Long Beach Pride 2019: Teen Pride, Family Fun Zone get community partners

Long Beach Pride Family Fun Zone

Long Beach Pride is fun for adults and children. Photo: Long Beach Pride.

LONG BEACH — Long Beach Pride is collaborating with community partners this year for Teen Pride and the Family Fun Zone.

The Long Beach Unified School District and the Alpert Jewish Community Center have partnered to help promote the Family Fun Zone. The school district also is a partner for Long Beach Pride’s Teen Pride event.

New partners

“We are truly excited to welcome our new partners,” Denise Newman, president of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, said in a statement. “This partnership of the festival’s family areas is proof that Long Beach is one city. Our nonprofit mission reflects inclusivity, and this new conglomerate is proof that we are only truly successful for our youth when we all come together.”

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Long Beach Pride

The Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival will take place May 18 and 19 at Marina Green Park and Rainbow Lagoon along Shoreline Drive from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets, $20 each day plus service fees, are available online.

The Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade steps off at Lindero Avenue and Ocean Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. May 19. The parade grand marshals have been announced, including Delta Work.

Family Fun Zone

The Family Fun Zone, which will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have snacks, interactive games, jumpers, and other activities that will appeal to children as well as parents.

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Alpert Jewish Community Center

In the statement, Newman said the partnership with the Alpert Jewish Community Center is a good collaboration because they also “share Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride’s focus in creating safe, inclusive, nurturing and a fun environment for children.”

Teen Pride

Teen Pride, which will take place May 17 from 4 to 9 p.m. on the festival grounds, is free for youth, who are required to have school identification to enter.

The Long Beach LGBTQ Center’s MYTE youth group created a DJ playlist and planned this year’s activities, which will include a talent show, photo booth, resource tables, raffles, giveaways, food and beverages.

Long Beach Unified

The school district has approved, for the first time, the posting of Teen Pride and Family Fun Zone flyers on the district’s website.

The district also gave Long Beach Pride permission to use its logo on their website and social media pages promoting the events.

About the author

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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