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Message from Cara Dessert, The Center’s CEO

11th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
Join us next Friday, May 17 for the 11th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. This is one event you won't want to miss. Tables and tickets are on sale here. Proceeds from the event benefit The Center’s services and programs.

This inspirational event brings together more than 1,000 San Diegans in support of justice and equality and in memory of Harvey Milk, an influential civil rights activist and pioneering openly gay elected official. This year we will honor and salute two civil rights champions who, like Harvey Milk, believe in the incredible power of standing up for justice - for ourselves, for our families, for our communities.

Perhaps no modern leader in the LGBT community embodies that inheritance more or better than Kate Kendell, who is this year's recipient of the Harvey Milk Lifetime Achievement Award.

With great pleasure we salute a trailblazer from our own community, Norma Chávez-Peterson, with the Harvey Milk Champion of Equality Award for her years of dedicated service in the fight for social justice and equality in the greater San Diego community and beyond. We hope to see you there!

The Center Begins Organizational Strategic Planning Process
As The Center continues to strive to serve our growing and diverse community, our Board of Directors and staff have initiated an exciting organizational strategic planning process. The goal of this process is to ensure that we maximize our organization’s resources to best continue to fulfill our mission in the years ahead. In the coming months, you’ll be hearing about the important work of The Center’s Strategic Planning Committee, which is spearheading this effort.

As a #CenterSupporter, you’ll be invited to participate in this planning process. I hope that you will contribute to this effort in all the ways you can. Whether you have volunteered, donated, attended events or received support services at The Center, we wholeheartedly value your vision, ideas, and commitment to the work of Our Center. As this process moves forward, the committee will also seek the input of community and social justice partners. The Center’s strategic planning process has five key phases that will take place over the next year. Go here to read more about The Center’s strategic planning process. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Upcoming Events

Screening of “Free CeCe!”, Friday, May 10, 6:30-9 pm
The San Diego LGBT Community Center is proud to present a screening of "Free CeCe!" - a documentary on one of the most controversial imprisonments of a trans woman in the United States. The film, which was produced by Laverne Cox, and created by documentarian Jac Gares, pushes past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe McDonald and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere. McDonald will be present at the event to address the audience and take questions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information click here or contact Ben Cartwright at or 619.692.2077 x106.

Friday, May 17, 11th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is designed to bring together more than 1,000 diverse San Diegans – business, labor, Democrats, Republicans, all communities, all ages, all San Diegans who support equality and justice – to celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist. The 2019 Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held on Friday, May 17, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Proceeds benefit the social services programs of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Visit us at for tickets and more information.

Saturday, May 18, 5pm, Project TRANS at The Center Welcomes Monica Helms!
Join us at The Center as we welcome transgender activist and creator of the transgender flag, Monica Helms, to San Diego! She will be reading excerpts from her book "More Than Just A Flag", signing books and transgender flags, and take questions from those in attendance. For more information and accessibility requests please contact, A 72 Hour Advance notice for ASL interpreters is greatly appreciated. Learn more here.

Saturday, June 22, 12th Annual Pachanga de 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. Attendees will enjoy live music, 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. Ticket information coming soon! For more information on the event or accessibility requests, contact Ricardo at or 619.692.2077 x116.For sponsorship opportunities contact Megan at or 619.692.2077 x255.

Saturday, June 29, 8th Annual YPC Academy Graduation Brunch
For the past eight years, the YPC Academy Graduation Brunch has celebrated the accomplishments and future endeavors of the Young Professionals Council Academy. We invite you to join the 2019 Graduating class and members of the Young Professionals Council as we toast to their accomplishments. Single admission tickets are $65 and include a buffet brunch. Additional supporter and sponsorship levels are available here: This event is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpretation will be provided. For more information contact

Nominations open for 2019 Community Wall of Honor
The Community Wall of Honor at The Center is one of the nation’s only LGBT community memorial displays dedicated to honoring and remembering important local LGBT community members. Established in 2004, the Wall recognizes and celebrates those San Diego LGBT community members and allies who have had a significant positive impact upon the San Diego LGBT community. A special ceremony will be held at The Center in September 2019 (date TBD) to honor this year’s inductees who will be selected through a nomination process overseen by a community advisory committee. Learn more about the Community Wall of Honor, and read about past inductees here. Nominations for induction onto the 2019 Community Wall of Honor will be open through June 30, 2019. Nomination criteria and application form can be found online at For more information, or to request the nomination application in printed form, please contact  Ben Cartwright at

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

HIV Testing at The Center
Along with the OraQuick HIV Rapid Antibody test, The Center also offers the UCSD Early Test, Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm), and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The Early Test is a specialized viral load test that can detect acute (very early stage) HIV infection as soon as one week after potential exposure. Hepatitis C Rapid Antibody testing is also available every day. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101 or visit

HIV Testing at The Hillcrest Youth Center
While HIV testing is available every day at The Center, testing at the HYC is available for youth. 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 x122 or email 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 4-6pm.

Pruebas de VIH Gratis en Latin@ Services del Centro Communitario LGBT
¡Nuevo! Estamos ofreciendo pruebas de VIH en el Nicole Murray-Ramirez Latin@ Services del Centro Communitario LGBT. Gratis y confidencial. Estamos disponibles para pruebas de VIH cada primer y tercer Jueves. 3-6:00pm. Aqui estamos para apoyarte y guiarte en la manera apropiada para ti. Para más información, ponte en contacto con Marla al o 619.692.2077 x231.

Mondays, 9:15-10:15am, Yoga for Everyone
David Miranda, a certified yoga instructor, will lead this very popular class. We welcome David to The LGBT Center and we hope to see all of our regulars to this class come back and support David as he puts his heart into his system of exercises for mental and physical health. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2pm, 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

Mondays, 3-7pm, 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 x211 to make an appointment!

1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Mondays, 5:30-7pm, Grief and Loss Discussion Group
Peer-lead discussion group relating to issues of grief and loss. Group encompasses all issues relating to loss including: divorce seperation, loss of friendship, employment, loss of pets. For more information, contact Sarah at

Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Transgender Coming Out Group
This group meets on Mondays, 7-8:30pm, 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 us at or 619.692.2077 x109.

Mondays, 7:15-8:45pm, Women's Discussion Group
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

Martes, 6-8pm, Grupo de Apoyo Mujeres con Orgullo
Un grupo de apoyo para mujeres que se identifican como lesbianas o bisexuals. Un espacio para conocer a otras mujeres para socializar y platicar de temas que nos unen. Platicas son en Espanol.
Para mas informacion, por favor pongase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116,

Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm, Trans Game Night
Join us for a night of laughs, fun, and unforgettable memories at our new monthly Transgender Game Night! All ages welcome. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase. Third Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact Project TRANS at The Center at or 619.692.2077 x109.

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, The Michael Dillon Society
The Michael Dillon Society is a Trans Male social group that meets monthly. This is a space for trans-men to socialize and have a good time. Food and drinks will be provided. This group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Project TRANS at The Center at or 619.692.2077 x109.

Tuesdays, 7pm, Trans Veterans & Military Support Group
Meet other Veterans and active duty 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 offsite on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm. For more information, contact us at or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesdays, 12 noon, Shades of Color
An empowerment group for black men, Shades of Color covers a variety of topics, including healthy relationships, self-esteem, living with HIV, spiritual awareness, community mobilizing and more. The group meets every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30 pm and lunch is provided. For more information, contact us at 619.692.2077 x116 or  For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116 or

Wednesdays, 1:30pm, Senior Art Group: Drawing and Painting
Artists and emerging artists of all skill levels gather together weekly to enjoy the warm camaraderie of other like-minded artist. This is not a class, each artists learns from one another. Bring the medium of your choice. Explore your innner artist, everyone is welcome. For information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm, TransParents
NEW at The Center! Are you a parent or guardian of a transgender or gender non conforming youth? This is a brave space to find community and discuss how to lovingly support your youth! Join us at The Center with our volunteer facilitator, Kathryn! This group meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Tiana at or 619.692.2077 x212.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45pm, 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

Miércoles, 6-8pm, 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 8pm 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 Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116 o  

Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm, Bi/Pan/Fluid+ Coming Out Group
This group is for people who acknowledge that they have in themselves the potential to be attracted – romantically or sexually – to people of more than one sex or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree. Please join us as we strive to live our authentic whole selves. For more information, contact

Thursdays, 2:45-3:45pm, 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

Thursdays, 3-7pm, 18-24 Year Old Program - ThursTAYS @ HYC
Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 18-24. A great space to hang out, socialize, connect with mentors, or participate in discussion groups, activities, and workshops. For more information contact

Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, Disabled OUT & Proud Discussion Group
This group exists to center people with physical disabilities and who identify as LGBTQ. This space is meant to give LGBTQ people with disabilities an opportunity to express their needs, share their stories, and let them know that they have a place in the community. This group meets the 4th Thursday of the month. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please email Cheli at in advance of your participation. A 72 Hour Advance notice for ASL interpreters is greatly appreciated.

Thursdays, 7:15-8:45pm, Men's Coming Out Group
Peer-to-peer support & discussion for men who are straight, gay, bi, trans or questioning, in coming out and being out. For more information email

Viernes, 6pm, Grupo de Apoyo Transgenero 2000
Un grupo abierto a familias, amigos y personas que quieran comprender y dar apoyo a trangeneros, en este grupo se dan diferentes temas educativos y tambien las chicas comparten sus experiencias de la vida. El grupo se fundo en abril del año 2000. 1st and 3rd Friday of the month/Viernes, 6-8pm. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116,

Fridays, 7-9pm, Lesbian Friday Night Meet-Up
Open to lesbians, bisexual women and trans lesbians of all ages. First Friday is a discussion group. Second Friday offers interesting topics such as special presenters, documentaries, creative group participation activities. Third Friday is game night. Fifth Friday is going out for yogurt and playing games or having a discussion. More details about each Friday night can be found at the San Diego lesbian meetup group here:

2nd Saturdays, 11am-12:30pm, SPECTRUM
Spectrum is for women of color 18 and up looking to engage in positive stimulating conversations and activities with like-minded multicultural LGBT women. SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, allies) are welcome to attend with their loved ones. For more information contact

Sundays, 1-3pm, Croquet at Balboa Park
Join The Center's 50 and Better Together program every Sunday at Balboa Park (6th and Balboa Drive) to play croquet! We will teach you how to play if you don't know how! For more information contact LaRue Fields at or 619.607.9751 x205.

See the full list of Center events and programming here.

Free HIV & Hep CTesting at The Center

Along with the OraQuick HIV Rapid Antibody test, The Center also offers the UCSD Early Test, Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm), and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The Early Test is a specialized viral load test that can detect acute (very early stage) HIV infection as soon as one week after potential exposure. HCV (Hepatitis C) Rapid Antibody testing is also available every day. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101 or visit

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

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 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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Community Events

Transgender Health Services at Family Health Centers of San Diego
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) offers transgender health services with an informed consent model. Informed consent allows you to decide with your medical provider if hormone therapy is right for you and ease the way for your transition. Staff and providers work with you to ensure you don’t have to wait years to receive the care you need. Call 619.876.4462 to speak to our staff about informed consent or visit

Getting to Zero
Checkout out The County of San Diego's "Getting to Zero" report here: Together we will #BeTheGeneration that ends new HIV infections in San Diego.

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

LGBT-Affirming Senior Housing Development
Looking for more information about the new senior housing development? Watch the video at For more information contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

ACLU: Know Your Rights

Update Your Info

We want to make sure we get the details right! If you're moving, changing your email, or if we got your contact info wrong, let us know! You can update everything online here or contact us at 619.692.2077 x107 or if you'd like us to do it for you.