Action Alert: Tell Warren Buffet to Support Solar Rooftops and Farm Solar


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Victoria —

Warren Buffett’s utilities — along with others across the country — are mounting a coordinated effort to block the astounding growth of small, rooftop solar being installed by homeowners, farmers, ranchers and small businesses. (1)

It’s a cynical effort to eliminate competition for Warren’s own businesses, instead of complementing the investments being made by citizens across the country right now to #ActOnClimate by adding their own clean energy to the grid.

With his tremendous influence and respect in the world business community, Warren Buffett can be a leader and “Oracle” on climate change, by pursuing the new utility business models we need to accelerate our transition to clean energy.

Tell Warren Buffett: Stop blocking the sun.

Click here to sign the petition.

On April 30th at the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb joined world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and others to advocate for a shareholder resolution and host a Climate Rally outside the meeting.

Update: More than 10% of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders voted YES on the Climate Risk Resolution — a sizable constituency, especially given the fact that Warren himself owns 1/3 of all of Berkshire’s shares and voted them against the resolution. (2)

VIDEO: Watch Jane Kleeb tell Warren Buffett to #ActOnClimate at the Berkshire shareholder meeting.

Watch the video

Next step: We’re urging Warren to #ActOnClimate and stop blocking small rooftop solar. 

Click here and tell Warren Buffett: Stop blocking the sun

Thanks for standing with us to #ActOnClimate.

Jane and the Bold Nebraska team


REFERENCES

1. “Buffett Says He Loves Renewables, So Why Is His Company Trying To Kill Solar Energy?,” ThinkProgress, 3/7/16.

2. “Warren Buffett Faces Pressure to Invest for the Climate, Not Just for Profit,” InsideClimate News, 4/6/16.


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PFLAG National Policy Matters April 22, 2016


PFLAG National Policy Matters

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On April 27th, PFLAG National is partnering with the True Colors Fund for #40toNoneDay, a national day to raise public awareness about LGBTQ youth homelessness. Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ, yet LGBTQ young people make up less than 7% of the general youth population. The goal is to ultimately reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none.

We’d love to have you and your chapters join us as we elevate the message. Here are a few ways to participate:

PFLAGers know the power they have when they work together. Let’s put that power to work for our vulnerable homeless LGBTQ youth.

Media Matters

Target retail chain reiterates support for trans people’s bathroom use to reflect their gender identity. “Inclusivity is a core belief at Target,” the company’s statement posted on its website on April 19th to support transgender people’s use of its restrooms according to their gender identity.

ESPN fires sports analyst for posting anti-trans comments. Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling, who was a commentator on ESPN, was fired on April 20th for making disrespectful comments via social media regarding transgender people’s bathroom access. “ESPN is an inclusive company,” ESPN said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

Court Matters

U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of trans access under Title IX. On April 19th, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first appeals court to rule that schools that receive federal funds must allow trans students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. The ruling affirmed a U.S. Department of Education policy following the federal education law, Title IX, and is binding in the jurisdiction of all federal courts in the Fourth Circuit — in North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Federal Judge rules Mississippi same-sex adoption ban unconstitutional . On March 31st, U.S. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III halted enforcement of the state’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children. In his ruling he referenced SCOTUS’s June 26th, 2015 decision, citing the adoption ban as violating the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Federal Matters

President Obama says NC bathroom law should be overturned. Pres. Obama said that laws that limit anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people are wrong should be overturned. At a news conference in London, he cited the NC and Mississippi state laws and others targeting LGBT people.

U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) reached Title IX settlement with Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY. Announced on March 15th, the settlement was to resolve Title IX issues of women’s access to athletic opportunities at the institution.

New federal actions to address HIV in the transgender community. Announced on April 13th, The Centerrs for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) and the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) used scientific and anecdotal evidence gathered in a series of meetings with trans community members and announced new activities underway.

NASTAD, Greater than AIDS and Emory University create national city and state PrEP-friendly providers directory. This new community-sourced PrEP-friendly provider directory driven by The National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) offers PrEP-friendly providers in all 50 states. On January 27th, 2015, PFLAG’s Board of Directors adopted its policy statement on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

State Matters

District of Columbia DC Council unanimously passes nation’s first suicide prevention bill . Passed on April 5th,Bill 21-361 requires that the city’s public schools adopt suicide prevention policies that specifically address the needs of LGBTQ youth and that the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education develop and publish a model suicide prevention, intervention policy and develop research-based school climate surveys related to the potential causes of youth suicide.

North Carolina – The state legislature enters its regular session on April 25th. Stay tuned to PFLAG media channels on the strong continuing action by PFLAGers in NC to repeal HB2.

Tennessee HB 2414, the anti-transgender bathroom access bill, is dead for the year’s legislative session. The law that would require transgender students in K-12 public schools to use bathrooms according to their sex at birth was pulled by its sponsor on April 18th. After celebrating briefly, PFLAG Tennesseans and their coalition partners sharpened their focus on defeating the so-called Counseling Discrimination bill.

Global Matters

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry holds special press briefing on April 20th, highlighting the new position’s first-year achievements . Marking his position’s first anniversary, Randy Berry was a special presenter at the daily State Department media briefing to discuss his team’s global accomplishments and future outlook on the topic of global human rights for LGBTI people.

Uganda Advocacy group report indicates increased persecution. A report released on April 22nd indicates persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity increased after the country’s president signed an anti-gay law in 2014. The Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) report documents 264 “verified cases of human rights abuses against LGBTI Ugandans” between May 2014 and December 2015.

Dear Policy Matters

Dear Policy Matters:

My PFLAG chapter is concerned about data collection initiatives and methods because without data, it’s hard to document patterns of discrimination. Do you have information about LGBTQ data collection and how it is done?

Sincerely,

Data Hungry PFLAGer

Dear DHP:

We agree with you that data collection is critical, and happy that we can share with you a new report titled “How to Collect Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” (SOGI) from The Center for American Progress , which talks about why data collection matters and how it’s done. PFLAG National is part of several national coalitions focused on data collection both in the areas of health (especially to document disparities disproportionately affecting LGBTQ people) and education (to address barriers to equal access to safe and equitable treatment at schools).

The report includes two key components about data collection, namely, types of SOGI data and four types of data collection systems:

Types of SOGI data

The kinds of data that are specifically relevant to the experiences of LGBT people may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual orientation identity
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexual attraction
  • Gender identity
  • Sex assigned at birth
  • Gender expression
  • Transgender status
  • Relationship status
  • Preferred name
  • Gender pronoun

There are at least four broad types of data collection systems in which it is important to include SOGI data:

  1. Population surveys
  2. Research
  3. Administrative and programmatic data, such as intake forms and applications
  4. Clinical records

To get involved in your city or state:

To view questions that are current models question to include on the topics of self-identification, sexual behavior, sexual attraction and the two-part question to determine transgender status and gender expression, gender identity currently used same questions used in LGBT surveys, see pages 4-6, and 8-10 in the CAP report’s fact sheet , and always feel invited to call PFLAG National for direct support and discussion to make sure you use the best research intelligence available.

If you are approached by someone gathering sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression information for a survey, feel free to reach out to PFLAG National, and we’ll gladly help you evaluate its validity. Even if you do not reach out to us, be sure to know in writing:

Stay tuned to PFLAG media and other channels as we advance the quality and quantity of data regarding LGBTQ people, including our youth.

PBCHRC Gay Polo Week Event


PBCHRC
Gay Polo Week
is just around the corner!

Buy tickets online now!

7th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament
 To purchase your tickets online, click here


Friday, April 1

GPL Polotini Party
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Come join us poolside at the exclusive Mallet Grill
at the International Polo Club in Wellington
for a traditional Argentine asado, hors d’oeuvres & hosted bar. Mix, mingle and dance – a wonderful way to kick off the weekend!. $125 per individual 

Saturday, April 2
International Gay Polo Tournament
 and
Tailgating Competition
Noon to 7:00 p.m.

International Polo Club Palm Beach –

Isla Carroll Fields West
Gates open 10 a.m. for tailgate set up
and at noon for General Admission
Matches will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m.
General Admission – $25 (Parking – $10) 
Sunday, April 3

Polo Brunch
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the GPL Players for Sunday brunch
at the remarkable International Polo Club’s Mallet Grille.
Enjoy lavish brunch, open bar and watch high-goal polo.
Brunch starts at 1 p.m – GPL polo match begins at 3 p.m.
About the Gay Polo League
The Gay Polo League (“GPL”) is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. It is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport, to change perceptions about our community. 
Gay Polo Week
is just around the corner!

Buy tickets online now!

7th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament
 To purchase your tickets online, click here


Friday, April 1

GPL Polotini Party
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Come join us poolside at the exclusive Mallet Grill
at the International Polo Club in Wellington
for a traditional Argentine asado, hors d’oeuvres & hosted bar. Mix, mingle and dance – a wonderful way to kick off the weekend!. $125 per individual 

Saturday, April 2
International Gay Polo Tournament
 and
Tailgating Competition
Noon to 7:00 p.m.

International Polo Club Palm Beach –

Isla Carroll Fields West
Gates open 10 a.m. for tailgate set up
and at noon for General Admission
Matches will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m.
General Admission – $25 (Parking – $10) 
Sunday, April 3

Polo Brunch
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the GPL Players for Sunday brunch
at the remarkable International Polo Club’s Mallet Grille.
Enjoy lavish brunch, open bar and watch high-goal polo.
Brunch starts at 1 p.m – GPL polo match begins at 3 p.m.
About the Gay Polo League
The Gay Polo League (“GPL”) is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. It is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport, to change perceptions about our community. 
Gay Polo Week
is just around the corner!

Buy tickets online now!

7th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament
 To purchase your tickets online, click here


Friday, April 1

GPL Polotini Party
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Come join us poolside at the exclusive Mallet Grill
at the International Polo Club in Wellington
for a traditional Argentine asado, hors d’oeuvres & hosted bar. Mix, mingle and dance – a wonderful way to kick off the weekend!. $125 per individual 

Saturday, April 2
International Gay Polo Tournament
 and
Tailgating Competition
Noon to 7:00 p.m.

International Polo Club Palm Beach –

Isla Carroll Fields West
Gates open 10 a.m. for tailgate set up
and at noon for General Admission
Matches will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m.
General Admission – $25 (Parking – $10) 
Sunday, April 3

Polo Brunch
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the GPL Players for Sunday brunch
at the remarkable International Polo Club’s Mallet Grille.
Enjoy lavish brunch, open bar and watch high-goal polo.
Brunch starts at 1 p.m – GPL polo match begins at 3 p.m.
About the Gay Polo League
The Gay Polo League (“GPL”) is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. It is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport, to change perceptions about our community. 

San Diego The Center News and Events


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News from The Center

March 21, 2016

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Ian BTGHMDB logoThe 8th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 19. The event will feature former Houston mayor Annise Parker, who will receive the Harvey Milk Lifetime Achievement Award, and Alberta Legislative Assembly member Michael Connolly.  The breakfast sells out every year and we currently have table sponsorships available – but they won’t last long. The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast brings together San Diegans – business, labor, Democrats, Republicans and all communities who support equality and justice. You never know who you might see! Join us to celebrate the memory of influential civil rights activist Harvey Milk and his spirit of coalition building. For more information or questions, contact me at ijohnson@thecentersd.org or visit Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.

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Are you registered? Recently moved? Make sure you’re up to date! Register at events.thecentersd.org/vote.
Presidential Primary Election: June 7 
Presidential Election: Nov. 8

Check Out Our New Testing Hours!
Free HIV testing is available at The Center Monday-Friday 9am-8pm (last test at 7pm) and Saturday 10am-2pm (last test at 1pm). On Fridays only, the early test is available 12 noon-4pm (last test at 3pm) and couples testing is available 4-9pm (last test at 8pm). For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.

Spotlight Events

Tuesday, March 22, 1pm, Senior Food BankSD 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 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 www.sandiegofoodbank.org or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

HYC Logo.jpgTuesday, March 22, 5pm,  HYC Open House for Youth Ages 10-13 and Families
The Hillcrest Youth Center is hosting an open house for LGBTQ+ youth ages 10-13 and their families on Tuesday, March 22 from 5-7 pm. Visit and learn about our new program just for  you! Explore our safe space, meet the staff and connect with other LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP (by March 18) Contact Courtney at cware@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x113.

Tuesday, March 22, 7:30pm, Young Men’s Discussion Groupmen discussion
Connect to The Center and the community. Join other 18-35 year olds to talk about relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The young men’s group meets at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, March 23, 12 noon, Diamonds in the Rough: Etiquette with Miss PepperTransgender flag
Project TRANS invites you to join Miss Pepper Price every other Wednesday for a fun and informative class on etiquette designed especially for trans women. The group meets from 12 noon-1:30 pm in Latino Services. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Friday, March 25, 10am, Home Network Security Basicsnetwork-security.jpg
Join us this Friday at the David Bohnett Cyber Center to learn the basics of home network security. We will cover the basic configuration of cable modems, routers, and wireless extenders. For more information, or to reserve a spot for this class, please send your contact infomation to hroman@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x111.

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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.

oscar bethegenerationPrEP – Get Educated
The Persistence of HIV Fear in the Age of PrEP.
“Breathe. Relax. Learn the facts about PrEP. Get support from others in your community, as well as social media. Find a sex-affirmative therapist who understands PrEP and the impact of HIV and AIDS on learned helplessness. Eventually with time, experience and willingness, you will also come to relearn that your body can be a way to experience much joy without fear.” READ MORE…

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 outreach@thecentersd.org. 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!

Social MediaFollow Us!
Be sure to follow The Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more #LGBT news around the world, special events, news from The Center, and happenings around the community! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at LGBTCenter, on YouTube at LGBTCenterSD and on Facebook at facebook.com/At.The.Center.

Partner Spotlight

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Program Spotlight:
Families @ The Center
The families program at The Center is designed to provide resources, education, support and opportunities for community engagement for LGBT-community families of all kinds. Find out more on our website or contact us at families@thecentersd.org.

Program Info
50 and Better Together
Families at The Center
HIV Services
Project Trans
Discussion Groups

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Community Events

Friday, April 29, 5pm, ‘An Act of Love’ Screening
This compelling documentary follows Rev. Frank Schaefer as he was put on trial in the United Methodist Church for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. The Schaefer family was pulled into a movement for LGBTQ equality in the nation’s second largest protestant denomination. “An Act of Love” follows Rev. Schaefer’s journey from small-town minister to outspoken advocate, as well as the ongoing debate in the United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. See it at the First United Methodist Church, 1200 East H St, Chula Vista. For more information, visit www.fumccv.org/church-calendar.

Report School Bullying!
San Diego Unified School District has a new online bullying reporting system. Search “bullying” on your school’s website or visit the link at https://www.sandiegounified.org/forms/online-bullying-reporting-form.

Nominations Open for the Benjamin F. Dillingham & Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor
The Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor recognizes LGBT 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. Nominations are now open for induction in 2016 and must be submitted by July 31. This year’s induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10 at The Center. The nomination requirements and additional information are online here.

Update Your Info

We want to make sure we get the details right! If you’re moving, changing your email, or if we got your contact info wrong, let us know! You can update everything online here or contact us at 619.692.2077 x107 or vcosio@thecentersd.org if you’d like us to do it for you.

Stonewall National Museum & Archives: Events, Announcements


 

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AT 7 PM
The Naked Civil Servant
Film Screening and Discussion hosted by Larry Ferber
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Free.
Celebrating new acquisitions to our permanent collection of Quentin Crisp memorabilia!
Based on Quentin Crisp’s 1968 autobiography, the once-controversial picture The Naked Civil Servant

(1975) stars Sir John Hurt as Crisp, an outrageous flamboyant gay man who publicly declared his homosexuality during the brutally homophobic and misogynistic England of the 1930s and ’40s — a time when being homosexual was still an offense punishable by imprisonment in Great Britain.
 
Hosted by Larry Ferber, three time Emmy-Nominated television producer and host of The Living Room movie series at FAU.
Join us for a glass of wine before the film. Seating is Limited. Free.
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A Tale of Lesbian Pulp Novels
Visual Presentation by Robin Cohen
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Free.
Celebrating the collection of gay and lesbian pulp fiction novels in the Stonewall National Archives.
Historian and researcher Robin Cohen shares her comprehensive and fascinating research into the area of Lesbian Pulp Fiction. Through a moving personal narration of a visual presentation featuring music and book covers spanning decades, Robin shares a history of lesbians in the 1950s, and fascinating stories of uncovering pulp author identities, including one author surprisingly unveiled in her own family.
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COMING UP:
Here & Now
Presented in partnership with the Silver Eye Center for Photography
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery

2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

On exhibit March 10 – May 1
Originally curated by Rafael Soldi for Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA, this show features work from three artists “embarking on physical and emotional journeys to define and discover queerness across the American landscape.” Works by Richard Renaldi, Molly Landreth and Elle Perez will offer for visitors a view of gay life across America. Here and Now will challenge commonly held beliefs about what is gay “normal” and how a new generation of LGBT folks are redefining gay life in America.
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Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
  
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Stonewall National Library & Archives
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
954-763-8565
Hours: Mon – Fri 11 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Closed Sundays
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Hours: Tue – Thu 4 pm – 10 pm, Fri – Sun 1 pm – 10 pm, Closed Mondays 
 

San Diego Center, Events and Announcements


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News from The Center

February 22, 2016

Victory Starts with Voting – Your Vote Matters!Center15 Victory Voting Graphic_200.jpg
Are you registered? Recently moved? Make sure you’re up to date! Register at events.thecentersd.org/vote.  
Presidential Primary Election: June 7 
Presidential Election: Nov. 8

In the Know with Ian

Ian BTGAnother amazing Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens has come and gone. What a show and what a spectacle! It’s not very often you attend a production that includes a live cow with a drag queen singing “Climb Every Mountain.”  Thank you to all those that attended. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed it. Many thanks to the cast and the many people behind the scenes – a true testament of the amazing people in our community. Once again, we’re so grateful to Matt Ramon, Chris Barone and Brian Bond for so much dedication. For those of you who couldn’t make it, please give a huge congrats to the new Queen of Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens, Joey Adams from Gossip Grill as Marlena Von Tramp.

MARYAH Casino 2016Looking for something fun to do next month? Thursday, March 10, MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) is hosting their annual Casino Night and Poker Tournament to support The Center’s Youth Housing Project. The evening will include a Vegas style Poker Tournament, Player’s Lounge, Blackjack, Craps, valuable grand prizes and giveaways. Tickets and sponsorship info are available at MARYAH.org or by contacting Ian Johnson at ijohnson@thecentersd.org.

Thank You to the S. Mark Taper Foundation
We are delighted to announce that The Center has received a $50,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation in support of our Youth Housing Project. Our youth are some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and those who are homeless – many as a result of family rejection – are particularly at risk. The generosity of the S. Mark Taper Foundation helps us provide critical housing and support services that can change the lives of these youth. We can’t thank them enough!

Get Help with Immigration!
¡Recibe ayuda sobre inmigración!

Center Immigration Thumbnail.jpgParticipa en esta serie de 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. Para más información: 619.363.3423

Attend this series at The Center, All sessions will be in Spanish, with English translation available if needed. For more information or to RSVP, call 619.363.3423 or email itzel@alliancesd.org.

Jueves, 25 de Feb., a las 6pm: Consulta sobre inmigración. Consultas personalizadas sobre DACA, DAPA, visas para víctimas de crímenes, VAWA.
Consultation on DACA, DAPA, Visas for victims of crimes, VAWA.

Jueves, 10 de Marzo, a las 5:30pm: Preparando su documentación para DACA. (Reciba ayuda en la preparación de su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Get help with your DACA packet (by appointment only).

Sábado, 2 de Abril, a las 9:30am: Taller para reniovar DACA y DAPA. (Reciba ayuda de abogadas/os de inmigración, para completar su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Meet with immigration attorneys to complete your DACA packet (by appointment only).

Spotlight Events

SD Food BankTuesday, Feb. 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 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 www.sandiegofoodbank.org or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7:30pm, Young Men’s Discussion Groupmen discussion
Connect to The Center and the community. Join other 18-35 year olds to talk about relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The young men’s group meets at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.


Shades of color groupWednesday, Feb. 24, 12 noon, Shades of Color

Join us at The Center every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30pm for Shades of Color, an empowerment group for Black men (MSM).The group covers a variety of topics, including dating, healthy relationships, spiritual awareness, living with HIV and more. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116 or rgallego@thecentersd.org.


Friday, Feb. 26, 10am, Microsoft Excel Basics
Microsoft-Excel-Featured-Image.pngPlease join us this Friday in the Cyber Center to learn the basics about Microsoft Excel, such as formatting text and numbers, using Excel menus and toolbars, creating formulas, creating and editing charts and graphs, and more.  For more information or to register for this class, please contact Hector Roman at hroman@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x111

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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
prepWith a little pill, could one city’s AIDS epidemic be ending? READ MORE..

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 outreach@thecentersd.org. 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!

Social MediaFollow Us!
Be sure to follow The Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more #LGBT news around the world, special events, news from The Center, and happenings around the community! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at LGBTCenter, on YouTube at LGBTCenterSD and on Facebook at facebook.com/At.The.Center.

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Program Spotlight: Senior Services50 and Better
The Center’s Senior Services has opened up worlds previously thought impossible for some. Our program, and “50 and Better Together,” strives to create a safe place for those 50 and up to access important resources and referrals related to health care, social services and other community activities. As San Diego continues to see a continually increasing number of LGBT seniors, it is vitally important that we are able to provide services to the more than 1,000 seniors who access our program each year. For more information, visit our website or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Program Info
50 and Better Together
Families at The Center
HIV Services
Project Trans
Discussion Groups

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Jobs at The Center

Aries Data Specialist
Bilingual Information & Referral Specialist
Bilingual Staff Counselor

Community Events

Jueves, 25 de Febrero, 10 de Marza y 2 de Abril, Get Help with Immigration!
¡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.
Jueves, 25 de Febrero, a las 6pm: Consulta sobre inmigración. Consultas personalizadas sobre DACA, DAPA, visas para víctimas de crímenes, VAWA.
Jueves, 10 de Marzo, a las 5:30pm: Preparando su documentación para DACA. (Reciba ayuda en la preparación de su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Sábado, 2 de Abril, a las 9:30am: Taller para reniovar DACA y DAPA. (Reciba ayuda de abogadas/os de inmigración, para completar su documentación para
DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Para más información: 619.363.3423

¡Adquiera la Ciudadanía y Vote en las Próximas Elecciones!
¡Reciba ayuda gratuita en solo 2 pasos!
Paso #1: Venga para que determinemos si califica (consulta)
Jueves, 11 de febrero, 2016 a las 6pm y 6:45pm
Paso #2: Venga para que llenemos su solicitud
Sábado, 20 de febrero de 2016 de 9-11am
Alliance San Diego, 4443 30th St, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92116
Regístrese llamando: 619.363.3423

A Look at the Harmful Anti-LGBT Bills Filed So Far


 | PROMO | February 22, 2016

There have been nine anti-LGBT bills filed thus far in the Missouri Legislature. We wanted to give you a glance at these bills and where they currently stand in the state legislature.

Religious Exemption Bills

Religious exemption bills are thinly veiled discrimination bills that hurt many oppressed groups. We believe that religion is an important, fundamental value, which is why it is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, no one should have the right to use those same religious beliefs to discriminate or refuse a public service to another person. These bills include:

SB916: Filed by Senator Kurt Schaefer. There is a hearing scheduled for 1pm in the Senate Lounge on February 23 at the Missouri Capitol. SB 916 is more limited compared to HB2040 and has no references to same-sex marriage. It does expand employment religious exemptions to non-profits who claim to be religious. This would also apply to refusing service on the basis of currently protected categories like race, sex, religion, and disability status.

SJR 39: On Friday, February 19, PROMO and ACLU of Missouri released a joint statement in response to the filing and referral of SJR39, Senator Bob Onder’s proposed “religious exemption” amendment to Missouri’s constitution. This proposed amendment would forbid the state from penalizing businesses who refuse services to a same-sex couples for their wedding. There is a hearing set for February 23 at 10:15am on this proposed amendment.

HJR96/97: Filed on February 19 by Rep. Curtman. This is the House version of SJR 39. SJR97 explicitly references same-sex marriage exemptions.

HB2040: Businesses can refuse service to same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. This bill was filed by Representative John McCaherty and has not moved.

What can you do?

Take ACTION. Tell Missouri Senators #NotInMyState.

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San Diego The Center: Events, Announcements


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News from The Center

February 16, 2016

In the Know with Ian

Ian BTGBayardR Flyer 2 (3).jpgSo much is happening for The Center this week! This Friday, February 19 from 6-8 pm is the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors to be held at The Center. The evening celebrates the many accomplishments of our five fantastic honorees. Guests will enjoy a soul food buffet, cocktails and refreshments. A $15 donation at the door supports the programs of The SD LGBT Black Coalition, The Center and the Bayard Rustin National Stamp Campaign. Find out more on Facebook.

T&T 2016 crop.jpgThen on Sunday, February 21, it’s here, it’s finally here – the annual Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens at the Observatory Theatre in North Park. As we head into the event I’d like to express thanks to Mo’s Universe and Matt Ramon for all their hard work on this event. There’s no doubt it will be amazing! As they say, “Break A Leg” to the entire cast. Don’t miss the show everyone will be talking about! Tickets are available at www.tantrumstiaras.org. Get yours today!

MARYAH Casino 2016Looking for something fun to do next month? Thursday, March 10, MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) is hosting their annual Casino Night and Poker Tournament to support The Center’s Youth Housing Project. The evening will include a Vegas style Poker Tournament, Player’s Lounge, Blackjack, Craps, valuable grand prizes and giveaways. Tickets and sponsorship info are available at MARYAH.org or by contacting Ian Johnson at ijohnson@thecentersd.org.

Congratulations Aaron!
Aaron enews photo.jpgAaron Heier is the new director of front desk and room scheduling services! Aaron has been at the front desk for more than 15 years, first as a volunteer, then as a staff member – always as a valuable Center team member. His role ranges from HIV testing, to facilities support, providing information and linking community members to all programs, help with BHS referrals and schedules, social media and communications, volunteer management and generally ensuring that the vital “first point of contact” for community members is welcoming, encouraging, supportive and efficient.

Center Immigration Thumbnail.jpgGet Help with Immigration!
¡Recibe ayuda sobre inmigración!

Participa en esta serie de 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. Para más información: 619.363.3423

Jueves, 25 de Febrero, a las 6pm: Consulta sobre inmigración. Consultas personalizadas sobre DACA, DAPA, visas para víctimas de crímenes, VAWA.
Jueves, 10 de Marzo, a las 5:30pm: Preparando su documentación para DACA. (Reciba ayuda en la preparación de su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Sábado, 2 de Abril, a las 9:30am: Taller para reniovar DACA y DAPA. (Reciba ayuda de abogadas/os de inmigración, para completar su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)

Spotlight Events

 

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7pm, Bi Coming Out Groupbisexual flag
Join The Center’s discussion group on bisexuality on the third Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm. It’s a welcoming space to share your experiences, ask questions, discuss community issues and meet like-minded people. This group is open to all persons who are sexually and/or emotionally attracted to more than one gender. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at aheier@thecentersd.org.

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Friday, Feb. 19, 6pm, Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors
Join us on Friday, Feb. 19 from 6-8pm for the annual Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors. This year’s honorees include the Hon. Tony Young, Vernita Gutierrez, Camille Davidson, Dwayne Crenshaw and Dion Brown. For a $15 donation you will enjoy a soul food buffet, entertainment and the formal program. Proceeds benefit The Center, the San Diego LGBT Black Coalition and the Bayard Rustin National Stamp Campaign. For more information, visit the Facebook event.


Saturday, Feb. 20, 6pm, Queer People of Color MixerQPOC mixer flyer 022016.jpg

Join us at The Center for the next Queer/Trans People of Color Mixer on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 6-9 pm. For a $5 donation, guests will enjoy drinks, dancing, and mingling. Partners are welcome and the event is open to those 21 years and older. For more information, contact Carolina Ramos at cramos@thecentersd.org.

Sunday, Feb. 21, 7pm, Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar QueensT&T 2016 crop.jpg
Don’t miss Tantrums & Tiaras on Sunday, Feb. 21 – 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, all with little or no drag experience. 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, Nicole Murray-Ramirez. Tickets are selling fast at http://www.tantrumstiaras.org/

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Are you registered? Recently moved? Make sure you’re up to date! Register at events.thecentersd.org/vote.  
Presidential Primary Election: June 7 
Presidential Election: Nov. 8


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
prepWith a little pill, could one city’s AIDS epidemic be ending? READ MORE..

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 outreach@thecentersd.org. 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!

Social MediaFollow Us!
Be sure to follow The Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more #LGBT news around the world, special events, news from The Center, and happenings around the community! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at LGBTCenter, on YouTube at LGBTCenterSD and on Facebook at facebook.com/At.The.Center.

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Program Spotlight: Project TRANS

Transgender flagAll of The Center’s programs are transgender-inclusive and supportive, but we also offer services designed specifically for the transgender community through Project TRANS, our Transgender Services Program. Project TRANS (Transgender Referrals, Assistance, Networking and Services) offers discussion groups, behavioral health services, HIV prevention services, youth services and more. In addition, the program focuses on advocacy, referrals, outreach, sensitivity trainings, social activities and events, workshops and networking with community agencies. For more information, visit us online or contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Program Info
50 and Better Together
Families at The Center
HIV Services
Project Trans
Discussion Groups

Find Out More

Jobs at The Center

Aries Data Specialist
Bilingual Information & Referral Specialist
Bilingual Staff Counselor

Community Events

Jueves, 25 de Febrero, 10 de Marza y 2 de Abril, Get Help with Immigration!
¡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.
Jueves, 25 de Febrero, a las 6pm: Consulta sobre inmigración. Consultas personalizadas sobre DACA, DAPA, visas para víctimas de crímenes, VAWA.
Jueves, 10 de Marzo, a las 5:30pm: Preparando su documentación para DACA. (Reciba ayuda en la preparación de su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Sábado, 2 de Abril, a las 9:30am: Taller para reniovar DACA y DAPA. (Reciba ayuda de abogadas/os de inmigración, para completar su documentación para
DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Para más información: 619.363.3423

¡Adquiera la Ciudadanía y Vote en las Próximas Elecciones!
¡Reciba ayuda gratuita en solo 2 pasos!
Paso #1: Venga para que determinemos si califica (consulta)
Jueves, 11 de febrero, 2016 a las 6pm y 6:45pm
Paso #2: Venga para que llenemos su solicitud
Sábado, 20 de febrero de 2016 de 9-11am
Alliance San Diego, 4443 30th St, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92116
Regístrese llamando: 619.363.3423

Sunday Feb 21 & 28, Join America’s Finest City Softball League
Are you interested in joining a fun softball family? Come out and meet other new players and experienced members, and start playing with us this Spring! For full information on locations and times, please visit the League Calendar on www.afcsl.org and click on the date of interest. ALL SKILL LEVELS are welcome and encouraged to come out and play!

Monday, Feb. 29, Deadline for Students for Economic Justice Fellowship
SEJ fellows learn the skills and tools that talented, passionate young people need to lead the fight for economic justice in San Diego. It is an intensive 6-week full-time paid summer fellowship that gives students organizing training through skills building, educational workshops and hands-on in-the-field experience working on campaigns for economic and social justice. For information and application, visit www.cpisandiego.org/sej_2016_fellowship.

Tuesday, March 15, Deadline for PFLAG San Diego Scholarship Applications
Once again, PFLAG San Diego County is partnering with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation for another successful scholarship program. The application and scholarship requirements are online at www.pflag.com. Scholarship amounts usually range from $1,000 – $2,000. LGBT high school seniors, full time undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The deadline for the scholarship applications is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. For scholarship questions: scholarships@pflag.com.

 

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 2016 Playwriting Competition


EXIT – South Africa’s LGBT Newspaper / Johannesburg

www.exit.co.za – February 2016, p. 2

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 2016 Playwriting Competition.

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation [NY] will accept submissions for its 2016 Playwriting Competition between March 1 and May 31, 2016.  All submissions must be made electronically and received by midnight on May 31.

Only full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) are eligible for consideration.  All works submitted must be original and in English.  All must concern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer life and must be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.

There is no entry fee.  Prizes are as follows:  First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500.  Prizewinners will be announced before the end of the year.

For complete submission guidelines, visit the foundation’s website:  aabbfoundation.org.

PRODUCTION GRANTS

The foundation also offers grants to not-for-profit production companies to offset expenses in producing theatrical works (plays, musicals, operas, choral works, orchestral works with text) and film or video.  All works must be based on, or inspired by, history and must concern LGBT life.

Proposals may be submitted throughout the year.  For complete details and proposal submission guidelines, visit the foundation’s website: aabbfoundation.org.

 

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New York Rally to Protest Transgender Attack


Melanie Nathan

THE NYC SGL/LGBTQ COALITION HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE & RALLY TO PROTEST ATTACK ON TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY LEADER

WHEN: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12th – 5:30 PM

WHERE: D-Train Station at West 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 4.27.50 PMWHY: Transgender Community Leader, NYC SGL/LGBTQ Coalition Member, and Founder and Director of Everything Transgender in New York City, Jennifer Louise Lopez, was attacked on the MTA uptown D-Train around 10PM on Saturday, January 30th. She was subjected to transphobic slurs and severely beaten. Jennifer suffered multiple injuries, including the shattering of her glasses which caused her to require emergency eye surgery, as a result.

A video of the incident can be seen at etnyc.org. There is concern about the length of time it has taken to apprehend the assailant, and THE COALITION is calling for an increase in money awarded to anyone who helps in this.

If you have any information that can help please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. The current reward is $2,000.00.

WHO: The NYC SGL/LGBTQ Coalition (THE COALITION), is a coalition of NYC Black and Latino SGL/LGBTQ leaders, whose mission is to collaborate to provide advocacy and education for issues concerning NYC’s SGL/LGBTQ community. We will take action against any acts of violence or hate, as well as support city wide initiatives created to benefit our SGL/LGBTQ

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

NYC Coalition Coordinating Committee: Manny Rivera, John-Martin, or Carmen Neely at (212) 722 – 4870 or info@nyccoaliton