March 2013 Newsletter

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March 2013 Issue
News from The Center Long Beach
The Center’s Staff and Board with Melissa Etheridge at the HSLB LGBT History Project preview gala in February. 

We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to theHistorical Society of Long Beach for hosting a star-studded, jam-packed preview gala for Coming Out in Long Bach: The LGBT History Project. Now open to the public, this year-long exhibit explores the history of our LGBT community and the organizations, including The Center, that have contributed to our community’s health, wellness, and growth. Congratulations HSLB on hosting a fabulous party and incredible exhibit!


Here at The Center, we hosted our first ever LGBTQ Prospective Parents Symposium on February 9. In collaboration with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Family Service’s Department, we hosted over 50 prospective parents and more than 20 local resources for people looking to grow their families. The event was such a great success, we’re looking to host additional events for prospect and current LGBTQ parents throughout the year.


As always, the month of March will feature something for everyone here at The Center. From art shows, to seminars, to our core programs and services, it’s our honor to serve as your local LGBT community center and it’s our pleasure to welcome you in.


Finally, The Center was incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Rudy de la Mor. Rudy delighted us with his music for years in Long Beach and we will greatly miss him.


RUDY DE LA MOR, Palm Springs White Party
RUDY DE LA MOR, Palm Springs White Party “Tap-Tap-Tap”




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Your Center Program Update

We’re always excited to send out our monthly eNewsletter to tell you more about our great upcoming events, but we’d like to take a moment to tell you a little more about what our core programs and services have been up to over the last month. Here’s a quick recap.


In the month of February:

  • An average of 15 youth a day participated in our Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment after-school drop-in program.
  • Our Health Services department conducted over 125 free rapid HIV tests
  • Our Mental Health department conducted over 100 low-cost counseling sessions to community members in need.
  • Our new drug & alcohol counseling program, The ADAM Project, made almost 50 outreach contacts and participated in half a dozen resource fairs to inform community members about this new and exciting program.
  • Over 1000 hours of time were donated to The Center by our volunteers.
  • There were more than 400 visits to our free state-of-the art Cyber Center by community members.
  • The Community Help Desk fielded more than 1000 client inquiries.

The Center relies on the support of our community to continue reaching the thousands of people we serve every month. Click here to support The Center today.

The Center Presents: California Landscapes

Now through April 30, 2013

The Center Long Beach is pleased to announce the next in a series of on-going art exhibits featuring LGBT artists. A collection entitled California Landscapes by Greg Fritsche will be featured throughout the Center from

March 3 through April 30.


Fritsche is a California native, and has been a resident of Long Beach since 1980.  He specializes in landscapes, oil on canvas.  His inspiration has always been the natural beauty of the California coast. He has traveled extensively throughout the state and takes most interest in the incredible flora along the coastlines of  Carmel, Mendocino, San Luis Obispo, La Jolla and Laguna.  Fritsche says he paints in the tradition of other great California impressionists.


All of his work is available for sale with partial proceeds benefitting the programs and services at The Center. “This a wonderful way to engage the community and profile some our most talented local artists” says Phyllis Schmidt, a member of the board of The Center and chair of the art committee.  “We look forward to welcoming the community into The Center every two month for a new show” she added.


The Center’s first exhibit of the year entitled Gardens: oil paintings on canvas, by artist Donald Tiscareno ran through February 28.  To date this vibrant collection of succulents and cacti indigenous to southern California has been a huge success, wowing Center patrons and selling more than a dozen pieces.


The Center is located at 2017 East 4th Street in Long Beach and open Monday thru Friday from 11am – 9pm and on Saturdays from noon – 3pm.


Temple Beth David Offers Intro to Judaism Seminar at The Center
Wednesday March 13, 2013


The Center is proud to partner with Temple Beth David to host an introduction to Judaism seminar at The Center on March 13 at 7:00PM. Find out more about one of the world’s oldest religions and what Judaism says about LGBT people. It’s Kosher to be who you are at this informational seminar. Temple Beth David is a reform congregation serving West Orange County and the Greater Long Beach community and has been serving the community for over 50 years. For more information or to RSVP call (714) 892-6623.

QSpeak Coming April 2013

The Center Long Beach is proud to announce the return of the QSpeak series in 2013! Our committee has been hard at work planning a whole host of cultural events celebrating our fabulous LGBTQ community.
While we can’t give everything away all at once, make sure to check our Facebook page for updates as we will be hosting two events in April! Back for the 2nd year in a row, QSpeak will be hosting the fabulous queer-centric multimedia performance show Sister Spit on Friday April 12, 2013 at 7:30PM. Thanks to generous support from Arts Council for Long Beach and Downtown Long Beach Associates, the program will be free. Sister Spit will take place at MADhaus Long Beach located at 624 Pacific Ave. For more infoEmail Porter Gilberg.
More info on our full 2013 QSpeak lineup will revealed shortly. We hope to see on you at Sister Spit!

The Den Salon Launches Game Drive for MYTE

Now through June 4, 2013

The Center Long Beach has been a fan and partner with The Den Salon since they opened. As such strong supporters of The Center, they wanted to find a way to give back.
So bring your new or gently used board games and video games down to The Den Salon (Target, Best Buy and Walmart gift cards are also accepted).
Donation points are located at 300 West Ocean or 525 East Seaside Way. For more info visit the Facebook event page.

Community Announcements

Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan Community Meeting
Saturday March 9, 2013


The City of Long Beach invites you to learn about the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan (LBVPP).-Learn about the 18-month planning process
-Find out how you can get involved
-Be part of the solution to keep Long Beach safeSpanish and Khmer translation available

FREE Breakfast
FREE Child Watch for children ages 5 to 12

PARKING available at Cesar Chavez Elementary School

For more information or to RSVP please call (562) 570-5585


Library Hosts “Bully” Screening
March 9 and March 23, 2013

In recognition of the City’s participation in A Season for Nonviolence, the Long Beach Public Library in collaboration with Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, The Human Dignity Program, PeaceBuilders, and Voicewaves is proud to screen a powerful documentary on peer to peer bullying in schools across America.


Following each screening a discussion panel will talk about bullying and address questions.


Click here for more info.

Family Equality Council to Host Breakthrough Conversations Training
Saturday March 16, 2013

Talking to friends and family members about the issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is the single most important thing we can do to help change hearts & minds. For many people, these conversations actually strengthen relationships. Want to learn some tools to make these conversations easier? Click here to sign up now!

For questions or more info please contact Family equality Council’s Breakthrough Conversations Coordinator, Andra Oshinsky.

LGB2Network Brunch Mixer
Sunday June 24, 2013


You are invited to celebrate our kick-off season at one of our favorite restaurants in Long Beach…SABABA!Join us MARCH 24, @2pm for SUNDAY/FUNDAY!
Reconnect with our members, have a cocktail or two. Plan a lunch date with your friends and meet more! Enjoy the beautiful outdoors with great beats by our live DJ, and meet a special surprise guest.Please RSVP through facebook.

Remember to share this event to your friends! See you soon!


Club 80s Dance Party to Benefit Alpert JCC
Saturday April 13, 2013

On this special night you will revisit your past to raise funds for the future. The memories will lift you like a new wave as DJ Richard Blade takes us back to a decade of big moments and bigger hair. Play it like it’s your ’80s again, auto-reverse it all night long, and make this the best fundraiser ever!

Dance through the ’80s with legendary KROQ 106.7 & Sirius XM DJ Richard Blade


Savor tapas-style hot and chilled appetizers


Enjoy expertly mixed cocktails


Indulge at the Desserts & Sweets Bar


Laugh it up in the Photo Booth


Win raffle prizes every ½ hour!


Click here for more info or tickets.

Q News Update

HSLB LGBT History Project Gala
State of The Center 2013
The Center Holiday Party


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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