May 2013 Newsletter

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May 2013 Pride Issue
News from The Center Long Beach
Administrative Director Porter Gilberg at the LB Post’s Annual 40 Under 40  Reception 

Welcome to our lightly renovated ENewsletter! We’ve kept all the great content, news, and events that you’ve come to expect from your local LGBTQ community center and made some slight improvements to our logo and color scheme. We hope you like it!


Speaking of redesign, have you seen our fabulous NEW WEBSITE? We are incredibly grateful to our friends at Kahlo Design for giving us a fresh new look. All of our content has been updated and we are proud to now offer our community a more user-friendly, streamlined website for you to keep up on all the latest happenings at The Center.


April was full of great happenings at The Center. First, we hosted two phenomenal QSpeaks featuring Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective member Helen Factor and internationally touring queer performance group Sister Spit! We had a blast at both events and you can check out all the photos below in our photo albums.


We are also proud to announce that on April 25 our Administrative Director Porter Gilberg was named one of LB Post’s 40 Under 40 in Long Beach. Congrats Porter!


Our friends at Interval House also received accolades in the month of April. We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks for your partnership over the years and extend big congratulations to Executive Director Carol Williams for taking the top award in leadership from the Top Workplace Award.


With Long Beach Pride just around the corner, we have lots of news in store. As always, if you’d like to march with us in the parade on May 19, we’d love to have you! Please EmailIsh Morales to sign right up.


Also, make sure to save the date on May 21 for the Harvey Milk Promenade Park & Equality Plaza red-ribbon ceremony on 3rd and Promenade. We’ll make sure to send out a special announcement as more details come our way.


In the meantime, we have a packed ENewsletter just waiting to be read by you.


Happy Pride from Your Friends at The Center!



Senior Services Committee Seeks Input


Center LogoThe Center Long Beach has recently launched a Senior Services Committee with the goal of improving direct services to older adult members of our community. In order to best serve our community, we are seeking your input in letting us know what types of services you would like to see from your LGBTQ Center. 

Do you, or does someone you know, need help with shopping, light housekeeping or maintenance, rides to medical appointments, or some thing else? Please let us know.


We plan on launching additional services for older adults in 3-6 months. To share your thoughts, pleaseEmail our Committee Co-Chair and Board Secretary Ted Gottis or call hiim at (323) 719-1042 and let us know how we can best serve you.

Gregorio Luke Presents Gay Greatness
Saturday May 4, 2013


The Center cordially invites the community to attend Gay Greatness, a multimedia presentation by Gregorio Luke, Saturday May 4, 2013 at Noon at The Art Theatre (2025 E. 4th Street, Long Beach). This event is FREE!GAY GREATNESS will celebrate the accomplishments of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals in art, history and culture. Mr. Luke has presented over 1,000 lectures in museums and universities throughout Mexico, Europe and the United States in institutions such as the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and Universities such as Harvard, Columbia,
UNAM and Georgetown, among others.

This event is free to the public and underwritten by Lukes’ good friend and Center volunteer Gary Keener as a way to stimulate education, respect and appreciation.


Please join us on May 4 for this very special free event.Click here or on the image above to RSVP via Facebook.


Teen Pride Picnic

Saturday May 11, 2013
Every year The Center’sMentoring Youth Through Empowerment (MYTE)program helps kick off Long Beach Pride with a fabulous picnic in Bixby Park between 1st and Ocean.
Thanks to generous support from Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, MYTE will be hosting this year’s picnic on Saturday May 11 from 12:00PM-4:00PM.
Teens 13-18 and their families are invited to join us for barbecue, drinks, games, sports, and arts and crafts as we celebrate another season of Pride.
Just a reminder that MYTE meets every Monday-Friday from 3:00-7:00PM here at The Center. For more info Email Youth Program Manager Kyle Bullock.

New Undocumented and Queer Talking Circles at The Center

2nd and 4th Saturdays Beginning May 11
The Center is proud to partner with the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition on a new twice monthly group at The Center, Undocumented and Queer Talking Circles.
This group is a space for undocumented LGBTQ folks to engage with peers in a safe and supportive environment. If you are undocumented and identify as LGBTQ, this space is for you. Join us as we build community and share our stores in a judgment-free zone. Our shared stories will help us grow and heal as a collective.
The Talking Circles will meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 12:30-2:00PM. For more info Email Miguel Montlava or call him at (714) 873-6898.

Don Tiscareno Presents: Abstractions

May 12- June 30, 2013
The community is invited to join The Center for our next art exhibition titled “Abstraction,” featuring paintings by local artist Donald Tiscareno.
Please join The Center on Sunday May 12 from 2:00 to 5:00PM for a reception welcoming this new exhibit here at The Center. This is an official Pre-Pride event and we thank Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride for their support and endorsement!
All works are available for purchase with a portion of all proceeds benefiting programs and services here at The Center.

6th Annual Pink Party

Friday May 17, 2013
The highly anticipated 6th Annual Pink Partywill kick-off the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride weekend on May 17, 2013 from 8:00PM-12:00AM at 1st and Linden Ave.  Attendees will flood Downtown Long Beach’s East Village Arts District in a sea of pink as guests are encouraged to dress the part. The event will be hosted by famed drag performer and 2013 Long Beach Pride Community Grand Marshal, Jewels Long Beach. The Pink Party will transform the outdoor venue into a pink extravaganza!


DJs will be spinning high-energy dance music while famed Drag Diva Latrice Royale  along with Detox, Delta Work, Raja, and Sonique entertains the crowd with a fabulous Drag Show you won’t want to miss. Two outdoor bars will serve up beer, wine and cocktails, while Downtown restaurants serve up food and pink hair and nail stations to decorate your fabulous looks.

A portion of the proceeds from the Pink Party will benefit The Center’s MYTE program and all raffle ticket sales will be directly donated to The Center.


This is event is open to the entire LGBTQ and allied community. Don’t forget to wear your pink!


Ticket Prices are $10 per person at the gate or online, or a discounted pre-sale offer of $16 for 2 tickets (online pre-sale only).



Community Announcements

MHB’s Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo
Sunday May 5, 2013


The first ever West Coast Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo is scheduled to get underway May 5 at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza. MHB has presented similar programs in New York, Barcelona, Paris and Tel Aviv and is now bringing the popular conference for the first time to Los Angeles.

The groundbreaking event, designed to provide the most up-to-date information to prospective gay surrogacy parents, will feature more than a dozen American and international surrogacy agencies and clinics; personal stories of dads who have gone through the surrogacy process themselves; and panel discussions featuring legal and medical experts, surrogates and egg donors, as well as information on both independent and agency-guided surrogacy. Twenty-four breakout sessions and an expo will allow prospective parents to become more familiar with exhibiting agencies and clinics, as well as supportive community organizations.

Admission is free. Click here to RSVP.

When:  May 5, 2013, 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM


Where: The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N McCadden          Place Los Angeles, CA 90038-1212.


Registration: Admission is free, but advanced registration is recommended.

Drag It! Supports MYTE
Saturday May 11, 2013

A night of suspended expectations, non-traditional fabulousness, queer alternatives, messy drag and trashy outfits.
From trashy art to artsy trash, this event is sure to not fit the mold.

Dance the night away to electropop, indie mashups and alternative sounds brought to you by DJ Ryan Jones.

Dress in drag and become part of the show! Join the best in drag contest at midnight! Hosted by Fabulous Long Beach Drag Queen, Jewels! Featuring the sounds of DJ Ryan Jones

Prizes, raffles, go-go dancers, great music, and of course fabulous drag queens.

An event to benefit MYTE Program at The Center

Click here for tickets!
$5 Dress in Drag
$10 Not in Drag

Hamburger Marys Long Beach
740 E Broadway
Long Beach CA 90802

[email protected] Maya 3 at Hotel Maya
Saturday May 18, 2013

Bring your sexy back and wear your colorful swimsuits to the Hotel Maya on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM. Celebrate Long Beach Pride with an afternoon full of music, food, cocktails, sexy boys and girls and fun!

[email protected] Maya will feature internationally acclaimed DJ/Producer and Miami’s favorite DJ George Figares, who has been a resident of one of the hottest parties of South Beach and worked with Latin Superstars such as Paulina Rubio, Fanny Lu and Jery.

Also on deck DJ Aaron Elvis a NYC transplant who has spun at parties for Marc Jacobs and Interview Magazine. Elvis is now one of the most acclaimed DJ’s in the West Hollywood scene.

A special performance by Curtis Lovell II, a high-profile escape artist who has been referred as “the premiere escape artist of our time” by Citizen LA. Lovell has performed for Tony Curtis, Larry King and featured on E! Entertainment, USA and SPIKE networks.

This year [email protected] Maya is benefiting in part the IT GETS BETTER PROJECT, an organization that gives hope to LGBT youth.

LGB2Network is also honored to partner with EqualityTV in presenting Paralympian, Angela Madsen as a Special Guest to attend this event. Angela Madsen, who won the Bronze medal at the Paralympics in London last year and holds seven world records, is embarking upon a historic Veterans Tribute Row in an unprecedented journey from Santa Cruz, CA to Hawaii. Angela will row solo and unescorted starting June 8th, 2013. We’ll have a special meet and greet for Angela and she will film a special ‘It Gets Better’ video at the event.

Upbeat dance music, specially priced cocktails, great food catered by Hotel Maya’s restaurant Fuego, a hookah lounge by SoCal Hookahs, nail polish bar station by Pixi Pop, go-go boys and girls and an afternoon of fun under the sun are promised to all LGB2’s guests.

Hosted by: LGB2NETWORK, Joe Pizano, EqualityTV, Socal Hookahs, Pixi Pop, Jana of Peace & Thank You Productions.


Click here for tickets.

Poseidon at the Queen Mary
Saturday May 18, 2013
Long Beach Pride’s hottest dance party is back on May 18 from 9:00PM to 2:00AM!

Celebrate Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Weekend with the biggest Queen in town as Poseidon returns to the legendary Queen Mary on Saturday, May 18.

Dance the night away on the open-air Sports Deck to the sounds of famed international DJs/Producers Ryan Kenney and Manny Lehman. Stimulate your senses under the stars with world class dancers, a dazzling laser show and drink specials all night long.

Rouse your inner-mariner and come in your sexiest sailor outfit for a chance to win a piece of the $1,000 Hunky Sailor prize booty. Seafarers who come dressed to impress will be picked by our scouts to receive their dog tags and the hottest three sailors will win.

Click here for more info.

Long Beach Pride Rainbow Run
Sunday May 19, 2013

Join us for the Long Beach Pride Rainbow Run, a 10k and 5k Rainbow extravaganza on May 19th @ 7am. This will not be an ordinary run, come dressed in your most outrageous rainbow outfit. Proceeds from the run will go directly to LGBTQ and ally serving non-profit organizations. The run will take place on our beautiful beach running path and end on Ocean Blvd just before the Long Beach Pride Parade starts. For more information about the run, joining a team, creating a team or registering as an individual click here.

Q News Update

QSpeak Presents: Sister Spit 4/12/13
QSpeak Presents: Helen Factor 4/7/13
Marriage Equality Vigil 3/26/13

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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