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An Important Message From Our CEO on Friday, March 20, 2020

March 27, 2020

Dear Community Members,

In this uncertain and stressful time, I wanted to check in, send you warm thoughts, and update you as we all navigate this new normal together. First, I hope you are all staying healthy and following the Governor’s Stay At Home Order. By following these guidelines and staying home, we can all be assured that we are doing our part to stop this global pandemic, for ourselves and the most vulnerable among us. We truly are all in this together.
Since we last connected, there has been a myriad new updates and programs to help Californians like The San Diego City Council voted to halt evictions, Governor Newsom provided an update on banks waiving mortgage fees, Covered California is offering a path to health insurance, most of San Diego’s parking laws have been suspended, and more. Keep informed on The Center’s Resources Page.  
The Center continues to provide its Emergency Services with our emergency help and referral line, individual Behavioral Health Services therapy sessions conducted by Zoom Health Care and HIV testing by appointment. Other programs like Project TRANS, Hillcrest Youth Center, and South Bay Youth Center are setting up Zoom meetings with clients, while continuing to offer 1:1 support via Zoom or phone. We continue to connect those experiencing homelessness with critical overnight shelter and resources and, earlier this week, we held our Senior Food Bank that served over 160 grateful community members. Last, The Center’s nearly 50 peer-led support groups are back via  Zoom.

Please know, that although our physical doors are not open, we are here for you, and we are only a phone call or an email away. Please contact us for any reason at 619.692.2077 x 211.
Lastly, I let you know earlier this week that we were forced to postpone two major fundraising events, Dining Out For Life® San Diego and the annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. It’s hard to convey the impact that the loss of these major events is having, and will continue to have, on The Center’s finances and our ability to serve our LGBTQ community. Please, if you are able, consider a donation to our Center Emergency Fund. No gift is too big or too small to bring resources, hope, relief, and support to our LGBTQ community now and in the future. Thank you and please take good care.

In solidarity,

Cara Dessert (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)


The Center provided more than 84,000 direct service visits to San Diego community members,  and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.

The mission of The San Diego LGBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.

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