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Message from Cara Dessert, The Center’s CEO

The Center invites all local restaurants and volunteers to help us make this year’s Dining Out For Life® San Diego another amazing community event.

Each year, Dining Out For Life® draws thousands to dine out for breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or drinks for the day of the event -- this year, on Thursday, May 2.

In addition to our incredibly supportive diners, it is the commitment and passion of our DOFL participating locations and volunteers that make this HIV fundraiser such a success.

Participating restaurants generate much needed resources for Dining Out For Life® by generously donating 25 percent or more of their sales on the day of event. We currently have more than 50 local restaurants signed up for this year’s event, but there is always room for more!

If you’re interested in becoming a participating restaurant, please contact Megan Meek at (619) 692-2077, ext. 255 or mmeek@thecentersd.org.
 
Volunteers make tremendous contributions to Dining Out For Life®. We are in need of Volunteer Ambassadors who welcome diners, fill restaurants, share information on HIV and raise funds on the day of the event. Volunteers are also needed in advance of the event. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group.  To learn more about volunteering with Dining for Life, please contact Cheli Mohamed at volunteer@thecentersd.org.
 
Thank you!



In The Know With Ian

Every year near Harvey Milk's birthday, more than 1,000 diverse San Diegans come together to celebrate Harvey Milk and his vision of civil rights and equality for all. This year, maybe more now than ever, we are guided by Harvey Milk’s dream for a better tomorrow. We invite you to join us for the 11th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Friday, May 17 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will leave you feeling inspired and motivated, this year will not disappoint. Table information and purchases including sponsorship opportunities can be found here.



Upcoming Events

Holiday Hours
The Center, the Nicole Murray-Ramirez Latin@ Services at The Center, and the Hillcrest Youth Center will be closed on Saturday, March 30 through Monday, April 1, in observation of Cesar Chavez Day and re-opening on Tuesday, April 2 at 9am.

Friday, April 5, 6-9pm, Transgender Day of Empowerment
Join us in celebrating the rich diversity of San Diego’s transgender community. As always, this year’s program will include trans speakers, entertainment, refreshments, community awards, and the announcement of the 5th Annual Tracie Jada O’Brien Transgender Student Scholarship recipients! This event is FREE and open to all. Click here for more information.

Thursday, March 28, 1-4pm, The Center's Professional Development Fair
Join us for an empowering and supportive afternoon of growing professionally, specifically crafted for our community. From building a resume and perfecting a cover letter, to nailing that interview, to being "out" at work; The Center is here to offer support along the way. The Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information on the event or accessibility requests, contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077. Learn more here.

Friday, April 5, 6-9pm, Transgender Day of Empowerment
Join us in celebrating the rich diversity of San Diego’s transgender community. As always, this year’s program will include trans speakers, entertainment, refreshments, community awards, and the announcement of the 5th Annual Tracie Jada O’Brien Transgender Student Scholarship recipients! This event is FREE and open to all. Click here for more information.

Thursday, May 2, 13th Annual Dining Out for Life® San Diego
We are excited to announce a new look and new date for this year’s Dining Out For Life® San Diego. This year’s event is set for Thursday, May 2, 2019 in locations throughout San Diego. Each year, Dining Out For Life® San Diego draws thousands of participants who dine out with family and friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or drinks at the event’s participating locations. Those locations – some of San Diego’s most generous restaurants, bars, coffee and ice cream shops – agree to donate 25 percent or more of their food and liquor sales from that day to support HIV services and prevention programs at The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Click here for all things #DOFLSD.

Friday, May 17, 11th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is designed to bring together more than 1,000 diverse San Diegans – business, labor, Democrats, Republicans, all communities, all ages, all San Diegans who support equality and justice – to celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist. The 2019 Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held on Friday, May 17, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Proceeds benefit the social services programs of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Visit us at events.thecentersd.org/HMDB for tickets and more information.


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

Free HIV & Hep C Testing at The Center
Along with the OraQuick HIV Rapid Antibody test, The Center also offers the UCSD Early Test, Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm), and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The Early Test is a specialized viral load test that can detect acute (very early stage) HIV infection as soon as one week after potential exposure. HCV (Hepatitis C) Rapid Antibody testing is also available every day. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101 or visit events.thecentersd.org/BTG.

HIV Testing at The Hillcrest Youth Center
While HIV testing is available every day at The Center, testing at the HYC is available for youth. 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. Ages 12-13: 4th Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6pm. Ages 14-18: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30pm and 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, 6:00-7:30pm.

Pruebas de VIH Gratis en Latin@ Services del Centro Communitario LGBT
¡Nuevo! Estamos ofreciendo pruebas de VIH en el Nicole Murray-Ramirez Latin@ Services del Centro Communitario LGBT. Gratis y confidencial. Estamos disponibles para pruebas de VIH cada primer y tercer Jueves. 3-6:00pm. Aqui estamos para apoyarte y guiarte en la manera apropiada para ti. Para más información, ponte en contacto con Marla al mverdugo@thecentersd.org o 619.692.2077 x231.

Mondays, 9:15-10:15am, 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 x211 to make an appointment!


Mondays, 5:30-7pm, Grief and Loss Discussion Group
Peer-lead discussion group relating to issues of grief and loss. Group encompasses all issues relating to loss including: divorce seperation, loss of friendship, employment, loss of pets. This group meets the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday of the month. For more information, contact LaRue at seniors@thecentersd.org

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 @ HYC
Open drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth ages 10-13. A great space to hang out, socialize, connect with mentors, or participate in discussion groups, activities, and workshops. For more information contact hyc@thecentersd.org.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Therapist-lead support group for survivors 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.

Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm, Trans Game Night
Join us for a night of laughs, fun, and unforgettable memories at our new monthly Transgender Game Night! All ages welcome. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase. Third Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact Project TRANS at The Center at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, The Michael Dillon Society
The Michael Dillon Society is a Trans Male social group that meets monthly. This is a space for trans-men to socialize and have a good time. Food and drinks will be provided. This group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Project TRANS at The Center at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

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, Senior Art Group: Drawing and Painting
Artists and emerging artists of all skill levels gather together weekly to enjoy the warm camaraderie of other like-minded artist. This is not a class, each artists learns from one another. Bring the medium of your choice. Explore your innner artist, everyone is welcome. For information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 7pm, Womxn & Femininity Group @ HYC
This is a closed group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 identifying as female, trans woman, or femme to share space, stories, discussions, and community related to the feminine experience. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. For more information contact hyc@thecentersd.org
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Wednesdays, 7pm, Men & Masculinity Group @ HYC
This is a closed group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 identifying as male, trans man, or masc to share space, stories, discussions, and community related to the masculine experience. This group meets the
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. For more information 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, 5:30-8:30pm, 18-24 Year Old Program - ThursTAYS @ HYC
Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 18-24. A great space to hang out, socialize, connect with mentors, or participate in discussion groups, activities, and workshops. For more information 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.

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.


3rd Friday, 7-8pm, Queer POC Group @ HYC
This is a closed group for any youth ages 14-18 LGBTQ+ youth of color to share space, stories, discussions, and community related to their experience in society as people of color. For more information contact hyc@thecentersd.org.

Fridays, 7-9pm, Lesbian Friday Night Meet-Up
Open to lesbians, bisexual women and trans lesbians of all ages. First Friday is a discussion group. Second Friday offers interesting topics such as special presenters, documentaries, creative group participation activities. Third Friday is game night. Fifth Friday is going out for yogurt and playing games or having a discussion. More details about each Friday night can be found at the San Diego lesbian meetup group here: https://www.meetup.com/SanDiegoLesbianMeetup/.

2nd Saturdays, 11am-12:30pm, SPECTRUM
Spectrum is for women of color 18 and up looking to engage in positive stimulating conversations and activities with like-minded multicultural LGBT women. SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, allies) are welcome to attend with their loved ones. For more information contact women@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.

See the full list of Center events and programming here.



Free HIV & Hep CTesting at The Center

Along with the OraQuick HIV Rapid Antibody test, The Center also offers the UCSD Early Test, Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm), and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The Early Test is a specialized viral load test that can detect acute (very early stage) HIV infection as soon as one week after potential exposure. HCV (Hepatitis C) Rapid Antibody testing is also available every day. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101 or visit events.thecentersd.org/BTG.

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

Monday, March 11, 6:00pm. An HIV CURE? Is It Just Around the Corner?
Dr. David Spector from UCSD presents an update on HIV cures from this years Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic infections (CROI). Dr Spector has been a world leader in HIV research for more than 25 years. A light meal will be served to those who register by March 4. Spanish interpretation services must be requested by March 4. The event will be held in the LGBT Center auditorium. Call 619-241-8538 for information. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, March 13, Cygnet Theatre Presents "OUT NIGHT at Cygnet Theatre" featuring Angels in America
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBTQIA community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer with extended happy hour and prizes before the performance on Cygnet's beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio.  We are excited to welcome special guests from San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, who will perform a few numbers for attendees!  Everyone is welcome. A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend. Purchase tickets here.

Wednesday, March 20, 5-7pm, San Diego Leaders - South San Diego County Town Hall
It's time to evolve San Diego's government into a democracy by the people, for the people. At this town hall, you'll learn how to help more people have a seat at the table -- maybe even you. Simultaneous interpretation and childcare will be provided. This town hall is the final of four to be held across the San Diego region, all hosted by San Diego Leaders.
RSVP on EventBrite (FREE) bit.ly/SouthCountyTownHall.

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 31, The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble presents "Fantastic Music And Where To Find It"
The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble presents "Fantastic Music And Where To Find It" featuring outstanding music and composers from the last 100 years including thrilling music from recent hit movies. Two movements from Copland's "Rodeo" will be featured as well as works from Holst, Stravinsky, and Saint Saens. The ensemble will be performing concerts in two different venues. Purchase tickets and learn more here.

Sunday, March 24, 6pm, Mass for Families & Friends of the LGBT Community
All are invited to a Lenten Mass for families and friends of the LGBT Community at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Sunday, March 24 starting at 6pm. For more information visit www.sjesandiego.org.

A message from #CenterSupporter, SDG&E: When you use energy will matter this year
Throughout California, businesses are already paying electricity costs based on when it’s used. Residential households will start making the switch to Time-of-Use pricing plans next month. These plans give you more choice and control for managing your energy use. With these plans, prices are lower all day except between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. when prices are higher. Learn more here.

Transgender Health Services at Family Health Centers of San Diego
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) offers transgender health services with an informed consent model. Informed consent allows you to decide with your medical provider if hormone therapy is right for you and ease the way for your transition. Staff and providers work with you to ensure you don’t have to wait years to receive the care you need. Call 619.876.4462 to speak to our staff about informed consent or visit www.transhealthsd.org.

Getting to Zero
Checkout out The County of San Diego's "Getting to Zero" report here: http://www.sdplanning.org/downloads/reports/. 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. For more information contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

ACLU: Know Your Rights
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