January Newsletter

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January 2014
News from The Center Long Beach
Happy New Year!


On behalf of everyone at The Center, we hope you’re having a great start to 2014! Our end of the year was

Representative of The Center, Sacks for Life, and MYTE Youth receive donated care packages and goodies. 

simply amazing, with more than 50 people attending our annual Christmas dinner. We’re also incredibly thankful to the folks over at Sacks 4 Life for their generous donation of dozens of care packages and healthy snacks for our MYTE youth.


With the holidays officially behind us, we’re jumping head first into 2014! If you’ve noticed some construction around The Center, we’re gearing up to renovate our space so that we can begin providing free STI testing to the community beginning later this year. With the generous support of the LA County Department of Public Health, we will be able to offer 1000 free comprehensive STI tests as well as treatment if necessary!

State of The Center 2014


There’s so much more happening in 2014, we simply can’t include it all in this newsletter. Instead, we’d like to invite you to our annual State of The Center program on Saturday January 25 at 11:00am at the Art Theatre. Come out to hear about all of our successes in 2013 and hear more about what we have in store for the year ahead! Check out all the info the newsletter below.


See you in the new year!




The Center Long Beach




PS Start out the new year by donating to YOUR Center!



Baby, You Are My Religion: Reading & Reception
Sunday January 12, 2014


The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is proud to host an exclusive reading and book signing of Dr. Marie Cartier’s forthcoming publication Baby You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall. Featuring over 100 interviews, many of which were generated by the Women of 40+ group that met at The Center for decades, Dr. Cartier’s groundbreaking research and oral histories argue that American Butch-Femme bar culture of the mid-20th Century should be interpreted as a sacred space for its community.

Dr. Cartier’s book explores the Butch-Femme bar community as a site of lived corporeal theology and political space and reveals that religious institutions such as the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) were founded in such bars. Her book examines how these bars became not only religious sites, but also provided the fertile ground for the birth of the struggle of LGBTQ liberation movements before Stonewall.

The community is invited to attend this FREE reading, signing, and reception featuring Dr. Cartier. The event will take place from 3:00-5:00pm. Books will be available at a discounted price of $50. For more information or to RSVP CLICK HERE.

FREE Self Defense Saturday
Saturday January 18, 2014

On Saturday January 18 at 10:00am, join Damsel in Defense and Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios
at The Center for a free self-defense seminar with hands-on instruction for people of all ages and abilities. Learn about the latest trends in self-defense and some fabulous easy tools you can use to stay safe. Damsel in Defense will also have a number of self-defense items available for purchase and 30% of all sales will be donated to The Center! For more info contact Jen at 562.230.6986 or CLICK HERE to RSVP.

4th Annual Monster Ball
Saturday January 18, 2014

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and Youth Services Department presents our 4th Annual Monster Ball Dance! This free event, open to all youth ages 13-18, will feature a dance floor, drag performances, food, refreshments, contests and prizes! Costumes are optional and a valid student ID is required. For more information  Email Kyle Bullock or CLICK HERE to RSVP.

 Trans* Spectrum Focus Group
Thursday January 23, 2014

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) California has the exciting opportunity to culturally adapt NAMI’s signature program, In Our Own Voices (IOOV) to represent the experiences of individuals from LGBTQ Communities. The program consists of compelling and personal testimonials, a short video, and time for audience questions and discussions. Poshi Mikalson, Director of the LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project, will facilitate a special focus group for people who identify on the trans* spectrum in Long Beach to help NAMI CA better represent trans* voices.


This group is open to anyone who identifies along the trans* spectrum including those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, trans men, trans women, androgynous, and other identities where an individual’s gender identity does not match sex assigned at birth. Focus group participants will receive a $50 gift card for their participation (RSVP required). The focus group will take place from 6:00-9:00pm For more information or to RSVP Email Poshi or call 530.908.9755.

State of The Center
Saturday January 25, 2014

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is proud to present its annual State of The Center Program on Saturday January 25, 2014. Free and open to the public, this event provides the community the opportunity to learn more about The Center’s successes in 2013 and a look ahead to 2014. The community is also invited to meet The Center’s entire staff and Board of Directors. A formal program will take place at 11:00am at the Art Theatre (2025 E. 4th Street) with a reception to follow next door at The Center.

This year, The Center is proud to present Presidents Awards to

—Downtown Long Beach Associates
—Long Beach Unified School District

And the Excellence in Volunteer Service Award to

—Delta Lambda Phi Rho Chapter

For more information or to RSVP call CLICK HERE.


The Black & White Ball
Saturday March 15, 2014


The Center’s annual gala is back! Save the Date!More info coming soon!!!!

Community Announcements

Equal Voice SoCal Seeks Input


Did you know that 8.7 million Californians live in poverty? That’s almost a quarter of our state’s population, which means California has the highest percentage of poor people in the nation. But, even though so many in our communities are struggling to meet their basic needs, our state CUT millions of dollars of funding to public programs like Medi-Cal and CalWORKS-the kind of programs people need to survive and move out of poverty. It’s clear that our state’s leaders need a wake up call.
That’s why we’re fighting for an EQUAL VOICE for Southern California Families. EQUAL VOICE is a united network of community organizations waging a campaign for an equitable state budget that puts enough money into the programs our communities need to move out of poverty.
Will you join us to ensure an EQUAL VOICE for the 8.7 million?Help grow the EQUAL VOICE campaign by completing this survey. The information you provide is confidential, and will only be used for the purposes of developing the EQUAL VOICE campaign and network.
CLICK HERE to take the survey and make sure to select “LAANE” as the referring Equal Voice organization.

March for Immigration Reform
Saturday January 11, 2014




Join The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition on Saturday, January 11 at 10:00am to celebrate a new year and new possibilities for immigration. As federal immigration reform stalls, we wish to highlight our victories and challenges at the local level, as they relate to immigrants and immigration. This will be a peaceful community march, with speakers, short theatre works, and more. They will meet at Orizaba Park and march along Anaheim Street, in the heart of Long Beach, and will end at MacArthur Park. For contact or questions call Joanna: (562) 533-4903 orCLICK HERE.

CCEJ Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast
Tuesday February 11, 2014

CCEJ is thrilled to announce that Reverend James Lawson Jr., prominent leader of the civil rights movement and one of the central architects of the non-violence movement in the United States, will bring his message of non-violence and equal rights to CCEJ’s 23rd annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast taking place at 7:30am on February 11.  On the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, he called Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”

The California Conference for Equality and Justice is a premier,non-profit, human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism. CCEJ views its fundamental role as breaking down the distance between people by promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.

CLICK HERE for more info.

QNews Update

Santa Speedo Run
World AIDS Day 2013
Long Beach AIDS Ride

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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