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Families @ The Center

Here at the Center we believe family is whomever you define as family - your family of choice. That family of choice includes anyone you feel has cared about, supported, mentored or nurtured your development. Members of a family of choice can be blood related, non-blood related, or both, so our family programs are designed to include all LGBTQ family configurations – that means parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and other extended family members of LGBTQ children and youth. It also means the LGBTQ parents, grandparents, aunt, uncles, siblings and other extended family members of all children and youth, AND all the family members of choice who provide you, your child/youth/young adult with community and support. We know that families thrive and grow through the inclusion of many different members and all are welcome to take part in our program.

Family services include:

  • Information and referrals regarding schools, healthcare, housing and voting
  • Immigration and naturalization information and other family services
  • Educational and skill-building opportunities
  • Social and recreational opportunities and services

For more information, contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

Transforming Family
This is a support group for families with gender-diverse children. Transforming Family provides a supportive environment for children, adolescents and their families to explore issues of gender identity. The goal is to empower children and families to create supportive and inclusive environments in which gender may be freely expressed and respected. The group meets on the first Sunday and the third Friday of every month. Friday meetings are designed for parents and Sunday meetings welcome children as well, with a playgroup and teen support. For more information, please contact us at monica@transformingfamily.org or trans@thecentersd.org.
First Sunday of the month & Third Friday of the month, at The Center

Mi Familia
Un grupo para personas que tienen familiares que son Gay, Lesbiana, Bisexual, o Transgenero. Este grupo es para educar, apoyar, y comprender a nuestros hijos. Invitamos a padres, madres, hermanos o hermanas, tios/as, o cualquier familiar a participar en platicas del grupo.

This is a Spanish-speaking support group for Latino families with LGBT members. The group provides education, support, understanding and a safe and understanding space to share stories and concerns. It is facilitated by parents who share their experiences and their process of coming to understand and support their LGBT children. All family members are welcome.

South Bay Mi Familia: 2nd Mondays from 6-8pm. For location, please contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.

Hillcrest Mi Familia: 3rd Mondays, 6-8pm at The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.
Second Monday of the month, 6-8pm in The South Bay (for location contact Ricardo at latinos@thecentersd.org) & Third Monday of the month, 6-8pm at The Center

Hillcrest Youth Center Hours for 10-13 Year Olds
The Hillcrest Youth Center is a youth-only LGBTQ+ space that is open for 10-13 year olds on Tuesday nights 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.
Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm at Hillcrest Youth Center


Families at The Center presents: Conversations & Connections
Are you a parent or guardian of an LGBTQ+ youth? We would love to have you join us for Conversations & Connections. This meetup is designed to provide support to parents/guardians of LGBTQ+ youth. Conversations & Connections is a safe space to find community and a place to discuss how to support your LGBTQ+ youth. Light refreshments will be served. This group will meet every 1st Tuesday of the month. Questions? Contact Em Jackson at families@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x212.
First Tuesday of the month, 6-7:15pm at The Center

Children's Playgroup
Come 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.
Last Friday of the month, 9:30-11:30am at The Center

Free Family Movie Night
Join us at Family Movie night every third Friday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Come in your favorite pajamas and bring your sleeping bag or blanket. Enjoy popcorn and snacks while you watch a family-friendly movie. For more information, contact us at
families@thecentersd.org.
Third Friday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm at The Center