Marches and parades do not define our authenticity, tenacity, and resiliency as LGBTQ people. On this 50th anniversary of Pride celebrations worldwide I am thinking about the Stonewall Riots in 1969 where our community courageously, publicly, and forcefully resisted police brutality and harassment through six days of protest. So today, while we aren’t marching together in the Pride parade, we are still Proud at Home.
This weekend, which would have been Long Beach’s annual Pride weekend, all of us at The LGBTQ Center Long Beach are officially Proud at Home. Pride is protest. Pride is community. Pride is solidarity. Pride is intersectional (so don’t forget to demonstrate your solidarity with racial justice, feminist, immigrant rights, and labor communities too). And Pride is the culmination of years of collective resistance to secure a safer, more affirming, and more equitable world for all LGBTQ people.
I invite you to be Proud at Home too.
In solidarity and in resistance,
Pre-Order a Proud at Home T-Shirt
The Center will be selling a limited run of our exclusive Proud at Home T-Shirts to help sustain essential operations for our community. Shirts will be available in white and black and will be shipped the week of June 8th.
We will only be printing enough t-shirts to fill pre-orders, so don’t miss out!
Pre-order online now. We will send out an invoice once we have received your pre-order. Invoices must be paid by May 30th in order to receive a t-shirt.
Pride 2020 Digital Events
Saturday May 16th 11:00 – 12:30
Online film screening and discussion with the filmmakers of “Outitude – The Irish Lesbian Community”
OUTITUDE is a heartfelt documentary that attempts to get to the core of what it means to be lesbian.We explore what defines us, what connects us, and what are our commonalities. We spoke to rural and urban lesbians, poets, writers, activists, self-professed bar dykes, queer women and curious women. Personal stories tell of the diversities of identities, tales of coming out, experiences of homophobia and the varied types of activisms that offer a kaleidescope of the richness and diversity of our lesbian community.
Saturday May 16th 2:00-3:30 pm
Welcome by Porter Gilberg, Executive Director AND “Gay Life before Stonewall” with Dr. Marie Cartier
Dr. Marie Cartier is a scholar, visual /performance artist, queer activist, poet and theologian who has been active in many movements for social change. She teaches at Univ. Calif. Irvine in Film and Media Studies , and at California State University Northridge in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her book,Baby You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars and Theology before Stonewall was published by Acumen Press in 2013.
Accessing Digital Events
Most group meetings will use an application called RingCentral Meetings. The links to download the application are below.
Apple App Store (iPhone and iPad): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ringcentral-meetings/id688920955
Google Play Store (tablet and android phone): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringcentral.meetings
Laptop or Desktop Computer: https://www.ringcentral.com/apps/rc-meetings