LONG BEACH — The Long Beach LGBTQ Center has canceled all in-person appointments and meetings and transitioned temporarily to a remote agency in response to the novel coronavirus and orders from state and local officials for social distancing to help slow the rate of exposure.
The Center announced last week that it would be closing to walk-in visits and offering its services remotely to the community:
- Domestic violence
- Health and education
- Mental health
- Transgender health
- Youth and family
“There has been no interruption in services to our clients. We are fully operational,” said Porter Gilberg, executive director of the Long Beach LGBTQ Center. “Our staff is working remotely.”
The Center’s hours are still 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday and staff can be reached by calling the Center.
Earlier this month, due to concerns about the Center canceled its Black & White Ball that had been scheduled for April 4. The gala is the Center’s largest annual fundraising event.
The Center has temporarily halted HIV/STI testing and treatment and mental health counseling intake.
Social and support groups also have been postponed, but the Center is working with the volunteer facilitators for the various support support groups to reschedule them as digital meetings, Gilberg said.