The LGBTQ Center Long Beach is dedicated to serving transgender and gender-expansive people in the LGBTQ community. We offer several trans-specific services and all services at the Center are trans-inclusive and affirming. Our goal is to empower the transgender and gender-diverse communities by providing access to resources that include physical and mental health, legal services, and a team that advocates for our clients.
Are you in need of a Transgender and Gender Diverse Affirming and Competent Provider?
Rapid HIV Testing and STI Screening (by appointment only)
Monday – Friday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
The health services team includes counselors, nurses, and medical staff who are capable and ready to be of service to anyone who needs a transgender affirming free rapid HIV test or sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening. We offer screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis as well as free treatment for anyone who has a reactive or positive STI test result. For more information on our testing services, hours of operation and our team of testers click here or call (562) 434-4455 ext. 500.
Social & Support Groups
Every Thursday Virtually with The Center, 7:00-8:45 pm
All support groups at The Center are inclusive of gender-diverse members, however, we provide several trans-specific groups as well. Regardless of your age, identity, or background, we welcome trans-identifying individuals to meet weekly and discuss issues ranging from personal to political and meet like-minded people who can relate to their experiences.
Please see the contact information for each group further below.
Support Services for People Living with HIV
If you already know your HIV status we can support you in navigating services in Long Beach. Meeting with our Trans Health Coordinator to get connected to a local case manager at various organizations including APLA Health Long Beach and The CARE Program at St. Mary’s Medical Center. We have support groups for newly diagnosed people to provide support and guidance on what happens next. Join our Support Positive Group each Friday to learn more about services, programs, and support in Long Beach.
Mental Health Counseling
Monday – Friday and Saturday (limited weekend services)
Receive counseling services from our team of affirming mental-health professionals. Our intake team will match you with a counselor best fit for your individual identity and needs. Counselors approach treatment with an emphasis on trauma, anxiety, and/or depression informed by experiences of external and internalized transphobia, and support your healing from ciscentrism, racism, and other structural oppression.
Intake appointments can be made by calling 562-434-4455 ext. 228
Services are available by appointment. Scheduling and questions available as walk-ins
Meet one-on-one with a trans-affirming attorney to address a variety of topics, including support filling out paperwork and answering any questions that you may have. We also offer confidential consultations with state-licensed attorneys for legal assistance. By appointment only.
Individual appointments can be made by calling 562-433-8595.
Referral Services &
Linkage to Care
If we do not offer a service directly here at the Center, we will get you connected to that service. Our staff works constantly to form new relationships with trans-affirming businesses and services and provides education to organizations looking to become trans-affirming. Referrals include hormone replacement therapy, primary care doctors, transitional housing services, and more.
A social support group for individuals who identify anywhere along the (trans) gender spectrum and are over the age of 18.
Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:45 pm.
The group is supportive in nature, and participants are asked to celebrate their accomplishments and share the issues they face every day.
To register click here, or Contact River at [email protected] for more information.
The Center is proud to offer a support group for families of transgender children and teens. Three groups will meet simultaneously:
- Parent/caregiver group (with a parent facilitator and therapist)
- Trans teen group (13-18-year-olds with teen facilitator and therapist)
- Child playgroup ( toddler to 12-year-olds, trans* youth, and their siblings, full adult supervision)
Contact Peter at [email protected] for questions
Click here to like and follow our Instagram page to keep up with current events, activities, and resources for transgender and gender-diverse folks.
Other Trans Resources
The Center for Transyouth Health and Development, a division of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, promotes healthy futures for trans youth by providing services, research, training, and capacity building that is developmentally informed, affirmative, compassionate, and holistic for gender non-conforming children and trans youth.
The LGBT Center OC’s Trans*itions Health and Wellness program include various support groups for trans* persons (children and youth included) and their families, name and gender change clinic, self-defense classes, events committee, and a hormone replacement therapy clinic in partnership with Metamorphosis Medical Clinic.
Gender Justice LA is a grassroots organization that is building the power of the trans* and gender non-conforming community here in LA. They use community organizing and leadership development to make concrete changes in the lives of all trans* people, especially low-income trans* people of color. They seek to build our community’s power to fight for racial, social, and economic justice.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center is Southern California’s largest and most comprehensive provider of healthcare for trans* and gender non-conforming people.
Naked Truth is an extension of Open Door Ministries, a Christ-centered, open, and affirming LGBT church that is exactly that; an open door to all who are looking for a church to call home.
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center welcome all patients regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or presentation. They provide free or low-cost healthcare for all, regardless of ability to pay. Medi-Cal and most other insurance plans are accepted. Some of their services include comprehensive primary healthcare, hormone replacement therapy, assistance with name/gender change, legal support, HIV testing and counseling, health insurance enrollment, and case management/ referral services.