San Diego Unified announces 'strategic plan' for LGBTQ students

SAN DIEGO, California -- Created in the spring of 2015 to ensure equity and advocacy for all students, San Diego Unified School District’s new Office of Youth Advocacy recently outlined a long-term strategic plan to address the needs of an ever-increasingly diverse student body across the district.

The plan offers ways to close current achievement gaps and focuses on cultural proficiency; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) training and support; restorative practices; ethnic studies; civic collaboration, and substance use prevention.

San Diego Remembers moves forward with plans for #SpiritDay 2015

For those of us LGBTQ members of a certain age in 1998, the death of Matthew Shepard brought to life everything we feared about being “out” in America. Many of us had friends — or perhaps we ourselves — who had experienced hate crimes; anything from slurs, or bottles hurled from speeding cars, to the actual altercations that left us bloody on the street.

MARYAH's Summer Solstice party to benefit The Center's Youth Housing Project

SAN DIEGO, California -- MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) will host their annual Summer Solstice party on Thursday, July 30 at 5:30 pm at The Headquarters at Seaport.

This outdoor event benefits the San Diego LGBT Community Center's Youth Housing Project and includes live music, open bar, tastings from restaurants at The Headquarters and Seaport Village, a live art show and more.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased HERE. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $40.

Profiles in Advocacy: To be LGBTQ, gifted and black …

The 1970 Nina Simone song, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” was a call to the black community to nurture their youth and help them to achieve their potential. At the intersectionality of the black experience and the LGBTQ experience, we find therein a difficulty in simultaneously celebrating both parts of one’s being.

When a person is a minority within a minority, and often asked to choose “which one they are, black or LGBTQ?” where do they go to center and renew their spirit?

When sobriety leads to philanthropy: Donors are dedicated to Stepping Stone

SAN DIEGO, California -- Mike Seymour almost lost a son to drugs. Wayne Back almost lost himself to alcohol. Both of them survived their close calls thanks to Stepping Stone of San Diego, a nonprofit drug- and alcohol-addiction treatment and recovery center that specializes in working with members of the LGBT community. The way they see it, Stepping Stone gave them each a miracle, and they are happy to spend the rest of their second-chance lives paying it back.

Free legal clinic to be held Tuesday at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law sponsored by City Councilmember Todd Gloria, will hold legal its next legal clinic on Tuesday, July 14, 9-11 am, at The Center.

At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues.

To make an appointment or for more information, contact Joshua Bruser at 858-342-0551 or Josh@BruserLaw.com.

The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest.

Live a great story by helping LGBTQ youth

Hillcrest residents are invited to “Live the Journey,” a unique fundraising event July 2 from 5-9 pm to raise money for the Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC).

Tabletop Commons, the game-themed bar located at 1263 University Ave., is partnering with Live a Great Story — a North Park-based clothing company that aims to share people’s inspiring and uplifting stories via podcasts, videos and blog posts through its website — to co-host the event.

North County Update: Moving on up!

When The North County LGBTQ Resource Center first found a place to call home in December 2011, we already knew that we’d soon outgrow our cute little space.

Within those 1,400 square feet, we worked tirelessly to catch up with all the needs and hopes of thousands of North County residents.

The Center and YWCA to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Center has formed a new collaboration with the YWCA for victims of domestic violence.

The YWCA will provide family law legal services to victims of domestic violence, including restraining orders, dissolutions (marriage or domestic partnership), paternity, custody and support orders.

Services include providing on-site restraining orders, preparing dissolutions, paternity, custody and support paperwork and providing limited attorney representation. In addition, the attorneys can provide accompaniment to mediation and court hearings.

HRC San Diego to present panel on sex-trafficking tonight at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- HRC San Diego, California Against Slavery, and Truman National Security Project have collaborated to bring an informative panel discussing the dangers of sex-trafficking, tonight from 5:30-8:30 pm at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

Participants will learn how sex-trafficking affects the community, San Diego, and the globe.

Panelists include,

Daphne Phung - Founder of California Against Slavery;

Shawn VanDiver - Co-Director of Truman Project San Diego and US Navy Veteran;