July Newsletter

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July 2013 Issue
News from The Center Long Beach
A snapshot of the Long Beach Marriage Equality Victory Reception

What an amazing month our country has experienced! With marriage equality the law of the land in California and same-sex couples now entitled to Federal marriage benefits, we couldn’t be more proud of our country and movement towards full social and legal equality for LGBTQ people! A big thank you to the over 700 community members who joined us at the marriage equality victory reception at The Grand last week! We feel so honored to have shared such a monumental event with everyone who came out!


Long Beach’s summer of love is in full swing and we are so proud of our Mayor for officiating his first same-sex marriage on Monday. Mayor Bob Foster presided over the marriage of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Co-Founder and Co-President Bob Crow and his partner of 18 years Tony Almeida. Congratulations Bob and Tony!


With many of our community members now planning to get married, we understand that many people have questions about what marriage now means for same-sex couples in California. Our friends at the ACLU of Southern California have released a tremendously helpful FAQ guide to answer nearly every question a loving couple might have.


Operations of The Center would be impossible without the generous support from the community. We would like to thank Entertainment AIDS Alliance, Michael Despars and his partner David, Shoreline Frontrunners, and Students Advocating for Change for your generous donations to The Center over the last month.


We have some great events this July. From our community partnership with Outfest to our new LGBTQ Faith Support Group we will continue to work our hardest to serve each and everyone one of our community members through quality programs and direct services.


We hope to see you this July!




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The Center Partners with Outfest for Big Gay Love
Sunday July 14, 2013

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is proud to announce our partnership with Outfest Los Angeles this year to screen Big Gay Love on Sunday, July 14th at 4:30pm in DGA 1. To purchase a ticket to the screening, click here  or call 213.480.7065. Mention  The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and receive $1 off your ticket purchase!


Being overweight in image-conscious L.A. makes dating a trial for fabulous but sex-starved event planner Bob (GAYBY‘s Jonathan Lisecki). When Andy (Nicholas Brendon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), a dashing chef, falls for him, Bob can’t believe his luck. Yet he proceeds to cock-block himself from getting closer to a man everyone envies and admires. Directed by Ringo Le (Saigon Love Story) and produced by Outfest alum Quentin Lee (White Frog),Big Gay Love asks us to find love beyond the skin-deep tease of beach-side summer bods.


The Center Seeks Community Members for Long Beach Violence Prevention Focus Group
Wednesday July 24, 2013
You are invited! The City of Long Beach and The Center invite you to an LGBTQ Focus Group about the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan (LBVPP) on Wednesday July 24, 2013. We want to hear from you!

We will ask:


· What are the different types of violence impacting your family, schools, and community?


· What is currently working well to prevent violence in Long Beach?


· What types of services should the community develop to prevent violence in Long Beach?


·  What can you do to reduce violence in Long Beach?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013   Focus Group – 6:00pm to 8:00pm   The Center Long Beach   2017 E. 4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814


Spanish and Khmer Translation Available   FREE Child Watch for children ages 5 to 12   Parking is available behind The Center or on the street.


For more information or to RSVP Email Porter Gilbergor call 562.434.4455 ext. 245.

Sunday Brunch Bunch to Benefit Long Beach AIDS Ride

Sunday July 28, 2013
The Sunday Brunch Bunch invites the community out to a beautiful brunch at the home of Center Board Member Jaie Palmero and his partner Steve Davison to raise funds for Long Beach AIDS Ride (LBAR). This very special event will take place on Sunday July 28 from 12-3pm.


Unlike previous events, this is not a potluck. In fact, you don’t have to bring anything at all!  Instead, our hosts are inviting the community over for a fully catered sumptuous meal, with beverage, for only $25. All proceeds will directly benefit LBAR. It’s a social gathering you won’t want to miss!


RSVPs are limited to 60 people. Location address will be Emailed upon ticket purchase. Click here or on the LBAR image to purchase your tickets now!

Support Groups Update

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The Center is excited to announce that St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is now offering a monthly support group at The Center for community members experiencing difficulties or questions about their LGBTQ and faith identities. This new group meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:00pm here at The Center. For more info, visit St. Luke’s online.
In other group news, our twice monthly Undocumented and Queer group as moved to the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month to better accommodate attendees’ schedules. The group will now meet from 6:30-8:30pm. For more info, Email facilitator Miguel Montalva.

The Center Seeks Wedding Vendors for New Online Directory

To celebrate marriage equality in California, The Center will be creating a free online wedding directory listing a number of LGBTQ-friendly wedding vendors. This is a free service we will be providing to the community while many couples make plans for their upcoming nuptials.
We are currently seeking information on businesses who have an existing relationship with the LGBTQ community and a proven track record of support that would like to be listed. Email information on supportive businesses for the directory to Porter Gilberg.
Community Announcements

Splash for C.A.R.E BBQ & Pool Party
Saturday July 20, 2013


Long Beach, CA gets to experience another top notch pool party on July 20th. The CARE program’s 1st Annual “Splash” Pool Party will be held at a private home to raise funds for the CARE Program of Long Beach. Come dressed-up to get in the door, but pack a suit to take a dip. With a stocked bar, and ample pool space, this oasis will combine a club atmosphere with a pristine aquatic twist

For those who love bleeps and bass, we anticipate DJ Monster (Variety Magazine Awards and the Fiesta on Broadway Party) and his incomparable beats to keep our spirits up throughout the day. He will have you dancing from noon until night.

Between the stocked bar, the bbq, and the A-Listers attending this event, the pool party madness will begin from the moment the doors open at 4pm. Although the event lasts until 8pm, it is important to try to get there early to guarantee admission!

Followed by the after party at Ripples Bar.

To encourage your generosity we are featuring:

Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

CCEJ to Host 1 Day Training on Restorative Justice Practices
Wednesday August 7, 2013


Restorative Justice is about a culture shift away from punitive disciplinary systems and towards a model that promotes healing, understanding, and allows participants to get to the root of conflicts. Restorative Justice Practices allow people to build community with one another and prevent conflict by giving everyone at the table an equal voice.
This one-day training will give participants an understanding of the philosophy and practice of Restorative Justice. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the restorative circle process, as well as receive hands-on coaching in facilitation of circles, known as “circle-keeping”.
All participants will walk away equipped with the tools to run a community-building circle.

Anyone involved in community work who is interested in using Restorative Justice Practices in their everyday life is welcome to attend this training on Wednesday August . Registration is $50 and free for youth 24 and under. Breakfast and lunch are provided. For more information Email Alicia Virani or call her at 562.435.8184

Festival Gay Latino
Saturday September 14, 2013


Back for its second year, Long Beach Festival Gay Latino promises to be the premier LGBTQ event celebrating Hispanic Heritage month in Long Beach.


Featuring live performances, international DJs, food, drinks, teen stage and children’s area, and free health screenings at a beach side open air venue, this event is a steal at only $15 to attend. Click here for more info.


Q News Update

Marriage Equality Victory Reception

Long Beach Pride 2013
6th Annual Pink Party

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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