Social & Support Groups


Social and support groups are the cornerstone of our programs and services at The Center. We are incredibly proud to serve as an organization hosting over 20 social and support groups every single month. Some are facilitated by Center staff, while others are peer-led. All are free to attend and do not require RSVP, unless otherwise stated. Please see below for more information regarding our groups, when they meet, and how you can contact group facilitators. To see a full list of groups and more ways to join visit centerlb.org/connect

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Men over forty group flyer

Men Over 40

Every Monday 7:00-8:30pm
Men Over 40 is a group for gay and bisexual men to gather for social chats, dining, and activities. Outside The Center, on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, Men Over 40 gathers at various eateries for dining and socializing. Events are planned and structured by individual group members and participation in the planning process is encouraged.

For more information contact the Center at (562) 434-4455


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Gay & Lesbian AA/Step/Book Study

Every Monday 7:00-8:00pm

A 12-step and book study group for the LGBTQ community.

For more information contact Matt at (562) 212-6270


Trans-verse

Every Other Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm
Transverse is a peer-led group for people ages 16-24 who identify as trans, non-binary, two-spirit, and/or another identity under the trans umbrella. Meetings include discussions, socializing, and planned programming.

For more information, contact our youth services department at youth@centerlb.org


People-Living-With-HIVAIDSLiving With HIV/AIDS

Every Wednesday 12:00-1:30pm
A support group for HIV positive gay men.

For more information, contact Jimmy at (562) 852-8763


20 Somethings

Every Other Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm
20 Somethings is a social and support group focusing on experiences and issues of LGBTQ+ individuals ages 18-29 years old. The group discusses various topics, hosts open conversations and creates a space for LGBTQ+ young adults to connect. Local activities and outings are also planned throughout the year.

For more info contact youth@centerlb.org 


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Sober Gender Non-Conformists

Every Thursday 6:30-7:30pm
An open AA meeting, focusing on the trans and gender nonconforming community.

For more information contact Brody at (845) 709-3202


Gender Expansive

Every Thursday 7:00-8:45pm
A peer-support group open for anyone identifying along the trans spectrum.

For more information go to www.centerlb.org/connect to sign up for the next online group or reserve your spot for an in-person group. 


Mens-Rap

Men’s Rap

Every Thursday 7:30-8:30pm
An informal discussion group where ideas are exchanged on a variety of issues pertinent to gay men and the LGBT community at large. Men’s Rap exists as a space for men to share and discuss personal experiences and provide an alternative place for gay men to meet and make friends.  Men’s rap is open to gay, bisexual, and transgender men of all ages.

For more information call the front desk at (562) 434-4455


Coming-Out

Coming Out Support

Every Friday (Except the 4th Friday of the month) 7:00-9:00pm
Join Coming Out Support on Fridays for a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment. This group is open to anyone in any stage of the coming out process. Topics include emotional support, building self-esteem, recognizing internalized homophobia, escaping the “double life,” coming out to loved ones, exploring cultural taboos, morality, and religion, forming meaningful relationships, developing your “gaydar,” celebrating intimacy, and understanding community diversity.

For more information contact Denise at (626) 221-6686


Support Positive

Every Friday 7:00-8:30pm
Dealing with a new HIV diagnosis can be a challenging and at times overwhelming. Support Positive discusses issues affecting those with a new diagnosis including relationships, managing and understanding medical care and treatment options, and dealing with family, work, and friends.  If you have been diagnosed in the past two years and are looking for support, call and join your peers.

For more information contact Michael at (562) 247-7353. To Join the zoom, click here.


Intimate-Recovery-Men's-AA

Intimate Recovery Men’s AA

Every Friday 7:00-8:00pm
A weekly group for men to explore intimacy within the lens of their recovery process.

For more information contact Matt at (562) 212-6270


Queer Parenting Group flyer

Queer Parenting Group

*On Hiatus Till Further Notice
Queer Parenting is a social group for LGBTQ+ identified Parents. The meeting is facilitated by a fellow LGBTQ+ parent and center volunteer. Meetings are held online every other 

To sign up, visit centerlb.org/connect


PolyGathering Long Beach Monthly Discussion Group

Every 3rd Saturday 2:00-4:00pm

The  group welcomes a wide range of people who are in open relationships or identify as polyamorous. We are a queer-centered group that prioritizes relationship accountability, emotional responsibility, and providing fair access. If you’re curious about this lifestyle or have questions about your current relationship, this is a great opportunity to meet like-minded folks. Many are available for advice, support and just plain fun.

The group is, first and foremost, inclusive of communities of color, disabled, and LGBTQ persons. We welcome you, solo or with your loved ones, and look forward to seeing the familiar faces that build this loving community.

For more information contact Chai at chai.benson@gmail.com


Transparent-Families

Transparent Families

Last Saturday of the Month at 1:00pm

The Center is proud to offer a support group for families of transgender children and teens. The group is a child play group (toddler to 12 year olds, trans youth and their siblings)

Contact Peter Baek at 562-434-4455 ext. 224 or pbaek@centerlb.org for more information.


LGBTQ+ BIPOC & Allies Social Group

Every 1st Saturday 11:00am-1:00pm

The LGBTQ+ BIPOC & Allies Social Group is for Black, Indigenous, and people of color and their allies. The group exists to provide friendship and support to LGBTQ+ BIPOC folks while fostering a sense of community. Whether you’re Middle Eastern, Asian, South Asian, Latino, African American, Black, or another race/ethnicity, you will be most welcome here!

We welcome friends and allies from all backgrounds ages 18+ who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, as well as those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression and straight allies.

The group organizes a range of events as well as discussions covering a range from spirituality to sex, relationships to health, and more.

Contact Hena at henaemrose@gmail.com or (951) 901-6556 for more information.

Encore Men

The Encore drop in group was created by gay and bisexual men to provide a safe, affirming, and inclusive space for gay, bisexual, trans, and non-binary men who self-identify as older adults or seniors. As a drop in group, everyone is welcome and participation is at your own pace. This group provides community, company and space for everyone. Encore Men meets every first Saturday of the month.

For more information, contact Stevie at (562) 434-4455 ext. 254.

 

Lez Chat

The Lez Chat drop in group was created by lesbian women to provide a safe, affirming, and inclusive space for Lesbian, Bi, Queer women and Non-Binary people who self identify as Older Adults seniors or elders. As a drop in group, everyone is welcome and participation is at your own pace. This group provides community, company and a space for everyone. Lez Chat meets every third Saturday of the month.

For more information, contact Valentina at (562) 354-4817 ext. 239

 

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Monday
Men Over 40
Gay & Lesbian AA/Step/Book Study

Tuesday
Transverse

Wednesday
20 Somethings

Thursday
Sober Gender Non-Conformists
Transgender Support
Men’s Rap

Friday
Coming Out Support
Support Positive
Intimate Recovery Men’s AA

Saturday
Queer Parenting Group
Transparent Families
PolyGathering Discussion Group

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