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Notes from Delores
It was my pleasure and privilege to participate in RISE San Diego’s Friday panel discussion regarding Civil Rights – the legacy of Rev. King, the history of the African-American community’s struggles in the United States and the emerging understanding that civil rights includes immigrant rights and LGBT rights. The panel discussion included the issues of discrimination within the traditional systems of housing, lending/banking, employment, education, public accommodations and jury service, as well as the disparities within our prison/law enforcement/legal systems and our healthcare systems.
A central portion of that discussion was not only the ongoing hard work of coalition building (As Rev. King said, “We may have come on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now.”) but also intersectionality – the emerging understanding that many individuals have multiple identities. For example, LGBT community members include men, women and transgender folks who are black, Latino, Asian, Native American, Caucasian and more. In San Diego more than 50% of LGBT community members are people of color. In a 2015 world, separating people into convenient singular categories misses the multiplicity and subtlety of their lived experience. Life is not as simple as Us vs Them. In a literal sense, most often We are Them.

In the 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.

Help Us Welcome Michael Vierela!
Meet The Center's new development associate, Michael Vierela. Michael comes to us from Seattle, where he did fabulous work for One Reel, helping to produce Bumbershoot, the nation's largest music & arts festival. You'll see him at lots of Center events - and if you have any questions about about monthly donations, tile purchases and general information, you can contact him at mvierela@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x209. Please join us in welcoming him!

In the Know with Ian
Tantrums & Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens is an event like no other - don't miss it, Sunday, Feb. 15! What can you expect to see? A high-quality spoof of beauty pageants, of course, complete with a “talent” showcase. Local companies sponsor contestants, none of whom have any experience, as they compete to be crowned the next drag star. It's an evening of wigs, glitter and hilarity, all for a great cause! Proceeds benefit The Center's Youth Housing Project. For more information visit www.tantrumstiaras.org, or contact me at 619.692.2077 x 247 or
ijohnson@thecentersd.org. Buy your tickets online today!

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 and more.

Get Covered!
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 smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org for more information or to make an appointment to explore your options or enroll in coverage.

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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, Jan. 21, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Home Safety, Hazards and Fall Risk Prevention
The beginning of the new year is a good time to talk about safety in the home for ourselves and also for our ageing family and friends. Learn how to make your home and/or a loved one's home a safer place to live. You will receive a Home Safety checklist for you to take home to make sure you and your family and friends are living in a safe environment. Kathy Capobianco, LVN Care Manager, will be here to explain how to have a safer 2015. To RSVP and for more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 1 pm, Feeling Fit Club
The Feeling Fit Club is now meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2 pm in the Auditorium. This class for older adults helps to improve balance, strength, flexibility and 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.

Friday, Jan. 23, 6 pm, 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, latino@thecentersd.org

Saturday, Jan. 24, 7pm, Sapphic Cinema
Join the Women's Resource Center for a free movie night featuring films by and about lesbian, bisexual, transgender and strong women. Sapphic Cinema will take place in the library with snacks available for a donation. There will be a group discussion to follow. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.

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 is now meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2 pm in the Auditorium. This class for older adults helps to improve balance, strength, flexibility and 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.

Miércoles, Jan. 21, 6:30pm, 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, rsmoa@sbcglobal.net.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1:30 pm, Art Group: Drawing and Painting
Sabato Fiorello facilitates these free and fun art workshops on Wednesdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Group Room 2 of The Center, 3909 Centre Street. For information,
contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 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
seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6pm, LGBT Military Family Support Group
The Center and Fleet and Family Support Services are excited to provide this support/education group for LGBT active duty service members and their families. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 and is for couples with or without children. Free child care is available if you RSVP by the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.222.5586 or caroline.bender.ctr@navy.mil. To RSVP for childcare contact Don Stith at 619.692.2077 x121 or
families@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 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 Latin@ Services. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7pm, FTM/SO Support Group
Join the guys from 7-9 pm during our regularly scheduled meetings. Wednesday, Jan. 14 & 28,For more information, please contact Connor Maddocks at
trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7pm, Transgender SOFFA Group
This group for significant others, friends, family and allies of people who identify as transgender meets on the 4th Wednesday monthly from 7-9pm. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at 619.692.2077 x109 or
trans@thecentersd.org.

Friday, Jan. 30, 10am, Microsoft Power Point Basics
Join us in the Cyber Center and learn the basics about Microsoft Power Point (2010/2013). We'll cover creating presentations, formatting slides, inserting pictures and more. Seating is limited, so reserve your space by emailing it@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 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, Feb. 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, Feb. 5, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Coordinator of Senior Services facilitates this group of senior community members who advises her on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center.   These meetings are for anyone interested in providing input on the services that we offer. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 9 am, Free Legal Consultations Available at The Center
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law sponsored by City Councilmember Todd Gloria, will hold legal clinics the SECOND TUESDAY of each month from 9am to 11am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Joshua Bruser at 858.342.0551 or Josh@BruserLaw.com.

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.

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Community Events

Jan. 22-25, Human Rights Watch Film Festival at MOPA

Don't miss the Human Rights Watch film festival at Museum of Photographic Arts 1/22-1/25. Six powerful films - including Lady Valor and Out in the Night, discussions with filmmakers, film subjects and change-makers will move and inspire you to get further involved in the fight for #humanrights. Get your tickets today at www.mopa.org/hrwff.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 11 am, San Diego Senior Affairs Advisory Board meeting at The Center
The San Diego Senior Affairs Advisory Board (SAAB)is an appointed volunteer board that serves in an advisory capacity to the mayor and city council on issues relating to transportation, security at home, improved intergenerational interaction, meal delivery, housing and other issues concerning San Diego seniors. In 2015 and into 2016, SAAB is meeting at facilities in every San Diego City district that serves seniors to identify senior priorities, challenges and issues. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss concerns and suggestions to help make San Diego a more age-friendly City. for more information, visit www.sandiego.gov/saab

Feb. 5-15, San Diego Jewish Film Festival
This year’s 25th Silver Anniversary San Diego Jewish Film Festival, running Feb. 5-15, will showcase a total of 48 feature films and documentaries which reflect all genres of films. Additionally, 50 short films are a part of the Joyce Forum on February 9. The Center is co-presenting two LGBT-themed films, “Aimee and Jaguar” and “Kicking Out Shoshana.” Discount tickets can be purchased using code “SDLGBT.” Visit www.sdcjc.org/sdjff for tickets and more information

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!