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Saturday, Jan. 20, 10am-1pm, Women’s March San Diego: Hear Our Vote 2018
The San Diego Women’s March will be one of many worldwide events honoring the movement that brought out 5 million marchers in Jan. 2017, in what is considered the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history. On January 20, 2018, we will unite in San Diego to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. This march is designed to engage and empower voters to support women's rights, human rights, social and environmental justice, and to encourage participation in 2018 midterm elections. Participants will gather at the San Diego County Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy. All people who believe in a positive and just future. More information is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/145423992873191/.

Sunday, Feb. 18, 6-9pm, Tantrums & Tiaras 2018: ALL STARS
Tantrums & Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens is an event like no other. What can you expect to see? A high-quality spoof of beauty pageants, of course, complete with a “talent” showcase. Local companies sponsor contestants, none of whom have any experience, as they compete to be crowned the next community Queen! In collaboration with Mo's Universe, you can expect an evening of wigs, glitter and hilarity, all for a great cause! Join the fun and cheer for your favorites. Purchase tickets here: https://tantrumstiaras18.brownpapertickets.com. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Ian Johnson at ijohnson@thecentersd.org.

Trans Happenings

Viernes, 6pm, Grupo de Apoyo Transgenero 2000
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. El grupo se fundo en abril del año 2000. 1st and 3rd Friday of the month/Viernes, 6-8pm. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.

Spotlight Events

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 12-1:30pm, Lunch & Learn: Social Security 101 - Everything You Wanted To Know
Join us for a free Social Security workshop and find the answers to the following questions: When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits?  How does early retirement affect your benefits?  Do you qualify for disability, survivors, and spouse benefits?  How do you get the most from your benefits?  What is the future of Social Security? When should you file for Medicare?  The presenter is Yolanda York, the San Diego Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration. For more information or to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7-8:30pm, 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. 18, 6-7:30pm, LGBT Military Support Group
Fleet and Family Support Services and AMPA's LGBT Military Support Group is open to all LGBT Active Duty Service Members and their families. Fleet and Family Support Services and AMPA's LGBT Military Support Group is open to all LGBT Active Duty Service Members and their families. Third Thursdays of the month. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.545.3615 or caroline.bender@navy.mil.

Friday, Jan. 19, 6:30-8:30pm, Free Family Movie Night
Join us at Family Movie night every third Friday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Come in your favorite pajamas and bring your sleeping bag or blanket. Enjoy popcorn and snacks while you watch a family-friendly movie. For more information, contact us at families@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-4pm (last test at 3pm). On Fridays only, the early test is available 12 noon-4pm (last test at 3pm). For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.

Along with the OraQuick Rapid Antibody test, the Center will now be offering the UCSD Early Test on Fridays ONLY, from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm.) The Early Test is a specialized viral load test for HIV infection as early as one week after exposure.

Mondays, 9:15-10:15am, Yoga for Everyone
This yoga class is open to all. David Miranda, a certified yoga instructor, will lead this very popular class. We welcome David to The LGBT Center and we hope to see all of our regulars to this class come back and support David as he puts his heart into his system of exercises for mental and physical health. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2pm, 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.

Mondays, 3-7pm, Mobile Medical Unit
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, 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 ext. 211 to make an appointment!

Mondays, 7-8:30pm, 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, 7:15-8:45pm, 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.

Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm, 10-13 Year-Old Youth Program at HYC
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.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Therapist-lead support group GBT men who have been victims of intimate partner/domestic violence. Group is closed-format and requires intake with group facilitator prior to joining. Contact The Center's on duty counselor at 619.692.2077 x208 or onduty@thecentersd.org to sign up.

Martes, 6-7:30pm, Grupo de Apoyo Mujeres con Orgullo
Un grupo de apoyo para mujeres que se identifican como lesbianas o bisexuals. Un espacio para conocer a otras mujeres para socializar y platicar de temas que nos unen. Platicas son en Espanol. 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
An empowerment group for black men, Shades of Color covers a variety of topics, including healthy relationships, self-esteem, living with HIV, spiritual awareness, community mobilizing and more. The group meets every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30 pm and lunch is provided. 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, 6-7pm, Young Men's Group @ HYC
This group for youth ages 14-18 years old addresses relationships, coming out, being out, sexual health, activism, community building and other important topics related to the group. This is a closed group. To join or more information please contact HYC@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45pm, 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, 6-8pm, 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 a 8pm 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 Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116 o latinos@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 2:45-3:45pm, 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, 4:30-7:30pm, The Center's South Bay Club House
Drop-in Center in Chula Vista welcoming all LGBTQIA high school students age 14-18. For more information, please contact youth@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 ext. 212. Club House location is at Chula Vista Youth Center, 465 L St., Chula Vista, CA 91911 (Next to the CVHS Baseball Fields).

Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, ThursTAYS LGBTQIA Transitional Age Youth (TAY) @ HYC
This space is open to LGBTQIA Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 18-24 looking to connect with community and attend life skills workshops. We opportunities to learn about sexual health and identities. This is a closed group. To join or more information please contact HYC@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, Trans Veterans Support Group
Meet other Veterans and active duty 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 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 7pm. For more information, contact us at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Thursdays, 7:15-8:45pm, Men's Coming Out Group
Peer-to-peer support & discussion for men who are straight, gay, bi, trans or questioning, in coming out and being out. For more information email discussion@thecentersd.org.

Fridays, 7-8pm, Young Women’s Transgender Group @ HYC
This group is for any youth ages 14-18 identifying as trans woman, female, femme. The group will focus on sharing experiences, referrals and resources, discussion topics include sexual health, PrEP, HIV testing, healthy relationships, coming out, being out, gender identity and expression, empowerment, mental health, school and home safety, hormones and surgery, accessibility. To join or more information please contact HYC@thecentersd.org.

Viernes, 6-8pm, 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.

Sundays, 1-3pm, Croquet at Balboa Park
Join The Center's 50 and Better Together program every Sunday at Balboa Park (6th and Balboa Drive) to play croquet! We will teach you how to play if you don't know how! For more information contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.607.9751 x205.


Wednesday, Jan. 17, 12-1:30pm, Lunch & Learn: Social Security 101 - Everything You Wanted To Know
Join us for a free Social Security workshop and find the answers to the following questions:  When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits?  How does early retirement affect your benefits?  Do you qualify for disability, survivors, and spouse benefits?  How do you get the most from your benefits?  What is the future of Social Security? When should you file for Medicare?  The presenter is Yolanda York, the San Diego Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration.  For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7-8:30pm, 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. 18, 6-7:30pm, LGBT Military Support Group
Fleet and Family Support Services and AMPA's LGBT Military Support Group is open to all LGBT Active Duty Service Members and their families. Fleet and Family Support Services and AMPA's LGBT Military Support Group is open to all LGBT Active Duty Service Members and their families. Third Thursdays of the month. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.545.3615 or caroline.bender@navy.mil.

Thursday, Jan. 18 & Feb. 1, 7:30-8:45pm, 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. 19, 6:30-8:30pm, Free Family Movie Night
Join us at Family Movie night every third Friday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Come in your favorite pajamas and bring your sleeping bag or blanket. Enjoy popcorn and snacks while you watch a family-friendly movie. For more information, contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 23 & Feb. 13, 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 Tuesday 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, Jan. 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 every 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 or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Jan. 23 & Feb. 13, 6:30-8pm, Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
A group for all GBT individuals interested in knowing more about Prostate Cancer, getting assistance on fighting it, or how to prevent it. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:30pm, Young Men's Discussion Group
Activity, discussion and social group for young men, ages 18-34, to connect, socialize, network and make friends. The group addresses relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. Fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 12pm, Lunch Out – Tribute Pizza – 3077 North Park Way – 92104   
Please RSVP to Al Kalian at 619.296.0833. For even more information, you may also contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 24 & Feb. 14, Diamonds in the Rough
This is a therapist-lead support group for transgender women and transfeminine individuals, topics vary. Group is closed format and a referral and meeting with group facilitator is required prior to joining. Contact Paty 619.692.2077 x200 for more information or email onduty@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 24 & Feb. 14, 7-8:30pm, FTM/Trans Male Support 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. Trans Allies join the group on the 4th Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact us at trans@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 24 & Feb. 14, 7-8:30pm, Significant Others & Allies of Trans Folks Discussion Group (SOFFA)
A support group for significant others friends, family, allies of Trans, gender queer, gender non-conforming or anywhere on the gender spectrum.  For more information, contact us at trans@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Jan. 25 & Feb. 15, 7pm, Young Women's Circle
Aimed at LGBTQ+ women ages 18-30's, this group hopes to provide a safe, open space for building community in San Diego. Gatherings are held every Thursday from 7-8:30pm. On 2nd and 4th Thursdays, meetings are located at The Center, and on 1st and 3rd Thursdays they are held off-site. For the most up to date information on off-site meetings, please visit us at: www.facebook.com/SDLGBTYoungWomen/, or reach out to the moderators at: sdlgbtyoungwomen@gmail.com or women@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Feb. 1, 12-1pm, 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. First Thursday of the month. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 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, 9-10:30am, visit The Center's parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org or contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6pm, Families at The Center presents: Conversations & Connections
Are you a parent or guardian of an LGBTQ+ youth? We would love to have you join us for Conversations & Connections. This meetup is designed to provide support to parents/guardians of LGBTQ+ youth. Conversations & Connections is a safe space to find community and a place to discuss how to support your LGBTQ+ youth. Light refreshments will be served. This group will meet every 1st Tuesday of the month. Questions? Contact Em Jackson at families@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x212.

Tuesday, Feb. 6 & 20, 6-7:30pm, YA+ Discussion Group
YA+ meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 6pm. It is a bilingual discussion and support group for young people who are HIV+. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at latinos@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x116.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6-8:30pm, 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 is hosted by John Lockhart 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.

Thursday, Feb. 8, 12 noon, HIV+ Seniors Discussion Group
The CDC estimates that over one-quarter of all HIV/AIDS patients are over 50 years old. If you are 50 years or better and living with HIV, then this discussion group is just for you!  Discuss the topics that interest you most. Discover how to feel your best. Socialize with others who can relate. Join us for this lively discussion group to connect, to learn, and to have fun. This group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at noon. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Friday, Feb. 9, 3-6pm, Free HIV Testing at The Hillcrest Youth Center
While HIV testing is available every day 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. We offer FREE Oraquick Rapid HIV antibody testing on the 2nd Friday of every month from 3-6pm. The test is done with a mouth swab and results only take about 20 minutes. While you're waiting, your HIV test counselor will have a judgement-free, sex-positive conversation with you that provides accurate information about HIV and risk. And there's free swag and incentives for testing! Testing is available by walk-in, or you can make an appointment by calling 619.692.2077 x250 or email hyc@thecentersd.org.

Free HIV & Hep CTesting 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). Everyone who tests gets a $10 Target gift card!

Along with the OraQuick Rapid Antibody test, the Center will now be offering the UCSD Early Test on Fridays ONLY, from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm.) The Early Test is a specialized viral load test for HIV infection as early as one week after exposure.

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.

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.

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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. 21, The Recovery Ride
The Recovery Ride aims to connect our love of cycling with our commitment to recovery of any kind.  Whether a casual or recreational cyclist, or training for something more serious, our three route lengths (12/25/40 mile) will satisfy one and all. Registration is now open at http://therecoveryride.org/#recovery-ride. Use discount code: RESOLUTION  for $18 off.

Getting to Zero
Checkout out The County of San Diego's "Getting to Zero" report here: http://www.sdplanning.org/downloads/reports/. Together we will #BeTheGeneration that ends new HIV infections in San Diego.

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.

LGBT-Affirming Senior Housing Development
Looking for more information about the new senior housing development? Watch the video at https://youtu.be/Mt22ek06q0A, then 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.

ACLU: Know Your Rights
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