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Notes from Delores
Friday night was one of those amazing, magical evenings at the Wall of Honor induction. It was so many things simultaneously. It was a chance for a community to honor some of its heroes, a group of visionary, determined and dedicated folks who, with their courage and compassion, changed the world for their LGBT community. It was watching groups of people who hadn’t seen each other in months or years reconnect. It was those who are the next generation of heroes paying homage to those whose courage blazed a path and whose patience taught them so much, allowing them to carry the torch forward. All while the third generation of emerging leaders - the generation who will take social justice and equality even further - watched and listened, amazed by just how much a small group can do. It was an evening of magic, inspiration, connection, laughter - community. #unbrokenchain, #togetherforequality&justice

Brandon's Center Connection
On May 22nd, Harvey Milk’s birthday, we will celebrate his life and legacy in the State of California. This year will be an extra special Harvey Milk Day because we are holding the 6th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on the same day as his birthday.  We will be announcing more exciting details about the event soon.  We are already more than half-way sold-out, so click here to get your table today.

Sarafina's Corporate Spotlight

In the Know With Ian
Tables are quickly selling for the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Thursday, May 22 at the Hilton Bayfront. This event brings together more than 1,000 diverse San Diego – business, labor, Democrats, Republicans, all communities, all ages, all San Diegans who support equality and justice. There’s no better way to start this year’s Harvey Milk Day. Tables or individual tickets can be purchased at www.harveymilkbreakfast.com and benefit all the social programs of The Center. Hope will never be silent – Harvey Milk

Volunteer Spotlight: Deb Daniels
Volunteering for San Diego’s LGBT community has been a way of life for Deb Daniels for more than 20 years.  In addition to her many years of service to San Diego Pride and the Hillcrest Business Association, Deb has logged more than 600 hours of service with The Center, predominantly with Family Matters, AIDS Walk & Run, and our monthly community food distributions.  According to Deb, “I don’t like to stand still.” We can definitely attest to that.

SAVE THE DATE
Dining Out for Life® San Diego is right around the corner! Where will you dine on Thursday, April 24? For a list of participating restaurants, visit us at events.thecentersd.org/DOFL.
The 2014 Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held on the official Harvey Milk Day - Thursday, May 22. To purchase your tickets or for more info visit
www.harveymilkbreakfast.com!

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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, April 16, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Men’s Health Over 50 
Dr. Mike Hsieh will discuss low testosterone, a medical condition that can cause symptoms such as reduced energy and sexual dysfunction, among others. Dr. Hsieh will discuss the consequences of hormonal imbalance and available options such as testosterone supplementation therapy. For information on this event and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Thursday, April 17, 7 pm, at the Center Getting to Know the T in the LGBT 
Please join us for an open and affirming Transgender Education Panel Discussion.  We would like to invite all our allies and LGB Brothers and Sisters who would like to learn more about the Transgender Community.  We hope to educate and share our experiences with you to help everyone gain a better understanding of the Trans Community.  It is our hope that we can share experiences on both sides so everyone walks away with a better sense of who we are and what part we play in the Community as a whole.  Please spread the word and join us on Thursday April 17 at the Center for this special event.

Friday, April 18, 6 pm, Hillcrest Youth Center Talent & Art Show
The 3rd Annual Queer Youth Arts Festival is our way of bringing an end to the National Day of Silence with a festival of visual and performing arts celebration. WJoin us in the Center auditorium from 6-9 for visual art (paintings, sculpture, photography, etc.), D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) videos, poems/spoken word, dance and musical theatre. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Sophia Arredondo at hyc@thecentersd.org

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.

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Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Youth Essay Contest
If you're attending a San Diego County high school, be sure to check out the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Essay Contest, sponsored by Cox Communications. The winner will receive a cash prize and an iPad Mini with Retina display. Check out the information packet for additional details at events.thecentersd.org/essay or contact rhook@thecentersd.org. Essays are due Friday, April 25.

Tuesday, April 15, 9 am, Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Informational Town Hall
Join Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Assembly Majority Leader and Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins, local veterans and community leaders for a briefing and kickoff for Prop 41 at Veterans Village of San Diego (4141 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, 92110) on Tuesday, April 15 at 9 am. Prop 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014, was unanimously passed in both the California State Senate and Assembly and signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The measure will reallocate $600 million dollars in unused bonds formerly approved by voters and expand its use from solely assisting veterans’ mortgages for single family homes, mobile homes and farms, to now using the money for transitional, supportive and multi-family housing options for veterans and their families. For more information and to RSVP, email toni@atkinsforassembly.com.

Tuesday, April 22, 5 pm, Meet the Mayor
On April 22, from 5-6:30 pm at The Center, Mayor Kevin Faulconer will host a "Meet the Mayor" event. He will speak with San Diegans about his vision for the City and then listen to concerns and take questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public. The mayor plans to hold a "Meet the Mayor" event in every City Council district in the coming months. For more information, visit the Facebook event

Thursday, April 24, Dining Out for Life® San Diego!
On the last Thursday in April each year, thousands of San Diegans Dine Out to Fight AIDS. Dining Out for Life® is an international fundraising event involving the generous participation of restaurants throughout the country. Restaurants and bars across San Diego (91 so far!) pledge to donate 25-100% of that day’s food and liquor sales to benefit HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs at The Center. Visit us at events.thecentersd.org/DOFL and check out the list of participating restaurants or find us on Facebook!

Thursday, April 24, 12 noon, Living Well with Parkinson’s
Join 50 and Better Together in the Center library as Charlotte King-Mills covers Parkinson’s diagnosis and progression, associated symptoms and the differences between PD Dementia and Alzheimer’s, management of symptoms through therapies, medication and surgery, and local resources.  For further information, please contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Friday, April 25, 7 pm, Sapphic Cinema
Come join us for a free movie night! We will be featuring films by and about lesbian, bisexual, transgender and strong women. This month’s featured film will be “Pariah”. Dee Rees writes and directs Pariah which was inspired by her own coming out story. This film features a Brooklyn teenager that juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. Sapphic Cinema will take place in the CRR with concessions for donation. There will be a group discussion to follow. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.


Saturday, April 26, Project Trans Cosmetology Workshop
Join us again as Stephanie Picazo walks the participants through more detailed pointers on hair and make-up techniques. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at 619.692.2077 x109 or trans@thecentersd.org.

Sunday, April 27, 12 noon, Clothesline Project
Join the WRC as we host our first annual Clothesline Project at The Center. The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide. If you would like to participate and/or decorate your own shirt please contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.682.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.

Monday, April 28, 6 pm, Meet the Chief
Join us in the Center auditorium from 6-7:30 pm as San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman shares her vision for the San Diego Police Department and answers questions on various community policing topics. Chief Zimmerman was promoted to Chief of Police on March 4, 2014, and is a 31-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department.

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, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

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 onduty@thecentersd.org. For more information, visit www.thecentersd.org/programs/behavioral-health-services.

Community Events

Thursday, April 15, 6:30 pm, Gay Men’s Spiritual Discussion Group
More and more people are becoming interested in spirituality from a broad perspective, investigating the natural laws of nature and discovering how these natural laws impact their lives. This expanding view of spirituality over the past few decades has had an impact on religion, as many have become more spiritual in our focus but not necessarily more religious. Are you one of these people? Are you interested in spirituality, esotericism and mysticism? If so, share your journey with spirituality. Each meeting will focus on a specific topic. The intent of this group is personal experience and sharing, not promoting any particular philosophy or approach. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8 pm in Room 2. (PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a meeting in May, but the regular schedule resumes in June.) For additional information contact Mike Guarino at Guarino26@MSN.com.

Thursday, April 17, To Be Takei
Pacific Arts Movement presents TO BE TAKEI as its Opening Night Film of the 4th Annual Asian Film Spring Showcase on Thursday, April 17 at the Ultrastar Hazard Center, with George Takei scheduled to appear. Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film TO BE TAKEI, an Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the twenty-first century. Now at 76, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the voice for marriage equality, and proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever.
More information can be found at http://festival.sdaff.org/spring2014/films/to-be-takei.

Sunday, April 20, 1 pm, Live and Let Live Alano Club Easter Bonnet Social
Join the Alano Club for a clean and sober Easter Bonnet Social. For details, visit the website.

Ryan White Services Regional Community Meetings
The San Diego County Ryan White Services Regional Community Meetings serve as another tool that the San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council and the Prevention Group use to gather information on the needs of the community. The Planning Council is responsible for planning services for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego County and for allocating founding for these services under the federal Ryan White program. Now is the time to have a say about the services in your region.
To find out more about the meetings, or for more information on the work of the San Diego HIV Planning Council, visit the website at www.sdplanning.org. The meetings are as follows:
Southeast San Diego: Tuesday, April 15, 5:30-7:30 pm, Jacobs Center
Central San Diego: Wednesday, April 16, 11 am-1 pm, San Diego Community LGBT Center
East County: Friday, April 25, 2-4 pm, El Cajon Public Library
South Bay: Monday, April 28, 6-8 pm, CASA