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The Center congratulates and thanks HRC for taking a strong position in support of PrEP and the use of Truvada to prevent HIV infection.

“Today, there is an unprecedented chance to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in part through PrEP’s aggressive prevention of new HIV infections,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “There is no reason – medical or otherwise – to discourage individuals from taking control of their sexual health and talking to their doctor about PrEP.”

Younger generations of gay and bisexual men have overwhelmingly identified ending the HIV epidemic as a priority and HRC has appropriately responded. In San Diego, we know that education about the new tools and medicines can help make a difference. Through education, testing, treatment and prevention, together we can be the generation that helps end new HIV infections. But we also have to commit to reducing the fear, shame and stigma, proceed to opt-out testing and ensure that we understand that treatment is an integral part of prevention. With more than a million Americans infected with HIV already, PrEP interventions can help reduce the numbers of new infections. And ensuring that those who are HIV-positive have the ongoing medical care and medication required to achieve and maintain viral suppression can help prevent even more new infections. 

We can do this. We can win this fight. We can ask our doctors, insurers and healthcare systems to make all approved treatments and supports available to those who need them. We can talk to our doctors, and to each other, without fear of accusation or shaming. We can #BeTheGeneration.

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In the Know with Ian
MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) have been hard at work coordinating another fantastic event to benefit the Sunburst Youth Housing complex. Join in the fun this Thursday, Oct. 23 for the 9th Annual Harvest Howl. This event is always a great one with a record number of restaurants providing great food, a hosted bar and a live art show demonstration. All the fun takes place at the new Downtown San Diego library beginning at 6pm. Tickets are available at http://www.maryah.org.

Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 4 - Are You Ready?
Through Nov. 3: Early voting at Registrar of Voters, weekdays 8am-5pm
Oct. 20: Last day to register to vote!
Oct. 28: Last day to apply for a mail ballot
Nov. 1 & 2: Saturday and Sunday voting at Registrar of Voters, 8am-5pm
Nov. 4: Election Day, polls open 7am-8pm
Register and pledge to vote online at events.thecentersd.org/vote!

Volunteer Spotlight: Tessa Lauren
Since joining The Center’s volunteer team in Spring 2013, Tessa has logged a staggering 1090 hours of service spread out across the entire spectrum of Center programming. Tessa is a constant at special events for our Development Department, Family Matters, Project TRANS and Senior Services, she has assisted with Equality Voters voter registration and outreach work, she’s been a Dining Out For Life driver and AIDS Walk and Run registration supervisor for two years, comes out for every mailing project, and completes several hours of data entry work each week. She was recently elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Young Professionals Council, and still manages to find the time to volunteer elsewhere in the community. We don’t know how she does it all, but we are very happy that she does!


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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

Thursday, Oct. 23, 6pm, Harvest Howl
Don’t miss the 9th Annual Harvest Howl for The Center’s Youth Housing Project, hosted by the good folks of MARYAH on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6-9 pm at the top of San Diego's beautiful new Downtown Central Library located in the East Village! At this Halloween-themed cocktail party guests will enjoy food from more than a dozen restaurants, a hosted bar for the first hour, live entertainment, a 50/50 Drawing and a fantastic silent auction. Tickets start at just $40 and Friends of MARYAH sponsorships start at just $150. Buy tickets at www.maryah.org.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 6pm, Nightmare on Normal Street
Hillcrest’s one and only Halloween street party is taking place on Saturday, October 25. Join us if you dare for a scare! This spooky celebration will take place on Normal Street between University Ave. and Harvey Milk Street, and will include ‘fang-tastic’ live entertainment and spine chilling décor. New this year, Nightmare on Normal Street will feature an all ages fright zone and soda bar! The Center and Fabulous Hillcrest are partnering to bring you a bigger, better Nightmare, so don't miss it! It's just $10 for general admission, or eat, drink and be scary with all you can drink “witch’s brew” and complimentary food with purchase of a $50 VIP ticket (must be over 21 to purchase). Tickets are on sale now at http://fabuloushillcrest.ticketleap.com/nightmare-on-normal-street.

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2pm, Family Matters Halloween Festival
Please join us in The Center’s auditorium and parking lot for an incredible afternoon filled with kid-friendly Halloween activities. Haunted food, snacks and drinks will be provided at no charge, along with pumpkin decorating and a Halloween costume contest. Join the fun and have a haunting good time! RSVP at 619.692.2077 x121 or families@thecentersd.org..

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.

Yoga for Everyone, Mondays, 10 am
Yoga for Everyone meets at The Center on Mondays at 10 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 Carolina Ramos at 619.692.2077 x116, or cramos@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 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 Carolina Ramos, 619.692.2077 x116.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 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 Oct. 22, 7pm, Artist Lecture with Photographer Jess T. Dugan
Please join us at The Center on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 7-9 pm for a free public lecture with photographer Jess T. Dugan. For the past decade, Jess has photographed people within queer and transgender communities, focusing on the complexities of identity, gender, intimacy, and community. In this lecture, she will speak about her projects from 2005 to the present. Jess earned a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. She regularly exhibits internationally and has work in several museum collections. Her first monograph, Every breath we drew, will be published by Daylight Books in 2015.


Thursday, Oct. 23, 12 noon, A Touch of Love Trans Support Group
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.

Friday, Oct. 24, 7pm, Sapphic Cinema
Come join us for a free movie night! We will be featuring films by and about lesbian, bisexual, transgender and strong women. Sapphic Cinema will take place in the community resource room, and concessions will be available for a donation. There will be a group discussion to follow. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.


Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1pm, Senior Food Bank
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older once a 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 http://sandiegofoodbank.org, or contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 12 noon, Medicare Fraud: Don't Be a Victim
The Senior Medicare Patrol – SMP will show you how to protect yourself, detect and report Medicare fraud, abuse and errors. Preventing Medicare fraud prevents identity theft. Learn about new Medicare spousal eligibility post the overturn of DOMA as well as about the changes in benefits for gender reassignment surgery. If you would like to report potential Medicare fraud, please call the Senior Medicare Patrol office at 855.613.7080. For any other information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or
seniors@thecentersd.org.

Friday, October 31, 10 am, Microsoft Excel Basics (2010/2013)
Learn the basics about Microsoft Excel, such as formatting text and numbers, using Excel menus and toolbars, creating formulas, creating and editing charts and graphs, and more. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so email  hroman@thecentersd.org today to reserve your space.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 6 pm, Red Hot: Dia De Los Muertos
Bust out your dancing shoes and join the Women's Resource Center for our Red Hot Ladies Night at The Center on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 6-10 pm. DJ Laura Jane will be in the house, spinning all your favorite hits. Enjoy dancing, mingling, food, traditional altars, photo booth & face painting for only $5 per person. Come prepared to participate in our face painting/costume contest! Tickets are available at the door. A no-host bar will be available, complete with drink specials all night. This is a 21+ event - ID must be shown at the door. For more information or to have a memorial candle made, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 9am, Food Bank (NOTE 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, 9-10:30 am, visit The Center’s parking lot for emergency food. For November it will be held on the first Wednesday to avoid conflicting with Election Day. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6pm, LGBT Parents Connect
Having a tough day? Learned the secret to not having a tough day? If you need a sympathetic ear, or if you just want to meet other parents in the area, then this group is for you. If you’ve already dealt with issues such as coming out, temper tantrums, troubled teens or single parenting, come share your experiences and insight. This group meets on the second Tuesday of every month in Latino Services. Free child care is available if you RSVP by the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

Family Matters
Family Matters, the family program at The Center, is designed to provide resources, education, support and opportunities for community engagement for LGBT-headed families and those considering parenthood. Find out more on our website or contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

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.

Community Events

Friday, Nov. 7, 7 pm, Meet the *B's: Dispelling Myths ABout Bisexuality
Don't miss yourchance to meet the bi's (and pans, fluids & queers)at The Center on Friday, Nov. 7 from 7-9pm. Join Bi Coming Out Group, Bi Forum, amBi, Bi Bar and San Diego Bi Women's Meetup for a panel discussion featuring Lady Ajax and members of our local bi community, followed by a Q & A. Don't miss the "Ask a Bi" booths, where you can quiz bi healthcare and legal professionals one-on-one. For accommodations, send a request by Oct. 31 to bianyname@gmail.com.

Give our Dining Out for Life© Restaurants Year-Round Love!

We’ve teamed up with 1App - a mobile app that makes it easy to visit the restaurants we partner with for our annual Dining Out for Life event. 1App is a local startup that empowers smartphone users to make decisions on where in San Diego to eat, shop and play based on their personal affiliations, memberships and lifestyles. Download 1App and activate the The Center San Diego Lens, and every time you reach for your phone to decide on where to eat, you’ll be able to see the business closest to you that has participated in Dining Out for Life. It’s a new opportunity for us to show some year-round love to the restaurants that make such huge contributions during our annual event. Download the app at http://bit.ly/TheCenterSD and activate the The Center San Diego Lens (located in the Support a Cause category of the app) today!