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An Unprecedented Election with Unprecedented Turnout
October 19, 2020

Dear Center Community,

Voting has begun all around the United States, with huge turnout, long lines, and unprecedented interest in the Election. According to the U.S. Elections Project, as of this past Saturday, over 26 million people have voted already. We are so proud to let you know that there are over 500 LGBTQ candidates appearing on the November ballot; we are heartened that the candidates reflect a rich diversity of our community and are hopeful for the change they will create for our future. 

The Center knows how critical this election is and want to provide as much information as possible for you to exercise this important right.  With many changes to how ballots are able to be cast in this Election, it's vital that we all make a voting plan today and be sure we vote by Tuesday, November 3rd.

By now, all registered voters should have received their ballot in the mail. If your voter information is up to date and your mail ballot hasn’t arrived, please call the Voter Registrar’s office at (858) 565-5800 or email The Center’s  Civic Engagement team for assistance. If you’ve received your ballot, please make a plan – decide who you are going to vote for, fill out your entire ballot,  seal it in the yellow envelope, and sign and date the envelope. Then plan how you will turn in your ballot. Options include: mail it back in the pre-paid postage envelope to any U.S. Postal Service office or USPS collection box; drop your ballot off at one of 126 mail ballot drop-off locations around the county; or vote in person at one of the limited in-person polling locations open beginning Saturday, October 31st through Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd. The Center is proud to be a polling location during that time frame! 

To ensure your ballot is received and counted, you can now track your ballot by signing up for Where’s My Ballot? You’ll get notifications when the mail ballot is sent to you, when it arrives back at the Registrar’s office, and when it’s counted.

Please join all of us at The Center by making a plan to vote and have your voice heard this election!

In Community,
-Cara Dessert (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)
Chief Executive Officer
The Center wants to provide you as much information as possible so you can vote, and we've created the above resource to ensure you have up-to-date information. The Center is proud to be a polling location, but feel free to click here to find a polling location near you

Whether you've voted in many Elections or are new to the process, The Center is here to help you with any questions you may have.  Please contact us at for information! 

Rebekah Hook-Held
(Pronouns: She/Her/Hers) 
Chief Public Affairs & Civic Engagement Officer 

Join us for The Benjamin F. Dillingham, III & Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor 2020 Induction Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 6-7 pm livestreamed from The Center’s Facebook page. The evening will include a brief program with celebration of military colors, the National Anthem, announcement of inductees, and special remarks.
The Benjamin F. Dillingham, III and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor recognizes LGB veterans who served under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and transgender veterans with ties to San Diego who have taken the oath to serve our country and have done so honorably, and with distinction, acting as role models in advancing equality. The Veterans Wall commemorates these veterans' lives in hopes that their courage, bravery and sacrifices will continue to inspire future generations. To RSVP, click here. 
Join San Diego Women’s Chorus for Together/Apart featuring selections that express the collective longing, joy, sadness and strength we experience, as families and friends attempt to stay connected with each other, despite not being able to be together physically.

The challenges of the COVID pandemic have led each of us to appreciate the value of our personal connections, and have forced many of us to find novel ways of maintaining those connections. The show will feature songs that illustrate these timely sentiments, including “Somewhere Out There,” “Scarborough Fair,” and “(Has Anybody Seen The) Choir.” The Chorus will be joined virtually by special guests, including Phoenix Women’s Chorus, San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines, an ensemble from Cincinnati Gay Men’s Chorus and dancers/movement artists.

The concert event will premiere online on Saturday, October 24th at 7pm, with a repeat streaming on Sunday, October 25th at 4pm on the San Diego Women’s Chorus YouTube channel:
During this time, it's more important than ever to stay connected via Zoom. The Center has meetings, discussions, and groups for everyone! Please visit our website, visit The Center's Facebook page, or call us at 619.692.2077 x 211 to find the right one for you. Reach out and connect today! 
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If you are in crisis or considering suicide, you are not alone. There are resources and help available for you:
  • Trans Lifeline: 1.877.565.8860 - For trans or nonbinary folx in the US
  • Trevor Project Lifeline: 1.866.488.7386 - For LGBT youth (18-24)
  • National Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.8255 - For all ages & identities
  • San Diego Access and Crisis Line: 1.888.724.7240 - Free suicide prevention/intervention hotline in San Diego County
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