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Holiday Hours
The Center will be closed on the following days in celebration of the holidays:
Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 28, reopening at 9 am on Monday, Dec. 29
Wednesday, Dec. 31 through Sunday, Jan. 4, reopening on Monday, Jan. 5

In the Know with Ian
Thank you to all the donors, wreath makers, volunteers, wreath “hunks” and Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage for making this annual Hillcrest tradition the most successful yet. The 11th Annual Charity Wreath Auction raised over $32,000! The Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund continues to help San Diego youth. Many thanks to the Imperial Court San Diego, Nathan Garcia and Nicole Murray-Ramirez for creating the fund and continuing to support it so generously.

PrEP - Get Educated
Why would someone who doesn't have HIV decide to take a pill every day? Taking a pill every day to prevent something from happening to your body is common. Currently, there are over 10 million women in the United States who take a pill every day to prevent pregnancy. Think of PrEP as like the birth control pill, except instead of preventing pregnancy, it reduces risk for HIV. Learn more at http://men.prepfacts.org/the-questions.

Get Covered!
Health insurance gives you the peace of mind to do what you love for as long as you can. Join the over 1 million Californians who now enjoy that peace of mind daily. The San Diego LGBT Community Center has staff on hand who can answer your questions and help you get enrolled in the right health plan. Contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at 619.692.2077 x213 or smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org for more information or to make an appointment to explore your options or enroll in coverage.

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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, Dec. 16, 6pm, LGBT Military Family Support Group

The Center and Fleet and Family Support Services are excited to provide this support/education group for LGBT active duty service members and their families. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 and is for couples with or without children. Free child care is available if you RSVP by the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.222.5586 or caroline.bender.ctr@navy.mil. To RSVP for childcare contact Don at families@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Tenant Rights 101
Join 50 and Better Together as attorneys from the Access to Law Initiative discuss how to address issues that can arise during lease arrangements, along with possible remedies. Specific topics include how to get a security deposit back, landlord’s duties to make repairs, and the ins and outs of rental agreements. For information on this event and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7pm, Bi Any Name
Join The Center’s discussion group on bisexuality on the third Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm. 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 or to request an accommodation, contact Jen at bianyname@gmail.com.

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 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 Rogelio Sanchez al 619.203.5125 or rsmoa@sbcglobal.net.  


Wednesday, Dec. 17, 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.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 9am, LGBT-Welcoming Affordable Housing Vote
On Thursday, Dec. 18, the planning commission will vote on affordable housing that is welcoming to LGBT seniors and families. The vote is open to the puiblic and will be held in City Countil chambers on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building at 202 C Street. For information about the project being voted on, visit the project online.


Friday, Dec. 19, 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 it did the day you brought it home, without actually having to reformat it or give in and purchase a new one. Space is limited and filled on a first come-first served basis. RSVP to
hroman@thecentersd.org with your name, contact info, and which class you would like to sign up for!

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 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 or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 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. http://sandiegofoodbank.org

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 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, Jan. 13, 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 and free child care is available. For more information, contact Don at families@thecentersd.org.

Friday, Jan. 16, Applications Due for Young Professionals Council Academy
Aspiring young leaders from San Diego County are encouraged to apply to the YPC Leadership Academy to build community leadership skills and learn more about the history and current context of various social justice movements. The 2015 Academy will take place over six Saturdays from February through May. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and speak with leaders at the local, state and national levels. Applicants should be LGBT or an ally of the community. To apply, submit a resume and a 300-500 word essay describing one goal that you would like the YPC Academy to help you achieve. Send applications to Ben Cartwright and Rebekah Hook at bcartwright@thecentersd.org and rhook@thecentersd.org by 8pm Friday, Jan. 16.

Senior Services
The Center’s Senior Services has opened up worlds previously thought impossible for some. Our program, and “50 and Better Together,” strives to create a safe place for those 50 and up to access important resources and referrals related to health care, social services and other community activities. As San Diego continues to see a continually increasing number of LGBT seniors, it is vitally important that we are able to provide services to the more than 1,000 seniors who access our program each year. For more information, visit our website or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

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

Admin Assistant - Planning Council Staff
Bilingual Unlicensed Staff Counselor

Community Events

Dec. 12-18, Pelo Malo ("Bad Hair") Screening at Digital Gym
Junior is nine years old and has stubbornly curly hair. He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture - like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair - but his attempts to look beautiful put him at odds with his mother. See this award-winning Venezuelan film at Digital Gym Cinema (2921 El Cajon Blvd, 92104). Purchase tickets in advance at http://digitalgym.org/buy-tickets/

San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council Seeks New Members
The San Diego HIV Planning Council is responsible for planning services for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego, and for allocating funding for these services under the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act. All meetings of the Planning Council and its committees are open to the public. People living with HIV/AIDS are especially encouraged to attend and to get involved. To find out more, visit http://sdplanning.org/membership.


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!