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Community Resources

Bruce M. Abrams Lending Library

The Bruce M. Abrams Lending Library is available to all who want to borrow books significant to our heritage, do research, learn about health issues, or read or study in a quiet place. With over 4,500 books our library stocks fiction, non-fiction, journals, and up-to-date information on HIV and AIDS. The library is located in the Community Resource Room, and books can be checked out at the front desk. The Lending Library is open during normal business hours.

The library has a collection of over 4,500 books, and continues to accept donations of books that are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV/AIDS related. For more information call (619) 692-2077 or email library@thecentersd.org.


Community Coalition Breakfast

Since its inception in October 2003, the Community Coalition Breakfast has become a staple for members of San Diego’s LGBT leadership, politicians and candidates, and for organizations collaborating with The Center. Information presented at the Community Coalition breakfasts over the past year has made audiences aware of important issues affecting San Diego's LGBT community.

The Community Coalition Breakfast takes place quarterly on the third Friday of the month, from 7:30-9 am at The Center, 3909 Centre St. Its mission is to bring together fair-minded individuals to network, educate and discuss the diverse issues of concern to LGBT and allied neighbors and citizens of San Diego. A full breakfast is available for a $10 donation; coffee and tea are complimentary. RSVPs are not required.

ASL interpretation will be provided upon request, which must be sent to publicaffairs@thecentersd.org at least seven working days before the event.


Discussion and Coming Out groups

One of The Center's oldest and longest continually running programs, The Discussion Group Program began in 1978. Since their inception, discussion groups have often been a community member's first contact with the LGBT community. Facilitated by peers, discussion groups were created to provide a safe, social and educational space for community members to experience decreased isolation, an increased sense of belonging, and an opportunity to share their struggles and victories. Groups are held at The Center, 3909 Centre Street and all community members are welcome!

The Center also provides professional counseling groups. Click here to view the Counseling and Behavioral Health Services page.


The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble

An official program of The Center, the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble has provided all citizens of Greater San Diego access to fine instrumental music from classical to pop to jazz for over 20 years. The Ensemble performs three to four concerts yearly, as well as Twilight in the Park at the Balboa Park Organ Pavilion. This program is targeted towards LGBT musicians, but all members of the San Diego community are welcome. Musicians interested in joining should be over 18 years of age and proficient on their instrument to an advanced high school or college level. For more information, visit the website at www.hillcrestwindensemble.com.


San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council

In the Summer of 2003, in response to the feedback of many community organizations and stakeholders, The Center hosted the first meeting of the Community Leadership Council. This group consists of the board and staff members and appointed representatives who lead our more than 40 LGBT and allied community organizations.

The council meets at least monthly to provide a formal vehicle for community organizations to: create a vision and strategize for the future of San Diego’s LGBT community; create stronger collaborations to leverage limited resources and address the needs of our community; and strategize ways to provide leadership development for our community organizations.

The mission of the San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council is to support and enhance the business, political, cultural, and community life of the San Diego LGBT community by providing a stable, effective, and on-going collaborative mechanism through which LGBT community organizations can effectively exchange information, coordinate community activities, collaborate on community projects, and provide coordinated community leadership.

The San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council meets the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at The Center, 3909 Centre Street. Organizations interested in sending a representative should contact djacobs@thecentersd.org.


Transgender Resources

Resources are available to the transgender community at The Center and around San Diego. There are discussion, support and social groups for transgender people of all ages from youth to seniors. Free and confidential services also include a health clinic and a state-wide legal advocacy organization.

Discussion Groups at The Center
http://www.thecentersd.org/programs/discussion-groups

San Diego FTM/SO Support Groups
The San Diego FTM (Female-to-Male)/SO (Significant Other) Support Groups welcome FTMs or gender questioning individuals assigned female at birth, who feel that gender assignment is no longer complete or accurate. The group has twice-monthly support meetings and social gatherings at The Center, 7-9 pm. The second Wednesday welcomes allies and significant others and the fourth Wednesday is reserved for those who fall under the transgender masculine spectrum. FTMI San Diego also maintains a Yahoo group.
http://ftmi.org/
619.692.2077 x109
cmaddocks@thecentersd.org

Genderqueer Discussion Group
Genderqueer San Diego welcomes all people who are non-binary transgender, genderqueer, agender, genderless, neutrois, androgyne, bigender, two-spirit, genderbender, genderfluid, genderblender, other-gendered, two-spirit, gender-neutral, gender non-conforming, intersex, and anyone whose gender does not fit neatly into the binary (man or woman). Allies are also welcome to attend the discussion group that meets monthly.
http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoGQ
http://GQSD.wordpress.com/

Neutral Corner
A supportive self-help and social group for people who cross-dress, identify as transgender or transsexual and their significant others, Neutral Corner meets monthly.
http://www.myneutralcorner.com
619.685.3696     
neutral-corner@yahoo.com

North Park Family Health Center
The Tuesday Night Clinic at NPFHC provides assistance with accessing health and social services, case management, monitored hormone therapy, supportive services for those at-risk for HIV and STDs, and transition related issues.
http://www.fhcsd.org/services/hiv.cfm
619.515.2449

Transgender Law Center
The TLC works for and with transgender people and allies to change laws, policies and attitudes. It provides resources on ID changes, employment, healthcare, safe bathrooms and schools, leadership development.
http://transgenderlawcenter.org
415.865.0176

Transgenero 2000
Este grupo se lleba acabo de 6 a 8 pm, es un grupo abierto a familias, amigos y personas que quieran comprender y dar apoyo a trangeneros, en este grupo se dan diferentes temas educativos y tambien las chicas comparten sus experiencias de la vida. El grupo se fundo en abril del año 2000.
Friday/Viernes, 6-8 pm, The Center
Held in Spanish, Transgenero 2000 is a discussion group for transgender women.


Young Professionals Council

 The Young Professionals Council is a diverse group of young LGBT professionals and allies, dedicated to the preservation and future growth of The San Diego LGBT Community Center. The mission of YPC is to cultivate a community of young leaders dedicated to supporting The San Diego LGBT Community Center so that it may continue to serve future generations.

The YPC promotes a culture of service, leadership and camaraderie among LGBT people under 40 while continuing to cultivate a community of compassion and strength.

For more information, visit the YPC Facebook page.