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Get your tickets now to the 10th annual Pachanga de Frida – a celebration of the legendary life of Frida Kahlo, one of the most influential Mexican painters in history. The celebration is Saturday, June 24th at a new location, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, and will feature live music, art exhibits, tacos and tequila, and a Frida look-alike contest! Tickets are only $40 and benefit the Nicole M. Ramirez Latin@ Services at The Center! Visit us at events.thecentersd.org/frida for tickets, sponsorship, and more information. Get your tickets today before the Frida fun sells out!

In the Know with Ian
It’s that time of year when we start looking for LGBTQ veterans to honor on our Benjamin F. Dillingham III & Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor! Each year, we induct several LGBTQ veterans, who served in silence, to the Wall, to honor their military service and contributions to the community. Nominations for consideration for 2017 induction are due by July 31. Selected inductees will be honored at our annual Induction Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9 at The Center. More information and the nomination application are here.

Trans Happenings
Wednesday, May 24, 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 us at trans@thecentersd.org.

You Should Know

Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who joined us at today's Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast [#HMDB2017]! We hope you were inspired and had a great time! Secure your table for next year's breakfast Friday May 18, 2018! The early commitment will provide you with an early bird discount rate. Tables for next year paid in full before June 30, 2017 ( this year), will be sold at a 10% discount rate. Purchase your table HERE.

Saturday, June 3, 1pm, Mass Creativity Workshop with The New Children's Museum
Join Families @ The Center and The New Children's Museum creative team in a free hands-on workshop at The Center from 1-3pm on June 3. Celebrate culture and share your story through art and play! This is a workshop the whole family will enjoy. For more information, Contact Em Jackson at families@thecentersd.org.

Saturday, June 24, 6pm-10pm, 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 x208 to make an appointment!

Saturday, June 10, 11am-1:00pm, 6th Annual YPC Academy Graduation & Champagne Brunch
For the past six years, the YPC Academy Graduation & Champagne Brunch has celebrated the accomplishments and future endeavors of the Young Professionals Council Academy. We invite you to join the 2017 Graduating class and members of the Young Professionals Council as we toast to their accomplishments. Single admission tickets are $50 and include a buffet brunch and bottomless mimosas. Additional supporter and sponsorship levels are available as well at the ticket link.

Sunday, June 11, 10am-1pm, The Equality March San Diego
In conjunction with The Equality March for Unity and Pride planned in Washington, DC, and several other marches around the country, The Equality March: San Diego is being organized for Sunday, June 11, 2017. Click here for more info.

HIV Impact Survey
Now, more than ever, your voice matters. Take the San Diego HIV Impact survey HERE.



Spotlight Events

Tuesday, May 23, 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.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
This group is for male-identified survivors of intimate partner violence. Group meetings are 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.

Thursday, May 25 & June 8, 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.

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.


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, 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, May 23 & June 13, 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, May 23 & June 13, 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, May 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 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, May 23, 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, May 23, 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, May 24 & June 14, 7pm, FTM Support Group
Join the guys 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, May 24 & June 14, 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.

Thursday, May 25 & June 8, 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.

Thursday, June 1, 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, June 1 & June 15, 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 7:308:45pm at The Center. For more information, contact David Vance at dvance@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Saturday, June 3, 1pm, Free Art Making Workshop
Join Families @ The Center and The New Children's Museum's Creative Team in a FREE hands-on workshop where you can celebrate culture and share your story through art and play! This is a workshop the whole family can enjoy! RSVP today to Em jackson at mjackson@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 x212.

Tuesday, June 6, 9am, Community 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, 9-10:30am, visit The Center's parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org.

Tuesday, June 6 & June 20, 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 6 & June 20, 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 7, 6pm, Guys, Games & Grub
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. This month's trivia theme is "Let Me Entertain You!" Suggested donation of $5 is requested for admission. For more information contact Ben Cartwright at outreach@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x106.

Thursday, June 8, 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, June 9, 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, June 16, 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.

Saturday, June 17, 6pm-9pm, HYC Annual Rainbow Prom 2017
The Rainbow Prom provides LGBTQ youth a safe, welcoming and affirming event where they can express themselves. LGBTQ youth want to go to prom, dress up and dance with that special someone, just like everyone else. Queer Royalty! Free! Great food! Awesome music! This year's theme is Goth. For more info. contact hyc@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.

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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Community Events

Wednesday, May 24, 6pm, HIV Is Not A Crime
Californians for HIV Criminalization Reform presents an update on the criminalization of people living with HIV. Please attend to learn more about current efforts to end the criminalization of those living with HIV/AIDS. This is a free event, from 6-8pm at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by May 19 at www.sdvlp.org/hivisnotacrime.

Thursdays, May 25, 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.

Through June 4: The World Premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly
Diversionary Theatre in University Heights presents a theatrical investigation of identification and intimacy. BALLAST intertwines the story of two relationships between trans and cisgender partners as they grapple with the stranger they find across the dinner table and in the mirror. This cutting-edge new play skydives into personal identity, navigating intricate dreamscapes to explore how gender shapes our spirituality, desires and destiny. Visit www.diversionary.org/ballast or call 619.220.0097 for more information. Tickets start at $15.

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!

A message from #CenterSuppoter, SDG&E
Is your heating and A/C system getting quality care? Pay only $50 to receive a System Assessment and Improvement ($300 value) visit, after a $250 rebate from SDG&E. A qualifying contractor will thoroughly inspect your system and equipment, change the air filter, and clean the condenser coil. The contractor will provide you with a detailed report showing any additional maintenance or repairs you may need – along with more rebates to offset the costs. Find out if you qualify by calling A/C Quality Care at 800.289.2440 or visiting www.acqualitycare.com.

ACLU: Know Your Rights
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