San Diego The Center: Events, Announcements, and Action Alerts

Get ready for February events!

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News from The Center

January 25, 2016

In the Know with Ian


Masquerade 2016Join us for Masquerade, a Mardi Gras celebration on Thursday, Feb. 11 at The Brick in Liberty Station. It’s an amazing venue! There’s no program, just an evening of amazing aerial performances, live music, fabulous food, cocktails, mild mayhem, mystery and more (including a chance for an incredible trip to Andaz Penisula Papagayo Costa Rica). Masks are strongly encouraged, but not required – and you can even purchase one at the event, for a little last-minute mystique! Tickets are on sale now, so buy yours today at

Tantrums & tiaras 2016 thumbnailTantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens is up next on Sunday, Feb. 21 and things are shaping up for it to be one of the best shows yet. Contestants are all staff members from Baja Betty’s, Flicks, Gossip Grill, Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, and Richs. But they can’t compete for a crown without judges to critique their every step – or fall! This year’s judges include recent Project Runway winner Ashley Tipton, Shelley Dunn from the Shelley and Chainsaw show, TV show host Sam the Cooking Guy, columist Barbarella Fokos and The Queen Mother of the Americas within the Imperial Court System, Nicole Murray- Ramirez. Tickets are selling fast at

20160122_093544.jpgWelcome Alex!
Alex Ordoubegian is The Center’s new full-time facilities manager. He is a long-time Center volunteer and comes to us with experience in contract management, vendor relations and facilities improvement. Help us welcome him to The Center!

Friday, Feb. 5, 7pm,Vivienne Ming: Engineering Superpowers to Maximize Human Potential
Vivienne Ming webProject Trans  is  extremely proud to present an evening with Vivienne Ming. Having undergone a gender transition, Dr. Ming has the unique experience of engaging in the professional world as both a male and female theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. During this presentation, Dr. Ming will speak about her work to create inclusive environments for success, technology she has developed based on her research, and her latest educational technology aimed at improving the lives of children. Join us in The Center’s auditorium for a thought-provoking discussion on how to maximize human potential, with a Q&A to follow.  For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at
Saturday, Feb. 6, 10am, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The Faith-Based Action Coalition of San Diego will host their annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10am to 2pm at the Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St. The event will include free confidential HIV testing (provided by San Ysidro Health Place), free refreshments, entertainment and presentations, including information and testimonials. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 619.527.3405. For more information, visit the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day website at:
Your Health Matters – Your Vote Matters – You Matter!Center15 Victory Voting Graphic_200.jpg
Are you registered? Recently moved? Make sure you’re up to date! Register at

Spotlight Events

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1pm, Senior Food Bank
San Diego Food Bank.gifThe Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older on the 4th Tuesday of the 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 at or contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6pm, LGBT Military Support Grouplgbt military
The Center and Fleet and Family Support Services are excited to provide this support/education group for LGBT active duty service members. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 and is for both individuals and couples with or without children. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.222.5586 or Childcare is available upon request sent to

Miércoles, Jan. 27, 6:30pm, Grupo de Apoyo Las ManzanitasLatino Services NMR
Las Manzanitas es un grupo de apoyo LGBT que provee información y apoyo para los que viven infectados/afectados por el VIH. No es necesario ser VIH+ para participar. El grupo se reúne semanalmente cada Miércoles de 6:30 a 9pm y se proveen bocadillos. Amigos y parientes de la comunidad LGBT son bienvenidos el ultimo Miércoles del mes. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Rogelio Sanchez al 619.203.5125 or

Thursday, Jan. 28, 12 noon, LGBTQ Fair Housing
house carThe right of same sex-couples to rent or purchase a home is not specifically protected under Federal Law. California is one of only 21 states with a law banning housing discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. Branden Butler, Senior Attorney with the Fair Housing Center of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, will share information about what this means for the LGBTQ community. If you believe you’ve experienced housing discrimination, learn about your options. For more information or to RSVP, \contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Friday, Jan. 29, 10am, Mobile Device Configuration Basicsmobiledevices.jpg
Join us this Friday in the David Bohnett Cyber Center for a period of instruction that will cover the basic configurations of your mobile devices. Please feel free to bring your android phones, iPhones, iPads, tablets, and other mobile devices. For more information or to RSVP for this class, please contact Hector Roman at or 619-692.2077 x111.

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You Should Know

PEPPEP – (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Another tool in the tool box against HIV 
ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! If you think you’ve been exposed, head to any emergency room or urgent care center and ask for PEP within 3 days! PEP (Post-Exposure
Prophylaxis) prevents HIV from making copies of itself and turning into infection if taken within 72 hours.

PrEP – Get Educated
prep“No more excuses. We have the tools to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.”

Check out our list of San Diego medical professionals who provide PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis). We recommend that you call before making an appointment to confirm details such as insurance coverage. Know a provider who should be added to this list? Contact us at View the list here.

Want your own Center #BeTheGeneration shirt? Just make a $20 minimum donation to benefit The Center’s #HIV/AIDS services. Donate today to help us end new cases of HIV/AIDS!

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Partner Spotlight

Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund Planned Parenthood

Program Spotlight: Sunburst Youth Housing Project

yhp-building-2011.jpgThe Center’s Youth Housing Project provides safe and supportive housing for homeless youth, ages 18-24. The 23-unit facility is located in downtown San Diego, close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities and other essential resources. A major goal of YHP is to ensure that youth have easy access to needed services that will support them in maintaining stable housing. For more information, contact Beth Davenport at or 619.692.2077 x125.

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Jobs at The Center

Bilingual Information & Referral Specialist
Bilingual Staff Counselor

Community Events

 Jueves, 4 y 25 de Febrero, a las 6pm
¡Recibe ayuda sobre inmigración!
Participa en esta serie de cuatro presentaciones en Centro Comunitario LGBT de San Diego (3909 Centre St., San Diego). Todas las presentaciones serán en español, con traducción al inglés si fuera necesario.
Presentación 1: Jueves, 4 de Febrero, a las 6pm, Información sobre DACA, DAPA y otros beneficios a los que podría tener derecho.
Presentación 2: Jueves, 25 de Febrero, a las 6pm, Consulta sobre inmigración. Consultas personalizadas sobre DACA, DAPA, visas para víctimas de crímenes, VAWA.

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