June 2014 ENewsletter Issue 2

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June 2014
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News From The Center


Paul Moore, Porter Gilberg, & Cory Allen (L to R)

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our CyberCenter Grand Reopening on June 14th! We are excited to have eight new Office-loaded desktop computers in order to continue supporting hundreds of clients every month who would otherwise be without access to computers. A special thank you to Paul Moore, Program Officer from the David Bohnett Foundation, and Cory Allen, Field Representative from the office of State Senator Ricardo Lara, who were able to join us for the reopening!


We have many wonderful events coming up here at The Center, including our next Trans* Ally Training this Friday,

2013 Qfilm Festival

June 27th. Information about all of our upcoming events and programs can be found below. Additionally, save the dates for the 2014 Long Beach Qfilms Festival, running September 12-14th. Submissions are now closed, and this year’s selection is bound to contain some of the best LGBTQ selections of the year!   


It’s that time of year again, and registration is now open for the 2014 Long Beach AIDS Ride

Riders from the 2013 LBAR
(LBAR). The second annual ride, taking place on November 15th, is designed to support local Long Beach efforts in the areas of education, prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses. Click HERE for more information and to register for the 2014 ride. Keep a lookout for our kickoff event in July!


We have a lot more in store for you this July! ‘Like’ our Facebook page HERE to keep up-to-date on all of our upcoming events.


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


In Solidarity, 


The Center Long Beach






Upcoming Events

Our Local Community: LGBTQ & Judaism
Thursday June 26, 2014

Join Temple Israel for a panel discussion and an evening of learning and discussion about issues around LGBTQ and Judaism, in partnership with The Center and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

Panelists include:
Rabbi Steven Moskowitz, Rabbi at Temple Israel
Porter Gilberg, Executive Director of The Center
Linda Keiles, Temple Israel Congregant
Barbara Pisetsky, PFLAG RepresentativeNo cost to attend.

Please RSVP to Charmaine at [email protected]

CLICK HERE for more information.


Transgender Ally Training
Friday June 27, 2014

Back by popular demand, The Center’s, Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment Program (MYTE), will train you to become an ally to the trans* community.

Bring your questions and an open mind. This is your chance to get informed! ALL are welcome, even trans* identified people.

Let’s put the “T” back in the LGBTQ!
CLICK HERE for more information.


Mark Studner Exhibit Closing Reception
Sunday June 29, 2014
Join us at The Center from 11:30AM to 2:30PM for the Mark Studner Photography Exhibit Closing Reception!
The photography, as well as a few other exhibit items will be available to purchase during the reception.
Additionally, join us in reintroducing our LGBTQ Special Needs Support Group! The support group is held the last Saturday of every month from 11:00am-12:30pm. Mark acts as a facilitator of the group.


CLICK HERE for more information.

BDSM Workshop
Thursday July 10, 2014

w/ Bikkja Amy

Absolutely SHOCKING!!!! Come and learn about all the fun things that can be used to zap the living sexy daylights out of you! From Violet and Neon Wands to stun guns and Tens Units, this hands-on workshop will cover safety and the erotic allure of being zapped!! 

Workshop Fee: $15

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


CLICK HERE for more information.

Village People Harbor Cruise
Saturday July 26, 2014
Join the Imperial Court of Long Beach on July 26th from 6:30-10:30pm for their Village People Harbor Cruise benefitting The Center’s MYTE Program. Dress as your favorite Village People group member!
Ticket purchase includes all access on the boat, buffet dinner, entertainment, costume contest, and a raffle drawing.
$30 presale until July 12th
$45 after July 12th and at door


CLICK HERE for more information.

Save the Date: Qfilms
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 selection is guaranteed to be spectacular!


QFilms Long Beach is the queer film festival to SEE and be SEEN. All proceeds benefit The Center and our LGBTQ community programs and direct services.
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.


Transparent Families
Starting June 2014

The Center is proud to offer a support group for families of trans* children and teens.

Three groups will meet simultaneously:
  1. Parent/caregiver group (with a parent facilitator and therapist)
  2. Trans* teen group (13-18 year olds with teen facilitator and therapist)
  3. Child play group ( toddler to 12 year olds, trans* youth and their siblings, full adult supervision)
Contact the Youth Services Manager at 562-434-4455 ext.227 or [email protected] for more information.

Older Adult Saturday Drop-Ins
Every 2nd and 3rd Saturday

Check out The Center’s two older adult LGBTQ drop-ins!

Join us every 2nd Saturday of the month for Lez Chat, and every 3rd Saturday of the month for the Men’s Monthly Social.

Come for coffee, snacks, conversation & company!

CLICK HERE for more information.


Community Announcements

Housing Long Beach: Monthly Community Meeting
Wednesday July 9, 2014
Would you like to improve our QUALITY of current HOUSING in Long Beach?

Would you like to be involved in building LONG LASTING change in your neighborhood?

Would you like to receive training on how you can IMPROVE your city?

Join Housing Long Beach for their Monthly Community Meeting!

…about Housing Long Beach!
…about the work they’re doing to improve quality housing
…skills and gain experience in being a resident leader

Meet your neighbors & create long-lasting change in your community


CLICK HERE for more information.

A Spaghetti Dinner Benefitting the AIDS Food Store
Sunday July 13, 2014


Enjoy a delicious Spaghetti dinner on Sunday, July 13 at the Silver Fox from 4-7pm. This event is presented by Sabreena Unlimited and will benefit AIDS Food Store!


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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