February Newsletter

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February 2014
News from The Center Long Beach
What a fabulous January we had! 

Your Center went into 2014 full speed ahead with a

Congressman Alan Lowenthal Speaks at State of The Center

number of great events kicking off the new year! Between hosting Leadership Long Beach for an all-day class, hosting a NAMI focus group just for our transgender community members, and hosting local scholar Dr. Marie Cartier’s first book reading and signing, we were pretty busy.


In January, we even managed to squeeze in our annual

State of The Center program and our 4th Annual Monster Ball Youth Dance which hosted over 150 youth from 33 different high schools.


Dr. Marie Cartier with Vice Chair Christina Bennett at her January reading at The Center

This last month, our community was also out in full force supporting The Center. Between the Unitarian Universalist Church’s fabulous donation to The Center from their December collection drive to Empress Jackie’s bus run, we are so thankful for our community’s support in sustaining your community center.


We’re also proud to announce that local community members Sylvia Rodemeyer and Justin Boettcher are our newest board members! Both have years of experience in digital marketing and youth organization and we couldn’t be more thrilled for them to join The Center family. Make sure to introduce yourself next time you see them around!


We have a packed February ahead. As always, all the details are below.


In the meantime, don’t forget tickets to our Black & White Ball are on sale now! Join us for an evening of elegance and sophistication in honor of our LGBTQ community. This year, we’ll be formally recognizing E! Television’s Ross Matthews, State Senator Ricardo Lara, and the always amazing Jewels! More info on this great event is just below.


See in February!





The Center Long Beach






The Black & White Ball 
Saturday March 15, 2014


The Center is proud to present our very first Black & White Ball, an evening of elegance and sophistication celebrating the many contributions of our fabulous LGBTQ community. You are invited to join us for cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction and three Center Icon awards presentations.

This year we are thrilled to honor

—- Ross Matthews,host of E!’s hit television series Hello Ross and national bestselling author, with our 2014 Celebrity Icon Award, for his role model status as a nationally recognized out gay man and LGBTQ advocate.

—- State Senator Ricardo Lara, with our Political Icon Award, for his years of advocacy for LGBTQ rights in the California State Assembly and more recently in the State Senate.

—-Jewels, with our Community Icon Award, for her tireless dedication to charitable causes all over Long Beach and Southern California.

We also have a number of surprises in store to make this event the premier Long Beach gala! Tickets are on sale now!!!$125 before March 1 or $150 after. Tables of 10 are $1,250 before March 1 or $1,500 after.CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.

El Corazon Valentine’s Week Sale
February 10-14, 2014
We are so thrilled to be featuring artist Don Tiscareno again with his exhibit El Corazon. And next week only, all paintings are 50% off! A portion of all sales directly benefits The Center’s programs and services. To purchase paintings, please see the front desk.

The Center Hosts Film Screenings in Honor of Black History and Women’s History Months
Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 7:00pm
Sunday March 9, 2014 at 12:00pm

Join The Center as we celebrate feminist legend Audre Lorde’s 80th birthday with a special FREE screening of Jennifer Abod’s documentary “The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde.”

This splendid video captures Audre Lorde’s spirit: her energy, her vision, her work. We are thrilled and moved, energized and dazzled by Jennifer Abod’s imaginative weave of Audre’s poetry, commitment to justice and community, and passion for life. Her voice, in the context of the international, rainbow and wonderfully diverse “I Am You Sister” conference, should be presented in every history, literature, LGBTQ, and Women’s Studies Classroom.

Afterwards, stick around for a sneak preview of Jennifer’s new film “The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen” screening at the Art Theatre on March 9, 2014 in honor of International Women’s Day!

This screening will take place at 7:00pm at The Center.CLICK HERE to RSVP.

In honor of International Women’s Day, The Center is proud to present a very special screening of Jennifer Abod’s documentary The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen at the Historic Art Theatre (next door to The Center).

For six decades, Angela Bowen, classical dancer, dance teacher, mentor, black feminist lesbian social justice activist, professor and author has influenced and inspired untold numbers speaking out as strongly for the Arts, Black and Women’s Rights as she has for LGBTQ rights.

The film depicts Bowen’s life in the historical context of the times (1950s to present) with rare historic footage, photographs and interviews including: Bowen’s dance mentor, her dance partner, her former husband, partner, children, sister, scholars, activists, and former dance students and California State University Long Beach students Bowen’s candid and compelling stories allow us to understand how race, class, gender, age, and sexuality played into her decisions and choices, her mission, and strategies for survival.

The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen addresses universal themes of family, work, love, and loss. This film is intended to challenge and inspire diverse audiences to pursue their own dreams with tenacity and courage, but not for themselves alone.

After the screening, stick around for audience Q&A with Angela Bowen, filmmaker Jennifer Abod, Martha Wheelock, Jaysary M. Hart, and Angela’s former student Rosni Chabra. Following the Q&A a reception with food and drinks will take place next door at The Center.

Tickets to this very special event are only $10. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Older Adult Women’s Mixer
Saturday February 22, 2014
The Center’s Senior Services Committee invites you to join our fabulous hosts Sharon and Mina for an afternoon social just for older adult women who identify as LGBT! Bring a friend or come solo, you’re sure to have a great time. Refreshments and munchies will be provided. RSVPs are required in order to receive the address of the mixer location. For more information or to RSVP contact Porter Gilberg at 562.434.4455 ext. 245 or Email Porter here.

Big Awards Viewing Party
Sunday March 2, 2014

“And the Award for Best Picture goes to…”Watch the Big Night LIVE with your friends and neighbors as Long Beach Cinematheque teams up with The Center to bring you our annual Awards Viewing Benefit Party at Pine Avenue’s newest venue for food, drinks, and entertainment – the beautifully renovated Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach!

Your fabulous hostess Jewels  will emcee an evening of contests, giveaways, food and drink specials, and more! Brush up on your Award-prediction odds – as we do every year, we’ll have nomination ballots on hand, and prizes to give away to our most accurate award predictors!

$10 suggested donation. No charge for Members of either the Cinematheque or The Center! All proceeds will be shared by Long Beach Cinematheque – dedicating to educating, connecting, and enriching communities through the art of cinema – and The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.

More details to be announced as the big night draws nearer – stay tuned!

This event is free-of-charge to Members of either the Cinematheque or The Center. CLICK HERE for tickets.

Community Announcements

Housing Long Beach: Home is Where The Heart Is
Thursday February 13, 2014

Join Housing Long Beach for a celebration of our community and the exciting work being done to ensure that everyone has an affordable and quality place to call home. Tickets are only $30. CLICK HERE for more info.

LGBT Jewish Speed Dating
Saturday February 15, 2014

Join Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim for LGBT speed dating on February 15 from 8-10pm in Los Angeles! The Center is a proud co-sponsor of this event. CLICK HERE for more info.

Coronation XLIII
Saturday March 1, 2014


Join our friends at the International Imperial Court for Coronation XLIII. If you’ve never been to an Imperial Court Cornation, you’re in for a real treat! Individual tickets and tables to this very special annual event are on sale now. CLICK HERE for more info.

QNews Update

State of The Center 2014
Dr. Marie Cartier Reading
Santa Speedo Run
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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