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Social & Support Groups


Social and support groups are the cornerstone of our programs and services at The Center. We are incredibly proud to serve as an organization hosting over 20 social and support groups every single month. Some are facilitated by Center staff, while others are peer-led. All are free to attend and do not require RSVP, unless otherwise stated. Please see below for more information regarding our groups, when they meet, and how you can contact group facilitators. To see a full list of groups and more ways to join visit centerlb.org/connect

Group Facilitation:
The Center is always looking for passionate and driven individuals to help facilitate existing groups or bring new ideas for potential social and support groups. As a facilitator you will be in an active/supportive role to help create and maintain a welcoming, affirming, and supportive environment for all group members. All facilitators are required to complete a training provided by The Center. Anyone interested in group facilitation should sign up for a volunteer orientation here.

 

Men Over 40

Every Monday 7:00-8:30pm
Men Over 40 is a group for gay and bisexual men to gather for social chats, dining, and activities. Outside The Center, on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, Men Over 40 gathers at various eateries for dining and socializing. Events are planned and structured by individual group members and participation in the planning process is encouraged.

For more information contact the Center at (562) 434-4455


Gay & Lesbian AA/Step/Book Study

Every Monday 7:00-8:00pm

A 12-step and book study group for the LGBTQ community.

For more information contact Matt at (562) 212-6270


Trans-verse

Every Other Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm
Transverse is a peer-led group for people ages 16-24 who identify as trans, non-binary, two-spirit, and/or another identity under the trans umbrella. Meetings include discussions, socializing, and planned programming.

Sign up here. For more information, contact our youth services department at [email protected]


20 Somethings

Every Other Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm
20 Somethings is a social and support group focusing on experiences and issues of LGBTQ+ individuals ages 18-29 years old. The group discusses various topics, hosts open conversations and creates a space for LGBTQ+ young adults to connect. Local activities and outings are also planned throughout the year.

To sign-up, click here. For more info contact [email protected] 


Gender Expansive

Every Thursday 7:00-8:45pm
A social support group for individuals who identify anywhere along the (trans) gender spectrum and are over the age of 18.

The group is supportive in nature, and participants are asked to celebrate their accomplishments and share the issues they face every day.

To register click here, or contact River at [email protected] for more information.


Men’s Rap

Every Thursday 7:30-8:30pm
An informal discussion group where ideas are exchanged on a variety of issues pertinent to gay men and the LGBT community at large. Men’s Rap exists as a space for men to share and discuss personal experiences and provide an alternative place for gay men to meet and make friends.  Men’s rap is open to gay, bisexual, and transgender men of all ages.

For more information call the front desk at (562) 434-4455

 


Support Positive

Every Friday 7:00-8:30pm
Dealing with a new HIV diagnosis can be a challenging and at times overwhelming. Support Positive discusses issues affecting those with a new diagnosis including relationships, managing and understanding medical care and treatment options, and dealing with family, work, and friends. If you have been diagnosed and are looking for support, call and join your peers.

For more information contact Michael at (562) 247-7353. To Join the zoom, click here.


Intimate Recovery Men’s AA

Every Friday 7:00-8:00pm
A weekly group for men to explore intimacy within the lens of their recovery process.

For more information contact Matt at (562) 212-6270


PolyGathering Long Beach Monthly Discussion Group

Every 3rd Saturday 2:00-4:00pm

The  group welcomes a wide range of people who are in open relationships or identify as polyamorous. We are a queer-centered group that prioritizes relationship accountability, emotional responsibility, and providing fair access. If you’re curious about this lifestyle or have questions about your current relationship, this is a great opportunity to meet like-minded folks. Many are available for advice, support and just plain fun.

The group is, first and foremost, inclusive of communities of color, disabled, and LGBTQ persons. We welcome you, solo or with your loved ones, and look forward to seeing the familiar faces that build this loving community.

For more information contact Chai at [email protected]


Transparent Families

Last Saturday of the Month at 1:00pm

The Center is proud to offer a support group for families of transgender children and teens. The group is a child play group (toddler to 12 year olds, trans youth and their siblings)

Contact Live · Xóchitl Salas at 562-434-4455 ext. 343 or [email protected] for more information.

 


Encore Men

Encore Men is a facilitated drop-in support group created to provide a safe, affirming and inclusive space for gay, bisexual, trans, queer men and non-binary people who self-identify as Older Adults or Seniors. As a drop-in group, everyone is welcome, and participation is at your own pace. This group provides community, company and space for everyone, with peer lead conversations on a variety of topics. Though this group is geared for those 55 years and over, everyone is welcome regardless of age. Coffee & light brunch is provided.

For more information about the group, meeting updates, possible changes, or for general questions email [email protected] or call (562) 362 – 6945


Lez Chat

The Lez Chat drop in group was created by lesbian women to provide a safe, affirming, and inclusive space for Lesbian, Bi, Queer women and Non-Binary people who self identify as Older Adults seniors or elders. As a drop in group, everyone is welcome and participation is at your own pace. This group provides community, company and a space for everyone. Lez Chat meets every third Saturday of the month.

For more information, contact Valentina at (562) 354-4817 ext. 239

 

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