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UPDATE – Nearly Half Way There! As you may know, Tony Award winner, artist and activist Sara Ramirez has offered to match every donation to The Center – up to $50,000 – during our end-of-year fundraising drive. 

Will you help The Center make it over the midway point before the end of November by making a donation today?

Every holiday gift to The Center helps thousands of LGBT San Diegans to access our life-saving services and programs each year. Additionally, your generous support allows The Center to continue to fight for our full equality.

Sara Ramirez’ matching challenge includes all one-time contributions, new monthly donations and increased monthly gifts. Please know that each level of #CenterSupporter contribution matters so much to us. And thanks to Sara Ramirez, it will be doubled this year.

You can give today at www.thecentersd.org/match  -- Thank you!

You Should Know

In the Know with Ian
The elves are busy creating their wreaths to be auctioned off live at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage on Monday, Dec. 5. The wreath boys are lined up and ready to go and the countdown is on for the Charity Wreath Auction to benefit the Queen Eddie Conlon Youth, starting at 6pm on Dec. 5. Don't miss it, it's going to be a goood one! And if you think you make a mad wreath, drop off your fabulous donation creation at The Center or Martinis by Dec. 3. For details, visit http://events.thecentersd.org/wreathauction.

YPC Academy 2017 Applications open thru Dec. 31
The Center’s YPC Academy exists to help expend the ranks of young LGBT leaders who are ready to further equality for our community through board service for a variety of agencies, not-for-profit organizations and government commissions. The 2017 class will consist of approximately 20 candidates ages 21-40 who will be selected through the application process, open through Dec. 31. The application requires submission of a resume and short essay. More information and the application can be found HERE [http://www.thecentersd.org/programs/young-professionals-council/ypc-academy-2017-application.html]. Additional questions can be directed to The Center's staff liaisons to the YPC, Ben Cartwright and Rebekah Hook-Held at ypc@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 6pm, Mama's Kitchen Tree of Life Ceremony
Each year, Mama’s Kitchen and Village Hillcrest commemorate World AIDS Day by recognizing and remembering those affected by AIDS, as well as the ongoing leadership efforts made to end the epidemic. It is an evening of special memories, singing and sharing, and a candle lighting to honor those affected by AIDS.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6pm, Know Your Rights Workshop
Evento en Español “Conosca Sus Derechos” taller en City Heights (Employee Rights Center, 4265 Fairmount Avenue Suite 200, 6-8pm). Evento se enfocara en sus derechos durante encuentros con la Policía, FBI, Border Patrol, ICE. Para mas informacion llame al 619.559.7313.

The ACLU is hosting a “Know Your Rights”  workshop at the Employee Rights Center in City Heights (4265 Fairmount Avenue Suite 200) on Tuesday,  Dec. 6 at 6pm. The workshop will be in Spanish, with English interpretation available. This event will focus on your rights when encountering Police, Border Patrol and ICE. For more information, call 619.559.7313.

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Spotlight Event

Thursday, Dec. 1, 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.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Coordinator of Senior Services facilitates this group of senior community members who provide input on the 50 & Better Together program. These meetings are for anyone interested in senior services at The Center. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

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.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 3:30pm, Dr. A. Brad Truax Awards
The Dr. A Brad Truax Awards are given annually to individuals currently contributing to HIV efforts, with outstanding achievements in HIV Education, Prevention and/or Counseling and Testing; HIV Care, Treatment and/or Support Services; and Planning, Advocacy or Policy Development. The awards will be presented at a reception honoring all nominees on World AIDS Day, Thursday, Dec. 1, at The Center from 3:30-5pm. Afterward, join us at the Tree of Life Ceremony at Village Hillcrest on 5th Ave.

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

Free Testing at The Center
Free HIV and HCV (Hepatitis C) testing is available at The Center Monday-Friday 9am-8pm (last test at 7pm) and Saturday 10am-2pm (last test at 1pm). On Fridays only, the early test is available 12 noon-4pm (last test at 3pm) and couples testing is available 4-9pm (last test at 8pm). For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.

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, 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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

Thursday, Dec. 1 & Dec. 15, 7:30pm, Non-Binary Gender Identity and Exploration
This is a discussion and support group for non-binary, genderqueer and gender non-conforming individuals. Anyone who identifies with any part of the non-binary gender spectrum or anyone questioning/exploring their gender identity is welcome to join us on the first and third Thursday of every month. 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, and casual social interaction is integrated with more structured discussion. 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.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Coordinator of Senior Services facilitates this group of senior community members who provide input on the 50 & Better Together program. These meetings are for anyone interested in senior services at The Center. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Monday, Dec. 5, 1pm, Senior Food Bank - DECEMBER DATE CHANGE
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, Dec. 6, 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 & Dec. 20, 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, Dec. 7, 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. Also, check out the popular Live Trivia game (starting at 6:30 pm), hosted each month by community favorite John Lockhart. 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 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, Dec. 7 & 21, 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-1:30pm in Latino Services. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Friday, Dec. 9, 3pm, Free HIV Testing at Hillcrest Youth Center
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.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 5pm, Come Home For The Holidays
The holidays are almost here! Join us at The Center for Home for the Holidays on Saturday, Dec. 10, as we celebrate the diverse cultures & traditions within the San Diego LGBT Community. This event is family-friendly and free to all. Come to dance, learn something new, and meet your community. Free food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available!

Tuesday, Dec. 13 & 27, 9:30am, 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 11:30am at The Center. (No clinic will be held Nov. 8 due to polling.) 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 13 & 27, 11:30am, Creative Writing
This is a fun relaxed writing group open to all. It takes place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Each class will cover a writing topic at the beginning of the session and then write to a writing prompt for several minutes. Then everyone will share their work and give feedback. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 13 & 27, 6:30pm, Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm. Please contact William Shi at prostatecancergbt@aol.com before attending for the first time.

Wednesday, Dec. 14 & 28, 7pm, Significant Others and Allies of Trans Folks Discussion Group
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays monthly, and 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, please contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Dec. 14 & 28, 7pm, FTM/Trans Male and SOFFA Support Groups
Join the guys from 7-9 pm in this 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 every month to meet with the group and on the 4th Wednesday of every month to join the trans allies group, also at 7pm. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Dec. 14 & 28, 7pm, Significant Others and Allies of Trans Folks Discussion Group
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays monthly, and 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, please contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Friday, Dec. 16, 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.

Saturday, Dec. 17, 7pm, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble: Holiday Rhapsody
The holiday spirit will be in the air as the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble presents "Holiday Rhapsody" on Saturday Dec. 17 at the San Diego Woman's Club (2557 3rd Ave) in Banker's Hill. Concert time is 7:00pm and will include music of Christmas, Hanukah, and New Years Eve. Guest harpist Tasha Smith Godinez and a special appearance by the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Holiday Singers will add to the festivities. Home baked goods and other refreshments will be available during intermission. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, available at The Windsmith 3875 Granada Ave. in North Park and at www.sdartstix.com. For more information, visit www.hillcrestwindensemble.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 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, Dec. 27, 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.

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.

Partner Spotlight



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.


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.

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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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Community Events

Through Dec.11, MOXIE Theatre presents THE KID THING
MOXIE Theatre is proud to announce they’ll be the first company in San Diego to premiere a play by award-winning writer, Sarah Gubbins. Her new TV Series, I Love Dick, which premiered on Amazon, was co-created and produced by none other than Jill Solloway, the creator, writer and director of Amazon’s Transparent. Gubbins is also co-writing the feature film Ten Aker Wood with Sollaway. In 2012 she was named Best Playwright by Chicago Magazine and her play THE KID THING, soon to make its San Diego premiere at MOXIE Theatre Nov 13 – Dec 11, 2016, was developed at Steppenwolf Theatre and awarded the Edgarton Foundation New American Play Prize and the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play.

December 2-24, San Diego Theatres/San Diego Repertory Theatre, presents ‘A Snow White Christmas’
An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, “A Snow White Christmas” features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing and contemporary music from Katy Perry’s “Firework” to Huey Lewis and the News’ “Power of Love” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and more. The production also features an onscreen appearance from Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris as the Magic Mirror. Visit http://sandiegotheatres.org/a-snow-white-christmas to purchase tickets and save 20% with code LFP2016.

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.

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