October 2014 ENewsletter

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October 2014
News From The Center

Dear Center Family, 

We are following up a busy September with an equally as busy October month of events, just in time for LGBT History Month! Check out all of the great events we will be a part of this month in the section below.


ED Porter Gilberg receiving a grant from LBLGP

We would like to thank Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride for their generous grant totaling $2,600. We look forward to working together to better our Long Beach LGBTQ community in the future! We additionally would like to thank all of the wonderful organizations that held events in support of The Center’s programs and services this past month. A big thank you to Long Beach Imperial Court for their successful Baseball Cap Auction Fundraiser and to The Steampunk Theatre Company for their wonderful ‘Songs for a New World’ musical benefitting The Center.


As we have mentioned before, the 2014 Long Beach AIDS

Register today!

Ride is coming up! We wanted to let you all know about a special 8-mile Family Fun Ride that we have added this year so that everyone will be able to participate in this day of raising awareness and spreading education about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses.Information about the 3 available routes for the November 15th ride can be found Here.


‘Like’ our Facebook page 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

We All Have a Reason to Get HIV Tested
What are your reasons?

The first step to protecting your health and the health of your partners is by getting tested and knowing your status. HIV testing is free, fast, and confidential at The Center. We all have our own reasons for getting tested for HIV. Share yours today at hivtest.cdc.gov/reasons.


Among all gay and bisexual men, those who were Latino accounted for an estimated 6,700 (22%) of new HIV infections in 2010. Anyone can become infected with HIV, and whether you test positive or negative for HIV, you can use that knowledge to take better care of yourself and your loved ones. Knowing your HIV status is important for overall health and well-being. Take action and share with others why you get tested and the importance of knowing your status.
Take action here today and share your reasons for getting tested!

2014 Long Beach AIDS Ride
Saturday, November 15, 2014
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.
This year we have added an 8-mile Family Fun Ride! Check out the Route Options.
Registration is now open! Join us and ride for a cause!
CLICK HERE for more information.

Gender Reel Film Festival
Friday, October 3- Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gender Reel, is a coast-to-coast event dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming, gender variant/queer and transgender people, identities and experiences. Our goal is to empower filmmakers and performance artists to create work reflective of this mission by providing an accessible and embracing platform where this work can be showcased.
2017 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814


727 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

2017 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814


CLICK HERE for more information.

B. Michael Kelly’s Art Exhibition and Fundraiser
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Join us in attending B. Michael Kelly’s art exhibition on October 4th at 6pm.

It will be located at 1010 E. Appleton St., #2 in Long Beach. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit The Center’s programs and services.


CLICK HERE for more information.

Drag Bingo in Paradise
Sunday, October 5, 2014

Join us for Drag Bingo in Paradise, benefitting The Center, hosted by Psycadella Facade and Jackie Karmichael at Paradise Bar and Restaurant. Paradise kitchen will be serving up some down home favorites for Soul Food Sundays.

There will be drink specials, no cover, and amazing prizes!


CLICK HERE for more information.

BDSM Workshop: Beginning Rope Play
Thursday, October 9, 2014

w/ KYew

Learn how to connect with your partner with style through the art of rope bondage. This informative hands-on workshop will show you how to utilize the basics effectively and efficiently while keeping your bottom on edge. Subjects that will be discussed are types of rope, negotiation, safety and how to prepare for a scene. You will learn how to do a basic rope harness. We encourage you to bring your own ropes, and a towel or blanket to lay on the floor. Comfortable clothing is suggested.


CLICK HERE for more information.

Bi Community Forum
Thursday, October 9, 2014

For Bi/Pan/Fluid Identified Folks & Their Allies and Loved Ones

Come to The Center and share your ideas about what programs and services you want/need.

Facilitated by Denies Penn

Light refreshments will be provided.


CLICK HERE for more information.

Gay Men’s Health Summit: Come Out, Be Out, Be Healthy
Saturday, October 11, 2014

A one-day event focused on gay men’s sexual and general health. Participate in workshops, listen to guest panelist and guests on important issues for today’s gay, bisexual or gender fluid man.
∙ Relationships & Intimacy

∙ Healthy Cruising

∙ Substance Use & Recovery

∙ Ask The Doctor

∙ Faith & Spirituality

∙ and many more topics

FREE breakfast served at 9:00am and FREE Lunch served at 1:00pm

500 East First Street Long Beach California  90802  USA
Register today at bit.ly/GMHS2014

 for more information.

Luminous Transparent & Realistic Watercolor Workshop for LGBTQ Older Adults
Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Join us for our Luminous Transparent & Realistic Watercolor class for LGBTQ Older Adults. Create exciting, dramatic compositions! Paint flowers with feeling!

Every Tuesday from 1:00-4:00PM

Starting October 14, 2014 and ending December 30, 2014

Watercolor supplies provided FREE by our Senior Services Committee.

Please RSVP to Operations Manager, Richard Moreno, at [email protected] as seating will be limited.

CLICK HERE for more information.
In addition to this wonderful watercolor class, join us every 2nd Saturday of the month for Lez Chat, our older adult women’s drop-in group, and every 3rd Saturday for Encore Men, our older adult men’s drop-in group. Both groups meet in The Center’s Darryl Fine Room from 10:00am-12:00pm.


CLICK HERE for more information.

Halloween Spooktacular Haunt
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Come out to Hamburger Mary’s on October 18th for Long Beach Imperial Court’s Halloween Spooktacular Haunt!

There will be amazing raffle items and a cash prize as well as a beer bust. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit our MYTE Youth Program.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Think Pink!: A Women’s Health Resource & Free Mammogram Event
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In concurrence with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, in collaboration with the YWCA’s Encore-Plus Program, will be offering FREE mammograms for women and women focused health services.

Mammogram screening is free for women who are 40 years of age or older; have a high medical insurance deductible or do not have insurance; and may be experiencing financial difficulties.

Contact: Francis Rodriguez at the YMCA to schedule your mammogram screening – (310) 547-0831

All other services are FREE to anyone who participates, regardless of gender, gender expression or age.

Contact: Daniel Batalla at The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach for questions about the event – (562) 434-4455


CLICK HERE for more information.

Kidnapped for Christ
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Art Theatre Long Beach presents Kidnapped for Christ, showing on November 1st at 9pm. The film follows a young evangelical filmmaker who is granted unprecedented access into a controversial Christian behavior modification camp for teens.

Pre-screening public awareness/press conference at 8pm at The Center.


CLICK HERE for more information.

Red Ribbon Bingo
Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Wear your RED shirt, skirt, shoes or ribbon!
Join us for Red Ribbon Bingo with fabulous prizes. All proceeds to benefit
 the 2014 Long Beach AIDS Ride and Team Long Beach.
It’s Bingo for a great cause! Fun, great food and all proceeds support education and prevention of HIV/AIDS in the Long Beach area.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Trans*cend: A Transgender Support Group
Open Enrollment
Join us for a weekly on-going trans* support and processing group for individuals 18-35 with weekly themes such as:

  • Coming Out
  • Transition
  • Mourning old self
  • Identity
  • Relationships and more!

Contact The Center’s Mental Health Program for a brief phone intake: (562) 434-4455 ext. 251
Cost: Varies based on income- Sliding scale determined at intake.

CLICK HERE for more information.

The Center Receives a Grant from Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride
Thank you to Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride for awarding us with a $2,600 grant! We are so grateful for your support and excited for a future of continuing to support our local LGBTQ community together.
Community Announcements

The Garage Theatre Presents: Pink Milk
Showing October 3-November 1

October 3rd – November 1st

Once upon a time there lived a strange, mathematical man named Alan M. Turing. He dreamed of robots, a boy named Christopher and poisoned apples.

In its West Coast Premiere, based upon this brilliant man’s emotional life story, this theatrical crash of movement, music, and mathematics transports us into a world filled with calculations, living experiments, a talking daisy, and even Snow White. It is a magic tragedy, full of beauty, images exploding onstage, and a belief in love and truth above all else.


Buy Tickets @ thegaragetheatre.org or 866.811.4111

CLICK HERE for more information.

Coming Out Celebration
Sunday, October 5
Join the the Long Beach community and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles as we tell our stories of “Coming Out”, to remember our past struggles for freedom, and give strength and courage to those who still live in fear!
CLICK HERE for more information.


LBPD Volunteer Senior Police Partners
Ongoing Enrollment
Senior Police Partner Duties
  • Crime Victim Assistance
  • Crime Prevention
  • Peer Support and Resource Referral
  • Vacation Checks
  • Graffiti Reporting
  • Limited Safety Patrol
  • Education and Awareness Programs
  • Handicap Parking Citations
  • Special Events Assistance
Requirements to Apply:
  • Be at Least 50 Years of Age
  • Have No Felony Convictions
  • Be in Good Physical Health
  • Ability to Volunteer at Least 20 Hours per Month
  • Valid California Drivers License and Vehicle Insurance

CLICK HERE  for more information.


QNews Update

2014 QFilm Festival
2014 LBAR Event Kick-off Party
Your Center Summer Social 2014
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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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