their work and give feedback.  For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1pm, Senior Food Bank
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Eligible applicants can enroll in the program by applying in person at our site on the day of the event or call the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at 866.350.3663. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6pm, LGBT Military Support Group
The Center and Fleet and Family Support Services are excited to provide this support/education group for LGBT active duty service members. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 and is for both individuals and couples with or without children. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.222.5586 or caroline.bender.ctr@navy.mil. Childcare is available upon request sent to families@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7:30pm, Young Men's Discussion Group
Connect to The Center and the community. Join other 18-35 year olds to talk about relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The young men's group meets at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, March 1, 9am, Community Food Bank
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, 9-10:30 am, visit The Center's parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org.

Wednesday, March 2, 6pm, Guys, Games & Grub
Guys, Games & Grub, presented by Men @ The Center, is a fun, free monthly social event designed for men - where everyone is welcome. Dozens of men gather at The Center on the first Wednesday of each month for free pizza, beer, wine, soft drinks, games, prizes, and more. Also, check out the popular Live Trivia game, hosted each month by community favorite John Lockhart. A donation of $5 is suggested at the door to support men's programming at The Center. Bring friends or come alone and meet new friends! For more information, contact Aaron Heier at aheier@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x211.

Wednesday, March 2, 7pm, Ladies, Laughter and Literature: L3
This monthly book club is for like-minded women who love to dive into various types of literature and share thoughts, concerns and laughs! Join this group of book worms in the community resource room at 7 pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Books are selected each month by popular vote. For more information, email women@thecentersd.org, call 619.692.2077 x212 or look us up on Facebook.

Thursday, March 3, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Coordinator of Senior Services facilitates this group of senior community members who advises her on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center.   These meetings are for anyone interested in providing input on senior services at The Center.  For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, March 3, 7pm, Sisters In Support
SIS welcomes all women who are affected by breast cancer either currently or in the past. This includes all women patients and partners that are facing any issue with breast cancer, want support and are looking for other women that can relate. The group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm in the Community Resource room at The Center. For more information, contact us at 619.692.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.

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Presidential Primary Election: June 7 
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PEP - (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Another tool in the tool box against HIV

ACCIDENTS HAPPEN!
If you think you've been exposed, head to any emergency room or urgent care center and ask for PEP within 3 days! PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) can prevent HIV from making copies of itself and turning into infection if taken within 72 hours.

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Check out our list of San Diego medical professionals who provide PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis). We recommend that you call before making an appointment to confirm details such as insurance coverage. Know a provider who should be added to this list? Contact us at outreach@thecentersd.org. View the list here.

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Community Events

Jueves, 25 de Febrero, 10 de Marza y 2 de Abril, ¡Recibe ayuda sobre inmigración!
Participa en esta serie de cuatro presentaciones en Centro Comunitario LGBT de San Diego (3909 Centre St., San Diego). Todas las presentaciones serán en español, con traducción al inglés si fuera necesario.
Jueves, 25 de Febrero, a las 6pm: Consulta sobre inmigración. Consultas personalizadas sobre DACA, DAPA, visas para víctimas de crímenes, VAWA.
Jueves, 10 de Marzo, a las 5:30pm: Preparando su documentación para DACA. (Reciba ayuda en la preparación de su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Sábado, 2 de Abril, a las 9:30am: Taller para reniovar DACA y DAPA. (Reciba ayuda de abogadas/os de inmigración, para completar su documentación para
DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Para más información: 619.363.3423

¡Adquiera la Ciudadanía y Vote en las Próximas Elecciones!
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Paso #1: Venga para que determinemos si califica (consulta)
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