Center Stage
Different, but together, part deux
Published Thursday, 08-Apr-2010 in issue 1163
While we can’t be all things to all people all of the time, here at The Center we try to have something for everyone in the community. Here’s just a taste of what’s coming up over the next couple of months. We can’t fit it all into even two columns, but we’ll keep trying to make sure as many people as possible know what’s coming up! If you haven’t signed up for our weekly enews that keeps more than 25,000 folks up to date on offerings, sign-up now at www.thecentersd,org!
Be a Prom Star! If you’re 14-20 years old, Gaylexy: The Other Prom on June 19, 6-9 p.m. at The Center, is for you. If you’re a little outside that range – and let’s face it, most of us are – you can help make sure The Hillcrest Youth Center’s annual prom for GLBT youth and their allies is as fantastic as a prom should be. All you have to do is buy a star! Prices start at only $5 and all funds will be used for The Other Prom. For more information, visit
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge into a new relationship, sway the odds in your favor with the Start Right, Stay Connected workshop. Join Michael Scott, MFT, and Patty Mangini, PhD, on Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Center to learn some basic tools for creating a strong relationship. There is a $50 fee per couple (less expensive than a breakup) that includes course materials and light snacks. Pre-registration is mandatory, so contact Abby Schwartz at 619-692-2077, ext. 212, or
Men @ The Center
Are you a game player? Fond of pizza? Enjoy free monthly social events for guys 21+? Interested in meeting men of all ages in a friendly, low-stress venue? Then don’t miss Guys, Games & Grub on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at The Center. For more information, contact Jeffrey Wergeles at 619-692-2077, ext. 204, or
On April 20 the ever-happening Two Cents with Aaron Heier is back at The Center. In honor of Dining Out for Life® (which takes place Thursday, April 29, just in case it’s not yet circled in red on your calendar) April’s event features DOFL spokesman Rich Sweeney. If you’ve watched season five of Top Chef, you know who I’m talking about. If not, this is your chance to meet the man Aaron calls “San Diego’s hottest cheflebrity.” The fun starts at 7 pm with nosh and wine generously provided by Gossip Grill, and is open to everyone 21-plus. It’s free (but you’ll get more karma points with a donation).
Women @ The Center
Are you a sporty type with intellectual tendencies? The Center and the Women’s Studies Department at San Diego State University have a free lecture designed just for you. Don’t miss Outlaws on the Playing Field: Women’s Sexualities and Homophobia in Women’s Sports on Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m. in The Center’s library.
Love, sex and intimacy – what could be better? Join us Wednesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. for I Love 2 Love You Baby! Exploring the Myths & Realities of Love, Sex, & Intimacy Between Women, presented by Lisa Schimmel Ph.D. and Diane Pendragon Psy.D. Learn about maintaining sexual health, finding love and developing true intimacy between women. This workshop is free, but RSVP to to reserve your space.
A day-long festival of workshops! Entertainment! Resources for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women! You’ll find it all at Women’s Fest 2010: Strength in Diversity on Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Center. Be sure to catch the lunchtime panel discussion, “Queer Moms Tell All: The Truth about GLBT Parenting.” For more information, email
HIV Services @ The Center
Have you made your reservations (breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails and more…) to Dine Out and fight AIDS? Don’t miss The Center’s fourth annual Dining Out for Life® San Diego! On Thursday, April 29, it’s time to eat, drink and be merry as 100 participating restaurants, bars, coffee houses and nightclubs in San Diego donate a minimum of 25 percent of sales to The Center’s HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. For more information, contact Donnie Luehring at 619-692-2077, ext. 246, or, and fan us on Facebook!
Behavioral Health Services @ The Center
The Center is home to the only community-based mental health clinic in all of San Diego County dedicated specifically to the behavioral health needs of the GLBT and HIV communities. Call 619-692-2077, ext. 208, to make an initial appointment.
Delores A. Jacobs is the chief executive officer of The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

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