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Long Beach LGBTQ Center offers remote services after coronavirus concerns

Long Beach LGBTQ Center

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. Photo: Q Voice News.

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
  • Legal
  • Mental health
  • Seniors
  • 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.”

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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.

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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.

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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