The LGBTQ Center Long Beach is dedicated to serving transgender and gender-diverse members of the LGBTQ community. We offer several trans-specific services and all services at the Center are trans-inclusive and affirming. Our goal is to empower the transgender and gender-diverse communities by providing access to resources that include physical and mental health, legal services, and a team that advocates for our clients.
NATIONAL TRANSGENDER HIV TESTING DAY
On April 18, the country commemorates the significance of regular HIV testing and STI screening, knowing your health status, and an unrelenting focus on HIV prevention and treatment programs for transgender and gender-diverse people. The Center’s Transgender Health Program will be hosting an all-day, Transgender and Gender-Diverse testing program on Monday, April 19, 2021, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Appointments are encouraged, but same-day visits are welcome. Program staff will follow current COVID-19 guidelines, and most program activities will take place outdoors with a limit to 6 people at a time.
The event will include free rapid HIV and syphilis testing, multi-site STI screening, linkage to PrEP services, grab bag giveaways, and access to our clothing and accessory closet. Staff will be providing free pant hemming from 11 am to 6 pm, and grab bags will be available as supplies last.
Call (562) 270-0851 to reserve your testing spot, to ask to speak to someone in our Transgender Health Program for more information about services and the event.
Do you need food?
Any client of the Center can access free food and some basic nutritional essentials from our local partners here in Long Beach.
The AIDS Food Store provides our community with a standard bag of staples selected for balanced nutrition. Clients then have the opportunity to select from a variety of other foods, including fresh fruits, vegetables, pastries, bread, meat, and dairy products. You can visit their website to see their weekly distribution schedule or call 562-676-4554 for more information. They are located at 590 E Willow St, Long Beach CA 90806 behind the Yoshinoya.
Community Advisory Committee
The Transgender Health Program is looking for members to join our Community Advisory Committee! If you are interested in bringing your input to help guide our programming and services please complete the following application. We will be reviewing applications and contacting people on a rolling basis.
Social & Support Groups
Every Thursday at The Center, 7:00-9:00pm
All support groups at the Center are inclusive of trans members, however we provide several trans-specific groups as well. Regardless of your age, identity, or background, we welcome trans identifying individuals to meet weekly and discuss issues ranging from personal to political, and meet like-minded people who can relate to their experiences.
Please see contact information for each group further below.
Rapid HIV Testing and STI Screening
Monday – Friday and Saturday (limited weekend services)
The health services team includes counselors, nurses and medical staff who are capable and ready to be of services to anyone who needs a free rapid HIV test or sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening. We offer screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis as well as free treatment for anyone who has a reactive or positive STI test result. For more information on our testing services, hours of operation and our team of testers click here or call (562) 434-4455 and ask to speak to anyone in health services.
Support Services for People Living with HIV
If you already know your HIV status we can support you in navigating services in Long Beach. Meeting with our Trans Health Coordinator to get connected to a local case manager at various organizations including APLA Health Long Beach and The CARE Program at St. Mary’s Medical Center. We have support groups for newly diagnosed people to provide support and guidance on what happens next. Join our Support Positive Group each Friday to learn more about services, programs and support in Long Beach.
New trans-specific program will be coming soon to our Center.
Mental Health Counseling
Monday – Friday and Saturday (limited weekend services)
Receive counseling services from our team of affirming mental-health professionals. Our intake team will match you with a counselor best fit for your individual identity and needs. Counselors approach treatment with an emphasis on trauma, anxiety, and/or depression informed by experiences of external and internalized transphobia, and support your healing from ciscentrism, racism, and other structural oppression.
Services available by appointment. Scheduling and questions available as walk-ins
Meet one-on-one with a trans-affirming attorney to address a variety of topics, including support filling out paperwork and answering any questions that you may have. We also offer confidential consultations with state-licensed attorneys for legal assistance. By appointment only.
Individual appointments can be made by calling 562-434-4455 ext. 328.
Referral Services and Linkage to Care
If we do not offer a service directly here at the Center, we will get you connected to that service. Our staff works constantly to form new relationships with trans-affirming businesses and services, and provides education to organizations looking to become trans-affirming. Referrals include hormone replacement therapy, primary care doctors, transitional housing services, and more.
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 teen facilitator and therapist)
•Child play group ( toddler to 12 year olds, trans* youth and their siblings, full adult supervision)
Contact the Youth Services Manager at 562-434-4455 ext.227 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A social support group for individuals who identify anywhere along the gender spectrum and are over the age of 18.
The group is supportive in nature, and participants are asked to celebrates their accomplishments and share the issues they face everyday.
Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:45pm (virtually) – to register click here
Contact Lev Luna, Engagement Specialist at email@example.com for more information.
A social & support group for trans and gender non-conforming young people ages 16-24 years old.
Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30pm (virtually) – to register click here
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Other Trans Resources
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The LGBT Center OC’s Trans*itions Health and Wellness program includes various support groups for trans* persons (children and youth included) and their families, name and gender change clinic, self-defense classes, events committee and a hormone replacement therapy clinic in partnership with Metamorphosis Medical Clinic.
Gender Justice LA is a grassroots organization that is building the the power of the trans* and gender non-conforming community here in LA. They use community organizing and leadership development to make concrete changes in the lives of all trans* people, especially low-income trans* people of color. They seek to build our community’s power to fight for racial, social and economic justice.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center is Southern California’s largest and most comprehensive provider of healthcare for trans* and gender non-conforming people.
Naked Truth is an extension of Open Door Ministries, a Christ-centered, open and affirming LGBT church that is exactly that; an open door to all who are looking for a church to call home.
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center welcomes all patients regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or presentation. They provide free or low-cost healthcare for all, regardless of ability to pay. Medi-Cal and most other insurance plans are accepted. Some of their services include comprehensive primary healthcare, hormone replacement therapy, assistance with name/gender change, legal support, HIV testing and counseling, health insurance enrollment, and case management/ referral services.