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The plans have been in motion for one of our most enjoyable events of the year, and the 10th Annual Pachanga de Frida has finally arrived! There are a limited number of individual tickets and tables for this Saturday, June  24, event. We're excited to have the Manny Cepeda Orchestra providing some great entertainment to dance the night away.  Table and ticket purchases this year includes a dinner with dos tacos, arroz y frijoles!  Guests will have the opportunity to browse our vendor tables, enjoy art, and purchase pan dulce and beverages from a full bar. For ticket purchase or more info visit events.thecentersd.org/frida.

Trans Happenings
Viernes, 6pm, Grupo de Apoyo Transgenero 2000
Este grupo se lleva a cabo de 6pm a 8:30pm, 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. Todos los Viernes. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.

You Should Know

Friday, June 23, 6:30pm, Community Screening: 'El Canto del Colibri' w/ Sara Ramirez
Join us for a free screening of "El Canto del Colibri" at The Center, including community dialogue and opening remarks by Sara Ramirez. El Canto del Colibrí is a documentary exploring the relationships between Latinx immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ family members. The award-winning film screened at numerous film festivals around the world and now, in partnership with Familia:TQLM is being screened for Latinx communities in several CA cities. The Center is thrilled to host a special screening, including dinner and a community dialogue with the film’s director Marco Castro- Bojorquez and welcoming remarks by the remarkable Sara Ramirez. Learn more.

Saturday, June 24, 6pm, 10th Annual Pachanga de Frida (Happy Birthday Frida)
Each year we celebrate the birthday of Frida Kahlo, commemorating the legendary life of one of the most influential Mexican painters of the mid-twentieth century while enjoying live music multiple art exhibits by local Latin@ artists and vendors, a Frida look-alike contest, great food and Tequila! Proceeds from this event benefit The Nicole Murray Ramirez Latino Services @ The Center! Tickets are now on sale at events.thecentersd.org/frida.


Mondays, 3pm, Mobile Medical Unit at The Center
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 x211 to make an appointment!


Through June 30, #100Inspired
This June, The Center is launching our #100Inspired Campaign to inspire 100 San Diegans to become monthly donors or increase their monthly gifts to The Center. Currently, our monthly donor program provides a critical and sustainable source of revenue that is necessary to fund The Center’s cutting-edge services and programs. Monthly giving is one of the most cost-efficient and effective ways to support The Center’s work. As you may know, Center services grew from 60,000 to 65,000 annual service visits in the last two years. With requests for Center services increasing, we need to strengthen The Center’s monthly donor program to better ensure that we can meet these demands. We hope you’ll join us as one of the #100Inspired who make or increase their monthly gift to The Center today. You can make an online pledge at thecentersd.org/giving.

Nominations for the LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor open through July 31
The Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans with ties to San Diego who have taken the oath to serve our country and have done so honorably, and with distinction, acting as role models in advancing equality. The Veterans Wall commemorates these veterans' lives in hopes that their courage, bravery and sacrifices will continue to inspire future generations. The Center is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 induction cycle. Applications and required documentation are due by July 31 at  9 pm in order to be considered for 2017 induction. This year’s Induction Ceremony will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 pm. Additional information, instructions, and the application are available at events.thecentersd.org. For more information contact Ben Cartwright at bcartwright@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 ext. 106.

Spotlight Events

Wednesday, June 21, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Help With Medicare Premiums and Co-pays
This presentation will introduce the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP). It will also provide you with a brief summary of Medicare, focusing on  programs available for those having difficulty affording their Medicare premiums, co-payments, and Medicare Part D prescription drug costs. For more information and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, June 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.

Thursday, June 22 & July 13, 7pm, Young Women's Circle
Join other young women ages 18-30 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. Gatherings are held on 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 7-8:30pm in The Center's library, and on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays off-site. For more information, or to reach out to the moderators, contact us at women@thecentersd.org.

Friday, June 23, 8pm, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Presents Pops Goes the Weasel
Enjoy a fun mix of pop music in the beautiful Mississippi Room at the historic Lafayette Hotel, (2223 El Cajon Blvd).  Special guest Ria Carey will join the ensemble for some jazz and a musical number from "The Little Mermaid".  The evening will include music from movies and popular band literature, as well as a classic sixties symphonic rock piece. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served at 7:30pm. A no host bar will be available during the concert and a 50/50 raffle as well as prizes will highlight the night. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www.hillcrestwindensemble.com.


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.

Mondays, 9am, Yoga for Everyone
This yoga class is a program of senior services, but is open to all. Joy Miller, a certified yoga instructor, will lead this very popular class. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

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.

Mondays, 3:00-7:00pm, 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. 208 to make an appointment!

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, 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.

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.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm, NEW GROUP: Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
A new group is forming at The Center for male survivors of intimate partner violence. Group meetings will start on Feb. 7 and be held every Tuesday from 6:30-8pm. Contact The Center's on duty counselor at 619.692.2077 x208 or onduty@thecentersd.org to sign up.

Martes, 6-8:00pm, 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, 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, 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 - 8:00pm, 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, 2:45pm, 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, 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.

Viernes, 6pm-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.

Tuesday, June 20 & July 18, 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.

Tuesday, June 20 & July 18, 6pm, 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, June 21, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Help With Medicare Premiums and Co-pays
This presentation will introduce the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP). It will also provide you with a brief summary of Medicare, focusing on  programs available for those having difficulty affording their Medicare premiums, co-payments, and Medicare Part D prescription drug costs. For more information and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, June 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.

Thursday, June 22 & July 13, 7pm, Young Women's Circle
Join other young women ages 18-30 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. Gatherings are held on 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 7-8:30pm in The Center's library, and on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays off-site. For more information, or to reach out to the moderators, contact us at women@thecentersd.org.

Friday, June 23, 8pm, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Presents Pops Goes the Weasel
Enjoy a fun mix of pop music in the beautiful Mississippi Room at the historic Lafayette Hotel, (2223 El Cajon Blvd).  Special guest Ria Carey will join the ensemble for some jazz and a musical number from "The Little Mermaid".  The evening will include music from movies and popular band literature, as well as a classic sixties symphonic rock piece. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served at 7:30pm. A no host bar will be available during the concert and a 50/50 raffle as well as prizes will highlight the night.  Tickets are $20 and are available at The Windsmith 3875 Granada Ave. in North Park and at www.sdartstix.com, or at the door. For more information, visit www.hillcrestwindensemble.com.

Tuesday, June 27 & July 11, 9:30-11:30am, Free Legal Clinic
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law, will hold 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, June 27, 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 Band 1-866-350-3663.  For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, June 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, June 27 & July 11, 6:30pm, Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
William Shi leads this group on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 pm. Please contact William at prostatecancergbt@aol.com before attending for the first time. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, June 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.

Wednesday, June 28 & July 12, Diamonds in the Rough
This is a therapist-led support group for transgender women and transfeminine individuals, topics vary. Group is closed format and must meet with group facilitator prior to joining. Contact Paty 619.692.2077 x200 for more information or email onduty@thecentersd.org. This group meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 12pm-1pm (with referral).

Wednesday, June 28 & July 12, 7pm, FTM Support Group
Join us from 7-9 pm during our regularly scheduled meetings. 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 with anyone who is a SOFFA (significant other, friends, family or ally) of a Trans person. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, June 28 & July 12, 7pm, Transgender SOFFA Support Group
This group 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, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, July 5, 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, hosted by John Lockhart, begins at 6:30 pm 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, July 6, 12 noon, 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. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, July 6 & July 20, 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.

Tuesday, July 11, 9am, Community Food Bank (July 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, 9-10:30am, visit The Center's parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org.

Thursday, July 13, 12 noon, (NEW!) 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 in the library. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Friday, July 14, 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.

Friday, July 21, 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.

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.

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

Thursday, June 22, 5pm, Legal Name Change Workshop for Students & Parents
LGBTQIA Education and Advocacy & Project Trans present Legal Name Change Workshop for Students & Parents at the Ballard Parent Center, Room B8 (Bungalow 8) 2375 Congress St., San Diego, CA 92110. For more information please contact Youth Advocacy at 619-725-5595.

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.

Sharing The Good
For every "LGBT" sandwich purchased in 2017 at Big Front Door they will donate $1 to The Center! Support The Center and enjoy a great meal. Visit Big Front Door at 4135 Park Blvd or find out more at www.bfdsandiego.com. Delicious!

ACLU: Know Your Rights
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