Long Beach LGBTQ Center to add services in North Long Beach

The Long Beach LGBTQ Center will expand its services to North Long Beach in a couple of months, said Executive Director Porter Gilberg. Photo: Anthony Bibian/Q Voice News.

LONG BEACH — The Long Beach LGBTQ Center will be adding services in North Long Beach by summer, an official said.

The expansion idea came out of a series of community conversations the Center hosted last year, said Porter Gilberg, the center’s executive director.

“One of the things we heard in the community conversations last year was North Long Beach is underserved and under resourced,” he said. “We are working on having stand-alone events monthly or every other month for adults and youth programming at least monthly.”

The center is talking with Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, who represents the 9th District and North Long Beach, about the community’s needs before finalizing the programming, Gilberg said.

Gilberg, who announced the North Long Beach expansion on Saturday at the center’s Black & White Ball gala, said details should be confirmed in a couple of months.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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