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Holiday Hours
The Center will be closed Tuesday, March 31, in honor of Cesar Chavez Day. Regular hours resume at 9am on Wednesday, April 1.

Notes from Delores
The LGBT social justice movement has made great progress very quickly, schooled by the courage and hard-won lessons of the civil rights movement, the reproductive rights movement and all others who have worked toward the vision of fairness and justice. We have learned the lessons of mobilizing, the importance of seeking allies and help, of electing the right minded and continuing to build and stand loyal to coalitions. We've seen powerful results and we are optimistic and hopeful as we wait for a Supreme Court judgement on marriage equality.

But we are also beginning to learn the painful next lesson, the one our justice partners know all too well. While thousands have worked hard for this moment in the sun, the vestiges of hate and ignorance are still alive in far too many. Because of them, change comes only unevenly and is not guaranteed. Ignorance survived the battle.

Today the so-called "religious freedom" laws being considered in more than 25 states seek to undermine LGBT equality and non-discrimination laws and policies. Whether these laws can be legally successful is a matter for the lawyers to argue, but the political motivations and animus of those lobbying for them are clear. They represent the stubborn and tantrum-like refusals of those who cannot share a vision of a free and just society. "We don't want to evolve or change," they say. "We want special exemptions to continue to discriminate, especially against gays and trans people." (
http://bit.ly/1BIyB68). Like a virus, this type of ignorance seeks any mutation of itself to survive.

Our right to be served in the public marketplace without discrimination is one of our most cherished freedoms and one of the highest obligations of our American government. It does not infringe one's right to believe and worship as one chooses.

And beyond this, there is another frightening tactic even here in California. We now have a proposal for a ballot initiative - the "Sodomite Suppression Act" - that calls for putting LGBT people to death. Whether it survives the current legal challenge or not, much damage has already been done as millions of California youth and parents have to hear details about this terrifying proposal daily.

The lesson is painfully clear - some battles may be won, but the mission is NOT accomplished.

No matter how tired we are, we can't stop fighting. We owe it to all those who came before us. We owe it to our seniors. We owe it to those who will have to fight after us. We owe it to our youth. We are Californians - we owe it to all the LGBT people and their families in all the states to keep leading forward.

We have to fight. And we will have to fight exactly as we began - state by state, city by city, issue by issue, in schools, in the military, in healthcare, in housing, in employment, in benefits like social security and mediCare, in he battle for HIV treatment and care. In the words of Michelangelo Signorile, #itsnotover.

In the Spotlight

Partner Spotlight

Program Spotlight: #BeTheGeneration
In 2014, The San Diego LGBT Community Center launched the groundbreaking #bethegeneration campaign as an aggressive and strategic effort to end new HIV transmissions in San Diego in the next ten years. Visit our website at events.thecentersd.org/BTG and check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/BeTheGeneration!

In the Know with Ian
Join us at The Center this Friday as we celebrate our transgender brothers and sisters at the 12th annual Transgender Day of Empowerment! An evening of speakers, entertainment and awards celebrating the diversity and strength of our San Diego transgender community, the event begins at 6pm and is free and open to all.
This year's event will focus on transgender women of color and will include the presentation of the inaugural Tracie O'Brien Transgender Student Scholarship. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Welcome Sam Wong!
Please join us in welcoming Sam Wong back home to the Center as a donor relationship manager in the development department. Sam previously worked in development at The Center before moving to Chicago in 2010, when he became a diversity consultant for the BMO Financial Group. Sam has now returned to San Diego with his partner and we are thrilled that he will rejoin our team!

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30pm, UC San Diego Health System:  Ensuring the Health of the LGBTQ Community
Join UC San Diego Health System and The Center for a special forum on the Health of the LGBTQ Community, on April 8 at 6:30pm. Learn more about UCSD Health and its commitment to the community; UCSD’s Owen Clinic, which is one of the nation’s top HIV care programs; and PrEP, the once-a-day medication that is used to prevent HIV infection. This free event will be held at The Center and is  open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Ben Cartwright at outreach@thecentersd.org.

PrEP - Get Educated
The biggest news to come out of CROI was that PrEP reduced the population-level risk of HIV by 86 percent among a group of HIV-negative MSM who received Truvada prescriptions through 13 health clinics in England... What’s more, PROUD showed that gay men—almost all participants identified as such—could successfully use PrEP in a real-world setting. Read more...

Want your own Center #BeTheGeneration shirt? The first 100 people to make a (minimum) $15 donation to benefit The Center's #HIV/AIDS services will get a t-shirt. Donate today to help us end new cases of HIV/AIDS!

Follow Us!
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.

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

Wednesday, April 1, 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 MenÕs 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.

Thursday, April 2, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
This group of senior community members who advises the senior services coordinator on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center. These meetings are for anyone interested in providing input on senior services. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, April 2, 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.

Friday, Abril 3, 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 mas informacion, por favor pongase en contacto al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@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
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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

Thursday, April 2, 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 at 11 am to discuss what this means and how one can live their life to the fullest.  For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, April 2, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
This group of senior community members who advises the senior services coordinator on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center. These meetings are for anyone interested in providing input on senior services. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, April 2 & 16, 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, April 5, 11:30am, Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
Bring the family to Trolley Barn Park on Adams Avenue for bike raffle, free Easter baskets and treats for the kids, music and fun.  For more information, contact Vanessa Valdez at 619.692.2077 x121 or families@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, April 7, 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

Wednesday April 8 & April 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, April 8 & 22, 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.

Friday, April 10, 6pm, Transgender Day of Empowerment
Join us at The Center for speakers, entertainment, awards and light refreshment as we celebrate the diversity and strength of San Diego's transgender community. This year's event will focus on transgender women of color, to promote awareness of the increasing level of violence against transgender women and encourage community action. The event will include the inaugural Tracie O'Brien Transgender Student Scholarship, which will be presented by former Assembly Member and LGBT activist Tom Ammiano. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Tuesday, April 14, 9 am, Free Legal Consultations Available at The Center
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, April 14 & 28, 6:30pm, Prostate Cancer Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
The prostate cancer group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm. Please contact Steve Wroblowski at prostatecancergbt@aol.com before attending for the first time.

Wednesday, April 15, 7pm, Lesbian Singles Group - NEW FACILITATOR!
Join us on the third Wednesday every month from 7-9pm in the library. This group is intended to provide a safe place for single lesbians to meet and socialize. For more information, email women@thecentersd.org.


Friday, April 24, 10am, How to “Degunk” Your Computer
Degunking is term we use to describe how you can clean up your computer so that it runs like new without actually having to rebuild it or purchase a new one. Join us in the Cyber Center for this free class and learn how. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by emailing it@thecentersd.org.

Saturday, April 25, 7pm, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Concert
Join the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble on April 25 at the San Diego Woman's Club (2557 Third Ave.) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The ensemble will partially recreate the 1914 New Year’s Eve concert which was the dedication ceremony for the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and will also perform various Ragtime pieces that were all the rage in 1915. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available at Windsmith (3875 Granada Ave. North Park) and at sdartstix.com. For more information, visit www.hillcrestwindensemble.com.

Tuesday, April 28, 11am, Creative Writing (NEW FACILITATOR!)
Facilitator Jim Brega is bringing his writing expertise to this group of creative writers. This is a fun relaxed writing group that is open to all. It meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. The group will cover a writing topic at the beginning of each session, 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 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, April 28, 1pm, Senior Food Bank Program
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older on the fourth Tuesday of every month.  For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, April 28, 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. Childcare is available upon request sent to families@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, April 28, 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.

Thursday April 30, All Day, Dining Out For Life® San Diego!
Don't miss The Center's 9th Annual Dining Out For Life® San Diego! On Thursday, April 30, 2015, dozens of participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in San Diego will donate a minimum of 25% of sales for The Center's HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. Delicious, right? Grab your family and friends and make plans to Dine Out and Fight AIDS for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, cocktails and more on Thursday, April 30! For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit events.thecentersd.org/DOFL.

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

Facilities Manager

Community Events

Sunday, May 17, 7pm, Broadway Our Way at Balboa Theatre

On Sunday, May 17, the incredible Frenchie Davis will join the San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) for an exclusive performance at the Balboa Theatre. This exhilarating concert, “Broadway, Our Way” is a fundraising event benefiting the Lesbian Health Initiative of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. From tender torch songs to spectacular showstoppers and everything in between, the audience will journey through love, loss, trials and triumphs. “Broadway, Our Way” will include some of the most beloved songs from contemporary and classic stage productions, , as well as some less obvious choices that will be pleasant surprises. The entire program is a fresh twist on the typical Broadway-themed revue. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://sdwc.org/events-tickets.

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Paid Internship Opportunities
For more information about each position and to apply on-line, check out the Careers site under Job Openings on the SDCAA website at www.san.org/careers.

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. Follow this link to take the online survey and make your voice heard.

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!