Social & Support Groups

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.

 

Men-Over-40

Men Over 40

Every Monday 7:00-9:00pm
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 Charles at (562) 756-7005


AA-Gay-&-Lesbian

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


Project-ALOFA

Project ALOFA

Every Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm
A group for the Asian Pacific Islander community. ALOFA stands for-Another Loving Opportunity For All.

-For more information contact Tanu at (562) 475-6232


Into-Action

Into Action (AA/12 Step)

Every Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm
A general AA/12 step meeting open to all ages, genders, and sexual orientations.

-For more information contact Noah at (626) 316-3841


People-Living-With-HIVAIDS

Living With HIV/AIDS

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

-Must call before first meeting. Call Jimmy at (562) 852-8763


20somethings-Group

20 Somethings

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 visit 20Somethings on Facebook or contact Mariel at (562) 434-4455 ext. 225


OA-Group

Overeaters Anonymous

Every Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm

-For more information contact Lenard at (714) 642-6940


LB-Grrrl-Collective

LB GRRRL Collective

Last Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm
Join LB GRRRL Collective for monthly discussions related to feminism, direct honest communication, and community. All are welcome.

-For more information Email LB GRRRL Collective or visit them on Facebook


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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


Trans-Support-Group

Transgender Support

Every Thursday 7:00-9:00pm
A peer-support group open for anyone identifying along the trans spectrum.

-For more information contact Kelly at (626) 203-2423



QTPOC Open Space

Every 2nd Thursday 7:00-9:00pm
A safe(r) space for all Queer and Trans People of Color. Centering Queer and Trans Femmes of Color. The intention of this monthly group is to provide a space to build QTPOC community in Long Beach, by engaging in discussion and celebrating queer art and literature, having skill shares, offering healing & self-care practices, as well as other topics that specifically relate to our QTPOC experience and identity.

-For more information contact Alli & Laura at qtpoc@allisimon.com


Mens-Rap

Men’s Rap

Every Thursday 7:30-9:00pm
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


Women’s Open Space

Every 3rd Thursday 7:30-9:00pm
A Safe(r) Space for All Women. The intention of this monthly group is to provide a space to build community in Long Beach-by engaging in discussion and celebrating women’s art and literature, having skill shares, offering healing & self-care practices, as well as other topics that specifically relate to experience and identity.

-For more information contact Ibeth (Ivette) at vet_82@hotmail.com


Read Between the Lines

Read Between the Lines Long Beach

Every 3rd Friday 7:00-9:00pm
This is a reading group where women can come together and enjoy selected readings chosen by the group as a whole. The reading can range from fiction to non-fiction, essays to memoirs and even the members own writing! The goal of Read Between the Lines is to simply get women engaged in discussion with each other about the reading.

-For more information contact Tiana at (562) 346-7440


Coming-Out

Coming Out Support

Every Friday 7:00-9:00pm
Join Coming Out Support every Friday 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) 624-4977


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

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 Cerfied Lactaon Educator Counselor (CLEC) and parent of two.

-For more information contact Maricela at (562) 544-7028


Grief & Loss Support Group

2nd Saturdays 12:30-1:30pm
A focused, short-term group that provides support for LGBTQ adults that are grieving the death of an adult loved one. Come to a safe space to share the stories of your loved ones, hear others’ stories and experience time with others who understand what you are going through.

-For more information contact Hannah at (562) 668-4875


Transparent-Families

Transparent Families

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 youth facilitator and therapist), and 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 jgemino@centerlb.org for more information.

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