The 2014 Pride Issue Newsletter

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 Pride at a Glance 
May is finally here and it’s time to get ready for the 31st annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride celebration! This is absolutely

Board Member Sylvia Rodemeyer for our photo series, ‘We Are Your Center’

the most exciting time of year for our LGBTQ community and The Center is just thrilled to be a part of the festivities. To begin, we’d like to give you a sneak peek at our fabulous campaign this Pride, “We Are Your Center” in honor of this years theme “Reflections of Pride.” To honor this theme, we’ve captured dozens of photos of our staff, board members, and clients who reflect our diverse and beautiful LGBTQ community. Keep an eye out for these very special images at our booth over the festival weekend (May 17 and 18) and at the Parade on Sunday May 18!


As we do every year, we’re kicking Pride off in style with the 7th

Youth Services Manager Joel Gemino for ‘We Are Your Center’

annual Pink Party taking place on Friday May 16 in Downtown Long Beach! Taking place from 8-11:30pm on the corner of 3rd and Pacific, this Pre-Pride party is the ultimate celebration of all things Pink. And we have all the details below!

There are so many ways to show your Pride this month! From dance parties, to film screenings, to the parade, Teen Pride and beyond, this issue is devoted to all things Pride. So whether you come out for one night only or you’re in it to win the entire month, whether you march with us in the parade or just cheer your community on from the street, we wish you a safe and happy Pride season!


Director of Health Services Ismael Morales for ‘We Are Your Center’




We Are Your Center! And We Are So Very Proud!


In Solidarity,


The Center Long Beach



PRIDE 2014

The Pink Party 
Friday May 16, 2014

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and LBCSocialClub, with the fabulous support of Hamburger Marys Long Beach, are proud to present the 7th Annual Pink Party “Rue le Cirque” on Friday, May 16th, 2014 in Downtown Long Beach. This highly anticipated event kicks off the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride weekend and will present guests with an elevated evening of live performances, music, high energy dance, costuming stations, world-renowned drag performances, and special guests. Attendees will flood Downtown in a sea of pink, and guests are always encouraged to dress the part!

The event will be hosted by entertainer and drag queen Jewels and will feature an all-star lineup of RuPaul’s Drag Race celebrities. This year, we are very pleased to announce that Television and Broadway actress/comedian/singer Lindsey Alley will be bringing her talent to the Pink Party stage! A Mouseketeer on the Disney Channel’s All New Mickey Mouse Club, Lindsey performed alongside Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake,Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. Lindsey has numerous film and television credits, and took Broadway by storm with her one-woman show.

The event will also feature:

-Cirque performances and dancers


-Roller Derby Queens

– High energy DJs and dancing

-Food trucks, concessions, Pink Party decorating stations & More!

Last year’s event drew crowds of over 1,500, making the Pink Party the largest pre-Pride event in the City, while kicking off the 3rd largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in California.

General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now!

$10 General Admission

$25 VIP Admission (includes admission, access to expedited bar line, and admission into Hamburger Mary’s after event)


CLICK HERE for tickets and more info!

An Evening of Frida, For Frida, and By Frida
Thursday May 8, 2014

Celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo with the Greater Long beach LGBTQ communities and join us for cocktails and music. MOLAA Associate Curator Edward Hayes Jr. and Museum docents will also provide tours of Frida Kahlo, Her Photos.
Members: Free
Non-Members: $15
For more information, visit or call 562-437-1689.


MYTE Teen Pride Picnic
Saturday May 10, 2014

Come out to our annual pre-pride picnic for teens ages 13-18 and their families! The Center’s Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment (MYTE) program creates a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth to meet new people, express themselves, and support each other.
There will be games, music, prizes, and fun to be had by all! Bring your friends!

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Sing Along
Wednesday May 14, 2014

The Human Rights Campaign, The Long Beach LGBTQ Center, and Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Inc. present Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical. Don’t let your Pride weekend be a drag!

Come dress up and sing along to Priscilla Queen of the Desert! Kick off your pride weekend at the Art Theater with a screening of the classic film. Jewels will be hosting a costume parade before the film and continuing the party afterwards at Hamburger Mary’s with Wild Wednesdays.

General Admission: $12 ($10 if you come dressed up!)

A Special Thanks to our Wine Sponsor: Castle Rock Winery


CLICK HERE to RSVP or purchase tickets.


March With The Center at Pride
Sunday May 18, 2014

Come represent The Center family and march with us in the 31st Annual Long Beach Pride Parade!


When: Sunday May 18th, 8:00AM

Where: The Center

2017 E. 4th St.

Long Beach, CA 90814


Contact Deena by Email or at (562) 434-4455 for more information or to RSVP.


Celebrate Pride with St. Lukes
May 2014

Our friends at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church are going all out for Pride this year! Check out all of the great events they’re hosting in honor of Long Beach Pride.


For more info on any of these events, Email the always fabulous and wonderful Tom Crowe.
Community Announcements

“Laugh Til You Tinkle” Comedy Show
Thursday May 15, 2014


A LBLGP Fundraising Event Celebrating their 31st Year. “Reflections of Pride”

Come and enjoy an evening of sheer bliss and laughter. Leave everything at the door and enjoy an evening with talented artists!

When: Thursday, May 15th “VIP 6:30 – 8:00pm”

Show starts at 8:00pm

Where: Art Theatre of Long Beach 2025 E 4th Street, Long                 Beach, 90814 (562) 438-5435

In Order of Appearance

Jewels (MC), Young Comedian-Konner H.Kienzel, Halle Hohnson, She4Me, Comedians Sampson & Vicki Wagner

VIP: $35.00
Premium: $20.00
General Admission: $10.00

Great gifts will be raffled off. You will not want to miss this fabulous evening!

CLICK HERE for more info or to purchase tickets

Long Beach Teen Pride
Friday May 16, 2014

Teen Pride is a free event for LGBTQ youth and allies Between the ages of 12-19. Join for a night filled with music, games, food, and entertainment!


CLICK HERE for more information.


Play@ Maya.4 Pool Party
Saturday May 17, 2014

Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Long Beach LGBT Pride in style at LGB2Network’s Play@ Maya.4 Pride Weekend Pool Party on Saturday, May 17th from Noon-6PM!Soak up the sun and enjoy one of Long Beach’s best views from the gorgeous waterfront pool at Hotel Maya.

Capacity is limited, so please get your tickets in advance. Private cabanas are available. To inquire, please e-mail

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or for more information.

Poseidon at Queen Mary
Saturday May 18, 2014


Celebrate Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Weekend with the biggest Queen in town as Poseidon returns to the legendary Queen Mary on Saturday, May 17.

Dance the night away on the decks of the legendary ocean liner to the sounds of famed international DJs/Producers Wayne G. and Ryan Kenney stimulate your senses under the stars with world class dancers, a dazzling laser show and drink specials all night long. – See more at:

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Center Programs

Lez Chat
Every 2nd Saturday

Come to The Center this Saturday and every 2nd Saturday of the month from 10am-2pm for Lez Chat, a social group and drop-in for LGBTQ identified senior women. Enjoy coffee, snacks, games, and good company!
Next Saturday make your way down to The Center for the Men’s Drop-In!
CLICK HERE for more information.
Black and White Ball
Angela Bowen Film Screening

“Definitely Not Over The Hill” LGBT Women’s Mixer
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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