August 2014 ENewsletter Issue 2

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August 2014 Issue 2
News From The Center

Join us this weekend!

Dear Center Family,


We have been hard at work preparing for this weekend’s 2014 Long Beach QFilm Festival! The Festival will be running from September 12-14 here at The Center and at the Art Theatre next door.


QFilms Screenings at the Art Theatre

Check out the lineup for this year’s festival here. The weekend will open at the Art Theatre the evening of Friday, September 12th with the Long Beach premiere of “Appropriate Behavior,” An Opening Night party will take place between screenings at The Center.Tickets are available for purchase in advance online at or at The Center. Tickets will also be available throughout the weekend and before each film.


Register Today!


In addition to the exciting QFilms weekend, we have many wonderful events coming up, which you can read more about below! We would also like to remind everyone that registration is now open for the 2014 Long Beach AIDS Ride (LBAR). More information can be found here.


We hope to see you all this coming weekend for QFilms! We also have a lot  in store for you in the upcoming months! ‘Like’ our Facebook page here to keep up-to-date on all of The Center happenings.


As always, it’s a pleasure serving you at your LGBTQ Center.


In Solidarity,


The Center Long Beach






Upcoming Events

BDSM Workshop: Mummification
Thursday September 11, 2014

w/ Alan Stroik

Discover the feel of giving up complete control of your body. Imagine yourself unable to move your legs and arms as they are wrapped in plastic and duct tape. The anticipation and the sense of arousal and excitement is heightened when you cannot move, escape or resist whatever happens next. Learn how to mummify or be mummified. See other alternatives to plastic wrap and duct tape. Mummification can be head to toe, neck down, total immobility, or each limb can be wrapped separately. Learn warning signs to watch out for, how tight is too tight, and parts of the body that require extra safety precautions when mummifying. As a means to an end or as a scene in itself, mummification opens the doors to many levels of bondage, BDSM play and dominance and submission.


CLICK HERE for more information.

2014 Long Beach QFilm Festival
September 12-14, 2014
Join us this weekend for the 21st Annual Long Beach Qfilm Festival! Enjoy an evening of films and entertainment while supporting the programs and services of The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.
This  year’s lineup will open at the Art Theatre the evening of Friday, September 12th with the Long Beach premiere of “Appropriate Behavior,” an NYC-based comedy about the romantic misadventures of a bisexual Iranian-American woman, and the Los Angeles area premiere of “My Straight Son” (“Azul y No Tan Rosa”), an award-winning Venezuelan drama in which a gay man struggles to connect with his teenage son from a previous relationship. An Opening Night party will take place between screenings at The Center.
Other narrative and documentary features selected to screen on Saturday and Sunday include “Happy End?!,” “Letter to Anita,” “Cupcakes,” “Out in the Night,” “Boy Meets Girl,” “Blackbird,” “Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story,” and “Tru Love,”.
Visit for the full lineup!

Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Come down to The Center and meet with St. Johns Well Child & Family Center’s Transgender Health Program team who will assist you in completing your name and/or gender change paperwork.
CLICK HERE for more information.


Out on the Mountain
Friday, September 19, 2014
Have you purchased your Out on the Mountain Tickets yet? Join over 6,000 people in enjoying a night of fun and celebration, while supporting lots of worthwhile LGBTQ organizations and charities on Friday, September 19th from 6pm-1am at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Purchase your tickets at The Center or through this URL to have a portion of your ticket donated to our programs and services. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a night of fun rides, dance music, and entertainment!


CLICK HERE for more information.

Lola’s and The Center for C.A.R.E. to Dine 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Lola’s is participating in C.A.R.E. to Dine 2014!

The Center has partnered with Lola’s Mexican CuisineHousing Long Beach, and the Office of Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal to participate in this one day event. Dine out and support C.A.R.E. (Comprehensive Aids Research Education) at St. Mary Medical Center, the only full-service AIDS clinic in L.A. County.

Eat at Lola’s any time between 11:30AM and 9:30PM on September 25th and have a percentage of your check donated to C.A.R.E.

Don’t miss out on this chance to enjoy great food and support our local community. We’ll see you there!

CLICK HERE for more information.

Empress Jackie’s Baseball Cap Auction
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Join us in attending Empress Jackie’s Baseball Cap Auction, Saturday Sep. 27th at Paradise Bar & Restaurant, in support of our M.Y.T.E. Youth Program.
There is still an opportunity for individuals and businesses to participate by decorating a baseball cap to be auctioned off during the event. For more information, contact Empress Jackie at [email protected] or 714-915-1084.

CLICK HERE for more information.


Steampunk Theater Company Presents: Songs for a New World
Saturday, September 27, 2014


Join us in attending Songs for a New World, a musical by Jason Robert Brown, presented as a benefit for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. The show’s concept is about a collection of songs that tell a series of stories through an arc, rather than a continual and developing plot running throughout. Each song transports us through our American identity, our community, and our desires. Propelling the journey are our amazing ensemble featuring Dyan Hobday, Michelle Jones, Owen Lovejoy, Caron Lowe, Emily McKibben and David Ponce.

Long Beach State, Gerald R. Daniel Hall

6200 E. Atherton St. Long Beach, 90840
CLICK HERE for more information.

Luminous Transparent & Realistic Watercolor Workshop for LGBTQ Older Adults
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Join us for our Luminous Transparent & Realistic Watercolor class for LGBTQ Older Adults. Create exciting, dramatic compositions! Paint flowers with feeling!

Every Tuesday from 1:00-4:00PM

Starting October 14, 2014 and ending December 30, 2014

Watercolor supplies provided FREE by our Senior Services Committee.

Please RSVP to Operations Manager, Richard Moreno, at [email protected] as seating will be limited.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Save the Date: Long Beach AIDS Ride
Saturday November 15, 2014


It’s time to start gearing up for this year’s Long Beach AIDS Ride (LBAR)! Registration is now open and can be foundHere.

The Long Beach AIDS Ride (LBAR) is a fundraising event produced by, and benefitting The Center and The Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education (CARE) program at St. Mary Medical Center. The event is designed to support local Long Beach efforts in the areas of education, prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses. LBAR is also 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.
CLICK HERE for more information.

Trans*cend: A Transgender Support Group
Open Enrollment
Join us for a weekly on-going trans* support and processing group for individuals 18-35 with weekly themes such as:

  • Coming Out
  • Transition
  • Mourning old self
  • Identity
  • Relationships and more!

Contact The Center’s Mental Health Program for a brief phone intake: (562) 434-4455 ext. 251
Cost: Varies based on income- Sliding scale determined at intake.

CLICK HERE for more information.
Community Announcements

2014 Mr. Long Beach Leather Contest
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Join us in attending the 2014 Mr. Long Beach Leather Contest!
Doors open at 7pm and the contest will start at 8pm.

$10 Suggested Donation


1720 E. Broadway

Long Beach, CA 90802
CLICK HERE for more information.

A Day in Paradise 7
Saturday, September 13, 2014


Join us in attending this full day charity event in support of the AIDS Food Store, Long Beach!
CLICK HERE for more information.

PFLAG Southern Pacific Regional Conference
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Don’t miss out on PFLAG’s Southern Pacific Regional Conference! Meet fellow PFLAGers and enjoy a great day of networking, speakers, and workshops.
Special Keynote Speaker: Congressman Alan Lowenthal

Temple Israel

269 Loma Ave.

Long Beach 90803

CLICK HERE for more information about PFLAG.

2014 LBAR Event Kick-off Party
Your Center Summer Social 2014
2014 Pink Party “Rue Le Cirque”
Did you know that 70% of every dollar donated goes directly into our programs and services? 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.

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