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Thank you! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the seventh annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast! More than 1,200 leaders from the LGBT, Latino, African-American, labor and business communities helped us celebrate Harvey Milk Lifetime Achievement Awardees Phill Wilson, CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, and Rev. Troy Perry, founder of Metropolitan Community Churches.  Congratulations to all of the youth scholarship winners! A very special thank you goes to breakfast co-chair City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez for his ongoing dedication, and to former co-chair Robert Gleason for his six years of leadership.

Once again, the event sold out ahead of time, so in response to your many requests for more table availability and  sooner – we are increasing the size of the room next year and have set up a website for early bird table sales! Purchase by June 30 and reserve your table for Thursday May 19, 2016 at a 10% discount. You can visit http://events.thecentersd.org/HMDB2016 and purchase your table today!

Thank you again and look forward to seeing you next year! 

In the Spotlight

Partner Spotlight

Program Spotlight: Sunburst Youth Housing Project

The Center’s Youth Housing Project provides safe and supportive housing for homeless youth, ages 18-24. The 23-unit facility is located in downtown San Diego, close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities and other essential resources. A major goal of YHP is to ensure that youth have easy access to needed services that will support them in maintaining stable housing. For more information, contact Beth Barnes at bbarnes@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x125.

You Should Know

In the Know with Ian
Last Thursday over 1,000 San Diegans came together for the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast to celebrate the life of Harvey Milk and the accomplishments of our community. What an amazing time! Thank you. 

This Sunday, May 31, we welcome a new generation of young community leaders who are the future of San Diego. Join us at our new location, Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, for the 4th Annual Young Professionals Council Academy graduation brunch. Proceeds from this annual event allow the Young Professionals Council to continue with future academies, developing and empowering young LGBT professionals and their allies. Tickets are available at http://events.thecentersd.org/YPCbrunch. Price includes brunch and mimosas from 11am – 1pm. 

Share Our Tomorrow!
Share your voice. Shape Our Tomorrow. Dozens of LGBTQ organizations across the country are waiting to hear your hopes, fears and ideas for the future of our community. Find out more and take the survey here.

PrEP - Get Educated

#BeTheGeneration: 10 Key HIV Facts
6) Early detection is critical and helps to make HIV a chronic, treatable disease. Today, with appropriate medical care (twice a year viral load tests & M.D. appointments and anti-retroviral medications), people with HIV can live long, healthy lives. READ MORE...

The Center is compiling a list of medical professionals in San Diego who will provide PrEP. We make every effort to keep this list current, but recommend that you always call to confirm details such as insurance coverage before making an appointment. If you know of additional providers who should be added to this list, please 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!

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Program Newsletters
Click on the links below to go directly to your favorite program newsletters. You can also find them on the program websites.

Family Matters Monthly Newsletter
Project TRANS Monthly Newsletter
50 and Better Together Monthly Newsletter
Women's Resource Center Monthly Newsletter

Spotlight Events

Tuesday, May 26, 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 1.866.350.3663. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at sandiegofoodbank.org or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, May 26, 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 27, 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.

Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm, QPR Gatekeeper Training
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the XLIII Reign of the Imperial Court de San Diego is working in partnership with The Center and Mental Health America of San Diego County to offer this training FREE of charge. QPR is a suicide prevention tool designed to teach people how to talk to someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. The QPR Gatekeeper Trainings are funded by the County of San Diego HHSA, and offered at no cost to attendees on behalf of the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council.For more information, visit the Facebook event.


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.

Shop for Good
Shop at AmazonSmile now and Amazon will donate to The Center! Click on this link to get started.


Mondays, 10:30am, Yoga for Everyone
Yoga for Everyone meets at The Center on Mondays at 10:30 am. The class is open to participants of all levels, as well as newcomers. Personalized attention and plenty of options are featured to make sure you have a great yoga experience. Best of all, the class is free! For more information, contact us at 619.692.2077.


Mondays, 7pm, Women’s Discussion Group – NEW FACILITATOR!
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.

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

Fridays, 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 Carolina Ramos al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.


Tuesday, May 26, 7pm, Transitional Beauty Workshop   
The Transitional Beauty workshop is hosted by Lucrezia Mackintosh through the T-Spot organization and Project Trans. Throughout the course of the year attendees will learn the beauty basics in hair, makeup and fashion. The group will meet every 4th Tuesday of the month from 7pm-9pm in Group Room 2 at the center. For more information, email trans@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, May 27, 6:15-7:15pm, Surrogacy Workshop
For more information, contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, June 2, 9am, 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

Tuesday, June 2, 5:30pm Intersections of Sex-Trafficking Panel
Join us from 5:30-8:30 pm as HRC San Diego, California Against Slavery, Truman National Security Project and The San Diego LGBT Community Center present a discussion panel on the dangers of sex-trafficking and how it affects our community. Panelists include: Daphne Phung, Californian’s Against Slavery; Shawn Vandiver, Co-Director of Truman Project San Diego; Sarah Boot, Former US Attorney prosecutor & current member of Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Task Force; and Carmen Kcomt, Director of Human Trafficking & Social Services, La Maestra Community Health Centers. For more information, contact Sapphire Blackwood at  sapphiresandria@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 2, 7pm, Single Lesbian Social Group
Come meet and mingle with other single lesbians and have some fun on the first Tuesday monthly. The group is intended to provide a safe place for single lesbians to meet and socialize with each other. This group provides an additional option to the bars and the internet for single lesbians.For more information contact us at women@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, June 3, 6:30pm, Guys, Games & Grub
Join us for Guys, Games & Grub with host Ben Cartwright! Meet new friends while enjoying snacks, food, and drinks for only a $5 donation to Men’s Programming. On the first Wednesday of every month, nearly 200 men age 21 and over gather at The Center for a night of games, pizza, drinks and socializing. Some of San Diego's most interesting men are here - come join them. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at aheier@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x211. 

Wednesday, June 3 & 17, 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 us at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Thursday, June 4, 11am, The Longevity Club
The definition of longevity is “a long duration of individual life”. Please join this group every first Thursday of the month  to discuss what this means and how one can live their life to the fullest. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, June 4, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The coordinator of Senior Services facilitates this group of senior community members, who advise on the 50 & Better Together program at The Center. These meetings are for anyone interested in providing input on the services The Center offers for seniors. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, June 4 & 18, 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. We meet the 1st & 3rd 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.

Sunday, June 7, 6pm, Hands to Help Fundraiser
The Lawyers Club Community Outreach Committee is hosting their Hands to Help fundraising to benefit The Center. Help support the project by attending the fundraiser on Sunday, June 7, at 98 Bottles in downtown San Diego. Enjoy wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, chocolate truffle desserts from Eclipse Chocolate, music and more - all for a great cause! For more information, contact Amanda at amanda@amandathompsonlaw.com. To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit http://events.thecentersd.org/lawyersclub.

Tuesday, June 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 Joshua Bruser at 858.342.0551 or Josh@BruserLaw.com

Tuesday, June 9, 6:30pm, Prostate Cancer Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
The prostate cancer group meets only on the second Tuesdays this month, due to the Veterans Day holiday. Please contact Steve Wroblowski at prostatecancergbt@aol.com before attending for the first time.

Tuesday, June 9, 6pm, LGBT Parents Connect
Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to meet other parents in the area, share your experiences and insights. This group touches on such issues as coming out, troubled teens, single parenting, school systems, tempers, adoption, etc. If you are having a tough day or just need someone to talk to, join us for a supportive evening with friends. Childcare is available for this group free of charge. Contact us at 619.692.2077 x121 or families@thecentersd.org. 

Wednesday, June 10 & 24, 7 pm, 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.

Thursday, June 11, 5pm, Dinner Out with 50 & Better Together         
Join 50 & Better Together at Plumeria Vegetarian Restaurant (4661 Park Blvd. 92116) RSVP to Al Kalian at 619.296.0833. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, June 16, 5:30pm, HIV Cure Conference
The Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication (CARE) and UC San Diego AntiViral Research Center (AVRC) invite community members, HIV care providers and those interested in learning more about advancements in HIV research to join us for the HIV Cure Conference at The Center, 3909 Centre St. Dinner will be provided from 5:30-6pm with program following from 6-8pm. Registration is FREE, so reserve your spot online today

Tuesday, June 16, 7:30pm, Young Women'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 women's group meets at The Center on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org

Wednesday, June 17, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Options For Health and Wellbeing Support Services
This panel discussion will feature information on available services, how to obtain them, the general cost and more. For more information or to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, June 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.

Tuesday, June 23, 11am, Creative Writing
This is a fun relaxed writing group that is open to all but advertised through 50 & Better Together. It meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. The group covers a writing topic at the beginning of the session then writes to a writing prompt for several minutes. Then everyone shares their work and gives feedback. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, June 23, 6pm, LGBT Military Support GroupThe 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.

Friday, June 26, 9am, 50 & Better Together Monthly Breakfast
Join 50 & Better Together at Urban Mo’s (308 University Ave. 92103) for a heartwarming breakfast with lively discussions. For more information and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Saturday, June 27, 6pm, Pachanga de 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, art, a Frida look-a-like contest, great food and Tequila! Tickets are only $15 online or $20 at the door. This birthday party is always packed, so buy your tickets today at http://events.thecentersd.org/frida. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at latinos@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x116. Proceeds from this event benefit Latin@ Services at The Center.

Behavioral Health Services & Counseling (English & Spanish)
The Center offers a wide range of counseling services through its Behavioral Health Services programs. Services include individual, couple/family and group counseling. Counseling services are also available for those struggling with same-sex relationship violence, transgender persons who need assistance with transition, for individuals, couples and families struggling with HIV/AIDS. To speak with an on-duty counselor or to sign up for counseling services, call 619.692.2077 x208, or email at onduty@thecentersd.org. For more information, visit www.thecentersd.org/programs/behavioral-health-services.

Employment Opportunities

Bilingual On Duty Counselor

Community Events
Through June 14, The Whale at Cygnet Theatre
"One of the most original and moving works about a gay man's experience in recent memory." - Out Magazine
On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six hundred pound recluse hides away in his apartment, eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places. Tickets and information are available online at www.cygnettheatre.com/show/14-15/the-whale.html.

Saturday, June 6, 7pm, Love Is...
The Reconciling Fellowship of Foothills United Methodist Church invites you to their inaugural "Love Is..." event. Celebrating multiple expressions of love, the evening will feature personal accounts of remarkable love stories teamed with movie clips and live music from Danielle LoPresti. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Join the celebration on Saturday, June 6 at Fotthills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd, La Mesa. For more information, visit www.foothillsumc.org or call 619.670.4009.

Senior Affairs Advisory Board Survey
The Senior Affairs Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council on policy and issues relating to transportation, security at home, improved intergenerational interaction, meal delivery, housing, improved City-County cooperation and other issues. They are currently conducting a survey on senior needs in San Diego. To take the online survey and make your voice heard, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/SeniorAffairs. For a Spanish version of the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/SAABenEspanol.