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Dine Out this Thursday! The Center's 11th Annual Dining Out for Life® San Diego is on Thursday, April 27!

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Months of planning and preparations have finally brought us to the 11th Annual Dining Out For Life San Diego this Thursday! Over 70 restaurants throughout the county will be donating a portion of their sales from breakfast through late night to the HIV  services and prevention programs of The Center and the HIV Funding Collaborative. Restaurants have been receiving reservations for weeks, our volunteer ambassadors have received their locations, and the 500 red balloons to mark participating locations have been ordered. Make your plans and “Dine Out” this Thursday! Can’t make it but still want to support? Visit our virtual restaurant and donate today at events.thecentersd.org/dofldonate.

Trans Happenings
Everyone is welcome to the San Diego LGBT Community Center on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8 pm for a special National Transgender HIV Testing Day event. The evening will include free HIV testing, presentations from local trans community leaders, PrEP resources, food, giveaways, and more! Learn more about #BeTheGeneration here: http://www.thecentersd.org/programs/hiv-services/bethegeneration.html. Join us! #NTHTD

You Should Know

#DOFLSD
Welcome to the fabulous week which holds the magical day where calories don't count, Dining Out For Life San Diego! Don't miss The Center's 11th Annual Dining Out for Life® San Diego on Thursday, April 27, 2017! 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.

Click here to visit the full list of participating locations.

Out of town and can't join us? Click here to make your #DOFLSD donation.

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Month!
Meet Michael Aron, who has been volunteering with The Center since 2010. In that time he’s helped with everything from the front desk to Guys, Games and Grub, from the senior advisory committee to the Children’s Garden at Pride.

“The Center is a place that allows me to share my passion for advancing LGB and Transgender rights and equality,” he says. “I have become more aware of my privileges and my priorities have shifted from working for ‘a living’ to working for ‘a passion’.”

Thank you to Michael and every single one of the nearly 1,200 Center volunteers who help serve our LGBTQ community! If you want to get more involved in your community, The Center is an amazing place to volunteer, with roles for folks who only have a few hours, as well as those who can commit to a regular weekly shift. If you like to volunteer with friends or family, even better! To learn more about how you can volunteer, contact Cheli Mohamed at volunteer@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x202.

Monday, May 1- Friday May 5, Register for the North Park Senior Apartments Interest List at The Center
Registration for the North Park Senior Apartments interest list starts on Monday, May 1 at 9am and ends Sunday, May 7 at 5pm. Registration is only accepted online and you must be on the interest list in order to be considered for the application process. From 9am-5pm, Monday May 1 through Friday May 5, The Center’s Cyber Center will be open only  for seniors registering for the North Park LGBT-affirming apartments interest list.  No computer experience is necessary - Center staff and volunteers will be available to assist in the registration process.  For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Friday, May 19, 7:30-9am, Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is pleased to announce the ninth annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Friday, May 19, at the San Diego Bayfront Hilton. The event will feature human rights activist Cleve Jones, who will be presented with the Harvey Milk Lifetime Achievement Award, and Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, who will be presented with the Champion of Equality Award.

Read more here. Purchase your #HMDB2017 table here.

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.

Spotlight Events

Tuesday, April 25, 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, April 25, 6pm, Transgender HIV Testing Day at The Center
Everyone is welcome to the San Diego LGBT Community Center on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8 pm for a special National Transgender HIV Testing Day event. The evening will include free HIV testing, presentations from local trans community leaders, PrEP resources, food, giveaways, and more! Learn more about #BeTheGeneration here: http://www.thecentersd.org/programs/hiv-services/bethegeneration.html. Join us! #NTHTD

Tuesday, April 25, 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.

Thursday, April 27 & May 11, 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.



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, 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, April 25 & May 9, 9:30am, 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.

Tuesday, April 25, 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, April 25, 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, April 25 & May 9, 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, April 25, 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.

Tuesday, April 25, 6pm, Transgender HIV Testing Day at The Center
Everyone is welcome to the San Diego LGBT Community Center on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8 pm for a special National Transgender HIV Testing Day event. The evening will include free HIV testing, presentations from local trans community leaders, PrEP resources, food, giveaways, and more! Learn more about #BeTheGeneration here: http://www.thecentersd.org/programs/hiv-services/bethegeneration.html. Join us! #NTHTD

Wednesday, April 26 & May 10, 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, April 26 & May 10, 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, April 27 & May 11, 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.

Tuesday, May 2, 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, May 2 & May 16, 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, May 2 & May 16, 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, May 3, 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 community favorite John Lockhart begins at 6:30 pm and everyone is welcome to drop in. Suggested donation of $5 is requested for admission. For more information contact Ben Cartwright at outreach@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x106.

Thursday, May 4, 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, May 4 & May 18, 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.

Thursday, May 11, 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. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Friday, May 12, 3-6pm, Free HIV Testing at The Hillcrest Youth Center
While HIV testing is available everyday 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. HIV testing is always free, and great incentives are given out to those who test! For more information contact Courtney at hyc@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, May 17, 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.

Friday, May 19, 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.

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

Honor Bill Kelly and Support Senior Services
San Diego LGBT senior rights and services advocate Bill Kelly will be honored with the 2017 Richard Geyser Community Leadership Award at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation’s Aston Brooks Gala on April 29. Accompanying this honor is a $5,000 grant, which will be awarded to the San Diego LGBT Community Center's senior services. Bill is challenging the community to donate to The Center to support crucial senior services – he would love to see another $5,000 donated by the time the gala takes place! You can give online today by visiting http://events.thecentersd.org/donate, selecting the Senior Services program, and putting Bill Kelly’s name in the comment box.

Thursdays, April 27, 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.

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!

ACLU: Know Your Rights
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