Black Resources

The Center is committed to standing up against the atrocities perpetrated on Black people, to fight white supremacy and the system that protects white lives while devaluing Black lives, and with our collective voice, say Black Lives Matter.

The Center is in the process of reexamining our organizational practices and expanding dialogue with our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and broader community to center Black lives and engage more deeply in anti-racist work. In August 2019, The Center held its first Town Hall for the Black LGBTQ community and informed by that, we started the first Black LGBTQ Community Advisory Committee which guides The Center’s strategies and steps to better serve and support our Black community. This group identified and outlined a set of Center priorities to better serve the Black community; this has guided our work for the last 2 years, including creating Brave Space, a Black peer-led discussion group for LGBTQ folks of the Black and African diaspora to bond, connect, and share in community. While these are steps forward, we acknowledge that there is much more work to do. We recommit to doing more, including fighting for a San Diego criminal justice system that values Black lives.

We call on all San Diego organizations to join us in reexamining structures, hiring, policies, partnerships, vendors, and implicit and explicit bias that prevent us from creating a world where Black lives truly do matter. See below for resources for the Black community to connect with The Center and other ways to engage, learn, and give to support Black Lives. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of The Center’s services are virtual. Please reach out to hweldeghiorgis@thecentersd.org for specific information during this time, or see calendar below.

GET INVOLVED AT THE CENTER

Brave Space

A peer-led discussion group for LGBTQ+ folx of the Black and African diaspora community. Come together to bond, share, and connect in community, discuss anti-Black racism, express pain, and create support and healing. 

HEAL THY SOUL

A peer-led empowerment group for Black men (MSM). Topics with speakers include: living with HIV, normalization about sex, community mobilizing, dating, spiritual awareness, self healing, and much more.   

Black LGBTQ Community Advisory Committee

The Black LGBTQ Community Advisory Committee provides advice to The Center on issues impacting the Black LGBTQ community to better serve and welcome Black LGBTQ community members.

Let's Talk Tuesdays

An intentional space to meet 1-on-1 or in small groups with the Director of Community Engagement and Equity, Helen Weldeghiorgis (she/her), and share feedback, challenges, issues, and opportunities about The Center’s work with the Black LGBTQ community.

If you’re interested in joining Brave Space, The Black LGBTQ Community Advisory Committee, and/or Let’s Talk Tuesdays, please contact their Center Staff Liaison:
Helen Weldeghiorgis
Director of Community Engagement & Equity
She, Her, Hers
619.692.2077 x106
hweldeghiorgis@thecentersd.org

If you’re interested in joining Heal Thy Soul, please contact their Center Staff Liaison:
Carolina Ramos
Client Crisis Responder & Community Advocate
She, Her, Hers
619.459.8257
cramos@thecentersd.org 

The Center's Communications On Black Lives Matter

The Center Programming and Events

july, 2021

Click here to download Monthly Activities for Black Resources.

To view more events from The Center or other events going on in the community, click here.

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