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Center CEO Search Enters Next Phase with Appointment of Search Committee and Professional Search Firm

In April 2017, the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Delores Jacobs, announced that she would complete the term of her current contract, which expires at the end of June 2018, but would not sign a new contract. Since that time, Dr. Jacobs and The Center’s Board of Directors have remained committed to transparency and community involvement in the leadership transition process. A detailed overview of the entire search and selection process was posted on The Center’s website at www.thecentersd.org/board/pdf/fy18/leadership-transition-plan.pdf in June.

Today, The Center is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has named the search committee and has additionally retained the search firm McCormack+Kristel to assist with the search and selection process for The Center’s next chief executive.

The search committee is chaired by Center Board co-chair G. Joyce Rowland, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for Sempra Energy. The committee will also include: Gil Cabrera, attorney and founder of The Cabrera Firm; Center Board Secretary Joanna Clark, recruiting leader for Wells Fargo & Co., Community Bank Division; Kafele Khalfani, Dean of Student Affairs for Warren College, UCSD; Center Board Vice-Chair Lisa Nicole Sanders, sales and marketing manager for Black Mountain Ranch; former Center Board co-chair-Shaun Travers, PhD, Diversity Officer and Director of the LGBT Resource Center at UCSD; former Center Board co-Chair Andrea Villa, User Experience Researcher and Designer at Qualcomm, Inc.; and former Center Board co-chair Dale Kelly Bankhead, Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego Working Families Council. More information on the committee members can be found on The Center’s website at http://www.thecentersd.org/about/board-of-directors.html.

The search committee is charged with working with the professional search consultants to conduct the nationwide search, recruit and identify qualified candidates for the CEO position and to recommend finalists to the full Center board of directors, who will make the final selection of a new CEO.

McCormack+Kristel brings 24 years of recruiting experience to this executive search. Says founder and managing partner Joe McCormack, “We were the first retained search firm to recruit leadership for the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ communities, and we are the first retained search firm to embrace the transgender community as a valuable source of talent for our clients. Being a pioneer is a core value for us, not only as a business practice, but as a commitment to social justice.  We are honored to support the San Diego LGBT Community Center during this important leadership transition.”

Since its founding in 1993, McCormack+Kristel has completed over 400 searches for CEOs, board members and C-suite executives for large and small nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and many other cities. Clients have included the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the Center of the Desert, Center on Halsted, PFLAG, SAGE and many more.

“As a member of the Board of Directors of CenterLink, the association of LGBT Centers, I know the essential role that centers play in creating healthy, vibrant communities,” said partner Michelle Kristel. “I am thrilled to be supporting the San Diego LGBT Community Center in this important search.”

The next step in the search and selection process will be the gathering of broad community input regarding candidate criteria by identifying what characteristics community members hope to see in a future San Diego LGBT Community Center leader. This will be done through methods such as telephone interviews and/or focus groups of community members, volunteers, funders and staff members. A community survey may also be distributed to allow additional opportunities for input. Following the completion of the community input phase, candidate criteria will be formalized in a position announcement and recruitment of candidates will begin.

“The board of directors is committed to transparency in this process. We will continue to ensure that the San Diego community is updated at each major step along the way,” Rowland said.

Any questions about the search and selection process can be directed to searchcommittee@thecentersd.org.

In the Know With Ian

In supporting the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego, the sponsors of AIDS Walk & Run are crucial to the success of this long-standing event. Many thanks to our partners of many years and those that have joined support in 2017. Please support our 2017 partners and join us on Saturday, Sept. 30. Keep walking and keep talking to support the 18,755 San Diegans living HIV. To register or donate visit www.aidswalksd.org.

You Should Know

Saturday, Sept. 30, AIDS Walk & Run San Diego
12 days to AIDS Walk & Run San Diego! AIDS Walk & Run San Diego fundraising kicks into high gear as Sept. 30 quickly approaches – and we welcome your support! Whether you raise $100 or $1,000 or more, we appreciate all efforts to help fight HIV in San Diego. Every dollar we raise together supports cutting-edge HIV prevention efforts and helps provide essential services for the 18,755 people living with HIV in San Diego.

Yellow Shoe!
AIDS Walk & Run Teams still have time to earn our famous yellow shoe featuring their team name.
Teams just need to register 10 or more participants or raise $1,000 by Monday, Sept. 25 and that fabulous yellow shoe is all yours. Your team members can participate in the Walk or Run (or some a combination of both) and both routes will start and finish at Normal and Harvey Milk streets in Hillcrest. In addition, all teams that earn a yellow shoe also receive a special "Team Meeting Station" on the day of the event. These stations make it so much easier to find each other on the morning of AIDS Walk & Run.

T-Shirt Swag!
Our annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego T-shirt is always amazing and it can be yours when you raise $100 or more for AIDS Walk! Just register today, ask a few people to sponsor you and you will earn our beautiful AIDS Walk T-shirt. AIDS Walk & Run San Diego T-shirts will be available for pick up on Sat., Sept. 30 from 6-9am in The Center’s Auditorium at 3909 Centre St.

Virtual Walker
Hey, we get it! Sometimes sleeping-in, mimosas, and the beach sound better than waking up early for AIDS Walk & Run San Diego! Plan ahead and register as an #AIDSWalkSD 'Virtual Walker' at www.aidswalksd.org and show up without being there on Sept. 30!


Monday, Sept. 18, 2-4pm, Stand Up Against The Legacy International Center
Join The Center to turn out to City Council to let them know San Diegans oppose the Legacy International Center, a project headed to City Council for a final decision on Monday, September 18th. The San Diego LGBT Community Center opposes this project, and has written to every city councilmember expressing our opposition. This project is bad our community, bad for the traffic impacts in Mission Valley, and bad for San Diego.

Our main concerns with the project include:

• The lack of transparency during the community planning process:
- Direct conflicts of interest
- Possible Brown Act violations

The size and scope of the project within an already over
developed community:

- Large traffic impacts to Bachman Place, Hotel Circle South,
I-8 and CA-163
- Approving this project with many exemptions while
undergoing the Mission Valley Community Plan Update
- The size and vehicle trips associated with the project don’t
align with the City’s Climate Action Plan goals

Project Details:
• Located just north of Hillcrest/Mission Hills near to intersection of Hotel Circle S. & Bachman Pl., just down the hill from UC San Diego Medical Center.
• 250,000-400,000 yearly visitors
• 18- acre project totally over 307,000 square feet (welcome center, a dome theater, a museum, learning center,
• A five-level parking structure with 435 parking spaces, and an additional 224 surface parking spaces.
• Religious-themed attractions like a replica of the Wailing Wall, Roman catacombs and a domed theater that will show 4D Biblical-themed films.500-seat performing art center
• 127- room hotel
• Will house the Morris Cerullo Legacy Center corporate offices

Media Resources:
1. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-cerullo-center-20170505-story.html
2. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/jun/07/televangelist-legacy-center-morris-cerullo/
3. https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2017/jun/26/stringers-morris-cerullo-end-time-project-mission/?templates=desktop&page=2#
4. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/feb/03/televangelist-project-stalls-neighborhood-planning/


Hepatitis A Vaccinations
Did you know that the Mobile Medical Unit, offered at The Center every Monday from 3-7 pm, offers Hepatitis A vaccinations? San Diego is currently a Hep A outbreak and those at risk are highly encouraged to get vaccinated. Learn more about Hepatitis A here https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm. To make an appointment for the Mobile Medical Unit, call us at 619-692-2077 ext 211.

Monday, Sept. 25, 6-8pm, San Diego County LGBTQ Latinx Coalition
Join queer, transgender, bisexual, lesbian, and gay Latinx community members, activists and leaders from across San Diego County as we work to enhance the capacity of our community’s ability to build a movement and mobilize. Together we can strengthen the educational, health, cultural, civic, political, and economic power of our LGBTQ Latinx community and the region. RSVP here: https://form.jotformpro.com/72417056407959. Questions and info contract Carolina Ramos at cramos@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-8pm, Community Forum - San Diego Police Chief Search
The City of San Diego is conducting a nationwide search to hire a new Police Chief; Chief Shelley Zimmerman is retiring in March 2018. In an effort to gather critical community input about what citizens would like to see in their next Chief as they lead and transform the department, six community forums have been scheduled throughout San Diego. These forums are a key opportunity to have community concerns and ideas heard! All input received will be used throughout the recruitment and selection process, which will be managed by the City’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick, on behalf of Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer.

Join us at The San Diego LGBT Community Center (3909 Centre Street, San Diego 92103) from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, September 28th to ensure our community voices are heard by the City Administration. For more about the community forum click HERE. For more information about the Police Chief Search click HERE.

The Center's 45th Anniversary Gala
We invite you to join us at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronadoto celebrate The Center’s Sapphire Anniversary! From what was once a single answering machine set-up in a utility closet, The San Diego LGBT Community Center has grown into a thriving community center that provided more than 65,000 service visits last year alone. Our Sapphire Anniversary represents 45 years of service, and we want to celebrate with you!

Our 45th anniversary gala will be a three-part-spectacular! Start at the pre-party with cocktails and a fantastic silent auction in the garden, then enjoy the main event with a 3-course gourmet gala dinner, and top it all off with some extra fun at this year's after-party, full of dancing, live music, and a featured DJ. What other surprises do we have in store? You'll have to join us to find out! Dinner seating is limited to 700, but you can also join the fun at the after-party only.

Enjoy socializing, signature cocktails, dining and lots of dancing as we recall the triumphs and challenges of the last forty-five years. Whether you wore bell bottoms, stirrup pants, bike shorts or skinny jeans when you first came to The Center, we hope that you will save the date and celebrate with us for this special anniversary gala. Get your tables while they last because our signature gala only comes around every 5 years! Proceeds benefit the vital community programs and services at The Center. Learn more at events.thecentersd.org/gala.

Trans Happenings

Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Transgender Coming Out Group
This group meets on Mondays, 7-8:30pm, 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 us at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.


Spotlight Events

Tuesday, Sept. 19 & Oct. 3, 6-7:30pm, 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, September 20, 12pm, Lunch & Learn  FBI: Protecting Yourself from Fraud
This presentation will provide an overview of the FBI's white collar crime program and how it fits into the FBI's priorities. Information about identity theft and common scams effecting Senior Citizens will be provided, as well as ideas on how to prevent becoming a victim of these scams. Finally, a detailed case presentation will be provided covering one of the cases SSA Roberts has investigated during his career. For more info. contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7-8:30pm, 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.

Thursday, Sept. 21 & Oct. 5, 7:30-8:45pm, 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 7:30-8:45pm at The Center. For more information, contact David Vance at dvance@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

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.

Along with the OraQuick Rapid Antibody test, the Center will now be offering the UCSD Early Test on Fridays ONLY, from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm.) The Early Test is a specialized viral load test for HIV infection as early as one week after exposure.

Mondays, 9-10am, Yoga for Everyone
This yoga class is open to all. David Miranda, a certified yoga instructor, will lead this very popular class. We welcome David to The LGBT Center and we hope to see all of our regulars to this class come back and support David as he puts his heart into his system of exercises for mental and physical health. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2pm, 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, 3-7pm, 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, 7-8:30pm, 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, 7:15-8:45pm, 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, 10-13 Year-Old Youth Program at HYC
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, Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Therapist-lead support group GBT men who have been victims of intimate partner/domestic violence. Group is closed-format and requires intake with group facilitator prior to joining. Contact The Center's on duty counselor at 619.692.2077 x208 or onduty@thecentersd.org to sign up.

Martes, 6-7:30pm, Grupo de Apoyo Mujeres con Orgullo
Un grupo de apoyo para mujeres que se identifican como lesbianas o bisexuals. Un espacio para conocer a otras mujeres para socializar y platicar de temas que nos unen. Platicas son en Espanol. 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
An empowerment group for black men, Shades of Color covers a variety of topics, including healthy relationships, self-esteem, living with HIV, spiritual awareness, community mobilizing and more. The group meets every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30 pm and lunch is provided. 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, 6-7pm, Young Men's Group @ HYC
This group for youth ages 14-18 years old addresses relationships, coming out, being out, sexual health, activism, community building and other important topics related to the group. This is a closed group. To join or more information please contact HYC@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45pm, 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, 6-8pm, 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 a 8pm 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 Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116 o latinos@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 2:45-3:45pm, 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, 4-7:30pm, The Center's South Bay Club House
Drop-in Center in Chula Vista welcoming all LGBTQIA high school students age 14-18. For more information, please contact youth@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 ext. 122. Club House location is at Chula Vista Youth Center, 465 L St., Chula Vista, CA 91911 (Next to the CVHS Baseball Fields). For more information contact Isaac Gomez at igomez@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, ThursTAYS LGBTQIA Transitional Age Youth (TAY) @ HYC
This space is open to LGBTQIA Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 18-24 looking to connect with community and attend life skills workshops. We opportunities to learn about sexual health and identities. This is a closed group. To join or more information please contact HYC@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, Trans Veterans Support Group
Meet other Veterans and active duty 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 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 7pm. For more information, contact us at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Thursdays, 7:15-8:45pm, Men's Coming Out Group
Peer-to-peer support & discussion for men who are straight, gay, bi, trans or questioning, in coming out and being out. For more information email discussion@thecentersd.org.

Fridays, 7-8pm, Young Women’s Transgender Group @ HYC
This group is for any youth ages 14-18 identifying as trans woman, female, femme. The group will focus on sharing experiences, referrals and resources, discussion topics include sexual health, PrEP, HIV testing, healthy relationships, coming out, being out, gender identity and expression, empowerment, mental health, school and home safety, hormones and surgery, accessibility. To join or more information please contact HYC@thecentersd.org.

Viernes, 6-8pm, 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.

Sundays, 1-3pm, Croquet at Balboa Park
Join The Center's 50 and Better Together program every Sunday at Balboa Park (6th and Balboa Drive) to play croquet! We will teach you how to play if you don't know how! For more information contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.607.9751 x205.

Monday, Sept. 18, 9:30am, Free Acting Classes
Join this free, seven-week acting class on Mondays from 9:30am to 12:30pm in The Center's auditorium. Class size is limited, so registration is required. Instructor Jerry Phalen is a professional actor, teacher and director who has taught in the San Diego area for more than a decade. He has appeared in plays nationwide and has been an active member of Actors Alliance of San Diego for 21 years. His work with beginners, advanced students and working actors helps them to reach their highest potential. Class will meet the following Mondays: Sept. 25. Reserve your space at 619.220.8554 or azizi3@msn.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 19 & Oct. 3, 6-7:30pm, 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, Sept. 20, 12pm, Lunch & Learn – FBI: Protecting Yourself from Fraud
This presentation will provide an overview of the FBI’s white collar crime program and how it fits into the FBI’s priorities. Information about identity theft and common scams effecting Senior Citizens will be provided, as well as ideas on how to prevent becoming a victim of these scams. Finally, a detailed case presentation will be provided covering one of the cases SSA Roberts has investigated during his career. For more info. contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7-8:30pm, 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.

Thursday, Sept. 21, 6-7:30pm, LGBT Military Support Group
Fleet and Family Support Services and AMPA's LGBT Military Support Group is open to all LGBT Active Duty Service Members and their families. Fleet and Family Support Services and AMPA's LGBT Military Support Group is open to all LGBT Active Duty Service Members and their families. Third Thursdays of the month. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.545.3615 or caroline.bender@navy.mil.

Thursday, Sept. 21 & Oct. 5, 7:30-8:45pm, 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 7:30-8:45pm at The Center. For more information, contact David Vance at dvance@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Tuesday, Sept. 26 & Oct. 10, 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, Sept. 26 & Oct. 10, 6:30-8pm, Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
A group for all GBT individuals interested in knowing more about Prostate Cancer, getting assistance on fighting it, or how to prevent it. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1-3pm, 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. Fourth Tuesday of the 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, Sept. 26, 7:30pm, Young Men's Discussion Group
Activity, discussion and social group for young men, ages 18-34, to connect, socialize, network and make friends. The group addresses relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. Fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 27 & Oct. 11, 12-1pm, Diamonds in the Rough
Therapist-lead support group for transgender women and transfeminine individuals, topics vary. Group is closed format and must meet with group facilitator prior to joining. Contact Paty 619 692 2077 x200 for more information or email onduty@thecentersd.org. This group meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 12pm-1pm (with referral).

Wednesday, Sept. 27 & Oct. 11, 7-8:30pm, FTM/Trans Male Support Group
Support group for male-identified, questioning or self-identifying on the male spectrum folks who were assigned female at birth. Significant others are invited on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Trans Allies join the group on the 4th Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact us at trans@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 27 & Oct. 11, 7-8:30pm, Significant Others & Allies of Trans Folks Discussion Group (SOFFA)
A support group for significant others friends, family, allies of Trans, gender queer, gender non-conforming or anywhere on the gender spectrum.  For more information, contact us at trans@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Sept. 28 & Oct. 12, 7pm, Young Women's Circle
Aimed at LGBTQ+ women ages 18-30's, this group hopes to provide a safe, open space for building community in San Diego. Gatherings are held every Thursday from 7:00-8:30pm. On 2nd and 4th Thursdays, meetings are located in the San Diego LGBT Community Center library, and on 1st and 3rd Thursdays they are held off-site. For the most up to date information on off-site meetings, please visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/SDLGBTYoungWomen/, or reach out to the moderators at: sdlgbtyoungwomen@gmail.com or women@thecentersd.org.

Friday, Sept. 29, 10-11am, Cyber Security Computer Class
Please join us on Friday, September 29th inside of the David Bohnett Cyber Center, for a presentation that will appeal to even the novice of technology. This cybersecurity presentation seeks to bring more awareness to the kind of security we need in our personal lives as we dip our feet deeper and deeper into the cyber world. As it goes without saying, the internet is perhaps as useful as it is dangerous to us. Join us as we glean from the resources available that help keep your cyber properties safe and secure. To sign-up for this class, or for additional information, please contact Hector Roman at hroman@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 Ext. 111. 

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 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, Oct. 3, 6pm, Families at The Center presents: Conversations & Connections
Are you a parent or guardian of an LGBTQ+ youth? We would love to have you join us for Conversations & Connections. This meetup is designed to provide support to parents/guardians of LGBTQ+ youth. Conversations & Connections is a safe space to find community and a place to discuss how to support your LGBTQ+ youth. Light refreshments will be served. This group will meet every 1st Tuesday of the month. Questions? Contact Em Jackson at families@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x212.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6-8:30pm, GGG
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. Suggested donation of $5 is requested for admission. For more information contact Ben Cartwright at outreach@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x106.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 12-1pm, 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. First Thursday of the month. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 12 noon, 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, Oct. 13, 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, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30pm, Free Family Movie Night
Join us at Family Movie night every third Friday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Come in your favorite pajamas and bring your sleeping bag or blanket. Enjoy popcorn and snacks while you watch a family-friendly movie. For more information, contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 6-8pm, LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor 2017 Induction Ceremony
Join us for The Benjamin F. Dillingham, III & Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor 2017 Induction Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6-8 pm at The Center. The evening will include a brief program with celebration of military colors, the National Anthem, announcement of inductees, and remarks from honorees in attendance. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ben Cartwright at bcartwright@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 ext. 106.

Saturday, Dec. 9, 5-8pm, Home For The Holidays
Join us as we gather to celebrate the diverse cultures & traditions within the San Diego LGBT Community! Family friendly and free to all. Come to dance. Learn something new. And meet your community! For more information contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 X214.

Free HIV & Hep CTesting 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). Everyone who tests gets a $10 Target gift card!

Along with the OraQuick Rapid Antibody test, the Center will now be offering the UCSD Early Test on Fridays ONLY, from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm.) The Early Test is a specialized viral load test for HIV infection as early as one week after exposure.

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.

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.

Community Events

Saturday, September 23, 3-6pm, A Party for Mel Merrill
Join our community and his husband David Ramos for a party to celebrate the life of Mel Merrill, September 23 from 3-6pm at The Center. Mel was a longtime LGBT Democratic political activist and supporter of many local groups including The San Diego LGBT Community Center, San Diego Pride, and Lambda Archives and San Diego Democrats for Equality. His longstanding and meaningful support for our community and his dry wit touched the hearts and lives of many.

Join us as we gather to celebrate an incredible man in the way he wanted: “Have a party at The Center!” he told David. There will be a short program, with remarks from former State Senator Christine Kehoe, Jeri Dilno, and Mel’s sister Marilyn. Food and drinks will provided. Everyone is welcome to join this party for Mel, Saturday, September 23 at 3 pm.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 8pm, The West Coast Premiere of HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA
Diversionary announces casting for the World Premiere of HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA by Jordan Seavey. Single tickets are now available at http://diversionary.org/homos/ or by calling the Box Office at 619-220-0097. Use code Center5 for $5 off!

Friday, Oct. 6, Steven Gaines at Barnes & Noble
Bestselling author and Conversion Therapy survivor Steven Gaines will appear at the Barnes & Noble Grossmont at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., Suite 331, La Mesa on October 6 at noon to speak, do a Q&A and sign books. For more information, call 619-667-2870.

The Ruby Slipper at Pardon My French
Pardon My French is now open on Mondays for dinner. Join us for Center Mondays as Stoli presents The Ruby Slipper: Every Monday 100% of the sales of The Ruby Slipper Cocktail will be donated to The Center! Visit pardonmyfrenchbarandkitchen.com/ for more information.

Getting to Zero
Keep walking and keep talking. Checkout out The County of San Diego's "Getting to Zero" report here: http://www.sdplanning.org/downloads/reports/ and register for #AIDSWalkSD [www.aidswalksd.org]. Together we will #BeTheGeneration that ends new HIV infections in San Diego.

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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