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Notes from Delores
You may have been hearing about SB202, a bill approved by the Arkansas legislature that would make it illegal to enact any ordinance providing LGBT anti-discrimination measures. If Governor Asa Hutchinson does not veto the bill today, it will go into effect by default. This bill is appalling. And while trouble in Arkansas may seem distant from where we stand, this type of blatantly discriminatory legal maneuver designed specifically to roll back any protection for the LGBT community is spreading. Read more about what's happening in Arkansas - and in several other states - and why it matters so much.

Arkansas anti-LGBT legislation

Anti-LGBT legislation across the U.S.

In the Spotlight

Partner Spotlight

Program Spotlight: Senior Services
The Center’s Senior Services has opened up worlds previously thought impossible for some. Our program, and “50 and Better Together,” strives to create a safe place for those 50 and up to access important resources and referrals related to health care, social services and other community activities. As San Diego continues to see a continually increasing number of LGBT seniors, it is vitally important that we are able to provide services to the more than 1,000 seniors who access our program each year. For more information, visit our website or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205. 

In the Know with Ian
We hope you can join us for the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors ceremony at The Center this Friday, Feb. 27 at 6pm. We honor not only an important civil rights activist but also community activists in San Diego. The evening will feature a fantastic performance by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir. A $10 donation provides guests with an authentic soul food buffet that benefits The Center, MLK Choir and the Bayard Rustin U.S. Postage Stamp campaign. Thank you to the sponsors of this annual event, GLBT Historic Task Force, Nicole Murray Ramirez Latin@ Services, San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and the Imperial Court de San Diego.

PrEP - Get Educated
Be #PrEP-ared on-demand! Did you know a new study demonstrates that #PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, will significantly reduce HIV transmission if taken immediately before sex? Read more here.

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!

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 currrently conducting a survey on senior needs in San Diego. Take the survey and make your voice heard.

Follow Us!
Be sure to follow The Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more #LGBT news around the world, special events, news from The Center, and happenings around the community! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at LGBTCenter, on YouTube at LGBTCenterSD and on Facebook at facebook.com/At.The.Center.

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, Feb. 24, 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 Bank 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, Feb. 24, 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, Feb. 26, 7pm, Real ID Workshop 
Connor Maddocks will present this workshop on changing ID's, passports and birth certificates. Learn about the changes in the law for transgender people. Get all your questions answered and help in filling out the paperwork. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org.

Friday, Feb. 27, 6pm, Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors
Join us on Friday, Feb. 27 from 6-8 pm at The San Diego LGBT Community Center for the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors recognizing contributions of community leaders. Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, Stan Lewis and Phyllis Jackson. Civil Rights honorees are LaRue Fields, Christopher Wilson, Tanisha Conwright and John Gwynn. Your $10 donation includes a soul food buffet which benefits The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir, the Bayard Rustin US Postage Stamp Campaign and The Center. For more information, call 619.692.2077.

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.

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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 Carolina Ramos at 619.692.2077 x116, or cramos@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.  

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.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 11am, Creative Writing
This is a fun, relaxed writing group that is open to all. It takes place once a month on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Each class, participants cover a writing topic at the beginning of the session and then write to a writing prompt for several minutes. The group then shares their work and gives feedback. For more information, contact facilitator Betty Owen at owen.betty@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 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, Feb. 24, 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. For further information, please contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 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, Feb. 25, 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, Feb. 25, 7 pm, FTM/SO Support Group
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 with anyone who is a SOFFA (significant other, friends, family or ally) of a Trans person. For more information, please contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Friday, Feb. 27, 9am, Monthly Breakfast with 50 and Better Together
Join 50 & Better Together at Antique Row Café (3002 Adams Ave, 92116) for a heartwarming breakfast with lively discussions. RSVP to LaRue at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, March 3, 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 Center's parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website.

Wednesday, March 4, 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, March 5, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
These meetings are facilitated by The Center's Senior Services coordinator for anyone interested in providing input on the services The Center provides for those 50 and better. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

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 Information and Referral Specialist


Community Events

Applications for RISE San Diego’s Urban Leadership Fellows Program Due Feb. 28
Offered in collaboration with the University of San Diego Leadership Institute, RISE San Diego’s Urban Leadership Fellows Program is designed to identify and nurture rising leaders to engage in meaningful community change work. RISE Urban Leadership Fellows will learn the skills needed to take effective and sustainable action to transform San Diego’s urban communities. Fellows for the inaugural class will be selected through a competitive process open to any resident of San Diego County, with particular invitation extended to those who represent and have a deep history in urban centers of the region. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2015. To learn more about the program or to apply, visit www.risesandiego.org/ulfp-app.

Tuesday, March 3, 11:30am, Mama's Kitchen Nutrition Education Service
Mama's Nutrition Education Service provides free nutrition classes to HIV- positive residents of San Diego County to aid them in managing their diagnosis through proper nutrition. The interactive classes are taught by a Registered  Dietitian, and topics include building a strong immune system, proper cooking and food safety practices. Lunch is included. Classes are held at on Tuesdays from 11:30am to 1pm at Mama’s Kitchen at 3960 Home Ave, San Diego, CA 92105. The next cycle begin March 3. For more information, contact Stephanie Boyd, R.D. at Stephanie@mamaskitchen.org.

Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8,  Revivals Goodbye Sale
San Diego Revivals is closing its doors on February 28 and the Live and Let Live Alano Club is holding a huge rummage sale and liquidation from 7am to 3pm, Friday, March 6 to Sunday March 8 at 1730 Monroe Ave. For more information or to drop off donations, call 619.298.8008.

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!