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Notes from Delores
Thank you to San Diego LGBT Pride and all of their board, Center Pride 2014staff and hardworking volunteers for another great Pride weekend! We hope all of you had as wonderful a time as we did. And congratulations on 40 fantastic years - here's to many more!

Sarafina's Corporate Spotlight

Brandon's Center Connection
I hope your celebration of San Diego’s 40th Anniversary LGBT Pride was fabulous! The Center team was proud to march at the head of the pack as one of this year’s Community Grand Marshalls—THANK YOU for your support! If you had a chance to visit the festival, you may have noticed The Children’s Garden hosted by The Center’s Family Matters program. Each year Family Matters’ dedicated team of staff and volunteers hosts this great family event inside of pride so that children and families can enjoy the pride experience as well. Family Matters is a program of The Center working year-round to support LGBT families and their children with services, workshops and social events designed to increase community support and civic engagement. While you are still in the Pride spirit, please consider making a gift dedicated to Family Matters today. THANK YOU and have a great summer!

In the Know With Ian
40 years of San Diego LGBT Pride in the books! Many thanks to the San Diego LGBT Pride staff and the hundreds of volunteers for another successful event. Now go rest and get ready because coming up next is the 25th Annual AIDS Walk San Diego on Saturday, September 27. Gather your friends, family and co-workers and form a team. It's not only a fun way to participate, it's also a key element in the success of AIDS Walk. Register today at

Volunteer Spotlight: Gabriel Mason
Meet Gabriel Mason, the volunteer facilitator for the Transgender Coming Out Group and the Trans SOFFA (significant others, friends, families and allies) Group.  Since joining The Center’s volunteer team in 2007, he’s logged more than 680 volunteer hours, including his previous position as the Trans Youth Group facilitator at the Hillcrest Youth Center.  Beyond the help he’s provided to countless individuals at The Center, Gabriel also lends his services throughout the community: he co-facilitates a trans spirituality group at Metropolitan Community Church, and volunteers with Stonewall Citizen’s Patrol and with San Diego Pride. “I think it’s important to be visible as a trans person, to help educate other LGBs about the T’s,” he says.  We thank him for his incredible commitment and leadership in our community!

Saturday (Yes, Saturday!), Sept. 27, 25th Annual AIDS Walk San Diego

Join us as we commemorate the 25th AIDS Walk & Run San Diego with a special weekend of events. There's a new Walk date – SATURDAY, September 27 – and new Walk/Run start and finish lines located in the heart of Hillcrest. Plus, special AIDS Walk events throughout the weekend of Sept. 27-28 honoring our community’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and standing up for those impacted by the disease. Register today at!

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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, July 22, 1 pm, 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 at or contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, July 22, 6 pm, 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 on the 4th Tuesday of every month and is for couples with or without children. Free child care is available if you RSVP by the 3rd Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.222.5586 or To RSVP for childcare, contact us at or 619.692.2077 x121.

Saturday, July 26, 6 pm, Red Hot: Post PRIDE Paradise
Bust out your dancing shoes and join the Women's Resource Center for our Red Hot ladies night at The Center on Saturday, July 26 from 6-9 pm. DJ Laura Jane will be in the house, spinning all your favorite hits. Enjoy dancing, mingling and snacks for only $5 per person. Tickets are available at the door. A no-host bar will be available, complete with drink specials all night. Women 21+ are welcome - ID must be shown at the door. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or

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

How’s Your Health?
Health Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your health, and learning how to get information so that you can understand things about your health. It includes finding a healthcare provider who will understand your unique needs and support you in your healthcare decisions. Find out more on our website.

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Get Healthy. Get Covered!
Finally uninsured folks can apply for affordable health care coverage. You can visit now to see your Affordable Care Act options OR you can give us a call at 619.692.2077 x106 and ask for Ben. We have several certified educators who can answer basic questions and offer trainings. Get busy - let us help you get healthy!

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

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.

Tuesday, July 22, 11 am, Creative Writing Group
This is an intimate group that has been meeting for several years. Read articles on various facets of writing, share something you’re working on at home, spend 15 minutes writing on a given prompt or subject of choice then share and critique what is written. Bring a pen, paper and an open mind! No previous writing experience necessary. Join the group - everyone is welcome! For further information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Friday, July 25, 7 pm, Sapphic Cinema
Join the Women's Resource Center for a free movie night featuring films by and about lesbian, bisexual, transgender and strong women. This month’s featured film will be “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love.” This film is an adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance. Sapphic Cinema will take place in the CRR with concessions for donation. There will be a group discussion to follow. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or

Tuesday, July 29, 7 pm, Hormone Therapy: All You Need to Know
Join Project TRANS at The Center for a free informational workshop on hormone therapy, presented by Pride Pharmacy. Learn about compounding, what hormones do, best practices and more. For more information contact Connor Maddocks at or 619.692.2077 x109.

Sunday, Aug. 3, 3 pm, LGBT @ Indigo
Fashion has a local focus this summer! Hillcrest’s Salon Indigo is planning a fundraiser called LGBT @ Indigo in support of The Center’s Hillcrest Youth Center on Sunday, August 3, from 3pm to 6pm. The event will include models sporting the latest in summer hair fashions tasting stations from Hillcrest restaurants, summer-inspired cocktails, raffle prizes for spa & beauty treatments and so much more! The money raised will fund activities for the Hillcrest youth center (ages 14-18) including creative and performing arts workshops, support and discussion groups, guest speakers, and social events like Rainbow Prom. Suggested donation is $20. RSVP to Sarafina Scapicchio at

 Tuesday, Aug. 5, 9 am, 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.

 Tuesdays, Beginning Aug. 5, 9:30 am, Find your potential. Refine your craft.
Join this free, six-week acting class on Tuesdays, 9:30-12:30, in The Center’s auditorium. Class size is limited to maximize individual attention, so registration is required and early registration is recommended. Instructor Jerry Phalen is a professional actor, teacher and director who has taught in the San Diego area for more than a decade. He has appeared in nearly 70 plays nationwide and has been an active member of Actors Alliance of San Diego for 18 years. His work with beginners, advanced students and working actors is designed to motivate them to reach their highest potential. Reserve your space at 619.220.8554 or

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6:30 pm, 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 of all ages (21+) 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 or 619.692.2077 x211.

Latin@ Services
The Center’s Latin@ Services provides a safe, welcoming and culturally and linguistically appropriate space that allows community members to accept and embrace all of who they are, including their culture, traditions, language, spirituality and sexual and gender identities. For more information, visit us online or contact Carolina Ramos at or 619.692.2077 x116.

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.

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 For more information, visit

Community Events

Thursday, July 24, 5:30 pm, Drive Your Values
Join California Electric Transportation Coalition, GSDBA, Equality Professionals Network and CleanTECH San Diego to experience the lastest electric vehicle technology  and the inaugural presentation of the Drive Electric Green Megaphone Awards. California Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins will receive the State Leadership Award and San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria will receive the Local Leadership Award. The event will be held at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, 92117. RSVP to or 818.563.9111 by July 18.

 Tuesday, July 29, 7 pm, Manning Up Book Release and Reading
Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family, and Themselves is a groundbreaking new anthology featuring the voices of a diverse group of trans men. Join them for a night of celebration and discussion with local contributing authors. Complimentary food and beverage will be served. Books and prints of the cover art will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Zander at or find out more online.

Friday, Sept 19, 6 pm, Out on the Mountain
Make plans for the LGBT night at Six Flags Magic Mountain, where the entire park is closed except for this private party event.  Join over
6,000 for a night of fun with thrill rides, DJs, hosts, dancers, and entertainers including RuPaul's Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards.  The party begins Friday, September 19th from 6pm-1am.  Buy your tickets at