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Notes From Delores

California’s dangerous, ignorant, stir-up the fear and hate, anti-LGBT forces are back. Friday, they filed a proposed California ballot initiative to place the “Personal Privacy Protection Act” on the 2016 ballot.
Aimed at the transgender and LGBT communities, the initiative requires restroom users to "use facilities in accordance with their biological sex in all government buildings". Translation – turn government elected, staff and appointed folks into the #pottypolice to require bearded big, muscled transmen to use the ladies room. Not sure even their base will be happy about this ill-conceived measure.

Proponents of the new initiative only need to gather 365,880 signatures of California voters to place the measure before voters. #dontsignit #stopitnow #notoprop8hatetactics #NotinCalifornia

In the Spotlight

Partner Spotlight

Program Spotlight: Sunburst Youth Housing Project
The Center’s Youth Housing Project provides safe and supportive housing for homeless youth, ages 18-24. The 23-unit facility is located in downtown San Diego, close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities and other essential resources. A major goal of YHP is to ensure that youth have easy access to needed services that will support them in maintaining stable housing. For more information, contact Beth Barnes at bbarnes@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x125.

In the Know with Ian

“The names Bond, James Bond” as many try to be and will this Thursday night at the MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professional for Youth Housing) annual Casino night and poker tournament at the Claire De Lune Sunset Temple. Poker not your thing? How about Blackjack, Roulette or Craps? They have it all. Amazing food will be provided by  North Parks hottest restaurants including Wang’s, City Tacos and West Coast Tavern. Thank you to Absolut vodka and Hillcrest Brewing Company for providing some libations! Doors open for general admission at 6 pm and the poker get rolling at 6:30 pm. or more information or to purchase tickets visit MARYAH Casino Royale & Poker Tournament. Funds raised benefit the Sunburst Youth Housing Complex.

Volunteer for Dining Out for Life® San Diego!
On Thursday, April 30, dozens of participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in San Diego will donate a minimum of 25% of sales for The Center's HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. And volunteers are an essential ingredient in the event’s success! To register as a volunteer, visit www.thecentersd.org/events/volunteer-dofl.html. Dine Out! Fight AIDS!

Youth Scholarship Applications Due April 24!
The Center’s annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Youth Essay Contest, sponsored by Cox Communications and the Imperial Court de San Diego, is open to all high school students ages 14-18 in San Diego County schools. Three awards are available: one Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Scholarship sponsored by Cox Communications ($1000), and two Harvey Milk/Nicole Murray Ramirez Student Scholarships ($1000 each), established 1979 and sponsored by the Imperial Court de San Diego. Essays are due by 5 pm on Friday, April 24 .More information and the online application form can be found at events.thecentersd.org/essay.

PrEP - Get Educated
The Center is compiling a list of medical professionals in San Diego who will provide PrEP. 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 at events.thecentersd.org/prep.

Want your own Center #BeTheGeneration shirt? The first 100 people to make a (minimum) $15 donation to benefit The Center's #HIV/AIDS services will get a t-shirt. Donate today to help us end new cases of HIV/AIDS!

Energy Savings Assistance Program
Whether you rent or own, income qualified customers are eligible to receive free energy-efficient home improvements. Connect someone you know today.

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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

Monday, April 20, 7pm, Women's Discussion Group - NEW FACILITATOR!
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.

Wednesday, April 22, 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.
 

Friday, April 24, 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 new without actually having to rebuild it or purchase a new one. Join us in the Cyber Center for this free class and learn how. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by emailing it@thecentersd.org.

Saturday, April 25, 7pm, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Concert
Join the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble on April 25 at the San Diego Woman's Club (2557 Third Ave.) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The ensemble will partially recreate the 1914 New Year’s Eve concert which was the dedication ceremony for the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and will also perform various Ragtime pieces that were all the rage in 1915. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available at Windsmith (3875 Granada Ave. North Park) and at sdartstix.com. For more information, visit www.hillcrestwindensemble.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
Shop at AmazonSmile now and Amazon will donate to The Center! Click on this link to get started.


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 us at 619.692.2077.


Mondays, 7pm, Women’s Discussion Group – NEW FACILITATOR!
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.

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.

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

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 April 22, 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, April 22, 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.

Tuesday, April 28, 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 Steve Wroblowski at prostatecancergbt@aol.com before attending for the first time.

Tuesday, April 28, 11am, Creative Writing (NEW FACILITATOR!)
Facilitator Jim Brega is bringing his writing expertise to this group of creative writers. This is a fun relaxed writing group that is open to all. It meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. The group will cover a writing topic at the beginning of each session, then write to a writing prompt for several minutes. Then everyone will share their work and give feedback. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, April 28, 1pm, 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 or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, April 28, 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, April 28, 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.

Thursday April 30, All Day, Dining Out For Life® San Diego!
Don't miss The Center's 9th Annual Dining Out For Life® San Diego! On Thursday, April 30, 2015, dozens of participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in San Diego will donate a minimum of 25% of sales for The Center's HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. Delicious, right? Grab your family and friends and make plans to Dine Out and Fight AIDS for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, cocktails and more on Thursday, April 30! For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit events.thecentersd.org/DOFL.

Tuesday, May 5, 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 CenterÕs parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website.

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

Bilingual On Duty Counselor

Hillcrest Youth Center Coordinator

Community Events

Saturday, May 2, Expressions of Pride Literature & Arts Festival
The San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation will present the 2nd annual Expressions of Pride: A Literature & Arts Festival on Saturday, May 2 at Diversionary Theatre. The day-long festival will feature authors Rigoberto González, Chinelo Okparanta and Craig Womack, and artists Manuel Acevedo and Clarione Gutierrez. Participants will have the opportunity to shop for books that can’t be found anywhere else and will be able to experience world class visual art, and see award winning writers from New York City perform on stage. The event begins at 10 am, with readings and performances at 12:30 pm and 6 pm. More information is here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1413146875657026/

Sunday, May 17, 7pm, Broadway Our Way at Balboa Theatre
On Sunday, May 17, the incredible Frenchie Davis will join the San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) for an exclusive performance at the Balboa Theatre. This exhilarating concert, “Broadway, Our Way” is a fundraising event benefiting the Lesbian Health Initiative of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. From tender torch songs to spectacular showstoppers and everything in between, the audience will journey through love, loss, trials and triumphs. “Broadway, Our Way” will include some of the most beloved songs from contemporary and classic stage productions, , as well as some less obvious choices that will be pleasant surprises. The entire program is a fresh twist on the typical Broadway-themed revue. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://sdwc.org/events-tickets.

Senior Affairs Advisory Board Survey
The Senior Affairs Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council on policy and issues relating to transportation, security at home, improved intergenerational interaction, meal delivery, housing, improved City-County cooperation and other issues. They are currently conducting a survey on senior needs in San Diego. Follow this link to take the online survey and make your voice heard.

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!