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Message from the Executive Director - DOC


									Upcoming Events
S.A.G.E. Seminars for Awareness, Growth and Enhancement Every first and third Wednesday of the month The Center Long Beach 2017 E. 4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814 562.434.4455 x 231 Fee: $20 Pre-registration & $25 at door One Wanting To Be Two: A Workshop for Single Gay Men & Women (In the Holiday Season) Wednesday, December 21, 2005 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This seminar will teach you how to find and have the relationship that you've always wanted and dreamed about. You will learn: the number one problem that stops people from being successful in relationships and what you can do about it; the three most critical steps you can take now to welcome that special someone into your life; and the three key skills you must master to be successful in relating. Because this is the holiday season we will also explore the common "traps" singles fall into at this time of year and how you can develop a strategy that will empower you to have fun, to feel connected, and to meet others in positive ways. Instructor: Peter K Canavan, LMFT, CIRT Peter is a presenter and therapist who has been working in the community for 20 years. He is a certified Imago Relationship therapist with a dynamic practice in the Long Beach area and has been in a committed relationship with his partner Stewart for 9 years. Call 562.809.7747 for more information.

Free HIV and STD Testing The Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach in collaboration with the Center for Behavioral Research & Services announces FREE HIV and STD Testing three days a week starting on January 9, 2006. Appointments will be necessary. Testing will be available on: Mondays 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The STD testing screens for Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Chlamydia. HIV testing is rapid and anonymous. For appointments contact the Center Help Desk at 562.434.4455 x222. Please call Anna Rubin at x231 if further information is needed.

AARP Event at The Center Long Beach Come to The Center on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. to hear about and discuss the new Medicare prescription drug coverage benefit. Find out the answers to important questions and changes. Representatives from AARP will be present and will conduct the informational meeting. For more information contact Anna Rubin at 562-434-4455 ext 231.

An Evening of John Waters at the Orange County Museum of Art Members and friends of both The Center Long Beach and The Center OC are invited to attend a John Waters themed evening with two free screenings of films that were directed or inspired film director John Waters. Thursday, January 12, 2006 Orange County Museum of Art 850 San Clemente Drive Newport Beach, California 92660 6:30 p.m. View the John Waters: Change of Life exhibit. 7:30 p.m. See the free screening of All That Heaven Allows directed by Douglas Sirk. 9:00 p.m. See the free screening of the famous film by John Waters called Female Trouble. Both the exhibit and films are free to the public and members of both centers are invited especially for the night's festivities. Call Matt Cunningham at 562.434.4455 ext 229 for more information or visit the Orange County Museum of Art's website at:

MORGASM, The Museum of Radical Gender and Sex Matrix Presents Highlights from The Big O, Stories and artifacts from the site of the female orgasm.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 7:00 PM Meet Marie Cartier, Chief Curator and Artistic Director, MORGASM Marie will be conducting ethnographic interviews from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. Lecture and live performance by Marie Cartier at 7:00 PM. Highlights from The Big O is a collection of ethnographic interviews and artifacts detailing stories from women of their journeys to sites of female orgasm. This nomadic installation and performance-based art exhibit kicks off its sixth year with an exhibit and one-night only performance at The Center in Long Beach. Marie Cartier, Chief Curator and Artistic Director, will give a lecture/performance – presenting vivid accounts and authentic artifacts collected from hundreds of ethnographic interviews. This special presentation will be accompanied by slides and followed up with audience Q&A. "With so much still unexplained about women's bodies, MORGASM is committed to the exploration into the function of "pleasure" in a woman's body." MORGASM will be collecting your stories, in person, the day of performance, January 21, from 3 pm to 5 pm. Please stop by and tell your best Big O story (bring an artifact too!) for submission to MORGASM special collections and possible inclusion in an upcoming exhibit. "MORGASM… until the pleasure comes." For more information about Marie Cartier visit For more information about MORGASM - The Museum of Radical Gender and Sex Matrix visit Event will be held at The Center. 2017 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, 90814. Free parking in back parking lot. For information about this event call or e-mail: 562.344.4455 x 334 or Limited seating Reservations Accepted Donation requested $10.00


Eric Himan Concert

On Sunday, Dec. 11th, The Center and Choices collaborated to bring LGBT rising signing stars Eric Himan and Andy Moore to Long Beach audiences. The acoustic pair amazed the great amount of guests in attendance. Andy opened the evening and sang sweet and intelligent ballads and many in attendance reported a resemblance between Andy’s voice and style as similar to the well-known singer, Jewel. Eric’s performance was at a whole different tempo, rocking the house instantly with his strong and soulful singing, even taking the famous 9 to 5 movie theme song and making it his own. Guests were thrilled and completely entertained by the talented duo. If you made it out last Sunday to Choices, thanks for your support! New Staff Announced The Center Long Beach would like to announce two of our newest staff additions, Richard Lewis, Jr. and Jose Luis Martinez. Richard joined The Center as its finance manager. He is responsible for the daily accounting and financial operations that ensure the financial integrity of The Center. He works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to plan and shape the financial future of The Center and implement strategies to achieve these goals. He is also responsible for The Center's human resource and information technology departments. Prior to joining the Center, Richard was Vice President of Administration at a large construction firm where he was responsible for a $25 million annual operating budget. He was also part of the opening team for Disneyland Paris in France. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a minor in Political Science from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. Richard is also a member of the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Board of Trustees. Jose joined The Center in November of 2005 as the new community outreach coordinator. Jose completed his Bachelor of Science degree in history and government from Woodbury University in Burbank. During his undergraduate years, Jose worked with Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) Charter Schools, a probationary high school for youth involved with the juvenile corrections system. At SEA Jose worked as a Youth Service Specialist. He also completed a post graduate certificate in international development at The University of Bath in southwestern England. His specific research specialty is in sex and sexual identity in developing countries. Following his time at the University of Bath, Jose completed a Master's degree in education from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Jose has assumed responsibility for the MYTE Youth Program and serves as the principal contact for all youth related services at The Center.

Featured Business Partner for December
This month’s featured business partner is Iguana at 3440 East Broadway Avenue. Iguana’s is filled with folk art, traditional crafts and furniture that exemplify more than 40

cultures from around the world. You can find everything there for a beautiful Christmas gift or something for yourself and your home. Drop in and say hello to Tom and Jorge and tell them that you appreciate their support of The Center Long Beach and its programs and services.

Featured Grantor for December
The Center Long Beach wishes to thank the members and friends of Out and About Long Beach for their recent grant of $1,000 toward the construction of our new and upcoming David Bohnett Cybercenter. Throughout the year, the members of Out and About Long Beach host several functions around Long Beach and concluded their social season with a holiday progressive house party where they ask for donations for various non-profit agencies that they support. The Center Long Beach is extremely proud to benefit from their kind support in December. Thank you to David Carden, Ken Slater, Andy Bussey as well as all the members of friends of Out and About Long Beach!

Featured Donor for December
Longtime donor and supporter of The Center Long Beach is Stuart Mosher. Stuart is The Center’s featured donor for December because he, like several other key donors, always responds to our multiple community events and fundraisers throughout the year as well as our traditional end-of-the-year appeal letter. Stuart supported us in every effort throughout 2005 including our Marriage Equality Rally and efforts this past spring, our summer fundraising appeal and our fall events that included our OUT LOUD art and film festival. Thanks Stuart for your generous heart and for showing that you believe in the importance of our work here at The Center.

Become A Donor
If you are interested in being a part of The Center’s mission and vision, you can contribute! Individual contributions are what keep our Center going! Please support us and your local LGBT community. Visit the center’s website at if you are interested in donorship opportunities or you can visit our specific online donor page to contribute directly to The Center. Thanks!

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