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Monday, July 22, 2019


Message from Cara Dessert, The Center’s CEO

We’ve had a great response to our community-wide survey regarding the future of The San Diego LGBT Community Center – many thanks to all of you who have participated so far.
If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do and share it! As you may know, the survey is an important part of The Center’s strategic planning process. To do the best future planning possible, we need to hear from as many people as we can to accurately capture the full diversity of ideas and hopes dreams our community has for the future of Our Center. Your voice in this planning process is crucial and will help The Center most effectively serve our community. To participate in The Center’s survey online today in either English or Spanish, use the links below.
As part of The Center’s plan to get input for our strategic plan in order to better serve our community, we’d like to specially invite you to an upcoming Town Hall for the Black LGBTQ Community at The Center on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 6-7:30pm.
This event is aimed at centering Black LGBTQ voices within our community as an opportunity for The Center’s leadership and strategic planning committee to listen to the community and collect feedback on how we can better serve the Black LGBTQ community. This special evening is co-sponsored by The Gender Phluid Collective: PoC LGBTQ+Support, San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition and Unity Fellowship Church Movement. While all are invited to attend, black LGBTQ voices and their families’ will be centered! We’re looking forward to listening to open and honest feedback from members of San Diego’s Black LGBTQ community. Please join -- dinner and refreshments will be provided.
Lastly, The Center is seeking nominations for the Benjamin F. Dillingham, III and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor through August 9, 2019 (extended deadline).
Since 2011, our LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor recognizes LGB veterans who served under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and transgender veterans, all with ties to San Diego who have taken the oath to serve our country and have done so with distinction, acting as role models in advancing equality. It is a great opportunity to recognize and honor our servicemembers and their contributions to our community and country.
This year’s LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30pm at The Center. The LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor nomination form and additional information can be found here.

Thank you!

In The Know With Ian

As we sail through the summer, we are coasting right into AIDS Walk & Run San Diego on Saturday, September 28. The 30th Annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego will once again take place at the Pride Flag on Normal Street, in the heart of Hillcrest. This year is very special as we commemorate 30 years with the walk and run, an exciting opening ceremonies, and some special additions and surprises. As the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego County, this year's event will continue to grant funds out to local HIV/AIDS organizations. Register today as an individual or team and create memories with friends, families, co-workers, and community.
We're thankful for these partners and the fantastic work they continue to do all year long.
2018 AIDS Walk & Run San Diego Funding Recipients.
Being Alive
Christie's Place
Family Health Centers
Fraternity House
Mama's Kitchen
North County LGBTQ Resource Center
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
San Diego Youth Services
San Ysidro Health Center
Stepping Stone
UCSD The HIV Institute
UCSD Mother, Child & Adolescent HIV Program
Vista Community Clinic

Center Program Spotlight

Latin@ Services

The first program of its kind in the nation, The Center’s Latin@ Services has been providing a safe, welcoming and culturally and linguistically appropriate space for a range of services for over 15 years. Latin@ Services allows community members to accept and embrace all aspects of their lives, including their culture, traditions, language, spirituality and sexual and gender identities. For more information, visit us online or contact Ricardo Gallego at or 619.692.2077 x116.

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 22, 5:30-8pm, Transgender & Nonbinary Identities: A Community Training

The transgender community is incredibly diverse. Some transgender people identify as male or female, & some identify as nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, or somewhere else outside the gender binary. This training will leave you with a higher level of understanding of transgender & nonbinary identities, as well as offer better competency with using gender-neutral pronouns.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center's Training Institute Presents a Free Community Training & Panel on Monday, July 22. A free dinner will be served at 5:30 pm. The training and panel will be from 6-8pm. RSVP at the Facebook event.

The Center is wheelchair accessible. For additional accessibility requests or more information, please contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at 619.692.2077 x214 or 72-hour advance notice for ASL interpreters is much appreciated.

Tuesday, July 23, 6-8pm, The Fight for LGBT Rights

Join ACLU NextGen and The Center for snacks, drinks, and conversation about the fight for transgender rights, featuring ACLU Staff Attorney Melissa DeLeon and The Center's Transgender Services Coordinator Deja Cabrera. "The Fight for LGBT Rights" will be an opportunity for you to socialize with supporters of LGBT rights while learning about efforts (both inside and outside the courtroom) to protect and defend transgender community members. Learn more here.

Spotlight Event

Thursday, July 23, 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 every 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 or contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.
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Community Events

Saturday, July 27- Sunday, July 28, San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Presents: The Music of CHER!
Join the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus for a Cher extravaganza! This show will feature Cher’s early days singing “I Got You Babe” with Sonny to her comeback sailor-boy smash “If I Could Turn Back Time” to her smoldering, scene-stealing “Fernando” from Mamma Mia 2! Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Thursday, Aug. 1 - Sunday, Aug. 4, Gender Odyssey, San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
The 18th Annual Gender Odyssey Conference focuses on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse children, their families and supporters, and professionals who serve them. Since 2001, Gender Odyssey has evolved into an annual event that attracts hundreds of people from across North America and around the world. On any given year, Gender Odyssey offers over 70 informative and empowering workshops, films, receptions, performances and the chance to make lifelong friends. Learn more here.

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