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Thank you so much to all who attended and supported the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast! It is amazing each year to see the coalition of community members, organizations, and businesses partners who support social justice.

The greatest strength of the LGBTQ community lies in its incredible diversity. It is a profoundly intersectional community. Our diversity is our greatest challenge and our intersectionality our greatest hope!

In San Diego alone we are more than 50% people of color. We are more than 20% immigrants - immigrants from many homelands, some where it is not safe to be LGBTQ. We are men, women, gender-queer, gender non-conforming, non-binary and Trans. We are children, youth, young adults, middle aged and seniors. We are families of birth and of choice - of aunts, uncles, siblings, god-parents, parents, and grandparents. We are democrats, decline to states and republicans. We are business and labor - and - allies and friends.

We are a community dedicated to equality and rooted in the right of privacy and the reproductive justice movement. We are deeply involved in immigrant rights and racial justice, committed to ending the school-to-prison pipeline and to expanding voting rights and civic engagement - especially for those who are under-served and under-represented. We work in pursuit of economic justice, workers’ rights and environmental justice. Within these ever-expanding coalitions we build a stronger community and move forward together toward a vision of greater justice for all.


Happy Birthday Frida!
Join us on Saturday, June 11 as 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. Get your tickets today at http://events.thecentersd.org/frida.

MARYAH Summer Solstice
Kick off summer the right way with an evening sunset celebration at the Hotel Del Coronado. MARYAH ((Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) is back with their annual event celebrating 10 years of the Sunburst Youth Housing Project. Thursday, June 23 from 6-9 pm guests will enjoy an array of tray passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live entertainment. Best part is, it’s at the legendary Hotel Del and it’s a fundraiser for The Center’s Sunburst Youth Housing Project. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities available at  events.thecentersd.org/maryah.

HIV Services and Testing at The Center
HIV-positive individuals, couples and families are welcome at all Center programs and activities. In addition, The Center has services specifically designed for the HIV/AIDS community. We also provide free testing onsite, Monday through Saturday. Find out more on our website at www.thecentersd.org/programs/hiv-services.

Monday, May 23 - Last Day to Register! 
Care about your rights? Register and sign the pledge at events.thecentersd.org/vote.
Then vote (all the way down the ballot) on Tuesday, June 7. Find your polling place at events.thecentersd.org/vote.
Presidential Primary Election: June 7 
Presidential Election: Nov. 8

Spotlight Events

Tuesday, May 24, 9:30 am, FREE Legal Consultations
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law sponsored by City Councilmember Todd Gloria, holds legal clinics the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 9:30am to 11:30am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 619.692.2077.

Tuesday, May 24, 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.

Wednesday, May 25, 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.

Friday, May 27, 9am, Breakfast with 50 and Better Together
Join 50 & Better Together at Cafe on Park (3831 Park Blvd, 92103) for a heartwarming breakfast with lively discussions. RSVP to LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

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

HIV Testing at The Center
Free HIV testing is available at The Center Monday-Friday 9am-8pm (last test at 7pm) and Saturday 10am-2pm (last test at 1pm). On Fridays only, the early test is available 12 noon-4pm (last test at 3pm) and couples testing is available 4-9pm (last test at 8pm). 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, 7pm, 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 Military & 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, May 24, 9:30 am, FREE Legal Consultations
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law sponsored by City Councilmember Todd Gloria, holds legal clinics the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 9:30am to 11:30am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 619.692.2077.

Tuesday, May 24, 11:30am, Creative Writing
This is a fun relaxed writing group open to all. It takes place 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, May 24, 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, May 24, 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.

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm, Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm. Please contact William Shi at prostatecancergbt@aol.com before attending for the first time.

Tuesday, May 24, 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.

Wednesday, May 25, 7pm, FTM Support Group
The FTM support group meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month. Significant others are welcome and 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, May 25, 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.

Thursday, May 26, 5pm, Dinner Out with 50 and Better Together
Join The Center's 50 and Better Together for  dinner at El Comal Mexican Restaurant (3946 Illinois St, 92104). RSVP to Al at 619.296.0833. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Friday, May 27, 9am, Breakfast with 50 and Better Together
Join 50 & Better Together at Cafe on Park (3831 Park Blvd, 92103) for a heartwarming breakfast with lively discussions. RSVP to LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, May 31, 4:30-7:30, HYC Hours for 10-13 Year Olds
The Hillcrest Youth Center is a youth-only LGBTQ+ space that is open for 10-13 year olds every other Tuesday night from 4:30-7:30pm (every Tuesday night, beginning June 7). 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.

Wednesday, June 1 & 15, 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, June 1, 6pm, Guys, Games & Grub
Guys, Games & Grub, presented by Men @ The Center and Hillcrest Social, 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 (starting at 6:30 pm), 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, June 1, 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, June 2, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Coordinator of Senior Services facilitates this group of senior community members who advise 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, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, June 2, 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.

Saturday, June 4 & 18, 11am, Spectrum
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 meets on the first and third Saturdays monthly from 11am-1pm. 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, June 7, VOTE!
Don't forget - your vote matters! Care about your rights?  Vote - all the way down the ballot - on Tuesday, June 7. Find your polling place at events.thecentersd.org/vote.

Wednesday, June 8, 9am, Community Food Bank *DATE CHANGE*
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, 9-10:30am, visit The Center's parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org.

Saturday, June 11, 6pm, Pachanga de Frida!
Join us on Saturday, June 11 as 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. Get your tickets today at http://events.thecentersd.org/frida.

Wednesday, June 15, 7pm, Bi Coming Out Group
Join The Center's discussion group on bisexuality, 7-8:30pm. 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. In June the group will resume meeting on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at aheier@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, June 21, 6:30pm, Project Trans Advisory Committee Meeting
Join the Project TRANS Advisoty Committee on the third Tuesday of every month

Tuesday, June 21, 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.

Jobs at The Center

Bilingual Health Educator-PrEP Coordinator
Bilingual On Duty Counselor

Licensed Staff Counselor
Youth Services Navigator


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Your Vote Matters!

Are you registered? Recently moved? Make sure you're up to date! Register at events.thecentersd.org/vote.
Presidential Primary Election: June 7 
Presidential Election: Nov. 8

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.

PrEP - Get Educated

What PrEP Can and Can't Do  READ MORE...

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

Report School Bullying!
San Diego Unified School District has a new online bullying reporting system. Search "bullying" on your school's website or visit the link at https://www.sandiegounified.org/forms/online-bullying-reporting-form.

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