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Thanks to our generous #CenterSupporters we can kick off 2017 with some great news!
 
In December, #CenterSupporters came together and gave gifts small and large in record numbers, adding up to broad community support that exceeded our goal to meet the generous matching challenge by actress and activist Sara Ramirez. Because of your support, we met that challenge! Sara was delighted to hear how generously our community participated and has already responded by giving her generous $50,000 gift in full.
 
For each supporter who gave a gift to The Center, thank you so much! You are the reason we can continue to serve all those in our community who come to us for services, from youth to seniors and everyone in between.
 
We know we will face some challenges in the coming year, but we also know that The Center will be there for our community, no matter what. Onward to 2017!
 
PS — If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get involved in San Diego’s LGBT community, we’d love to have you as a Center Volunteer. To volunteer to call to thank our #CenterSupporters, contact Kara Lin at klin@thecentersd.org, or to explore all of our volunteer options, visit www.thecentersd.org/programs/volunteer-resources.

You Should Know

Thursday, Jan. 19, Free Immigration Consultations
Receive a free confidential consultation from a qualified immigration attorney. Immigration attorneys will offer free assessments for different forms of immigration relief, including: VAWA, U-Visa, DACA, citizenship and more. By appointment only. Call 619.363.3423 or email info@readynowsandiego.com.

Saturday, Jan. 21, 10am, San Diego Women's March
March alongside The Center’s Young Professionals Council as we support the mission of San Diego Women's March on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10am. The march will start with a gathering in front of Civic Center Plaza, at 1200 Third Avenue. Meet YPC folks near the big fountain in the Civic Center Plaza. We will then join marchers and proceed on Broadway to Harbor Drive. The march will end in front of the County Administration Building, on the Harbor Drive side.

NEW GROUP at The Center!
A new group is forming at The Center for male survivors of intimate partner violence. Group meetings will start on February 7 and be held every Tuesday from 6:30-8pm. Contact The Center's on duty counselor at 619.692.2077 x208 or onduty@thecentersd.org to sign up.

Sharing The Good
For every LGBT sandwich purchased in 2017 at Big Front Door they will donate $1 to The Center! Support The Center and enjoy a great meal. Visit Big Front Door at 4135 Park Blvd or find out more at www.bfdsandiego.com. Delicious!

Spotlight Event

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.

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, HIV and more. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116 or rgallego@thecentersd.org.

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.

Friday, Jan. 20 & Feb. 17, 3-6pm, Free HIV Testing at The Hillcrest Youth Center
While HIV testing is available everyday at The Center, once monthly we provide a tester at the Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC)! Testing at the HYC is available for youth ages 14-18. The next testing dates are Friday, Jan. 20 from 3-6 pm and Friday, Feb. 17 from 3-6 pm. HIV testing is always free, and great incentives are given out to those who test! For more information contact Courtney at hyc@thecentersd.org.

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

Free HIV & Hep C Testing at The Center
Join us at The Center for a new, friendly HIV and HCV(Hepatitis C) testing experience. Free HIV and HCV testing is available Monday-Friday 9am-8pm (last test at 7pm) and Saturday 10am-2pm (last test at 1pm). For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.

Mondays, 10:30am, Yoga for Everyone
This yoga class is a program of senior services, but is open to all. Joy Miller, a certified yoga instructor, will lead this very popular class. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Segundo Lunes de cada mes, 6pm, Sobrevivientes a largo plazo
Un grupo para personas que tienen 15 años o más con VIH o más de 50 años de edad. LGBT & Heterosexuales. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116 o latinos@thecentersd.org.

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.

Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm, 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 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.

Martes, 6pm, 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.

First & Third Tuesdays of the Month, 6pm, Young Positives (YA+)
This group is led in Spanish and English for 20-30 year old HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Grupo para jóvenes adultos viviendo con VIH (MSM) de 20 a 30 años. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116 o 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, 1:30pm, Art Group: Drawing and Painting
Join others 50 and Better in this multimedia art group and use pencil, pastel, watercolor and more to express yourself. Workshops are held on Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm in group room 2 of The Center. The group is free, but some basic materials may need to be purchased. For information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@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.

Third Wednesday of the Month, 7pm, Bi Coming Out Discussion Group
For more information contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org.

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, 2:45pm, Gentle Yoga for Seniors
We are pleased to announce that we have Gentle Yoga classes for seniors each Thursday at 2:45 pm in the auditorium of The Center. Improve your health and overall well-being, regardless of age, physical ability or financial status. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619. 692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

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.

Third Friday of Every Month, 6:30pm, Families Movie Night
Join Families @ The Center at family movie night every third Friday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm. Bring the whole family with sleeping bags or blankets. Enjoy popcorn and snacks while you watch a family-friendly movie. For more information, contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

Fridays, 3pm, Free HIV Testing at Hillcrest Youth Center
Free HIV testing is available for youth 14-18 at the Hillcrest Youth Center on Fridays from 3-5pm, before we open the youth center for the night. For more information or to make an appointment, contact us at 619.497.2920 or hyc@thecentersd.org.

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.

Fourth Friday of the Month, 7pm, Sapphic Cinema
For more information contact Megan Jackson at mjackson@thecentersd.org.

Monday, Jan. 17, 9:30am, Acting Class
Join this free, eight-week acting class meeting once weekly in The Center's auditorium from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Class size is limited, so registration is required. Instructor Jerry Phalen is a professional actor, teacher and director who has taught in the San Diego area for more than a decade. His work with beginners, advanced students and working actors helps them to reach their highest potential. For specific dates and to reserve your space, contact Jerry at 619.220.8554 or azizi3@msn.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 & Feb. 7, 7pm, Trans Women’s Open Discussion Group
The Trans women’s open discussion group is now meeting on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30pm. The group is open to those assigned male at birth and now identifying as female, gender non-conforming or questioning their gender, as well as allies. Topics focus on issues affecting women and transgender people. For more information, contact Connor at 619.692.2077 x109 or trans@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: No Small Matter - A Short Discussion on Estate Planning and Landlord-Tenant Law
Learn from attorneys about estate planning and landlord-tenant law. Topics include tools that are employed in estate planning and how to use them to your advantage, duties and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants, how to begin the eviction process and what to do if you are being evicted. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7pm, Bi Coming Out Group
Join The Center's discussion group on bisexuality from 7-8:30pm on the third Wednesday of every month. 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.

Thursday, Jan. 19 & Feb. 2, 7:30pm, Non-Binary Gender Identity and Exploration
Anyone who identifies with any part of the non-binary gender spectrum or anyone questioning/exploring their gender identity is welcome to join this discussion 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. 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.

Friday, Jan. 20, 6:30pm, Free Family Movie Night
Join Families @ The Center at family movie night every third Friday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm. Bring the whole family with sleeping bags or blankets. Enjoy popcorn and snacks while you watch a family-friendly movie. For more information, contact us at families@thecentersd.org.


Friday, Jan. 20 & Feb. 17, 3pm, Free HIV Testing at Hillcrest Youth Center - DATE CHANGE Jan & Feb 2017
Free HIV testing is available for youth 14-18 at the Hillcrest Youth Center on the 2nd Friday of every month from 3-5pm, before we open the youth center for the night. For more information or to make an appointment, contact us at 619.497.2920 or hyc@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 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, Jan. 24 & Feb. 14, 9:30-11:30am, Free Legal Clinic
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 9:30am to 11am at The Center. 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, Jan. 24 & Feb. 14, 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. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Jan. 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, Jan. 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, Jan. 25 & Feb. 8, 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 25 & Feb. 8, 7pm, FTM Support Group
Join the guys from 7-9 pm during our regularly scheduled meetings. 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 with anyone who is a SOFFA (significant other, friends, family or ally) of a Trans person. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 25 & Feb. 8, 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 Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org.

Friday, Jan. 27, 9:30am, Children's Playgroup @ The Center
Join us at The Center from 9:30-11:30am on the last Friday of every month for our children's play group. This group gives children ages 0-5 the chance to socialize and participate in educational opportunities that enhance their sensory skills. Both formal and informal activities will be available. Parents will also have the chance to socialize and network with other LGBT parents. For more information, contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 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. 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.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
This group of senior community members provides input on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center. These meetings are for anyone interested in our senior services program and activities. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 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, 9-10:30am, visit The Center's parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org.

Free Testing at The Center

First time? Nervous? Scared? Join us at The Center for a new, friendly HIV and HCV (Hepatitis C) testing experience. Free HIV and HCV testing is available Monday-Friday 9am-8pm (last test at 7pm) and Saturday 10am-4pm (last test at 3pm). For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.


Undetectable = Untransmittable.

“We can now say with confidence that if you are taking HIV medication as prescribed, and have had an undetectable viral load for over six months, you cannot pass on HIV with or without a condom. The risk is effectively zero." Learn more.


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

"I think it's time we face the truth about the unjust world we live in," she said. "The truth is we have every tool we need to prevent the spread of HIV...The real reason we haven't beaten this epidemic boils down to one simple fact: We value some lives more than others. We value men more than women. Straight love more than gay love. White skin more than black skin. The rich more than the poor. Adults more than adolescents. I know this because AIDS does not discriminate on its own.” READ MORE...

Ready for PrEP? Or have questions about getting on PrEP? 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.

Want your own Center #BeTheGeneration shirt?

Just make a $20 minimum donation to benefit The Center's #HIV/AIDS services. Donate today to help us end new cases of HIV/AIDS!

What is TasP?

Treatment as prevention (TasP) refers to HIV prevention methods that use antiretroviral treatment (ART) to decrease the risk of HIV transmission. Read Prizila's story and join us to #BeTheGeneration that ends new HIV infections.

Follow Us!

Be sure to follow The Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more #LGBT news around the world, special events, news from The Center, and happenings around the community! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at LGBTCenter, on YouTube at LGBTCenterSD and on Facebook at facebook.com/At.The.Center.

Community Events

Sunday, Jan. 29, 8:30am, The Recovery Ride 
Don't miss the 2017 Recovery Ride, starting at Swiss Park in South Bay. Choose the 12, 25 or 40 mile route and ride for a cause. Beneficiaries of this year's ride are Stepping Stone  and the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative. For more information and to register, visit http://therecoveryride.org/#recovery-ride.

Tuesday/Thursday, Feb. 14/16, Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
Don't miss this fabulous movie, to be screened as part of the Jewish Film Festival. Use promotional discount code SDLGBT17 and purchase tickets online here. 

Wednesday, Feb. 22, Free Taxpayer Assistance
Logan Heights Branch Library, in partnership with the Computer and Communication Industry Association  and Intuit Freedom Foundation is hosting this one-day free taxpayer assistance event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11am-7pm. You qualify to file your Federal and State income tax returns for FREE if you made $33,000 or less or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For more information, visit www.intuitempowers.org. For Non-English speakers language support, please call 866.577.1231 for an appointment.

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.

Senior Housing Development
Looking for more information about the new senior housing development? Visit the FAQ page at >>> http://chworks.org/real-estate-development/current-projects/north-park-seniors
For more information contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Update Your Info

We want to make sure we get the details right! If you're moving, changing your email, or if we got your contact info wrong, let us know! You can update everything online here or contact us at 619.692.2077 x107 or vcosio@thecentersd.org if you'd like us to do it for you.

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