July 2014 ENewsletter

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July 2014
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News From The Center

Youth Services Manager, Joel, at the MYTE Car Wash

We have many wonderful events coming up in the next few months here at The Center, including our fabulous new event, Your Center Summer Social, to close out the Summer! On August 16th, enjoy a beautiful Saturday evening social at a historic home in the Willmore City District filled with food, drinks, raffles, and more! Meet the staff and board of your LGBTQ Center. Tickets can be purchased here. The event is free with Center membership. 


QFilms Screenings at the Art Theatre

The Long Beach QFilm Festival is just around the corner! The major features lineup has been released, and more information can be found here. This  year’s lineup will open at the Art Theatre the evening of Friday, September 12th with the Long Beach premiere of “Appropriate Behavior,” and the Los Angeles area premiere of “My Straight Son” (“Azul y No Page 2 Tan Rosa”). An Opening Night party will take place between screenings at The Center. To stay up-to-date on this year’s schedule of screenings and events, ‘Like’ the QFilms Facebook page here.

Riders from the 2013 LBAR


Registration is now open for the 2014 Long Beach AIDS Ride (LBAR). Join us on September 7th for the event kick-off party! You will be able to register on-site for the ride and speak with event staff and past participants to learn more about the ride and its mission. More information can be foundhere.


We hope to see you at all of our wonderful events. We have a lot more 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

Opening Reception Featuring Myriam Gurba & Denise Rivas
Tuesday July 29, 2014
Join us on Tuesday, July 29th from 7:30-9:00pm for the Opening Reception of our latest art show featuring Myriam Gurba and Denise Rivas. 


CLICK HERE for more information.

Your Center Summer Social
Saturday August 16, 2014

Enjoy a beautiful Saturday evening social at a historic home in the Willmore City District filled with food, drinks, raffles, and more! Meet the staff and board of your LGBTQ Center. 

$10 Cover or Free w/ Center Membership


Address will be provided upon ticket purchase.


CLICK HERE for more information.


LBAR Event Kick-Off Part
September 7, 2014
Join us for the 2014 Long Beach AIDS Ride Kick-off Party on September 7th from 3:00-6:00pm at Alfredo’s Beach Club!
  • Appetizers will be served
  • No host bar
  • Music & Entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Register on-site for ride
  • Meet 2013 riders and event staff
CLICK HERE for more information.


BDSM Workshop
Thursday August 15, 2014
w/ Tim HamiltonSensory deprivation and changing or limiting the senses can change the experience. Depriving a sense enhances others. Our best fantasies are based on what we think – not what we know. Once we find someone that we trust, our imagination is expanded as it works with theirs. It is said “You cannot dip your toe in the same river twice”. Tonight we will look at that statement and perhaps get your feet wet. We’ll explore what makes a good, safe, and enlightened experience. Just because you are blindfolded does not mean you have to stop seeing. You will have the opportunity to try hoods, masks, and body suits. Bring your favorite sensory deprivation equipment!

ABOUT Tim Hamilton: 

Tim has been active in his own bondage, kink, experience since he was 10. As an adult he has been involved and teaching in the Los Angeles Leather Community since 1992. He is primarily a Dominant sort of man, with a history of relationships where he is obedient to another. He teaches based on building connections, which is where he believes the best experience is rooted. Safe ways to play are critical, but not dry boring topics that have to be discussed before the good stuff. Safety creates a bigger playground and is discussed with the playground in mind. Tim thinks that integrating a whole experience to invite a safe, fun, and bonding experience is as important as patience is while in LA traffic. He has taught flogging, bondage, sensory deprivation and input, mummification, and more. With decades of experience and an interactive class, Tim might give you some hints of your own to take away.

Workshop Fee: $15

Comfortable clothing suggested. Parking available in the rear of the building. 


CLICK HERE for more information.

Qfilms Major Feature Lineup Announcement
September 12-14, 2014
It’s almost that time of year again! Save the date for this year’s QFilms, the only LGBTQ-focused film festival in 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 Page 2 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,”.
Additional features as well as a variety of great Men’s, Women’s and Queer short films will be announced in
early August.
‘Like’ the QFilms Facebook page to keep up-to-date on lineup announcements.
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.

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.


Catalyst’s 3 Meals Project
The Center Long Beach has partnered with Catalyst Network of Communities on their new project 3 Meals – a project that brings together individuals who are characteristically different from each other to spend a full day of sharing stories while sharing three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).The project begins with the 3 Meals Campaign: “Sexual Orientation” bringing together 5 individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, and asexual to spend an entire day together to become better known and to better understand each other without debate, defense, or desire to convert perspectives.

We will be creating a documentary film on their Meal experience and their back stories and we are looking for participants. We’re now accepting applications from anyone interested in being considered.

CLICK HERE for more information or to apply.


David Bohnett Foundation Awards ‘Refresh’ Grants
For their 2014 refresh program, the David Bohnett Foundation has awarded grants totaling $500,000 to refresh 29 of its visionary, community-based CyberCenters with brand new state-of-the-art equipment. Thanks to the generosity of the David Bohnett Foundation and their grant to The Center, we are able to support hundreds of clients every month that would otherwise be without access to computers. The CyberCenter remains a thriving and central place for our clients and greatly supports our efforts to connect, inform and enrich our vibrant community.
CLICK HERE to read more about this program.


Community Announcements

Bullying Smoke Out
Saturday August 9, 2014
Join the Long Beach Imperial Court on Saturday, August 9th from 7-9pm  at The Brit for a cigar social, beer and soda bus. Doug, Mr. Imperial Leather 2014 will be having his first of many functions to come! Come out and join Mr. Imperial Leather 2014, The United Waves of Long Beach and The International Imperial Court of Long Beach as they host “Bullying Smoke Out.” $5 buy in for beer/soda. There will also be jello shots and raffles!For more info contact Douglas J Dick at [email protected] or visit their website at www.longbeachimperialcourt.org

Proceeds to benefit “Stand up Foundation Anti-Bullying Project.”


CLICK HERE for more information.

C.A.R.E. to Dine Kickoff Party
Sunday August 17, 2014
The C.A.R.E. to Dine Kickoff Party will be returning to the Long Beach Museum of Art on Sunday, August 17th. Enjoy ocean views, live music, refreshing cocktails,tasty appetizers, and celebrate what has been called the “gold standard” in HIV care.Tickets are $25 at the door. Complementary admission to the Long Beach Museum of Art is included. Valet parking available.

they will announce the final roster of restaurants where you can become a C.A.R.E. host, linking your friends or community group to a great night out-and help provide for essential HIV services in our community!

C.A.R.E. 21 Members, C.A.R.E. To Dine Participating Restaurant Owners/Managers, C.A.R.E.-Hosts (individuals and organizations that sign up to host parties on C.A.R.E. to Dine day) will receive two free admissions.


CLICK HERE for more information.

QNews Update

2014 Pink Party “Rue Le Cirque”
2014 Long Beach Pride Parade
“We Are Your Center”
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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