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Make a real difference for your community
Tuesday, June 3 – Are you ready to make a difference for you and your community? We need you to make that difference. In the 2010 primary the turn out in City District three was disappointing at only 27%. But we can do better! We can ensure our friends, family and our community are registered before May 19. You can do it online at Or even easier, vote at home! Request a mail ballot by May 27 and vote by mail. It's as easy as 1-2-3-4:
1. Go to the Registrar of Voter's website
2. Download the application (click on Public Notices)
3. Fill out the application and mail it in
4. When your ballot arrives, vote at home!
Dates to Remember
Monday, May 19: Last day to register to vote
Tuesday, May 27: Last day to request a mail ballot
Saturday, May 31: Weekend voting at the Registrar of Voters, 8 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, June 3: Primary Election Day

Brandon's Center Connection
Today is the start to a very exciting week because on Thursday, April 24, thousands of people all over San Diego will be dining out for the 8th Annual Dining Out For Life®. Where have you made reservations? I want to give a shout out to some of our community partners who've already made plans do DINE OUT as large groups on Thursday. The Center's Senior Services is gathering for dinner at Great Maple. The Young Professionals Council is returning to Wang's North Park for their annual dinner and drinks tradition. HRC San Diego will be hanging out at DBar for dinner. UC San Diego Health Systems will be lunching at Which Wich Hillcrest then joining San Diego Pride for dinner at Wang's. You can catch Gay 4 Good folks at Baby Cakes for dinner, and Stepping Stone will be joining Council President Todd Gloria and many others to dine out at Harvey Milk's American Diner. See y'all Thursday!

Sarafina's Corporate Spotlight

In the Know With Ian
The time has come! Dining Out for Life® San Diego has arrived... Well, almost. Join thousands of our closest friends on Thursday, April 24 as they dine out to fight AIDS. Nearly 100 restaurants throughout San Diego will be donating a minimum of 25% of their sales to support The Center’s HIV/AIDS program and services. This is the easiest way to give back - everyone has to eat! Did you know that if you make a $25 donation to a volunteer ambassador that day you’ll receive a 20% off Tuesday card in the mail? It’s true! It gives you 20% off your food bill every Tuesday for the next year at 12 Dining Out for Life® locations. Grab your friends, make your plans and Dine Out this Thursday to help support the over 20,000 in San Diego living with this HIV/AIDS.
For a list of participating restaurants, visit us at

The 2014 Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held on the official Harvey Milk Day - Thursday, May 22. To purchase your tickets or for more info visit!

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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, April 22, 5 pm, Meet the Mayor
On April 22, from 5-6:30 pm at The Center, Mayor Kevin Faulconer will host a "Meet the Mayor" event. He will speak with San Diegans about his vision for the City and then listen to concerns and take questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public. The mayor plans to hold a "Meet the Mayor" event in every City Council district in the coming months. For more information, visit the Facebook event

Thursday, April 24, Dining Out for Life® San Diego!
On the last Thursday in April each year, thousands of San Diegans Dine Out to Fight AIDS. Dining Out for Life® is an international fundraising event involving the generous participation of restaurants throughout the country. Restaurants and bars across San Diego (91 so far!) pledge to donate 25-100% of that day’s food and liquor sales to benefit HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs at The Center. Visit us at and check out the list of participating restaurants or find us on Facebook!

Sunday, April 27, 12 noon, Clothesline Project
Join the WRC as we host our first annual Clothesline Project at The Center. The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide. If you would like to participate and/or decorate your own shirt please contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.682.2077 x212, or

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

How’s Your Health?
Health Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your health, and learning how to get information so that you can understand things about your health. It includes finding a healthcare provider who will understand your unique needs and support you in your healthcare decisions. Find out more on our website.

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Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Youth Essay Contest - Deadline Friday, April 25!
If you're attending a San Diego County high school, be sure to check out the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Essay Contest, sponsored by Cox Communications. The winner will receive a cash prize and an iPad Mini with Retina display. Check out the information packet for additional details at or contact Essays are due Friday, April 25.

Tuesday April 22, 6 pm, Military Families Support Group
The Center and Fleet and Family Support Services offer this support/education group for LGBT Service Members and their families. The group welcomes couples with or without children on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Free child care is available if you RSVP by the 3rd Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.222.5586 or To RSVP for childcare, contact us at

Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm, San Diego FTM Support Group
This FTM support group for those assigned female at birth, now identifying as male or questioning their gender meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays monthly, from 7-9 pm. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at 619.692.2077 x109 or

Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm, San Diego Transgender SOFFA Group
This group for significant others, friends, family and allies of people who identify as transgender meets on the 4th Wednesday monthly from 7-9 pm. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at 619.692.2077 x109 or

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 9:00 pm 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

Thursday, April 24, 12 noon, Living Well with Parkinson’s
Join 50 and Better Together in the Center library as Charlotte King-Mills covers Parkinson’s diagnosis and progression, associated symptoms and the differences between PD Dementia and Alzheimer’s, management of symptoms through therapies, medication and surgery, and local resources.  For further information, please contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Friday, April 25, 7 pm, Sapphic Cinema
Come join us for a free movie night! We will be featuring films by and about lesbian, bisexual, transgender and strong women. This month’s featured film will be “Pariah”. Dee Rees writes and directs Pariah which was inspired by her own coming out story. This film features a Brooklyn teenager that juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. Sapphic Cinema will take place in the CRR with concessions for donation. There will be a group discussion to follow. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or

Saturday, April 26, Project Trans Cosmetology Workshop
Join us again as Stephanie Picazo walks the participants through more detailed pointers on hair and make-up techniques. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at 619.692.2077 x109 or

Monday, April 28, 6 pm, Meet the Chief
Join us in the Center auditorium from 6-7:30 pm as San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman shares her vision for the San Diego Police Department and answers questions on various community policing topics. Chief Zimmerman was promoted to Chief of Police on March 4, 2014, and is a 31-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department.

Thursday, May 1, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Senior Service Coordinator will be out of town but the Senior Advisory Committee will meet on their own to discuss various items. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Saturday, May 3, 1 pm, Women of Color United
Join Women of Color United at The Center, 3909 Centre Street on the first & third Saturday of every month from 1-3 pm in Latin@ Services. This discussion group is geared specifically towards lesbian, bisexual and transgender women of color. For more information, email

Tuesday, May 6, 9 am, 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

Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 pm, 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 of all ages (21+) 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 or 619.692.2077 x211.

Latin@ Services
The Center’s Latin@ Services provides a safe, welcoming and culturally and linguistically appropriate space that allows community members to accept and embrace all of who they are, including their culture, traditions, language, spirituality and sexual and gender identities. For more information, visit us online or contact Carolina Ramos at or 619.692.2077 x116.

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.

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 For more information, visit

Community Events

Friday, April 25, 8 pm, See a Great Play and Support The Center!
Chronos Theater Group is proud to present the world premiere of Tricks, written by Bryant Hernandez. Tricks is a love story about two men who need to tell the truth to their families, to each other, and to themselves. Performances will be at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center through April 27. On Friday April 25, Chronos Theater Group will donate $10 from every $20 sold to The Center. Please call 619.289.7172 to purchase tickets from the box office. The show is recommended for mature audiences, as there is strong language, sexual content and brief nudity.

Ryan White Services Regional Community Meetings
The San Diego County Ryan White Services Regional Community Meetings serve as another tool that the San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council and the Prevention Group use to gather information on the needs of the community. The Planning Council is responsible for planning services for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego County and for allocating founding for these services under the federal Ryan White program. Now is the time to have a say about the services in your region.
To find out more about the meetings, or for more information on the work of the San Diego HIV Planning Council, visit the website at The meetings are as follows:
East County: Friday, April 25, 2-4 pm, El Cajon Public Library
South Bay: Monday, April 28, 6-8 pm, CASA