MAY 2018
Dear Center Family,
 
Celebrate with us as we participate in the 2018 Long Beach Pride Parade on May 20th at 9:30am.  March with The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and show your spirit and support as we march through the heart of Downtown Long Beach. Everyone is welcome!

This year we celebrate together to honor, praise, and memorialize our community with our theme, " Wings to show you what you can become. Roots to remind you where you're from ." We will provide shirts to the first 100 participants, as well as light snack and drinks. 

Participants can meet us at our starting location along the parade route which starts at Ocean Blvd. This year's entry number will be announced soon. Look for the big double-decker red bus!

In Community, 

MAY EVENTS
Saturday, May 12 at 12 - 4PM

Get ready to celebrate Long Beach Pride 2018! Join  The Center' s MYTE (Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment) program for a kick back in Bixby Park. Youth between the ages of 13-18 are welcome to join us for barbecuing; park games; relaxing; and meeting other LGBTQ+ identified youth and allies!

Questions or concerns? Contact Youth Services at youth@centerlb.org or 562-434-4455.
Friday, May 18 at 6 - 9PM

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, AIDS Food Store, and Hamburger Mary's are proud to announce the return of the Pink Party, this is Long Beach Pride weekend's signature kickoff event!

Featuring beats from renowned DJ Smuckers, the DREAMGIRLS Revue with all-star Drag Race performers, and specialty Pink Party cocktails, this is the event to see and be seen at Pride weekend. 
The MADE Story Telling Hour(s) is a free, all-ages monthly story telling event with guest curators and featured speakers - speaking on a chosen theme.  This month's theme is "Resiliency."  Resiliency is often the cornerstone of queer and trans identity. 

This storytelling event will give everyone the opportunity to learn something new about the (will)power of our local queer and trans community.
Saturday, May 26 at 11AM - 12:30PM

Baby Boomer Bingo is back! Join us for free bingo, prizes, and snacks. This fabulous event is for LGBTQ older adults (55+), and will be hosted by special guest bingo caller, Sabreena!
CENTER NEWS
Small Businesses Against LGBTQ Discrimination
Today, Open to All coalition member Freedom for All Americans announced that their Small Businesses Against LGBTQ Discrimination pledge has received more than 1,200 signatures from small business owners from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and from industries such as agriculture, construction, and "Mom and Pop" restaurants. These leaders have signed a pledge affirming their support for LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, and are speaking out during this critical moment in advance of a ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Read more from Freedom For All Americans.
 
In addition, the Open to All campaign has unveiled new small business resources for public-serving businesses that take the Open to All pledge to not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
 
As we expect a decision in the coming weeks, we appreciate your engagement and your support to amplify these critical messages of support for our nation's nondiscrimination protections. Please look out for more resources and ways to take action!
COMMUNITY EVENTS

International City Theatre presents "Cardboard Piano" by creator Hansol Jung, a  beautiful new play about love, war, and forgiveness. Chris, the spirited daughter of an American missionary, falls head-over-heels in love with a local teenage girl in Northern Uganda. Confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, Cardboard Piano explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love. 

Use the code "CENTER18" to receive $10 off their ticket purchase. For tickets, visit their website. A portion of the proceeds will go to support The Center.
The Garage Theatre presents "the all-american genderf*ck cabaret," a piece written by Mariah MacCarthy and directed by Ashley Elizabeth Allen & Charlie Nelson.  In the West-Coast premiere of Mariah MacCarthy's celebration of breaking out of the gender box, we find an assortment of folks who are anything but what they appear to be.

For more information regarding auditions and for a list of available parts in the production, visit The Garage Theatre's Facebook event page.

Please join CCEJ, Khmer Girls in Action, United Cambodian Community, EM3/Families in Good Health, the LGBTQ Center Long Beach and Oakland USD-Restorative Justice in a special screening of the film Daze of Justice. 

Created by filmmaker Michael Siv, Daze of Justice follows the journey of Cambodian American elders, to Cambodia for the UN Special Tribunal prosecution of leaders of the Khmer Rouge, a genocide that killed over 2 million Cambodians in the mid-70s. 

Event is FREE and generously sponsored by The California Endowment and CSULB Dept. of Asian and Asian American Studies. To register or for more information, t he Facebook and Eventbrite pages.
Af3irm South Bay & Filipino American Human Rights Alliance USA presents a panel exploring the intersections of transmisogyny & militarism across borders. Jennifer Laude was a transwoman murdered by an American U.S. Marine in the Philippines. Due to the strength of her legal team, the love from her family and the power of her community, justice was served! 

Come to learn more about this monumental case to discuss the parallels between the Philippines and the U.S. and to take action so that no more trans lives are lost! Please visit Eventbrite site to RSVP for the event.