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Center will be closed Saturday, Sept. 5 through Monday, Sept. 7 in honor of Labor Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9 am.

In the Spotlight

Partner Spotlight

Program Spotlight: #BeTheGeneration
In 2014, The San Diego LGBT Community Center launched the groundbreaking #bethegeneration campaign as an aggressive and strategic effort to end new HIV transmissions in San Diego in the next ten years. Visit our website at events.thecentersd.org/BTG and check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/BeTheGeneration!

You Should Know

In the Know with Ian
Tomorrow is the official start of September - and AIDS Walk & Run San Diego month! Over 100 teams have registered and the fundraising has begun. Come together with your friends, family and  colleagues for what always promises to be an inspiring event helping thousands living with HIV.  Every participant who raises at least $100 will receive the official AIDS Walk & Run t-shirt. Those star fundraisers who raise at least $1,000 become part of the elite Extra Mile Club and will be able to proudly sport a fancy gold crown at the walk! In addition those Extra Mile Club members are invited to the post-walk brunch cruise on Saturday, Nov. 7 generously donated by our friends at Flagship Cruises and Events. Register today!

U.S. Transgender Survey
With your help we can achieve our goal of getting the largest and most diverse sample possible in order to better understand the unique needs of our Trans community. Complete the U.S. Trans Survey today at http://www.ustranssurvey.org to help us reach this goal. The Cyber Center will be available for those of you who do not have internet access, or you can take the survey at home using the link above. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Positively Trans (T+)
Transgender and gender non-conforming people living with HIV are encouraged to share their experiences with discrimination, violence, barriers and triumphs in health care, housing, employment, relationships, and community. Find the survey at >>> www.transgenderlawcenter.org/positively-trans.

You Registered?
AIDS Walk & Run San Diego needs people like you to register today for this year’s event. Your voice and presence matters greatly.

If we can increase the number of people registered in August, we’ll have a chance to boost participation and support of The Walk overall. We all want AIDS Walk & Run San Diego to grow so that, together, we can do everything possible to support the 20,000 San Diegans living with this disease.

Registration is quick and easy – go here to register for the 5K walk, 10K certified run or 5K Fun Run and show that you committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS in San Diego!

Through Friday, Sept. 4,  Imperial Court de San Diego City Hall Display
The Imperial Court de San Diego - the oldest LGBT organization in San Diego county - is hosting a "royal display of crowns, gowns, uniforms and noble deeds" at San Diego City Hall (202 C Street) through September 4. The City Hall display features coronation gowns, unique and specially-designed crowns of monarchs, royal scepters, emperor's uniforms, Imperial medals, a history of The Court's extensive charity work and more. The display will be open to the public in the lobby from 8am to 5pm daily. For more information, please contact the Imperial Court de San Diego at 619.692.1967 or info@imperialcourtsandiego.com.

Your Health Matters - Your Vote Matters - You Matter!
Are you registered? Recently moved? Make sure you're up to date! Register at events.thecentersd.org/vote.

Strength for the Journey
GREAT NEWS! This year's Strength for the Journey registration fees are waived! Strength for the Journey is a week long retreat for ALL persons with ‪#‎HIV‬/AIDS held in the mountains near Julian, California each year. This year's camp will be held Sept 14-18. Register today at www.regonline.com/2015sftjsd.

PEP - (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Another tool in the tool box against HIV

ACCIDENTS HAPPEN!
If you think you’ve been exposed to ‪HIV‬, head to any emergency room or urgent care center and ask for ‪PEP‬ (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) within 3 days! PEP prevents HIV from making copies of itself and turning into infection if taken within 72 hours.

PrEP - Get Educated

People with hepatitis B can safely use Truvada PrEP for HIV prevention. READ MORE …

The Center is compiling a list of medical professionals in San Diego who will provide PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis). We make every effort to keep this list current, but recommend that you always call to confirm details such as insurance coverage before making an appointment. If you know of additional providers who should be added to this list, please contact us at outreach@thecentersd.org. View the list here.

Want your own Center #BeTheGeneration shirt?

Just make a $20 minimum donation to benefit The Center's #HIV/AIDS services. Donate today to help us end new cases of HIV/AIDS!

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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, Sept. 1, 9am, Community Food Distribution
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.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 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.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 7pm, Sisters In Support
SIS welcomes all women who are affected by breast cancer either currently or in the past. This includes all women patients and partners that are facing any issue with breast cancer, want support and are looking for other women that can relate. The group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm in the Community Resource room at The Center. For more information, contact us at 619.692.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 9am, FREE Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
The Center is proud to announce a new collaboration with the YWCA for victims of domestic violence. The YWCA will provide family law legal services to victims of domestic violence, including restraining orders, dissolutions (marriage or domestic partnership), paternity, custody and support orders. In addition, the attorneys can provide court accompaniment to mediation and court hearings. Walk-in clinics take place weekly every Thursday from 9 to 11am at The Center and are open to all community members. For more information, call 619.239.0355 x204.
 

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 at 10:30am and Fridays at 2pm, Yoga for Everyone
Yoga for Everyone meets at The Center on Mondays at 10:30am and Fridays at 2pm. 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 us at 619.692.2077.

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.

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 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.

1st and 3rd Mondays, 6:30pm, Mi Familia
Un grupo para personas que tienen familiares que son Gay, Lesbiana, Bisexual, o Transgenero. Este grupo es para educar, apoyar, y comprender a nuestros hijos. Invitamos a padres, madres, hermanos o hermanas, tios/as, o cualquier familiar a participar en platicas del grupo.

Martes, 6:30pm, 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.

Wednesday, 7:15pm, 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, 6:30 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 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, 9am, FREE Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
The Center is proud to announce a new collaboration with the YWCA for victims of domestic violence. The YWCA will provide family law legal services to victims of domestic violence, including restraining orders, dissolutions (marriage or domestic partnership), paternity, custody and support orders. In addition, the attorneys can provide court accompaniment to mediation and court hearings. Walk-in clinics take place weekly every Thursday from 9 to 11am at The Center and are open to all community members. For more information, call 619.239.0355 x204.

Thursdays, 12 noon, Touch of Love
Project TRANS invites you to join Miss Pepper Price every Thursday from noon to 1 pm for a daytime support group for Trans identified folks. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Fridays, 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 Carolina Ramos al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 7pm, Ladies, Laughter and Literature: L3
This monthly book club is for like-minded women who love to dive into various types of literature and share thoughts, concerns and laughs! Join this group of book worms in the community resource room at 7 pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Books are selected each month by popular vote. For more information, email women@thecentersd.org, call 619.692.2077 x212 or look us up on Facebook.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The coordinator of senior services facilitates this group of senior community members who advise on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center.  These meetings are for anyone interested in providing input on The Center's senior services. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 9 am, FREE Legal Consultations
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law sponsored by City Councilmember Todd Gloria, will hold legal clinics the SECOND TUESDAY of each month from 9am to 11am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Joshua Bruser at 858.342.0551 or Josh@BruserLaw.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 8 & 22, 6:30pm, Prostate Cancer Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
The prostate cancer group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm. Please contact William Shi at prostatecancergbt@aol.com before attending for the first time.

Wednesday, Sept. 9 & 23, 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 9 & 23, 7 pm, FTM/SO Support Groups
The FTM support group meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month. 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 (significant others, friends, family or allies of a trans person). For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Sept. 9 & 23, 7 pm, 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, please contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 12 noon, Private Healthcare Advocates
An insurance card alone does not guarantee the LGBT community access to quality care. High quality health care must provide a safe and welcoming environment to all patients. Learn about how private healthcare advocates can help. For further information, please contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.
Thursday, Sept. 10, 7pm, Trans 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.


Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:30pm, Young Women'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 women's group meets at The Center on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Sept.16, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Alzheimer’s Disease and Research
What is Alzheimer’s disease? What treatments are available? Can it be prevented? What research is being done? Why is it important that people volunteer to participate in Alzheimer’s clinical trials? This presentation will attempt to answer some of those questions and look at the importance of participating in clinical trials. For more information on this event or to RSVP, please contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7pm, Bi Coming Out Group
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, contact Aaron Heier at aheier@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 5pm, Dinner Out with 50 & Better Together
Join 50 and Better Together at Souplantation (3960 West Point Loma) for dinner and conversation. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x 205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 6pm, Transgender Sex-Positive Workshop
Join us as Carolina Ramos facilitates a sex-positive workshop exploring how we can learn to love our Trans bodies and more. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11am, Creative Writing
This is a fun relaxed writing group that is open to all but advertised through 50 & Better Together. It meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. The group covers a writing topic at the beginning of the session then writes to a writing prompt for several minutes. Then everyone shares their work and gives feedback. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1pm, Senior Food Bank  
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older on the 4th Tuesday of the 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 1.866.350.3663. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at sandiegofoodbank.org or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 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. Childcare is available upon request sent to families@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7pm, Transitional Beauty Workshop   
The Transitional Beauty workshop is hosted by Lucrezia Mackintosh through the T-Spot organization and Project Trans. Throughout the course of the year attendees will learn the beauty basics in hair, makeup and fashion. The group will meet every 4th Tuesday of the month from 7pm-9pm in Group Room 2 at the center. For more information, email trans@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 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.

Friday, Sept. 25, 9am, Monthly Breakfast with 50 and Better Together
Join 50 & Better Together at The Mission (2801 University Ave) for a heartwarming breakfast with lively discussions. For more information and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Friday, Sept. 25, 10am, Get to know Google
Google is the leading search tool online - sign up for this class and become a Google expert while learning Google features such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Earth, calendars, Google+ and Google play. Space is limited, so email hroman@thecentersd.org to reserve yours.

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.

Job Openings
Bilingual Health Educator - PrEP Coordinator

Community Events

Wednesday, Sept. 30, How Marriage Equality Changed Social Security and Medicare
Join the “Know Your Rights” San Diego Town Hall on Sept. 30, 2015 at the Ohr Shalom Synagogue (2512 3rd Ave. San Diego, CA 92103). The LGBT Veterans Town Hall is at 9am, and the LGBT Community Town Hall is at 6pm. Hear directly from the Social Security Administration on the how marriage equality has open to doors for social security benefits. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the event organizer at foundation@ncpssm.org.

Through Friday, Sept. 4,  Imperial Court de San Diego City Hall Display
The Imperial Court de San Diego - the oldest LGBT organization in San Diego county - is hosting a "royal display of crowns, gowns, uniforms and noble deeds" at San Diego City Hall (202 C Street) through September 4. The City Hall display features coronation gowns, unique and specially-designed crowns of monarchs, royal scepters, emperor's uniforms, Imperial medals, a history of The Court's extensive charity work and more. The display will be open to the public in the lobby from 8am to 5pm daily. For more information, please contact the Imperial Court de San Diego at 619.692.1967 or info@imperialcourtsandiego.com.