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Notes from Delores
The Center’s fiscal year ended June 30 and we are completing the fiscal year-end reports now. One thing we know already is that The Center continues to experience unprecedented growth. On the program side, last year we provided 61,550 professional service visits to 26,671 unique clients. That’s a 9.2% increase in services and clients in just one year! We consolidated The Center's transgender services and programming into a stand-alone program for our trans community, we continued to expand the focus and number of people served for Family Matters and Senior Services, and both Behavioral Health Services and Latino Services are continuing to grow in size and scope! At the same time, HIV services continues to connect more people with testing and treatment and to find ways to incorporate new prevention strategies.

You help make all of this possible. Thank you so much for all of your continued support and dedication to meeting these important community needs!

Sarafina's Corporate Spotlight

In the Know With Ian
This Sunday our friends at Indigo Salon are hosting a fundraising event fit to celebrate the glamour in all of us. Everyone is welcome. With a suggested $20 donation you’ll enjoy an open bar, a summer themed fashion show for hair and clothing, the opportunity to receive some incredible prizes and more. This is the perfect opportunity to wind down your weekend and support Indigo Salon and the Hillcrest Youth Center. Join us this Sunday, Aug. 3 from 3-6 pm. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Dana Smith
Dana Smith exemplifies the enthusiasm and dedication common to so many of The Center’s volunteers. Since joining The Center in 2010, he’s logged more than 1000 hours of volunteer service! Dana’s primary focus has been his Friday afternoon front desk shift and his weekly shift with the Family Matters Friday morning playgroup, where he can be found playing games, chasing toys, and otherwise entertaining our youngest and most adorable clients. He also volunteers at our monthly food distributions and has helped with special events and programs throughout the years. Volunteers like Dana are essential to the programs, services and events that The Center provides – we couldn’t do it without them!

Saturday (Yes, Saturday!), Sept. 27, 25th Annual AIDS Walk San Diego

Join us as we commemorate the 25th AIDS Walk & Run San Diego with a special weekend of events. There's a new Walk date – SATURDAY, September 27 – and new Walk/Run start and finish lines located in the heart of Hillcrest. Plus, special AIDS Walk events throughout the weekend of Sept. 27-28 honoring our community’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and standing up for those impacted by the disease. Register today 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

Tuesday, July 29, 7 pm, Hormone Therapy: All You Need to Know
Join Project TRANS at The Center for a free informational workshop on hormone therapy, presented by Pride Pharmacy. Learn about compounding, what hormones do, best practices and more. For more information contact Connor Maddocks at or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, July 30, 9:30 am, Feeling Fit Club
This class for older adults meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 am in the auditorium and 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, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Saturday, Aug. 2, 1 pm, Women of Color United
Join Women of Color United at The Center, 3909 Centre Street on the first & third Saturday of every month from 1-3 pm in Latin@ Services. This discussion group is geared specifically towards lesbian, bisexual and transgender women of color. For more information, email

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

How’s Your Health?
Health Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your health, and learning how to get information so that you can understand things about your health. It includes finding a healthcare provider who will understand your unique needs and support you in your healthcare decisions. Find out more on our website.

Shop for Good
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Get Healthy. Get Covered!
Finally uninsured folks can apply for affordable health care coverage. You can visit now to see your Affordable Care Act options OR you can give us a call at 619.692.2077 x106 and ask for Ben. We have several certified educators who can answer basic questions and offer trainings. Get busy - let us help you get healthy!

Yoga for Everyone, Mondays, 10 am
Yoga for Everyone meets at The Center on Mondays at 10 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

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, July 30, 12 noon, 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 Latino Services. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at

Sunday, Aug. 3, 3 pm, LGBT @ Indigo
Fashion has a local focus this summer! Hillcrest’s Salon Indigo is planning a fundraiser called LGBT @ Indigo in support of The Center’s Hillcrest Youth Center on Sunday, August 3, from 3pm to 6pm. The event will include models sporting the latest in summer hair fashions tasting stations from Hillcrest restaurants, summer-inspired cocktails, raffle prizes for spa & beauty treatments and so much more! The money raised will fund activities for the Hillcrest youth center (ages 14-18) including creative and performing arts workshops, support and discussion groups, guest speakers, and social events like Rainbow Prom. Suggested donation is $20. RSVP to Sarafina Scapicchio at

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 9 am, 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.

Tuesdays, Beginning Aug. 5, 9:30 am, Find your potential. Refine your craft.
Join this free, six-week acting class on Tuesdays, 9:30-12:30, in The Center’s auditorium. Class size is limited to maximize individual attention, so registration is required and early registration is recommended. 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 nearly 70 plays nationwide and has been an active member of Actors Alliance of San Diego for 18 years. 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

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6:30 pm, 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 of all ages (21+) 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 or 619.692.2077 x211.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Senior Advisory Committee meets monthly withThe Center’s senior services coordinator to give input on senior programming. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6 pm, LGBT Parents Connect

Having a tough day? Learned the secret to not having a tough day? If you need a sympathetic ear, or if you just want to meet other parents in the area, then this group is for you. If you’ve already dealt with issues such as coming out, temper tantrums, troubled teens or single parenting, come share your experiences and insight. This group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at The Center. Free child care is available if you RSVP by the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact us at 619.692.2077 x121 or

Family Matters
Family Matters, the family program at The Center, is designed to provide resources, education, support and opportunities for community engagement for LGBT-headed families and those considering parenthood. Find out more on our website or contact us at

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.

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

Tuesday, July 29, 5:30 pm, SD County Regional Airport Authority Community Meeting
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is hosting a community input meeting Tuesday, July 29, from 5:30-7 pm at The Center to discuss the Airport’s new development plans. At this meeting the Airport Authority will present some concepts as thought-starters and obtain input and ideas from the public.

Tuesday, July 29, 7 pm, Manning Up Book Release and Reading
Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family, and Themselves is a groundbreaking new anthology featuring the voices of a diverse group of trans men. Join them for a night of celebration and discussion with local contributing authors. Complimentary food and beverage will be served. Books and prints of the cover art will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Zander at or find out more online.

VA LGBT Veterans Survey
Are you a veteran? The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking LGBT veterans to participate in a survey asking about their experiences. You can find the survey here.

Saturday, Aug. 2, 1 pm, 2014 San Diego LGBTQ Spiritual Summit:  Bringing Our Spirituality Out of the Closet
With more and more denominations and spiritual traditions beginning to welcome the LGBTQ community, are you ready to consider reuniting with your spiritual side? Join us for an interactive conversation with a panel of faith leaders from ten different organizations, including Buddhism, Humanism, New Thought, Catholicism, Progressive Christianity and others, discussing their traditions and the evolving face of LGBTQ spirituality. Rev. Canon Albert Ogle will be the keynote speaker. Break-out sessions will include "What the Bible Does and Does NOT Say About Homosexuality," and "Forgiving Religion." Because it's not all fire and brimstone, baby!  Join us Saturday, Aug. 2, from 1-4 pm at The Center.  Learn more at

Saturday, Aug. 9, 6 pm, SDHDF Reunion Party Fundraiser
Don't miss the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation's Reunion Party, featuring celebrity entertainment, valet parking, food, drinks, silent & live auctions and opportunity drawings for dozens of valuable items. Best of all, thanks to generous sponsors, every dollar you spend on a ticket, auction item, opportunity drawing or give as a donation goes to work to support non-profits serving our San Diego County LGBT seniors. Among the beneficiaries is The Center, whose senior programs and services will receive 40% of the funds you raise. Buy your tickets today at

Friday, Sept. 19, 6 pm, Out on the Mountain
Make plans for the LGBT night at Six Flags Magic Mountain, when the entire park is closed except for this private party event. Join more than 6,000 for a night of fun with thrill rides, DJs, hosts, dancers, and entertainers including RuPaul's Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards. The party begins Friday, Sept. 19 from 6 pm-1 am. Buy your tickets at