April 2013 Newsletter

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April 2013 Issue
News from The Center Long Beach
(l to r) Center President and Board Chair Ron Sylvester, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach Pride Co-President Bob Crow, Councilwoman Gerrie Shipske, Mayor Bob Foster, and Long Beach Pride Co-Chair Kim Maddox at City Hall for the rainbow flag raising ceremony on March 26. 

The Center Long Beach is incredibly inspired after witnessing such tremendous support from our local leaders, elected officials, and community as the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

On March 24, just before the SCOTUS began hearing arguments, our Administrative Director Porter Gilberg was honored to speak on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall on behalf of marriage equality and the Long Beach LGBTQ community. Porter was quite humbled to speak alongside representatives from from the LA City Council and Mayor’s office, City Controller and LA City Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel, local clergy, and the Executive Directors for EQCA, API Equality, and the Latino Equality Alliance. Over 350 people attended this rally and we are thrilled that almost every local TV station covered the event. 


On the first day of oral arguments, March 26, The Center’s President and Board Chair Ron Sylvester and Board Member Raul Anorve were proud to join Mayor Bob Foster, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Gerrie Shipske, and representatives from the Long Beach Human Relations Commission, Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, and the Long Beach Lambda Democratic club in an official Pride flag raising ceremony at City Hall. Later in the evening, Ron enthusiastically emceed our City’s own candlelight vigil in support of marriage equality, an event organized by local community member and Center Intern Brad Shore. Over 100 community members came out in support and listened as the Mayor, numerous City Councilmembers, and representatives from Signal Hill, the State Senate, and United States Congress all pledged their support for marriage equality. Brad spearheaded a truly wonderful event and we feel truly blessed to live in  such a supportive city. 


At The Center, we are united by the belief that the LGBTQ community deserves full legal equality and social legitimacy in our city, state, and country. We are hopeful that the SCOTUS will rule on the right side of equality and the right side of history for marriage equality. 


We are also committed to continuing to serve our entire LGBTQ community and pledge to remain strong advocates for those LGBTQ community members who are most disproportionally impacted by social stigma and discrimination including youth, transgender and gender non-conforming people, people of color, immigrants, and senior citizens. We know marriage equality, while an incredibly important issue for our community, is not the only issue and we are proud to provide direct services, cultural programs and advocacy efforts for public policies which address the many needs of our diverse LGBTQ community. 

We have some great happenings in April which speak to the beauty and diversity of our community. Check out all the info below. We hope to see you soon.

In Solidarity,

The Center 




Long Beach AIDS Ride Registration Open
Saturday November 30, 2013


We are so excited for Long Beach AIDS Ride! The Center and CARE program at St. Mary Medical Center are thrilled to produce this one-day bike ride raising funds and awareness about HIV/AIDS in Long Beach. Our goal is to to use LBAR as a platform to increase positive, life-affirming experiences for people affected and infected by HIV and to encourage activism in the Greater Long Beach community.

Registration for LBAR is open now! Riders can choose between a 40 or 75 mile route that winds down the beautiful California coast. Click here for more info on LBAR and register now!


QSPeak Celebrates Women’s History Month
Sunday April 7, 2013


In celebration of Women’s History Month, we invited Helen Factor to share her experience with the      Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective, organized in 1970 to create large brilliantly

colored posters for the growing women’s

liberation movement. Each poster was a joint creation by the members and most of the posters were not signed. 

Joining Helen Factor will be Dr. Marie Cartier, scholar, visual /performance artist, queer activist, poet and



Our community partner for this event is Women of 40 Plus, a fabulous social group for lesbians over 40 who meet at The Center every Tuesday at 6pm. A big thanks to 40 Plus for joining us as a community partner!


Dr. Cartier will be

conducting a one-on-one interview with Helen

regarding when she joined the collective, her

experience in thecollective and her art. Dr. Cartier teaches at UC Irvine and California State University Northridge . Her book, Baby You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars and Theology before Stonewall, which includes information and images from the Women’s Graphics Collective, will be published by Acumen Press, 2013. Please join us on Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to celebrate Helen Factor! Click here for more info. 


BDSM Series Presents Slap and Tickle Workshop 

Thursday April 11, 2013


Physical touch is a powerful way to connect intimately with a partner. Whether you are new to BDSM, a seasoned veteran or consider yourself a dabbler in the world of kink, your hands are your most readily
available “toy”. Tantalizing, teasing and trembling torture are all possible through the use of touch. Tickling, pinching, slapping, caressing, spanking, poking, and flicking are just a few of the possible ways you might use your hands as a tool for pleasure and pain. Is this class hands-on? You betcha!

The Center Long Beach takes great pride in supporting safe and healthy practices for the expression of sexual diversity irrespective of gender, gender identity,

sexual orientation, or alternative activity.  We advocate and honor safe environments with no judgment and safe exploration in the world of bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism.  Play safe, play sane, and

be consensual.


Please join us on Thursday April 11 at 6:30pm for this awesome workshop. $15/18+ on. All proceeds benefit programs and services at The Center. For more info Email our Operations Manager Natalie Altman.

QSpeak Presents Sister Spit
Friday April 12, 2013 

QSpeak, presented by The Center Long Beach, is proud to host Sister Spit as part of our 2013 cultural program series. This event is FREE for the 2nd year in a row thanks to generous support from Arts Council for Long Beach and Downtown Long Beach Associates
Don’t miss this multimedia explosion of tastemakers, novelists, luminaries, chanteuses,performance artists, poets and filmmakers. This is also an official Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Month event!


Host Michelle Tea

Award winning author Ali Liebegott

Debut novelist Daniel Levesque

Genderqueer costume-designing accordion-wielding performance artist DaveEnd

Australian Sharpie TextaQueen

Local legends Myriam Gurba and Griselda Suarez

Sister Spit was established in San Francisco in the early 1990’s as a weekly all-female open mic series, co-founded by Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson. The duo launched the first Sister Spit national tour in 1997: 2 vans chock-full with cutting-edge dyke female writers and performers. Since its inception, Sister Spit has crossed the country many times and re-merged in 2007 as Sister Spit- Next Generation featuring established writers with young, emerging queer and queer-influenced artists of all genders.

In addition to the performance, a number of community organizations will be on hand to provide information about how you can get more involved in the Long Beach community. Live streaming of the performance will be available at LBpost.com. This performance is absolutely free and open to the public. Performance begins at 7:30pm at MADhaus (624 Pacific Ave. in Long Beach). For more info click here


Hiking 101 Workshop at The Center

Saturday April 13, 2013

The OC/LB chapter of Great Outdoors will be holding a free seminar titled  “Hiking 101” at The Center.


This is an excellent            opportunity for beginning hikers to learn new skills, or for seasoned hikers to brush up on their skills. Jamie will be teaching great skills such as where to find hikes, what to take, safety, clothing, food, essentials, weather     considerations, gear, etc.


Following the seminar, you are invited to hike the       beautiful Whiting Ranch, located in the city of Foothill Ranch on Saturday, April 20, 2013.


This event is sponsored by the OC/LB chapter of the Great Outdoors and The Center and is open to the entire community. There are no  membership dues, only a     desire to learn hiking skills and put them to use on a beautiful hike specifically planned for all skill levels to have a great time!


Join us for this great seminar on April 13, 2013 from 12-2pm at The Center. For more info, visit Great Outdoors online.

Community Announcements

Shoreline Frontrunners Fundraiser
Friday April 5, 2013

Join Shoreline Fronrunners & Students Advocating Change for happy hour pizza & pasta buffet at Buono’s in Downtown Long Beach!

Enjoy an evening filled with fabulous food & spirit while showing your appreciation to our generous 2013 Pride Rainbow Run sponsor.

Cost: $15 includes buffet, 1 drink, 1 raffle ticket, 2 hour validated parking (enter adjacent retail parking between pacific & chestnut).

Happy hour specials house & premium beer $2.75 & wine $4.75 For more information please call 562-432-2211 or click on the graphic.



2013 People’s State of The City
Thursday April 11, 2013

On Thursday, April 11th, residents from across the city will gather for Long Beach’s second annual People’s State of the City. This free event will bring together community members to discuss matters affecting Long Beach, including jobs, housing, education, immigration, the environment, and the health and safety of our neighborhoods.



Long Beach’s first-ever People’s State of the City, held in 2012, attracted over 300 attendees. People’s State of the City 2013 will be held at Grace United Methodist Church at 2325 E. Third St. in Long Beach. Doors open with a mixer at 5:30pm and the program scheduled from 6-7:30pm. Childwatch and Spanish and Khmer translation will be available. Light refreshments will be provided at the mixer.
This community forum is one component of the Long Beach Rising! Civic Engagement Program facilitated by the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community. The program is a comprehensive approach to promoting civic participation, voter engagement, and community organizing among historically underrepresented communities.
People’s State of the City 2013 is being organized by over 20 community organizations, including The Center, who will be on hand to provide information about their important work. For more info, click here.


Celebrate Mark Twain Library’s Anniversary
Saturday April 13, 2013

You are invited to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Mark Twain Library with a special storytelling program featuring Antonio Sacre. Please join the library from 2-4pm for this special anniversary event. The Mark Twain Library is located at 1401 E. Anaheim Street in Long Beach.


Click here for more info.



Out & About LB Annual BBQ Event
Sunday April 14,  2013

Please join us on Sunday, April 14th, for a wonderful afternoon at our annual Spring Kick-off Event and meeting. This event will raise funds for the organization’s administrative costs. Funds raised at our other events can be given to our selected beneficiaries. 


 The event will be held at the home of members Marian Martin and Nancy Millard. We will be sitting around their wonderful pool area.  Out and About LB will be providing all food and drinks at this event. The event will start at 2:00 p.m.  This is also the time where our members can suggest social and charitable activities for the upcoming year.     


Out and About is asking for a minimum contribution of $25.00 per person. Out and About welcomes amounts in the excess of the minimum donation. You can also send a check to: Out and About LB, PO Box 17748, Long Beach, CA 90807.


Click here to RSVP. 


AIDS Assistance Thrift Store Spring Art Sale
Saturday April 27, 2013

Try art. It’s delicious!

The AIDS Assistance Thrift Store Spring Fundraising Art Event starts Saturday April 27… and you’re invited to the Opening Night Reception!

On Friday, April 26 from 6-9PM will be your opportunity to acquire some amazing art before the sale begins, socialize with other art enthusiasts, and to help a great cause!

This year, they’ll be featuring a gallery of contemporary art generously donated to us by a collection of acclaimed Southern California artists: Dennis Asbury, Richard Bartoletti, Tim Batts, BigToe, Cory Bilicko, Boots Bryant, Help Desk, Deanne Paskil, Charles Phoenix, Johnnie Velour & Ken Wagar.

They also have a huge selection of unique art donations from the past year: paintings, sculpture, folk art, mixed media, photography, and much more!

$10 suggested donation at the door. They’ll be serving refreshments and appetizers.

The Art Sale continues through Spring.

Amazing art, good people, great cause.

AIDS Assistance Thrift Store is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to helping men, women and children living with HIV & AIDS in Long Beach.

Click here for more info.



International City Theatre Presents: Master Class
Now through April 14, 2013

Join International City Theatre as they present Master Class, the award-winning play by Terrence McNally. Internationally renowned soprano Maria Callas had a legendary voice and an equally legendary life as one of the world’s most celebrated (and gossiped-about) opera stars. In 1971, Callas taught a series of master classes at Juilliard. Outspoken in her artistic beliefs and uncompromising in the musical understanding she sought to communicate to 25 fortunate students, Callas worked through her legendary arias from Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Puccini and others. Terrence McNally’s play finds Callas near the end of her career, her voice almost gone, as she instructs a group of young singers aspiring to the heights of fame and fortune with wicked humor, unrelenting criticism and deeply personal stories – stories that include her life with Aristotle Onassis.


Click here for more info and tickets. 


Phone Bank from Home for Marriage Equality
Throughout April and May, 2013

Join The Center  as part of the National Equality Action Team (NEAT) to help local communities win marriage equality in Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota and Illinois!  NEAT volunteers currently help via weekly phone banksr from home, as well as weekend volunteer trips in April and May where transportation and housing are provided.

Volunteers will be calling IL, DE, RI and MN from their homes using a computer and telephone.  Volunteers will be talking to supporters of marriage equality in those states providing information on where we are in the fight for marriage equality, and how they can help.  Specifically, we will be transferring them to their local legislators voice mail to leave a message of support. For each shift, volunteers will be provided with training via a conference call during the first 20-30 minutes, and support during their shift via email, phone and instant message.


 For more information or to sign up click here.


Q News Update

Marriage Equality Vigil 3/26/13
Marriage Equality Flag Raising Ceremony 3/26/13
Greg Fritsche Art Exhibition



Individual contributions are what keep our Center going! Won’t you please consider becoming a part of The Center’s mission and vision?Please support us and your local LGBT community.

Click here if you are interested in donorship opportunities or you can visit our specific online donor page to contribute directly to The Center. On behalf of our clients, our Board of Directors, the staff and our community, thank you so much for your generosity.

Center Hours: M-F 11 AM – 9 PM, Sat 12 PM – 3 PM.  Help Desk: 562.434.4455
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