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We're very happy to announce three new folks joining us at The Center. Help us welcome them!

Cara Dessert, Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer
Cara Dessert will return to The Center as the Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer on July 14. The Center’s Public Policy and Community Organizing Coordinator from 2007-2009, Cara was most recently the executive director of Immigration Equality, focused on LGBT immigrant rights. Prior to that, she worked for the California Department of Justice in the Office of the Attorney General as a deputy attorney general in the Public Rights Division, Consumer Law Section.

Denice Williams, HIV Testing Coordinator
Denice Williams has joined The Center team as the HIV testing coordinator. Denice  worked at The Center previously as the Youth Housing Project Coordinator and left to complete her Master’s degree in Social Work. Having completed her MSW, Denice is also a certified HIV test counselor with experience in HIV testing, case management and contract oversight.

David Vance, PrEP Coordinator
David Vance has joined The Center team as our new PrEP coordinator. He has experience volunteering for our #BeTheGeneration campaign and the Hillcrest Youth Center. David is also a member of the 2016 Young Professionals Council Academy class. He has a passion for strengthening education and prevention methods surrounding HIV/AIDS and is very excited to join our team.

In the Know with Ian

Holiday Hours
The Center will be closed Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday. Regular hours resume at 9am on Tuesday, July 5.

Your donations change lives. As our fiscal year comes to an end, help change lives by helping The Center do everything we can for every community member who will reach out to us in the next year.
Thank you so much for your ongoing generosity! And thank you to everyone who joined us for MARYAH's Summer Solstice at the Del! MARYAH is a group of real estate professionals whose goal is to provide additional, supportive funding for the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Youth Housing Project - an innovative program to help homeless youth. We can't thank them enough for their incredible dedication and generosity.

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Spotlight Events

Tuesday, June 28, 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, June 28, 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.

Wednesday, June 29, 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 call 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, June 29, 5:30pm, Pride World Forum
Meet LGBT civil rights leaders from around the world! Join San Diego Pride, the San Diego Diplomacy Council, and The Center for a forum of LGBT movement leaders from around the globe. Six members of the contingent from around the world will participate in a panel discussion, with the opportunity to ask them about their work and human rights issues around the globe. The event will be held at The Center with doors opening at 5:30pm, panel presentation at 6pm, and a mixer at 7pm. For more information contact the San Diego Diplomacy Council at 619.291.8105 or find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/1163190047045755.

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

HIV Testing at The Center
Free HIV 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.

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.


Tuesday, June 28, 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, June 28, 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, June 28, 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.

Tuesday, June 28, 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, June 28, 9am to 11am, 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 9am to 11am 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, June 28, 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.

Wednesday, June 29, 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 call 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, June 29, 5:30pm, Pride World Forum
Meet LGBT civil rights leaders from around the world! Join San Diego Pride, the San Diego Diplomacy Council, and The Center for a forum of LGBT movement leaders from around the globe. Six members of the contingent from around the world will participate in a panel discussion, with the opportunity to ask them about their work and human rights issues around the globe. The event will be held at The Center with doors opening at 5:30pm, panel presentation at 6pm, and a mixer at 7pm. For more information contact the San Diego Diplomacy Council at 619.291.8105 or find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/1163190047045755.

Tuesday, July 5, 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, July 6, 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, July 6, 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.

Thursday, July 7, 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 here at The Center.   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.

Lunes, July 11, 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.

Wednesday, July 13, 10am, Groundbreaking of San Diego's First LGBT Senior Community
Community HousingWorks and the San Diego LGBT Community Center invite you to join us at 4200 Texas Street in celebrating the groundbreaking of 76 affordable apartments in North Park. Open to all seniors, this development is a collaboration with the San Diego LGBT Community Center to provide an affirming and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors. Please RSVP at this link by Friday, July 9th or email events@chworks.org.

Wednesday, July 13 & 27, 7pm, FTM Support Group
Join the guys from 7-9 pm during our regularly scheduled meetings. Significant others are welcome for the 2nd Wednesday of every month meeting and on the 4th Wednesday of every month meet as a separate group with anyone who is a SOFFA (significant other, friends, family or ally) of a Trans person. For more information, please contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, July 13 & 27, 7pm, Transgender SOFFA Support 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.

Saturday, July 16, 11am, 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. The group meets on the first and third Saturdays monthly from 11am-1pm. It will meet only once in July, due to the July 4th holiday weekend. SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, allies) are welcome to attend with their loved ones. For more information, contact us at 619.692.2077 x202, or smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, July 19, 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, July 19, 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, July 20, 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, July 23, Rainbow Prom!
Don't be late for this very important date! Join Hillcrest Youth Center and other LGBTQ youth and allies ages 14-18 to enjoy an evening of music, dancing, food, friends and fun. This year's theme is Alice in Wonderland - dress as your favorite character, in your fanciest attire or in whatever makes you most comfortable. This is a FREE event, but all youth will need to register at Rainbow Prom (or you can skip the line and pre-register at the Hillcrest Youth Center starting July 1). Questions? E-mail hyc@thecentersd.org or call 619.497.2920.

Friday, July 29, 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.

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EP - (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

What PrEP Can and Can't Do  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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Community Events

Wednesday, June 29, NGLCC Roadshow
The NGLCC Roadshow is designed for businesses that are LGBT-owned and –operated, where business owners will learn about LGBT Business Enterprise certification. They can learn about specific opportunities unique to California and, hear from other certified business owners, and learn about many of the local resources available to help them grow their business. The LGBT business community faces unique challenges and opportunities, and the NGLCC Roadshow will help break down many barriers and help businesses grow their business. For more information, visit bit.ly/SanDiegoRoadshow.

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.

Update Your Info

We want to make sure we get the details right! If you're moving, changing your email, or if we got your contact info wrong, let us know! You can update everything online here or contact us at 619.692.2077 x107 or vcosio@thecentersd.org if you'd like us to do it for you.

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