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Community Profile: Jennine Estes, the therapist with a passion for circus acts

SAN DIEGO -- In addition to a successful marriage and family counseling practice in Mission Valley, Jennine Estes stays really, really busy.

As founder of the #BeingLOVEDIs movement, she pushes Social Media users to share with the world what love means to them, and do so in a creative manner. It breaks through stereotypes and cliches, allowing people to express their experiences with relationships of all varieties – family, friends, romantic and platonic.

Then there is her passion for daring circus activities. This week, Jennine and her associates will present the second annual #BeingLOVEDIs circus event during the Hillcrest Fat Tuesday street party staged by the Hillcrest Business Association.

In addition to some incredible physical performances, such as contortion and trapeze acts, visitors can check out some other carnival-esque spectacles including a relationship fortune-telling booth with relationship therapists.

At the #BeingLOVEDIs booth, festival attendees can have their photo taken and express what it means for them to be loved. Jennine offers San Diego Gay & Lesbian News a deeper look into the event.


Antioch, Calif.

Single or taken:


Any children or beloved animals?

Two Siamese cats

How many years have you been in San Diego?

Since the fall of 1997.

This is the the second annual #BeingLOVEDIs circus event. How did you first get involved in Hillcrest Fat Tuesday?

Hillcrest Business Association approached me and asked me to join them. Each year I want to put on an event that helps raise money for a good cause.

What can first-time Hillcrest Fat Tuesday attendees expect this year?

This year we are bringing a lot of talented people to the event. My goal is to have a positive impact on our community about love and relationships. My day job is a marriage and family therapist working with couples and my so-called sport is trapeze (both flying and static trapeze). I will be incorporating all of these passions this year. We will have a trapeze rig with aerial silks, static trapeze and lyra. There will also be contortions, stilt walkers, and fire dancers. My team of therapists will be putting on a fun relationship fortune telling and relationship advice booth. We will also have the #BeingLOVEDIs booth so people can join in on sharing what it means to be loved. My goal is to have people walk away feeling more connected and inspired for emotional health and relationship growth.

From where did you derive personal inspiration for the #BeingLovedIs campaign?

As a marriage and family therapist, I work with people daily on love; giving and getting loved. I am always interested in how my clients, and people in general, look at relationships and love – after all, I’m in the relationship business! As humans, we all need love and acceptance. We are a pack animal that connects with others and grows as a community. I had an idea about a Social Media campaign and how to broaden what people experience of love: what it means, what it feels like, and what happens when it’s missing. With all of that in mind, I came up with the #BeingLOVEDIs hashtag. My goal is to learn more about what everyone thinks it means to them. Through this #BeingLOVEDIs movement, it reinforces the fact that love is a feeling, not restricted to one definition or even one type of relationship. #BeingLOVEDis gives people an opportunity to give a voice to how they experience love, and the different types of relationships where they appreciate it.

What work or pastime do you find the utmost joy or fulfillment in doing?

The most fulfilling thing I do on a daily basis is work with my clients. The daily joy and most fulfilling joy I get is when I see my work as a marriage and family therapist helping people long-term in their relationships and emotional health. I get emails or cards in the mail from past clients that say “thank you” and it fills my heart.

What’s a little fact or piece of trivia we may not know about you?

I love riding my motorcycle (which is out of commission right now).

What do you like most about the local LGBT community?

I love that the community is so supportive and connected.

What’s one Hillcrest business/shop/eatery/landmark you could not live without?

Trader Joe’s and the “Hillcrest” sign.

What superpower would you have?

To freeze time!

If you could host a dinner party and invite three people (dead or alive), who would they be and why?

My dad and my grandparents. They have been such a big part of my journey in life and I’d love for one more day with them to say "thank you" and share with them my life just one last time.

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The details

The second annual #BeingLOVEDIs circus event will take place at the Hillcrest Fat Tuesday street party on University Avenue between Tenth and Vermont on Tuesday, March 4 from 7 to 11 pm.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now on the HBA website. Tickets will be $30 at the gates.


Stilt Walking

Darren S. Gray and Krystin Railing

Fire Act

Laura Downing

Contortion Group

Jessica Ayala

Fire Poi

Leila Dora

Pole Dancing

Chelsea Nevius

Trapeze Performances

Double Trapeze

Jacqueline Witt


Travis Ti
Stephanie Salo
Jessica Ayala


Laura Downing
Travis Ti
Jen Zajac
Misty Pawlowski
Leila Dora


Ashley Pellegrini
Molly Alghussain

Aerial Net

Jesse De La Cruz