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The Center to host workshop designed to support new relationships

SAN DIEGO – “Start Right, Stay Connected,” a workshop designed for LGBT couples contemplating a long-term partnership, relationship or marriage, will be conducted on Saturday, April 24, at The Center.

This pre-commitment, pre-marital program is educational in nature and designed to offer tools for a good head start in creating a relationship that serves the needs of healing and growth.

In the workshop, participants will:

• Learn proven communication skills for a healthy relationship
• Learn tools for dealing with relationship hot buttons
• Learn how to keep romance in the relationship
• Plan the ceremony
• Learn to work with emotions and sexuality
• Learn the 10 things you need to talk about before the ceremony

“Start Right, Stay Connected” will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Center, 3909 Centre St. Check in by 8:45 am. Enjoy lunch on your own in the Hillcrest area.

The fee for the workshop is $50 per couple (includes course materials and light snacks). Advance registration is mandatory. Contact Abby Schwartz at (619) 692-2077, ext. 212, or send e-mail to aschwartz@thecentersd.org.

About the workshop presenters

Together, Michael Scott, MFT, and Patty Mangini, PhD, have more than 20 years experience helping couples help themselves. This workshop is designed to support relationships that are just beginning.

About The Center

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center is the nation's second-oldest and third-largest LGBT community center. Functioning as the LGBT community's flagship organization, The Center is led by a 20-member board of directors, employs over 40 paid staff and utilizes more than 600 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights.

The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including youth, seniors, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those struggling with HIV.

In 2009, The Center served more than 36,000 San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.