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August is well underway and AIDS Walk & Run is only 47 days away. Have you or your team registered yet? Saturday, Sept. 24 will be here in no time. 70% of all funds raised come from team fundraising and help support the multiple HIV service providers in San Diego. Congrats to this week’s leaders of the pack!

AIDS Walk is coming (Saturday, September 24)!
Have you registered? Sign up today at www.aidswalksd.org. If you're thinking of forming a team, we have lots of resources for you. Just sign up for one of our August Team Leader Workshops by emailing aidswalk@thecentersd.org or calling us at 619.692.2077 x247 and we'll give you the inside scoop!

Spotlight Events

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7pm, Trans Women’s Open Discussion Group (NEW DAY & TIME)
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

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, HIV and more. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116 or rgallego@thecentersd.org.

Saturday, Aug. 20, 3pm, Ageless Artist Art Show
Join us for free wine, soda, water, non-alcoholic sparkling cider, cheese, crackers, and fruit as well as opportunity drawings for a chance to win a beautiful painting by The Center’s own Ageless Artists! This is a 21+ event. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Program Activities: Youth, Seniors, Families, Men, Women, HIV Community and More

Free Testing at The Center
Free HIV and HCV (Hepatitis C) testing is available at The Center Monday-Friday 9am-8pm (last test at 7pm) and Saturday 10am-2pm (last test at 1pm). On Fridays only, the early test is available 12 noon-4pm (last test at 3pm) and couples testing is available 4-9pm (last test at 8pm). For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.

Mondays, 7pm, Women's Discussion Group
Join us in room 201 for an open discussion group for LBT women to talk about a variety of subjects, including relationships, school, work, family, friends and any other topics of interest. For more information, email women@thecentersd.org.

Mondays, 7pm, Transgender Coming Out Group
This group meets on Mondays, 7-8:30 pm, and supports transgender people in all stages of exploring gender identity. Open to transgender women (MTF), transgender men (FTM), genderqueer/gender non-conforming people, people who are intersex and those questioning their gender identity. SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, allies) are welcome to attend with their transgender loved ones. For more information, contact Connor at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 pm, Feeling Fit Club
The Feeling Fit Club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2 pm in the Auditorium. This class for older adults helps to improve balance, strength and flexibility to help maintain independence. It's suitable for all levels - exercises can be done sitting or standing. To sign up, just attend class. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

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.

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.

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, 6:30 pm, Grupo de Apoyo Las Manzanitas
Las Manzanitas es un grupo de apoyo LGBT que provee información y apoyo para los que viven infectados/afectados por el VIH. No es necesario ser VIH+ para participar. El grupo se reúne semanalmente cada Miércoles de 6:30 a 9pm y se proveen bocadillos. Amigos y parientes de la comunidad LGBT son bienvenidos el ultimo Miércoles del mes. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Rogelio Sanchez al 619.203.5125 or rsmoa@sbcglobal.net.

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

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.

Fridays, 3pm, Free HIV Testing at Hillcrest Youth Center
Free HIV testing is available for youth 14-18 at the Hillcrest Youth Center on Fridays from 3-5pm, before we open the youth center for the night. For more information or to make an appointment, contact us at 619.497.2920 or hyc@thecentersd.org.

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.

Saturdays, 10:45am, Healing Yoga for Trans Folks and Friends 
This class is free and open to Trans folks and allies. Class begins at 10:45 and is taught by Christine Taylor, who has generously donated her time. Healing Yoga teachings are derived from the self-empowering practices of yoga, utilizing a wide range of tools to help enhance well-being and health. For more information contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Monday, Aug 15 (through Sept. 16), 9:30am, Acting Class
Join this free, eight-week acting class on Mondays from 9:30-12:30 in The Center’s auditorium, beginning August 1. Class size is limited to maximize individual attention, 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. His work with beginners, advanced students and working actors is designed to motivate them to reach their highest potential. Reserve your space at 619.220.8554 or azizi3@msn.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7pm, Trans Women’s Open Discussion Group (NEW DAY & TIME)
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

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Aug. 16-Sept. 8, 3pm, Basic Computer Classes for Seniors
If you're 62 +, join us in the Cyber Center for a series of free computer classes. Learn the anatomy of a computer, desktop (i.e. file management and basic navigation skills), the internet (i.e.browser vs. search engine), and email. The class meets 3-5pm twice weekly for 4 weeks. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 6:30pm, Project Trans Advisory Committee Meeting
Join the Project TRANS Advisory Committee on the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, contatct Connor Maddocks at trans@thecerntersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7:30pm, Young Women's Discussion Group
Join other young women ages 18-30 on the third Tuesday of every month 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. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Facts and Myths About Shingles
What is that painful rash of blisters called shingles that 1 out of 3 adults will get? Learn more about it, who is at risk and where it comes from. The Rite Aid Wellness Ambassador will answer all of your questions and tell you about what you can do to avoid or lessen the severity of this virus. For more information on this event or to RSVP, please contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Wednesday, Aug. 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.

Saturday, Aug. 20, 3pm, Ageless Artist Art Show
Join us for free wine, soda, water, non-alcoholic sparkling cider, cheese, crackers, and fruit as well as opportunity drawings for a chance to win a beautiful painting by The Center’s own Ageless Artists! This is a 21+ event. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1pm, Senior Food Bank
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Eligible applicants can enroll in the program by applying in person at our site on the day of the event or call the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at 866.350.3663. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 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, Aug. 23, 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, Aug. 23, 9:30am, Free Legal Clinic
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law, holds legal clinics the second and fourth Tuesdays 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 required. For more information, call 619.692.2077.

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 11:30am, Creative Writing
This is a fun relaxed writing group open to all. It takes place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Each class will cover a writing topic at the beginning of the session and 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 seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6:30pm, Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm. Please contact William Shi at prostatecancergbt@aol.com before attending for the first time.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 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-1:30pm in Latino Services. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7pm, FTM/Trans Male Support Group
Join the guys from 7-9 pm in this 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 every month to meet with the group and on the 4th Wednesday of every month to join the trans allies group, also at 7pm. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7pm, Significant Others and Allies of Trans Folks Discussion Group
This group is for anyone who is a significant other, friend, family member or needs support around someone close to them regarding transgender issues.  For more information, please contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Friday, Aug. 26, 9:30am, Children's Playgroup @ The Center
Join us at The Center from 9:30-11:30am on the last Friday of every month for our children's play group. This group gives children ages 0-5 the chance to socialize and participate in educational opportunities that enhance their sensory skills. Both formal and informal activities will be available. Parents will also have the chance to socialize and network with other LGBT parents. For more information, contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Coordinator of Senior Services facilitates this group of senior community members who advise her on the 50 & Better Together program. These meetings are for anyone interested in providing input on senior services at The Center. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6pm, Guys, Games & Grub
Guys, Games & Grub, presented by Men @ The Center and Hillcrest Social, is a fun, free monthly social event designed for men - where everyone is welcome. Dozens of men gather at The Center on the first Wednesday of each month for free pizza, beer, wine, soft drinks, games, prizes, and more. Also, check out the popular Live Trivia game (starting at 6:30 pm), hosted each month by community favorite John Lockhart. A donation of $5 is suggested at the door to support men's programming at The Center. Bring friends or come alone and meet new friends! For more information, contact Aaron Heier at aheier@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x211.

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

Lunes, Sept. 15, 6pm, Grupo para Sobrevivientes de Largo Plazo
Un grupo para las personas que tienen 15 años o más  con VIH  o mas de 50 años de edad sin importar el tiempo viviendo con VIH. Será para personas LGBTQ y heteros  viviendo con VIH. El segundo lunes de cada mes de 6 a 8. Para mas información, ó si tiene preguntas puede comunicarse con Raul Robles 619.200.4594.

Partner Spotlight



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...

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.

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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

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.

Celebrate Senator Barbara Boxer!
Please join Senator Boxer, Congresswoman Susan Davis, and other local leaders in a celebration of Senator Barbara Boxer's career. The event will be held on Sunday August 21, 2016 from 5pm-6pm at The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Auditorium, 3909 Centre Street San Diego, CA 92103. Please RSVP to CA_RSVP@boxer.senate.gov or call 619-239-3884.

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