Long Beach Pride 2018: Festival to include LGBTQ seniors’ area

Thousands of people stand along Ocean Boulevard and enjoy the 2017 Long Beach Pride Parade. Photo: Q Voice News.

LONG BEACH — For the first time in the event’s 35 year history, Long Beach Pride will host a space for LGBTQ seniors 65 and over.

The Senior Fun Zone will be open at the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival on May 19-20, according to a press release from Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, the nonprofit group that produces the two-day festival and parade.

The senior fun zone will include bingo, karaoke, and Wii games as well as a coffee bar, according to the statement.

Entrance to the festival will be free for seniors over 65 with ID.

Tours of the festival grounds also will be offered.

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The Long Beach Pride Festival will take place on Shoreline Drive between Shoreline Village Drive and Alamitos Avenue at Marina Green and Rainbow Lagoon parks.

The Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade will take place May 20 along Ocean Boulevard.

Apart from the senior zone, the pride festival will host several other areas and stages: county tent, dance stage, family fun zone, Fiesta Caliente Stage, health and fitness, main stage, and urban soul area.

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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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