UPDATE ON PROGRAM & SUPPORT GROUP CHANGES DUE TO COVID 19:
Following guidance from local, state, and federal health experts, The Center has temporarily closed our building as a precautionary measure to ensure the continued health and safety of our community. Program and support groups will not be meeting in person at The Center.
Most of our programs, services, and support groups have gone digital! To see a full list of digital groups and to join us online visit centerlb.org/connect
Social and support groups were 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.
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
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
Every Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm
Transverse is a weekly, peer-led group for people ages 16-24 who identify as trans, non-binary, two-spirit, and/or another identity under the trans umbrella. Week-to-week meetings include discussions, socializing, and planned programming.
For more information, contact our youth services department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Wednesday 12:00-1:30pm
A support group for HIV positive gay men.
For more information, contact Jimmy at (562) 852-8763
Every Wednesday 7:00-9:00pm
20 Somethings is The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach’s weekly social and support group for LGBTQ+ identified folks and their allies who are in and around their 20s. The group discusses weekly topics; hosts open conversation; and organizes regular team-building activities. Outside of the meeting space, The Center organizes seasonal event calendars for the 20 Somethings group, which includes outings and local activities.
For more info contact Antonio at (562) 434-4455 ext. 225
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
Every Thursday 7:00-9:00pm
A peer-support group open for anyone identifying along the trans spectrum.
For more information contact Ish, Health Services Director, at (562) 434-4455 ext 230 or Mallery, staff facilitator, at (562) 434-4455 ext 231.
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 contact Ish at (562) 434-4455 ext. 230
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
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) 624-4977
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
Every 1st Saturday 10:00-11:30am
Every 3rd Saturday 2:00-3:30pm
a support group for queer families, however individually defined. Ideal age range of the children is pre-conception to age six. As parenting topics evolve as children age, all are welcome, but topics will be most relevant for younger children. Children are welcome, however childcare will not be provided. The group is facilitated by a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC) and parent of two.
For more information contact Maricela at (562) 544-7028
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 email@example.com
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, full adult supervision)
Contact Joel Gemino at 562-434-4455 ext.227 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Every 1st Saturday 12:00-2:00pm
Haweya is a social group that welcomes Middle Easterns and other ethnicities and races who share similar cultural background including East Africans, South Asians, Armenians, and others. 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. Haweya focuses on providing support to LGBTQ+ Middle Eastern+ people and fostering a sense of community amongst them and their allies. Our discussion topics will range from spirituality to sex, relationships to health and more.
Contact Hannah at 949-771-6321 for more information.