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Holiday Hours
The Center will be closed
Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 27 to 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Notes from Delores
Congratulations to all 18 of the 2014  KPBS Local Heroes! This year's honorees include the LGBT community's own Robert Gleason and Rev. Canon Albert Ogle. Read their bios (Robert Gleason, Rev. Canon Albert Ogle) to find out more and join us in congratulating them for all of their great work!

Sarafina's Corporate Spotlight

Thank You!
Thank you to our partners at Wyndham Worldwide for their tremendous support of The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s youth programs and services. They were generous enough to sponsor both the Family Matter’s Halloween Carnival and the upcoming Holiday Toy distribution this year. We appreciate their efforts to ensure that all children, for all types of families, enjoy the cheer of the holiday season. Want to help us provide a holiday meal or special gift? The Center is holding a holiday gift card drive  - just donate a minimum $25 gift card from a local grocery store, Target or Toys”R”Us. Gift cards can be mailed or dropped off at The Center. For more information contact Ian at

PrEP - Get Educated
What is PrEP? PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a new way to prevent HIV infection by taking daily medication. When taken consistently as directed, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection for those at high risk by as much as to 92%. It is an additional tool to consider in HIV prevention. Find out what it is, how it works, who should consider it, how effective it is and more.

Covered California Open Enrollment Has Begun!
Health insurance gives you the peace of mind to do what you love for as long as you can. Join the over 1 million Californians who now enjoy that peace of mind daily. The San Diego LGBT Community Center has staff on hand who can answer your questions and help you get enrolled in the right health plan. Contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at 619.692.2077 x213 or for more information or to make an appointment to explore your options or enroll in coverage.

Got Wreaths?
The 11th Annual Wreath Auction will be held on Monday, Dec. 8 at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage - and we can’t have a wreath auction without wreaths! So we're asking all you creative types (individual, organization, circle of friends) to make wreaths to be auctioned off to raise money for the Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund. The only requirements are that they be festive and that any greenery be artificial (no fire hazards, y'all). Beginning Monday, Nov. 24, wreaths can be dropped off at The Center or Martinis Above Fourth, where we will applaud your creativity and generosity. For more information, contact Ian Johnson at

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Program Newsletters
Click on the links below to go directly to your favorite program newsletters. You can also find them on the program websites.

Family Matters Monthly Newsletter
Project TRANS Monthly Newsletter
50 and Better Together Monthly Newsletter
Women's Resource Center Monthly Newsletter

Spotlight Events

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Opera Exposed with Nic Reveles
Opera Exposed is a partnership between San Diego Opera and the universities in the area that have wonderful vocal studies programs for undergraduate students.  The students perform in the community on the opera’s behalf in return for master classes, internships and free attendance to rehearsals and performances by the company.  Come hear these young people perform and enjoy a wonderful lunch while you do so. There is limited seating so please call ahead. For information on this event and to RSVP, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Thursday, Nov. 20, 7pm, Transgender Day of Remembrance
Join us at The Center as we remember those lost due to anti-transgender violence. There will be a vigil march around Hillcrest at 6pm followed by a program at The Center at 7pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no cost for admission. For more information, Contact Connor Maddocks at 619.692.2077 x107 or, or visit the Project TRANS facebook page at

Saturday, Nov. 22, 6 pm, Free Screening of deepsouth
As World AIDS Day approaches, join us in the Center auditorium for a free screening of deepsouth, an amazing documentary about HIV in the rural American South. Beneath layers of history, poverty and now soaring #HIV infections, three Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive. The film has won multiple awards - don't miss it. Watch the trailer at

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

HIV Testing at The Center
HIV tests are available at The Center Monday/Wednesday, 9 am-2 pm, Tuesday/Thursday, 9 am-3:15 pm and Friday, 9 am-1:45 pm. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.

Shop for Good
Shop at AmazonSmile now and Amazon will donate to The Center! Click on this link to get started.

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 9:00 pm 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 Carolina Ramos, 619.692.2077 x116.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7pm, Bi Any Name
Join The Center’s discussion group on bisexuality on the third Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm. 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 or to request an accommodation, contact Jen at

Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 pm, Sisters in Support
Join us for a support group for women affected by breast cancer. SIS welcomes all women who are affected by breast cancer either currently or in the past. This includes all women patients and partners facing any issue with breast cancer who want support and are looking for other women who can relate. We meet the first and third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm in the community resource room at The Center. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or

Friday, Nov. 21, 10am, Get to Know Google
Google is the leading search tool online but do you know about all the other Google features like Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Earth, calendars, Google+, and Google play? Sign up for this class and become a Google pro. Space is limited and filled on a first come-first served basis. RSVP to with your name, contact info, and which class you would like to sign up for!

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 11am, Creative Writing
This is a fun, relaxed writing group that is open to all. Join the fun on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Each class, we cover a writing topic at the beginning of the session and then write to a writing prompt for several minutes. We then share our work and give feedback. For more information, contact facilitator Betty Owen at  

Tuesday Nov. 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 Bank at 866.350.3663. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website or contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 6:30 pm, 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 6:30 pm. For further information, please contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Monday, Dec. 1, 4 pm, Dr. A. Brad Truax Award Ceremony
The Dr. A Brad Truax Award Ceremony and Reception was created to honor the memory of Dr. Truax and his contributions to the HIV/AIDS effort in San Diego. The award is given annually to recognize the outstanding overall contributions made by a person involved in the struggle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our community. The Awards Ceremony is a free event that will include light refreshments and feature artwork created by local HIV-positive artists. After the award ceremony and reception, attendees will join together  in a memorable candle-lit walk to the Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony at the Village Hillcrest, which begins at 6pm.

Monday, Dec. 8, 7:30pm, Annual Wreath Auction
The 11th Annual Wreath Auction will be held on Monday, Dec. 8 at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage. We can’t have a wreath auction unless we have wreaths. This is a call out to all you creative types who can make an artificial wreath to be auctioned off to raise money for the Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund. Wreaths can be any size or shape and can be donated by individuals, businesses or organizations. Wreaths will be accepted beginning Monday, Nov. 24 and can be dropped off at The San Diego LGBT Community Center or Martinis Above Fourth. For more information contact Ian Johnson at

Friday, Dec. 19, 10am, How to “Degunk” Your Computer
Degunking is term we use to describe how you can clean up your computer so that it runs like it did the day you brought it home, without actually having to reformat it or give in and purchase a new one. Space is limited and filled on a first come-first served basis. RSVP to with your name, contact info, and which class you would like to sign up for!

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, find us online or contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

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 For more information, visit

Community Events

Pie in the Sky!
Purchase your Thanksgiving pie for $25 and help Mama's Kitchen provide free, nutritious home-delivered meals to San Diego men, women and children who are severely impacted by cancer or AIDS. 100% of the proceeds of each pie goes toward our mission to feed our critically ill neighbors. This Thanksgiving, please consider buying a "Love-A-Client Pie" (a donated pie) for just $25 to provide pie and holiday meals for folks who would otherwise go hungry. Buy your pies at

Thursday, Nov. 27, 12 noon, Scott Carlson Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Free Thanksgiving dinner to all who attend. The program starts at 11:30am and food is served from noon to 2:30pm. For more information, contact Michael Lochner at 619.501.6793 or Julie Hoffman at 619.379.8624.

San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council Seeks New Members
The San Diego HIV Planning Council is responsible for planning services for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego, and for allocating funding for these services under the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act. All meetings of the Planning Council and its committees are open to the public. People living with HIV/AIDS are especially encouraged to attend and to get involved. To find out more, visit

Sunday, Dec. 7, 6pm, GMSR Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction
Join the Gay Men's Spiritual Retreat for an evening of food, fun, fellowship and fundraising! This jam packed event will include drag performances hosted by Miss Viagra, a dessert auction, and mega raffle with prizes you've only dreamt of! Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door or in advance from Board Members or at the Live and Let Live Alano Club located at 1730 Monroe Ave in University Heights.

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 and activate the The Center San Diego Lens (located in the Support a Cause category of the app) today!