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Make A Plan and Vote  - 
The Center Is A Polling Location!
October 26, 2020

Dear Center Community,

The 2020 Election is here, with the final day to vote on Tuesday, November 3rd, and we all know how critically important this Election is to our community. As we have shared before, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters has sent every voter in the County their ballot through the mail – if you have not yet received your ballot, contact the Registrar’s office at (858) 565-5800. The time is now to make your voting plan! Once you complete your entire ballot, please be sure to seal, sign, and date it. Then you can mail it through the US Postal Service, drop it off at a ballot drop off location, drop it off at the Registrar’s office, or turn it in at a polling location.
If you need to vote in person, please note that there are limited polling locations and it’s likely that your traditional location has changed.

The Center is proud to be serving as a Polling Location. 
  • The Center will be open for in-person voting and ballot drop-off from Saturday, October 31st – Monday, November 2nd from 8am – 5pm; and on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, from 7am – 8pm.
  • You may register to vote, and vote, at The Center during the above dates and times.
  • We expect this to be one of the highest voter turnout elections in modern history, so please prepare for longer than usual lines.
  • Tuesday, November 3rd is MTS Free Ride Day. Conveniently located a block away from a major bus line, The Center is easy to access via public transportation, has a large parking lot, and is centrally located in a walkable community.
  • All who are registered to vote are welcome to vote at The Center regardless of where you live. If you are not registered to vote, you may still register and vote at The Center. Poll workers will be available on site to direct you and provide your voting options, whether you are registered or still need to register. 
Please visit for up-to-date voting information. If you have any questions about registering or voting, The Center is here for you! Please contact
Let’s all make a plan to vote and be sure that our voices are heard in this Election!
-Cara Dessert (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)
Chief Executive Officer

PS: Don't forget that this upcoming weekend, Daylight Savings Time ends and we set our clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2am! 
San Diego is experiencing a housing crisis and our LGBTQ community is significantly impacted. The San Diego LGBT Community Center is extremely proud of our work to help LGBTQ people who are experiencing housing insecurity or experiencing homelessness. Given our long-standing work to end homelessness and provide support services, The San Diego LGBT Community Center is proud to support ballot Measure A for the City of San Diego. The Center believes that San Diego cannot begin to seriously address its housing crisis without addressing the core issue: our region needs more affordable and permanent supportive housing. Measure A would create a $900 million housing bond to construct new affordable and permanent supportive housing and gives voters the opportunity to make an investment in being able to substantially make a difference for the unsheltered community in San Diego. For more information in support of Measure A, visit
As a part of our anti-racism work and continued advocacy for police accountability and transparency, The San Diego LGBT Community Center proudly supports ballot Measure B for the City of San Diego. The Center believes the LGBTQ community is best served when there is a strong, transparent, and honest police oversight process. If passed, Measure B will amend the City of San Diego’s charter by transforming the current Community Review Board on Police Practices (CRB) from an ineffective board, into an independent Commission on Police Practices with real oversight powers. This new Commission would receive all complaints made against police officers, have its own legal counsel, have the power to undertake independent misconduct investigations, make their findings public, and hold officers more accountable for their actions. For more information in support of Measure B, visit

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

The Center is serving as a Polling Location on Tuesday, November 3rd, so we want to let you know that the date of the Neighborhood Food Bank has changed. This community Food Bank will be held one week later, on Tuesday, November 10th from 7:30am - 10:30am in The Center's parking lot at 3909 Centre Street. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at or contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at 619.692.2077 x214 or
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. 
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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